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Ayurvedic Herbs: A Clinical Guide to the Healing Plants of Traditional Indian Medicine. M.S. Premila, PhD. New York: Haworth Press; 2006. 368 pages, softcover, color illustrations, references, appendix, index. $34.95. ISBN 0-7890-1768-7.

Provides a brief historical overview of Ayurveda and examines modern research and scientific evidence supporting the use of more than 60 herbs. Herbs are grouped according to body systems, and each entry includes a description, plant sources, traditional uses, relevant pharmacology, safety information, and clinical studies.

Obesity: Why Are Men Getting Pregnant? Alexander G. Schauss, PhD. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications; 2006. 264 pages, softcover, references, index. $18.95. ISBN 1-59120-025-3.

Addresses reasons why men are prone to central obesity, and theserious health consequences of having a potbelly. Discusses which remedies work and which don’t in the fight to trim the belly and achieve long-lasting health and wellness. Topics include diet, exercise, dietary supplements, surgery, and a special section, “Quick Tips to Start Losing Your Potbelly.”

The Health Professional’s Guide to Dietary Supplements. Shawn M. Talbott, PhD and Kerry Hughes. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007. 444 pages, softcover, references, additional resources, appendices, index. $45.95. ISBN 0-7817-4672-8.

Quick reference guide to more than 120 of the most popular dietary supplements organized into chapters according to their primary intended use (e.g., weight loss, heart health, etc.). Each supplement is rated based on the level of scientific evidence to substantiate its claimed effects. A brief summary, any clinical studies or safety issues, the recommended dosage, and references are provided for each supplement.

The Health Detective’s 456 Most Powerful Healing Secrets. Nan Kathryn Fuchs, PhD. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications; 2006. 426 pages, softcover, appendix, resources, references, index. $18.95. ISBN 1-59120-187-X.

Presents natural healing secrets to help consumers take a more active role in their healthcare. After years of reviewing scientific studies and interviewing researchers and doctors, the author has combined her findings in an easy-to-use manual covering subjects such as how to fight and reverse chronic illnesses, how to really lose weight, how to control pain, stress, and depression, how to fight cancer, how to prevent heart disease and osteoporosis, and more.

The Complete Homeopathic Resource for Common Illnesses. Dennis Chernin, MD. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Book and Homeopathic Educational Resources; 2006. 431 pages, softcover, interactive CD (Windows compatible), resources. $29.95. ISBN 1-55643-608-4.

Defines homeopathy and its historical significance before discussing the best homeopathic remedies for common conditions such as allergies, asthma, back pain, morning sickness, headache, and more. Also includes a section on homeopathic research and clinical studies as well as resources available for further information.

Handbook of Herbs and Spices. Vol 3. K.V. Peter. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2006. 537 pages, hardcover, tables, chemical structures, references, index. $259.95. ISBN 0-8493-9155-5.

The final volume of this 3-volume set discusses methods to improve safety of herbs and spices used in food processing, including topics such as detecting and controlling mycotoxin contamination, packaging and storage issues, and decontamination techniques. The author also explores the health benefits of herbs and spices, and highlights 20 of them.

High-Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography for the Analysis of Medicinal Plants. Eike Reich and Anne Schibli. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers; 2007. 264 pages, hardcover, colored illustrations, list of abbreviations, glossary, appendices, index. $149.95. ISBN 1-58890-490-1.

Presents information necessary to perform reliable high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) to establish the identity, purity, quality, and stability of botanical products. Provides examples by renowned experts and over 300 full-color illustrations to aid in the understanding of complex concepts related to HPTLC in herbal analysis.

Practical Guide to Clinical Data Management, 2nd Ed. Susanne Prokscha. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2007. 238 pages, hardcover, appendices, index. $149.95. ISBN 0-8493-7615-7.

Provides an introduction to the key elements of clinical data management, e.g., standard operating procedures and guidelines, data management, implementation and validation plans, requirements for clinical data management systems, summary of modifications made under 21 CFR 11, and electronic data capture (EDC)-based studies. This edition has been reorganized and offers specific references to regulations and other FDA documents.

Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants, 2nd Ed. Lewis S. Nelson, Richard D. Shih, and Michael J Balick. New York: The New York Botanical Garden; 2007. 340 pages, softcover, full-color photographs, b&w illustrations, references, index. $39.95. ISBN 0-387-31268-4.

This second edition illuminates the dark side of plants, and it is rich in visual images, emergency medical information, botanical descriptions, and scientific references. It also includes common names, species distribution, and information on the toxic part of each plant. Physicians, naturalists, horticulturists, parents of small children, pet owners, and all those who interact with plants and various landscapes, both indoors and outdoors, would find this book of great value.

Veterinary Herbal Medicine. Susan G. Wynn and Barbara J. Fougère. St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier; 2007. 714 pages, hardcover, full-color photographs and illustrations, references, index. $99.00. ISBN 0-323-02998-1.

This practical, full-color clinical reference provides comprehensive coverage of the safe and effective use of more than 120 herbal remedies for both large and small animals. It offers in-depth information on the clinical uses of medicinal plants and provides guidelines for formulating herbal remedies. It also offers a body systems-based review of plant-based medicine that explores herbal medicine in context, offering information on toxicology, drug interactions, quality control, and other key topics. Species-specific information is provided for dogs, cats, horses, and poultry.