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The Health Professional's Guide to Dietary Supplements
The Health Professional's Guide to Dietary Supplements
by Shawn M. Talbott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent easy-to-read reference to dietary supplements, 6 Jun. 2011
This is an exellent easy-to-read reference to many common dietary supplements and some alternative medicines. For each supplement there is a short summary of its commonly stated effects, the authors notes, a summary of available clinical evidence for some or all of the effects, any side-effects, and finally a list of references to the peer-reviewed studies, trials and papers providing the clinical evidence (or the lack thereof). The supplements are mostly botanical or herbal, such as ginko biloba or propolis, but also include protein, vitamins, etc. The supplements are presented individually in their natural form without any references to or promotion of any specific brand, supplier or health fad du jour.

You certainly don't have to be a "health professional" to appreciate or make use of this reference. Just be aware that the authors don't stop to explain common clinical terms or how to interpret the results of the clinical studies that are summarised.

Too bad this book is not available in an easy-to-search electronic format.

The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body, Mind and Spirit with Kung Fu
The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body, Mind and Spirit with Kung Fu
by Sifu Shi Yan Ming
Edition: Paperback

49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what the title says..., 21 Sept. 2008
This book describes a set of solo exercises that is best described as warm up exercises to a normal martial arts training session. About half of the book describes warm up and streching techniques. One quarter of the book is about how to get into and out of some basic kung fu stances while the last quarter is about some basic kicks and punches. All exercises are show in a stand alone format more as aerobic exercises than martial art techniques. The explanations in the book describe how to perform the exercises but not what they are for or how to use them in a martial arts setting.

If you are already practicing a martial art superficially like kung fu then there is nothing new or life changing in this book. If you have not practiced martial arts or just want some variation to your normal aerobics class then this book may be for you.

By the way, some of the streching techniques described in the book are actually very bad streching techniques. If you do buy this book, whatever you do, DON'T BOUNCE while streching! Bouncing, or any fast movement, while streching triggers a protective reflex in the body that contracts the muscles you are trying to strech. If you bounce while streching you significantly increase the risk of tearing a muscle or tendon as well as causing the muscle to become slightly shorter. Slowly and decisively is the way to strech.
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