Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More by Tieraona Low Dog
I've been a fan of Low Dog ever since reading her book Healthy at Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions. I prefer to use herbal medicine & whole foods to stay healthy but like many, I do still take the occasional supplement. Prior to herbal methods I had an entire shelf filled with supplements of every kind you can think of. Eventually after hearing the negative reports on the news about supplements & the questionable additives & fillers, I decided to cut them out almost entirely. Thanks to this new book by Low Dog I can sort through the noise & figure out what is right for me. She even explains about fillers & additives. She says what she feels is safe & what she feels we should avoid.
This is not a book you can blow through. You will want to read it and re-read it & refer to it again & again. After reading, I looked into supplements I thought might be useful to me but found myself once again feeling overwhelmed by all the options. The solution now is to pick up this book & re-read what I'm looking into. This has been so helpful to me in making decisions about my health. I have learned that we likely get the majority of the nutrients from our diet (I don't eat the typical American diet. I eat those "icky" things like beef liver, organ meats, egg yolks, pasture raised meats, cooked spinach, use cast iron, consume herbs, full fat raw dairy, etc.) yet even though my diet is considered more nutritional according to Low Dogs book, I did discover that I can benefit from supplements in some areas. One easy example is that I should probably supplement with calcium. Apparently I am not getting as much as I thought.
A downside to the book is Low Dog doesn't give any recommendations to brands. So you really do have to do your homework & research to figure out what works for you personally. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as all of this research & re-reading only enforces the information making you a better educated consumer.
Low Dog also provides charts to assist you with various medical conditions & supplement recommendations as well as possible drug (prescription & non) reactions.
Overall this is a very balanced book. Integrated medicine is truly a wonderful balance between conventional & non conventional treatments. I wholeheartedly agree that we need to try something less invasive first before going to more extreme measures regarding our health. My favorite Doctor was integrated. At the time I didn't grasp all of it as I was still very young. But it was that Doctor & no other that actually helped me heal & unbeknownst to him, led me towards a more holistic lifestyle.
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