Melvyn R. Werbach, MD reviews Supplement Your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition.
Review by Melvyn R. Werbach, MD
Title: Supplement Your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition
Author: Hyla Cass, MD
Publisher: Basic Health Publications, Inc., 28812 Top of the World Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651; 949-715-7327; www.basichealthpub.com
Review: It is a common problem that, due to an unbalanced education and massive advertising by the pharmaceutical industry, mainstream physicians overprescribe drugs while failing to appreciate the importance of nutritional interventions. This often leaves the responsibility for integrating the nutritional aspect of treatment to the patients; yet how can patients possibly work their way through mountains of lay material available in the nutritional field – some of poor quality – in order to figure out a science-based nutritional treatment program that is right for them?
With Supplement Your Prescription, Doctor Hyla Cass comes to their rescue. A well-known authority in Integrative Medicine, Doctor Cass has previously written a number of other books to help readers understand various aspects of Integrative Medicine. This time she tackles the important issue of drug-nutrient interactions.
Unlike the simple lists of drug-nutrient interactions you commonly see, Doctor Cass starts by explaining the principles behind the interactions. She then discusses the many factors that set the stage for nutrient depletion. Next comes the heart of the book: She devotes several chapters to discussions of specific conditions where physicians are likely to employ nutrient-depleting drugs, teaching patients how to ensure that their medications do not cause undue side effects through nutrient depletion. She ends the book with a discussion of polypharmacy and the special contribution that an integrative physician can make to treatment.
The book is written to be an easy read, yet it is thorough enough to teach patients the basis for taking better care of themselves while taking prescription drugs. Moreover, the recommendations are science-based. While all patients could benefit from reading Supplement Your Prescription, Doctor Cass’s contribution will be particularly valuable to the many patients whose physicians know little about nutritional medicine.