Books by Ross Pelton

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The Pill Problem

How to Protect Your Health from the Side Effects of Oral Contraceptives

by Ross Pelton

Oral contraceptives were first approved in the United States in 1960. It is estimated that over 80% of women born in the U.S. after 1945 have used oral contraceptives at some time in their lives. The “pill” ushered in a new era of sexual freedom for women. For the first time women had the freedom to enjoy spontaneous sex without the fear of becoming pregnant. However, studies report that about 50% of women who begin using oral contraceptives discontinue use within the first six to 12 months due to side effects.

Birth control pills are currently taken by over 12 million women in the United States and over 100 million women worldwide. Unfortunately, most women don’t realize that taking the “pill” substantially increases their risks to many health problems, some of which are potentially very serious. Oral contraceptives increase a woman’s risk of depression, sleep disorders, anemia, low energy, migraine headaches, heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, diabetes, a weakened immune system, giving birth to an infant with birth defects, and cancers in the uterus, colon and breast.

The Pill Problem teaches women how to protect their health from the dangerous side effects of oral contraceptives. The author, who is a pharmacist and a certified clinical nutritionist, educates women about why oral contraceptives can cause so many health problems, and he presents some relatively easy and inexpensive steps that can be taken to minimize their risks. Every woman who is taking oral contraceptives or who may take them at some time in her life should read The Pill Problem.
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The Nutritional Cost Of Drugs

A Guide To Maintaining Good Nutrition While Using Prescription And Over-The-Counter Drugs

by Ross Pelton and James B. Lavalle

Many of the most widely used prescription drugs cause the body to lose nutrients and, as a result, cause nutritional health problems. Based on extensive scientific research, The Nutritional Cost of Prescription Drug is the first book for the general public to describe the nutrient losses caused by prescription drugs and to present ways to combat these losses and maintain good nutritional health. It's essential reading for all prescription drug users.
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Mind Food & Smart Pills

A source book for the vitamins, herbs, and drugs that can increase intelligence, improve memory, and prevent brain aging.

by Ross Pelton

If you've ever wished you were smarter, had a sharper memory, or could prevent the natural aging of your brain, Mind Food and Smart Pills is the perfect sourcebook for you.

Exciting breakthroughs in scientific research have led to a new understanding of human intelligence. Scientists now believe that the limits of our intelligence are not rigidly set in our brains at conception or birth, but that intelligence can be developed. Mind Food and Smart Pills is the key to expanding your mental capabilities and maintaining your optimum level of mental performance.

In clear, accessible language, Dr. Ross Pelton presents a compendium of vitamins, herbs, and drugs that can work wonders for the human mind. From antioxidants like Vitamin C and selenium that counteract the damaging effects of "free radicals," to herbs such as ginseng and Ginkgo biloba that can combat brain aging, each supplement is covered in detail -- including sections on dosages, potential side effects, and availability.

Whether you're a student seeking a competitive edge, an older adult concerned about mental alertness, or someone who constantly misplaces car keys, this book is food for thought.
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Alternatives in Cancer Therapy

The Complete Guide to Alternative Treatments

by Ross Pelton, R.Ph., and Lee Overholser, Ph.D.

Alternatives in Cancer Therapy offers help for all patients coping with cancer. The therapies discussed in this book are primarily non-toxic, have few, if any, side effects, and tend to strengthen the immune system. They can be used as supplemental regimens that help maximize the effectiveness of traditional therapies such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Patients have a right to know all of their treatment options, and Dr. Ross Pelton presents dozens of choices, including:

* Shark Cartilage
* Gerson Therapy
* Mistletoe
* Isoprinosine
* Laetrile
* Selenium
* Beta-Carotene
* Hydrogen Peroxide
* Vitamins C and E
* The Hoxsey Treatment

Non-traditional therapies can enhance the quality of life, and improve overall health while treating the disease. Alternatives in Cancer Therapy provides information on the research, efficacy, potential side effects, and availability of each treatment.
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How to Prevent Breast Cancer

A Lifestyle Guide for the Prevention of Breast Cancer and Its Recurrence with an Investigation of the Critical Risk Factors

by Ross Pelton, Taffy Clarke Pelton, and Vinton C. Vint

Breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer for women in the United States, is believed to be a disease largely beyond our control. In How to Prevent Breast Cancer, you'll find groundbreaking information that challenges that belief and incorporates traditional and alternative approaches to avoiding the disease. Practical and holistic, How to Prevent Breast Cancer teaches you how to modify your diet and lifestyle to maximize your potential for living a life free of breast cancer. With new data about mammograms and eye-opening information about the benefits of breast massage, plus instructions for self-examination, How to Prevent Breast Cancer provides clear and concise guidance that no woman should be without.
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Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook

by Ross Pelton, James B. LaValle, Ernest B. Hawkins

Many of the top 100 drugs prescribed in the United States have been shown to deplete a variety of nutrients. For instance, did you know that the HMG-Co A reductase inhibitors Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol, and Zocor, as well as the beta blockers, Toprol, and Lopressor, all deplete coenzyme Q10, a nutrient essential to ATP production in cellular mitochondria? It has also been demonstrated that both oral and inhaled corticosteroids, such as hydrocortisone, Prednisone, Azmacort, Flonase, and Serevent, deplete several important minerals, folic acid, and vitamins C and D. The popularly prescribed histamine agonists Pepcid, Tagamet, and Zantac can deplete folic acid, B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamin D.

The second edition of Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook includes detailed information on these drugs and nearly 1,000 more, and is a valuable reference guide addressing drug-induced nutrient depletion in humans. It expands on the information found in the first edition and the authors' intent is to provide health professionals and the lay public access to the large body of credible scientific research pertaining to drug-induced nutrient deficiencies.

The book is divided into four main sections, in addition to the introduction, appendix, and alphabetical index. The first section is an alphabetical listing of drug monographs by brand and generic name, providing synonyms, pharmacological class, nutrients depleted by the drug, the scientific basis for this information, and a reference to the corresponding nutrient monograph. The second section is a cross reference to the first, alphabetically listing nutrients and the drugs that deplete them, along with a reference number for the abstracts/studies section of the book. The nutrient monograph section is perhaps the most informative, as it provides an alphabetically arranged overview of the nutrients, their biological functions and effects, as well as side effects and toxicity. The monographs also describe the physiological effects of depletion, suggested daily dosage, and dietary sources of the nutrient. The "Studies and Abstracts" section provides brief summaries of the citations and abstracts of over 500 scientific studies corresponding to the drug monographs.
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Natural Therapeutics Pocket Guide

by Daniel L. Krinsky, Ernest B. Hawkins, Ross Pelton, and Nancy Ashbrook-Willis

Provides healthcare professionals with condition-specific information on common uses of natural therapies.

Information on over 80 Monographs

Arranged alphabetically in a unique 4-page format, this section provides the user with an overview of the condition, lifestyle recommendations, decision tree, natural products to consider, and special considerations. Cross-references are provided to the natural product monographs.

Covers 175 Natural Products

Contains 175 monographs on each natural product discussed in the Pocket Guide. Monographs are arranged alphabetically and provide up to 15 key fields of information including Dosage and Standardization, Reported Uses, Active Forms, Plant Part, Pharmacology, General Warnings, and References.

Over 100 pages of Charts & Lists

The charts and lists section provides over 100 pages of useful quick reference information. This section includes Herb Quick Reference Chart, Nutraceutical Chart, Homoeopathic Quick Reference Chart for Common Complaints, Vitamins/Minerals/Trace Elements/Amino Acids, Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions, Herbal Medicine Use in Pediatrics, Herb/Drug Potential Interactions, Unsafe Herbs, and Organ System Support Using Natural Products.

This new resource for providers is a comprehensive guide to natural products for common medical conditions. Overviews of natural medicine, conditions, and monographs on herbs, vitamins, etc., are presented. This handy reference offers information to healthcare providers about natural products, such as homeopathy, nutrition, and herbs for patient health management. The authors combine natural medicine with allopathic therapy.

Physicians, nurses, physicians assistants, pharmacists, and students in the health sciences, especially if prescribing, will benefit from this book. The principal author has been involved in holistic health and practice for over 15 years, and appears to be well versed in the area. There are brief overviews of facets of natural medicine, monographs of herbs with dosing descriptions, cautions/warnings and interactions, numerous quick reference charts (e.g., drug-natural therapy interactions), and pediatric use, that are well organized and packed with current information.

Algorithms and decision trees are presented under clinical conditions and are effective devices to direct clinicians to natural or traditional treatment options. The information in this manual is well detailed and specific, especially regarding the herbal homeopathic remedies. This is an extremely useful, comprehensive compendium of information on natural-herbal remedies that complement traditional allopathic treatments for clinicians to utilize for health enhancement and disease prevention. The authors do a terrific job of pulling a lot of up-to-date information together and presenting it in a pocket handbook that is portable and easy to use.
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