Friday, June 09, 2006
Ampalaya: Nature’s Remedy for Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes (softback)
Author: Frank Murray
Publisher: Basic Health Publications/$14.95 (218 pages)
Date of Publication: 2006
Reviewed by: James J. Gormley (member, National Book Critics Circle)
Since I had the privilege of having once worked with modern-day health and nutrition pioneer, Frank Murray, I cannot claim to be unbiased when it comes to Mr. Murray’s books; on the other hand, I do know first-hand what a first-rate health journalist he is. Ampalaya: Nature’s Remedy for Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes is a well-written book about a promising botanical called ampalaya in the Philippines, bitter melon in the U.S. and Momordica charantia by scientists. Written in Frank’s crisp, engaging style, Ampalaya begins by delivering a good overview of the diabetes epidemic in the U.S., while also offering a fascinating, and colorful, historical chronicle (historical perspective being a forte of Frank’s) on diabetes since ancient times. In addition to a well-referenced chapter on the research behind ampalaya and another on mini-case-histories, the book is jam-packed with practical, take-home information on: diabetes complications; reducing risk factors; taking care of your eyes, feet and kidneys; diet and nutrition in diabetes; overweight and exercise; and more. Frank pulls out all the stops when it comes to useful tips and lists of actionable suggestions, as well. All in all, this is much more than a health book about ampalaya; it is an invaluable resource for all people who are concerned about diabetes and interested in learning about a powerful variety of ways to improve their health and fend off the risk factors and symptoms associated with this epidemic disease.