Healthy Beginnings

Book Review: Over the Counter Natural Cures


Shan Ellison is an award-winning scientist turned consumer health advocate. He was trained as an organic chemist, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for years, researching and designing drugs. His background and training make him imminently qualified to
give advice on both supplements and pharmaceutical drugs.

Thanks to the “Gag Rule” by the FDA, nutritional supplement manufacturers are prohibited from informing the public about the supplements they make. By censoring information about how supplements are safer, more effective and less expensive, we are kept in the dark. This book is valuable in that it fills in this censored information by discussing the top 10 nutritional supplements and how they prevent and treat common illnesses.

However, a major problem with inexpensive supplements is quality. Many are simply not worth buying because the proper amounts of nutrients are lacking or the nutrients are mixed with fillers. The information about individual supplements in this book is carefully linked to the medical literature, and an independent certificate of analysis for each recommended supplement is listed on the author’s website. Certain supplements may be minimally effective by themselves, but when taken with another complimentary supplement, provide a much more robust effect.

The author gives us information on the healthiest alternative to cholesterol lowering drugs, suggests an $8 cure
for deadly blood clots and poor cardiovascular function and explains how to beat illness without antibiotics and vaccines. He suggests just one supplement for total prostate health and gives advice regarding how to conquer failing vision without surgery, how to avoid cancer and defy obesity and diabetes. He gives information on why your thyroid hormones are out of whack and how to x them, and he provides information on the rare mineral that wards off depression.

The author also provides the names of specific nutrients needed to prevent the illnesses listed above, and also provides you with the necessary combinations of nutrients that work much more efficiently together, rather than just by themselves.

According to the National Center
for Health Statistics, 90 percent of Americans are nutrient deficient, meaning that our bodies lack the essential nutrients required for proper metabolic and hormonal harmony.
Our malnourishment comes from our overdependence on prescription drugs and the excess consumption of sugar, artificial flavors, preservatives, alcohol and fast food. But because of factory farming, our soils are becoming more depleted of the necessary nutrients. If the vitamins and minerals are not in the soil, they’re not in the spinach. Then there’s the deluge of toxic compounds that corrupt everyday products like soaps, shampoos, body creams and even nutritional supplements. We know that a lack of key nutrients, combined with an increase in toxins, can lead to cell function weakness and disease. Each cell in your body is working at a hundred thousand functions per second, and needs the purest nutrients possible in order to keep working.

This book is easy to read and understand, and is dedicated to those who want to save money and live healthy rather than squander their finances and lives to Big Pharma.

For more information on the author, or to access health resources and information such as The Natural Cures Cheat Sheet – a master file of his favorite natural cures – and The Three-Step Sugar Detox, visit