An inconclusive manual about a supplement’s benefits sure to spark health debates and conversations.



A debut guide touts the therapeutic benefits of a controversial, plant-based remedy.

Writer and social worker Knudsen’s manual promotes Kratom, a powder derived from a Southeast Asian tropical evergreen tree used in traditional medicine for centuries in the East to alleviate pain, inflammation, and cravings, among other ailments. Acknowledging that the supplement is surrounded by as much skepticism as proactive, supportive recommendations, Knudsen begins with an appropriate disclaimer, noting his role as an author and Kratom proponent; he is not a medical professional. He then cites the benefits of the herbal remedy, which is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration. His book focuses on helping people wean themselves off of opioids, street drugs, and abused prescription medications through the mindful use of Kratom. The manual, written in easy-to-read, plainspoken prose, draws from the testimonial evidence of Kratom users (anonymously attributed with initials) whose experiences have positively impacted their reliance on addictive substances and their self-management of chronic pain and anxiety. The author attempts to be comprehensive in his assessment of Kratom leaf powder by describing what it is, its purported alkaloid-associated benefits, safety levels, how to take it, dosage indications, and its role in drug tapering and weaning. Though he champions the efficacy of Kratom, his guide also features practical advice, charts, and recipes for detoxification, the replenishment and rebalance of the body’s mineral levels through diet and vitamin maintenance, and natural remedies and strategies for coping with stress, anxiety attacks, and depression, which the author admits to battling personally. It’s a tall order, but to Knudsen, it’s a personal one. He admits to losing eight family members and friends to fatal drug and alcohol intoxication and abuse-related suicides. Appealing to general readers are informative, insightful chapters (devoid of Kratom information) on the stigma of drug abuse, the social stereotypes associated with it, the paradox of detoxification medication side effects, and the importance of remaining nonjudgmental when encountering addicts. The takeaway for skeptical readers: keep stress and anxiety in check through natural, drug-free panaceas and question Kratom’s plant-based intervention potential.

An inconclusive manual about a supplement’s benefits sure to spark health debates and conversations.

Pub Date: Oct. 13, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-73353-545-8

Page Count: 202

Publisher: Flower of Life 808

Review Posted Online: Dec. 5, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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