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Nutritional Medicine Database:  Detailed information

1.  What is NMD?

bulletA modern, state-of-the art relational database
bulletEnter data easily from a variety of sources
bulletInstantly rearrange and redisplay data in ways useful for prescribing, reference and learning — a process that using any other (even computerized!) method would be both laborious and prohibitively time-consuming.  See below for examples.
bulletInitially, NMD contains  skeletal data on 85 nutrients, together with more than 6 Mb (over 7000 records) of information on food sources for those data.   From there you can:
bulletPurchase data directly from Dynamic Array (this option will be available as soon as we have concluded licensing/copyright arrangements:  see News for further information).  And/or you can
bulletenter your own data on nutrients from any source:
bulletfrom books and other printed media
bulletfrom other computer programs
bulletfrom the Internet.
bulletNMD makes it as easy as it can be to keep abreast of the latest information and to have it immediately available in whatever format you choose.

So, NMD provides you with the tools to build your own fully expandable Materia Medica database for nutrients from your preferred sources, and update it easily at your convenience. Then instantly re-organise and display your data in any way to meet your current needs. provides you with the tools to build your own fully expandable Materia Medica database for nutrients from your preferred sources, and update it easily at your convenience. Then instantly re-organise and display your data in any way to meet your current needs. 

2.  Data Entry

NMD delivers the ultimate in both control and flexibility in data entry.

bulletyou control the sources from which you build your database.
bulletfor most fields in the database, you can choose either or both of two data entry methods:
bulletin lists or
bulletin free-text formats  (For a complete list of the fields available for data entry, see Fields.  To view a full-sized picture of the data entry form in NMD for  nutrients, click on the thumbnail below.)
bulletwhen you've entered data for a herb or nutrient, a single button-click will copy all the information to a new record:  all you have to do is provide the name of the new nutrient and then make any necessary modifications.  A great time-saver when entering data on related  nutrients!

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List-wise data entry:

bulletLets you enter abbreviated data on the qualities of nutrients in a way that is convenient for quick-and-easy reference.
bulletThe use of lookup lists makes data entry both fast and dramatically reduces the possibility of typing errors. Just press the Insert key whilst in one of NMD's data grids and then enter the first two or three characters of the entry you wish to make: the lookup list appears, and you’ve a 90% chance that the item you’re looking for is already highlighted! Having found the lookup item, just press Enter and the entry is pasted into the grid.  Click on the thumbnail below to view a full-sized picture of one of one of one of NMD's grids with its lookup list activated's grids with its lookup list activated NMD's grids with its lookup list activated.

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bulletIf the item is not in the lookup list, finish typing it and press Enter: NMD will capitalize the first letter if you haven’t already done so and then not only add it to the records in the grid, but to the lookup list as well!
bulletIf you make a typing error whilst entering a lookup list item, you can correct it using NMD's Setup and Maintenance form. Having done so, NMD will offer to automatically search all your grids and replace any incorrect entries!
bulletYou can also rate (or rank) the nutrients most appropriate to
bullet(a) particular therapeutic applications and
bullet(b) functions
bullet(c) food sources
bullet(d) absorption locations and enhancers
bullet(e) forms of availability
bulletthis information will then be immediately available when viewing the Prescribing Information form: great for instantly finding the best nutrient for the job in hand!

Free-text data entry

In the vast majority of fields, NMD lets you enter qualitative data at whatever level of complexity you desire, using the NMD Rich Text editor. This is, in effect, a sophisticated word processor, the major features of which are:

bulletFull text-formatting capabilities, including the use of color;
bulletSearch and replace;
bulletInsert and print graphics (pictures);
bulletOLE-enabled: if you have relevant data in other applications, create links to them so that when your data changes in NMD, so does the data in those other applications (and/or vice-versa)!
bulletURL-aware: enter the URL (address) of your favorite web site into the NMD Rich Text editor. Then, when you click on it, your default web browser will be started and you’ll be transported there automatically;
bulletSpell checking;
bulletAccess and update a list of references you’ve created whilst creating your Materia Medica. The ‘References’ memo can also be linked via OLE to other compatible third-party bibliographic databases
bulletActivated just by double-clicking a multi-line field or by single-clicking one of the form's buttons.

Click on the thumbnail below to see a full-sized picture of the NMD Rich Text Editor Rich Text Editor.

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Data entry in NMD is fast, flexible and powerful: all the features you want, without having to understand over-complex menu structures or learn many unnecessary commands!

3.  Data Re-organization and Display

Having entered data, you can quickly and easily rearrange and redisplay your information in ways that suit your needs of the moment using NMD’s Prescribing Information form. (Though designed specifically for prescribing purposes, this form will also be invaluable to the researcher and student as a "ready reference" and learning aid.)

bulletThe Prescribing Information form contains a main grid that displays information on the qualities of nutrients (with related grids and memo fields)..
bulletThe contents of the main grid is controlled by clicking on radio buttons at the top of the form:  you can choose from
bullettherapeutic applications
bulletfood sources
bulletearly deficiency symptoms
bulletdeficiency symptoms
bullettoxicity symptoms
bulletnutrient name
bulletHaving selected the data to display in the main grid, you can:
bulletsort its data on any field just by clicking on the buttons that form its column headings;
bulletsearch for data in the grid by entering a few characters;
bulletprint a comprehensive report on the selected item;
bulletview all your primary data on the nutrient with just a couple of button-clicks.

In this way, you can quickly answer questions such as:

What are all the food sources of Vitamin A?; and then, with a single button-click, display the answer to the question

What are all the nutrients to be found in food source Z?

Click on the thumbnail below to a view a full-sized picture of the the NMD Prescribing Information form.

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With NMD, there’s simply never been a more simple or convenient way to view the complex relationships between types of data!

4.  Other Features

bulletExtensive and flexible reporting/printing facilities;
bulletShare data with colleagues using NMD's downloading and uploading capabilities;
bulletAutomated saving and backup of data;
bulletComprehensive on-line, context-sensitive help with hypergraphics;
bulletEasy to learn and use (all program features can be accessed using on-screen buttons or other components such as radio buttons:  no need to search through complex menus!).

5.  Requirements

bulletWindows 95/98/NT/ME/XP;
bulletIBM-compatible 486 with 8Mb RAM (Pentium with 16 Mb RAM recommended);
bullet17 Mb hard disk space.



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Date last modified:  Wed, 16 April 2008