The Plateau Principle: A Key to Biological System Dynamics

  • James L. Hargrove
Part of the Modeling Dynamic Systems book series (MDS)


There may have been a time when only the clinical pharmacologist and the experimental nutrition scientist truly needed to understand the dynamics of materials introduced into the human body. All that changed with the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, about which information is available from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition ( It is now possible to purchase powerful hormones and plant-derived substances over the counter and without prescription from any drugstore in the United States. The freedom is refreshing, but let the buyer beware; our population is now performing the most widespread experiment in drug interactions ever performed in the history of mankind!


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James L. Hargrove
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  1. 1.Department of Foods and NutritionUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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