The Health Delusion: How to Achieve Exceptional Health in the 21st Century

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The Health Delusion: How to Achieve Exceptional Health in the 21st Century

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  • ISBN-13: 9781848506862
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 1,489,522
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    If enough is enough when it comes to bad health - this is for you.

    By far the best health book in years....

    The English have an uncanny talent for noticing the good and the bad when it comes to the US. First with reality talent TV shows, and now when it comes to addressing the state of our health. The Health Delusion is the that all too familiar English voice, that has no problem criticizing those who don't live up to touted claims and image, but also recognizing and bringing attention to the hidden gems. Add in the often satirical and humorous tone of the authors, and you have got some top notch entertainment on your hands.

    Big food, Big Pharma, Big Supplements and Big Brother all get a lambasting for deceiving us in this game changing book, but the authors realize it is all too easy to be keyboard warriors and find fault with those who are out doing it. They offer their own solutions based the on solid scientific founding of hundreds of scientific research papers, all listed in the book.
    The end creation a masterpiece as they present to you a blueprint for health, so logical and practical - it makes you wonder why every citizen is not given it to finally put an end to our disease burden.

    Covering all the key and contentious health issues of our times - antioxidants, vitamin D, diets, vegetarianism, pregnancy, fats, mental disease, cancer, drugs among others - this is the most comprehensive health book in years.

    Some times frightening, always eye opening this is a must read for anyone who says enough is enough and refuses to be another statistic.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    Sloppy Work

    I will preface this by saying I'm only rating the 2-page section of the book on turmeric and curcumin. While I do agree with the authors' premise of misleading headlines regarding health supplements, the authors themselves have done the readers a grave disservice in their glancing treatment of curcumin. They choose to focus on only in vitro (lab) studies mentioned by the newspaper who printed the headline they are questioning, when in fact there have been several clinical trials involving patients with particularly lethal advanced cancers (e.g., pancreatic cancer) for whom curcumin has offered tremendous benefit - either by itself or combined with the chemotherapy drug that had previously failed on its own in these patients - despite the lack of substantial bioavailability. The authors mention the lack of bioavailability of curcumin, but fail to mention the scientific evidence presented in epigenetic studies conducted around the world and reviewed by respected authorities (such as those at the Linus Pauling Science Center, Oregon State University and the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) that suggest that the minute amounts of dietary biochemical compounds that are bioavailable in nutrients/herbs that have "poor bioavailability" may indeed be preventive and therapeutic in cancers (notably, curcumin).

    Failure to include this information and the literally hundreds of other clinical studies (and yes, some of them randomized, double-blinded, and placebo-controlled, or open-label and compared successfully against FDA-approved chemotherapy drugs) is an unforgivable error. In a book purporting to present evidence you can believe in, how can we trust that the rest of the information presented by these authors isn't as equally sloppy, cursory, or perhaps even biased?

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