The Last Well Person: How to Stay Well Despite the Health-Care System

Overview

Have you had it with celebrity gurus offering miracle cures? Are you sick of being treated like a diseased time bomb? Finally, someone has the courage to address the tough questions about our health care. In The Last Well Person Dr Nortin Hadler cuts through the medical white noise with his trademark tough love: Heart bypass surgery: Usually a waste of money, time, and energy, Treatment for prostate cancer: Does more harm than good, Testing for breast cancer: Not always ...
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Overview

Have you had it with celebrity gurus offering miracle cures? Are you sick of being treated like a diseased time bomb? Finally, someone has the courage to address the tough questions about our health care. In The Last Well Person Dr Nortin Hadler cuts through the medical white noise with his trademark tough love: Heart bypass surgery: Usually a waste of money, time, and energy, Treatment for prostate cancer: Does more harm than good, Testing for breast cancer: Not always effective, Chronic pain: See your therapist, not your pharmacist.

Dr Hadler skewers a self-serving medical industry and shows that constant monitoring and unnecessary intervention turn healthy people into patients. Sick with worry, we are a culture panicked over unfounded illnesses. The Last Well Person offers practical solutions on to, cs including aging, obesity, diabetes, and back problems. If you're not afraid of seeing conventional wisdom overturned by hard facts, if you're ready to educate yourself and trust your own judgment, you are ready for Dr Hadler.

About the Author:
Nortin M. Hadler has lectured widely in North America and abroad and testified before the U.S. Congress and U.S. Social Security Board

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773527959
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,470,840
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Nortin M. Hadler is professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and attending rheumatologist, University of North Carolina Hospitals.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Methuselah complex 9
1 Interventional cardiology and kindred delusions 17
2 Fats, fads, and fate 35
3 You and your colon 65
4 Breast cancer and how the women's movement got it wrong 77
5 Prostate envy 92
Pt. 2 Worried sick 101
6 Musculoskeletal predicaments 107
7 Medicalization of the "worried well" 128
8 Turning aging into a disease 146
9 Health hazards in the hateful job 166
10 Why are alternative and complementary therapies thriving? 177
Epilogue : a ripe old age 201
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  • Posted March 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    This book nails Pharma and the 'medical-industrial complex'

    The two very recent studies that confirm that prostate PSA screening is a waste of time and money, often leading to unnecessary, expensive and crippling procedures, were forecast in detail in this book. The greatest crime of all is the 500,000 US heart bypass operations each year, hugely invasive and expensive procedures, none of which should be performed. Lifestyle (diet, exercise) changes, drugs and/or stents work as well, are far safer and cost a fraction of these open-heart surgeries. Fosamax and similar 'bone drugs' for women? A colossal fraud. Marketing and profits have replaced any concern for our welfare. Our US health care bill this year will be about 2.4 TRILLION dollars, at least half of it totally wasted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Think outside the box!

    Difficult, conceptually ,in places but a truly amazing, eye-opening mind-expanding experience. You'll never view healthcare the same way again. At the pinnacle of medicine himself ,yet the author is perhaps one of it's most analytic critics.

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