Chronic: The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Pandemic and How to Get Healthy Again

Chronic: The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Pandemic and How to Get Healthy Again

by Steven Phillips, Dana Parish


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Autoimmune disease and chronic illness is a global pandemic. What is fueling it?

In this timely book, Steven Phillips, MD, and his former patient, Sony singer-songwriter Dana Parish, reveal striking evidence that a broad range of common infections, from COVID-19 to Lyme and many others, cause a variety of autoimmune, psychiatric, and chronic conditions. Chronic explores the science behind what makes them difficult to diagnose and treat, debunks widely held beliefs by doctors and patients alike, and provides solutions that empower sufferers to reclaim their lives.
Dr. Phillips was already an internationally renowned physician specializing in complex, chronic diseases when he became a patient himself. After nearly dying from his own mystery illness, he experienced firsthand the medical community’s ignorance about the pathogens that underlie a deep spectrum of serious conditions—from fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus, to depression, anxiety, OCD and neurodegenerative disorders. Parish, too, watched her health spiral after twelve top doctors missed an underlying infection that caused heart failure and other sudden debilitating physical and psychiatric symptoms. Now, they’ve come together with a mission: to change the current model of simply treating symptoms—often with dangerous, lifelong drugs—and shift the focus to finding and curing root causes of chronic diseases that affect millions around the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358064718
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/02/2021
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 80,936
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Steven Phillips, MD, is a renowned, Yale-trained physician and researcher who lectures internationally. He regularly appears in the media as an expert on Lyme and other chronic infections. In private practice since 1996, he has treated over 20,000 patients from nearly twenty countries. His practice is located in Wilton, Connecticut.
Dana Parish developed Lyme-induced heart failure as a result of being improperly diagnosed by some of the best doctors in the country—and had her life saved by Dr. Phillips. An award-winning singer/songwriter for Sony/ATV, she has become a powerful voice for change in the field of Lyme disease. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Introduction xi

Part I The Root

1 A Wild Family of Infections 3

2 The Myths That Get in the Way 20

3 Bitten and Broken 55

4 How the Medical World Got It So Wrong 88

5 Modern Plagues Caused by Underlying Infection 109

Part II The Remedy

6 The Difficulty in Diagnosis 141

7 The Road to Recovery 162

8 Mending Your Mind 185

Conclusion: Hope Around the Globe 213

Bibliography 224

Notes 242

Acknowledgments 252

Index 255

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