Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs: How Surgery Can Be Hazardous to Your Health - And What to Do About It

Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs: How Surgery Can Be Hazardous to Your Health - And What to Do About It


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Most people would consider a knife wound to the stomach a serious health risk, but a similar scalpel wound in an operating room is often shrugged off. In Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs, Dr. Harvey Bigelsen explains how today’s medical doctors overprescribe surgery and ignore its long-term health implications. Any invasive medical procedure, he argues—including colonoscopies and root canals—creates inflammation in the body, leading to serious and long-lasting health problems.

Inflammation, according to Dr. Bigelsen, is the real cause of all chronic disease (persistent or long-lasting illness). Noting that Western medicine has yet to “cure” a single chronic disease, Bigelsen points to a new paradigm: one that treats each patient as an individual (rather than as a set of symptoms), avoids further damage to the body through surgery, and looks for the root cause of chronic disease in past damage done to the patient’s body—whether caused by a bad fall or a scalpel. Provocatively written and radical in its approach, Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs challenges readers to rethink everything they believe about illness and how to treat it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556439582
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Harvey Bigelsen, MD, helped found the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) in 1978, and three years later helped to write the Arizona law allowing alternative medical practitioners to be licensed and judged by their peers rather than by mainstream doctors. A frequent lecturer for alternative health organizations, he lives in Nevada City, CA. Medical writer Lisa Haller lives in St. Paul, MN.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Who's Holding the Knife? vii

1 An Invitation 1

2 The Message 15

3 At the Window Looking In 19

4 Charting the Terrain 27

5 Disease Is a Process 41

6 Inflammation Is the Turning Point 53

7 "The Terrain Is Everything; the Germ Is Nothing" 75

8 Education, Politics, and Ethics 89

9 A Prescription for Harm 105

10 Reshaping Terrain 121

11 The Base of the Temple 135

12 Emotion Links to the Structure 147

13 The Trigger Must Be Physical 155

14 To Be Human Is to Be Unique 159

15 Finding the Obstruction in the Flow 171

16 Your Life, Your Choice, Your Actions 179

Appendix 1 Catching the Runaway Trains 185

Appendix 2 The Hippocratic Oath 199

Glossary 203

Notes 215

Bibliography 225

Index 241

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