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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About 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.
Table of Contents
The Methuselah Complex 9
Interventional Cardiology and Kindred Delusions 17
Fats, Fads, and Fate 35
You and Your Colon 65
Breast Cancer and How the Women's Movement Got It Wrong 77
Prostate Envy 92
Worried Sick 101
Musculoskeletal Predicaments 107
Medicalization of the "Worried Well" 128
Turning Aging into a Disease 146
Health Hazards in the Hateful Job 166
Why Are Alternative and Complementary Therapies Thriving? 177
Epilogue: A Ripe Old Age 201
Annotated Readings 207
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This excellent book was a real eye-opener. It contains a lot of statistics which are a bit hard to get through sometimes, but the main message is clear - do all you can to avoid being a "patient" when you are experiencing the normal aches and pains of aging. Some treatments are far worse than the supposed "disease", and the medical and pharmaceutical industries have a lot to gain by medicalizing aging. One shocking example is bone scans and diagnosing osteoporosis - the treatment for supposed osteoporosis does very little to prevent fractures and is far worse than the disease.Doctors and patients both should read this book.
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.
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.