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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Health Publications; 1 edition (November 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591201381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591201380
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Andrew Saul's book Fire Your Doctor! explains some of the best known nutrients now being used to improve health. He's a real stickler for providing reliable research based advice." - Vitality Magazine

"Study this valuable book, master its contents, and then when you see your doctor you will be able to discuss intelligently how to get well. If you find he or she yawns, shuffles about, looks through files, and become very impatient, then fire your doctor." - Abram Hoffer, M.D.

"Excellent book, backed up by numerous references from the medical literature. Considerable value for doctors (and other health care professionals) who have become discontented with what is being advocated by the orthodox authorities."- Erik T. Paterson, M.D.

"Saul uses a sharp wit in advocating for vitamins and attacking the medical and pharmaceutical professions." - Batavia Daily News

About the Author

Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D., has taught clinical nutrition at the New York Chiropractic College and health science and biology at the State University of New York. He has been in practice as a natural therapeutics consultant for nearly thirty years. Dr. Saul publishes the "Doctor Yourself" newsletter and is the author of "Doctor Yourself: Natural Healing that Works". He is also a contributing editor for the "Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine". His website is an important orthomolecular nutrition resource on the Internet.

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Andrew W. Saul, M.S., Ph.D., is Editor-in-Chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and has written or coauthored twelve books. Four of these were coauthored with Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D. Many of Saul's books have been translated into foreign languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, Spanish, Norwegian, and Italian. Dr. Saul was on the faculty of the State University of New York for nine years, and has twice won New York Empire State Fellowships for teaching. Psychology Today magazine named him one of seven natural health pioneers, and he is featured in the documentary movie Food Matters. Dr. Saul has no financial connection whatsoever with any health products company or supplement manufacturer. His website, DoctorYourself.com, is the largest peer-reviewed, non-commercial natural healing resource on the internet. In 2013, Andrew W. Saul was inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame. He is on Facebook, twice: there is an official Andrew W. Saul page authorized by him, and there is also a fan page, with which he has no connection whatsoever. He is also on Twitter.

Customer Reviews

Once again, Dr Saul's book was correct.
The information in this book is essential for anyone who is at all interested in his or her health.
C. Polito
Fire Your Doctor is a how-to-do-it-yourself book.

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120 of 124 people found the following review helpful By RadicalAscorbate on September 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
Whenever claims for nutrition have substance, people often counter with irrational claims of side effects and harm. I rather liked the response from the "reader in California" who slated this book for supposed inaccuracies. It amused me, as Andrew Saul's purported inaccuracies are correct factual statements, and it is the objections that are false.

Firstly, Saul was accurate when stating that there were no reported deaths from vitamin overdose in the US. The counter claim, that 14 children had died in India from vitamin A overdose, was incorrect. Almost certainly, the 14 deaths did not occur from vitamin poisoning. The BMJ article cited by the anonymous reader [BMJ 223:1206, 24 Nov 2001] actually states: "it was unlikely that overdoses had caused the deaths and illness". Blaming vitamin A could be considered hysteria, as the actual death rate in this report was lower than expected [BMJ 2002;324:791, 30 March 2002]. A more reasonable interpretation might be that the vitamin A supplement was saving lives.

As Saul says, azithromycin is no better than low dose vitamin C for treating viral bronchitis. It is well known that antibiotics are generally ineffective against viruses. To treat an infection with vitamin C, pharmacological doses are required. A minimum pharmacological dose of vitamin C is 10 grams. Once again, Dr Saul's book was correct.

On a similar note, the reader with no name's assertion, that doses of 10 grams are appropriate for the treatment of cancer, is also incorrect. Dr Saul suggests that doses of the order of 100 grams are appropriate, and this is accurate for orthomolecular therapy. A typical regime would be 20+ grams of oral vitamin C daily and intravenous infusions of 75 grams (sodium ascorbate) three times per week.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Dr Steve Hickey on April 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This superb book should be in every home. As a young lad, growing up in Liverpool, a favourite aunt once told me that health was our most important possession. At the time, I thought health was automatic. However, as people I loved became sick and died, I realised that she was right.

The best way people can look after their health is to take ownership of it, rather than relying on their doctors. An amusing 17th Century cartoon hangs on the bathroom wall, in the home of a surgeon friend of mine. A physician is seen congratulating the household cook, as his greatest ally. These are his words:

Yes, my good friend, I see you are hard at it and I never can quit the house of my rich patients without shaking hands with the cook. I owe you much, for you confer great favours on me. Your skill in kickshaws and the ingenious art of poisoning enables us medical men to ride in our carriages. Without your assistance, we should all go on foot and be slaved!!

(The Physician's Friend, published by T. Tegg, 111 Cheapside, London, England, 1805-1824).

As the cartoon implies and doctors often suggest, prevention is more effective than treatment. Despite this, the medical establishment is structured towards curing illnesses, rather than preventing them. Dr Saul is different. His interest in health stems from early childhood, when he considered becoming a surgeon. Unable to stand the sight of blood, he did not relish the thought of a career "bailing out leaky boats," so he became interested in natural health.

Medicine has become a high-tech, high-cost industry. Standard medical advice often leaves people in a state of ill health, so common as to be considered normal. Dr Saul believes this level of chronic sickness is unnecessary.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By John I. Mosher on January 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Reader's Review of the book Fire Your Doctor!, by Andrew W. Saul (Basic

Health Publications, 2005)

"Empowering" was one of the first words that came to my mind while reading

"Fire Your Doctor!" Andrew Saul, a natural-born teacher, has provided us

with an enjoyable, practical and easy-to-read book. At the same time, it

contains a great deal of carefully documented information to inform and

encourage people to help themselves to better health.

Dr. Saul emphasizes that people need "education, not medication." "Fire Your

Doctor!" provides that education with well-researched "do-it-yourself"

chapters full of insight, drawn from the author's nearly 30 years of

personal experience as a natural health consultant.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, including physicians who wish to

provide a comprehensive natural-health care program for their clients.

John I. Mosher, Ph.D.

SUNY Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
The introduction and conclusion were wonderful, and the general information about basic supplements.

Books such as 'Vita-Nutrient solution' and 'Orthomolecular medicine for everyone' had far more detailed information, and would be better choices for those new to the topic, but this book was still great. I really liked this doctors enthusiasm and explanations of the political problems and erronous belief systems that are holding back orthomolecular medicine from being mainstream, as it needs to be.

I'm not convinced however by the argument we all need to be almost vegetarian. This sort of diet just does not agree with me. It might if I could eat a lot of, or any, eggs, soy or dairy, but if you can't and you have a disease that means you deal with high carb foods very very poorly... I feel this advice is not helpful, or perhaps not detailed enough. None of the problems with eating dairy, wheat and nightshades such as postatoes are even mentioned, it's a strange omission.

But overall, I agree with the authors ideas about medicine and our responsibility for our own health very much. Supplements such as ubiquinol, carnitine and others have made a very significant difference to my quality of life. (I have the severe neurological disease Myalgic Encepahlomyelitis). I've found this book very helpful in writing a 'Quick start guide' to treating M.E. with supplements and vitamins.

Recommended, though not as a sole resource as it skims over how to treat many common diseases and the information given on each disease is very brief. It's just a good introductory text for those very interested in this topic.
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