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Heart Frauds: Uncovering the Biggest Health Scam In History [Paperback]

by Charles T. McGee
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April 2001 0941599566 978-0941599566 First Edition
Did you know that... *The angiogram used for recommending procedures on the heart is highly inaccurate and not necessary. *There is no evidence that coronary bypass surgery or balloon angioplasties extend life, yet over 600,000 of these procedures are being done each year. *Blood cholesterol levels are ineffective in determining heart attack risk and much more accurate measurements exist but are seldom used. *Cholesterol-lowering drugs do not extend life, but may actually increase the overall death rate. *The primary focus in the medical industry is to make a profit and, therefore, much of the advice and treatment we receive is not in our best interest. *Obstructions in coronary arteries can open up with diet and lifestyle changes alone, but because of financial incentives doctors prefer sending patients into surgery. *Conventional treatment for heart disease often does not work but safe, inexpensive methods are available that do work. For most people angiograms, coronary bypass surgery, balloon angioplasty, and cholesterol-lowering drugs are not effective and are completely unnecessary. The most popular medical procedures are the most profitable for the health care industry but are often the least effective. Hundreds of thousands of people each year are deceived in undergoing expensive medical treatments that do no good and may even do a great deal of harm. Highly effective procedures that are low-risk and inexpensive are ignored or even ridiculed. Recommending expensive, high-risk procedures over the cheaper, more effective ones amounts to nothing more than fraud. If you had the choice of going through a risky $20,000 surgical procedure or simply taking a daily vitamin supplement which one would you choose? Most patients aren't given the choice. If you are concerned about heart disease, and everyone should be, you need to read this book!

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Obstetrician-gynecologist McGee has been in general practice in Ecuador and China as well as the U.S., and his overseas experience included epidemiology and health statistics in rural areas where people live on simple foods. The title of his book arises from his insistence that more than 80 percent of angiograms and heart bypass surgeries are unnecessary. He also argues that cholesterol isn't as major a factor in provoking heart attacks as it is made out to be, and that advertising and greed are among the main forces driving many drug companies and much of medical practice to say that it is. This isn't the ivory-tower spouting of a fanatic, for, whatever one may think of his satire and sarcasm, some of which is very clever, McGee knows the medical literature and thoroughly documents his points from the contents of reputable journals. He blasts some fresh air through modern medicine and blows away some of its profitable sacred cows. William Beatty
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Piccadilly Books, Limited; First Edition edition (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941599566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941599566
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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116 of 116 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone over 35years old should read this book! October 29, 2006
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I graduated medical school over 10 years ago, even then, Cardiothoracic surgeons and Cardiologists have always been at the top of the hiearchy in hospitals. This is due to both money and machismo. Several facts always troubled me; everything from the patients who had heart attacks despite normal cholesterol, to the inconsistent findings seen on angiogram, to the cognitive defects seen following surgery.

Well, McGee's book cites multiple studies showing there is little correlation between cholesterol and heart disease. Before reading the book, I had only read the studies justifying the use of statin drugs. It seemed strange to me that so much pathology was tied in to a molecule which is needed by your body to make hormones and components of brain tissue.

McGee points out lack of inter and intra-rater relliability in reading angiograms, which is used as the main study to determine what type of treatment will follow, the most invasive being open heart surgery. Well, it turns out that angioplasty and/or cardiac bypass don't prolong life.

Many cardiologists that I know have become wealthy using the following algorhythm: use statins to lower cholesterol. This doesn't work to decrease heart disease, so they probably won't lose them as patients. After a heart attack or the onset of angina, do an angiogram. Well, angiograms aren't reliable, so they can read into it whatever pathology they want. Eventually, they'll do an angioplasty based on an unreliable angiogram, this won't stop angina, so they'll throw in some stents. Eventually, the cardiologist will have billed all the procedures he can. Time to send them off to the heart surgeon. They'll get a 2-5 vessel bypass costing 50-100k. By this time the patient is probably broke.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
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Dr. McGee has written a very informative book on the subject. Contrary to what the public is told; cardiovascular disease has rapidly declined over the past decades. And, the reduction in mortality is not due to improvement in medical technology but simply a boost in the public's intake of vitamin supplements including anti-oxidants such as vit. A, C, and E.

Dr. McGee is not a conspiracy theorist, but a well-established doctor who is more respectful of the scientific method than the medical establishment. He supports every single statement with scientific studies. At the end of the book, he discloses an excellent bibliography with a summary of the major studies he refers to in order to advance his arguments.

He uncovers how the AMA has ignored such scientific studies to advance the lucrative practice of bypass, angioplasty, and cholesterol lowering drug prescriptions. All those practices have made a lot of money for the medical establishment. But, they have not helped the public's health whatsoever.

The author indicates that the vast majority of bypass surgeries are unnecessary. Angiograms are helplessly inaccurate. There is a more accurate test (quantitative angioplasty) that is never used on patients outside of research studies. Cholesterol-lowering drugs are ineffective. Studies indicate they marginally reduce mortality rate due to cardiovascular disease; but boost overall death rates due to much higher cancer rates.

In the author's mind, the whole focus on cholesterol is misguided. Studies have not found a significant link between cholesterol and heart disease.
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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Charles T McGee presents a witty, often hilarious, and always to-the-point attack on the hugely profitable industry that has grown around heart disease.
Mc Gee reviews the studies conducted to date on open heart surgery - many would be shocked to know that they have all failed to show any appreciable longevity benefit for those who undergo surgery compared to those who don't.
McGee presents, with cutting wit, an example of a typical sales-like pitch on the benefits of open heart surgery often given to patients who have just had a heart attack. Patients are typically told they will be unlikely to live to see the next morning unless they undergo surgery right away. Studies examining the survival rate of patients who successfully choose to eschew surgery and opt for other means of addressing their illness reveal this pitiful sales pitch for the nonsense it truly is. It appears the only thing truly in danger if patients start refusing open heart operations is the ability of the surgeon to keep up the lease payments on his new Mercedes.
McGee also presents a highly critical expose' of the field of angiogragphy. He reveals that the most effective form of angiogram has been typically confined to use in research settings, while the less effective version is the one commonly used in the clinical setting to make the all-important decision on whether or not to operate.
McGee also takes a shot at the cholesterol theory. He highlights how the theory has it's origins in flawed animal experiments performed by Russian researchers at the beginning of the twentieth century, and then goes on to highlight the many other studies that have failed to show any benefit from cholesterol lowering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are concerned with your heart read this book
The author McGee covers some very serious concerns about the current medical system and its concern for profit over health. Read more
Published 3 months ago by coconutcreamcare
3.0 out of 5 stars May be outdated info
Wasn't the focus I was looking for and it was written in 2007. Some of the issues the author brings up may no longer be issues. But look to others for more authoritative critiques.
Published 7 months ago by One voice
5.0 out of 5 stars Fads & Fallacies in the name of Science
I am highly astonished after now having finished read this book. I have during more than fifty years been reading many science books and now own around 300 book concerning doctors... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gert Bo Thorgersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Procedures Don't Prolong LIfe Just Make Docs and Hospitals Rich
This book provides copies of original research that states that Bypass surgery does NOT prolong life. This has been known since 1977 with the veterans study. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jerry
3.0 out of 5 stars o.k., but a bit disappointing
I wanted to like this book, but I was a bit disappointed. The causes and treatment of coronary artery disease are topics about which well-qualified experts hotly disagree. Read more
Published on December 9, 2007 by rwk
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
I received this book as a gift, and judging from the title was expecting something kooky and eccentric. I was pleasantly suprised. Dr. Read more
Published on November 25, 2007 by helianthus
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Frauds
I have been researching this kind of information and working with it for many years .

My opinion is BUY THIS BOOK . Read more
Published on May 15, 2007 by Anthony M. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the darkness into the Light
What a revelation. So glad to have read this book. Such a shame that the medical elite have to keep the American public in the dark on the more up to date science on why we are... Read more
Published on August 12, 2006 by Dorothy R. Brant
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Little Book
Very readable, some typos--but just ignore them. Good for laymen(I am a health professional). Everybody should have a copy of this book BEFORE they go to a cardiologist. Read more
Published on March 17, 2006 by Ruth Remmin
5.0 out of 5 stars America - Sit up and Take Note!
How many physicians have researched diseases, nutrition and medical practices in cultures with no cardiovascular problems or heart attacks. Read more
Published on March 16, 2002 by olafva
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