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Heart Frauds: Uncovering the Biggest Health Scam In History Paperback – April, 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-0941599566 ISBN-10: 0941599566 Edition: First Edition

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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: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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120 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Billy-Bob Garcia on 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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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Gaetan Lion on May 10, 2006
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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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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By olafva on March 16, 2002
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How many physicians have researched diseases, nutrition and medical practices in cultures with no cardiovascular problems or heart attacks. The author conducted extensive research in Hainan Island (China) with an average life span of 87 and no such "modern" problems.
The first half of the book exposes current emergency room practice of giving (inaccurate) angiograms, recommending (unnecessary) angioplasty or bypass surgery and "balooning" our U.S. Medical costs. Even though better, less expensive alternatives exist, who will champion them? Certainly not established cardiologists and heart surgeons who he humorously compares to "hold up" bandits of the wild west with their masks. This may seem extreme, and he admits they mean no harm but are creatures of "misinformation", and peoples enfatuation with "technological solutions".
The second half of the book explores the history of our poor nutrition: exhorbitant sugar intake (soft drinks), processed and canned foods (white breads), lack of fruits and vegetables, etc. The only saving grace has been our intake of Vitamins which has had a positive influence. Studies & footnotes are cited throughout (you can obtain at your medical library) verifying claims made. The author casts AHA and AMA members who may agree with him in an awkward position of being "captured" and unable to speak out for fear of being austracized. Often, they mean well but have been nurtured in a "left brain" (detailed) specialty environment and not trained to look at the big picture. This book is reminiscient of the best seller, "Making of a Surgeon" by William Nolen by the fervor and dedication of the author agaist all odds to reveal a "flawed system".
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