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How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer, and Healthier from America's Favorite Medical Examiner Hardcover – October 14, 2008
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Book Review: How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer, and Healthier from America's Favorite Medical Examiner (Crown Pub., 2008) by Jan Garavaglia, M.D.
A FirstLook Review
Dr. Jan Garavaglia is also known as Dr. G: Medical Examiner on the Discovery Channel's hit series. In real life she is a forensic pathologist in District 9 of Orange County, Florida. Her district sees about 1100 cases (bodies) a year. She determines the cause of death.
The purpose of How Not To Die lies in the fact that most medical examiners' labs in the United States see deaths for the following reasons:
* 10 % are homicides
* 40% are premature natural deaths
* 40% from accidents
* 10% are suicides
Dr. G writes, "There are other actions you might not be aware of that can save your life." Though many of us believe in an appointed time of death, Dr. G believes that fate lies with genetics and luck, and "a lot of us make our own bad luck."
Following upon the heels of her successful television show with this book, Dr. G hopes to alert society to the benefits of forensic pathology. This science allows doctors to warn us about ways to save our lives. Using actual case studies and sometimes graphic scientific descriptions, Dr. G motivates the reader into health and safety contemplation.Read more ›
The author loves her work and it shows. She speaks with relish about the challenge of solving the tricky puzzles that she faces. Dr. G methodically examines each body, takes notes and photographs, makes microscopic slides, and sends fluids out to the toxicology lab. She also factors information from the individual's medical history into the equation. All of this leads to the doctor's findings about cause and manner of death.
Dr. G's chatty writing style, colorful and fascinating case studies, compassionate attitude, and insights into her own life combine to make this an entertaining, educational, and lively book. Aficionados of "CSI" will find Dr. G's stories particularly engrossing, since they are sometimes dramatic, unusual, and at times, gruesome. Fortunately, Dr. G. has a sense of humor that makes even such grim subject matter a bit more palatable.Read more ›
The advice she gives on healthy living is sage and sound, but it is things most all of us already know: i.e. exercise, eat healthy, see your doctor regularly, don't smoke, do drugs, drink & drive etc. Of course, maybe someone will actually listen to Dr. G, so the book will undoubtedly do some people a lot of good! Nonetheless, if you're a Dr. G fan, buy the book anyhow and it would probably be fascinating for someone interested in forensics who does not watch her show since all the cases she describes would be "new" to them. Don't get me wrong, I love Dr. G and her heart is in the right place! I really hope her book helps people to make changes towards a healthier lifestyle and or to seek out the considerable resources she gives for help with specific lifestyle and health problems.
the danger signals which lead to death. This book
contains extensive clinical experiences and
symptomatology which should never be ignored.
The author explains how dental bacteria can
enter into the bloodstream and kill a patient.
Untreated diabetes can lead to widespread organ
failure. Oral sex can lead to head/neck cancer.
The HPV vaccine can lower the risks of the head/neck cancer.
Changes in vision can precede strokes or bleeding
inside the eye. Confusion can result from a head
injury, low blood sugar or meningitis.
Patients should check for Board Certified physicians.
In addition, there are a host of actions to be taken
to promote good health; namely,
o BMI analysis and followup dieting
o stress reduction
o cultivation of gratefulness
o listen to your body
o use medications and vitamins as directed
This book has some excellent clinical advice for
patients everywhere. These are things that your
doctor may not tell you during a typical visit.
I would add to this book another important item.
Keep copies of your medical records for future
reference. You might be surprised to read the contents.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ok this book was mostly about common sense things you should know already but there were some things I didn't think happening because of decisions that get made. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
I usually don't read books completely to the end but found her writing easy to understand and relayed compassion and emotions. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Nancy Fillhouer
This book has very good basic healthcare information for the layman. However, I was expecting more case studies which would be very interesting for a professional healthcare... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ernurse
Good basic information on things that can extend your life if you pay attention. Dr. Garavaglia should know, being a medical examiner.Published 7 months ago by L. P. Zuber
Quite an easy read. Entertaining book with good facts and laced with additional humor. I have seen this doctor on several shows and she is quite knowledgeable.Published 9 months ago by Rob Peet
Whether you have seen Dr. He's show or not, you can learn lots about health and wellness from her book.Published 17 months ago by Audrey Loethen