Robbins, heir to the ice cream fortune and author of the best-selling Diet for a New America (Stillpoint, 1987), seeks to analyze the American healthcare system and posit a more effective model. He succeeds in his first goal and fails in his second. Robbin rails against the male-dominated medical industry and contrasts its "dominator" model to a "partnership" model, which is rather fuzzily defined. Most of his book focuses on women's health issues, primarily the medicalization of normal processes such as childbirth and menopause, none of which is particularly new. Alternately amusing and annoying are Robbins's frequent exclamations along the lines of "Wow, how awful! I never realized it was this bad for you gals!" His book includes a resource guide, and the copious footnotes, which read like a women's studies syllabus, cite a wide array of sources whose validity is sometimes questionable. But Robbins is not a doctor, and his book is intended as a popular, rather than a scientific, work. Anticipated high demand from the New Age, alternative medicine, and feminist communities makes this title essential for public libraries.?Eris Weaver, Marin Inst. for the Prevention of Alcohol & Other Drug Problems, San Rafael, Cal.
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1997 Body Mind Spirit
Book Award given to a handful of books which provide valuable messages to help transform lives. Each book chosen for an award of excellence makes a unique contribution to our knowledge, our growth, and our self-transformation. We commend the authors and their publishers for their outstanding work. -- Jim Valliere, Publisher, Body Mind Spirit magazine
Essential for public libraries. -- Library Journal, October 1996
Have you ever watched a friend or loved one die? Did you wonder why they had to endure so much, especially at the hands of those you had expected to help? Have you ever wondered why it is taking so long to find a cure for cancer or AIDS? Have you ever had a baby in this country? Have you every tried to tell your healthcare provider something and been told he or she know best and not to worry? I believe these questions would elicit at least one affirmative answer from just about everyone in our country.
The title is descriptive and, I believe, correct - we will feel an explosion from reading this book. People will be shocked and angered. I certainly was! John Robbins has let the cat out of the bag - the cat being the way Americans are manipulated by the American Medical Association, the tobacco industry, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and by the multi-million dollar industry we call healthcare.
Robbins reveals the cover-ups, the scandals, and the greed that feed on the most vulnerable segments of our society: women, children, the elderly, and those who are already struggling with health issues. He exposes the ridicule and outright lies broadcast in an attempt to eliminate chiropractic and other alternative healing practices, not because they were not helping those who sought out alternative care, but because they were taking money from those who would rather line their pockets than cure millions of ill individuals.
Robbins outlines a practical approach using both conventional and alternative care so that we can benefit from the best of both resources. This book is well-written and researched. It has an extensive notes section that documents facts and a resource directory that give pertinent information about where to obtain more information on womens issues, parenting and children, healthy diet, alternative medicine, consumer rights, and much more. I would recommend this book to any adult, especially someone who is dealing with medical issues. Reclaiming Our Health is a must-read for any person who strives to be well-informed. -- New Age Retailer, November/December 1996
John Robbins reminds us that true healing is the return of the memory of wholeness. Gorgeously written, with vast and profound vision, Reclaiming Our Health embraces healing with a perspective that includes us as individuals, societies and the universe. I recommend it highly. -- Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of The Seven Laws of Success
Robbins, who revealed hidden truths about the meat industry in the best-selling Diet for a New America, now takes on the medical establishment. Packed with shocking facts, this new expose leaves few stones unturned, from cancer treatment and menopause to obstetrical practices, infant mortality, and alternative medicine. Did you know, for example, that while 75% of all cancer patients receive chemo treatment, only 3% are cured? This despite the fact that 75% of all oncologists would not use chemotherapy on themselves because they feel it's ineffective and unacceptably toxic. Did you know that the vice-chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the world's largest private cancer treatment and research center, is also Chairman of the board for Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, the largest chemotherapy manufacturers in the world? Robbins doesn't just point fingers, though; he offers sensible, well-thought out suggestions for improving our health as well as our health care system. There are no easy answers here, but change begins with knowledge, and readers will get plenty of that. Expect a lot of buzz around this one. -- NAPRA ReVIEW, Holiday 1996
This is a fascinating portrait of the current state of the medical system in the United States. Particularly interesting is the historical background explaining how the current system has become to entrenched. Robbins presents some sobering statistics about the effectiveness of our technological approach when compared to the lower cost and less invasive approached found in other countries. Anyone with an interest in the current health care crisis will find this book extremely informative.
Areas explored in the book include womens health-care issues such as childbirth, menopause, hysterectomy, and birth control. Other issues explored are cancer treatment, the use of Ritalin as a treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and the emergence of alternative medicine in spite of opposition from the American Medical Association (AMA). Robbins exposes the myth that the AMA has the health of U.S. citizens as its top priority. Alarming evidence is presented indicating that the AMA is interested primarily in maintaining the market share of its physicians.
Invaluable information is presented about the use of midwives versus hospital births. The U.S. has one of the highest cesarean rates and one of the world's highest infant mortality rates of all industrialized nations. In the U.S. 97% of all births occur in hospitals, while in the Netherlands, where the infant mortality rate is lower, 35% of all births occur at home. Robbins presents a convincing case that the welfare of the mother and baby are better served through the use of midwives.
The section of the book dealing with cancer presents alternative treatments which in many cases are more effective than the current protocol of chemotherapy and radiation. Robbins revelation of how radiation became such a prevalent part of cancer therapy is particularly chilling. Memorial Sloan Kettering (the world's largest private cancer treatment center) was given a large donation in 1913 with the condition that radiation be used in all its cancer treatments. The donor owned multiple radium mines and stood to gain financially if additional uses were found for radiation.
In spite of some of the depressing statistics presented, this book is written in a positive and uplifting way. Solutions are offered along with the philosophical shifts that need to occur so that the reader can become more empowered about his or her own health care. This is a very useful and insightful book. -- New Times, May 1997