From Publishers Weekly
After his wife was cured of a critical illness through natural therapies, M.D. Saputo retrained his career on the principles of integrative medicine. Here, he pitches his plan as a holistic four-stage approach to health: lifestyle management (including diet, exercise and spirituality); complementary and alternative medicine (acupuncture, herbal medicine, etc.); thorough testing; and, lastly, a sparing role for pharmaceuticals and other, more invasive methods. Pushing back against physicians who have "essentially become employees of large business conglomerates," Saputo says that Americans' "lavish use of pharmaceuticals" isn't helping, just making them dependent. Saputo discusses competing models of healthcare before turning his attention to the business of it, finding the profit motive largely to blame for the industry's "dire condition." Based on experience in his own clinic, Saputo proposes a five-part plan to improve healthcare, including subsidies for sustainable agriculture, taxes on unhealthy foods, and requiring, as part of patients' medical right-to-know, full disclosure of all scientifically verified treatments, including "alternative" methods. Doctors and patients will appreciate Saputo's conviction, energy and clear-eyed approach to the complicated issue.
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At last, here is a book about health care that asks the right questions not how can we pay for medical treatment for all, but what treatment should we pay for; not which drugs should be used first, but should drugs be the first line of defense? Dr. Saputo provides much-needed answers to those burning health care questions currently in the news and before Congress. --Ellen Hodgson Brown, JD, Author of The Web of Debt and Forbidden Medicine
The vision expressed in A Return to Healing
stands out as exceptional wise, workable, and utterly necessary to steer us from a disease-care model to an authentic, genuine, health care approach. --Larry Dossey, MD, Author of The Power of Premonitions and Reinventing Medicine
Through his personal journey that began as a Duke University trained MD and led to his being one of our most prominent integrative care practitioners, Len Saputo has seen it all. In A Return to Healing
, Len pilots us through our failing medical system and failing health to a brighter future of peak health and a system of health care that works. -Lee Lipsenthal, MD, Author of Finding Balance in a Medical Life
, Past President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
Finally the book to tell the whole truth about our ailing health care system and how to overhaul it. Len Saputo, MD, and co-author Byron Belitsos offer an honest and radically refreshing new strategy for reform. --Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, Department Chair, Integrative Health Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies