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What a waste of time!
on August 23, 2013
I got this book free in the Kindle Free Best Sellars list. It sounded interesting, so I decided to order it. I'm SO glad I didn't pay anything for this garbage. This book is nothing but a huge waste of home. First let me say that I haven't tried the protein water thing, so I don't know if it works or not. I'm not going to try it. But most of the information in this book has no scientific basis whatsover.
Jolan has no authority whatosver to make the claims that she does. She is neither a dietician or a doctor. She recommends using a slew of supplements (many of which the effectiveness is shown to be shaky at best) but recommends not taking any over the counter meds, ANY type of perscription medication, anti-biotics, or vaccinations. I agree to a point that medications are overprescribed and sometimes the side effects are worse than the condition they are intented to treat. I think it is a good idea to research drugs before making the decision to take them. But to say that medications for things like diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and other conditions should not be taken is just silly. She says that she thinks that taking perscription and over the counter drugs should be stigmatized just like the use of illegal street drugs like heroin and cocaine? Seriously? She talks about stigma like it's a good thing. This especially concerns me in the area of psychiatric meds for things like anxiety or depression. There is enough misinformation and stigma associated with these conditions already. Anyone who has experience with a mental illness will tell you that. A huge number of people (I've read as high as 75-80%) with a mental illness refuse to seek any type of treatment because of the stigma associated with it. Psychiatric meds can improve a person's quality of life dramatically. I don't think anyone WANTS to be in perscription medication, but sometimes it's necessary. In the case of psychiatric meds, they can save lives. So why would Jolan want to put increased pressure and stigma on people in general, but especially on people with mental illness? I just don't understand her reasoning. She never really gives any concrete reasons WHY she things medication should be stigmatized. Just because she says so?
One of the supplements she recommends taking is ephedra. The dangers of ephedra are well documented. I did a quick Google search. A document by Harvard Medical School states that the use of ephedra can cause heart attacks, seizures, stroke, and even sudden death. The same article stated that ephedra is responsible for 62% of all herb-related reports to Poison Control.
She also says that high cholestrol isn't dangerous and can be managed with diet alone. In some cases that might be true, but there is also a family history aspect to high cholestrol. Sometimes diet alone isn't enough to control it. A lot of the "information" in this book sounds like nothing more than a conspiracy theory. Big bad Pharma is out to kill us all. Oddly, she also states that doctors prescribing medications are no different than drug dealers selling illicit drugs on the street. Are you serious? I honestly don't understand how anyone can take anything this woman says seriously. This is the first and last book by this author I will be reading.