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What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn't Know: The Alternative Treatments That May Change Your Life--and the Prescriptions That Could Harm You Hardcover – June 30, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416549331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416549338
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Michael Murray compellingly explains the naturopathic alternative to conventional drug therapy for common health concerns." -- Andrew Weil , M.D., author of the forthcoming Why Our Health Matters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Dr. Michael Murray compellingly explains the naturopathic alternative to conventional drug therapy for common health concerns."-- Andrew Weil , M.D., author of the forthcoming Why Our Health Matters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Michael T. Murray, N.D.

Dr. Murray is one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. His research into the health benefits of proper nutrition is the foundation for a best-selling line of dietary supplements from Natural Factors, where he is Director of Product Development. He is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.

The Science Behind DoctorMurray.com

For the past thirty years, Dr. Murray has been compiling a massive database of original scientific studies from the medical literature. He has personally collected over 60,000 articles from the scientific literature, which provide strong evidence on the effectiveness of diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural measures in the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease. It is from this constantly expanding database that Dr. Murray provides the answers on health and healing on DoctorMurray.com.

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This book is packed full of information!
Evan Walters
Dr. M. points out that many drugs actually CAUSE the symptoms they are supposed to be treating, so you get addicted to them!
Susan Schenck
This is another very good book of common sense backed up with studies that help prove the common sense.
James R. Holland

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Format: Hardcover
This book is destined to become a classic among those that shift the paradigm from toxic drug use to natural healing! It is very reader friendly for the layman. In the first chapter, Murray illustrates how the drug companies only care about money, not health. (When I first discovered this years ago, it was like finding out your mother had Munchousen syndrome by proxy---a mental disorder in which moms poision their kids!) Dr. Murray packs the chapter with shocking facts: Though the USA buys 40% of the world's drugs, we rank 42 in life expectancy. $57 billion is spent on marketing to MDs, and twice as much is spent on marketing as on drug research. Their research is suspect, since they hire for-profit research companies and are also able to suppress the research that doesn't show the drug as effective. In the last 20 years, 2 million have died from adverse drug reactions!

In chapter 2, Dr. Murray explains that the knowledge of the body as self-healing has been forgotten by doctors. He points out that many drugs are really little more than a placebo effect, harnessing the power of the patient's mind to heal the body. Murray teaches us how drugs merely relieve symptoms but absolutely do not cure. One can never heal without getting to the root of the illness. As an expample, he had a patient with high blood pressure. Instead of giving him drugs, Murry learned the guy was jogging near the freeway, which made him breathe in lead. Once he switched to the beach, the blood pressure normalized!

In several of the chapters, Dr. Murray takes us on a detailed journey of common health disorders (such as headaches, osteoarthritis, asthma and more) and points out the pitfalls and side effects of drug treatment and the simplicity and effectiveness of natural remedies.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on June 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The first thing I did when I received this review copy was to Google "Bastyr University" and find out exactly what the N.D. degree means since that is the author's official medical degree. I'd recommend any reader do that first before reading the book. "The university is located north of Seattle, Washington. Named by the "Princeton Review' as one of the 168 best medical schools in the country, the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University is committed to developing leaders in the evolving field of natural medicine. Bastyr's fully accredited naturopathic doctor (ND) program is internationally renowned for its rigorous curriculum, comprehensive clinical training and ground breaking research." The University also gives various kinds of degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Nutrition, Health Psychology, Herbal Sciences, Exercise Science and Wellness, and has graduate schools of Midwifery Certification and Applied Behavioral Science. With the book author's medical credentials out of the way, the reader can then dive into this interesting study done by "one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine." He is co-author of "Textbook of Natural Medicine" and has written 20 other books as well.
"Naturopathic medicine," unlike conventional or "allopathic medicine" that focuses primarily on treating disease rather than promoting health, naturopathic "is a system that emphasizes prevention, treatment and the promotion of optimal health through the use of natural, nontoxic therapies."
The author warns the readers that "when people refer to me as an expert in alternative medicine, I usually correct them. I am a proponent of what I like to describe as `rational' medicine, which combines the best of both conventional medicine and alternative methods.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By James Jewett on August 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Overall the quality of this book is very good. The author starts out with a compelling discussion about research methods used by the pharmaceutical companies.

He then provides an overview of common disorders, mentions traditional conventional treatment methods and then discusses alternatives that may prove helpful.

If you are hoping to find some new nuggets of information, they are included. Also included however are many of the "standards of care" and many of the alternative approaches have already been covered extensively in other sources.

When discussing the issue of cholesterol, he points out the "traditional values" but only touches on the issue of cholesterol molecule size. No mention is made of "oxidized cholesterol" which even cardiologists are pointing out is now a significant risk factor.

When discussing BMI, the author defends the validity of the measurement, taking sides with insurance companies. While mention is made of muscle mass, nothing is noted regarding those who have large frame (skeletal) sizes.

Current research suggests a waist size of half your height may be an ideal measurement. However, the book holds to the old 40 inch rule for males.

To summarize, there are good sections to the book. If you are new to the topic of alternative health, then it could be a 5 star publication. The author does a very good job of contrasting conventional medicine with some alternatives that you may find helpful.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book attempts to a) to point out the flaws in our current drug based medical system and b) to outline some of the basic facts and principles of what the author calls `rational medicine.'

The first point is well made in this book. All sorts of shocking facts and statistics are included that should be more than enough for anyone to re-evaluate the information we have come to accept as factual concerning drugs and how they are used to treat diseases and how harmful or successful they are.

The author explains that 60 thousand dollars are spent marketing to each doctor in the US, and that drug companies now control medical education and many medical journals as well. He also explains how easy it is for drug companies to skew the results of randomised controlled trials in their favour or to simply refuse to publish any studies that show negative results. The dangers of various drugs are outlined as well as the fact that there are often safer alternatives.

The second point in this book is far less well made. This book would likely have been much better and stronger if it had focused just on the first point. This second point is discussed in such a way that it would make me wary of recommending this book to doctors or to anyone else. A lot of basic information is missing and a lot of the medical information given is just plain wrong.

For example:
- The author is very ignorant about fats and oils. Canola oil is recommended and there is a lot of scare-mongering about any oil that isn't monounsaturated - as if eating all mono fats is best for you. (That is not the case!)
- The author has fallen for the anti-saturated fat myths and the cholesterol myths and the diet information given has a significant vegetarian bias.
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