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Beating Endo: How to Reclaim Your Life from Endometriosis Hardcover – June 25, 2019
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Beating Endo is a holistic, team approach for treating endometriosis that only offers practical, caring advice, but perhaps most critically, empowers women with knowledge and hope for recovery…brilliant and accessible Beating Endo is a must-read for any woman suffering from endometriosis. -- Dr. Ginger Garner, DPT, Founder & Executive Director, Professional Yoga Therapy Institute®
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From two of the world’s leading experts in endometriosis comes an essential, first-of-its-kind book that unwraps the mystery of the disease and gives women the tools they need to reclaim their lives from it.
Approximately one out of every ten women has endometriosis, an inflammatory disease that causes chronic pain, limits life’s activities, and may lead to infertility. Despite the disease’s prevalence, the average woman may suffer for a decade or more before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Once she does, she’s often given little more than a prescription for painkillers and a referral for the wrong kind of surgery. Beating Endo arms women with what has long been missing, even within the medical community—namely, cutting-edge knowledge of how the disease works and what the endo sufferer can do to take charge of her fight against it.
Leading gynecologist and endometriosis specialist Dr. Iris Kerin Orbuch and world-renowned pelvic pain specialist and physical therapist Dr. Amy Stein have long partnered with each other and with other healthcare practitioners to address the disease’s host of coexisting conditions—which can include pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, gastrointestinal ailments, painful bladder syndrome, central nervous system sensitization—through a whole-mind/whole-body approach. Beating Endo formalizes the multimodal program they developed, offering readers an anti-inflammatory lifestyle protocol that incorporates physical therapy, nutrition, mindfulness, and environment to systematically address each of the disease’s coconditions on an ongoing basis, up to and following excision surgery. This is the program that has achieved successful outcomes for patients; it is the program that works to restore health, vitality, and quality of life to women with endo.
No more “misdiagnosis roulette” and no more limits on women’s lives: Beating Endo puts the tools of renewed health in the hands of those whose health is at risk.
- Publisher : Harper Wave; 1st edition (June 25, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062861832
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062861832
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.05 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That said, much of the book focuses on massive dietary changes, changes in cleaning supplies and even mattresses, and advocates for intensely expensive physic therapy routes. One of the most helpful interventions, surgery, is presented in the context of needing to first make these expensive and wide-ranging lifestyle changes before it could or should be done.
I don't doubt that an organic, local, plant-based diet would help many of us, but it's simply not feasible for the vast majority of people with endometriosis. Many of us can't afford more expensive but gentler cleaning supplies, another recommendation. Pelvic PT may be an ideal path, but it too can be prohibitively expensive.
What's worse, is that the tone repeatedly taken by the authors is such that any person unwilling to make the investment in these broad and expensive endeavors is simply not committed to their healing. Repeatedly described as holistic, this plan is presented as an all-or-nothing approach, and framed with testimonial-like examples of people committed and well-off enough to change every aspect of their lives.
The bottom line is this: this book will tell you to take yoga class, eat an organic plant-based diet, change all of your household cleaning supplies (and your bed, clothes, and makeup), go to pelvic PT, and then maybe Iris will consider being your surgeon.
Honestly, if I'm saving up to invest in my health, I'm going to pick a surgeon who works with me to create a realistic plan, instead of insisting I'm not committed if I don't follow a radical and expensive plan flawlessly.
Nothing else treats endo. These idiots think pelvic therapy and hormones are right for everyone. Their method, used by my surgeon, caused me to wait 8 MONTHS for surgery when I had a LIFE THREATENING abscess that formed an infection. I had to wait because my doctor wanted to try their method for physical therapy and hormones.....
Any doctor who is willing to put an NDA above my life, is NOT someone I would be willing to have surgery with. Why would I trust someone to cut me open if they don’t even want me talking to my family about how they treat me? WHO WOULD BE COMFORTABLE WITH BEING FORCED INTO SILENCE BECAUSE THEIR DOCTOR SAID THEY CANNOT TALK ABOUT A MAJOR SURGERY SURGERY?!?! No. Unacceptable. Surgery and chronic illness are big deals and they need to be talked about BIG TIME. Forcing your “clients” to sign an NDA before they’ll maybe receive treatment is as corrupt as it comes. If my doctor were to have no recourse after misdiagnosing me and performing negligent medical care, I would storm the white house and burn everyone to the ground. Making your “clients” sign an NDA to become a patient sounds like the type of abuse used in domestic violence situations where the abuser isolates their victim from the rest of the world. WHY is this ok for a doctor who took the hippocratic oath? I have so many, many massive issues with Dr Iris Orbuch after reading her book and seeing how she treats her patients publicly.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS “BOOK”. It touts the wonders of physical therapy, hormones, antidepressents, and narcotics while totally ignoring so many glaring problems- like patients being allergic to narcotics, patients being unable to take any hormones, patients who don’t need antidepressants and soooo much more. If you HAVE to read this book, get it from your library. Do not give this trash “doctor” a single dime of your money when you could be putting it towards ACTUAL excision surgery.
A couple of things bothered me that I think the authors could address if there is ever a second edition: 1) lack of inclusiveness to gender identities beyond cis-gender women and 2) an assumption that all of us can choose between buying a new couch and paying for pelvic floor PT or choosing between a vacation and excision surgery. For me my pelvic PT is paid for by my insurance, but only after I met a $5k deductible following an ablation surgery. Quite frankly, I had no money for a couch or a vacation. It doesn't bother me that gold standard or expensive treatments were described as ideal, it's more the idea that all of us have the privileges of the trade-offs that were mentioned as examples.