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"The intrigue that follows and the information revealed leave the reader gripped in a story that crosses continents, and mixes Eastern and Western medical practices.  "The God Complex" is fascinating and makes the reader question if everything we've been told by the medical community is truly accurate ..." -- RebeccasReads.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453717021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453717028
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura S. Kara on September 23, 2011
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As an acupuncturist, I found The God Complex to be impeccably researched and giving suspense to a story that would otherwise be difficult for the mainstream reader. As a patient having fallen through the cracks of Western medicine and nearly losing my life, I'm grateful to Chris Titus for having written a book that brings a new view on why taking charge of one's health is so important. I can't wait to recommend this book to my patients. This was a great read.
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I hope this is the first of many books to come from Chris Titus. He obviously has the unique ability to take a difficult to understand topic and present it as a back drop and plot line to an exciting, twisting adventure novel. This story is a page turner. As a health care provider I witness daily the harsh effects of western medicine on patient moral and their health. This story is poignant to our time as we in the west seek a patient centered health care system, not one controlled by the hospitals, the pharmaceutical and the insurance industries. Herein a western doctor is forced to use his own medicine to cure himself, the results are exciting, relevant and thought provoking. This book is for patients and practitioners alike. Read it!
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I enjoyed the mix of east and west medicine, but some of the explanations and diagrams just went on for too long.

The story itself had some nice twists to it, but I felt like some of the plot was left out to make room for the concentration on the eastern medicine portions of the story.

For a first novel I think it was well done. I am hopeful that there are more to come and that, like most authors, he will improve with each book.
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This was a very exciting read. It was somewhat chilling to witness the ordeal his prisoners went through. Thankfully, also somewhat unbelievable that he wouldn't be discovered. Suspending reality a bit, I actually kind of enjoyed the doctors getting a taste of their own bedside manner. Western medicine could certainly take quite a few lessons from Eastern medicine, especially in viewing the patient as a complete entity and not a broken leg or type 2 diabetic, etc.
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This was another book that I really had trouble putting down. Perhaps because I'm currently struggling with some health issues, I found the information about Eastern Medicine quite intriguing. The premise for this book is that the main character has a history of medical issues, and due to their thankfully near-bottomless depth of financial reserves, is able to explore all that Western Medicine has to offer. When he finds it coming up short, for reasons related to the influence of Insurance companies and Big Pharma on diagnoses and medical treatment, he begins to explore Eastern medicine and what it has to offer. Of interest is not that he declares that one is better than the other, but rather ultimately concludes that it is a combination of both methodologies that has the best effect.

That being said, the author then takes this person's personal struggle and wraps an exciting tale around it. I can't go into too many specifics without providing spoilers, but this character becomes our proxy medical hero - the kind of informed patient we all want to be, and the kind that medical professionals probably loathe.

I had issues with some unresolved plot items at the end of the book, but otherwise found this book fascinating in its technical explanations, effortless presented to the reader in practical examples, and with a story-bound instructional plotline that helps explain the myriad complex concepts. The storytelling itself was fairly tight, and quite engaging. As I mentioned, I had a hard time putting this one down, so it made for a quick read. There are definitely some fantastic and improbably elements to the story, but hey - that's fiction.
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What would happen if a doctor, who relies on western medicine, was given a chance to be taught traditional Chinese medicine? Would that doctor embrace the chance to learn and expand his knowledge, or would he scoff at the `crack pots' who believe in a more holistic approach? What would you do if someone approached you with a totally different way of treating patients symptoms?

Steve Benson has been plagued by various undiagnosed symptoms for years. He inadvertently finds a practitioner of Chinese medicine who sets him on a path of healing.

With real events woven into an intriguing fictional mystery, The God Complex takes you through a twisting journey of unrelenting symptoms, strange medical encounters, traditional fighting skills and finally peace. The characters are believable, the settings are real and Steve Benson's difficulties finding relief are all too true. If you are interested in alternative medicine, like a page-turner that takes you on an exciting journey, then this book is a must read.
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GREAT BOOK! A GREAT Thrilling Ride!!! Intelligent writing- (much respect for the author's ability to craft TRUE FACTS and weave them into an exciting FICTION/MYSTERY/DRAMA.

ANYONE interested in their 'own' personal HEALTH ---(and who isn't?), or interested in Western medicine vs. Eastern Medicine--
....alternative preventative care---acupuncturist,
... benefits of yoga and meditation (stillness), GiGong, rebalancing the elements, energy in the body, etc.
....and who enjoys reading stories based on TRUE medical FACTS and complications ---(with a fun thriller-twist)---this is the perfect book to read!

Steve Benson (a frank, fast thinking always interesting main character), spends 15 years of his life ---(and money),looking for a cure into his mysterious illness. He has debilitating pain and loss of ability to have sex ---devastating to his psyche. Trouble sleeping, chronic joint pain, etc.
His coffee & chocolate junkie food habit exacerbate more stress. Western doctors suggest pills (lots of pills) --and often tell him he is having Pyschosomatic manifestations.

Not only did Steve Benson spent 15 years searching for a cure to end his pain--he wanted the doctors who missed diagnosed him to experience the pain he went through and admit they were failing their patients. He was going to TEACH the DOCTORS a life lesson!

As the reader: One cannot help but feel GOOD while Steve Benson holds two doctors hostage. (fantasy at its best).
There is tenderness in this book, too, but doled out judiciously.

This is a fiction book---but the 15 year 'search-for-a-cure' was THE AUTHORS daily life.

Its sad-its funny-its moving-inspiring-
AND....
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