- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Piccadilly Books, Limited; First Edition edition (April 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0941599566
- ISBN-13: 978-0941599566
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Obstetrician-gynecologist McGee has been in general practice in Ecuador and China as well as the U.S., and his overseas experience included epidemiology and health statistics in rural areas where people live on simple foods. The title of his book arises from his insistence that more than 80 percent of angiograms and heart bypass surgeries are unnecessary. He also argues that cholesterol isn't as major a factor in provoking heart attacks as it is made out to be, and that advertising and greed are among the main forces driving many drug companies and much of medical practice to say that it is. This isn't the ivory-tower spouting of a fanatic, for, whatever one may think of his satire and sarcasm, some of which is very clever, McGee knows the medical literature and thoroughly documents his points from the contents of reputable journals. He blasts some fresh air through modern medicine and blows away some of its profitable sacred cows. William Beatty
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There is a mineral that is really the problem ( or how it is or is not absorbed) but you need to read 'Vitamin K2 and the Calcium paradox' by a Canadian author--to understand and help your body in the best and long term way..After reading this second book your blood pressure should go down naturally as you take V.K2 and much less stiffness. Any way read, and see.
Well, McGee's book cites multiple studies showing there is little correlation between cholesterol and heart disease. Before reading the book, I had only read the studies justifying the use of statin drugs. It seemed strange to me that so much pathology was tied in to a molecule which is needed by your body to make hormones and components of brain tissue.
McGee points out lack of inter and intra-rater relliability in reading angiograms, which is used as the main study to determine what type of treatment will follow, the most invasive being open heart surgery. Well, it turns out that angioplasty and/or cardiac bypass don't prolong life.
Many cardiologists that I know have become wealthy using the following algorhythm: use statins to lower cholesterol. This doesn't work to decrease heart disease, so they probably won't lose them as patients. After a heart attack or the onset of angina, do an angiogram. Well, angiograms aren't reliable, so they can read into it whatever pathology they want. Eventually, they'll do an angioplasty based on an unreliable angiogram, this won't stop angina, so they'll throw in some stents. Eventually, the cardiologist will have billed all the procedures he can. Time to send them off to the heart surgeon. They'll get a 2-5 vessel bypass costing 50-100k. By this time the patient is probably broke. Despite all the worry, pain of getting procedures, and cost, the patient will have the same lifespan as he would have had had he stayed away from cardiologists (except perhaps in the acute phase of the heart attack).
What I tell my family members is stop smoking, eat a pound of fresh vegetables a day, lean meats with lots of oily fish, exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week, take Vitamin B-6 to lower homocysteine, and when your doctor wants to measure your cholesterol, tell them "no thanks". Short of an acute infarct, stay away from cardiologists, especially the ones who describe themselves as "interventionalists", since invariably this will lead to a series of gradually more invasive procedures.
I didn't give 5 stars due to some of the cartoons in the book. I didn't think the cartoons fit in with the same scientific tone of the text.
Actual I ordered this book 3 weeks ago just after my wife (a Thailand woman) had returned home and then told me that she without my knowledge had been in the hospital for having a blood test. And then again, as 3 years ago, by the doctors was frightened about her cholesterol and wanted to start on the drugs that the doctor now again had given her.
It started 3 year ago when we both by my initiative went to the hospital for having blood tests. When we got the results she then was told that she had a big chance for soon dying if she did not start on drugs! Actual she then had 277 (this time 276) in the total cholesterol, but of this the 117 being HDL. And we were told that the HDL only was allowed to lie between 35 and 65. And for me, I was told that it was excellent as I had a total on 194 and the HDL on 55. But I argued with the doctors, and showed that among other by using the framework from Harward Medical School, my wife only had a chance on 1 % for in the next 10 years to get a hearth attack, opposite to my chance being on 14 %. And I also wrote down information's from other American books, but the 2 doctors wouldn't chance their opinion. But after all I succeeded in stopping my wife from taking the actual famous bad drug.
But when she this time returned home from the hospital, and I then looked at the sheet with the blood test results I discovered that among other they now in the same hospital have changed their target concerning HDL for now instead as 3 year ago being 35 < HDL < 65, instead to now being 65 < HDT, that's is being higher than 65. So now for my wife having HDL = 117 is fine, just as I said 3 years ago, but the doctors then denied. But still they don't allow the total to be higher than 200, and therefore again they want my wife to start on the actual bad drug! But by showing my wife that the doctors on one point have chanced to what I told 3 years ago, I succeed in stopping her from using this bad Drug. From which she get back pain and other problem. But as she, and many other persons, blindly trusts their doctors, she now instead is afraid that soon she will die!
But concerning this book, opposite to written by one of the other book reviewers, I like the many cartoons very much and find that they perfectly fits to what's written in the book concerning, Cholesterol, Politic, Doctors blindly following the medical industries which as the first point look after earning more money, and so on. So again, to me, it's excellent drawings.
Even though I've been reading many books written by MDs and PhDs concerning health and sicknesses, and so on, I still in this book found a couple of new details. Most of all I on the side 141, for the first time was seeing the word Lipoprotein (a), Lp(a), being closely resembled to Lipoprotein, LDL, the bad Cholesterol. And this even though that the many other books I've been reading concerning Cholesterol have been printed later than this book. So I then went searching in my "Moby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions", printed in 2009, but couldn't find a single word about Lp(a)! But then I in Google found much writing concerning Lp(a), and here, as in the actual book, was told that Lp(a) looks like telling much about the chance for getting a stroke, or a hearth attack. So as McGee writes "Ask for the measure of Lp(a) if you are speculating in cholesterol".
Among other, on the side 125 in the book we are getting a very correct graph telling a change through history by showing how the death from the coronary disease from 1970 started falling down when at the same time the sales of vitamins started going up.
On the side 35 we have the case with the professional tennis star Arthur Ashe who by blood transfusion was infected with AIDS. In Danish news we around 15 years ago were told about an parallel case in Denmark, as it showed up that the health minister during a couple of years had know that the persons from whom blood was stored not was controlled not having AIDS, but for saving money not had started on this control. The mister was removed when it showed up that many patients had been infected.
In the book it's also interesting again to read about person that was in front of their time, and cases, as for example starting on side 97, telling about the dentist Weston Price, and his traveling, research, and discovery between 1930 and 1940. An on side 99 that in England, during the World War II, when the diet pattern changed (especially less sugar) and that the death rates for heart attacks and diabetes fell by 50 %. Or for example about Nathan Pritikin who saved himself as the doctors couldn't help and how he later this method on other persons. Or the method used Dean Ornish MD, the book from whom I read 2 years ago.
And concerning China, the country with the thousands of years thinking in yin & yang, also concerning health, by using 2,000 herbs, we also read that in the Hainan province they with an average of 87 years had the World longest expected personal living. And opposite to this we on the side 175 are reading how the FDA has tried to in the United States to prohibit all sales of hers. And among other also have tried to make restrictions on the sale of vitamins and minerals.
But concerning the vitamins and minerals we in the book are getting much good information about how much of each of these to take. We besides are getting many actual cases of sicknesses cased by missing single vitamins or minerals, for example in cases with newborn children dying before being reaching the age of 3 month, caused by women missing a vitamin by not beating fruit or vegetables, or about young cows suddenly falling dead also by missing a vitamin.
But especially after the many bad things I here in Chiang Mai have seen doctor doing, I've been reading more and more books written by other MDs and PhDs. For example last year an 35 years old doctor scared my wife to by surgery having received bout of hear breasts, because there was discovered a cancer on only 7 mm (less than 1/3 of an Inch), or ells she in few days would die! I tried to explain to my wife that this was nonsense, and an English doctor did the same. But she was scared by the Thailand doctor and the surgery was done. Later doctors in Bangkok has agreed to me, and told that in Bangkok they newer do these failures. But when she 3 weeks ago returned home from the hospital she told that she in the hospital had heard that this day, the same doctor, and colleagues, this day was doing 34 breast cancer surgeries, and for all of these women both breast would be removed!
But again the really have impressed me with so much important information on so "few" sides.