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How to Talk With Your Doctor: The Guide for Patients And Their Physicians Who Want to Reconcile And Use the Best of Conventional And Alternative Medicine Hardcover – August 31, 2006

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About the Author

Ronald L. Hoffman,M.D., is recognized as one of America's foremost complementary medicine practitioners. He is founder and medical director of the Hoffman Center in New York City, author of numerous books and articles for the public and health professionals, and is host of the popular nationally syndicated radio program "Health Talk." He is active in several medical professional orgnizations and is the immediate past president of the country's largest organization of complementary and alternative doctors, the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) Dr. Hoffman received his medical degrees from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He subsequently attended the Tri-State School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and optained New York State certification to perform acupuncture. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and is a certified nutrition specialist
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Health Publications; 1st edition (August 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591201128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591201120
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,013,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Lambert on May 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have had the very good fortune over the years to be a patient of a doctor who practices conventional medicine but has treated me kindly and with much respect as his "most holistic patient".

Dr. Hoffman's book, HOW TO TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR" has been a great help for both me and my doctor in bridging these troubled waters over which we, and so many other doctors and patients, must carefully navigate. I would lilke to point out that his title does not suggest talking TO your doctor, but rather with him (her). Neither doctor nor patient appreciates being talked TO>

Physicians do become exasperated as they are caught in a bind by insurance companies requiring them to treat more and more patients in the course of their day. Drug companies bombard us with advertisements telling us to "ask your doctor". They also bombard doctors selling their products. The internet helps us patients to help take control of our health issues, but our understanding as lay persons may not be the most beneficial to our health. And then there are the chilling side effects of some conventional drugs.

We patients who believe complementary and alternative options are more effective for staying healthy, or becoming well, and have the good fortune to have alternative health care professionals to turn to, but also know how important and necessary good conventional medicine is, have been given a great tool to help bring about the harmony we so sorely need in this field. I and so many of my friends to whom I have given this book sicerely thank Dr. Hoffman for helping us to strive to the balanced and good health care we so need and deserve.
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The book was very informative. Some parts weren't new for me, but I did learn new facts and also some sources that are very helpful.

I also liked the way the book was divided, Part One and Part Two. Part two covered the main health problems so prevelent today and alternative ways they could be treated or more importantly prevented.

It was not a book you could read through quickly. I had to read it slowly to absorb important details.
Ida Norgaard
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Doctors are not magicians or gods... they only know what they know and COMMUNICATION is key to a relationship that helps you build a healthier self... advocate for yourself and if the doctor does not listen, explain, or take the necessary time, change doctors. Be prepared when you go to an appointment, take notes, be prepared... and remember, your health is your responsibility...
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I actually had the occasion to see this doctor some years ago. He was quite knowledgable. Unfortunately he's now out of my price range and my health insurance doesn't cover him but I was very glad to come across this book in a vitamin store. I purchased a copy here at Amazon for a neighbor after reading the book. There is information on what to do before surgery, how to maintain your health at any age and best of all links to useful medical and other sites.
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