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Reclaiming Our Health: Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing Paperback – February 1, 1998
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1997 Body Mind Spirit Book Award given to a handful of books which provide valuable messages to help transform lives. Each book chosen for an award of excellence makes a unique contribution to our knowledge, our growth, and our self-transformation. We commend the authors and their publishers for their outstanding work. -- Jim Valliere, Publisher, Body Mind Spirit magazine
Essential for public libraries. -- Library Journal, October 1996
Have you ever watched a friend or loved one die? Did you wonder why they had to endure so much, especially at the hands of those you had expected to help? Have you ever wondered why it is taking so long to find a cure for cancer or AIDS? Have you ever had a baby in this country? Have you every tried to tell your healthcare provider something and been told he or she know best and not to worry? I believe these questions would elicit at least one affirmative answer from just about everyone in our country.
The title is descriptive and, I believe, correct - we will feel an explosion from reading this book. People will be shocked and angered. I certainly was! John Robbins has let the cat out of the bag - the cat being the way Americans are manipulated by the American Medical Association, the tobacco industry, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and by the multi-million dollar industry we call healthcare.
Robbins reveals the cover-ups, the scandals, and the greed that feed on the most vulnerable segments of our society: women, children, the elderly, and those who are already struggling with health issues. He exposes the ridicule and outright lies broadcast in an attempt to eliminate chiropractic and other alternative healing practices, not because they were not helping those who sought out alternative care, but because they were taking money from those who would rather line their pockets than cure millions of ill individuals.
Robbins outlines a practical approach using both conventional and alternative care so that we can benefit from the best of both resources. This book is well-written and researched. It has an extensive notes section that documents facts and a resource directory that give pertinent information about where to obtain more information on womens issues, parenting and children, healthy diet, alternative medicine, consumer rights, and much more. I would recommend this book to any adult, especially someone who is dealing with medical issues. Reclaiming Our Health is a must-read for any person who strives to be well-informed. -- New Age Retailer, November/December 1996
John Robbins reminds us that true healing is the return of the memory of wholeness. Gorgeously written, with vast and profound vision, Reclaiming Our Health embraces healing with a perspective that includes us as individuals, societies and the universe. I recommend it highly. -- Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of The Seven Laws of Success
Robbins, who revealed hidden truths about the meat industry in the best-selling Diet for a New America, now takes on the medical establishment. Packed with shocking facts, this new expose leaves few stones unturned, from cancer treatment and menopause to obstetrical practices, infant mortality, and alternative medicine. Did you know, for example, that while 75% of all cancer patients receive chemo treatment, only 3% are cured? This despite the fact that 75% of all oncologists would not use chemotherapy on themselves because they feel it's ineffective and unacceptably toxic. Did you know that the vice-chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the world's largest private cancer treatment and research center, is also Chairman of the board for Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, the largest chemotherapy manufacturers in the world? Robbins doesn't just point fingers, though; he offers sensible, well-thought out suggestions for improving our health as well as our health care system. There are no easy answers here, but change begins with knowledge, and readers will get plenty of that. Expect a lot of buzz around this one. -- NAPRA ReVIEW, Holiday 1996
This is a fascinating portrait of the current state of the medical system in the United States. Particularly interesting is the historical background explaining how the current system has become to entrenched. Robbins presents some sobering statistics about the effectiveness of our technological approach when compared to the lower cost and less invasive approached found in other countries. Anyone with an interest in the current health care crisis will find this book extremely informative.
Areas explored in the book include womens health-care issues such as childbirth, menopause, hysterectomy, and birth control. Other issues explored are cancer treatment, the use of Ritalin as a treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and the emergence of alternative medicine in spite of opposition from the American Medical Association (AMA). Robbins exposes the myth that the AMA has the health of U.S. citizens as its top priority. Alarming evidence is presented indicating that the AMA is interested primarily in maintaining the market share of its physicians.
Invaluable information is presented about the use of midwives versus hospital births. The U.S. has one of the highest cesarean rates and one of the world's highest infant mortality rates of all industrialized nations. In the U.S. 97% of all births occur in hospitals, while in the Netherlands, where the infant mortality rate is lower, 35% of all births occur at home. Robbins presents a convincing case that the welfare of the mother and baby are better served through the use of midwives.
The section of the book dealing with cancer presents alternative treatments which in many cases are more effective than the current protocol of chemotherapy and radiation. Robbins revelation of how radiation became such a prevalent part of cancer therapy is particularly chilling. Memorial Sloan Kettering (the world's largest private cancer treatment center) was given a large donation in 1913 with the condition that radiation be used in all its cancer treatments. The donor owned multiple radium mines and stood to gain financially if additional uses were found for radiation.
In spite of some of the depressing statistics presented, this book is written in a positive and uplifting way. Solutions are offered along with the philosophical shifts that need to occur so that the reader can become more empowered about his or her own health care. This is a very useful and insightful book. -- New Times, May 1997
From the Publisher
To our readers: The books we publish are our contribution to an emerging world based on cooperation rather than on competition, on affirmation of the human spirit rather than on self-doubt, and on the certainty that all humanity is connected. Our goal is to touch as many lives as possible with a message of hope for a better world. - Hal and Linda Kramer, Publishers
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This book is predominantly about the medical establishment, what has gone wrong with it, and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones (if you can get them to listen to you). It is not a condemnation of all things conventional nor an endorsement of all things alternative. Some of the greatest heroes of the book are M.D.'s practicing both conventional and alternative therapies. This book seeks to guide us to the best of both worlds while warning us about the dangers to be found in each. However, the worst dangers by far appear to be in the conventional medical establishment where the admonition "first, do no harm" seems to have been long forgotten.
This book made me cry. This book infuriated me. It is filled with one outrage after another. But wouldn't you rather read about them than be subjected to them (or watch your loved ones be subjected to them) by not being informed beforehand? I know I would.
This is one of those rare books that is truly empowering. That's what John Robbins does so well. He does the intensive research that most of us neither would nor could do. We are blessed by his enormous contribution to mankind.
And my fellow women, you will be shocked to read some of the material in this book on how women have been treated in society and how this has influenced the way we have been treated by much of the medical community. I have shared a bit of the information with co-workers and have actually seen jaws drop open. We have not been told the complete story of how dreadfully many women have been treated in our history. It is an abomination. (Written with apologies to all of the sincerely wonderful men out there.)
Rest assured that among the very bad news of this book is a good deal of hopeful news about prevention and treatments that are out there now, but this information will probably be a long time coming to the general public. It is only through leaders like John Robbins that we are blessed to know about it now.
Read this book before you or someone you love becomes ill. Read it and pass it on.
In Reclaiming Our Health, John Robbins has exposed the greed and pride of a male-dominated medical community in bed with the pharmaceutical companies. Reading about the witch hunts (past and present) against alternative healing practices outrages me, but what hurts more is reading how modern medicine treats its patients. People, at their most vulnerable times, are trampled upon by doctors and nurses.
The section on how medicine has historically regarded women is eye opening (or would be if you had never dealt with a male obstetrician). Having just given birth to my son, accompanied by a midwife, and knowing what an amazing and challenging time that can be, I almost cried reading the horror stories of children's births.
John Robbins has written a phenomenal book. And as always, he has brought his caring, compassionate passion to an issue that is literally crippling our nation. Thank you, John.
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