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I also think that, if an author is attempting to write a true account of his or her life, leaving out an important human relationship is never a good idea. I kept wondering, as I read this story, why Humphries kept making loving references to her dad but not to her mother. “What’s going on with her mother?” I found myself continually asking. Only much, much later in the story was that question answered. Too late, in my opinion. Also, she kept me wondering for far too long why she’d never had a “significant other” in her life. I actually came to the conclusion that Humphries was an asexual individual who preferred to live alone. Imagine my surprise when, long into the story (I’m guessing that, at this point in the story she was in her 40s), I discovered that she did, indeed, have a “significant other” in her life but that she had kept this relationship a secret from the reader. When this mystery man is finally mentioned, she quickly skims over him and I’m left with even more questions. I can understand why a writer might want to protect the privacy of an individual; but, in my opinion, she would have been better off keeping him out of the story completely. She should have left me with the assumption that she was asexual. That would have been better than leaving me feeling confused as to why I was hearing about a pretty significant relationship in her life long after it had occurred, and then not filling me in with all the missing details.
My most major complaint about this book, however, is that it is not the science-filled account of our flawed medical system that I was expecting. My father is a retired surgeon, and he has never once doubted the “science-based efficacy” of modern medicine. Initially, I was planning to share this book with my father because I know that he has a great amount of respect for fellow physicians. Unfortunately, my father also happens to be an atheist, so there is no way he would respect the medical account of a doctor who also happens to be a conservative evangelical Christian. Please understand that, unlike my father, I am not an atheist, and I have no problem with religious or spiritual memoirs (I’m serious person of faith who greatly respects the religious and spiritual beliefs of others). I’m happy that Humphries has a “friend in Jesus.” God knows, she certainly seems to have benefitted from her relationship with Jesus and the rest of her church friends. However, what our world needs now are factual accounts from researchers, doctors, and nurses that clearly spell out how the public has been duped by the practices of “modern medicine.”
I appreciate all the drug and vaccine info Humphries provides in her story (which is why I give it a three-star review instead of a single star); however, I do not appreciate the fact that I will be unable to share this book with my family members and friends (most of whom are not people of faith). I think Humphries missed a great opportunity to provide our country, and all the rest of the world, with the kind of non-religious, medical education that we so desperately need. Humphries should have saved the spiritual part of her journey for a separate religiously-themed memoir.
Suzanne Humphries went from being a nurse's aide in a nursing home to a medical doctor and kidney specialist. She met many wonderful doctors and nurses along the way but also saw firsthand many abuses from doctors, nurses, other hospital workers, and within the system itself. She was having trouble reconciling the training she was receiving with the health of her patients, which seemed to get worse not better under the rigid "gold standard" of medical care.
After earning her degree and finishing her residency, she found that even as an official "expert" she still had very limited ability to do what she thought was best for her patients, based on her experience, her education, and what the evidence says in mainstream medical literature. She was shackled to the "gold standard" that mostly meant more drugs, more vaccines, more antibiotics, and worsening health. She eventually moved to another state to work in a place that she loved and where she stayed for many years. But even there, she experienced the abuse of merciless one-size-fits-all hospital policies that would not allow room for independent thought or even common sense.
She was also shackled to the half-million dollars of medical school debt she had accrued which were coming due. She had little choice but to do as was expected, rather than the very best that she felt could have been done for patients, just to stay afloat. And at the same time, she felt dead and dying on the inside herself.
On another front, Dr. Suzanne was going through a spiritual journey. She saw flaws and conflicts within the Catholic Church system where she went to school as a child, so during her college and medical school years, she was an atheist and hostile toward Christianity. But she felt empty and dead inside spiritually, so she sought the guidance of a New Age/Hindu shaman that she calls “Medicine Man”. He had an eclectic, mystical form of spirituality that seemed to be open and inclusive toward all religions. After years of weekly meetings with him and a small group of other followers, however, she began to catch Medicine Man in inconsistencies or outright lies. And besides that, she continued to feel dead spiritually, no better after 10 years than when she started.
At the same time as her disillusionment with Medicine Man, she faced a very difficult situation with her mother that finally pushed her to take her spiritual life seriously. She started asking tough questions of a trusted friend along with seeking out answers for herself. She finally had no more questions and had to act upon her new belief. What happened was life-changing. Not only was she able to do what was needed for her mother, but her whole life transformed in many other ways. Best of all, she was both at peace and finally alive again-“risen from the dead”- in her heart. (Read the book for details!)
In her medical practice, Suzanne had been able to pay off all of her student loans, so she was free of the “golden handcuffs” that pin so many doctors down. She had come to a sticking point where she could no longer continue to work at the job she had once loved. The hospital where she worked wanted very sick patients to be vaccinated on the day of admission, even people in the middle of a stroke! She brought the problem to the attention of the administration but was ignored and contradicted even though her professional advice had always been heeded before.
So she left for a journey to find out what she didn’t know and to re-learn what she thought she knew, all based on history, biology, statistics, scientific studies, and medical journals. She has now written an excellent book (together with Roman Bystryanic) called Dissolving Illusions, lectures throughout the world, operates a private general practice, and continues learning everything she can to really help heal and even cure her patients.
Dr. Suzanne is very open and (sometimes brutally) honest about what goes on in medical school, in hospitals, during surgeries, and in the minds and hearts of doctors. She talks about the depression that so many of them face, brought on by staggering student loan debts and mindless hospital policies and “gold standards”. This leads to a suicide rate higher than the general population among doctors, and patient care by people who are unwell themselves.
She touches on several other topics in the book that she has been researching. These include the importance of babies being born vaginally (not via c-section), delayed cord-clamping, breastfeeding, forgoing vaccines, using vitamin C, the importance of bacteria, and using antibiotics and pharmaceutical drugs only sparingly. She includes some specific examples of people who have been in her practice or have written to her and their stories, as well as the voices of other doctors and nurses who have reached out to her. She explains why we often cannot trust the “scientific studies” on pharmaceutical drugs and points out that many doctors do not report negative vaccine reactions because they don’t even know that a reporting system exists!
I hope Dr. Suzanne continues to research and write more individual books for each topic that she mentions in this one.
A great read for anyone in the medical profession (and especially anyone considering going into the medical profession) and anyone who wants the best of health for their family.
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I wanted to share it with my friend in med school, but couldn't bear to part with it. So I bought him his own copy!