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Stupid Reasons People Die, An Ingenious Plot For Defusing Deadly Diseases Hardcover – March 15, 2007

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"I found the book to be excellent. It is clear in layman's language but scientifically as correct as our current understanding. I found the writing style refreshing, interesting and fun. Great Job." --Bruce H. Brundage, MD Professor of Medicine Emeritus, UCLA School of Medicine

In his highly successful clinical practice Dr. Corso has been on the forefront of helping his patients through the complex maze of options available to not only treat disease, but to discover them early and head them off at the pass if at all possible. In his book, Stupid Reasons People Die he takes complex clinical subject matter and distills down the options and issues for the reader to make informed decisions about choices they may wish to pursue to detect and even treat problems at an earlier stage which may be the difference between life and death in some circumstances. He takes the reader outside the usual doctor visit to the cutting edge of screening that goes beyond the usual suspects and specifically identifies reasons people die that might be prevented had the patient been aware that they could specifically request going the extra mile past what is generally covered by their insurance carrier. His easy to read survival guide is a must read for anyone who is healthy and feels good, but want to know if there is anything else they can do to stay healthy as long as possible. --Edward M. Boyle, Jr, MD Board Certified Cardiothoracic Surgeon

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Something is terribly wrong. Thousands of people are dying in the prime of life, year after year, for no good reason. Your number one, greatest risk of an early death is from a disease that can be prevented or successfully treated. Yet, it slips in easily and frequently, picking off its victim because we aren't paying attention! If there were hundreds of complicated things we needed to do to avoid such disaster, there might be an excuse for not taking action. But, here's the frustration: There are only a few stupid reasons people die; they just happen to kill a whole lot of people. And it's not that we don't care! Both the health-conscious and the "worried well" in America spend billions of dollars on products that promise to keep them healthy or ensure a long life. There are countless "get healthy" books to guide us through myriad dietary and lifestyle changes, herbal and vitamin cures, and other instant miracles to ensure your health and longevity. This book is not one of them. After reading this book... You will: - look closely at beliefs and assumptions that may get in your way of staying alive. - identify your role as co-conspirator in a broken healthcare system. - recognize the breakdown in "breaking" healthcare news. - see "all natural" treatments through a new set of lenses. - have a new respect for prescription drugs and maybe even appreciate those who make them. - escape being a hostage of the insurance industry.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: High Lakes Press, LLC; 1st edition (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978992210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978992217
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Katie Merritt on March 22, 2007
At age forty, I was still operating under the assumption that I am indestructible...probably immortal even. I'd lived a charmed life where health was concerned. When a friend suggested I read STUPID REASONS PEOPLE DIE, I left it on my night stand for months. When I finally peeled back the cover I was taken in an instant. Dr. Corso's humor and instantly relatable writing style pulled me in. Once "in" I found that I agreed with his assertions regarding managing your health. That revelation led to a few blood tests, which led to the discovery that I wasn't the "Ox" I'd thought I was. My cholesterol was mysteriously high and I went on to find other symptoms of heart disease. My doctor classified me as a "time bomb" that was set to go off had I not taken action. I'm an avid reader and yet, this is the first time I've taken a minute to jot out a review. This is important stuff...take care of yourself, read it!!!
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As a weight loss expert and professional strength coach I was elated to see a book come along that drives home the idea of preventative health care and a proactive approach to wellness. I was especially delighted as John Corso's book "Stupid Reasons People Die," challenges a person's belief about himself or herself and promotes a "hands-on" approach with regard to creating and maintaining great health. John delivers valuable information we need to help us take responsibility for our own good well-being. I recommend it to my clients as an excellent resource for information regarding important healthcare issues and to reinforce a proactive approach to health and health care.
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Dr. Corso's does 3 things well in his book. He describes complex medical conditions in a straightforward manner with simple language. He explains how the relationship between patients, doctors, and their health insurers has become warped. Finally, he provides a strategy that we can all use to take control of our health care and make informed decisions to maximize our health. This is a good read for someone who wants to make sense of how to be proactive in health care.
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John Corso's "Stupid Reasons People Die," brings the truth about our healthcare system into focus - right into our faces! Corso pulls no punches and, using examples that hit home with many people, explains how behind-the-times healthcare practices can negatively impact our health. Corso delivers the information we need, and then some, to help us take responsibility for our own good health. Share this book with your family and friends. You will be glad you did. Stay in touch with Corso's website. You can ask questions, and you will have cutting edge information on the latest procedures for early detection and prevention of disease at your fingertips. The arrival of Corso's book on the healthcare scene is a major advance in the ready availability of information for making one's way through the healthcare maze while offering straightforward information for avoiding the major killers of today. Thank you, Dr. Corso! We are anxiously awaiting your next book.
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As a management consultant who travels a lot and doesn't take care of himself, I am glad to find Dr. Corso's book. This easy to read, humorous book presents information that will save your life. Dr. Corso employs two important management principles; the first is the 80/20 rule (Pareto rule) which advises to work on the 20 percent of tasks that get you 80 per cent of the results. Dr. Corso identifies those health tests and treatments that get you the most for your time. The second management principle is what gets measured, gets managed. If you measure the right ones, you will manage your health wisely! Ergo you will take the right medicine, treatments and supplements. That fact is as Dr. Corso so aptly puts it "Your number one, greatest risk of dying is from a disease that can be prevented or successfully treated." Find out what they are from Dr. Corso.

This book is for you if you are tired of the hype, the misdirection and the gnawing worry for your health. This book can save your life!
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This book was so full of great information. I never knew about these few simple tests which could slash my chances of stupidly dying. I also didn't know why doctors operate their practices like they do. What doctor would ever go into family practice/internal medicine these days? It was in clear and understandable prose with simple "to do" steps which gave me a great sense of control over my health destiny. I thought I was a pretty savvy person medically but this book filled in some huge gaps I didn't even know I had. I was also greatly entertained by Dr. Corso's easy style. Everyone should read this and tell their loved ones about it. I feel like I was walking a tightrope and this book was my net.
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Talk about an eye opener! Reading "Stupid Reasons" reminded me of when I first read Rich Dad Poor Dad in 2003. I realized then, with shock and disbelief, how dumb I'd been with my money and how obvious the steps to financial freedom seemed once they were pointed out. Same thing here. I (and just about everyone I know) had the "good health" and "long-life" strategy all backwards. This book cleared up dozens of stupid misconcepions I held about health and wellness. I'm just glad it's not too late. A must-read.
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