- Paperback: 342 pages
- Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing (November 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619617471
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"Chris's book is both a visionary call-to-action to redesign healthcare, and a practical roadmap for creating an effective and rewarding functional medicine practice." - Kirk Parsley, MD, Health Optimization Physician and Former SEAL
"As Albert Einstein said, we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Medicine suffers from major problems currently, from its failure to treat complex chronic conditions such as Alzheimer's disease successfully to its overwhelming costs to its reliance on many drugs with serious side effects. In Chris Kresser's book, Unconventional Medicine, he provides exactly the sort of thinking and analysis that will help to solve these problems, and usher in a new era of more effective medicine. Anyone involved with providing or receiving medical care could benefit from reading this book." - Dale Bredesen, MD, Founding President and Professor Emeritus, Buck Institute and author of The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline
"Seventy percent of health care costs are a result of poor lifestyle decisions. Our healthcare system is broken and in dire need of a reset. Chris Kresser has the revelatory vision and cogent analysis to create a new paradigm of functional and ancestral health for all." - Sara Gottfried, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Younger, The Hormone Reset Diet, and The Hormone Cure
"Chris Kresser is doing a fantastic job leading the effort to bring the world of Functional Medicine into mainstream prominence. With so many chronic health conditions defying traditional medical treatment, sufferers are faced with a confusing array of options ranging from sensible to useless and fraudulent. Kresser's broad efforts to educate both the public and aspiring practitioners is accelerating the understanding and acceptance of the fundamental functional medicine concepts. He is particularly skilled at detailing the integration of simple, healthy lifestyle practices with progressive health care to promote wellness and vitality." - Mark Sisson, New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet, and The Primal Blueprint
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Most people who read this book will be generally aware of the health care crisis we face today. How can we not? The clinician that he is, however, Kresser gives it dimension and offers a blueprint for an alternate way. And it makes all the sense in the world.
Our current medical paradigm is disease-based and has a structural and financial bias toward symptom suppression, largely through the extensive use of pharmaceuticals, rather than the discovery and elimination of root cause. He calls his alternative model the ADAPT Framework, a combination of “…Functional Medicine, an ancestral perspective, and a collaborative practice model…”
Causal integration is a growing trend in all areas of science today. Richard Thaler was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics “for his contributions to behavioural economics,” combining economic theory with psychological reality.
The explanation for the misalignment between the dominant contemporary healthcare paradigm and our current reality is both simple and logical. Through advances in science and technology, the evolution of Western medicine has outpaced the evolution of humankind. We have been hugely successful in repairing trauma and eradicating disease, but changes in our social and physical environment have presented new problems that the specialized symptom suppression model is simply not sensitive to.
While this book is about medicine specifically, I think Kessler has ironically thrown back the tarp on a much bigger problem that extends well beyond medicine. Rupert Sheldrake calls it “the science delusion.” It is the willingness of those with an agenda (In his case, Big Pharma.) to wrap opinion in a white coat and call it irrefutable.
Kresser notes, “In other words, most published research findings support the status quo; they’re not necessarily based on solid evidence.” He cites Marcia Angell, a former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine: “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published.” And John Ioannidis, a Stanford researcher, who published a paper entitled, “Why Most Published Research is False.” In it, Ioannidis concludes, “Claimed findings may be accurate measures of the prevailing bias.”
I will be interested to see if Kresser can break through the Internet gatekeepers and get the attention he deserves for this book. Unfortunately, the democratization of influence that the Internet promised has yet to be realized as alternative thought is squeezed into obscurity by the sheer volume of attention captured by celebrities and cute cat videos.
One concern I do have for the ADAPT Framework is that I don’t see how this medical revolution, as inevitable as it is, can take place given the dismal state of health care insurance in the US. His ideas, it seems to me, will take bold vision and an ironclad commitment. While I agree with Kessler on the long term cost benefits of his approach, I can’t imagine it will be an easy sell to private insurance companies and hospital administrators. The Cleveland Clinic is a crown jewel of American medicine, but it is hardly representative of the health care infrastructure that most of us rely on.
A national health care program, it seems to me, will have to be put in place before integrated and functional health care will get a fair hearing. Kresser notes that “Two-thirds of medical research is sponsored by pharmaceutical companies…” “Reimbursement-based medicine,” as he calls it, will not go down without a fight. And when there is so much money involved, we can expect it will be bloody.
My other concern is a general concern about dogma itself. The Greek philosopher, Pyrrho of Elis, the founder of the philosophical school of skepticism, noted that once ideas become dogma they tend to become vulnerable to the same lack of conceptual adaptability that made change so necessary to begin with. I am not suggesting that Kresser has done that, but I cringed ever so slightly when he talked about the importance of decorating the waiting room properly.
All told, this is a very good book and I hope all that have read it will help to spread the word. Our health really does depend on it.
Think this will be an important part of building a real movement for change. It's really a step-by-step guide towards it and a much needed reality check. I really wish every medical student, doctor and policy-maker would be required to read this book!
I think individuals, many with challenging health conditions, will also find a lot they could anchor onto here to help cultivate improved health and vitality in their lives. I'm learning a lot for myself from reading this. What I want to do to increase my own health and well-being, but also feel even more called to help bring about this critical social change we need in our healthcare system. Grateful to Chris for continuing to thoughtfully and articulately champion this movement.