- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Atria; 1 edition (June 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416549331
- ASIN: B00381B84U
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,139,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Murray has managed to cover a huge amount of truly helpful health information as well as practical suggestions for viable alternatives to conventional drug therapy. At the same time, his writing is entertaining enough, I not only enjoy what he has to say, he has left me looking for more.
i.e. Having been put on a statin by my doctor and suffering enough ill effects, (muscle pain, loss of memory, sleep disturbance etc), to become truly alarmed, I can relate to Dr. Murray's conclusions about the 'cholesterol myth'. In fact, they bear out what I had previously determined from my personal experience with this particular drug.
To whit, about eight months after my doctor insisted on putting me on lovastatin, I came across an article in Time Magazine's April 2010 issue about Women and Statins. The article described the side effects I was experiencing in detail and then some. It also went, very briefly, into the cholesterol controversy as well as the fact that, even though the FDA has known about this problem with the statins' effect on women for years, they have not only failed to warn physicians, to this day they keep insisting that the evidence is strictly anecdotal and they have no hard facts to back it up.
For my part, I went straight to my doctor with the Time article in my hand.
After he read it, he advised me to discontinue the lovastatin immediately, which I did. By his own admission he hadn't heard anything about any problem with women and statins and had been taking what the pharmaceutical sales representatives were telling him as gospel.
At the same time, I have made a point of discussing this with every older woman I know. Every last one was prescibed a statin even though, like me, none had any history or the slightest indication of heart disease. From what they told me, they all experienced the same side effects I did, or worse, and, with or without their medical doctor's advice, not one is still taking the statin.
This book not only points out, with plenty of thoughtful documentation, that what you don't know about this particular subject can seriously hurt or even kill you, it also tells you what you should be doing to protect yourself.
In my day job as a social worker, I am absolutely horrified by the sheer number of prescriptions my individual clients are taking, especially the seniors.
They bring me their pill bottles in shopping bags that are plumb full, or else they hand me a lengthy handwritten list or a multipage printout from their pharmacist. For the most part, they appear blissfully ignorant of what is actually in the medications they're supposed to be taking, let how they interact with one another or whether they're even doing any good for whatever condition they have; and they're convinced that they're absolutely necessary.
(I'm not talking here about necessary medications for Type 1 diabetics, cancer survivors etc, you understand.)
On the other had, the latest high buck 'wonder drug' for 'insomnia, 'restless leg syndrome', 'heartburn', 'anxiety', 'depression' or the newest 'cure' for some catchily named disorder being pushed in current television drug commercials is sure to be on their list. As an example as to how bad this situation is, one such heavily promoted drug was Avandia, which was recently pulled from the market because it was found to be dangerous. Another was Vioxx about which no more needs to be said.
I am so impressed by this book, I've ordered a copy for my doctor, another for my best friend and a third one for my sister-in-law because I'm not only not about to loan my own precious copy to anyone else, even my own family.
I devoutly hope that Dr. Murray will keep updating this book periodically because "What you don't know..." deserves to become a medical classic. And it probably will be.
There is a lot of useful information on the negative side effects of medications that can be found elsewhere, but is well organized and easier to find in this book.