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What Doctors Don't Tell You: The Truth about the Dangers of Modern Medicine Paperback – February 1, 2005
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'Rings the alarm bells on procedures well before they become the stuff of national panic.' Observer 'The ultimate almanac by a pioneer and innovator in the field of health ... Engaging, provocative and a must-read for all.'' Dr Gillian McKeith `A mine of subversive information...irresistibly argued. Lynne McTaggart is a very big thorn in the side of the medical propaganda machine.' DR KEITH MUMBY, author of The Allergy Handbook `A hugely impressive book, and the finest critique of modern medical practice I have yet read. Lynne McTaggart takes a scalpel straight to the heart of medicine's most cherished dogmas. Essential reading...' PETER COX, health campaigner and bestselling author 'A fascinating and well-researched expose.' Patrick Holford 'Lynne McTaggart has done the public a huge service by highlighting modern medicine's major failings in this book. Reading it will help ensure that we can make more informed choices about the healthcare we choose.' Dr John Briffa
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Since 1989, award-winning journalist Lynne McTaggart has shaken the British medical establishment and earned the loyalty of many thousands of readers as editor of her monthly newsletter, `What Doctors Don't Tell You'. She has written a book of the same title and is now researching further into alternative and vibrational medicine. She lives in North London.
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Men with slow growing and potentially non-life threatening prostate cancer are aggressively treated with radiation as well, when radiation has been proven to cause cancer.
We are put under heavy anesthesia, inducing a unnaturally deep, deadening sleep, and have our bodies probed with metal instruments just to "prevent disease" even though we show no symptoms.
We take strong drugs, often with heavy side effects, to "prevent disease", or to treat conditions that could be addressed by nutrition, supplements, emotional counceling or regular exercise.
Back pain is treated by injecting steroids (heavy duty drugs with dangerous side effects) directly into the spine.
We are told that women going through menopause, a natural process, are experiencing an hormonal "imbalance" that needs to be "corrected" by administering hormones in doses far greater than the body would ever produce on its own.
Pregnant women are told to have a large needle inserted into the womb on a during healthy pregnancy, to verify her baby is "developing normally".
Much of modern medicine is deadly overkill. This book vindicates those of us who have had the idea that many modern medical treatments and "preventions" are an invasive affront to simple common sense.
Relevant Internet sites tell us that there are about 7000 deaths and well over one million people injured each year from medication errors in America. In Britain, with its much smaller population, there are thought to be about 40,000 errors annually in drug administration in British hospitals. Almost every pharmaceutical preparation is prescribed to control symptoms - it doesn't cure anything and most medications have side effects. These may be minor in relation to the illness - but not always. These statistics are alarming and make Lynne McTaggart's book highly relevant, even though it is now well over a decade since publication. This does not detract from its impact, though it is heavily slanted towards the negative influences.
Many of the unwanted effects described by McTaggart do indeed occur, but fortunately not all of them to everyone and not always. The problem is that most patients feel they have no option but to trust the medical professionals and only find out too late that they were not given the full picture. So what this book does is tell you, if your health professional does not, some of the dangers and possibly unpleasant side-effects that can occur with drugs or medical procedures and it at least gives you a choice as to whether or not to proceed with the recommended procedure or medication.
Chapter 1, a mere 10 pages, gives the context for the book. Chapters 2 to 4 are about what is possibly over-diagnosis through technology - screening of various kinds. Chapters 5-7 deal respectively with the medical profession's preoccupation with cholesterol levels, vaccination and HRT. Then follow four chapters on treatment - by drugs, dentistry, cancer surgery and other procedures. The final chapter is an advocacy of naturopathic treatment, eating healthily and exercising regularly, and adopting positive mental attitudes as lines of first treatment rather than what is now known as allopathic medicine - a philosophy I support.
The strength of this book is that, like its title says, it gives you information that should be given you by your doctor or surgeon but too often isn't. My criticism is that, in its 400 pages, the book is unrelentingly negative and perhaps therefore over-cautionary. It's useful, but my overwhelming concerns are that patients without any other source of medical information may be put off accepting palliatives or even undergoing life-saving treatment and, if treatment is needed, we should not destroy faith in the medical profession quite so thoroughly. Pharmaceuticals and surgery have saved very many lives and brought relief from suffering to many others.
Howard Jones is the author of The Way of Health
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