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This book is phenomenal. I have worked in an acute healthcare setting for nearly 30 years and yet this field is almost entirely new to me. During the course of this book Dr Bland has completely changed my outlook on the causes and management of chronic illness. I have no idea whether I will stick to it, but at the moment I am determined to radically change my diet, because I am now convinced that a careful choice of diet (combined with exercise, which I already do enough of) is the key to staying healthy in the long term and avoiding chronic illness.
At first I thought he was a bit of a quack and I wondered if I was wasting my time and my Audible credit, but as the story unfolded I became completely captivated and convinced by the evidence presented.
I am now going to listen again. I've downloaded the PDF and I'm going to try to implement the lifestyle changes. There are even recipes in the PDF, and I'm going to give those a go!
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Bad news is you have to be your own physician. Good news is there are movements like Functional Medicine which offer hope to many of us who have been failed by the system.
The human body is an amazing system. Surprisingly we have very few genes and even fewer genes that make meaningful distinctions among us. Functional medicine offers a way to begin to think about how our genes are interacting with our environment, broadly defined. That broadly defined means hazards as well as diet.
Too many of us have just accepted the "wisdom" of some doctor. Take this pill and you'll be fine. Hey you're an allergy freak, but my allergy shots will desensitize you. Ummm, yeah you're kinda close to metabolic disorder, but a statin will fix that right up. Run harder, longer, accept that your basal metabolic rate is 50-60% of what it should be. It would be comical if it weren't so tragic.
If you love someone whose health is not right or are someone who feels like something just isn't quite right with their health and you want to understand how to think about what might be wrong and how to begin taking healing steps, this book is a great place to start. There is a difficulty because there are so few skilled functional medicine practitioners, but perhaps a dialogue with a trusted open minded physician could enlist an ally. There are likely resources online as well, but caveat emptor. But a better informed patient is more capable of understanding the hazards of different courses of action and weather the blistering criticisms of the big pharma reps (formerly called doctors). This book will give you the tools to be a better informed patient. Some experimentation is also necessary because our genetic codes are all different... so what works for some may not work for you. But you'll be on a more hopeful, optimistic, and empowering journey to restore your health.
17 of 20 people found this review helpful
There is much that is true, correct and valuable here. Yet the obsessive and repetitive condemnation of saturated fat, lack of mention of the paleo diet and evolutionary biology, constant stressing of individual differences ultimately lead to rather confused, shallow and disappointing conclusions. Read "It Starts With Food" instead, it's much better.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
I would really like to believe that all the chronic disease which blights the west and developing world could be cured by diet and supplements. The authors claims rely on a mixture of anecdotes and rather dodgy science rather than real evidence. There are no rigorously carried placebo controlled trials to demonstrate efficacy. The authors $66 million supplement company selling the miracle cure phytonutrient promoted in the book represents an elephant in the room which just can't be ignored.
Has The Disease Delusion put you off other books in this genre?
No , I will continue to search out genuine scientific books on nutrition and health
What didn’t you like about Brett Barry’s performance?
A bit too american sounding
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointed, as i believe lifestyle and diet play a very important role in good health but this book simply is not a reliable source of information. I am also concerned that people could be given false hope and even persuaded to part with their hard earned cash on expensive supplements which are unlikely to confer any benefit, and may even be harmful. The author is advising megadose get of certain vitamins / antioxidants. There is some real evidence from recent trials that this is actively harmful , and can actually increase cancer risk!
Any additional comments?
Chronic diseases are terrible burden for huge numbers of people. Readers could be duped into thinking that these theories represent genuine scientific consensus as to the cause of chronic diseases. This is absolutely not the case, this is very much an alternative medicine view, which when considered alongside the authors business interest in the sale of the very supplements recommended in the book detract any credibility from the narrative.
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