2 Responses to Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases

  1. Virginia E. Mccullough
    Virginia E. Mccullough May 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm | | Reply
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    A true book of the heart, December 21, 2010
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    This review is from: Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases (Paperback)

    I’ve had the privilege of reading this book prior to publication, so I know what a tribute it is to patients and their families, who have fought to receive the best possible treatments for a variety of conditions. Like Julia herself, those who contributed their stories to this book faced sure defeat when searching and fighting for effective treatments for serious conditions. But despite the odds, these individuals kept going.

    These treatents are not so-called “alternative therapies,” so easily dismissed by conventional medicine. For example, the ketogenic diet for juvenile epilepsy has been around for decades, as has LDN, low-dose naltrexone, found to “stop MS in its tracks.” (It’s that, and more, including inexpensive!)

    This is not a dry text…Julia had produced a true book of the heart, born of painful experience as an advocate for her late husband, Tim Fisher, whose story is told in this book. Julia’s struggles illuminate issues we face as individuals and as a society. The book does no less than raise challenging questions about the future of healthcare in this country and questions the over-reliance on big pharma and institutional medicine and research. Honest Medicine makes a strong case for educating ourselves and forming alliances with individuals like Julia and the others in her book. Together, we can change medicine one brave patient and one open-minded, pioneering doctor at a time.

    Virginia

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  2. Mary
    Mary May 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm | | Reply
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
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    Amazing But Little-Known Treatments — Silverlon, Low-dose Naltrexone, Ketogenic Diet, IV Alpha Lipoic Acid — Brought to Light, December 20, 2010
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    Mary (Washington, DC) –
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    This review is from: Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life-Threatening Diseases (Paperback)

    Patients around the world have a compassionate new advocate and voice — Julia Schopick. Julia Schopick is one of those rare people in this world who can go through an agonizingly difficult experience, and instead of being paralyzed, ends up transforming pain into a passionate, clear-headed campaign to help others.

    This is the story behind her new book, “Honest Medicine,” which provides a rational, compelling and ultimately hopeful exploration of four life-saving but little-known medical treatments — Silverlon, low-dose naltrexone, the ketogenic diet, and intravenous alpha lipoic acid — which may treat or even cure serious and sometimes fatal conditions.

    “Honest Medicine” is a well-researched, well-written look at these treatments, which have been all but overlooked by the medical world because they are not potential blockbusters from a financial standpoint. But these four treatments are potential lifesavers, as Schopick clearly demonstrates in the book’s meticulous research and interviews with the doctors, practitioners, patients and advocates who are using these treatments in their practices, or who have benefited from the treatments.

    Introducing the important Health 2.0 concept of “patient evidence-based medicine,” Schopick outlines a compelling case for why these treatments should be part of mainstream medicine’s approach to a number of diseases and illnesses.

    As more of the business of medicine ends up controlled by journals, drug companies and medical societies, we need more independent advocates like Schopick, who, motivated not by profits but by patients and outcomes, are willing to help get information directly in the hands of healthcare consumers.

    – Mary Shomon

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