Worried Sick

A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America

Nortin M. Hadler, MD

The theme of this book is clearly stated on the first page; “We are becoming increasingly medicalized, made to think that all life’s challenges demand clinical intervention, when the science dictate’s otherwise”. p. 1…

We don’t know why heart attacks are no longer so common or so evil. Medicine deserves little if any credit. But heart attacks are no longer your father’s heart attacks. p. 17

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Let Them Eat Dirt

 

Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World

  1. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta

Despite the catchy title, this book is written by serious scientists who specialize in studying our microbiota. They carefully distinguish between the information which has solid research backing at this time and that which only shows correlations. This is a relatively new field of inquiry (see Gut). While changing the microbiome in adults is more difficult, there are longitudinal studies which support the importance of nurturing a child’s microbiome in their early years and how this can be done. Continue reading

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

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Giulia Enders

If you are interested in the human body and interested in health, I recommend that you use the following link to watch an interview of Giulia Enders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weskzCKki-s

Giulia Enders is a medical student/researcher whose writing is as careful and clear as are her responses in the interview. The book is easy to read but does not oversimplify. For those of you who have a known gut problem such as celiac disease, you may know much of this information already. I particularly recommend the book for individuals who have an undiagnosed, persistent health issue or just don’t feel as well as you think you should. (This could also be a problem for one of your children.) Gut issues are frequently overlooked, underrated, or misunderstood by the medical profession.

 

 

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