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304 page book was first published in 1980)
After 25 years as a practicing physician Dr. Mendelsohn
that all was not well in medical wonderland. Inaccurate
lab tests, the
widespread excessive use of x-rays, conflicts of interest,
unnecessary operations, the risk of catching a dangerous
a hospital stay and the rapid spread of epidemics in a
the fact that doctors themselves as a group seem to be
sicker than the rest of society, and the prescription
of drugs that cause more problems than they cure, these
are the cold hard facts which Dr. Mendelsohn deals with.
Though Dr. Mendelsohn's credentials are excellent, it
is unlikely that his
book is welcomed by the general medical community. Many
who work in that field probably wished that this book
would just go away. It simply is not good for their business.
People who worked in the medical field used to be driven
by compassion, but Dr. Mendelsohn observed that it had
become like a mechanical process. There are scarcely,
if ever, any boasts about saving lives anymore, but there
is a lot of emphasis on the use of machines and how much
money was taken in by the process. Also now some doctors'
priorities are to make a patient's death easier rather
than discovering new methods of treatment.
Dr. Mendelsohn's chapter on drugs is so important, in
my opinion, that it
should become regular teaching material in every single
public school. Dr.
Mendelsohn writes that drugs that were once extremely
valuable are now
extremely dangerous. And why? Because Doctors
began to prescribe these drugs indiscriminately Mendelsohn
notes: "Many doctors prescribe penicillin for conditions
as harmless as the common cold. These drugs can cause
reactions ranging from skin rash, vomiting and diarrhea
to fever and
anaphylactic shock. Every year, from eight to ten million
Americans go to a doctor when they have a cold. About
half of them come away with a prescription for an antibiotic.
These people are set up for the hazards
of negative side effects and the risks of deadlier infections.
Doctor Mendelsohn informs us that it may take as long
as 20 years before
these side effects show up. He tells us to refuse
medicine which has not
proven itself over the years. He goes so far as
telling the reader on page
78 "don't trust your Doctor". Assume that
if he prescribes a drug it is
dangerous." You can go to your nearest Library
and check out the
"Physicians' Desk Reference". You will
be able to find out which site effects the various drugs
Also, and this is extremely important, some combinations
of drugs are very dangerous and never ever mix drugs with
alcohol. You may not realize it, but many drugs do have
the same side effects as the conditions the drugs are
meant to help. Valium, for example, is supposed to reduce
anxiety, fatigue and depression. On reading the list of
side effects we note that valium can cause anxiety, fatigue
Dr. Mendelsohn stresses the importance of nutrition in
health, but also
points out that there exist those who label people who
are concerned with
nutrition faddists, freaks, extremists, radicals, and
quacks. (page 77).
This reaction may be caused by most doctors' high regard
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