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Andrew W. Saul
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Jan. 3 2006

Natural healing is not about avoiding doctors; it is about not needing to go to doctors. The idea is to be well. Each of us is ultimately responsible for our own wellness, and we should consider all options in our search for better health. We get out of our bodies what we put into them: Our bodies will respond to efforts to improve our health.

We don't need to know mechanics to drive our cars or every detail of electronics to use our computers. And we do not need an exhaustive knowledge of physiology or pharmacology to use our bodies. Rather, we need to know what works best to get us well and keep us that way. That is the focus of this book: how we can get better using practical, effective, and safe natural therapies.

The biggest deception ever perpetrated upon the American people is the myth that improving health with vitamins and natural living is somehow difficult or dangerous. Better health is not difficult, and it is conventional drug treatments for disease that are dangerous. The effective use of nutritional supplements and natural diet saves money, pain, and lives.

The good news is that therapeutic nutrition is inexpensive, simple, effective, and safe. It comes down to this: Living healthfully is prevention and cure for most chronic killer diseases. That is indeed simple; it is also true and it works. Fire Your Doctor! provides information on:
Nutritional therapy for more than eighty health conditions.

How to improve one's health through changes to diet and lifestyle.

Practical tips on juicing and growing a vegetable garden.

The latest scientifically validated supplement recommendations.

Mostly, Fire Your Doctor! is about asserting ourselves. For nearly thirty years, Dr. Saul has worked with people who have been transformed from being a fear-filled patient to being their own self-reliant, naturally healthy self. It can be done, and anyone who reads this book can do it.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Jan. 17 2011
Format:Paperback
I have rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors are always telling me that diet has nothing to do with my condition. Not so for Dr. Saul. His succinct and practical advice are a breath of fresh air. I had given up my medicine and moved to a vegan high organic diet months before I discovered Dr. Saul, and felt considerable better for it. By adding Dr. Saul's recommendation to the mix, I'm even better and becoming more vibrant every day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book Jan. 29 2012
By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The introduction and conclusion were wonderful, and the general information about basic supplements.

Books such as 'Vita-Nutrient solution' and 'Orthomolecular medicine for everyone' had far more detailed information, and would be better choices for those new to the topic, but this book was still great. I really liked this doctors enthusiasm and explanations of the political problems and erronous belief systems that are holding back orthomolecular medicine from being mainstream, as it needs to be.

I'm not convinced however by the argument we all need to be almost vegetarian. This sort of diet just does not agree with me. It might if I could eat a lot of, or any, eggs, soy or dairy, but if you can't and you have a disease that means you deal with high carb foods very very poorly... I feel this advice is not helpful, or perhaps not detailed enough. None of the problems with eating dairy, wheat and nightshades such as postatoes are even mentioned, it's a strange omission.

But overall, I agree with the authors ideas about medicine and our responsibility for our own health very much. Supplements such as ubiquinol, carnitine and others have made a very significant difference to my quality of life. (I have the severe neurological disease Myalgic Encepahlomyelitis). I've found this book very helpful in writing a 'Quick start guide' to treating M.E. with supplements and vitamins.

Recommended, though not as a sole resource as it skims over how to treat many common diseases and the information given on each disease is very brief. It's just a good introductory text for those very interested in this topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Dec 26 2012
By Jan
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This is an excellent book for people dealing with health issues. Lots of information. Answered a few questions I had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Information Oct. 2 2011
By Glo
Format:Paperback
This book is an easy read and the format is user-friendly. Dr. Saul gives you very specific instructions for different conditions as well as basic guidelines for nutritional supplementation. Saw him on the "Food Matters" dvd and he just glows with health! Highly recommended.
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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Response to Californian reader Sept. 19 2006
By RadicalAscorbate - Published on Amazon.com
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Whenever claims for nutrition have substance, people often counter with irrational claims of side effects and harm. I rather liked the response from the "reader in California" who slated this book for supposed inaccuracies. It amused me, as Andrew Saul's purported inaccuracies are correct factual statements, and it is the objections that are false.

Firstly, Saul was accurate when stating that there were no reported deaths from vitamin overdose in the US. The counter claim, that 14 children had died in India from vitamin A overdose, was incorrect. Almost certainly, the 14 deaths did not occur from vitamin poisoning. The BMJ article cited by the anonymous reader [BMJ 223:1206, 24 Nov 2001] actually states: "it was unlikely that overdoses had caused the deaths and illness". Blaming vitamin A could be considered hysteria, as the actual death rate in this report was lower than expected [BMJ 2002;324:791, 30 March 2002]. A more reasonable interpretation might be that the vitamin A supplement was saving lives.

As Saul says, azithromycin is no better than low dose vitamin C for treating viral bronchitis. It is well known that antibiotics are generally ineffective against viruses. To treat an infection with vitamin C, pharmacological doses are required. A minimum pharmacological dose of vitamin C is 10 grams. Once again, Dr Saul's book was correct.

On a similar note, the reader with no name's assertion, that doses of 10 grams are appropriate for the treatment of cancer, is also incorrect. Dr Saul suggests that doses of the order of 100 grams are appropriate, and this is accurate for orthomolecular therapy. A typical regime would be 20+ grams of oral vitamin C daily and intravenous infusions of 75 grams (sodium ascorbate) three times per week. The reported side effects are typically minor, but treatment of cancer really does require a qualified physician; Saul repeatedly asserts this.

While some people declare they have all the answers for nutrition, and make inappropriate health claims, Dr Saul works from the facts. His book is a fantastic read and provides excellent guidance on supplements and health.

Dr Steve Hickey
57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have a copy April 11 2006
By Dr Steve Hickey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This superb book should be in every home. As a young lad, growing up in Liverpool, a favourite aunt once told me that health was our most important possession. At the time, I thought health was automatic. However, as people I loved became sick and died, I realised that she was right.

The best way people can look after their health is to take ownership of it, rather than relying on their doctors. An amusing 17th Century cartoon hangs on the bathroom wall, in the home of a surgeon friend of mine. A physician is seen congratulating the household cook, as his greatest ally. These are his words:

Yes, my good friend, I see you are hard at it and I never can quit the house of my rich patients without shaking hands with the cook. I owe you much, for you confer great favours on me. Your skill in kickshaws and the ingenious art of poisoning enables us medical men to ride in our carriages. Without your assistance, we should all go on foot and be slaved!!

(The Physician's Friend, published by T. Tegg, 111 Cheapside, London, England, 1805-1824).

As the cartoon implies and doctors often suggest, prevention is more effective than treatment. Despite this, the medical establishment is structured towards curing illnesses, rather than preventing them. Dr Saul is different. His interest in health stems from early childhood, when he considered becoming a surgeon. Unable to stand the sight of blood, he did not relish the thought of a career "bailing out leaky boats," so he became interested in natural health.

Medicine has become a high-tech, high-cost industry. Standard medical advice often leaves people in a state of ill health, so common as to be considered normal. Dr Saul believes this level of chronic sickness is unnecessary. He does not just want us to visit our doctors less often; he is on a crusade to help us all feel great.

In Fire your doctor, he explains, in an easygoing style, how people can avoid ill health. He gives practical advice on major diseases and health conditions. People are increasingly worried about how to afford even basic medical treatment. Dr Saul provides answers; follow his advice and you will visit your doctor less often. For many people, the cost of the book is less than that of a single visit.

Dr Saul's approach is practical. He gives simple recommendations for increasing general health and makes suggestions for various maladies. Pragmatically, the reader is not expected to follow all of the advice given. Health can be improved dramatically by making small changes to a person's diet and lifestyle. The tag line for this book is how to be independently healthy: it will not be lost on readers that they may also remain more wealthy.

Perhaps we have had to wait rather too long for Dr Saul to remind us that what we eat feeds our doctors. One thing I can be sure of: my aunt would have loved Andrew Saul's book.
42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reader's Review of the book Fire Your Doctor, by Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D. Jan. 10 2006
By John I. Mosher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reader's Review of the book Fire Your Doctor!, by Andrew W. Saul (Basic

Health Publications, 2005)

"Empowering" was one of the first words that came to my mind while reading

"Fire Your Doctor!" Andrew Saul, a natural-born teacher, has provided us

with an enjoyable, practical and easy-to-read book. At the same time, it

contains a great deal of carefully documented information to inform and

encourage people to help themselves to better health.

Dr. Saul emphasizes that people need "education, not medication." "Fire Your

Doctor!" provides that education with well-researched "do-it-yourself"

chapters full of insight, drawn from the author's nearly 30 years of

personal experience as a natural health consultant.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, including physicians who wish to

provide a comprehensive natural-health care program for their clients.

John I. Mosher, Ph.D.

SUNY Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great contribution to this topic Dec 29 2009
By Jodi-Hummingbird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The introduction and conclusion were wonderful, and the general information about basic supplements.

Books such as 'Vita-Nutrient solution' and 'Orthomolecular medicine for everyone' had far more detailed information, and would be better choices for those new to the topic, but this book was still great. I really liked this doctors enthusiasm and explanations of the political problems and erronous belief systems that are holding back orthomolecular medicine from being mainstream, as it needs to be.

I'm not convinced however by the argument we all need to be almost vegetarian. This sort of diet just does not agree with me. It might if I could eat a lot of, or any, eggs, soy or dairy, but if you can't and you have a disease that means you deal with high carb foods very very poorly... I feel this advice is not helpful, or perhaps not detailed enough. None of the problems with eating dairy, wheat and nightshades such as postatoes are even mentioned, it's a strange omission.

But overall, I agree with the authors ideas about medicine and our responsibility for our own health very much. Supplements such as ubiquinol, carnitine and others have made a very significant difference to my quality of life. (I have the severe neurological disease Myalgic Encepahlomyelitis). I've found this book very helpful in writing a 'Quick start guide' to treating M.E. with supplements and vitamins.

Recommended, though not as a sole resource as it skims over how to treat many common diseases and the information given on each disease is very brief. It's just a good introductory text for those very interested in this topic. Having said that however, I did also find several very interesting facts in this book that were not even mentioned in the dozen or so other books I have read on this topic, such as the topical application of vitamin C in a paste to treat rashes and lesions.

Check your local library for a copy, at the very least.

Some parts of the book were so good I felt compelled to go to the (for me) enormous effort to type them up as quotes, to use in my 'Quick start guide.' I hope the author wont mind my reposting them here, they really to deserve to be read as widely as possible as they get right to the heart of the matter as it were, I think.

Quotes:

'In newspapers, magazines and on television, the public has been warned off the very vitamins and other supplements that have been repeatedly proven to reduce illness in practically every instance. The effective use of food supplements and natural diet saves money, pain and lives... and you have been told not to do it. If you want something done right you have to do it yourself. This especially includes your healthcare. One of the most common questions about vitamin therapy is, are huge doses safe? This book will help answer that question once and for all, and while we are at it, here's the answer in advance. Yes. Megadoses of vitamins are very safe. Vitamins do not cause even one death per year. Pharmaceutical drugs, taken as directed, cause over 100 000 deaths annually. Still it is granted that we need access to all the tools that medicine and technology can provide, when used with caution. We must also fully use our natural resources of therapeutic nutrition and vitamins. To limit ourselves to pharmaceutical medicine is like going into the ring to fight the champ with one hand tied behind our backs.'

'Most people's fear of self-care centres on three common fallacies.

1. You are not educated enough to treat yourself, that is what doctors are for

2. Natural therapies are not powerful enough to cure real diseases

3. Megavitamin therapy is dangerous

These are not facts, these are beliefs, and they are all unfounded. Jazz musician Eubie Blake said it best "It is not what we don't know that harms us, but what we do know that ain't so". If your doctor does not believe in using vitamins, not only is that doctor behind the times, that doctor is not being scientific. Therapeutic nutrition is not a matter of belief; it is a matter of confirmed clinical experience. Belief systems can be wrong.'

'Modern drug based medicine is as incomplete as a novel written with three vowels. As discordant as a symphony constructed using only some of the notes. High dose nutritional therapy is the much needed missing part of our vocabulary of healthcare. The fight against disease needs all the help it can get.'

'Modern medicine is not scientific, it is full of prejudice, illogic and susceptible to advertising. Doctors are not taught to reason, they are programmed to believe in whatever their medical schools teach them and the leading doctors tell them. Over the past 20 years the drug companies, with their enormous wealth, have taken medicine over and now control its research, what is taught and the information released to the public.' Abram Hoffer MD

'There are absolutely times when we need professional help, but we can act to greatly reduce the frequency of those times and far beyond what we have been told. Time in front of a computer screen can teach us a lot more than time in front of a movie screen. But hasn't health information on the internet been described as the mother lode of all quackery? Of course it has, but as you learned in kindergarten, calling names does not make it so. There is a practical alternative to blind trust, use your noodle and see for yourself. Be your own doctor; manage your own case, live healthier today.'

'Good nutrition and vitamins do not directly cure disease, the body does. You provide the raw materials and the inborn wisdom of your body makes the repairs. Someday healthcare without megavitamin therapy will be seen as we today see childbirth without sanitation or surgery without anaesthetic.'

'There is virtually no funding for pharmaceutical companies to fund vitamin research. Why is that? Because there is no money for them in a cheap, non-prescription cure which already exists and cannot be patented. For decades, nutritionists and dieticians have preached tat vitamin and mineral supplements are not needed if you just eat a balanced diet. It is a nice story, but it is only a story. Daily supplements are the only way Americans can possible get the 800 IU of vitamin e per day, the amount that prevents most cardiovascular disease. Daily supplements are the only way to get several thousands milligrams of vitamin C per day, the amount that is protective against many forms of cancer. Nutritional deficiency is the rule not the exception in America.'

'When pharmaceuticals are versatile, they are called `broad spectrum' and `wonder drugs.' When vitamins are versatile, they are called `faddish' and `cures in search of a disease.' Such a double standard needs to be exposed and opposed at every turn. People often ask, `if vitamin therapy is so good, why hasn't my doctor told me about it?' I do not know the answer to that question. Quite frankly, over time, I have grown to be less and less fired-up about even wanting to know. Theer are too many sick people that need positive help.'

'Vitamin C is the world's best natural antibiotic, antiviral, antitoxin and antihistamine. This book's recurring emphasis on vitamin C might suggest that I am offering a song with only one verse. Not so. As English literature concentrates on Shakespeare, so orthomolecular (megavitamin) therapy concentrates on vitamin C. Let the greats be given their due. The importance of vitamin C cannot be overemphasised.'

Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME) and Health, Healing & Hummingbirds (HHH)
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Your Fire Your Doctor, You'll Be In Better Hands: Your Own! June 9 2010
By Robert Mcclain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Modern drug-based medicine is as incomplete as a novel written with three vowels, as discordant as a symphony constructed with only some of the notes."

When I read Dr. Andrew Saul's first book, Doctor Yourself: Natural Healing That Works, I was desperate to find a cure for a personal medical issue that had left me debilitated, helpless and hopeless. The "best" orthopedic physicians and neurologists from one of the nation's finest hospitals told me to learn to live with agonizing pain.

So, I fired every doctor in my life. As my Dad, a doctor-worshipper who let the medical establishment kill him with chemo and painkillers would have said, "Shoot `em all and save six for pallbearers." But seriously, using Dr. Saul's guidance from the book, I was restored to complete health in four days using nothing but vitamin C in large, divided doses.

Naturally, I wanted to read the sequel.

In Fire Your Doctor: How To Be Independently Healthy, seekers after truth will discover the triumph of simplicity, common sense, and sanity over the horrific statistics regarding mortality, morbidity and toxicity produced by the pharmaphilic (drug-loving) doctors upon whom the nation depends.

You will, unfortunately, also read about the tragedy of people destroyed by doctors, like the 55 year old woman who was restored to normal social function after treatment with safe, inexpensive niacin. Her psychiatrist, who had treated her with many types of medication, who saw her regain her health and vitality with niacin...this same doctor insisted she stop taking the niacin and put her back on three drugs. This pharma-bully ruined a woman's life because he refused to accept the idea that a simple vitamin could do wonders when all his potions and pills had failed. He returned her to darkness and depression, and worse, her family complied with his orders, even though their own eyes told them that niacin had made their mother whole again.

Dig deeper into Fire Your Doctor, and the reader will be rewarded with consultations, advice and counsel from the leading physicians in Orthomolecular Medicine. Some have practiced in this field, successfully curing patients with serious diseases since the 1930's.
Chapter after chapter address the best approaches to self-treatment with specific recommendations for achieving health. Discover for yourself the power of natural healing in so many forms within the pages of this book.

Or, you could be like my Dad, who took five painful years to pass from lung cancer, diabetes, arthritis so crippling it folded his hands shut, and, oh yes, I almost forgot, a staph infection he picked up in the hospital while he was under the care of still another god in a white coat.

People, please! Tell your Doctor "Hit the road, and git outta Dodge!" There is a new sheriff in town named Andrew Saul, and he wants to help you clean up the mess your physicians have made with their twin guns of Ignorance and Big Pharma. Fire Your Doctor puts an end to the relentless pursuit of profit and the perpetuation of the status quo. These are strong words, and I mean every one.
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