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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (March 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155643958X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556439582
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #403,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Bigelsen, a 30-year veteran of the medical industry and co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Association, sounds the alarm on the overwrought state of modern medicine. He argues that surgery often does more harm than good and few patients escape without lasting trauma, warning against trends like ‘one-stop surgery,’ where doctors take care of many maladies with one procedure. The author rails against an overdependence on damaging antibiotics as a catch-all in treating the symptoms rather than eliminating the root cause of an ailment. Using statistics, charts and illustrations, Bigelsen justifies theories on disease transitions, the correlations between medicine and emotion and the perils of questionable preventative surgery, scar tissue and invasive dental procedures. The doctor advocates for more holistic and alternative approaches rather than traditional methods; he urges readers to trust their own bodies and their intrinsic intelligence rather than the opinions of medical doctors, who may or may not have the best intentions… the author elaborates with real-life medical cases and cites a number of media references and varying opinions from the medical and naturalist communities to substantiate his claims. Thankfully, his frequently pejorative thesis on 21st-century health care is combined with sensible advice stressing the importance and widespread availability of choices (second opinions) for anyone eager to weigh their options before ‘blindly trusting’ in a health professional… Bigelsen contributes much-needed material to the ever-expanding canon of consumer-focused health literature.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This small book is a gem, containing much more than a critique of the current American medical system. The cure of inflammation and disease resides in simple, non-toxic approaches that release tension, reduce inflammation, and allow self-regulation to cure. For those who have ears to hear and eyes to see, Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs provides a great philosophical foundation: keep it simple and safe!”
—C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD; President, Holos Institutes of Health
“Dr. Harvey Bigelsen has a profound insight into the synergy of the body and its interconnectedness. This is a landmark book that illustrates in simple language the progression of chronic, degenerative disease and what you and your doctor should be looking for in order to be healed.”
—Dr. George J. Georgiou, PhD, ND, DSc (AM), author of Curing the Incurable with Holistic Medicine and academic director of DaVinci College of Holistic Medicine

“Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs: How Surgery Can Be Hazardous to Your Health—And What to Do About It is Bigelsen's wake-up call to the profession, and to patients, that the body does indeed want to heal itself, and invasive medical procedures lead to long-lasting health problems.”
Spirit of Change

Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs is provocatively written and is fairly radical in its approach, but it challenges the reader to rethink everything they believe about illness, and how to treat it.”
Healthy Beginnings

Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs is an alternative medicine book proposing that modern evidence-based medicine, and surgery in particular, is counterproductive to the body’s own powers of natural healing.”
New York Journal of Books

“Reading through the pages of Bigelsen's book reveals a powerful message for the ‘sheeple’ of today's society. Bringing common sense into the light once more, this book is truly an asset to the medical community, as well as any person looking to improve their health.”
Natural News

Doctors are More Harmful Than Germs shows that common medical problems are the cause of many chronic, long-term health problems, and argues that better medical approaches allow the body go through the process of healing rather than suppressing symptoms. [Bigelsen] offers a radically different perspective on illness and its treatment. … A pick for general-interest and medical collections alike.”
Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Harvey Bigelsen, MD, helped found the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) in 1978, and three years later helped to write the Arizona law allowing alternative medical practitioners to be licensed and judged by their peers rather than by mainstream doctors. A frequent lecturer for alternative health organizations, he lives in Nevada City, CA. Medical writer Lisa Haller lives in St. Paul, MN.

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Very straight forward and a must read! Coming from a personal experience (a naturopath saving my daughter from a major surgery) gives you the idea: you should always question "authority" this book is an eye-opener. It makes it clear this is the time to realize "greed"is behind most of the doctor's deed. This book is focusing on the individuals instead of the symptoms. Fascinating, provocatively written and radical in its approach, Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs challenges readers to rethink everything they believe about illness and how to treat it.
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HASH(0x9b773d44) out of 5 stars A WAKE UP CALL WE DESPERATELY NEED! March 23 2011
By LivForToday - Published on
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Harvey Bigelsen. Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs. Lisa Haller, ed. Nevada City, CA. Biological Medicine Institute. 2009. 161 pages. $17.95

Harvey Bigelsen, M.D. studies living blood--something Western Medicine ignores--to diagnose, treat, and cure chronic disease. His therapies are based on "biological medicine" which aims at assisting the body's natural systems, rather than suppressing symptoms. His achievements are impressive--in 1979 he cofounded the American Holistic Medical Association and in 1988 he received a Person of the Year award from The Hans Nieper Foundation--for contributing the most influential work to U.S. natural medicine. He has written and published four books, including: Medical Conspiracy in America, The Holographic Blood, Your Cure for Cancer and the subject for this review--Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs.

Dr. Bigelsen delivers an electric shock to America's "sheeple" who have all been blindly following mainstream medicine for decades. Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs is a wakeup call that shatters our country's long-held beliefs about treating disease! Modern medicine is still based on the famous French biologist Louis Pasteur's "germ theory" which blames germs as the cause for disease. Dr. Bigelsen maintains that Pasteur's theory has survived because it supports modern medicine's "magic bullet" philosophy (12). Biological medicine evolved from Pasteur's "intellectual rival," Antoine Bechamp--who claimed disease can only exist in a weakened body (12).

Dr. Bigelsen comments that while attending medical school, blood was always "stained" (dehydrated) and "fixed for immortality" before peering through the microscope (19). He wasn't introduced to living blood until the mid 1980's. A private foundation sponsored him and five colleagues to travel across Europe to observe cutting edge health care practices. The moment their group walked into French biologist, Gaston Naessens CERBE laboratory in Sherbrooke, Quebec--their lives changed. Naessens designed and built the Somatoscope, the most powerful microscope in the world--capable of magnifying objects up to 30,000 times. Dr. Bigelsen discovered what Naessens coined as the "somatid," a complex inner ecosystem alive within the human body. The trip marked a pivotal turning point in the author's career, which he says, revealed a "whole new universe" that modern medical school had never explored (21).

Dr. Bigelsen uses real-life medical cases (from his own practice) and cites references from traditional and alternative healthcare fields to substantiate his claims. Charts, statistics, and images justify theories behind disease progression, the connections between medicine and emotion, invasive surgery, and trapped inflammation. He offers a fresh, innovative approach to healing that acknowledges the "intrinsic wisdom of our inner biological terrain" and focuses on treating the human body as a whole (61). Emphasis is placed on the body's terrain (the environment in which the bacteria is adapting) as the key to vitality. Disease is seen as a process, arising from trapped inflammation as the consequence of "barbaric cosmetology" (7). The sickening truth is that we as a society have become obsessed with an unattainable concept--ageless beauty, where:

We increasingly try to remake ourselves, from
our eyes to our vaginas. We bleach our teeth,
replace our joints, enlarge our breasts, tighten
our tummies, suck the extra fat off our thighs (78).

Human beings were not built for this type of invasion--yet we continue to assault them with syringes and scalpels! Not surprisingly, Americans have extremely poor longevity--with our country ranking 42nd in the world! Dr. Bigelsen attributes our premature deaths to overusing poisonous chemicals "under the euphemism of prescription drugs" (7). This makes logical sense since we all know that pharmaceutical companies are thriving on our misery!

In 1910 the idea that illness manifests within our bodies from outside sources (microorganisms) became ingrained into our culture when we began offering financial support for the latest medical research. Dr. Bigelsen highlights the disturbing fact that "we still do not know the cause of, nor have we seen a cure for, one single chronic disease" (13). Yet the naïve belief that germs must be sought out and eradicated with harmful antibiotics (which literally means against life) continues to run rampant throughout the United States!

Dr. Bigelsen argues a strong point--modern medicine's arrogance has been injected deep into our minds--making us regard the titles MD and AMA (American Medical Association)--as the leading authorities in well-being. The tragic fact is that these labels are highly esteemed in our nation and we equate them with power, prestige and wealth. A serious problem is that our health insurance policies adamantly refuse covering treatments from licensed healthcare practitioners who are not MDs! These professionals include--osteopaths (DO), chiropractors (DC), naturopaths (ND), and acupuncturists (Lac)--who have all obtained the same education level as MDs before they may earn their license! The Congressional Office of Technology Assessment published a report showing how modern scientific medicine has only been proven effective for "trauma care" (13).

Dr. Bigelsen has voiced what we refuse to admit ourselves--that our society has "brainwashed" us into believing that illness should be feared! We run to the nearest physician and subject ourselves to endless medical tests because we have been "hoodwinked into believing that disease sneaks up and ambushes us" (123). Television mass advertises the belief that "evil germs lurk in every corner and crevice, lying in wait for their chance to leap out and kill us" (45). The cruel reality is that Americans are cowering in the face of our government's health-care laws! Let's face it--our country spends an obscene amount of money pursuing healthcare (like it's a runaway state of being that we're chasing)! In 2008 Massachusetts alone spent approximately $1.4 billion dollars on unnecessary tests, referrals and medical procedures! Why would the "system" be designed to make us better--when hot-shot pharmaceutical companies profit from our suffering?! We should be thanking Dr. Bigelsen for urging us to take responsibility for our lives!

Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs should intrigue anyone who is looking to expand their narrow minded concept of how disease manifests in the human body! I for one fervently recommend this revolutionary book to everyone because the principles within its pages have saved my own life! Dr. Bigelsen summarizes my story on page 68!

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b773d98) out of 5 stars I'm awake now! March 21 2011
By I am Me - Published on
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Wow! This book is so simple, and makes so much sense. Dr. Bigelsen discusses the idea that our body sees a surgeons' scalpel, no differently than getting cut by a piece of broken glass. The first thing the body tries to do when cut open, is heal itself. The first thing a surgeon does is create a new problem. You can take apart an engine to get to the problem, but when you start taking the body apart to get to the problem . . . it reacts. Keep the 'terrain' healthy! Doctors make a lot of money, but are they really interested in your health?
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7741ec) out of 5 stars Doctors are more harmful than germs. April 10 2011
By Maddy - Published on
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I wish more doctors were like this. This is full of what I believe to be honest information. The medical, pharmacutical and insurance companies are interconnected in sometimes harmful ways. I commend Dr. Harvey Bigelsen for educating us and hope that he continues to do so. I was fasinated by the politics to the truth. Thank you again.

Doctors Are More Harmful Than Germs....How Surgery Can Be Hazardous to Your Health---And What to Do About It By Harvey Bigelsen, M.D. softcover
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7741d4) out of 5 stars A true healer June 23 2012
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out of all the health books this is one of the very best out explains in simple terms how the body functions and then how to fix it....avoid all unnecessary surgeries....they create trapped inflammation inside the body and U R certain for more disease in the years to come.....HUGE MISTAKE......remember..there is no such thing as a simple surgery......he also uses Isopathic formulas from Germany that are much more effective than homeopathics....this guy is a TRUE HEALER......!!
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HASH(0x9b774594) out of 5 stars Things you "knew" where going on - things you did not April 7 2011
By Intuitive Bob - Published on
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This is essential reading for anyone interested in natural healing information/concepts and the possible negative impacts of various allopathic practices/approaches (which you may have suspected but have never seen a medical doctor admit - until now). The information in Appendix I about the possible causes of MS, ALS, RA, Hep C and fibromyalgia is worth the price of the book alone. There are numerous bits of useful information in this book. This is a must have book - an excellent value. One of messages of this book is: surgery=scars=possible hidden inflammation and partial loss of long-term vitality (for each surgical event).