Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Healthiness Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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From Publishers Weekly
Edell, author of Eat, Drink and Be Merry, presents relaxed and practical advice familiar to the millions of people who have watched him on TV or listened to him on radio. Changes in the health care system can make it difficult for patients to get the treatment they want: Edell offers advice to them and also addresses the many advances in scientific research such as hormone therapy and cancer that can be confusing to physicians, let alone patients. The book is organized in general subject areas-including sex, women's issues, children, alternative medicine, aging and addiction-that feature a short introduction, resource list and q&as. These sections are logical, although there are occasional entries that seem almost trivial, compared to more serious issues. For example, Edell answers the question of whether "eating seaweed makes your hair grow thicker." Overall, however, the questions Edell fields are very specific and relevant to many, and cover a wide range of topics. It's unlikely that this volume will replace the many other health titles, but it is a useful reference, especially for advice on nutrition and alternative medicine
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About the Author
Dean Edell, M.D., probably has the largest medical practice in the United States -- his hugely popular radio and television broadcasts are heard by more than ten million fans every week. A graduate of Cornell University Medical College and the author of the national best-seller Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
This book will likely sell well because Edell is famous and has a radio show in which he can, and does, frequently plug the book. If he were an unknown doctor, few people would read this book, and even fewer would like it. Many of you Dr. Edell fans will undoubtedly give this book five stars and rave about how good it is, not because the book is truly good (to think that, you'd have to be delusional or oblivious to other books that do a MUCH better job of educating readers), but because you like Dr. Edell. Well, so do I, because his radio show is, despite its equal superficiality, more palatable than other programs in that time slot. I purchased this book thinking that it would give Dr. Edell a forum to discuss things in more depth than he can on radio. Obviously, I was very disappointed. Edell is clearly more interested in selling books than taking the time to write something that is worthwhile to read.
A side effect of his brief prescriptions here is that you will frequently learn very little more than what kind of specialist to visit and what to say during the visit. When I checked the answers against the most important health problems that my family has had in the last several decades, I found that he told less than I learned from our primary care physician or from looking up answers on my own. The information in the book was so brief, in fact, that it was misleading . . . especially as it related to childhood illnesses. The book is filled with web site references . . . but you could have found those on your own in less time.
The only general sections in the book are at the beginning of the twelve topics: There's a Reason We're Fat; Good Sex, Bad Sex, No Sex; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Alternative Medicine; The Women's Room, From Fertility to Fibroids; Smart Medicine for Your Children; "Old" Is All in your Head, Now Where'd I Put My Hat?; Boxtox, Brava Bras, and the Business of Beauty; Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives; The Dirt on Infectious Diseases; Strange Lumps and Second Opinions; The Hard Facts on Booze, Grass, Paxil, and the Patch; Life, Liberty, and Medical Miscellany. These general sections make up less than 10 percent of the book, and frequently focus on lifestyle issues. So you can't just read those parts, and have your answer.Read more ›
The book is divided into the different areas mentioned and each section includes a question and answer session. So try to stump him with specifics as even those questions have a clear answer. Many times it may just being conservative with a wait and see attitude rather than going off the deep end with some fad.
I have modified my life somewhat in accordance with this book and am now re-reading to see if I missed anything significant. This is not dogma but common sense.
If you wish to go beyond this book on a specific subject there is a page of URLs to various specialty organizations such as "American Cancer Society."
Most recent customer reviews
As a mother of 2, this book will join my other more traditional health books on the book shelf. My husband and I really enjoyed the "readability" of this book. Read morePublished on March 1 2004
This is the first book of its kind I've owned, and I find that if I keep it handy, I frequently pick it up during commercials when I'm watching the news or a movie. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004
I'm not someone who normally buys medical guides. This one came to me as a gift, and I have really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
You know how most health books are a snore? Well, this one's informative AND entertaining. I enjoy Dr. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
I like this book. Even though I dislike talk shows and switch the radio channel when Dr. Edell is on. It was the first chapter that made me want to read the rest of the book. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by Elizabeth
There are several things I really like about this book:
1) To me the most important thing is that this book is not sensationalistic or seeking to palm of unproven treatments... Read more
Dr. Edell's new book is packed with good advice for those of us who want truthful answers to questions about health care. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by Samuel Homola
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