Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing
by John Robbins
Although the nation spends $1 trillion each year on medical care, many in our country cannot afford the most basic coverage and the toll in human suffering from degenerative diseases continues to rise. In his rousing and inspiring style, John Robbins, author of the acclaimed best-seller Diet for a New America, turns his attention to the national debate on health care, taking an epic look at the human and financial consequences of the polarization of traditional and alternative medicine.
Calling for nothing short of a revolution in the basic beliefs on which health care is based, he convincingly demonstrates the enormous human and financial costs of the polarization of conventional and alternative medicine. Although Americans spend far more money on medical care than any other people in the world, many of us cannot afford the most basic coverage; we rank 25th among the world’s nations in infant mortality; the toll in human suffering from degenerative disease continues to rise; the danger from virulent communicable diseases is increasing daily; and, meanwhile, women are growing increasingly frustrated with the care they receive from a male-dominated system. There are answers to these problems, and Reclaiming Our Health presents a brilliant, refreshing, and uplifting new vision of what health care in America might be as well as practical solutions for us as individuals and for a health-care system gone awry.
Robbins attacks the heart of health care controversy: the increasing polarization of conventional and alternative medicine. His discussion provides a strong vision of how to remedy a failing health care system through the integration of different self-care and management techniques, from diet modifications to relaxation techniques.
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Percentage of cancer patients whose lives are predictably saved by chemotherapy – 3%
Conclusive evidence (majority of cancers) that chemotherapy has any positive influcence on survival or quality of life – none.
Percentage of oncologists who said if they had cancer they would not participate in chemotherapy trials due to its “ineffectiveness and its unacceptable toxicity” – 75%
Percentage of people with cancer in the U.S. who receive chemotherapy – 75%.
Company that accounts for nearly half of the chemotherapy sales in the world – Bristol-Meyers Squibb.
- Chairman of the board of Bristol-Meyers – Richard L. Gelb.
- Mr. Gelb’s other job: vice chairman, board of overseers, board of managers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, World’s largest private cancer treatment and research center.
- Reed’s other job – director, Philip Morris (tobacco company).
- Broder’s other job (until 1995) – executive director, National Cancer Institute.