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What Your Doctor Won't Tell You

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An interesting book, probably more interesting to readers in the US, but still relevant in the UK.  I found it quite long-winded, but overall a book which made me think.
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Good resource for most patients. I didn’t learn a lot of new things but that’s due to my background and interests.
Worthwhile read for people who want to learn more.
Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in return for a fair review.
3 Stars ⭐️
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I’ve read quite a few books like this one and this one was just okay. It just didn’t do it for me entirely. I would have liked a different take
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I didn't really learn anything new here other than the promising ways ketamine can be used for depression. Dr. Sherer mostly reiterates again and again that you have to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and eat real food or don't be surprised when you get sick and die young. There is a lot of good advice and some of it relates to doctors themselves (like they know less than you think and make a ton of mistakes that can kill you). He also really discourages the use of painkillers and points out how quickly they become addictive for so many people. He recommends short term blocking shots and such to help with post-surgery pain instead. I expected more about treatments of illness and this is more about problems with the medical establishment and with how people abuse their own health, but it's still good info.

I read a digital ARC of this book via NetGalley.
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This was a very enlightening book and a very useful read for those who want to be well informed before they visit a doctor. It is full of sound advice for those who wish to take it. I like the author, Dr Sherer’s, no nonsense approach to medicine and he helps to take the mystique out of the medical profession and the ‘jargon’ they sometimes use. Recommended as an informative guide for better health.
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What Your Doctor Won't Tell You is a collection of things you need to know about you health and healthcare but might not.
I'll preface with the fact that the book is very US oriented - from how the healthcare system works to how doctors become such (education fellowships, etc.), they differ a lot from country to country and that information was absolutely useless as someone living in Europe. I am a bit curious about how the US is different than us, but that's not why I was interested in the book, so these parts just weren't that interesting to me.
As for the more medical part of the book, I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. The book's overall message is "strive for a healthier life and you'll be healthier", which while true, is not a very new or surprising concept, and most times this is what doctors will advise you to do. Unless you meet in the ER, in which case they'll probably just try to get you stable and move on to others that need emergency help.
Jokes aside, I'm yet to meet a doctor who hasn't told me that healthier lifestyle is the way to go, if you don't what to at some point start needing meds and even surgery. Most of them have even been happy to help with finding where healthy lifestyle and me and my body can meet - not everyone can be a professional athlete (because of disabilities), not everyone can eat all of the healthy food options (because of allergies), etc. So a lot of this book has been not "what [my] doctor won't tell [me]", but "pretty much what my doctors tell me and help me achieve".
Another thing that didn't sit well with me is the very anti-medication tone of the book. Sure some meds can be stopped if you can get to a stable point without them, and that's the better option. But a lot of meds can also be something that even the healthiest lifestyle can't fix. E.g. if your thyroid is damaged and doesn't produce enough/viable hormones, you do need to take you prescription hormones. No amount of morning running, eating well and sleeping enough will magically heal each and every thyroid. Some people are able to go to lower doses, and a healthy lifestyle can help with keeping it there, instead of having to up it again and again. My point is that we shouldn't make people fear medicine. Would it be great to not need it at all? Absolutely. Should we strive for the healthier available options? Hell yes. But we also need to understand that sometimes drugs are required and we shouldn't fear them - we don't want people to harm themselves and potentially die because they suddenly stopped their meds.

Overall, this book can be helpful if you've had awful doctors (also, PLEASE find better ones if your not getting the help you deserve), and it seems to have some nice additional info on US healthcare which I can't really rate.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Humanix Books for providing me with an free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.*
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Very informative book.  I learned a lot of new information about what is causing sickness in the Western world, and some great recommendations on how to fix these problems without medicine.
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I found a lot of good information in this book, and feel it will be very useful. I liked the whole premise of the book, sharing things from a doctor that you normally wouldn’t be told. There are quite a few areas that I’m sure I’ll be referring back to again later. There is a lot of good advice to go by in here. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author David Sherer, and the publisher.
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Dr. David Sherer pulls no punches in his blog-based book, What Your Doctor Won't Tell You. It is at once a great resource for patient empowerment and advocacy and a terrifying warning bell for the current health crisis in the United States. Our abysmal habits and shortage in medical personnel/supplies has put us on a crash course for disaster.

Covid-19 has really highlighted this. Americans have succumbed to this virus at higher rates than other countries because we're so chronically sick. Yes, there are questions of the national response and whether we had access to enough medical equipment, but there are sad truths to what we're doing to our bodies. Dr. Sherer points to the obesity epidemic as sort of a "mother disease," but our dependence on medication, lack of exercise, awful diets laden with fats and sugar, etc. all play a role. 

The good news is that we have ability to change this. Dr. Sherer offers up simple advice that I think we all know: eat healthier, exercise, stop smoking, meditate.

This was definitely an eye opener of a read, even though I thought I already knew a most of what he would be saying. I'd recommend everyone give this a look. But be prepared for some hard truths. Dr. Sherer is less interested in preserving feelings than he is in kicking our butts into gear to lead healthier lives.

Special thanks to NetGalley and Humanix Books for providing this copy for review.
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A good guide to what your doctor will not tell you, this includes causes of illness, also a chapter on medical language, so that the patient can read their own chart. All in all a sensible guide to health, written by a doctor.
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