product description page
Doctor You : Introducing the Hard Science of Self-Healing - by Jeremy Howick (Hardcover)
about this item
The miracles of modern medicine--and our overreliance on prescription drugs and surgical procedures--have obscured the evolutionary ability of the body to heal itself, as Oxford University researcher Jeremy Howick explains in this groundbreaking book.
Wealthy countries have become highly dependent on medical intervention: On average, one-fifth of all Americans, half of the elderly British, and two-thirds of older Canadians take at least five prescription drugs per day, their lives a nonstop ritual of pill popping and managing side effects. One in ten people takes antidepressants, and millions of boys who can't sit still in school are prescribed methamphetamines. Skyrocketing global healthcare costs render this overmedication increasingly unaffordable. Aside from the ethical and practical implications of treating medicine as a profit center, the abundance of modern drugs and technologies has blinded us to the fact that the human body produces its own drugs that can treat pain, is capable of curing itself of many physical ailments as well as a surgeon, and can even combat most mild depression as well as any psychologist. For instance, recent clinical trials clearly show that states of mind affect our health: relaxation, positive thinking, and comfortable social environments all provide measurable health benefits--sometimes as effectively as blockbuster drugs.
Written by award-winning Oxford researcher Dr. Jeremy Howick and drawing on the latest peer-reviewed medical studies conducted around the world, Doctor You arms readers with scientific evidence that will empower them to make sensible choices about what drugs to take, what drugs to give their children, and when (and when not) to simply let the body do its thing.
Number of Pages: 301
Genre: Health + Wellness
Author: Jeremy Howick
Street Date: June 5, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-65-3494