The Ultimate Prescription: What the Medical Profession Isn't Telling You
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The Ultimate Prescription: What the Medical Profession Isn't Telling You

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Would you like to discover the powerful ways God is part of the healing process? Do you think the media, the government, or your doctor is telling you the whole truth when it comes to health care? Are you tired of taking medications that really don't fix the problem? In "The Ultimate Prescription," Dr. James Marcum, a board-certified cardiologist, in-demand speaker, and ra...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Dr. Marcum was brave to expose some deceptions about the modern medical industry, like how many people die annually from prescribed drugs and that drugs do not cure the cause of disease but only symptoms of disease (and that is only sometimes) and that they do not cure at all but only facilitate our own body’s God-created self-healing mechanisms. Since he was almost bashing his own industry I appreciate the fact that he also included things that the medical community does right, such as help wit...more
Ginger Wade
The following is my book review on The Ultimate Prescription by Dr. James L. Marcum, MD

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32, KJV).

While I purposefully chose this book to review on behalf of Tyndale House Publishers, I was anticipating a hard read full of medical facts and jargon. However, in The Ultimate Prescription Dr. Marcum uses personal language and experience to outline his view regarding creation and its role in "God's Health Plan."

"I want you to co...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Oh, my gosh. Somebody call the American Medical Association. Here is a doctor, a cardiologist, who is openly advocating a lifestyle based on the Commandments of God? Quick somebody lock this guy up. At least, take away his license to practice so that he cannot spew anymore of his hateful, non-scientific, bigoted rhetoric into the lives of humble, quiet and happy people who are just waiting to die at the end of a prescription.

In case you cannot tell, I feel a little strongly about this book. As a...more
First off, I would recommend this book even though I am only giving it 3 stars. And I may change that rating by the time I finish the book.

However, I do have one BIG problem with this book. The author obviously writes with a huge vegetarian bias, and doesn't seem to have a problem interpreting scripture in a way that supports that agenda. Along with his very interesting interpretation of the creation, he goes on to represent the ancient Hebrew diet as being vegetarian, which it was not. There w...more
A good book based on Biblical view. Not KJV. We have to change they way we eat and some concepts we been told our whole life it will be hard to change. I don't believe in no meat ever but less, and if you can get it from a farm where you know no chemicles haven't been pumped into them. More fruits and veggies!
Autumn Blues Reviews
Pivotal information for the true management of a healthier lifestyle.

Not surprisingly everything that Dr. Marcum tells the reader in this book is what we should do as a society. However the bad habits that plaque our society begin at a very young age when we are children. Unless parents already have these habits instilled in their children we will always have stressed out unhealthy people walking around this planet. One thing Dr. Marcum left out was how parents need to be instrumental in teachin...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
We all know the signs of a heart attack and how we should seek medical care immediately when the symptoms present themselves, but is it possible that everything we have been doing in our lives have been leading us down the wrong path, heading for heart issues, cancer and disease?

In the latest book by Dr. James L. Marcum, M.D., The Ultimate Prescription: What the Medical Profession Isn't Telling You is perhaps the best eye-opening book on biblical health care that I've had the opportunity to read...more
Harold Cameron
“What the Medical Profession Isn’t Telling You – This Book Can Save Your Life!”

“Would you like to discover the powerful ways God is part of the healing process? Do you think the media, the government, or your doctor is telling you the whole truth when it comes to health care? Are you tired of taking medications that really don't fix the problem? In The Ultimate Prescription, Dr. James Marcum, a board-certified cardiologist, in-demand speaker, and radio host, discusses these questions and many mo...more
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, "Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?" Genesis 3:1
I can imagine the serpent lowering himself to eye level with the woman, smiling reassuringly, and saying in a soothing, confident voice, "You won't die!...God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil." Genesis 3: 4 & 5
This book is written by a Christian cardiologist, and it does truly make you think about how simple lifestyle choices may greatly influence our health, either for better or for worse. If I were rating simply on that, I would give it a 5. However, I do not agree with a couple of the points he makes about God, and he seems to come from a strictly vegan viewpoint, which includes no dairy either, just fruits, vegetables, legumes, etc. Steps in that direction would be very beneficial, but it would ta...more
Hina Kharbey
What I loved about the book was it served as a good reminder for all the natural health solutions that we so often ignore in this day and age. It was an inspiration to work towards a better life style. Although I'm not a Christian, most of his writing about God and His plan was helpful. However, I did feel his tone to be on the preaching side at times. Also some of the conclusions he jumped to made no sense, like the whole idea of Adam naming the animals so he could love them and turn vegetarian...more
Dr. Marcum gives us a lot of "food for thought" in his book. Using the creation story to outline God's plan for our health was an interesting concept. So much of it makes a lot of sense, yet there are some that I question. I would have liked it if he would have explored Jesus' dietary habits. After all, several of his disciples were fisherman, was fish a staple in the diets of New Testament Israel?
I did like the fact that Dr. Marcum brought the focus to scripture. He tells the salvation story i...more
Avery Martin
I have to admit, Dr. Marcum hit enough of the truth right on the head for me to endorse this book. He takes a biblical approach that I haven't heard before on God's Plan for Health. He presents it in a very concise and straight forward fashion. Well done. The only area that I saw lacking would be the value of joint care though posture and spinal alignment, even though in one brief and very well stated story he hints at it's value, whether he knows it or not, with the story of the woman in the hi...more
I read this on my Kindle. What stood out to me was the doctor's advice not to eat meat or drink milk. He linked this to man's overseeing of the animals before the sin entered the world. I also found his prescription to get sunlight for vitamin D interesting. It sounded like he felt the sunscreen craze had gone overboard. The writing was a bit dry at times, but the premise that God has advice to maintain our bodies (both phsically and emotionally) was interesting.
Donna Manley
This was a wonderful book. I enjoyed the stories of individuals who saw their physical and spiritual health as being connected, and honoring God as the source of both physical and spiritual health. I liked the brief synopsis of health conditions and their possible causes outlined in the back of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a hold of their spiritual health as well as their physical health.
Jan Lloyd
This book really caused me to look within myself and examine how I am living in terms of my physical and spiritual well-being. It was well-written and gave a lot of practical evidence that most of us are not following the life path that God prescribed for us. It has given me a lot to think about.
This book is very tenderly written by a physician who allows his faith and his giftedness as a cardiologist to exist and flourish together. Very easy read. The only thing missing were a few plant based recipes. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and my husband has even agreed to read it.
Jessica Davison
Jun 11, 2012 Jessica Davison rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
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I received this book as a giveaway and am very glad that I read it. It was wonderful! I recommend this book to everyone! It really makes you think about what you are doing to your body and makes you want to change the way you treat it.
I love that he comes up with "God's Health Plan" using the account of Creation in Genesis 1. He had some really interesting insights. I don't agree with everything he says, but it made me think.
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James L. Marcum, board-certified cardiologist practicing with Chattanooga Heart Institute, has been named by USA Today as one of the most influential physicians in his field. He is an in-demand speaker as director of Heartwise Ministries. Currently, his radio program, Heartwise, airs on more than 500 radio stations across the nation. Dr. Marcum, speaker/director of HeartWise Ministries, hosts the...more
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