What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn't Know: The Alternative Treatments That May Change Your Life--and the Prescriptions That Could Harm You
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What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn't Know: The Alternative Treatments That May Change Your Life--and the Prescriptions That Could Harm You

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Adverse reactions to over-the-counter and prescription drugs are currently estimated to kill more than 100,000 Americans a year (making this the fourth leading cause of death in the United States behind cancer, heart disease, and stroke).
Drawing on more than twenty years of scientific research, Dr. Michael T. Murray reveals how the pharmaceutical treatments of the most co...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Atria Books (first published June 14th 2009)
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Murray's title is long, but describes it perfectly. I initially found this book in the library, and after reading it, bought a copy for my personal collection. He takes on cholesterol, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and diabetes drugs among other things. His opinions have merit; the basis of the book is that drug companies greatly influence drug research and development, its testing and approval process, drug price and marketing, respected medical journals, and doctor education.

As with other...more
This book attempts to a) to point out the flaws in our current drug based medical system and b) to outline some of the basic facts and principles of what the author calls `rational medicine.'

The first point is well made in this book. All sorts of shocking facts and statistics are included that should be more than enough for anyone to re-evaluate the information we have come to accept as factual concerning drugs and how they are used to treat diseases and how harmful or successful they are.

The au...more
May 23, 2010 Annette rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Please read this book. The basic premise is to eat healthy and exercise. So that is nothing new; we all know that, we just don't always follow the advice.

What is informative in this book, and that most people don't know, is that the big pharmaceutical companies control all of the "scientific studies" you read in the press. They control most of the "guidelines" set to determine if you should be on prescription medications. They convince doctor's that using chemical pharmaceuticals is better than...more
The book offers a good argument for CAM and the author's reasoning why conventional medicine has failed in many areas. Much more intelligent and sensible than other things I've read about this, although it skirts on the edge of that sometimes (you must have spirituality to be truly happy and healthy, placebo effect is good no matter what). I didn't learn any Earth shattering new information from this book, but a few useful tidbits here and there.
Book on alternative treatments that may change your life--and the prescriptions that are given out like candy that can harm more than help. Just my opinion because I have travel the road of being the one they didn't know what to do with. And I got tired of the results....
This was one of those books that in my opinion, everyone should read! Especially if you have a loved one who is sick.
This book is so informative and just confirmed all my suspicions.
Absolute must read!
Didn't finish. Interesting, but was hoping for broader scope - very focused on a few particularly prevalent medical issues, that I didn't happen to be as interested in
Essential information...a must-read...
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