If you're looking for a group of short stories with uplifting endings, this is not the book for you. There are uplifting poignant moments in some of tIf you're looking for a group of short stories with uplifting endings, this is not the book for you. There are uplifting poignant moments in some of the stories. This is a book that chronicles the gamut of brain injuries and the reality of how devastating these injuries are to the patient, their family and friends. It also makes you realize the significant shortcomings of health insurance particularly with regards to Medicare and Medicaid. These shortcomings are not just limited to the US either. It really makes you appreciate what you have in life and how quickly it can change for the worse. People with brain injuries have little obvious sign of the seriousness of the injury which makes it more difficult and often impossible for others to understand what the patient and family go through daily....more
Dogmatic, poorly cited, opinionated, one-sided, lacking scientific basis. I was hoping for some good ideas about being vegan and improving my diet. InDogmatic, poorly cited, opinionated, one-sided, lacking scientific basis. I was hoping for some good ideas about being vegan and improving my diet. Instead I was blasted by crazy extremist vegan-nazi rhetoric. I'm definitely for animal rights - that's not the issue. I have a problem with how the author demonizes all non-vegans. The nutritional information is also often wrong....more
This is a good book for patients to read. It will help you be a better advocate for your own health. It will help you organize your medical informatioThis is a good book for patients to read. It will help you be a better advocate for your own health. It will help you organize your medical information and get the most out of your doctor visits. It will help us docs to focus on the most important problems. Due to the squeeze from insurance companies we have less time than ever to spend the time we want with our patients so it's imperative that everyone comes prepared. Before I see a patient, I spend time reviewing the chart, labs, reports etc. and have a plan of what I want to accomplish in the face to face visit. I expect my patient to do the same; review your meds, list your problems and questions in order of importance. You should have a list of your medications with the dose, how often you take it and what it is for. You should know if you need any refills. I like to look at the doctor appointment like meeting with your tax accountant. I always show up at my tax accountant's office with all my documents and questions in order. I do what my tax guy tells me to do to save the most money. Why wouldn't you do the same with your health? Don't you want to maximize your time on earth? It doesn't hurt the doctor if you don't follow their advice, in fact it'll probably help their bottom line as you return over and over for the same problem.
The book also discusses the utility of vitamins and supplements in this country. It provides information on cancer and resources (links) to learn what individual risk factors you may have and how to change them. I'd like to see a copy of this book in all doctor office waiting rooms....more