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Undoctored: Why Your Doctor Has Failed You and How You Can Discover Real Health On Your Own

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  759 ratings  ·  93 reviews
In his New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis changed the lives of millions of people by teaching them to remove wheat from their diet to reverse years of chronic health damage. Now he'll go beyond cutting wheat to help you take charge of your own overall health in Undoctored. Dr. Davis wants you to understand that conventional medicine is no longer worki ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Rodale Books
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Debbie Mcnulty
I enjoyed reading this book although at times I found it to be repetitive. Most of the facts within the book I already knew but there were a few gems hidden inside. I think it could have been a much shorter book had he not repeats info so many times. Going grain free has changed my life and health, I found the info about that to be the most interesting.
Jacob Hales
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I already knew about the corruption with AHA and ADA thanks to Gary Taubes and Nina Tiecholtz. However, Dr. Davis's account of the failure of the health care system is so convincing and angering that my opinion on the American Health Care Act has flipped. I am okay if the system collapses and Doctors get on board with the truth about nutrition: sugars and grains are not natural to human nutrition and will kill you. ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, health
This book struck a cord with me. I watched my dad suffer with one symptom after another. He was given a pill for that and a pill for this. No one ever gave him anything that would derail him off of his current path which eventually lead him to an early and sad death.

Now, I'm seeing the same health issues knocking at my door. I tell my doctor I don't want a pill. She just laughs at me. By eating better, things have improved. But after reading this, I still see room for improvement. So I may have
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. I'd already read Wheat Belly by the same guy, so I was familiar with many of his arguments. Basically he's saying that
a) because wheat and many grains have been modified by all kinds of methods for mostly good reasons, our guts don't digest them like we can the grains of 100 years ago. Proteins have been altered and the result is indigestion and problems that block nutrients, resulting in all kinds of disease.
b) doctors aren't trained in this kind of health information. They are tr
Cynthia Egbert
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I did learn a few things and had a few suspicions confirmed but I am even more at a loss now about what to do for my own health. I am just not certain that I can see carbs (all grains) in such a negative light. I just keep reading and getting so much conflicting information and so many are willing to blame every other eating plan for all of our problems and their plan is the total miracle that will solve everything that I just get bogged down. Sigh.
Greg Strandberg
Lots of interesting facts and stats, but not as interesting as I thought it would be. I did a lot of skimming on this one and probably read 50 pages in all.
Kim Pyle
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the idea that we can make informed, healthy choices that help restore our bodies to a state of health and protect against lifestyle-related disease. I love the extensive footnotes supporting Dr. Davis’ claims. I plan to try the six-week plan in the coming weeks to see how helpful it is. (I do tend to be a sucker for all the dietary fads that come along.) Much of what he says here supports what I’ve read elsewhere as I’ve done other research, and I would love to see these ideas catch on. A ...more
Alice H Hess
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good information about taking care of your own health and not relying on doctors.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book. Lots of practical, easily applicable information about how to stay healthy, monitor your own health, and assert your control as a health care consumer.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While doctors could have easily advised patients to supplement over-the-counter fish oil before the “drug” form came on the market, they instead opted to prescribe Lovaza, reflecting the effectiveness of marketing hocus-pocus and adding several thousand dollars of cost per person under the guise of FDA approval. Of course, the $1 billion in Lovaza sales ends up in the pockets of the drug company, while we all bear the burden of increased costs whether or not the drug was prescribed to us. And al ...more
Karri Wright
I really liked the concept of this book and do accept some of what Dr. Davis is suggesting. Think for yourself and ask deeper questions. Take responsibility for your own health. These things make sense to me.

Unfortunately, I started to get bogged down in the details the further I got into the book and I found myself questioning some of what I was hearing. I also think maybe this lifestyle would not be for me, given that the author seems to be pushing an "all or nothing" approach stating that yo
Nancy Dardarian
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I already knew a lot of this but it was a good read.
Melissa Rozeski
I enjoyed the facts and content, but it was a bit over kill and repetitive at times. I stopped reading it because my husband is a physician and while I am frustrated with the system, I believe doctors themselves are truly trying to help and save lives.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Some of the information contained in the book is good, though it's been provided by dozens of other sources before. There are no new insights here.

The author has a penchant for hyperbole. The book reads more as propaganda against the modern medical infrastructure (which definitely has it's issues) and casts the entire medical industry as the devil. This does not read as a genuine scientific endeavor.

While the subject matter was good, the tone made the book feel like nothing but a litany of comp
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who would ever have thought that you could find a doctor who feels about the FDA, big Pharma, big Food, and the entire health care system in the USA as the average American does? Well, Dr. William Davis is the man!

He refers to health care in the USA as an organization motivated only by profit. Of course, many people within the health care system are caring, loving professionals who honestly do want to help their fellow man. However, the system they're in bondage to is the same system we are in b
Missy Michaels
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the introduction was entirely too long but I did read every word of it and I'm glad that I did. A sentence that grabbed my attention was, "You might just be on your way to wielding considerable authority over your own health." I knew I was about to read logical, researched information. In the introduction he also writes, "Unquestionably, there are situations in which doctoring and the healthcare system are needed. If you are bleeding, injured or struggling to breathe with pneumonia..." ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of good health advice as I have come to expect from the author William Davis M.D. but the first half of the book was way too wordy on the reasons and background for his health seeking protocols.
It didn't take much to convince me that 'medical health' is not really health, and, I have been grain free and low carb since his first book 'Wheatbelly' and I know humans have survived thousands of years without all the processed junk that is called food today (although I believe we were created by
Alysa Smith
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have never written a review but I was pretty annoyed with this book. Although many of his ideas about taking control of your own healthcare are spot on, his assertions that by reading his book you will know more about healthcare than your doctor are downright dangerous. Also, is he really serious about how "easy" his program is? It requires a COMPLETE overhaul of 95% of everything in my pantry and also includes buying oodles of supplements from various websites that I have never heard of befor ...more
Kamilla Ludwig
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good and very encouraging. Cuts through the crap of conventional medicine. You can take charge of your health and reverse or substantially 8mprive some chronic conditions. Only negatives are occasional arrogant or impersonal notes such as “product of mammary glands” instead of just calling it milk. Some would appreciate more guidance on diet but I suspect most who get to this book are already savvy on that score.

Biggest disappointment is his lack of serious treatment of intermittent and ex
3-1/2 stars.
I found the first third of the book, the assessment of the health industry, to be super interesting. And while I find the genetic modification of wheat to be both disturbing and problematic, I'm not ready to go grain free yet. The cost of non-GMO flour isn't so outrageous that one can't treat oneself to homemade bread or pasta occasionally. I do agree with his ideas of personal responsibility, research, and avoidance of processed foods.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I was already familiar with Dr. Davis's dietary plan via his Wheat Belly and Wheat Belly Total Health books, but this book takes things one step further and explores the vagaries of the current "health care" system in America, and how it has evolved into nothing more than a profiteering scam. The health care system has no incentive to actually teach people how to be healthy...their business is treating the sick--that is how they make their money. Follow ...more
Jess Dollar
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars because the content was good, but the style was not as professional as I would like. I already believe in the power of grain-free living, ketogenic diets, zero sugar, etc. I want others to discover this material and try it for themselves, and I am always looking for great beginner-friendly books to share with others if they ask for recommendations. I want to recommend this book but I have reservations due to the hyperbole and over-the-top convictions Dr. Davis shares. Too much convict ...more
Bill Yeadon
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read his previous book Wheat Belly and decided that route wasn't for me, it was surprising to read Undoctored. Unfortunately, if you are reading the book you are going to get the same pitch which is carbs are the devil. But that wasn't the reason I read the book.

This isn't the first book that discusses the unholy alliance between many in the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry. While I don't agree that no carbs are the way to go I do believe that the standard Western diet is
Sabrina Rose
Jun 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to about 75% of the audiobook version. Dr. Davis generalized in his writing. Often he claimed things that he had not yet discussed or proven in the book. From some of these unsubstantiated claims he would build entire arguments. The idea of being un-doctored really appeals to me. I want to see changes such as people taking an active role in their health through diet and exercise, better distribution of useful health related knowledge, and the eradication of profit driven health care. ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has suffered more from modern medicine than the illnesses it was used to treat, this is a must-read for everyone in the USA.

Our medical system is a bloated monster designed to generate profit and patients and our society pay the price.

Dr. Davis covers the latest areas of research on diet, sodium intake, the importance of dietary fat, blood sugar management and so much more.

He also provides actual strategies people can use to take control of their health.

Unfortunately for me, i
Davis, a cardiologist and author of two books on the harmful effects of eating wheat, here bemoans the present state of the profit-driven healthcare system, and presents his recommendations. Following his Undoctored (“Wild, Naked and Unwashed”) plan is supposed to give the reader the ability to manage his or her own health, ideally distinguishing good medical advice from bad, and eliminating prescription meds while following his 6-week program (for which he includes 42 recipes).
As I’ve said in
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Written by a cardiologist, this book has many great ideas for taking control of your health care and improving your health. Each chapter has a summary at the end...very helpful. There are many references throughout the book and appendices at the end. I wholeheartedly agree with the Dr. Davis' thinking and will extract ideas to use in my daily life.
"Just like Wal-Mart and Exxon, health care is a business. But because of the outdated facade of benevolence, health care is permitted to operate unde
Hillary Anderson
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is one of the most powerful resources about how to achieve optimal health out there today. Dr. Davis provides excellent research and rationale as well as practical recommendation for how to overcome chronic illness. He promotes taking control of your healthcare rather than abdicating that responsibility to a healthcare paradigm that is illness focused and dominated by industry (big hospitals, big pharmacy, and big medical practices). I think this is one of the most important bo ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are ready to take charge of your health experience, this is the book for you. Davis (Wheat Belly author) establishes argument after argument for why each of us should question the mainstream, health establishment’s protocol, default recommendations, and costs. He offers guidance for utilizing supplements, resources for conducting simple, medical self-testing via online labs, and advice for talking to your health professionals when they are needed to help manage major health conditions. Wr ...more
David Dellinger
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taking control of your health

I believe this is a great guide to taking control of one’s body. I have been plagued with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis for many years, resulting in multiple surgeries for joint replacements, fibromyalgia, and narcotics to deal with the pain. After years of “tolerating” this treatment, I decided it’s time to take control of my life. This book is outstanding in being comprehensive in the whys and how to break the cycle. I’m loving the healing that’s going on
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William Davis, MD, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path back to Health. The creator of, Dr. Davis is a preventive cardiologist whose unique grain-free approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. He is the medical director for Track Your Plaque, an online hea ...more

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