How Healthy is Your Doctor Book Summary
Do you need my book? Take this quiz.
Answer all questions Yes or No:
- Do you assume you don’t really have to take care of your own health, since modern medicine and medical technology will swoop in and fix you? (chapter six)
- Have you ever wondered why so many doctors don’t seem very healthy themselves? (chapter one)
- Want to know why doctors are so quick to prescribe a pill or recommend a procedure for whatever ails you? (chapter three)
- Do you think “prevention” means getting tested for things like cancer or heart disease? (chapter seven)
- Are you curious to know the fastest way to save money on health care and create better health for all of us? (chapter nine)
- Are you concerned you may have gotten “bad genes” from your family tree and may be at risk for cancer, heart disease, or diabetes? (chapters one and two)
- Have you been discouraged by the increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes in adults AND in children, and wonder what can be done about it? (chapter nine)
- Are you scratching your head about all the nutritional supplements out there and wonder if you really need to take them to be healthy? (chapter eight)
- Have you ever wondered why drug companies are giving away free samples of new drugs on TV? (chapter four)
- Want to know why getting more sleep has been called the most important thing you can do to improve your health, and why exercise has been called the next best thing to a fountain of youth? (chapter five)
The more Yes answers, the sooner you need to read How Healthy Is Your Doctor?
How Healthy is Your Doctor?:
What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Health Could be Hazardous to Yours
A simple question, “How Healthy Is Your Doctor?,” launches this insightful book into an examination of who’s ultimately responsible for our health, challenging the common assumptions that it’s up to our doctors, our healthcare system, our circumstances, or our genes. Dr. Kathryn Collins, a seasoned emergency medicine practitioner with a keen eye toward prevention, explains in a clear and compelling fashion why our health is mostly up to us—the choices we make, the way we live our lives, and the actions we take every day to either support, or undermine, our chance at lasting health. Collins also explains why our current health-care paradigm is out of date. By treating the manifestations of disease instead of preventing it or resolving its underlying causes, we’re adding to the economic burden of health care without making real inroads toward improving people’s health. The book is written in an accessible, conversational style and includes chapters on what most doctors don’t know about achieving optimal health, and why; how our health-care system has been set up to find and to manage disease, and why it costs so much; how our behaviors and our fast-food culture are destroying our health, and what we can do about it; who else besides our doctors can help us find better health; and which simple diet and lifestyle habits best protect us against cancer and chronic disease. The author weaves her thirty years’ experience on the front lines of emergency medical care with new information from the evolving science and practice of lifestyle and health medicine to create a fascinating book for anyone who’s eager to understand more about where their health comes from and what they can do to stack the odds in their favor for a long and healthy life.