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Examining modern medicine's overuse of pharmaceutical and surgical intervention, and the scientific evidence for your body's innate power to heal itself.

"Read this breakthrough book!" (Deepak Chopra)

The miracles of modern medicine - and our overreliance on prescription drugs and surgical procedures - have obscured the evolutionary ability of the body to heal itself, as Oxford University researcher Jeremy Howick explains in this groundbreaking book.

Wealthy countries have become highly dependent on medical intervention: On average, one-fifth of all Americans, half of the elderly British, and two-thirds of older Canadians take at least five prescription drugs per day; their lives a nonstop ritual of pill popping and managing side effects. One in ten people takes antidepressants, and millions of boys who can't sit still in school are prescribed methamphetamines. Skyrocketing global healthcare costs render this overmedication increasingly unaffordable. 

Aside from the ethical and practical implications of treating medicine as a profit center, the abundance of modern drugs and technologies has blinded us to the fact that the human body produces its own drugs that can treat pain, is capable of curing itself of many physical ailments as well as a surgeon, and can even combat most mild depression as well as any psychologist. For instance, recent clinical trials clearly show that states of mind affect our health: Relaxation, positive thinking, and comfortable social environments all provide measurable health benefits - sometimes as effectively as blockbuster drugs.

By award-winning Oxford researcher Dr. Jeremy Howick and drawing on the latest peer-reviewed medical studies conducted around the world, Doctor You arms listeners with scientific evidence that will empower them to make sensible choices about what drugs to take, what drugs to give their children, and when (and when not) to simply let the body do its thing.

©2018 Jeremy Howick (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Howick, philosopher and clinical epidemiologist at Oxford, explains in easy-to-understand language how the human body works and why placebos, exercise, and meditation can be better (and certainly, cheaper) than pills.... This is sound, commonsense advice in an era of what Howick calls 'too much medicine.'" (Karen Springen, Booklist)
 

"Dr. Howick provides an accessible and thoughtful explanation of what it means to be healthy and how modern health care can lead us astray. Through engaging storytelling, he weaves together a vast body of medical science, fascinating psychological research, and philosophical insights about mind and body. An ambitious and integrative book that is perfect if you are looking to intelligently navigate the maze of modern health care." (Ty Tashiro, author of The Science of Happily Ever After)

"Jeremy Howick reveals the hard science behind self-healing. Read this breakthrough book!" (Deepak Chopra)

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