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True stories about people who triumphed over seemingly impossible medical diagnoses using untraditional, inventive therapies and perseverance - and about what scientists are discovering on the psychology of healing and the mind-body connection - from the author of the New York Times Magazine article about her own son, "The Boy with the Thorn in His Joints", which led to this book about other families.

©2017 Susannah Meadows (P)2017 Random House Audio

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It is hard to know how to review this book. The writer is talented. However, the downsides are significant. The stories vary quite a bit. Some rely on the well-documented relationship between health and nutrition, including various diets that have become widely adopted (i.e. the Paleo Diet). Others seem to be a bit more quackery, where the described patient gets well through a series of seeming psychological changes. The latter are hard to take seriously. I also found it a bit off-putting how every story, minus Dr. Wahls', seem to come from upper class individuals with enormous resources to investigate their health issues. Where were the stories from everyday Americans not on the East Coast?

The narration is also a bit hard to take. She has the NPR voice. If you can listen to NPR for 10+ hours, you can listen to this book. Perhaps it was the narrative style of the writing that exacerbated this.

Overall, this is not a book I would recommend to others beginning on their health journey. If the writer had used more consistent stories, I might say otherwise.

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So very informative

I love the style of how she made me feel part of the book ;

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Timely

Well written and easily understood by those people that need it most. An even handed approach to the prevailing science. A crack in the wall that will allow energy medicine to take its rightful place integrated in and as a complement to Western medicine.

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Brave people refusing to take no for an answer

I really enjoyed the families showcased and the dedication shown in seeking cures when the odds were so against them. I was sorry to see it end. Inspiring.