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The world is facing the greatest healthcare crisis it has ever seen. Chronic disease is shortening our lifespan, destroying our quality of life, bankrupting governments, and threatening the health of future generations. Sadly, conventional medicine, with its focus on managing symptoms, has failed to address this challenge. The result is burned-out physicians, a sicker population, and a broken healthcare system.

In Unconventional Medicine, Chris Kresser presents a plan to reverse this dangerous trend. He shows how the combination of functional medicine, an ancestral diet and lifestyle, and a collaborative practice model can create a system that better serves the needs of both patients and practitioners.

The epidemic of chronic disease can be stopped if patients and practitioners can adapt.

©2017 Chris Kresser (P)2017 Chris Kresser

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Little new to offer

I have listened to and read Chris Kresser’s work for a couple years now and have always found him informative when it comes to using your diet to curb ailments and promote overall wellness.

That said, I found this book to be little more than a refresher on the basics of healthy ancestral living habits. Of course, the sections geared towards medical professionals are excluded from that opinion because I’m not in that field.

There are no mistakes or questionable ideas in the book, it’s just that most of the information is common knowledge she for those who have invested at least some time learning about ancestral diets and curbing chronic diseases.

I’ll continue to keep the author on my radar but would only recommend this book to those who have never considered healthy habits.

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Helped a nursing student reignite their purpose

I am a second degree Nursing student expected to graduate soon. I was beginning to lose sight of my goal of working in functional medicine as a nurse practitioner. After listening to this book I was reminded why I chose this path. This is a must read for anyone medical or nursing student who is feeling burned out and questioning their career goals in conventional medicine.

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Functional medicine is good

The only thing I got from this book is that functional medicine is good not how to implement it or where to start it just a lot of examples of doctors who where disenchanted with what they where doing and started trying functional medicine. I was really excited for this book and really let down. I'm not a follower of his or someone trying to discredit him just heard him talk about this book and decided to listen to it.

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If not now, when? If not you, who?

Join the rally to end chronic diseases!

This book and audiobok have the great potential of changing our healthcare system. It empowers healthcare practitioners all the way to citizen scientists to change lives of millions of people.

Chronic diseases is the biggest health challenge we face: one in 2 americans has a chronic disease, one in four has multiple ones. Chronic diseases are responsible for 70% deaths.

Chriss K is at the forefront of the functional medecine movement which is transforming our health care system. Must listen, must read. Narrated by the Author.
If not now, when? If not you, who?

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1.25 speed 👍

Great book, great information. NEEDS TO BE ON 1.25 SPEED THOUGH if you want to get through and enjoy it.

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The performance could have been better.

if the performer would have just talked it through instead of reading it it would have been better

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left me very much wanting more

in my opinion the book starts at chapter 9. he knows a lot more than what is let on in this book. but I understand most people including doctors are very adverse to engineering like thinking.

I also recommend a 20% increase to the speed to get a natural sounding voice.

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So much valuable info!

I've been obsessed with Functional Medicine since my daughter was diagnosed with a chronic disease at age 9 by a functional medicine doctor. we wasted almost a decade in allopathic network medicine.

By trying to heal her VERY complex condition, I had to learn about ancestral health, detoxification, supplements, et al. In so doing, I found Chris Kresser's info online, as well as this excellent book. I personally enjoy all the nitty gritty details about what is going wrong with medicine today, as well as all the specific information on options to do medicine better in the future.

I have decided to switch careers and pursue functional medicine. This book offers several new resources to explore!

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Everyone NEEDS to READ This book!

This is a great book for understanding how health care should work.
Give this to someone who is in the medical field who might be frustrated with how the world of medicine is currently being worked.









































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We all have to work together!

I love the book. I struggle with chronic illness, and desperate for help very informative.

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  • 01-17-18

inspirational

This book gives me hope that we can turn things around if enough people embrace the functional medicine model. As normal citizens we all should keep asking our traditional doctors to change to this new model and insist on our politicians to embrace the concept too.

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  • KeepyKeppy
  • 11-14-17

Begin here, end with improved health!

This is you'r guide to making changes that will positively impact your health for life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-13-20

Useful insight into functional medicine practice

Average explanation of functional medicine. Tried to sell the concept of functional medicine rather than letting the listening come to their own conclusions based upon an effective persuasive argument.

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  • alexanderbuck
  • 05-08-19

ceaseless complaining and criticism

chris has strange ability to criticize everything but his own ideas. consistently preaches about the importance of an evidence based diet, but then fails to state anything other than this loose term of an ancestral diet to back it up. its a common logical fallacy, a diet consumed by ancestors isnt necessarily optimum, they ate what they could find which is not necessarily the best

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  • Richie Arnold
  • 10-18-18

Not for me

I like the ideas of Chris Kresser and his functional medicine practice. Much of what he says I agree with whole heartedly but this book was nothing but a list of anecdotes that just paint functional medicine as a picture perfect progression in a medical practitioner's career.
Chris does say at the beginning of the book that it is intended for medical practitioners but none medical practitioners would benefit also, that was not the case for me. I wanted a book that was pragmatic and practical or a book that presented an objective opinion backed up with clear arguments. I found nothing of the sort here.

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  • Richard D
  • 10-04-18

Great ideas, shame about the execution

I really like this type of subject matter and I've been interested in the ancestral diet for years, unfortunately this book is limited in information, repetitive and the narrator's voice was droning and monotone. His method has noble goals and great ideas and I wish them the best but this is not a book I can recommend.

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  • OldDrWhoFan
  • 09-16-18

Eye-opening book about health

This book gives hope to you if you are suffering from a chronic disease or from many other health issues, it’s really worth the listen whatever your current health position.

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  • Ben Albin
  • 05-11-18

Loved it

Loved the evidence based stories and the science behind it. Narration could have been better

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  • phil
  • 03-19-18

Speed up X2

Really informative , definitely suggest to someone in the medical profession (I am not, so it was abit heavy) he does talk abit slow so I played it on X2 so he’d speak at the pass of a millennial YouTuber

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  • Conor Murphy
  • 02-02-18

Worth reading if you are interested in your health & the health of those around you

Clear, concise, informative description of a novel approach to healthcare, which avoids sensationalistic language or claims. Based on evidence, experience and transparent logical thought. Enjoyed it 👍🏽

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-18

The future

Chris outlines the inevitable future model of healthcare in a clear concise manner. with lots of great case studies and further study options.

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  • Jocelyn Walker
  • 12-03-17

The change Health Care needs

This is just what the world needs to transform it's health care systems and start reversing the damage that industrialisation has created on the health of people.

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  • Calum Roberts
  • 05-31-18

average

Nothing too exciting just general knowledge if you are semi healthy or know what you're doing