The Disease Delusion

  • by Jeffrey S. Bland, Mark Hyman
  • Narrated by Brett Barry
  • 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Disease care vs health care: Which would you choose?
Contrary to conventional wisdom, chronic disease is not genetically predetermined but results from a mismatch between our genes and environment and lifestyle. What we call a "disease" is the outcome of an imbalance in one or more of the seven core physiological processes. Leveraging a lifetime on the cutting edge of research and practice, Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland lays out a road map for good health by helping us understand these processes and the root causes of chronic illness. As Bland teaches us, no two people have the identical form of any disease, so with the right personalized program, we can safely and effectively manage and ultimately cure what ails us.
In the twenty-first century, medicine is undergoing a paradigm shift comparable to the advances in infectious disease in the late nineteenth century. While these strides have nearly doubled life expectancies in only four generations, quality of life has yet to rise to its full potential. Treatment of chronic diseases - diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, dementia, and many others - is responsible for 78 percent of total health care costs in the United States, yet we're managing the symptoms of these illnesses with pills and temporary remedies instead of identifying, preventing, and addressing their underlying causes. In The Disease Delusion, we learn how we may fundamentally change our perceptions of illness and approach a cure.
Dr. Bland has greatly influenced many of the biggest names in medicine today, but until now we have not had access to the larger framework in which to understand chronic illness or ways to foster lifelong health. Complete with self-evaluation questionnaires and sample meal plans, and supported by the most recent advances in health science, The Disease Delusion is indispensable to anyone determined to live long and well.
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Disappointing

There is much that is true, correct and valuable here. Yet the obsessive and repetitive condemnation of saturated fat, lack of mention of the paleo diet and evolutionary biology, constant stressing of individual differences ultimately lead to rather confused, shallow and disappointing conclusions. Read "It Starts With Food" instead, it's much better.
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- Anonimo Nonlodico

dodgy science from snake oil salesman

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I would really like to believe that all the chronic disease which blights the west and developing world could be cured by diet and supplements. The authors claims rely on a mixture of anecdotes and rather dodgy science rather than real evidence. There are no rigorously carried placebo controlled trials to demonstrate efficacy. The authors $66 million supplement company selling the miracle cure phytonutrient promoted in the book represents an elephant in the room which just can't be ignored.


Has The Disease Delusion put you off other books in this genre?

No , I will continue to search out genuine scientific books on nutrition and health


What didn’t you like about Brett Barry’s performance?

A bit too american sounding


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed, as i believe lifestyle and diet play a very important role in good health but this book simply is not a reliable source of information. I am also concerned that people could be given false hope and even persuaded to part with their hard earned cash on expensive supplements which are unlikely to confer any benefit, and may even be harmful. The author is advising megadose get of certain vitamins / antioxidants. There is some real evidence from recent trials that this is actively harmful , and can actually increase cancer risk!


Any additional comments?

Chronic diseases are terrible burden for huge numbers of people. Readers could be duped into thinking that these theories represent genuine scientific consensus as to the cause of chronic diseases. This is absolutely not the case, this is very much an alternative medicine view, which when considered alongside the authors business interest in the sale of the very supplements recommended in the book detract any credibility from the narrative.

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- martin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio