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disease-delusion-book-coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Does your doctor truly know best? Or are you your best advocate when it comes to curing yourself of a chronic disease? The Disease Delusion gives readers confidence to – if not cure their most common diseases – understand the nature of their disease for better treatment outcomes. Chronic diseases are those nagging long-lasting ailments that we just wish would go away, but won’t anytime soon: heart disease, AD, depression, cancer and so on. Doctors treat acute (temporary types) of ailments with antibiotics, but our chronic diseases have paralyzed our country into a health crisis. Symptoms are often treated first with little concern about the actual root cause of the problem. Well, treating symptoms only will only get you so far…

According to Dr. Bland, if doctors practice a new model of functional medicine and strive to focus on causes of disease (instead of treating symptoms), we will be in the best position to break the disease delusion and finally address the epidemic of chronic diseases.

The book covers the context of chronic diseases, the seven core physiological processes (detox, defense, energy, etc.), a suggested plan to personally manage your own health and resources to follow a seven-day meal plan, as well as other resources for those looking for more information. Dr. Bland is the chairman at the Institute for Functional Medicine in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and recalls countless examples of how medicine will change and needs to change to prevent chronic diseases. For example, years ago people who had heart attacks were told to take it easy, but new research shows heart attack rehabilitation needs to include personalized exercise programs to prevent a second heart attack episode from occurring.

The information in the book is very insightful. It goes on to highlight beating bad health by altering our genetic expression (family gene traits) with early identification of disease risks and taking drugs to counter the ill effects of the disease before it comes. The role diet play for someone diagnosed with autism, and the health risks of common environmental toxins (such as BPA, the plastic toxin common in water bottles) and how to detox from them (consume green tea and soy) are all covered in detail. The book also explains how to combat autoimmune disease (with garlic and cranberries), and shows readers how to take a renewed interest in diets and nutrition. Dr. Bland closes with the good news that we can take back our good health with simple changes that will accumulate great results daily and reward us with a lifetime of better overall heath. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in living longer and healthier.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.