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This-Is-How-I-Save-My-Life-Amy-B-ScherReviewed by Vera Pereskokova

Diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, Amy Scher suffered from a barrage of debilitating symptoms that made her feel like her body was quickly spiraling out of control. After years of antibiotic treatments and other forms of traditional medicine that failed to make a difference, Amy made the decision to travel to a small clinic in India to undergo stem cell treatment.

With her parents in tow, Amy arrived in Delhi ready to tackle her disease. She stayed focused on curing herself – both physically and spiritually – through daily stem cell injections, grueling physical therapy, and the daunting challenges of navigating a strange country. In addition to the treatments she received at the clinic, Amy wanted to expose herself to spiritual practices like yoga and Ayurvedic massage (which sounded terrifying!) and to heal in the mind as much as she was healing in the body.

It is Amy’s belief and determination, as much as the treatment itself, that make her journey an interesting one. I’ve seen plenty of TV specials about the “charlatans” peddling stem cell treatments to people desperate for a cure and I began reading This Is How I Save My Life with a fair amount of skepticism; Amy’s story made me think that maybe doctors offering stem cell therapy are not just snake oil salesmen after all. After finishing the book, I randomly stumbled upon an article about a company in Texas giving people injections of their own stem cells – a company that counts former presidential contender, Rick Perry, as one of their clients!

That said, I did not find This Is How I Save My Life all that interesting and I kept reading for the sake of providing a complete review instead of actually wanting to read it. The book is written as a series of blog posts – and I believe it actually started out as a blog – and while the writing itself is adequate, it failed to capture my attention. Personally, I wanted to hear more about the years leading up to Amy’s decision to go to India and the treatments she tried before deciding on stem cell treatment, but those details were scant. Essentially, the book read like a myriad of blogs started by people who once diagnosed with an illness, want to share their progress with their family and loved ones, and anyone else who wanders by. It’s a great concept for a blog, but not always for a book…

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

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