How Can Medical Science Be So Far Off?

One of the best gifts I’ve received from writing this blog is the many wonderful books I’ve discovered from reader recommendations.

I’ve learned that if someone goes to the trouble to write a blog comment about a book they like, it’s probably a pretty darn interesting book.  I haven’t been disappointed yet in a book you’ve suggested could add value to the case!

I have only three pages left in the book I am currently reading.  It’s not the most “scientific” book by “modern” standards, yet the ideas the author proposes are more sensible than 95 percent of what is written in the mainstream medical journals.

While reading through the book on the metro to and from work each day, I find myself wondering why the heck modern medical science is so off track?  I know all the reasons commonly cited:  studies are funded by market-driven corporations, natural cures are at a disadvantage because they aren’t profitable, preventive medicine is not as lucrative as band-aid cures for chronic illnesses…

Does anyone have a smart book to recommend on this subject?  I’d like to read a book that provides a meaningful discussion on why modern medical science is failing to promote health.  Basically, I want to read Seth’s Blog in book format.  Any suggestions?  I need something I can read on my morning commute!

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Erin (Pretty In Primal) says:

Modern medicine doesn’t promote health because it never was intended to, since its inception. I remember reading about how in the late 1800’s doctors decided to start promoting surgery as it made more money for them and there was a huge push by them against the homeopathic physicians, who were popular at the time.

I’ll have to see if I can find a book for you, but in the meantime, here’s an article that details the history of the AMA and where its motivations came from:


Thank you, Erin! This article is interesting. I hope there’s a whole book out that that offers a mode in depth assessment. Perhaps I need to do some bookstore wandering…

D says:

I’m not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for…have you read ‘Confessions of a Medical Heretic?’ by Dr. Robert Mendelsohn?.
I love this book.


This sounds like exactly what I am looking for, D. Thank you! I’m so excited to read it.

Soli @ I Believe In Butter says:

If you find something I am sure you will blog about it. Can’t wait to hear.

Also, your dedication to research and information makes my librarian heart swell.


That’s quite the compliment, Soli. Thank you!!

Mike F says:

While I haven’t read it there is a book called “ignore the awkward” which I think covers this topic.


Thank you, Mike! I’m ordering this one, too. I have his other book, The Cholesterol Myths. I didn’t know about this one. It looks really interesting. Many thanks!


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