Lies My Doctor Told Me by Ken Berry, MD is a must-read for everyone who wants to separate the facts from fiction regarding mainstream health advice.
This engaging book tackles the big myths in mainstream medicine in an easy-to-understand science-backed style. Armed with your new knowledge, your health will benefit from respectfully questioning your doctor’s nutrition advice.
Topics in the book include:
- Fat, and whether it relates to heart disease.
- Is milk necessary for healthy bones?
- The cholesterol myth.
- Why wheat (even whole wheat) isn’t always good.
- The food pyramid lies.
- Women’s hormones; it’s more than estrogen.
- Salt, good or bad?
- Thyroid hormones.
- Kidney stones and calcium.
- Vitamin D deficiency, and whether the sun causes cancer.
- The fiber myth.
- Red meat/processed meat- the link to cancer is false.
- Little white lies told by your doctor.
About the author
Ken Berry, MD is a down-to-earth family practice doctor in Tennessee. He found himself obese and becoming diabetic by following the same mainstream nutrition advice that he was giving to his patients.
Rather than giving up or blaming external factors, Berry started questioning the food pyramid and exercise health facts that he was taught in medical school. He changed his diet to keto, and then carnivore, and saw his health greatly improve, markers for diabetes return to normal, and his weight go down.
Berry started making these recommendations (high fat, lower carbohydrate) to his patients with similar health issues, and watched them have similar excellent results. His advice, and the book, is backed with real science and studies, and excellent results.
Doctors are humans too
While this book unashamedly challenges mainstream medical advice, Berry also has a very humble and compassionate view of doctors. Your doctors didn’t go into medicine to intentionally make you sicker, or harm your health. However, they are human too, and if the only ‘tool’ they were given in medical school was the food pyramid, they unknowingly keep applying it to your problems, even if it doesn’t work.
Berry shares throughout the book how you can respectfully talk to your doctor and request more information on their advice. He also shares when it may be time to change physicians. However, the whole attitude of the book, which I appreciate, is much more *respect* and not at all *angry rebel*.
The intentions of the book are summed up on page 30 of Lies My Doctor Told Me,
You have only one life.
Your life is not a video game or a movie. Every decision you make about your health or allow your doctor to make for you, whether well-thought-out or foolish, can have an enormous effect on your long-term health and happiness. You don’t get extra credit for blindly believing your doctor. You don’t get a free pass just because your doctor told you to do something. If your doctor gives you bad advice, and you apply it to your health, it’s you and your family who suffer, either a little or a lot, and perhaps for the rest of your life.
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