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What your doctor won't tell you
Heimlich, Jane.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Perennial Library, [1990]

Physical Description:
xi, 308 pages ; 24 cm

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RM122.5 .H45 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A critique of the mainstream medical treatments for the most prevalent diseases, and a guide to the panoply of alternative approaches. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Take Charge of Your Own Health From hypertension to hardening of the arteries, cancer to cataracts, Heimlich's authoritative guide surveys the latest nonconventional medical treatments for today's most prevalent diseases. What Your Doctor Won't Tell You is an objective, up-to-the minute sourcebook on the most significant alternative approaches to health, including:

Antioxidants * Bach Flower Remedies * BiomagnetismColon Detoxification * Electrodiagnosis * Fish Oils * HomeopathyKinesiology * Live Cell Therapy * MacrobioticsOrthomolecular Medicine * Ozone Therapy * Vitamin C Infusion* And much more What Your Doctor Wont Tell You introduces you to a new world of medical doctors trained in nutrition and preventive medicine. Heimlich offers objective appraisals of dozens of mainstream medical treatments, from chemotherapy to bypass surgery, and describes why the medical establishment continues to rely on toxic drugs and ineffective treatments owing to its ties with big business and government.

Covering both time-honored and cutting-edge procedures, What Your Doctor Won't Tell You is an in-depth overview of the best that alternative medicine has to offer.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

According to the author, "what your doctor won't tell you" are the alternative methods of treatment for illnesses ranging from cancer to constipation. The alternative physician, as defined by Heimlich, is one who seeks to find the cause of a problem rather than merely treating the symptoms with drugs, which can be toxic in themselves. Thoroughly researched and notated, the book is divided into several health problems that can be helped by alternative medicine. In each chapter an overview of standard practice is given, then, briefly, different alternative approaches are discussed. A helpful resource guide is included. Index. ~--Tracie Richardson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Consumers could certainly use a solid journalistic examination of ``alternative'' medical therapies and their advocates. Heimlich's, unfortunately, is not that book. While justifiably deploring overmedication and unnecessary surgery, Heimlich ( Homeopathic Medicine at Home ) accepts uncritically many suggestions, so long as they do not emanate from the ``establishment.'' The result is a melange of solid good sense (stop smoking to prevent heart disease), interesting potential (acupuncture as a treatment for sundry ailments; the mind-body connection) and much that is highly dubious and potentially dangerous, including discredited south-of-the-border cancer therapies, floral extracts, magnets and ``psychic diagnosis.'' Typical of the author's gullibility is her failure to impute other than altruistic motives to her sources; she accepts, with no apparent awareness of conflict of interest, an ``expert'' opinion on vitamin megadoses from a manufacturer of such products. Her book will bolster the convictions of believers; its anecdotes, testimonials and naivete will rightly reinforce the doubts of skeptics. Heimlich is married to Henry Heimlich, the physician who devised the lifesaving Heimlich Maneuver. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Like Andrew Weil's Natural Health, Natural Medicine: A Comprehensive Manual for Wellness and Self-Care ( LJ 5/1/90), this well-written book challenges orthodox medicine's preference for surgery and drugs. A journalist and wife of the physician who developed the Heimlich maneuver, the author focuses on the most prevalent diseases with an authoritative review of mainstream medical treatments. Presenting well-documented scientific evidence from medical journals, Heimlich provides an in-depth view of the most significant alternative therapies, such as macrobiotics and chelation. Among a plethora of literature with a similar message, this is a good choice for consumer collections with few books on the subject.-- Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.