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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Weil Narrator: Andrew Weil Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781101079577
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A landmark book that shows us exactly how we have let health and medicine become a crisis in our society and what we can all do to resolve it

Healthcare is no longer just a public issue; for millions of Americans it is now a crisis on their own doorstep. Cost of medical care today are a leading cause of personal bankruptcy. Although policy makers have weighed in on all sides, in this book, bestselling author Andrew Weil, MD, identifies the root of the problem. He shows us exactly how we have become embroiled in the present situation and provides a solution that will not only make healthcare affordable, but will also put each one of us on the road to optimum health. 

Dr. Weil states that we have a right to good healthcare that is effective, accessible, and affordable. Many Americans would be surprised to know that our national health is far from the best in the world, even though we spend more money on it than any other country. The World Health Organization recently rated America thirty-seventh in health outcomes, on par with Serbia. 

Tackling head-on the Three Major Myths of American Medicine, Dr. Weil shows how medical schools fail to give future doctors the education they need to care for patients, how insurance companies have destroyed our opportunity to get excellent care, and how pharmaceutical companies have come to rule our lives. The solution involves nothing less than the creation of a completely new culture of health and medicine in this country, one that we can each start building today.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole L. | 12/27/2013

    " I love the vision that Dr. Weil presents for the field of healthcare. Great book and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/22/2013

    " An Excellent book. Talking about American health and Health Care. Explains about insurance, the pharmaceutical industry, and doctors; how it was, how we got to the predicament we are in. (the downward spiral we find ourselves in); and how it can be. He gives a well thought out/articulate outlines/ possible solutions to this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 12/19/2013

    " If you are looking to be motivated to be a healthier you, I recommend you read this book. HOLY COW OBESITY IS BAD FOR US!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/14/2013

    " Dr. Weil spells clearly spells out what's wrong with the American healthcare system from top to bottom. I liked his holistic approach that included the complexity of the problems with our medical training programs, federal regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and on and on. I appreciate that he doesn't just list the problems, but identifies potential solutions. He's 100% right that the American public can't rely on its representatives in government to do the right thing for its constituents when they have conflicts of interest. For those confused by the healthcare debate, Dr. Weil lays out the issues and how to address them, one by one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al Olson | 10/25/2013

    " Are you tired of the shouting in the health care debate? The political BS? The death panels? Dr. Weil provides a balanced, fresh view. Worth the read if you care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/17/2013

    " Great book! I read a copy from my local library, but plan to acquire it and reread it, and pass it along to family/friends to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mdmomof5 | 6/20/2013

    " What I got out of this book is that it all boils down to us taking charge & initiative in taking care of our health. The food industry & big pharma do us no favors while most Americans are complacent & ignorant to what's really wrong. Very informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Telaina | 5/23/2013

    " Really great information about integrative medicine and a blueprint for changing the dysfunctional pharmaceutical-insurance-medical clusterf*ck. He repeats himself a lot and it is a very sturdy (not artistic prose) but an important voice about what is REALLY wrong with American's health. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 3/20/2013

    " I love Dr. Weil. He presented alot of interested ideas and information about our current health care system. I really like his vision of how it should be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 sylvia | 12/2/2012

    " Dr. Weil is a brilliant man. He makes some good points about our current health care system, and has some great suggestions for improving it. Barack Obama and his advisors should put this on their reading list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teddy | 7/5/2012

    " This book is scary, but should be read by every American who cares about their health and the economy of the US. I am in agreement with Dr. Weil and am glad to hear that he is testifying to congress about the health care industry. Now if they will only listen and try to do something about it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 7/2/2012

    " The recent health care bill focus and the fact that the World Health Organization ranks America as 37th in the world in health quality despite spending more than any other country on it make this a timely read. Dr. Weil breaks it down into the basics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulah | 4/28/2012

    " A wise guy, worth listening, too. Not much new here, but a good reminder to stay on course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/4/2012

    " Most inspiring ideas and practical methodologies to progressive, holistic changes regarding medical insurance, medicine, diet, and health. Dr. Weil really understands and clearly explains challenges and solutions that we must embrace and adopt. Excellent reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/25/2011

    " Dr. Weil makes some good points...about how we need to get away from so much reliance on technology and pharm. drugs and return to the art of practicing medicine and on wellness through lifestyle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aj | 6/19/2011

    " Incredible ideas on what the future of health care needs to look like. Andrew Weil is a visionary, yet very practical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicholas Decker | 3/11/2011

    " While I agree with the content, it's often presented in a boring and redundant fashion which makes it slow going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicholas | 1/3/2011

    " While I agree with the content, it's often presented in a boring and redundant fashion which makes it slow going. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teddy | 12/24/2010

    " This book is scary, but should be read by every American who cares about their health and the economy of the US. I am in agreement with Dr. Weil and am glad to hear that he is testifying to congress about the health care industry. Now if they will only listen and try to do something about it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Telaina | 5/17/2010

    " Really great information about integrative medicine and a blueprint for changing the dysfunctional pharmaceutical-insurance-medical clusterf*ck. He repeats himself a lot and it is a very sturdy (not artistic prose) but an important voice about what is REALLY wrong with American's health. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 12/23/2009

    " If you are looking to be motivated to be a healthier you, I recommend you read this book. HOLY COW OBESITY IS BAD FOR US!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeni | 10/30/2009

    " I wish this man was my doctor! Seriously! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 10/19/2009

    " I love Dr. Weil. He presented alot of interested ideas and information about our current health care system. I really like his vision of how it should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 10/14/2009

    " Are you tired of the shouting in the health care debate? The political BS? The death panels? Dr. Weil provides a balanced, fresh view. Worth the read if you care. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 sylvia | 10/13/2009

    " Dr. Weil is a brilliant man. He makes some good points about our current health care system, and has some great suggestions for improving it. Barack Obama and his advisors should put this on their reading list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/12/2009

    " Dr. Weil makes some good points...about how we need to get away from so much reliance on technology and pharm. drugs and return to the art of practicing medicine and on wellness through lifestyle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 10/1/2009

    " The recent health care bill focus and the fact that the World Health Organization rank America as 37th in the world in health despite spending more than any other country on it make this a timely read. Dr. Weil breaks it down into the basics. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Weil

Andrew Weil, MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of natural health who has devoted thirty years to developing, practicing, and teaching others about the principles of integrative medicine. He is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the author of numerous books on health and healing that have been New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.