This bibliography focuses on ‘Western’ medicine as it is practiced in the US and Europe, which to a degree has spread all across the world, thanks to the appearance of success. The successes of medicine and the failure of healing are becoming most readily evident in the new role of nutrition science, which for now has culminated in the Whole Foods, Plant-Based nutrition which stems from the research in the China Study. It is important both the understand the real successes of Western medicine as much as the reasons for its abysmal failures in many areas.
The main thing to understand is that the profound changes in health care, called Lifestyle Medicine, are the beginning of a total shift towards people taking charge of their own life and destiny instead of abrogating responsibility to the medical industrial complex, aka. pharmageddon. The change is driven as much by patients who want better health outcomes, not more pills and procedures, as it is by doctors who want to practice more meaningful medicine based on a powerful human motivation for health and healing, and a partnership with the patient, not a dysfunctional doctor/patient relationship.
If there were one guiding thought for this bibliography, it might be this video of Dr. Michael Klaper:
Bibliography of Pharmageddon
- Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health, Ivan Illich, 1976. In a great many ways, Ivan Illich’s exploration of the key issues about the complete betrayal of Western medicine remains a classic. The put it in joke form, the expropriation of health shows up in the patient who really thinks the doctor can tell him how he or she is doing and offer a fix, typically a pill or procedure in which the patient effectively abrogates responsibility for their health. The bottom line is, this is your body, your life, and the process needs to begin with taking responsibility for it. A doctor is at best a subject matter expert who can assist in the healing process. Some of Illich’s notions may be “too Catholic,” for some. Please indulge him. The man was a Jesuit, accept his perspective, his observations are very powerful and have stood the test of time.
- Rockefeller Medicine Men, E. Richard Brown, 2017 reprint of 1979 book. This book is critical for understanding how pharmageddon was created historically, with all the best intentions, but with complete blindness to the disaster that was being created. It is the perfect corollary to Ivan Illich’s Medical Nemesis. It is the whodunit for the sick care industry of today, which has become a signature threat to public health, not because some of it is not valid, but because it became an unwarranted and inappropriate monopoly on health and well being, based on an economy that incentivized sick care, instead of rewarding health outcomes.
- The CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream, Dave Chase, 2017. This is a brilliant work which provides great insight in to the administrative and structural malfunctions of the healthcare system as we know it. This book is part of the solution set, delivering both insightful criticism of the system we have and a path towards a better system. The American healthcare system is the most dysfunctional in the world, and it can only be hoped that the rest of the world can learn from our mistakes and avoid some of them.
- Being Mortal, Atul Gawande, 2014. A very insightful critique about the failures of end-of-life medicine, and how again it does not serve the patient.
- Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, Beth May, 2018. This is a searing account of the Opioid crisis in America, which is yet another example of the way the medical industrial complex is parasitical upon public health, because the profit motive will seek out maintenance, not cure of diseases, since it maximizes the sales potential of drugs. The risk of the current political brouhaha, is that it may end up being made into a special case, without understanding that it is merely an outgrowth of the parasitical sick care system we have. The system we have is mislabeled health care system, but it serves only the financial health of the medical-industrial complex in general and the pharamaceutical industry in particular, without any concern for the patient.
- The Opioid Crisis Wake-Up Call, 2018, Dave Chase. Another powerful look at how administratively and structurally our health care system is failing us and how it can be fixed.
- The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine, James Le Fanu, MD., 2012. This book puts in perspective the whole story of the successes of Western Medicine and the resulting hubris, which presently has culminated in a completely dysfunctional system that is the biggest economic parasite of all time. A tapeworm on the American economy as Warren Buffett called it.
To be continued… I will keep updating this Bibliography with more titles.
The central themes of this bibliography, medicine, nutrition, will remain focused on the dysfunction of the existing system in as far as they are helpful in pursuing solutions.