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Book Review by Matthew Romans - "Undoctored" by Dr. William Davis

Prescription medication and insurance costs are skyrocketing, yet the bureaucracy and quality of health care seems to be worse than ever, and the prevalence of diseases of modern civilization (such as diabetes, heart disease, and autoimmune conditions) is increasing. What is happening?

Is it possible that the traditional western diet, the current health care climate, and big pharmaceutical companies are actually making us sicker? Dr. William Davis, a board-certified cardiologist and author of the book "Wheat Belly" has written a new book called "Undoctored - Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter than Your Doctor." In this book, he advocates several simple strategies to take back control of your health and to get you out of the health care sinkhole.

One strategy Dr. Davis recommends is to educate yourself. With information freely accessible online, you can learn about the nature of diseases and medical conditions, understand the side effects of certain medications associated with these conditions, and in the process you can become your own best advocate. This will allow you to work most effectively with your doctor.

Another strategy Dr. Davis prescribes is the elimination of grains and corn from the diet. Dr. Davis explains how the genetic modifications made to wheat over the past half century have contributed to a drastic spike in the rate of occurrence of colon cancer, obesity, and even skin rashes. If we return to our more primitive roots of nutrition (such as eating more fat, animal protein, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and nuts) we can reverse many of the common health problems that are affecting us.

Finally, Dr. Davis supports the practice of regular supplementation of a few essential vitamins and minerals to correct deficiencies. Many essential vitamins have been removed from modern processed foods, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. Insufficient levels of iodine can lead to thyroid issues, and most of us living a modern lifestyle don't spend enough time outdoors to meet our daily requirements for Vitamin D intake. He also advocates supplementation of iron, fish oil, zinc, and magnesium for optimum health.

All of the above strategies are very much congruent with our philosophy at Total Results. In the chapter that discusses sleep, exercise, and weight loss, Dr. Davis talks about the importance of regular strength training to increase muscle mass and bone density. He recommends one or two 15 minute sessions per week.

This book is essential reading for anyone that is interested in taking control of their health. Applying the simple and cost-effective strategies advocated in "Undoctored" can and will make a huge difference in how you look and feel.

Posted December 05, 2017 by Tim Rankin