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Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine…

Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine That Can Transform Our Future

by M.D. Andrew Weil

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Why Our Health Matters is a timely text written by renowned healthcare expert Dr. Andrew Weil, who examines the national debate on universal health coverage. The doctor takes a political, as well as humane, stance on the need for a re-vamped medical system that cares for the sick and injured without the high costs associated with hospital stays, high tech medical procedures or overpriced prescription drugs. Weil also explores in great depth how the United States can reduce medical costs and focus on preventative care with nutritional, Chinese, and herbal medicine available in abundance in many countries currently. The World Health Report from 2000 ranks the United States 37th out of 50 other countries for “most effective health systems,” yet Americans pay one of the highest dollar amounts for that care. Supported with a wealth of statistics from research studies, and other worldwide findings, Weil puts together a cohesive argument on why it is vital the United States adopt a different attitude and model for our current healthcare system. However, the United States needs to enact a policy to pay for it. ( )
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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.… (more)

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