Book Review: Honest Medicine by Julia Schopick

“You’ve got a tumor,” must be one of the most frightening diagnosis to receive. I was delivered that news not once, but twice. What I learned through my journey towards good health is exactly what Julia Schopick describes in her book “Honest Medicine: Effective, Time-Tested, Inexpensive Treatments for Life Threatening Diseases”.

Honest Medicine

In the first chapters of this book, Julia recounts her motivation for completing this book – she lost her husband, Tim, as a result of complications from brain tumor surgery. Complications which could have been avoided if alternative treatment was seriously considered.

Julia does not dismiss the use of ‘conventional medicine’. It is good as far as it goes. Modern diagnostic methods, surgery and pharmaceuticals have saved millions of people – including me. In addition, she does not advocate using only alternative methods either.

The main message from Julia Schopick’s book is that you need to take ownership for your health. You need to keep searching and exploring treatments that could work for you.

I admit Julia’s story hit home with me and threw me back to my own ongoing 18 year struggle with first a parathyroid tumor and then a pituitary tumor.Surgery easily cured my parathyroid tumor. I am fortunate that my pituitary tumor responded well to drugs and shrank.

Three years ago, the MRI showed that it still remained at about 5mm in size. I was taking the needed hormone supplements to keep me alive; testosterone, Synthroid and cortisol. I started expanding my use of supplements and changed my diet. Finally, I believe, my practice of yoga was the final needed ingredient. My recent MRI could not detect the tumor which occupied my brain and my soul for 15 years. A great weight has been lifted.

Honest Medicine  continues by exploring four lifesaving treatments that have been effectively treating–and in some cases curing–people for 25-90 years. However, for reasons of profitability (or lack thereof), these treatments have not been universally accepted.

The treatments are:

  • Low Dose Naltrexone for autoimmune diseases (e.g., multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, etc.) HIV/AIDS and some cancers;
  • The Ketogenic Diet, for pediatric epilepsy;
  • Intravenous alpha lipoic acid, for terminal liver disease and some cancers; and
  • Silverlon, for non-healing wounds.

As you read on this blog, I highlight new evolving research results on yoga, because now enough attention is being brought to bear that people are studying it. This is the case for many other potential treatments that don’t make the classical ‘clinical study’ cut. All we have to go on is people’s stories. And this is the case that Honest Medicine is making.

As a scientist I am continually searching and curious of new ways of dealing with challenges. Unfortunately, too many physicians have this trained out of them and it is up to us as patients to advocate for ourselves. My endocrinologist has a running joke with me when I walk in for my appointment, “What are you going to teach me today?” What a wonderful outlook.

Well done Julia in bringing to the forefront the real issues in moving medicine forward.





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