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Good Health in the 21st Century: A family doctor's unconventional guide

A book that will give you the knowledge to stay healthy

Good Health in the 21st Century: A family doctor's unconventional guide

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Product name: Good Health in the 21st Century: A family doctor's unconventional guide

Reviewer: Jenny Blackford

Author: Dr Carole Hungerford

Publisher: SCRIBE

Price: $49.95

Size: 514 pages

G Rating:

5

I am fortunate to have the sort of GP who prescribes vitamin B for low blood pressure and water for high uric acid levels; as well as antibiotics for a bacterial infection, but only if it's serious. He's never reluctant to offer a nutrition or lifestyle hint for better health.

Many doctors, however, act more like prescription factories than diagnostic experts. For the patients of this brand of GP, this book could be a revelation.

The first two chapters ("Medicine and Progress", and "The Politics of Health") seem intended to scare the reader into changing his or her diet and lifestyle. They're full of dire warnings about environmental toxins, the poor eating habits of many Australians, and increasing rates of asthma and other inflammatory diseases.

Hungerford ably covers human biology, with an excellent overview of biochemistry, the immune system and genetics; and then a clear, firm exposition of the nutrients we require.

Overall, Good Health in the 21st Century is thought-provoking, and sometimes frightening.

It could change the lives of people who eat doughnuts for breakfast, cheeseburgers for lunch and pizza for dinner.

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