By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Good Health in the 21st Century
By Dr Carole Hungerford (Scribe, $29.95, softcover, 544 pages)
Stimulating, and sometimes alarming, Good Health in the 21st Century is a handy encyclopaedia with easy-to-comprehend information and a family doctor’s unconventional guide to maintain wellbeing.
Dr Hungerford questions the current health industry based on a model of ‘curing disease’, gives compelling points of view and provides some conclusions that will get you thinking.
The general practitioner does not define ‘health’, but attempts to extensively explore it. This revised edition was written in response to questions asked by her patients who wanted to know “the science that underpins a medical model based on health”.
As a result, you are forced to look seriously at your diet and lifestyle habits. The first two chapters contain ominous warnings about the poor eating habits of many Australians, increasing asthma rates and rising incidence of inflammatory diseases and environmental toxins.
Ideally your doctor should advise you to achieve better health through improved nutrition and lifestyle practices, instead of writing an endless number of prescriptions.
Dr Hungerford claims: “Doctors find it challenging to cure disease, but they tend to forget about health”.
She discards the medication cocktails that have complex side effects. Instead, she demonstrates an opportunity for vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids to do their nourishing “health-giving” work.
She offers a well-defined explanation of the nutrients we need; provides a beneficial overview of biochemistry, genetics and the immune system; and proficiently covers human biology.
The subjects covered include asthma, arthritis, cancer, obesity, and cardiovascular disease; mental health and neurological disorders; hormone-replacement therapy and vaccination; and macronutrients and minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids.
Problems of an ageing population aside, the health trends in younger generations gives way to an even more alarming prediction: “for the first time in history, we have produced a generation which is not expected to outlive its parents”.
Edition 319, 26 June 2012
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