If you are ready to think outside the box about medicine, you would enjoy reading Chris Kresser’s book, Unconventional Medicine. Kresser does an incredible job detailing the rise of chronic disease in our country and the burden that it has on us all. He discusses increases in Alzheimer’s, diabetes in children and adults, autism, autoimmune disease and more and the strain that these conditions are putting on our government and each and every one of us. He walks us through events that led to our current approach to healthcare and how that approach is not serving us.
As much as this might seem like a doom and gloom book, it is not in that Kresser lays out ways that we can improve our current situation. He talks about prevention, disease reversal, and collaboration between healthcare practitioners and their patients. He points out that by implementing these changes, both doctors and patients would be rewarded through better health and more meaningful work. In supporting our health and wellness we would be able to reduce healthcare costs and create a sustainable approach to future health.
Kresser’s approach is not unproven. He is an incredible, science based researcher. People are already using functional medicine approaches to reverse health conditions. Major medical facilities including the Cleveland Clinic, are dedicating whole departments to this medical approach. Many people who have tried “everything” are finding hope and wellness in functional approaches. I love this book in that it helped me to see why and how we have arrived at our current state of healthcare and what we can do to improve it. If you are looking to wrap your thoughts around your healthcare decisions, this maybe a great read for you too.