Magazine article Tikkun

A Return to Healing/the Cancer Generation: Baby Boomers Facing a Perfect Storm

Magazine article Tikkun

A Return to Healing/the Cancer Generation: Baby Boomers Facing a Perfect Storm

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A RETURN TO HEALING Len Saputo, MD, with Byron Belitsos Origin Press, 2009

THE CANCER GENERATION: BABY BOOMERS FACING A PERFECT STORM John Geyman, MD Common Courage Press, 2009

MORE AND MORE DOCTORS ARE RETURNING TO their original calling as healers, and with that new consciousness we are getting a set of books that expose the shame and outrage of America's profit-driven medical system and the deep limits of the Western model of health care. Yes, decent health care is partly a matter of who gets access, and yes, single-payer reform would go a long way toward changing that But both these books reveal deeper problems, as well. Dr. Saputo's insider's account demonstrates the corrosive effects that health care profiteers have on the quality of care, even in the most respected health care facilities. The best hospitals boast of relying on evidence-based treatments, but the studies on which those treatments are based are often funded by those who profit from their use. More natural food and preventive approaches that cannot yield profits do not get funding for the big clinical tests that could provide the "evidence" for alternatives in health care. …

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