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Medicines That Kill: The Truth about the Hidden Epidemic (2013. Auflage)

von James L. Marcum (Autor)

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The recent deaths of celebrities like Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, and Whitney Houston have shown a spotlight on the overuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Most people believe that prescription drugs are safer than illegal substances. But, when combined with other over-the-counter sedatives, prescription drugs can be every bit as powerful, addictive, and dangerous. In 2006, overdoses on a class of prescription pain relievers called opioid analgesics killed more people than those killed by overdoses on cocaine and heroin combined. Right now, among 35 to 54 year olds, poisoning by prescription drugs is the most common cause of accidental death-even more so than auto-related deaths. In Medicines That Kill, Dr. Marcum shines a light on the addictive power of prescription medication and how you can protect yourself and your family by practicing healthy habits.… (mehr)
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Titel:Medicines That Kill: The Truth about the Hidden Epidemic
Autoren:James L. Marcum (Autor)
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I wanted to give this book 5 stars and I would have if it was not for the last few chapters. The author is a Christian "behavioural cardiologist," with over 20 years experience as a health professional in the US.

The first half of the book is dedicated to proving that America (and all other developed countries) is slowly killing its citizens by prescribing medications that are ineffective and in most cases unnecessary. He sites numerous patient examples to prove that medications can, do and have killed patients. He describes modern medicine as "powerful, addictive and dangerous."

The second half of the book explains the author's solution;

1. Develop a relationship with God
2. Learn about your medications
3. Start making changes slowly
4. Start a movement programme (exercise)
5. Get enough rest
6. Start improving your diet
7. Do things that make you happy

Basically the author's premise (most of which I agree with,) is that God (in the Bible) has already given us instructions for how to live healthy lives, He has also provided the resources we need to do this. Our problem is that we deny God and ignore the rules of Creation and therefore suffer the bodily consequence. He gives clear practical instructions for coming off medications and gradually transitioning to natural health. He comments that he now spends most of his time trying to wean addicted patients off their various medications that have been picked up from various health specialists over the course of many years. A lot of these drugs are now CAUSING the health problems the patients are presenting to him! (I can believe this due to personal experience.)

Sadly, the author then ruins all that has gone before by advocating not only vegetarianism, stating that God did not give us animals to eat but only for friendship and "love," but also stating that God as a God of love is not a God of judgement. He talks a lot about God as a loving Creator desiring to have a relationship with us, (His creatures,) he links this back to health but the message is really that if you have a relationship with God you will be healthy and that our sicknesses are caused by the absence of that relationship. Whilst this is true in some respects, as we cannot live fulfilled meaningful lives without God, the author fails to mention the consequence of the fall of man and the resultant entrance of sin into the world. The sin that entered causes death (over time) to all things including Earth and man. In fact, although explaining a lot about how we can have this connection with God the author fails to mention confession, repentance or sin. It is more like drifting into the loving arms of our Creator God as He is waiting for us patiently. The author doesn't go as far as to specifically deny Jesus' penal substitutionary atonement, but by saying that God is not a God of judgement/wrath he is effectively doing this.

For this reason I think this book is dangerous as it will appeal to those with medical issues and may give them false/misleading/unbiblical impressions about the Christian faith. The author was advised by a close friend not to include his beliefs in this book as it might put some people off. Ironically by linking his medical views to his faith he has put this reader off but for different reasons than his friend may have been thinking...

I cannot recommend this book....



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  sparkleandchico | Aug 31, 2016 |
The first ten chapters of this book are about “what the medical community isn’t telling you” (phrase from back cover). The statistics of the frequency and quantity of deaths and mistakes with medicines is staggering and appalling.

The different sample stories help the reader to envision how easily this epidemic could happen to them or to one of their loved ones.

The first ten chapters are the bad news but it’s worth the wait, or if need be, it is worth it for Christians to skip ahead to chapter eleven. The first ten chapters are not “Christian” in nature, but very medical in nature. Starting in chapter eleven the author goes over biblical laws of health that he draws from the seven days of creation.

I found some of the health connections fascinating and thought they were well needed information or reminders of how God designed our bodies and what is needed to properly take care of them. Humans tend to ignore some basic elements of health such as the importance of water, air, sunlight and rest.

If you’ve never heard about the epidemic of deaths and medical mistakes made with medicines than you need to get this book. This information is hard to find. The medical community doesn’t like to admit what’s really going on. If you need to learn basic biblical health laws then this book is for you, too. Please read my disclaimer below on the health information.

To purchase your own copy of this book go here:Medicines That Kill: The Truth about the Hidden Epidemic
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Tyndale Blog Network program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Personal health disclaimer: Being a weight loss and wellness coach I can not leave off where I disagree on at least one thing lest people think I agree from my silence. I disagree with this author’s unqualified statement about animal fat being bad for you. It depends on the animal—how it was raised and fed. The author also only talks about the health issues mentioned in Genesis chapter one but totally leaves out any reference to the flood later on in Genesis where we are commanded to eat animals. Most creation scientists will tell you that the earth was a completely different place prior to the flood and prior to rain falling upon the earth. My contention is that it is the drastic difference in the earth after the flood that caused our great decline in lifespan, and not meat eating as some people claim. No, instead God commanded us to eat meat because He knew we would need it after the world had changed. ( )
  cherylcope | Mar 26, 2013 |
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The recent deaths of celebrities like Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, and Whitney Houston have shown a spotlight on the overuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Most people believe that prescription drugs are safer than illegal substances. But, when combined with other over-the-counter sedatives, prescription drugs can be every bit as powerful, addictive, and dangerous. In 2006, overdoses on a class of prescription pain relievers called opioid analgesics killed more people than those killed by overdoses on cocaine and heroin combined. Right now, among 35 to 54 year olds, poisoning by prescription drugs is the most common cause of accidental death-even more so than auto-related deaths. In Medicines That Kill, Dr. Marcum shines a light on the addictive power of prescription medication and how you can protect yourself and your family by practicing healthy habits.

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