Book recommendations medical system, education, big pharma, health industry
Are you interested in learning more about our broken food and medical system, and what we can all do about this? Here are some great books I’ve read by investigative journalists, that I highly recommend:
OUR DAILY MEDS (Melody Petersen) This book, published in 2008, takes a deep dive into what is really happening in the world of Big Pharma, and how that has evolved since the 1970s and 1980s. It will show you what happens when shareholder profit is more important than human health. Our system is very broken today, but Melody has great recommendations of how we can fix this, if enough people understand the issues and lobby the government for change.
BOTTLES OF LIES (Katherine Eban) This book highlights the issues in our generic drug industry. What do you think is going to happen if you demand products be made at a lower cost? if you guessed lower quality, then you’d be right. But these are drugs we are talking about, that doctors are prescribing to help our health. What happens when those drugs don’t work? Every human should read this book, so you can make more informed choices when a doctor wants to prescribe a drug to you.
ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, JUNK (Mark Bittman) Not only do we have a health industry that doesn’t care about our food – we have a food industry that doesn’t care about our health. But what does it care about? You got it – the almighty dollar! Read this book to see how the way humans have sourced food has evolved since the beginning of time, and how when we think we know better than nature, things go horribly wrong for our health and the health of the planet, and explores what you can do about it, once you understand this.
THE FOOD REVOLUTION (John Robbins) This book started my journey into understanding the importance of food, and how the way our food is sourced impacts both our health and the health of the planet. It also started to give me insight into what was broken in our food system and our medical system. The book has now spun off into an annual online global summit by the same name, run by John’s son, Ocean Robbins.