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The world is facing the greatest healthcare crisis it has ever seen. Chronic disease is shortening our lifespan, destroying our quality of life, bankrupting governments, and threatening the health of future generations. Sadly, conventional medicine, with its focus on managing symptoms, has failed to address this challenge. The result is burned-out physicians, a sicker popuThe world is facing the greatest healthcare crisis it has ever seen. Chronic disease is shortening our lifespan, destroying our quality of life, bankrupting governments, and threatening the health of future generations. Sadly, conventional medicine, with its focus on managing symptoms, has failed to address this challenge. The result is burned-out physicians, a sicker population, and a broken healthcare system. In Unconventional Medicine, Chris Kresser presents a plan to reverse this dangerous trend. He shows how the combination of a genetically aligned diet and lifestyle, functional medicine, and a lean, collaborative practice model can create a system that better serves the needs of both patients and practitioners. The epidemic of chronic illness can be stopped, if patients and practitioners can adapt....

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  • Gary Moreau
    2019-02-26 13:03

    The statistics are alarming to say the least. “One in two Americans now has a chronic disease, and one in four has multiple chronic diseases…chronic disease accounts for 86 percent of healthcare expenditures…twenty-seven percent of children now suffer from chronic disease…seven of the top ten causes of death are chronic diseases.”Most people who read this book will be generally aware of the health care crisis we face today. How can we not? The clinician that he is, however, Kresser gives it dimension and offers a blueprint for an alternate way. And it makes all the sense in the world. Our current medical paradigm is disease-based and has a structural and financial bias toward symptom suppression, largely through the extensive use of pharmaceuticals, rather than the discovery and elimination of root cause. He calls his alternative model the ADAPT Framework, a combination of “…Functional Medicine, an ancestral perspective, and a collaborative practice model…”Causal integration is a growing trend in all areas of science today. Richard Thaler was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics “for his contributions to behavioural economics,” combining economic theory with psychological reality.The explanation for the misalignment between the dominant contemporary healthcare paradigm and our current reality is both simple and logical. Through advances in science and technology, the evolution of Western medicine has outpaced the evolution of humankind. We have been hugely successful in repairing trauma and eradicating disease, but changes in our social and physical environment have presented new problems that the specialized symptom suppression model is simply not sensitive to.While this book is about medicine specifically, I think Kessler has ironically thrown back the tarp on a much bigger problem that extends well beyond medicine. Rupert Sheldrake calls it “the science delusion.” It is the willingness of those with an agenda (In his case, Big Pharma.) to wrap opinion in a white coat and call it irrefutable.Kresser notes, “In other words, most published research findings support the status quo; they’re not necessarily based on solid evidence.” He cites Marcia Angell, a former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine: “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published.” And John Ioannidis, a Stanford researcher, who published a paper entitled, “Why Most Published Research is False.” In it, Ioannidis concludes, “Claimed findings may be accurate measures of the prevailing bias.”I will be interested to see if Kessler can break through the Internet gatekeepers and get the attention he deserves for this book. Unfortunately, the democratization of influence that the Internet promised has yet to be realized as alternative thought is squeezed into obscurity by the sheer volume of attention captured by celebrity and cute cat videos.One concern I do have for the ADAPT Framework is that I don’t see how this medical revolution, as inevitable as it is, can take place given the dismal state of health care insurance in the US. His ideas, it seems to me, will take bold vision and an ironclad commitment. While I agree with Kresser on the long term cost benefits of his approach, I can’t imagine it will be an easy sell to private insurance companies and hospital administrators. The Cleveland Clinic is a crown jewel of American medicine, but it is hardly representative of the health care infrastructure that most of us rely on.A national health care program, it seems to me, will have to be put in place before integrated and functional health care will get a fair hearing. Kresser notes that “Two-thirds of medical research is sponsored by pharmaceutical companies…” “Reimbursement-based medicine,” as he calls it, will not go down without a fight. And when there is so much money involved, we can expect it will be bloody.My other concern is a general concern about dogma itself. The Greek philosopher, Pyrrho of Elis, the founder of the philosophical school of skepticism, noted that once ideas become dogma they tend to become vulnerable to the same lack of conceptual adaptability that made change so necessary to begin with. I am not suggesting that Kresser has done that, but I cringed ever so slightly when he talked about the importance of decorating the waiting room properly.All told, this is a very good book and I hope all that have read will help to spread the word. Our health really does depend on it.

  • Natalie
    2019-03-07 15:23

    Don't get me wrong, the book is fine, I would be thrilled to have a consult with Chris Kresser (FUN FACT when he talks about his office in the book HE OFFICE SHARES WITH MY MIDWIFE SO I KNEW! I don't know if I would describe the space as beautiful though!) about my health if I had an extra $5000 available. But the problem with the book is that it's a preaching to the choir situation. I don't believe that anyone picking this up isn't already convinced, or looking for ways to shout about how Kresser is an overqualified acupuncturist. You know? So I just don't think someone is going to be reading this book and like "aha!" As someone already convinced, it was mostly a slog, and a fervent wish that this way of treatment could be more affordable.

  • Jean
    2019-02-25 15:11

    If you're already into ancestral health and functional medicine, you won't find much new in this book. Sound information? Yes. Riveting, new ideas? No. You will get the essential parts from this book by listening to Kresser's episode on the Joe Rogan Podcast. I'm not really sure who would benefit the most from this book.Perhaps those new to the idea of functional medicine who are influenced by anecdotes and case-by-case scenarios to which they may relate.

  • Ben
    2019-03-17 20:20

    Chirs Kresser argues that the way we approach medicine in the West is flawed. We spend too much time and money treating symptoms without ever treating causes. As a result, there is an epidemic of preventable chronic conditions spreading through our population. The solution to this problem is "Functional Medicine." Kresser describes functional medicine as a systems-based approach to medicine. The key to treating an illness is to not just to treat symptoms, but to treat root causes. Many root causes can be treated with proper nutrition and exercise. Kresser argues that, while many doctors in a conventional practice do understand this, they are not able to spend enough time with patients to get at the heart of the issue. He advocates implementing a group of support professionals (health coaches, nutritionists, personal trainers, etc.) to assist individuals with making lasting lifestyle changes. These are hard points to argue with. The current medical system is not doing a good enough job at addressing these issues. Preventable diseases are on the rise, and lifestyle and diet are the cause. I like a lot of what Kresser has to say here. Something kept nagging at me as I read the book though. These are all things I've heard my doctors in "conventional" practices say. The most valuable things I took away from this book were economic in nature. Some of Kresser's suggestions for easing the burden on primary care physicians are the most compelling aspects of the book. I didn't get the impression that these ideas were unique to "Functional Medicine." Using nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and tele-medicine to ease the burden are all things my current "conventional" doctors do. I couldn't shake the feeling that he was creating a strawman version of "conventional" medicine that I have never personally experienced. I wasn't entirely sold on the idea that modern medical professionals don't understand the body as a system. Overall it was an interesting read that has left me with a lot of questions, and the desire to read more deeply into medicine in the modern world.

  • Becky
    2019-03-24 15:23

    This book is full of important information presented in a straight-forward, understandable manner. It is really geared more to physicians and medical professionals but is certainly readable by interested consumers. If you follow Chris Kresser and read his blog or listen to his podcast you will be familiar with the material in this book but will get more details. I both read and listened to this book. I would recommend reading it as the later chapters talking about different programs and institutions is a bit dry for listening. The printed or Kindle book will serve as a good reference. I suspect some people will not like Chris’ reference to his own institution and programs but, to be fair, he provides information about other sources as well. Since Functional Medicine is still out of the mainstream, there are not as many options so it is important to include Chris’ offerings as well. This is well worth the read to understand just how broken our current health care system really is and how we can work to fix it.

  • Brittany
    2019-02-28 21:03

    The beginning was promising. It listed all the ways the conventional system has failed us and what it is actually meant to treat; acute infections, trauma, surgery. However, as I continued reading I started to feel like Chris Kresser was only writing this to promote his own agenda, the ADAPT framework and his Cleveland clinic. As a reader who was hoping for a bit more detail about the functional medicine approach vs conventional medicine and its failures, this book is a disappointment. I'm already familiar with how important and integral to our health functional medicine is. I guess I was just looking for a bit more factual information and a more indeptn look at each.

  • Jamie Bacigalupo
    2019-02-28 13:08

    While the target audience of this book is largely medical practitioners, I found the material accessible and informative. The way that Kresser explains how the current healthcare system is broken, and how it can be repaired through a new approach, in his terms ADAPT, makes me an even deeper believer in a more Eastern approach to our well-being. Our pill-popping approach to chronic illness does not, and financial cannot, be our future. The case studies that Kresser talks about help the reader to understand why lifestyle, an ancestral diet, and the right medical support team can help us all address our health needs in ways that help us live longer, more quality lives.

  • Ester Serrano
    2019-03-19 18:13

    Maybe I got the aim of the book wrong but having been following the author for a while now (articles, books and podcasts) I just didn't feel there was much new in it for me but a couple of really good concepts. Still, I totally support and love its content and recommend it if you're still not familiar with the Functional Medicine approach. If you do know about it and want to dive deeper in the topic, I wouldn't say this is THE book for you.

  • Jacob Beene
    2019-02-27 15:00

    This book is geared towards people who are looking for information on how to help make changes --whether is be personal or greater than that -- to how typical medical care is approached and, hopefully, reformed. "Unconventional Medicine" provides a wealth of knowledge and its laid back writing style makes it an easy and interesting read. The author, Chris Kresser, is very knowledgeable. I highly recommend watching, or listening to, his appearances on the JRE podcast.

  • ezra houle
    2019-03-13 14:14

    Ways to fix a broken system-1 in 2 Americans suffers from chronic disease, our system of care is misaligned with this fact.-Through a functional medicine approach that’s laid out we can begin to get more in line with true health.-Clearly what we are doing is not working, Chris gives steps to create a healthier future.

  • Adam Ashton
    2019-02-28 14:17

    Clearly lays out some serious issues we’re facing when it comes to health. Outlines the problem and the solution. Certainly not the ‘mainstream’ perspective at this point, but maybe that’s part of the issue! Any health professionals (or aspiring health professionals) should read in order to get a different perspective.

  • Leigh
    2019-03-18 15:19

    A good look at the problems with conventional medicine and how the way we view and handle healthcare needs to change. It well written and provides well supported reasons why functional medicine work better long term. If you’re already familiar with functional medicine and ancestral diets, then it’s likely not any surprisingly new info.

  • Nathan Patton
    2019-03-10 16:14

    Revolutionary and practical perspective on healthcareRecommended to anyone remotely interested in better health. A lot of good points brought up on the ability we all have to improve our health with just a little support and education.

  • Panda Reads
    2019-03-06 14:30

    Was an engaging book. Much is familiar to those who've kept up on diet & health issues, incl the concept of paleo foods, keto diets, the de-demonisation of egg yolks & such, dangers of gadget screens' blue light, but thr's also much to learn here esp redesigning medical practices

  • Greg
    2019-03-17 18:18

    I'm sure this book is great if you are a doctor thinking about making a change but for someone who's looking for a blueprint on how to change their own life it's not quite what you're hoping for.

  • Jess Macallan
    2019-03-20 17:23

    3.5 stars

  • Brandon Dillard
    2019-03-23 21:19

    Good bookInteresting take. Not many health books these days reveille any solutions to our problems but this one has some. Easy read. Lots of facts people should know .

  • Liz Fackelman
    2019-03-09 16:06

    I'm a huge fan of Chris Kresser. I own his first book, listen to his podcasts, and his website is my go-to for looking up advice on health related questions. The section about creating a practice you love, did not apply to me but I can see where it would be extremely useful to anyone wanting to set up a practice and having been to 4 functional medicine practices, I highly agree with his recommendations. His advice is balanced and he combs the research studies and analyzes them well. Highly recommend.