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What Really Makes You Ill? -Book Review

The secondary title of this book written by Dawn Lester and David Parker is “Why everything you thought you knew about disease is wrong”. Quite the eye-popping title and they probably found it controversial. While the two authors both come from outside the medical field, I found the view from outsiders to be refreshing. From my experience, you do not need to be part of the establishment to do good research, witness the hypocrisy and quickly realize that things do not always add up to what the people have been presented.

This book was published in 2019, so it is recent and has up-to-date sourcing, however, it is interesting to note that while it came out before the events of early 2020, how many incidents are foreshadowed to a degree.

This is a thick book at well over 700 pages plus about 50 pages devoted to their sources. This was my 2021 summer cottage read. This is a great book for those open to an alternative viewpoint and to those seeking the truth.

I am not going to go into too much detail and ruin the book for anyone, but I’ll just highlight a few noteworthy concepts.  But first, let me begin with a quote the authors share at both the beginning and end of the book.

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.” -Mahatma Gandhi

The first and perhaps greatest concept they tackle is that surrounding germ theory, which is the foundation that the entire modern medical system is built upon. I thought they did a convincing job of poking enough holes in this theory to really make one question its validity. Secondly, I don’t think anyone who has done any sort of review of the medical system would argue that it has become so compartmentalized by body part or symptom, and that the greatest flaws are not looking at true root causes of illness and not looking at the body in its entirety. Every MD, Functional Medicine doctor, Naturopathic or Alternative medicine practitioner I have ever talked to personally, acknowledges these fundamental flaws. So why don’t the “powers” see it, when it is so obvious?

The authors make the strong case, that this is due to vested interests. They are not the first to make this argument, so it was not really eye opening to me, but this book is another well sourced means of confirmation.

This is one of the biggest sources of frustration for me personally. People either refuse to believe that there are any vested interests and that we can “trust” those in power, or even worse, they will believe that there are vested interests in one industry that may personally affect them, but refuse to believe it is happening in another or all sectors of their life.

One thing that became abundantly obvious as I started going through this book was the inconsistencies of the establishments messaging. The authors do a fantastic job of detailing where in one section of the WHO (World Health Organization) website they say one thing, and then in another section, they completely contradict themselves. Which makes the reader wonder, well which one is it, because it can’t be both? The authors demonstrate this over and over again, to the point where one begins to wonder about the competencies at these massive global organizations we are entrusting our health with. Not to only single out the WHO, the same case is made for the FDA, EPA, WEF, World Bank, UN etc., and these organizations certainly work together. So, the only question is, do they work together in purposeful misinformation or is it a shared accidental incompetence?

This book touches on pretty much every major disease or condition ever talked about in society and discusses what the authors believe to be the true causes of these and how to prevent the further proliferation of these. The chief argument is that it is toxins that are really making us sick, and that this sickness can manifest itself in different ways in different people. These can be toxins in our environment, the air we breathe, the rain that falls, the water we drink, the food we eat, and other substances we put into our body or surround ourselves with.

For anyone who follows my message, you know I am all about lifestyle and trying to live as clean and non-toxic as possible, so the authors message certainly resonates with me on this regard.

I believe I laid out why this book may be controversial to some. I am going to try and reach out to the authors to see if they would agree to an interview. It does have a 4.8/5 rating on Amazon with 88% being 5-star reviews and 4.3/5 rating on Goodreads.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone not scared by the depth of it, and who wants a different view to the conventional narrative. I believe we need to look at all viewpoints of an issue and then make up our own minds. We cannot allow competing views to be silenced, as that is not only, not how science works, but also not how a free society works.

I will end off with a quote cited in the book by Arthur Schopenhaur:

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

Where do you think we are? Lets discuss.

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