The Ultimate Prescription, What the Medical Profession Isn't Telling You by Dr. james L. Marcum, MD with Charles Mills, is an upfront look at how the medical field treats patients and what patients really need to know to get healthy. It looks at all the misinformation about what really makes us sick and how lifestyle changes can get us healthy again. Dr. Marcum delivers real-life stories from his practice. He bases his "Ultimate Prescription" passages taken from the bible.
Dr. Marcum is a board-certified behavioral cardiologist at Chattanooga Heart Institute and has been named one of the nation's most-influential physicians. He and Mills also co-host Heartwise, a call-in radio program on over 500 stations around the world.
Dr. Marcum, speaks of his own experience as a cardiologist and as a Christian. He feels that we are all part of the largest comprehensive health study in the world. One which isn't being funded by some respected organization and one where their aren't trained scientist researching. But one that is quietly taking place in our lives. The goals are to answer 3 questions: 1. What happens to the human body when it does everything wrong? (i.e. toxic, nutritionally deficient foods, lack of sleep, side-effects of pharmaceuticals, breathing polluted air, and not drinking enough water), 2.) What happens when the information pouring into a brain's neural network is wrong? (i.e. the brain is taught to focus on one's own needs at the expense of all else), and 3.) What happens to a person's relationship with Go when that relationship is based on beliefs that are built on flawed foundations, on images of God that are totally, heartbreakingly wrong? The Ultimate Presecription addresses these questions. He outlines the creation of the world, and shows God's intentions with each day of creation.
I will have to say, this book is very intriguing. I am one who doesn't like medicine, but does see that there is a need for it at times. As someone who has always tried to make dietary changes to improve health problems as well as to keep some at bay, I found myself agreeing with much of what Dr. Marcum writes. As a Christian, I also agree with most of his perspectives as well. (The one point in dispute is the eating of animals--he interprets this part of the bible to say that God only wants man to eat plants.) Marcum also shares research that supports his views and discusses why the medical field doesn't share this (money).
This is a great book. If you have any kind of health problem, I would suggest reading and implementing these ideas. If you are a Christian, you will find biblical passages that explain how to live a healthy lifestyle and you will find strength and encouragement in Marcum's words.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. This review contains my honest opinions.