Pai, a board-certified doctor in family and integrative medicine who has studied with Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra, offers this voluminous compendium of alternative health approaches.
This debut book reflects current and widespread dissatisfaction with Western medicine. Far from attacking standard medicine, however, the author credits it with providing heroic miracle cures in health crisis situations. But in the case of chronic conditions, Western medicine often treats symptoms with a retinue of drugs and surgery while leaving underlying causal conditions untouched. “Conventional medical treatment has classified over two hundred different ‘itis’ conditions, with over a dozen different types of medical specializations that treat these individually and symptomatically,” Pai writes in describing standardized medical care. The “itis” ending in the terms for many ailments refers to inflammation, which covers a wide swath of chronic medical conditions that plague Americans. The author describes in sometimes-sickening detail all the causes of inflammation that abound in what people eat, drink, and breathe. He mentions so-called “Moo Gloo,” a repellent food modifier that utilizes scrap meat in a binding formula to convert cheap cuts into more expensive-seeming meats. Almost nothing Americans encounter to eat or drink remains uncorrupted, according to the author, and that goes for many foods that bear organic labels. The author’s exceptionally detailed investigation leads to but one conclusion: a plant-based diet to avoid inflammatories, appropriate water filtration, and energizing and proper health supplementation all can go a long way to address common chronic health conditions that plague those who suffer from the many “itis” ailments. In this well-researched work, Pai attacks the purity and quality of many supplements on the market today. Through his clinic, House of Sanjevani, he has formulated his own supplements that meet his rigorous standards. The thorough volume provides lots of information, but the author writes in a simple, straightforward manner, engaging his subject with an enthusiasm and joy that make this book a pleasure to read.
A complete and detailed guide to integrative healing methods by a well-known doctor who specializes in alternative tactics to address the inflammation that underlies many chronic health issues.