You Can't Afford to Get Sick

reviewed by Kristine Morris

You Can't Afford to Get Sick: Your Guide to Optimum Health and Health Care

by Andrew Weil

Dr. Andrew Weil, one of the world’s foremost authorities on health, wellness, and integrative medicine, takes on the American health care crisis and reveals how insurance companies have stacked the cards against our ever getting the excellent care we are paying for and how pharmaceutical companies, not doctors, are in control of the system.

You Can’t Afford to Get Sick is a powerful and lucid presentation of just what has gone wrong with the American health care system, who is responsible, and what we can do about it. It shows the benefi ts of focusing on well-being and prevention while keeping all that is best in current practice and accepting the need for less invasive, more economical, and effective alternative practices that should be available to everyone for whom they are appropriate. Weil dispels the myths surrounding health care in this country and challenges us to assume responsibility for our own health and well-being and to learn to trust our own amazing inborn capacity for healing.

Affirming that integrative medicine is the medicine of the future, Weil makes powerful and practical suggestions for its use and provides a two-week “jump-start program” to optimum wellness. His book brings both an urgent warning that health care costs will sink our economy unless there is radical change in the way medicine is practiced in this country, and the encouraging news that there already are accessible solutions available to us that will result not only in financial savings but in better health for all of us.

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