Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's Breakthrough Health , by Isadore Rosenfeld M.D.

Book Classification : Health - Fitness - Diet - Medicine - Treatments - Recent Medical Discoveries


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Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's Breakthrough Health by Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld
Paperback - 288 pages
First Edition, January 3, 2004
Published by Rodale Press
ISBN 1-57954-900-4 / ISBN 1579549004

Bestselling author Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld has wisely organized his most recent book into the form of 167 short articles. If you're like most people, you have 167 moments when you think, "I have the time to read a one- or two-page article" more frequently than you have one moment when you think, "I have the time to read a complete book."

Some of the articles inform parents about the most recent scientific evidence about the medication of children. For example, Dr. Rosenfeld summarizes the conclusions reached after legislation in the United Kingdom banned the use of aspirin for anyone under the age of 12. [69]

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Some of the issues in the book arise apply to every meal choice -- the author mentions cholesterol in six of his articles. Some of the issues arise only on a few occasions, e.g, vaccinations.

Where a choice among than one medical treatment is available, comparisons are offered. Read the news about the safest glaucoma treatments. [108]

Issues of mental health are included as well. The author reports on the latest findings about ADHD [29] and depression. [155]

About the Author

Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's legions of fans follow his regular column in Parade magazine and his popular Sunday-morning television series Sunday Housecall on FOX News Channel. In addition to his numerous scientific publications and medical textbooks for doctors, he has written nine New York Times bestsellers. He is a distinguished member of the faculty at New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Medical College of Cornell University and attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

-- From the publisher

Dr. Rosenfeld identifies several issues as "debates" with two sides to tell, including the "fish oil debate" [131] Do the omega-3 fatty acids in fish really reduce the risk of a heart attack? This article, like each one on the book, begins with a statement of what has been said for several years, followed by a paragraph entitled, "Here's What's New:", where the bottom line from the most recent clinical studies is reported. (Sesame oil [155] is another lipid that reportedly lowers blood pressure, thereby reducing the probability of heart disease.)

Some of the issues in the book are not so exotic. There is even recent news about cough medicine. [70]

Another controversy concerns "the Hygiene Hypothesis" [24], which asserts that, if we are too thorough in our cleanliness, our immune systems may lose some of their ability to fight germs. Some proponents of the hypothesis argue, for example, that our kids may later get sick more often if we now have them washing their hands too frequently.

The doctor is more thorough in his five-page description of "the Mammogram Debate" [44], because the issue is about saving human lives.

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The author takes a good look at herbal supplements which are usually not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Among these herbs are the "bestselling feel-good herb" Ginkgo biloba [11] and echinacea [63], which is said to assist the immune system's ability to fight cold and flu by mobilizing the white blood cells. Some herbs can be dangerous, and Dr. Rosenfeld firmly urges the avoidance of ephedra [204] because of its ability to alter heart rhythms.

Dr. Rosenfeld suspects that there may be some good, with virtually no risk, in the topical use of arnica (leopard's bane) as a treatment for pain. He criticizes a recent study which found no effectiveness in oral arnica, because the researchers did not also investigate topical arnica. He admits the anecdotal nature of the fact, but he knows of a football team that swears by the practice of rubbing arnica on their bruises. [17] Sometimes "our stick-in-the-mud FDA" [19] should take another look.

Large percentages of readers will make use of Dr. Rosenfeld's advice about overweight [199], menopause [181] and sexual dysfunction [225]. Hopefully, a much smaller percentage of readers will ever require his advice to survivors of cancer [53] or cardiac arrest [122].

Whether you want to look up the latest scientific news about osteoporosis, eye problems, or flu shots, or whether you want to read all of the articles in sequence, one or two at a time, you will find Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's Breakthrough Health as easily readable as it is highly informative.

Book review by M. Lepore for crimsonbird.com

6-page table of contents; 18-page 2-column index; no illustrations.

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From the Back Cover

In this age of information explosion, the reporting of medical research breakthroughs to the public often creates conflicting headlines. We wonder whether we're getting the best care, the newest medicines, and the most effective treatments for whatever it is that ails us. If you've been looking for one source you can trust for the most accurate, up-to-date health and medical information, Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's Breakthrough Health is it.

In this volume, the first in a yearly series, America's favorite doctor describes the most important, up-to-the-minute medical discoveries in a convenient, easy-to-read format. Dr. Rosenfeld treats his readers as if they were his own patients, explaining in simple yet concrete terms everything from Alzheimer's disease to vascular disease. He distills the most relevant information from piles of research only a doctor could understand. For example, are you aware that there's a common, over-the-counter drug that may help prevent breast cancer? Do you know about the blood test that can indicate vulnerability to heart attacks and stroke even when all other predictors are normal? You've heard that eating fish reduces your risk of heart disease, but does it really contain too much mercury? You'll find the answers in these pages, along with many other safe, practical, bottom-line insights -- advice that will help you live a long and healthy life.


"Dr. Rosenfeld's books ... qualify [him] as perhaps the most significant teacher of medicine alive in the world today."

-- Bernard J. Shapiro, former principal and vice-chancellor, McGill University, Montreal

From the Publicist Press Release

Every day we're inundated with new, often confusing information on health. It's been nearly impossible to make sense of it all -- until now. Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D., separates fact from fiction on topics such as high blood pressure, mammograms, hormone replacement therapy, weight loss and more. And he gives the low-down on today's most recent medical breakthroughs, including:

  • The common over-the-counter drug that protects against breast cancer
  • The truth about herbal remedies such as echinacea, ephedra, arnica, and ginkgo
  • One vitamin that helps prevent childhood asthma
  • A simple stethoscope test that can stop a stroke in its tracks
  • The newest pharmaceutical advances that treat everything from Alzheimer's to vascular disease
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