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  1. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter October 24, 2011 at 7:22 am | | Reply

    DMBooks! This sounds really interesting, especially as over the next few months I need to decide what, if anything, I need to do re: worsening scoliosis.

  2. michelle hernandez
    michelle hernandez October 24, 2011 at 7:58 am | | Reply

    DM Books! gives me a lot of information any book that puts the information in a clean and concise form will be greatly appreciated

  3. Mike Walker
    Mike Walker October 24, 2011 at 10:10 am | | Reply

    DMBooks Sounds like an interesting read

  4. Allison
    Allison October 24, 2011 at 10:26 am | | Reply

    As an AuD student, I’m well-aware of things from the audiologic end but would love more info from the diabetes side of things. DMBooks please ;)

  5. riva
    riva October 24, 2011 at 10:55 am | | Reply

    Interesting you posted this now as the book about Steve Jobs is getting a lot of press, and he refused his doctor’s recommendation to have surgery early on and later regretted it.

    It’s a slippery slope how much we listen to our doctor and how much we self-judge. My doctor pushed statins on me for years because my LDL (lousy) cholesterol was over 100. (Still is) But I refused because my HDL (good) cholesterol was also over 100 (Still is) and my research led me to understand the ratio of 1:1 needed no statin. Was my doctor just convinced by sales people to put every diabetic on a statin whose LDL was over 100 because that became the new guideline? Hard to know.

    I do believe as health care consumers we should educate ourselves as much as possible, particularly because as Dr. Groopman pointed out in his other book, “How Doctors Think,” doctors bring their own prejudices and experiences to your diagnosis which means they tend to see what they know. It”s a complex question asking how much you should listen to your doctor particularly when emotions are running high if there’s a concern about your health, but I do believe it’s always beneficial to learn all you can. Would love to read “DMbooks”

  6. Kelly Booth
    Kelly Booth October 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm | | Reply

    I have learned the hard way to question everything and learn as much as I can about things. Doctors certainly don’t know everything and I do think they are prejudiced as far as what will work. Like Riva, I have had statins pushed on me because my LDL was over 100 and my total cholesterol was over 200 but they always missed out on the fact that my HDL was also over 100 and all my other ratios were really good. I had one doctor that insisted that I was going to take them – he was history.

  7. Stuart
    Stuart October 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm | | Reply


  8. droberts0503
    droberts0503 October 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm | | Reply

    Sounds like a good book on a subject that I think is crucial to good diabetes management. DMBooks.

  9. Joe
    Joe October 25, 2011 at 4:36 am | | Reply

    I too am trying to cut down on meds that I take as a t2. I always research ANY med that I have to take.

    This book sounds very interesting.

  10. Bernard Farrell
    Bernard Farrell October 25, 2011 at 5:33 am | | Reply

    I’ve enjoyed his previous book, How Doctors Think, which provided me with ideas on how to question decisions from various doctors. So DMBooks please

  11. Flo
    Flo October 25, 2011 at 8:23 am | | Reply

    Great article…DM BOOKS Ok??

  12. AngelaC
    AngelaC October 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm | | Reply

    Decision making and semiotics (meaning-making from symbols) were one of my interests in my doctoral program. This review has definitely piqued my interest! Thanks, Amy and Allison, for alerting to us to another one of the great DM BOOKS out there!

  13. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours
    Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours October 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm | | Reply

    “it’s also important to find a doctor who understands your preferences.” I think this is a key point that many people overlook, yet it can be vital to getting the treatment you are most comfortable with.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.

  14. Lori Webb
    Lori Webb October 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm | | Reply

    DMBooks: I think it is very interesting in listening to these authors that they do not seem to take into account the lack of time that one had with their doctor. There’s never enough time to ask *and get answers* to each question. Thanks for having the contest!

  15. T1 in Boston
    T1 in Boston October 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm | | Reply

    great post. I’ve been statin-ing for years and years (at my endo’s suggestion, and for me, due to low HDL, which seems to be genetic, right?)- with no ill side effects, but I always wonder…. DM Books.

  16. T1 in Boston
    T1 in Boston October 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm | | Reply


  17. Caroline
    Caroline October 26, 2011 at 6:36 am | | Reply

    Sounds interesting. DMBooks!

  18. tmana
    tmana October 26, 2011 at 8:00 am | | Reply


    One issue that separates pharmaskeptics from pharmevangelists is that of adverse, idiosyncratic, and/or iatrogenic reactions to medications. When each medication one has been prescribed either doesn’t work as touted, results in advertised adverse effects, or results in adverse effects not advertised (and not believed, even when doctors see it with their own eyes!), one becomes hesitant to accept pharmaceutical therapy. It gets even worse when one’s pharmacists, who are supposed to be the gatekeepers against prescribing incompatible drugs (or combinations of drugs), shrug off the adverse effects and don’t understand washout periods (to get toxic drugs out of one’s system before beginning alternate therapies).

  19. Don
    Don October 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm | | Reply

    I agree with the above comments by Lori Webb concerning time with one doctor. It took me a long time to live in an area where endocrinologists exist not to mention are plentiful enough to choose a good or bad one. And the brief period you have with one can lack the comprehensive understand diabetes needs. ( DMBooks )

  20. Mary
    Mary October 28, 2011 at 6:38 am | | Reply

    I think this is a topic that most people don’t even realize is an issue. I know so many people that just do whatever their doctor(s) say without any critical thought to it. I’m glad this is getting some attention and on the Colbert Report no less! Way to go!

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