Monday, June 27, 2011

A Review of The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes: The Prescription for a Lifetime of Great Health

Many people know Dr. Travis Stork from The Bachelor: Paris, but his regular gig is hosting 'The Doctors' television program.


'The Doctors' was launched in September 2008, and won an Emmy award in 2010. The daytime show features discussion of wide-ranging health topics by four real doctors -- Lisa Masterson, Andrew Ordon, Jim Sears, and Travis Stork.


'5 Minute Health Fixes' was published by Rodale in 2010. According to Rodale, the launching of the book is timely based on a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claiming that nine out of 10 adults have difficulty following routine medical advice because they could not understand it.

The premise of the book is that a person's health can be greatly improved by making small lifestyle changes that take less than five minutes to do. Many people find time to be their stumbling block in regards to their health. The list of things you need to do regarding diet, exercise, and doctor's visits can seem overwhelming.

Rather than get caught up in the overwhelm, why not pick out a few things you can do in 5 minutes that will actually make a difference? Start small and work your way towards the bigger things. Trying to change your entire lifestyle at one time is a recipe for disaster. Most people aren't up for that sort of change.

Of course, there are many health books out there, but I like this one because of the variety of health problems addressed in the book. It seems to have something for everyone at every stage of life.

Why I Liked 5 Minute Health Fixes

I liked the book for several reasons --

First of all, it has an index and a table of contents. Yes, these are simple things, but it's amazing how many 'reference' books don't have them.
The advice is from experts. All the 'the doctors' are actually practicing MDs. There's little to no pseudoscience. The show didn't win an Emmy for nothing.
Bite sized bits of information. Who has time or inclination to wade through reams of content when you're having a health problem? The advice is simple enough to be implemented quickly. No overwhelm here.

You may or may not agree with everything in the book, but we all have our biases. Bottom line, if you enjoy 'The Doctors' on television, you'll find their book equally satisfying. It's definitely worth adding as a resource to your personal health library.

A Review of The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes: The Prescription for a Lifetime of Great Health


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