Praise for A Drug-Free Approach to Healthcare

Disease Prevention-Not Symptom Suppression

BookWire Review (RR Bowker)
November 4, 2005

David W. Tanton, PhD, begins his book A Drug-Free Approach to Healthcare: Disease Prevention-Not Symptom Suppression with a few fundamental assertions: Drugs should never be used to suppress symptoms, most drugs are toxic chemicals that adversely effect our bodies, and the accumulation of toxins in our bodies makes us more likely to experience diseases as we age. Tanton's conclusion is that we should end our dependence on prescription drugs and begin using natural means of achieving health and preventing further disease. Because the drug industry controls our healthcare choices, we must look mostly outside the healthcare system for solutions.

To justify his approach, Tanton presents a considerable amount of information about the healthcare industry, including quotes from prominent industry leaders. Some of the most compelling statements come from former officials of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an organization that's mission statement declares: "The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs." Dr. David Kessler, former Commissioner of the FDA, observed that "Pharmaceutical companies are waging aggressive campaigns to change prescribers' habits…but for patients and providers it can mean misleading promotions, conflicts of interest, increased costs for health care, and ultimately, inappropriate prescribing." More alarmingly, Dr. Herbert L. Ley, another former Commissioner of the FDA, stated that "The thing that bugs me is that people think the Food and Drug Administration is protecting them – it isn't."

The bulk of A Drug-Free Approach to Healthcare is a systematic and detailed examination of a wide range of diseases, the drugs typically prescribed to treat them, and suggestions for natural alternatives. The diseases discussed include high cholesterol, depression, hypothyroidism, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, hypertension, acid reflux, and cancer. Tanton does an excellent job of explaining the known causes of these diseases and presenting an honest look at the dangers of prescription drugs, some of which actually contribute to the causes of the disease. His natural remedies seem logical and reasonable, and patient testimonies bear out their effectiveness.

Readers who suffer from a particular disease may be tempted to read only the chapters that seem to apply to their situation, but this would be a mistake. Valuable information runs throughout the text; for instance, a study that reveals how microwave ovens reduce the nutritional value of food is tucked away in a chapter about depression.

The final chapter of the book is an extremely useful reference to vitamins, minerals, and supplements that gives the health value of each and lists the medications and other substances that decrease their effectiveness.

David W Tanton earned a PhD in Holistic Nutrition and is both founder and research director of the Soaring Heights Longevity Research Center. He has been studying the causes of disease for more than four decades and, at age 72, is healthy and 100% drug-free.

Wisconsin Bookwatch – An Official Newsletter of The Midwest Book Review
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
December 2005 Issue

Stressing disease prevention over mere symptom suppression, A Drug-Free Approach To Healthcare by holistic nutrition expert David W. Tanton is a 356-page compendium of vetted and practical medical information for anyone seeking a drug-free alternative to addressing their health and medical needs. Readers will learn about eliminating unnecessary medications, as well as drugfree approaches and practices in dealing with the problems such as hypertension, hypoglycemia, back pain, acid reflux, depression, hypothyroidism, stroke prevention, heart attack emergencies, cancer, high cholesterol, Type II Diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, intestinal disorders, bipolar disorder, and more. The basic premise underlying David Tanton's approach in A Drug-Free Approach To Healthcare is that creating healthy cells should be the primary objective in maintaining and restoring good health. Informed and informative, this reader friendly "how to" book is especially commended to the attention of those with an interest in alternative medicine seeking to avoid the side effects of many prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as avoid the inherent dangers of unnecessary surgeries.

Dewey Woodland, author of Hoof Beats
Publish America

A Drug-Free Approach to Healthcare by Dr. David W. Tanton is an eye opening educational book that any layman can understand and utilize to take responsibility for and improve his or her own health. Dr. Tanton covers the benefits of good nutrition and the detriment of prescription and OTC drugs in a clear, concise manner. It's a must for every home library and can be used for reference throughout a person's lifetime. He presents facts to prove his points about how pharmaceuticals, the AMA, and FDA are working together to keep the American people sick so that we have to spend more and more money on drugs that don't cure anything. Instead, they cause side effects that can be more serious than the original illness. Then the doctor prescribes another drug to suppress the symptoms of the illness caused by the first drug, and so on. A Drug-Free Approach to Healthcare gives specific remedies to cure major illnesses without the use of man-made drugs. It's a book that's long overdue and welcome.