It's no secret that the US health care system is in a state of disrepair, but the rabbit hole goes deeper than even the staunchest critics may realize. In Primal Prescription, authors Doug McGuff and Robert Murphy combine their expertise in economics and medicine to offer a shocking, disturbing, and ultimately enlightening view into America's health care system. You'll discover the real history of what went wrong with US health care and insurance, and why current efforts to clean up the mess are only making things worse.
But far from leaving you feeling helpless at the dismal - and sometimes deadly - state of affairs, Primal Prescription equips you with both the knowledge to understand the health care conundrum and the tools for navigating your way out of it. McGuff and Murphy offer an evidence-based "game plan" for taking control of your own medical care, protecting yourself and your loved ones regardless of what the future holds for the rest of the nation.
Whether you're currently tangled in America's broken health care system or simply trying to avoid its clutches, Primal Prescription is a must-have resource for taking your health into your own hands.
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"good info. annoying narrator."
Great to hear the specific case points and to hear Murphy's take on things.
Narrator chortles whenever he encounters anything remotely ironic or striking. But, his voice and manner was otherwise very much appropriate.
"Gawd awful listening."
I have not read the print version, but I intend to. This audio version is a disgrace to the content. Brad Kearns reads way to fast to allow me to absorb the content of what he is reading. Then he includes annoying .....chuckles. Everywhere! We are talking about health care in America today. Its not even remotely amusing. I couldn't take much of this. In fact, it got even worse as the book went on.
The solutions offered for some of our basic health care issue today. But, like I stated, I could not absorb the valuable content so I am returning this audio version and buying the book. America desperately needs this book. Shame on you for casting this reader.
"Great book, lousy narration"
This is full of excellent, well written information on the primary illnesses of today's "health care" system. If highly recommend for any of my friends and family. However, the narrator was lousy. Constantly interjecting his own attitude into the information. If you can get past that, it's a great listen.
"Excellent book, although I was unhappy with the narration."
This book was great! I love the way they structured the information. Everything led up to the conclusion, which was, take control of the situation yourself. I will read this book again to make notes on how to organize my own health care.
The narrator's frequent laughter, poor pausation, and inconsistent pronunciation was disturbing to the flow of thought. However, poor narration is better than no narration :-)
"Exactly what libertarians nees"
If you are interested how the government screwed up healthcare and how Obamacare will make things worse, this book is for you.
The narrator is good and the content is really fascinating. My favorite part of this book though is that they give practical advice on how to take control of your health.
"Don't rush the recording to market"
Medicine is a field we will all make use of and in the U.S. It is so riddled with problems as to be unusable and un-affordable. This is a book filled with critical information and explanations of what each of us can do to solve these problems for ourselves. It is vitally important that all U.S. Citizens are exposed to these solutions, and indeed most other nations' Citizens as well.
My reason for the low performance review is the narrator's habit of throwing a small chuckle into his voice, I guess in an effort to signal outrage when describing ineffective and even damaging practices in U. S. medicine today. For me this became a grating audible tic, and to damp it I had to up the recording speed to 1.5. Also numerous mispronouncements and misreads could have been fixed with a little editing. It wasn't done.
"Good Message, not the best delivery"
I liked the content of the book, but Brad Kearns narration did not help the sometimes confusing message. Sections and chapters blend into each other in one sing-song continuation, and while reading an excerpt from a Harry Reid interview there wasn't any way to tell when the quote ended and the regular text began.
It inspired me to stop listening to the audio version and start reading the actual book.
"Ok book, bad narrator"
The history of why the healthcare industry got this way and the critique of the Affordable Care Act
The book does have some information that is better followed on paper than by ear. Not a majority but some. And even the narrator, at times, reference charts in the physical book.
No. A narrator is not suppose to distract from the book. And the non-fiction topic of this book needs a reader that doesn't input himself into the narrative. Kearns, I see, is not a professional narrator and that is clear. He gets words wrong, laughs at times, stammers at times. He was an awful narrator that made it a struggle to get through - on a topic I was really interested and an author I liked.
Since there isn't much out there especially from the unique perspectives it's the best you got. The execution left some to be desired.
I picked up this book mostly for the work of Robert Murphy who is a great economist and has a good knack for explaining complicated concepts and topics on different levels of understanding. I don't know much about McGuff and never heard of him, myself, before this book.
This book is really two books in one and may not appeal to everyone. On one end you have Murphy's writing about the history of health insurance/healthcare in America, the Affordable Care Act, and government intervention in healthcare. And on the other hand you have McGuff's background as a doctor and promoting a primal/paleo lifestyle.
What I was looking for more, and what I was hoping for more was a look of the history of healthcare, what's wrong with it, and what to do to fix it. And the pairing of an economist and a doctor would be able to greatly blend a lot of great information into one useful book.
While this book does provide a lot of great information and critiques of government hurt and industry general business practices, I don't think this is a great reference book to give to someone or reference completely. There is a good critique of the ACA and the background history is book, but having a better basis of the formula of "We do X. Y is the result. However, if we did A, B would be the result. B would be better than Y and A > X". Other writings by Murphy follows this formula and others in his circle of friends.
I could also see some benefit of adding information of McGuff's chapters but it feels too much like two different books. It would have been better incorporated into the other chapters or made smaller. And there is a lot of good incites and recommendations that McGuff gives. It just tends to feel like two different authors wrote their parts and put them together to appeal to two different audiences.
Also, the ending where the libertarian ideal responses to improve the system were covered very quickly and not too much in the way of apologetics were made. Again, another section that could be incorporated into an overall narrative.
I did enjoy the book overall. I was just hoping it would be a great libertarian/Austrian economic/rational medical care resource that presented the information better. Final Grade - B-
"An utter dud"
Rarely have I come across such a poorly narrated book. I am extremely surprised that Audible chose to publish this. The contents of the book itself, doubtless written by knowledgeable people, made sense. But it also highlighted the significant drawback of audiobooks, viz., that a narrator can so distract and confuse the reader, they would have to give up on the book. In a printed book, the reader can choose to skip ahead if a part of the book is boring or uninteresting. Audiobooks, however, don't afford this luxury. I'm extremely disappointed that I had to quit reading it. Clearly, this narrator, the authors, publisher, and Audible all share the blame. And, of course, the spoils.
"Great info and very accurate"
as a physician I fully agree with this book. The authors layout the economic and practical reasons for freedom in healthcare.
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