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Jeremy Howick
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Combining his academic credentials, personal experience with healing and a fluid ability to communicate Dr. Howick inspires people to achieve better mind/body health.
Combining his academic credentials, personal experience with healing and a fluid ability to communicate Dr. Howick inspires people to achieve better mind/body health.

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Thanks @DartmouthMag @DartmouthAlumniMagazine @dartmouthalumnimag for covering #DoctorYou
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Looking forward to my interview in a few hours with @TheDrPatShow
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#DoctorYou #TooMuchMedicine @Transformnet
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90% of #surgery #patients who had education about pain did not take hydrocodone; all the patients who did NOT get the education took the #drugs.

#Communication heals @oxemcare

Thanks for sharing this @djsammy8 let's implement it!

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Like red wine or chocolate, medicine is good when you need it, and bad when we take too much. Paperback version of #DoctorYou comes out in 7 days https://buff.ly/2Kf2DJS

Foreword to Paperback edition of Doctor You

In the short time since being published, the situation described in Doctor You has become critical. Unnecessary medicine is killing us. 1

The so-called ‘antibiotics apocalypse’ is responsible for over 700,000 deaths each year due to resistant superbugs. If we don’t act now to stop taking unneeded antibiotics, 3 this number will rise to 10 million by 2050. 4 This is frightening, but is just the tip of the iceberg that is described in this book.

Each day 90 Americans die of painkiller—often prescription painkiller—overdose. 5 Days after publication of my book this was declared a national emergency 6 and the President’s Executive Office estimated that this crisis costs $504 billion per year. 7 The problem is global: prescription painkillers causing over 10,000 deaths in the UK, over 3000 in Canada, 8 and similar numbers in European countries last year. 9

In spite of this harm, 80% of research funding goes to finding more drugs while just a fraction goes towards preventing disease. 10

It gets worse… The same bad medicine that bankrupts individuals and undercuts national health services generates even higher profit margins for drug companies than banks. 13 Government’s allow this to happen by turning a blind eye to regulation or not enforcing the regulations they have. 14 Drugs are approved based on shoddy evidence. Even basic data about the harms caused by statins are kept secret, 11 and over half of new cancer drugs are approved without sufficient evidence to show that they extend or improve life. 12 Academic researchers who are supposed to be independent of financial conflicts are all to often tied to it. 15 Big pharma, together with government and academic colluders, has become an out of control monster.
All this expense and harm might be justified if there was a clear benefit. But for almost the first time since World War II, life expectancy is going down in the US, 16 and stopped going up in the UK, 17 while depression in soaring in all developed nations. 18

Meanwhile, more and more studies show that placebos can be as powerful as surgery and drugs—without the side effects. In the last few months, clinical trials showed that fake surgery is as good as real surgery for treating shoulder pain, 19 chest pain, 20 and bicep tendon damage. 21 Doctors who take the time to interact with diabetic patients can reduce blood sugar levels by as much as drugs. 22, 23 We can often do simple things to boost our health—things like reaching out to a friend (loneliness increases the symptoms of depression21), or doing a bit of exercise. 24 Much of this was previously ‘alternative medicine’ but now my book shows that it should be recognized as evidence-based medicine.

The other surprising thing that has happened since the book was published is that major senior academics around the world have endorsed this book’s controversial claim. For the first time we have hard scientific evidence to show that the body’s natural healing powers can be channeled a way that makes them more effective than industrially manufactured drugs and surgery. I’ve been invited to join an All Party Parliamentary Group in the United Kingdom to look for ways to promote ‘lifestyle medicine’, in the United States the Mayo Clinic has started giving daily ‘take care of yourself’ advice, while Dr. Wayne Jonas (a senior US military physician) is promoting mind-body self-healing on a large scale. The Doctor You method is becoming mainstream, which is bad news for the pharmaceutical industry and good news for the rest of us.

Finally, I continue to take my own medicine. I am living proof that the solutions to these problems can be found right here in the book. Some doctors said that surgery was the best solution to the cartilage damage in my knee. I refused, choosing physiotherapy instead and was able to complete a marathon. Readers from all over the globe are sharing my experience. They are putting down their pills to pick up the book to learn when they need treatment, and when they can relax to let the body do its thing.






Works Cited
1. Makary MA, Daniel M. Medical error-the third leading cause of death in the US. Bmj 2016; 353: i2139.
2. Keith T. Health Care Costs New Threat To U.S. Military. National Security: National Public Radio; 2011.
3. O'Neill J. Tackling drug-resistant infections globally: final reports and recommendations. London: Wellcome Trust, HM Government, 2016.
4. Wellcome Trust. A global call for action on drug-resistant infections. 2017. https://buff.ly/2IDE9g2 (accessed 9 December 2017).
5. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Opioid Overdose Crisis. Betheseda: National Institute on Drug Abuse; 2017.
6. HIrschfield-Davis J. Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a ‘Health Emergency’ but Requests No Funds. New York Times. 201…
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'Replace screen time with people time', advises director of longest ever cohort study @robertwaldinger: https://buff.ly/2JUfq57 #socialnetworks #health #happiness @Mental_Elf
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Positive mood on the day of #influenza vaccination predicts #vaccine effectiveness according to study by @kierantayling https://buff.ly/2vmAk9D
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Read about how Archie Cochrane (the only doctor in a POW camp during WWII) inspired my research on #empathy in this @HuffPostUK blog https://buff.ly/2JmAcZT
@iainchalmersTTi @AndreaEvers @crblease @NIH_NCCIH @oxemcare
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@AmyPricePhD and I are running a workshop about the science of self-healing at @StanfordMedX. A few places left, register here if interested:
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