DID YOU KNOW THAT...
most angiograms are not
necessary, and a highly accurate form of the test was developed before
1977, but most doctors donít know it exists.
There is no evidence that
coronary bypass surgery or balloon angioplasties extend life, yet over
600,000 of these procedures are being done each year.
Blood cholesterol levels are
ineffective in determining heart attack risk and much more accurate
measurements exist but are seldom used.
Cholesterol-lowering drugs do
not extend life, but actually increase the overall death rate.
The primary focus in the
medical industry is to make a profit and, therefore, much of the advice
and treatment we receive is not in our best interest.
We pay an estimated $45
billion per year on preventive and treatment measures for heart disease
that donít work.
Obstructions in coronary
arteries can open up with diet and lifestyle changes alone, but because
of financial incentives doctors prefer sending patients into surgery.
Conventional treatment for
heart disease often does not work but safe, inexpensive methods are
available that do work.
There are steps you can take
right now which can significantly reduce your chance of suffering a
If your doctor recommends
getting an angiogram, coronary bypass surgery, balloon angioplasty, or
taking cholesterol-lowering drugs your best course of action may be to
run out the door. For most people these procedures/treatments are not
effective and are completely unnecessary. The most popular medical
procedures are the most profitable for the health care industry but are
often the least effective. Hundreds of thousands of people each year are
deceived in undergoing expensive medical treatments that do no good and
may even do a great deal of harm. Highly effective procedures that are
low-risk and inexpensive are ignored or even ridiculed. Recommending
expensive, high-risk procedures over the cheaper, more effective ones
amounts to nothing more than fraud. If you had the choice of going
through a risky $20,000 surgical procedure or simply taking a daily
vitamin supplement which one would you choose? Most patients arenít
given the choice.
These facts, and more, led
Charles T. McGee, M.D. to write this hard hitting, expose of the health
care system. In it you will learn which procedures and treatments to
avoid and which ones offer the most hope. If you are concerned about
heart disease, and everyone should be, you need to read this book.
Reviews for this Book:
Out Of The
Darkness Into The Light
Dorothy R. Brant
What a revelation Ė So glad to
have read this book. Such a shame that the medical elite have to keep
the American public in the dark on the more up to date science on why we
are so heart attack prone in this country. I am so glad Dr. McGee is not
afraid to tell the truth! People have to be more involved and take more
initiative in their health care and truly do some of their own research
and don't just take their doctor's word for it as most doctors just
parrot the party line or are too busy to find out the latest science on
the why's of bodily malfunctions in their patients.
Need more preventative options instead of just masking the real problems
with a pill or diet that really doesn't work. Treat the cause not the
symptoms. Thanks Dr. McGee for enlightening me on a very important
subject! Oh, and this book read like a murder mystery! After the first
two chapters, I was hooked and couldn't stop reading it.
Anthony M. Cox
I have been researching this
kind of information and working with it for many years .
My opinion is BUY THIS BOOK .
If you have any concerns about any illness related to the Heart for
yourself, or others , you will not find a more relevant book .
The Galileo of
Joel M. Kauffman
Daring, devastating, deadly
accurate, Dr. McGee has exposed all aspects of the cardiovascular
complex, from bad diet advice from the AHA and the NHLBI of NIH (Heart
Institute), to useless bypass surgery based on inferior angiograms. He
has supported the use of a number of supplements for treatment of
cardiovascular disease rather than toxic prescription drugs, and the use
of EDTA chelation therapy for atherosclerosis.
Easy to read, well-referenced, this is probably the best guide available
today. The first editorial review is quite accurate. Five star!
35years Old Should Read This Book
I graduated medical school
over 10 years ago, even then, Cardiothoracic surgeons and Cardiologists
have always been at the top of the hierarchy in hospitals. This is due
to both money and machismo. Several facts always troubled me; everything
from the patients who had heart attacks despite normal cholesterol, to
the inconsistent findings seen on angiogram, to the cognitive defects
seen following surgery.
Well, McGee's book cites multiple studies showing there is little
correlation between cholesterol and heart disease. Before reading the
book, I had only read the studies justifying the use of statin drugs. It
seemed strange to me that so much pathology was tied in to a molecule
which is needed by your body to make hormones and components of brain
McGee points out lack of inter and intra-rater reliability in reading
angiograms, which is used as the main study to determine what type of
treatment will follow, the most invasive being open heart surgery. Well,
it turns out that angioplasty and/or cardiac bypass don't prolong life.
Many cardiologists that I know have become wealthy using the following
algorhythm: use statins to lower cholesterol. This doesn't work to
decrease heart disease, so they probably won't lose them as patients.
After a heart attack or the onset of angina, do an angiogram. Well,
angiograms aren't reliable, so they can read into it whatever pathology
they want. Eventually, they'll do an angioplasty based on an unreliable
angiogram, this won't stop angina, so they'll throw in some stints.
Eventually, the cardiologist will have billed all the procedures he can.
Time to send them off to the heart surgeon. They'll get a 2-5 vessel
bypass costing 50-100k. By this time the patient is probably broke.
Despite all the worry, pain of getting procedures, and cost, the patient
will have the same lifespan as he would have had had he stayed away from
cardiologists (except perhaps in the acute phase of the heart attack).
What I tell my family members is stop smoking, eat a pound of fresh
vegetables a day, lean meats with lots of oily fish, exercise at least
30 minutes most days of the week, take Vitamin B-6 to lower homocysteine,
and when your doctor wants to measure your cholesterol, tell them "no
thanks". Short of an acute infarct, stay away from cardiologists,
especially the ones who describe themselves as "interventionalists",
since invariably this will lead to a series of gradually more invasive
America - Sit
Up And Take Note!
How many physicians have
researched diseases, nutrition and medical practices in cultures with no
cardiovascular problems or heart attacks? The author conducted extensive
research in Hainan Island (China) with an average life span of 87 and no
such "modern" problems.
The first half of the book exposes current
emergency room practice of giving (inaccurate) angiograms, recommending
(unnecessary) angioplasty or bypass surgery and "ballooning" our U.S.
Medical costs. Even though better, less expensive alternatives exist,
who will champion them? Certainly not established cardiologists and
heart surgeons who he humorously compares to "hold up" bandits of the
wild west with their masks. This may seem extreme, and he admits they
mean no harm but are creatures of "misinformation", and peoples
enfatuation with "technological solutions".
The second half of the book explores the history of our poor nutrition:
exorbitant sugar intake (soft drinks), processed and canned foods (white
breads), lack of fruits and vegetables, etc. The only saving grace has
been our intake of Vitamins which has had a positive influence. Studies
& footnotes are cited throughout (you can obtain at your medical
library) verifying claims made. The author casts AHA and AMA members who
may agree with him in an awkward position of being "captured" and unable
to speak out for fear of being ostracized. Often, they mean well but
have been nurtured in a "left brain" (detailed) specialty environment
and not trained to look at the big picture. This book is reminiscent of
the best seller, "Making of a Surgeon" by William Nolen by the fervor
and dedication of the author against all odds to reveal a "flawed
The point of the book is to expose Heart Frauds,
describe their history, and show better alternatives to angioplasty and
bypass surgery based on well-documented studies, unknown to most
physicians. There's plenty for all to learn, especially physicians.
Beware, as you may find this book may change your lifestyle (and
lifespan). You may swear off Krispy Kreme doughnuts, soft drinks,
processed and canned foods and even insist on alternatives to
angioplasty and bypass surgery should you find yourself in the cardiac
unit of your local hospital.
Recommended For Anyone Interested In Heart Disease!
Charles T McGee presents a
witty, often hilarious, and always to-the-point attack on the hugely
profitable industry that has grown around heart disease.
Mc Gee reviews the studies conducted to date on
open heart surgery - many would be shocked to know that they have all
failed to show any appreciable longevity benefit for those who undergo
surgery compared to those who don't.
McGee presents, with cutting wit, an example of
a typical sales-like pitch on the benefits of open heart surgery often
given to patients who have just had a heart attack. Patients are
typically told they will be unlikely to live to see the next morning
unless they undergo surgery right away. Studies examining the survival
rate of patients who successfully choose to eschew surgery and opt for
other means of addressing their illness reveal this pitiful sales pitch
for the nonsense it truly is. It appears the only thing truly in danger
if patients start refusing open heart operations is the ability of the
surgeon to keep up the lease payments on his new Mercedes.
McGee also presents a highly critical expose' of
the field of angiography. He reveals that the most effective form of
angiogram has been typically confined to use in research settings, while
the less effective version is the one commonly used in the clinical
setting to make the all-important decision on whether or not to operate.
McGee also takes a shot at the cholesterol
theory. He highlights how the theory has it's origins in flawed animal
experiments performed by Russian researchers at the beginning of the
twentieth century, and then goes on to highlight the many other studies
that have failed to show any benefit from cholesterol lowering.
McGee doesn't just attack the medical industry
and then run - he discusses low risk treatments like EDTA chelation
therapy that are typically ignored by drug-obsessed mainstream medicine.
Rebuttal Of Current Cardiovascular Treatment
Dr. McGee has written a very
informative book on the subject. Contrary to what the public is told;
cardiovascular disease has rapidly declined over the past decades. And,
the reduction in mortality is not due to improvement in medical
technology but simply a boost in the public's intake of vitamin
supplements including anti-oxidants such as vitamin A, C, and E.
Dr. McGee is not a conspiracy theorist, but a well-established doctor
who is more respectful of the scientific method than the medical
establishment. He supports every single statement with scientific
studies. At the end of the book, he discloses an excellent bibliography
with a summary of the major studies he refers to in order to advance his
He uncovers how the AMA has ignored such scientific studies to advance
the lucrative practice of bypass, angioplasty, and cholesterol lowering
drug prescriptions. All those practices have made a lot of money for the
medical establishment. But, they have not helped the public's health
The author indicates that the vast majority of bypass surgeries are
unnecessary. Angiograms are helplessly inaccurate. There is a more
accurate test (quantitative angioplasty) that is never used on patients
outside of research studies. Cholesterol-lowering drugs are ineffective.
Studies indicate they marginally reduce mortality rate due to
cardiovascular disease; but boost overall death rates due to much higher
In the author's mind, the whole focus on cholesterol is misguided.
Studies have not found a significant link between cholesterol and heart
disease. He states that one should focus instead on oxidation by
avoiding foods that contain oxidized fats (trans fats), taking
anti-oxidant vitamin supplements, eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
And, eating eggs is just fine. No study has shown any link between egg
consumption and heart disease.