The Other Side of Impossible: Ordinary People Who Faced Daunting Medical Challenges and Refused to Give Up

By | March 1, 2018
The Other Side of Impossible: Ordinary People Who Faced Daunting Medical Challenges and Refused to Give Up Author Susannah Meadows
ISBN-10 081299647X
ISBN-13 9780812996470
Year 2017-05-02
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Random House
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Youre faced with a difficult health condition You have exhausted medicines answers What do you do Susannah Meadows tells the real life stories of seven families who persisted when traditional medicine alone wasnt enough Their adventures take us to the outer frontiers of medical science and cutting edge complementary therapies as Meadows explores research into the minds potential to heal the body the possible role food may play in reversing disease the power of agency perseverance and hopeand more When journalist Susannah Meadows noticed her three year old son Shepherd shying away from soccer practice she had no idea it was the first sign of juvenile idiopathic arthritis The diagnosis was the first step of a long journey physically painful for Shepherd and emotionally wrenching for Susannah and her family But they pressed on and using a combination of traditional and complementary medicine they beat the disease and the odds Meadows chronicles her own story and takes you into the lives of other remarkable people exploring their heartbreaks and triumphs One boy who has severe food allergies undergoes an unconventional therapy and is soon eating everything An organic farmer in Washington State tries to solve the puzzle of her daughters epileptic seizures A physician with MS creates her own combination of treatments and goes from a wheelchair to riding a bike again A child diagnosed with ADHD refuses to take medication and instead improves his life and the life of his family after changing his diet Other families take on rheumatoid arthritis and autistic behaviors Meadows includes new information about traditional and nontraditional medicine and the latest science on how the health of our gut bacteria is connected to wellnessand how the right foods play a key role in helping this microscopic population thrive She also talks with scientists who study the traits and circumstances that may make some people keep going when others feel helpless These researchers are illuminating the psychology of healinghow the mind and asserting control over your body and health can play a part in recovery Fascinating moving and profoundly inspiring The Other Side of Impossible gives us people driven by love desperation and astonishing resolvea community of the defiant who share an extraordinary talent for hope and for fighting the battle for healing in todays world and tomorrows Advance praise for The Other Side of ImpossibleIn this affecting and illuminating book Susannah Meadows emerges as the kind of sound sensible and invaluable friend you want by your side when medical disaster strikes She brings a strong grasp of science a writerly sensibility and a good heart to the difficult subject of the present and future of healthcare If you love someone read The Other Side of Impossible Jon Meacham I laughed out loud more than once choked up more than twice and generally marveled at the lovely humanity and sharp mind at work This extremely useful guide to never giving up is journalism at its most responsible intelligent and compassionate Kelly Corrigan The Other Side of Impossible is an amazing bookinsightful compassionate and quite possibly life changing Curtis Sittenfeld

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