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By taking the initiative to improve your health, you can prevent disease before it is too late. Throughout the country and around the world, people are dying needlessly every day. Poor health resulting from poor decisions is behind this epidemic, but there’s hope: most of these early deaths could be prevented, and the solution starts with you. Written by Professor of Patholo By taking the initiative to improve your health, you can prevent disease before it is too late. Throughout the country and around the world, people are dying needlessly every day. Poor health resulting from poor decisions is behind this epidemic, but there’s hope: most of these early deaths could be prevented, and the solution starts with you. Written by Professor of Pathology Dr. Tim Loy, Unintentional Suicide dissects the most prevalent causes of death in our society—the diseases most likely to touch the lives of you or your loved ones in the future, if they haven’t already affected you in the past. The book is written from the prospective of a pathologist with the mindset that if people could see what I have seen, they might be motivated to change. Graphic disease images are included to illustrate the devastation that could be avoided. This work opens by taking an in-depth look at these top killers—heart disease, stroke, cancer, COPD, diabetes, cirrhosis, and accidents—with information on causes, symptoms, who is most at risk, solutions for prevention, and statistics that will prove just how effective lifestyle choices can be in fighting back. Loy dedicates the remaining chapters to strategies—including exercise plans and practical diet solutions—that will help you live a healthier life starting now. Through simple lifestyle changes, tremendous health benefits are possible. By deconstructing the science behind illness and providing a wellness routine that is easy to maintain, Unintentional Suicide gives you the tools you need to attain a healthier, happier body. This is a book about lifestyle and disease. The diseases which kill most people are discussed along with simple ways to help prevent them. Lifestyle choices are also discussed with associated health consequences. The information in this book could prevent millions of premature deaths and save billions of dollars.


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By taking the initiative to improve your health, you can prevent disease before it is too late. Throughout the country and around the world, people are dying needlessly every day. Poor health resulting from poor decisions is behind this epidemic, but there’s hope: most of these early deaths could be prevented, and the solution starts with you. Written by Professor of Patholo By taking the initiative to improve your health, you can prevent disease before it is too late. Throughout the country and around the world, people are dying needlessly every day. Poor health resulting from poor decisions is behind this epidemic, but there’s hope: most of these early deaths could be prevented, and the solution starts with you. Written by Professor of Pathology Dr. Tim Loy, Unintentional Suicide dissects the most prevalent causes of death in our society—the diseases most likely to touch the lives of you or your loved ones in the future, if they haven’t already affected you in the past. The book is written from the prospective of a pathologist with the mindset that if people could see what I have seen, they might be motivated to change. Graphic disease images are included to illustrate the devastation that could be avoided. This work opens by taking an in-depth look at these top killers—heart disease, stroke, cancer, COPD, diabetes, cirrhosis, and accidents—with information on causes, symptoms, who is most at risk, solutions for prevention, and statistics that will prove just how effective lifestyle choices can be in fighting back. Loy dedicates the remaining chapters to strategies—including exercise plans and practical diet solutions—that will help you live a healthier life starting now. Through simple lifestyle changes, tremendous health benefits are possible. By deconstructing the science behind illness and providing a wellness routine that is easy to maintain, Unintentional Suicide gives you the tools you need to attain a healthier, happier body. This is a book about lifestyle and disease. The diseases which kill most people are discussed along with simple ways to help prevent them. Lifestyle choices are also discussed with associated health consequences. The information in this book could prevent millions of premature deaths and save billions of dollars.

56 review for Unintentional Suicide: A Doctor's Guide to Preventing Disease

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. If there were ever a book that would make a person want to lead a healthier lifestyle, this one is it. I am basing that statement on the fact that this book contains many powerfully graphic images of medical conditions. The cover of the book clearly warns that the book contains graphic images, but some were difficult to look at as a non medical professional. The book addresses the major preventable causes of premature death including heart disease, dia I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. If there were ever a book that would make a person want to lead a healthier lifestyle, this one is it. I am basing that statement on the fact that this book contains many powerfully graphic images of medical conditions. The cover of the book clearly warns that the book contains graphic images, but some were difficult to look at as a non medical professional. The book addresses the major preventable causes of premature death including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, accidents, STDs, and drug use. The text is informative, well researched, and clearly referenced. The final part of the book is prevention. It was a little underwhelming because it was basically a short primer on exercise and diet. However, when each condition is discussed in the first and second parts of the book, Dr. Loy does a good job of outlining risk factors and recommendations for prevention.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristoffer

    WHAT I VIEWED AS PROBLEMATIC WITH THIS BOOK When I first read the description of this book, I saw mention that it included some graphic images, but I didn't realize quite how many images were included. I've looked through medical dictionaries and textbooks and figured I'd see images about as often as I'd see them in those things. Unfortunately, there seem to be more pages dedicated to pictures than text. Although those images can help motivate some people to read what the book says about the asso WHAT I VIEWED AS PROBLEMATIC WITH THIS BOOK When I first read the description of this book, I saw mention that it included some graphic images, but I didn't realize quite how many images were included. I've looked through medical dictionaries and textbooks and figured I'd see images about as often as I'd see them in those things. Unfortunately, there seem to be more pages dedicated to pictures than text. Although those images can help motivate some people to read what the book says about the associated disorders so as to change their lifestyles and help prevent the diseases from happening to them, the quantity of pictures is overwhelming and made me not want to open the book to even flip through. I have a solid stomach and have watched surgeries before, but it was necessary to have visuals in those cases, while this book could easily have used alternative methods of illustrating what these diseases look like. It could have used drawings, the same images but with photoshopped effects to make them not look quite so repelling, or even just a good command of the English language to describe the diseases well enough that they are easy to picture in the mind. I feel that many people who would want to read this book might just want to focus on specific sections because of specific diseases they fear while not wanting to hear about or see the other diseases. Because of the constant use of graphic images, this book is probably not what those sort of readers would want. GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK What I infer are the intentions for the book are admirable. Also, the book is full of important information that is presented in a nice format that goes from topic to topic for each disease in a clear, straightforward manner. Also, although I do not like so many pictures, they all have distinct captions. It is clear that the author is a medical scholar first and so writes in a way that is suited more toward medical journals than the general public. Unfortunately, I feel that this makes his writing unappealing to his intended audience. If his intended audience was actually medical scholars, I believe that there are far more detailed and informative books about diseases out there for them but that the general public would not understand. WHY I DIDN'T GIVE A STAR RATING AND WHO MAY ENJOY THIS BOOK I don't feel that I could give a reliable rating on the star scale for this book and am not sure if that star scale really applies. Based on the content, I don't know who this book would really appeal to any specific group of people. Perhaps people who love looking at grotesque pictures of diseases would appreciate this book, along with hypochondriacs who want to intensify their fears of diseases that they may have but do not really have. IN THE END I think that Tim Loy has a lot of potential but needs to better identify his audience and adjust the presentation of his writing for that specific audience. It seemed like he didn't know who he was writing to, but if he got a clear idea of that and looked into how he could better target that audience, he could write something really great that would reach a good number of people. I hope my review isn't too hard on his book. I really hope he reads these reviews and can make good use of them as feedback for future writing. By the way, I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. I am glad I won it. It is a valuable resource of information. It is just one that I don't want to look through unless I am really want to know about a particular disease. EDIT I forgot to mention, the title isn't entirely clear on what it means by a doctor's guide. It can be either interpreted as meaning a guide for doctors or a guide written by a doctor. Seeing as it was written by a doctor, I assumed the latter interpretation is correct. I am not a doctor, so if I was wrong and it is a book for doctors, my review should be viewed as invalid.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very informative on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle and how to avoid disease. There is a warning on the cover and rightly so. The images are extremely graphic in some cases, but I believe that it is intentional in order to discuss the severity of the situations and bring attention to the reality of the diseases we can avoid. My only complaint is that the images are so large there tends to be a lot of empty space on some pages. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very informative on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle and how to avoid disease. There is a warning on the cover and rightly so. The images are extremely graphic in some cases, but I believe that it is intentional in order to discuss the severity of the situations and bring attention to the reality of the diseases we can avoid. My only complaint is that the images are so large there tends to be a lot of empty space on some pages. Other than that, this book was great and I enjoyed educating myself on these various topics as well as knowing how I can keep my body healthy in a time where we all need to stay as healthy as possible.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I won a copy of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I'd rate this book as a 3.5 stars. There is a warning on the cover of the book that there are graphic pictures inside. I am not one to be overly squeamish, but I have to say that some of these pictures were very startling, and mostly because they were photos of reality. For me, the pictures were the best part of the book. The pictures were all clear and it was interesting to see the normal and diseased tissue of organs basically side by side. At I won a copy of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I'd rate this book as a 3.5 stars. There is a warning on the cover of the book that there are graphic pictures inside. I am not one to be overly squeamish, but I have to say that some of these pictures were very startling, and mostly because they were photos of reality. For me, the pictures were the best part of the book. The pictures were all clear and it was interesting to see the normal and diseased tissue of organs basically side by side. At the end of each section, there were lists of recommendations for reducing your risk for that particular disease. There were a lot of repeated recommendations, such as don't smoke, eat a plant based diet, and maintaining healthy weight. As a group, these were really things that one likely knows would improve their health in general, but may or may not follow these guidelines.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Cobb Sabatini

    I won Unintentional Suicide, by Tim Loy, MD, from Goodreads. This is a beautiful book full of disturbing and important photographs and renderings. A guide to preventing disease, Unintentional Suicide is a wake-up call to all of us. It is chockfull of science-based advice regarding lifestyles (eating, exercising, thinking) that promote or inhibit health and happiness. This book contains solid science, solid advice, and absolutely no nonsense or wishful thinking. The author is a medical doctor and I won Unintentional Suicide, by Tim Loy, MD, from Goodreads. This is a beautiful book full of disturbing and important photographs and renderings. A guide to preventing disease, Unintentional Suicide is a wake-up call to all of us. It is chockfull of science-based advice regarding lifestyles (eating, exercising, thinking) that promote or inhibit health and happiness. This book contains solid science, solid advice, and absolutely no nonsense or wishful thinking. The author is a medical doctor and is not trying to sell the reader any bill of goods or services. What he is trying to sell readers is a lifestyle that promotes health, happiness, and vigorous longevity. It is an easy and enlightening read, and I highly recommend it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    i won this book "unintentional suicide" by Tim Loy,MD.free on goodreads first reads and i at first was not sure what i had received.I am so glad i won this book cause of the different pictures and information on different diseases and what we can do to change them.This book also gives information on healthy habits and exercises we can do to better ourselves.I find that this book gives me the tools to face what i need change behaviors weather good or bad to prevent diseases. I recommend this book i won this book "unintentional suicide" by Tim Loy,MD.free on goodreads first reads and i at first was not sure what i had received.I am so glad i won this book cause of the different pictures and information on different diseases and what we can do to change them.This book also gives information on healthy habits and exercises we can do to better ourselves.I find that this book gives me the tools to face what i need change behaviors weather good or bad to prevent diseases. I recommend this book to medical professionals and to anyone who wants to change their lives.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Very detailed and lots of pictures that could be considered graphic. I am so glad I read this book, I actually won this book through the goodreads contests. There are alot of things that I don't think of that could happen to me and anyone else out there. This book just helps remind me of what can happen to our bodies when we neglect seeing a doctor or drink and smoke or do drugs. I definitely think everyone should read this. Very detailed and lots of pictures that could be considered graphic. I am so glad I read this book, I actually won this book through the goodreads contests. There are alot of things that I don't think of that could happen to me and anyone else out there. This book just helps remind me of what can happen to our bodies when we neglect seeing a doctor or drink and smoke or do drugs. I definitely think everyone should read this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jill Miller

    If you're a smoker, the photos in this book may be QUITE effective in helping you quit!! While I wonder why these people let their health problems get to such an advanced state, I honestly have to say that looking at these photos and reading this book was much like a train wreck -- even though it was often painful to look at, I could not tear myself away from it. (I won this in a Goodreads giveaway) If you're a smoker, the photos in this book may be QUITE effective in helping you quit!! While I wonder why these people let their health problems get to such an advanced state, I honestly have to say that looking at these photos and reading this book was much like a train wreck -- even though it was often painful to look at, I could not tear myself away from it. (I won this in a Goodreads giveaway)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cortney Jensen Black

    I received this book in a giveaway. Being a nurse I am always interested to look into medical related books. This one I felt was very informative. Although I knew a lot of the things talked about I feel that it is easy to understand for people that do not have a medical background. The pictures were awesome and I believe they could motivate people to make a change in their lifestyles. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in becoming a healthier human being.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    I won this book in a giveaway. I really liked this book. I am a medical student and so I was familiar with the leases processes talked about in the book,, but I thought that the author did a good job of explaining complicated things in an easy to understand way. The pictures in the book do a good job of illustrating just how dangerous some life choices are. I really enjoyed reading the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cody Scott

    I received this book through the Giveaway program and loved it. A fascinating, easy-to-read, eye opening book with a slightly misleading title (A Doctor's Guide). As a patient, this book was extremely interesting exposing me to a variety of diseases many people, I expect, are not aware of. I recommend this book to anyone seeking an easy and fascinating health book I received this book through the Giveaway program and loved it. A fascinating, easy-to-read, eye opening book with a slightly misleading title (A Doctor's Guide). As a patient, this book was extremely interesting exposing me to a variety of diseases many people, I expect, are not aware of. I recommend this book to anyone seeking an easy and fascinating health book

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura Luzzi

    This is not a book for wimps. The photos are very graphic and show you disease right up front. As difficult it was to look at all the photos, there is no denying that they make you re-think your health habits. The book was very informative and included good solid advice for preventive health measures in diet and exercise.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bookerina Lovington

    I liked this book! It was both informative and interesting, with a lot of helpful advice included in it. After reading this, you really start to think about how you're living your day-to-day life. I'd recommend it. I liked this book! It was both informative and interesting, with a lot of helpful advice included in it. After reading this, you really start to think about how you're living your day-to-day life. I'd recommend it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sharron

    what great information

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