Heart Frauds: Uncovering the Biggest Health Scam in History|
by Charles T. McGee (Author)
Obstetrician-gynecologist McGee has been in general practice in Ecuador and
China as well as the U.S., and his overseas experience included epidemiology and
health statistics in rural areas where people live on simple foods. The title of
his book arises from his insistence that more than 80 percent of angiograms and
heart bypass surgeries are unnecessary. He also argues that cholesterol isn't as
major a factor in provoking heart attacks as it is made out to be, and that
advertising and greed are among the main forces driving many drug companies and
much of medical practice to say that it is. This isn't the ivory-tower spouting
of a fanatic, for, whatever one may think of his satire and sarcasm, some of
which is very clever, McGee knows the medical literature and thoroughly
documents his points from the contents of reputable journals. He blasts some
fresh air through modern medicine and blows away some of its profitable sacred
Did you know that...
*The angiogram used for recommending procedures on the heart is highly
inaccurate and that most angiograms are not necessary.
*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 may 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 don't work.
*Obstructions in coronary arteries can open up with diet and lifestyle changes
alone, but because of financial incentives doctors prefer sending patients into
*Conventional treatment for heart disease often does not work but safe,
inexpensive methods are available that do work.
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 aren't given
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!
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Piccadilly Books (April 2001)