Pros: makes many good points; weight loss and health advice; you should become healthier and slimmer
Cons: repetitive; promotional; some things questionable
I had never heard of Kevin Trudeau until a friend loaned me his latest, bestselling book, Natural Cures They Dont Want You To Know About. I rarely watch TV or silly infomercials (dont even have cable anymore). Trudeau has for quite a few years amassed his fortune by selling different products to sell with infomercials:
"Hair Farming," "Mega Memory System," "An Addiction Breaking System," "Action Reading System," "Eden's Secret," and "The Mega Reading System".
He has been imprisoned twice, it seems, for credit card fraud and, as he puts it in his book, because he was set up by the Federal Trade Commission, I believe. The bad guys in his book include the FTC, the FDA (the Food and Drug Association), the pharmaceutical companies and what he calls casually the food industry. It would seem he means those people feeding us inferior food. Trudeau believes that conventional, medical doctors are great in an emergency, but that their weapons of choice against health problems, those being drugs and scalpels, have been ineffective and dangerous for our chronic health problems .
Since prescription and nonprescription drugs are the United States fourth leading killer today, he does have a good point. He believes that medical doctors treat symptoms by covering them up or telling patients its in their heads rather getting to the root of the health problem. That is Eastern medicine wisdom, looking at the body as a whole entity and not just parts, and much older than the specialized Western way of doing things.
It takes quite a few pages in Natural Cures They Dont Want You To Know About to learn what these natural cures are that are being withheld from us in the United States. First Trudeau warns us to read his 569-page book (excluding testimonials in the back and another sales pitch) from beginning to end without skipping around. He wants to make certain that we understand how his natural cures are indeed natural cures for all diseases that are not at the point of no return.
He also wants to drive home a few of his key points before we encounter his chapter holding the natural cures. One is that he does not sell a health product and cannot give specific recommendations himself as in product names, but he can give general recommendations and send us to his website (natural cures.com) so that as a member of his website you may request specific recommendations from licensed healthcare practitioners. He mentions the medical clinic in Reno, Nevada he goes to.
Many people criticize this as if its a scam. I havent become a member for $5.95 a month and cant judge this, but I do believe it is good sense from a legal standpoint. Trudeau is not a doctor. He is a consumer advocate who is steaming mad about health care in America and hes doing something about it. Hes done the research, flown all over the world to different doctors and met with corporate leaders. The books he recommends are a chapter themselves and Ive read six of them. Some are by medical doctors, others by natural medicine doctors and people like himself. There is no bibliography for, he claims, it would run hundreds of pages, but those books give an excellent idea of what he reads and how he came up with his opinions.
Speaking of opinions, he frequently notes that Natural Cures is full of his opinions and they are according to the information available now just like medical facts are also opinions based on what they know now. Very often drugs approved by the FDA are withdrawn after many deaths occur and nutritional advice from the FDA and doctors change over the years as they gather more research.
Trudeaus book will usually be loved or hated, depending on your expectations and probably on how well you like him and distrust government. Im kind of on the fence. Hes very repetitive, but he did warn about that, and that frustrated me for I am likely one of the few people who read it straight through. I did find it interesting when he explained why people are fat and think I could do a better job. One reason they are fat is that they eat too much, he says, but I would say it is what they choose to eat and sometimes its not much.
Finally he explains the four reasons why we get sick. We are full of toxins accumulated through the years from our diets, our lifestyle and our environment; we have nutritional deficiencies; we suffer electromagnetic chaos (from cellphones, computers, power lines, microwaves and such); and stress.
He believes that disease can only develop when our bodies have more acid than alkaline pH and I go along with that. Our bodies are able to work properly and heal themselves when we give them a chance to do so unless, of course, its just too late and the cancer has spread everywhere or our arteries are almost fully clogged. Trudeau helps us to understand how we can balance our pH so its more alkaline, which means addressing the reasons why we get sick.
On the back of the book, he promises to help us to lose weight easily and keep it off. I think you will if you take just half of his advice. There are pages of things you can do naturally and it isnt about pills. It isnt just a simple miracle cure many people expect, but its a rejuvenating, cleansing, lifestyle change.
If you suffer from health problems like herpes, acid reflux, diabetes, varicose veins, depression, cancer, AIDS, heart disease, A.D.D, MS and allergies, Trudeau discusses them all and how they develop. He believes that prescription and nonprescription drugs taken alone exacerbate our health problems in the long run and I must agree. The FDA believe that only drugs prevent and cure disease, calling every health problem, even obesity and acid reflux, a disease, and thats not right. A friend of mine has had heartburn for many years and when I suggested that a doctor should check it out, she drastically reduced how much Coke she drinks every day and no longer has heartburn. Another friend had a hormone replacement patch for about eight years and was experiencing serious side effects, including weight gain, that all disappeared when she removed it and used natural progesterone cream.
Trudeau ends Natural Cures with three appendixes that are not recipes, meal plans or the like. They involve his weight loss tips and research into various things from some of his newsletters, a true FDA horror story from the 70s and 80s that was eye-opening, and website addresses to many different places for more information.
This 2004 book has been updated with comments about what happy buyers are emailing to him and a revised chapter the FDA didnt like. There are fifteen titled chapters that build upon each other so its best to read the book as written. It is written to the average person for educational purposes only, Trudeau often reiterates, and not for a medical person who needs graphs, statistics and clinical studies. You should work with a licensed doctor who doesnt use drugs and surgery if you want to become healthier.
I havent told you all of his main points so you will have that to look forward to in his book, as well as his advice. My concerns about Natural Cures are that he often sounds like a broken record and his book couldve been less swollen to make it less irritating; he begged us over and over to support him by becoming a member at his website; and Im also wary of his Scientology and quantum physics leanings and that he dismisses the role of our genes. Ive read some of the criticism about his book and think his book makes the government and medical doctors mad because it makes them look very bad. It makes other people mad because they think they need a specific product name only found with licensed doctors he recommends on his website for members. Give me a break!
I also think you will become healthier and slimmer if you follow Kevin Trudeaus advice and will learn a lot about how to treat yourself right. Thats no small matter in this sickly society, so it gets three stars.
My review of The pH Miracle that Trudeau recommends:
He also recommends John Robbin's Diet For A New America and Food Revolution; Gary Null's Power Aging, a doctor's Okinawa Diet and Dr. Batman's Our Many Cries For Water, which I've reviewed highly, but it's past my bedtime and I will add links later.