I looked at the book again. It's copyright 2004, and declares on the cover that it's the "Update" Edition, but doesn't specify an edition number.
He does indeed say that he had a heart attack at 21, but that he felt fine afterward and didn't see a doctor until the following week. After days of advanced tests, he was diagnosed with severe mitral valve prolapse and that his life expectancy was short. The treatment was experimental drugs or risky surgery. He didn't like that so he then went to visit Dr. Yiwen Tang of the Sierra Integrative Medical Center and Dr. Tang used a Dermatron
to diagnose him with MVP and the doctor told him that there was a cure: live cell injection
, which was illegal in the US. He says that the treatment was "inexpensive, all-natural, painless, quick, and it worked!" He also says that after the treatment was completed, he was retested by the medical doctors and he no longer had the condition.
I tried to get further into the book, but there just isn't enough alcohol in the world, so I started skimming for areas where he may have crossed a line.
Chapter 6 "How to Never Get Sick Again?" was interesting right around page 128, where he starts a numbered list which is both funny and troubling. I'll go with the troubling stuff first: he tells you to stop taking nonprescription and prescription drugs because they're poison (there is a throw-away line about consulting your physician); to get various cleanses which includes colon, heavy metal, parasite, candida, fat/lymphatic; to stop drinking pasteurized milk (you know, the process that kills off bad bacteria); to not use sunblock; to take coral calcium ("The Federal Trade Commission forbids me to say anything about coral calcium. For the truth, go to [my website]." It's basically a fake cancer cure and because it's made from ground up dead coral reefs it can be poisonous because of harmful things that those reefs have absorbed.); to do dianetics/scientology.
The funnier stuff: to get a "bioenergetic synchronization technique practioner" (which as best I can tell, is someone who feels you up while telling you to think happy thoughts); to use a trampoline; to not eat anything produced or sold by a brand name; to get the metal out of your dental work; don't eat anything that's been nuked; don't put anything you can't eat on your skin; don't take vitamins; don't use deodorants or antiperspirants; make your own beer and wine; get a magnetic mattress pad, finger and toe rings; wear white; and don't watch the news or read the paper.
Mind you, those are just a few of 132 specific instructions, which also include logical things like "stop smoking."
My favorite chapter, by far, is "Natural" Cures for Specific Diseases
. After a few pages of complaining, and then ordering you to go back and not only read but also do everything in chapter 6 or else none of the following will work, he starts a handy table on page 345 where he proceeds to outline the natural cures - his words - to Acid Reflux, Heartburn, Gas, Bloating, Acne, ADD/ADHD, Allergies, Anxiety, Stress, Arthritis, Asthma, Autism, Back Pain, Bad Breath, Bladder Infections, Blood Clots, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue System, Circulation Problems, Cold hands and feet, Cold Sores, Herpes, Colds, Constipation, Cough, Dandruff, Depression, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Fibromyalgia, Flu, Gallbladder Problems, Gout, Heart Disease, Hepatitis C, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Inflammation, Pain, Insomnia, Kidney Stones, Liver Problems, Lupus, Male Erectile Dysfunction, Migraines, MS, Obesity, Phobias, PMS, Snoring, Sore Throat, Tumors, Varicose Veins.
Most of the "cures" consist of dianetics, a bunch of the cleanses, digestive enzymes, stress reducing techniques, certain vitamin supplements or herbal supplements, etc. It's mostly the same crap in Chapter 6, with a few other things thrown in to make it interesting.
To his credit, under cancer he tells you to see a doctor, but then he tells you to do everything in chapter 6. He also says that he has a list of clinics in the back of the book that specialize in cancer. I assume he means appendix C: How to Find a Health-care Practitioner Who Doesn't Use Drugs and Surgery
. Under cancer, it recommends only Century Wellness - a clinic IIRC that scams cancer patients with the promise of a cure. I believe some of the people involved were barred from practicing homeopathic treatments by an appropriate authority.
Under depression, it recommends cutting out your meds, going on St. Johns Wort, going for an hour walk a day outside, and the sun. Anyone can tell you that cutting out medications can be disastrous. St. Johns Wort is not a substitute for Prozac or Paxil, despite being the foundation for it. Sure, it can handle mild depression, but it will never be a match for anything more serious. It also has side-effects which include photo-sensitivity. Whenever I take that shit, it literally hurts my eyes and when I step outside it's like I stepped into a toaster oven. Needless to say, I don't take it often.
Also under several areas, it says that the FTC forbids him to mention the product name but then gives you clues as to what he's talking about. One was for a "pure natural Vitamin E", "a combination of herbs researched at the University of Calgary for over twenty years called by the Asian Diabetic Association the final cure for diabetes," and something sold by Darrell Stoddard that he claims is good for pain/inflammation.
There is also an Appendix B titled No-Hunger Bread: A True FDA Horror Story
. It's 100 pages long - over 17% of the book. Appendix A Free Bonus Material: Newsletter Articles
is 83 pages, over 14% of the book. I always thought that books shouldn't be 1/3 appendix, but maybe Alliance Publishing Group has different standards. Actually, they have to because they published a shout-out for writers in the back of the book. The "What People Are Saying About This Book" in the back is nine pages and is in 14 point font.
It should also be pointed out that Trudeau says that he didn't have the book edited or written by a professional and is therefore written in a language that people can understand. I think he didn't have an editor because any decent editor would have eliminated a lot of the repetitive rants, leaving the book much slimmer than Trudeau would have liked.
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