Short post today because I have a bunch of other things I need to get done but everyone PLEASE GO PICK UP THIS BOOK. It is available in hardcopy, digitally, or via Audible (and the audiobook is excellently narrated).
This book brings together a lot things I’ve seen other places in a cohesive, intelligent, empowering (and terrifying) way. It’s a book everyone needs to read. Women – we need this to understand and improve the sub-standard care we’re routinely receiving. Men – you need this to advocate for the women in your lives when they are ill or injured and can’t speak up for themselves.
Basically, the book explains:
- How women present differently during life-threatening conditions like stroke and heart attack
- How women respond differently to medication
- Why women don’t get the care they need via the healthcare system
- Why so many women are diagnosed with “anxiety” and similar conditions instead of heart disease and the other true causes of their symptoms
- Why it takes literal years for women to get diagnosed with common conditions
- How and why the medical system is rarely equipped to effectively help women even when it can figure out root causes
- How to advocate for the best possible care
This comes recc’d by some of the functional medicine leaders whose opinions I highly respect and, as noted, echoes concerns and facts I’ve seen raised by other highly-trained and experienced professionals. I have to say that someone close to me experienced frustratingly elusive heart trouble years ago and listening to this book makes me furious that I didn’t have this information and couldn’t help her advocate for the care she should have gotten at the time.
Finally, on the more amusing end of things, one of the topics that has come up is that researchers often exclude women from research trials because dealing with standard hormonal fluctuations and the myriad of effects they have on absolutely every aspect of women’s lives and functioning is expensive and a pain.
Me, to researchers: