A Thrilling & Informative Medical/Military Novel
We are proud to offer our monthly publication, Choosing Alternatives Newsletter, as well as to announce the upcoming release of a new medical thriller, Choosing Alternatives. The novel combines the action and intrigue of a terrorist plot with the excitement of ancient medical texts and that of a medical thriller. Follow along with Chief Medical Warrant Officer Michael McClure as he saves lives, treats illnesses and injuries, and helps guide an ancient healthcare text to the medical communities of the world.
Choosing Alternatives Is an Intense Medical Thriller
Choosing Alternatives is a new medical thriller. This book, a truly unique thriller, is a remarkable novel about a U.S. Coast Guard Medic, Chief Medical Warrant Officer Michael McClure. He strongly believes in alternative medical treatments, but whenever he tries to apply them, he finds himself facing the strong conservative resistance of the ship's Executive Officer, Commander Larry Little. Luckily, Captain Paulo Torres, the Commanding Officer of his Coast Guard Cutter, the Dulles, approves of the treatments.
The Dulles makes a goodwill voyage to Havana, Cuba. On that voyage, in a Caribbean hurricane, they rescue what remains of a boatload of American patients sneaking into Cuba to get treated by Cuba's new cancer vaccine. The Dulles then leaves Havana to assist and train with the Italian Coast Guard in mass refugee rescues. While in the Mediterranean Sea, they are the first military ship on the scene of a terrorist takeover of a passenger vessel. The vessel has been attacked by Muslim terrorists who want to get control of The Book of Ali, a newly-discovered ancient manuscript which reveals an entirely new approach to treating disease, including amazing natural health treatments.
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A Daring Move
While caring for the wounded from the sea battle, Chief McClure again faces strong resistance from his ship's Executive Officer for using alternative treatments. A large passenger ferry, in the Mediterranean, is seized by terrorists. Two of the passengers on that ferry, an Italian pharmacist and a Sufi who is a physician, know about the long secret Muslim manuscript of successful, ancient natural health treatments. Maria, the pharmacist and Ahmed the Sufi physician, are both traveling to Seville for the annual meeting of Global Diagnosing Pharmacists. They work together to bring the alternative health treatments of The Book of Ali to the medical community.
After saving the ferry and its passengers, The Dulles then sails to Naples. It joins the Italian Coast Guard to rescue some of the thousands of refugees escaping Muslim countries. These rescues have many refugee deaths and illnesses which McClure treats with great results. Throughout this voyage of the Dulles, U.S. CIA agents appear in various ports trying to stop the validation of The Book of Ali. The shocking ending shows the reader the vast powers controlling the use of alternative medicine.
A riveting medical thriller, Choosing Alternatives will leave readers breathless with its amazing events leading up to its thrilling conclusion. This is not your typical medical thriller with a good doctor pitted against evil money grubbers. It's an entirely new novel about what keeps alternative medical treatments from being used globally and is a must-read for those interested in recovery and chronic illness. This book will be published and available soon, so keep your eyes here for its impending release!
Disease Overview For General Information
Chronic Diseases: The Leading Causes of Death and Disability in the United States. Chronic diseases and their conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.
- As of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—had one or more chronic health conditions. One in four adults had two or more chronic health conditions.
- Seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2014 were chronic diseases. Two of these chronic diseases—heart disease and cancer—together accounted for nearly 46% of all deaths.
- Obesity is also a serious health concern. During 2011–2014, more than one-third of adults (36%), or about 84 million people, were obese (defined as body mass index [BMI] ≥30 kg/m2). About one in six youths (17%) aged 2 to 19 years was obese (BMI ≥95th percentile).
- Arthritis is the most common cause of disability. 4 of the 54 million adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, more than 23 million say they have trouble with their usual activities because of arthritis.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations other than those caused by injury, and new cases of blindness among adults.
Health Risk Behaviors that Cause Chronic Diseases
Health risk behaviors are unhealthy behaviors the person can change. Four of these health risk behaviors—lack of exercise or physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and drinking too much alcohol—cause much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases and conditions.
- In 2015, 50% of adults aged 18 years or older did not meet recommendations for aerobic physical activity. In addition, 79% did not meet recommendations for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activity.
- More than 1 in 3 adults (about 92.1 million) have at least one type of cardiovascular disease.8 About 90% of Americans aged 2 years or older consume too much sodium, which can increase their risk of high blood pressure.
- In 2015, more than 37% of adolescents and 40% of adults said they ate fruit less than once a day, while 39% of adolescents and 22% of adults said they ate vegetables less than once a day.
- An estimated 36.5 million adults in the United States (15.1%) said they currently smoked cigarettes in 2015. Cigarette smoking accounts for more than 480,000 deaths each year, 12 each day. More than 3,200 youth, those younger than 18 years, smoke their first cigarette, and another 2,100 youth and young adults who smoke every now and then become daily smokers.
- Drinking too much alcohol is responsible for 88,000 deaths each year, more than half of which are due to binge drinking.
The Cost of Chronic Diseases and Health Risk Behaviors
In the United States, chronic diseases and conditions and the health risk behaviors that cause them account for most health care costs.
- Eighty-six percent of the $2.7 trillion annual health care expenditures in the U.S. are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. These costs can be reduced.
- Total annual cardiovascular disease costs to the nation averaged $316.1 billion in 2012–2013. Of this amount, $189.7 billion was for direct medical expenses and $126.4 billion was for lost productivity costs (from premature death).
- Cancer care cost $157 billion in 2010 dollars.
- The total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 was $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in decreased productivity. Decreased productivity includes costs associated with people being absent from work, being less productive while at work, or not being able to work at all because of diabetes.
- The total cost of arthritis and related conditions was about $128 billion in 2003. Of this amount, nearly $81 billion was for direct medical costs and $47 billion was for indirect costs associated with lost earnings.
- Medical costs linked to obesity were estimated to be $147 billion in 2008. Annual medical costs for people who were obese were $1,429 higher than those for people of normal weight in 2006.
- For the years 2009–2012, economic cost due to smoking is estimated to be at least $300 billion a year. This cost includes nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion for lost productivity from premature death estimated from 2005 through 2009.
- The economic costs of drinking too much alcohol were estimated to be $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink, in 2010. Most of these costs were due to binge drinking and resulted from losses in workplace productivity, health care expenses, and crimes related to excessive drinking.
• Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• CDC: Saving Lives, Protecting People
Boulder Publishers has specialized in publishing socially conscious books, such as alternative medical books. Choosing Alternatives, LLC has a newsletter that focuses on new, traditional and alternative therapies for chronic illnesses and diseases. For more than 20 years, Boulder Publishers has offered a range of information focusing on helping people. Choosing Alternatives shows recovery from chronic illnesses by shedding light on alternative treatments and conventional medicine that can help people, with these conditions, improve, recover, and even find a cure. The novel was inspired by the experience of a friend who suffered from fibromyalgia and, after seeing an average of about 2 doctors each month for 10 years, found relief through alternative therapies. Today, we share much of the newest information from the alternative and conventional medicine worlds, working to make lives better for people all over the globe.