Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health

I just finished reading, Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health by K. D. Berry, MD and I loved it! Dr. Berry doesn’t write like a doctor at all, meaning his book is really down to earth. It is an easy read. Not like some of the books that are hard to read with a bunch of medical mumbo-jumbo.

I found myself laughing through the book and I kept wanting to say out loud “I told you so”. Because sometimes I get so frustrated with the backward thinking that people have when they are dieting. But they are following the advice of their well-meaning dietitians and doctors who tell them to count calories or eat a balanced diet.  Rather, than use common sense and realize that if you have done all of that and keep getting fatter than perhaps it isn’t working. It really isn’t rocket science.

The biggest thing that I took from this book is that we all have perfect DNA from our ancestors from over 30 thousand years. If we eat the way we are meant to eat, for the most part, our bodies will take care of themselves and we may even possibly avoid many illnesses.

In this book, Doctor Berry covers several lies that have been told to us in a very honest way. It is mind-boggling to me that many of these lies have absolutely no research or medical facts behind them. It is just simply lies that keep getting past on.

For example, one of the biggest lies that we have been taught is that Milk is good for you. You’ve heard the commercials. “Milk, it does the body good”. No. It doesn’t milk is horrible for adults. And also we think we are doing a good thing for our bones by drinking milk. Again not true. Vitamin D comes from the sun. The sun is good for you. It is healing.

These lies really opened up my mind to the fact that many of our beliefs and the beliefs of doctors offer no real proof or evidence. And many of the lies were created by the food industry. We hear commercials so many times over the years that we actually start to believe them.

The entire point of this book is to empower readers to be in charge of their own health. It is sad that many people simply listen to their doctors and pop pills. Taking medications may not always be the best solution. Sometimes turning an illness around is a simple as changing your diet.

In this book, Dr. Berry empowers readers to take charge of their own health and do the research. Everyone is encouraged to Google each topic. Also, he shares a link where you can dig deep and get some real facts about any topic. And at the end of each chapter, you are given some books that go deeper into each topic.

If you have any sort of health issue, you really owe it to yourself to be a critical thinker and do some of your own research on your health issue and the cause. A great place to start is with this book.



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48 thoughts on “Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health”

  1. Yeah, most of what we hear about health is marketing for pharmaceutical companies or for the agriculture industry. The food pyramid was created due to the fact that the government had farm subsidies and needed to sell grain.
    I’ve been in a facebook group, Zeroing in On Health, that eats only animal products. Many of them are healing from the diseases that they had with just meat! That totally goes against all the dietary advice that doctors give us.

    1. I know! It really is crazy how we have it all backward. Thanks so much for sharing this. I eat a very low carb diet and eat a lot of meat and fish and have great health. I don’t eat anything processed. And it is sad and frustrating to me that pharmaceutical companies and the government manipulate folks into eating unhealthy stuff. It is really sad. I am going to check out the facebook group.

  2. Hi Wendy,

    This is a great review. You hooked my attention with the DNA part. I am saying it all the time, that as long as you know the rules of nature you will get healthy and slim anyway. Especially boring when someone is saying, ohh I have the predisposition to be fat it is just the way my body works. WORSE EXCUSE EVER. No, your body is not fat by itself, its fat because you are eating all the crap during a week and finishing by beer on the weekend. Uhh just got swept away. 😀 Anyway, I will give this book a go seems like nice reading.


    1. You got it totally! It isn’t normal to be fat. We are fat for the most part because we are eating a large number of processed foods. Our bodies don’t know how to process the crap so it. This is why many people end up getting type 2 diabetes as well as other preventable diseases. And then the doctors just give people medications that don’t solve the problems. It is a sad vicious cycle.

      I am grateful for doctors, like Dr. Berry who is educating people. But more importantly, he empowers people to do their own research and learn the facts.

  3. Now what am I going to have with my coffee?

    Seriously though this book sounds very interesting. I’d love to get it and see what other myths that are lies.

    There are many lies that us humans have been told and I didn’t even think that there was anything different about food and drink.

    Thanks for sharing Wendy.

  4. Hey, thanks for the article. I’m coming across quite a few of these books these days…and you’re right they’re a bit of a shock to the system. It’s so confusing because for so long we’ve been constantly taught what is good for us and what isn’t, but now we’re receiving conflicting information that you get to a stage where you just don’t know which “expert” to believe. I suppose the best way forward is to test your own body, see what’s working and what’s not.

    1. It is very confusing for sure! I agree about testing your own body. Low carb (keto) worked for me. At 54 I am at a healthy weight and am on zero medications which is unusual for others my age. I also have not health issues and I have lots of energy.

  5. Told my family that milk is actually not good for their health, but they never listen and are convinced by the food industry and commercials that it’s good for bones so on and so forth… Would love to read this book and share the ideas with my family. Thank you very much for recommendation!

    1. I know! LOL! Isn’t it crazy how people believe commercials more than facts? Reading this book gave me many aha moments. And It opened my eyes to how we are actually programmed by the media to believe BS.

  6. Very interesting. I consider myself to be a constant reader, and books likes these always raise my attention and interest.

    I think this is due to the fact that I have seen first hand how dishonorable the medical industry can be. They would rather get you on a prescription rather than give you the cure, especially if they can make more money.

    This book sounds very insightful, thanks for the share!

    1. Very true, Jacob. But sadly many in the medical industry are mainly taught about how to treat the symptoms rather than eliminating or figuring out the cause. They are taught what to prescribe rather than figuring out what is causing the problem in the first place. It is dumb but true.

  7. Any book that encourages the reader to take charge of their health is an intelligent book in my opinion. I’ve been a student of Ayurveda for about 20 years. One of the things it teaches is that we are all the same, yet very different. Meaning we all have different constitutions and different needs. LIke milk might be good for one person (someone with a Vata constitution) while TERRIBLE for another (Kapha type constitution). Thanks for your review!

    1. I feel the same way as you. I love to learn about new things and be in charge of my own health. This is why I read so much about health and nutrition. I have just recently learned about Ayurveda and it is very interesting. I want to learn more. 

  8. Hi Wendy,

    Thank you for introducing “Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health” by K. D. Berry, MD.
    In this wicked world where most doctors care more about their bank account instead of the innocent people who turn to them for help, I am thankful to have found Dr. Berry.
    Of course they push prescriptions, they get money for each one they write.
    They even tell us to drink milk for healthier bones.
    LOL animals stop drinking milk at a young age, they must be smarter.

    We have enough chemicals in the air, no need to ingest more! Get healthy chemical free with Dr. Berry!


    1. I agree, Edwin. But honestly the sad thing is that most doctors really think they are doing the right thing when they just write a prescription for people. Most doctors are taught how to treat sickness rather than how to prevent it. And they are often just repeating what was taught to them. Many medical beliefs are not based on any facts. 

  9. It is true that food is medicine. Years ago there was no such thing as medication. People died earlier. So, I am not completely against medication because it can prolong someones health.
    I personally do not believe milk is all bad. Especially for the younger children, but as adults we do not need it. Plus most adult will become lactose intolerant sometime in their life.
    I liked that you read a good book that you can relate to. Great read. Thank you for the great article.

    Take Care,

  10. I really enjoyed reading your review. It’s always refreshing to hear someone “tell it like it is” the fact that big Pharma and uncle sam have purposely gotten all their facts twisted for the sake of profit is really pathetic. I eat what I’ve always eaten a low carb diet and moderate exercise

  11. You’re absolutely right – doctors often don’t know the real truth behind our health, and rely on what they are being sold by the pharmaceutical industry or common convention, which as we know isn’t always fact – the earth is flat, cocaine cures tooth aches are just two examples of this exact logic flaw. Do you have any book recommendations/would this book also be suitable for men who are looking at their health?

  12. I agree with everything you wrote. It is frightening today how backwards thinking many of the doctors are that I came across. I was diagnosed with IBD last year and all the doctors I met said Diet has nothing to do with it. This is the biggest lie they ever told me. I took matters in my own hands and found out I have a very aggressive egg allergy. Of course the doctors are denying this and want me to go on steroids instead. Funny thing is when I changed my diet I recovered very quickly. Even my doctor doesn’t understand how i pulled it off even thou Explained her over and over again.

    I will definitely look into this book. As it has caught my interest.


    1. Good for you!!! Actually I remember reading about egg allergies when I read The Virgin Diet, by JJ Virgin. It is an elimination diet. She believes many people have allergies to different foods. One of the foods to test is eggs. Thankfully I wasn’t allergic to eggs. I love them. But I’m so glad you figured it out and took your health in your own hands. Doctors don’t always know the answers!

  13. Thank you for a great article. 

    The fact is that medical doctors receive close to zero training in nutrition so they are not really equipped to give any advice when it comes to healthy eating. Also, the only ones who continuously are telling us that dairy is good for us are the dairy industry and the farmers. The good news is, however, all that seems to be changing as people get more and more aware of the risk they take when consuming dairy and meat.

    1. I agree, Lars and that is one reason I love the internet. There is so much information out there plus you can easily download almost any book or text. We really do have knowledge at our fingertips!

  14. This should be interesting. From start to finish, I enjoyed every bit of this post. I’m always skeptical about medical practitioners because most times, they are not 100% certain as to the causes of illness. This does not mean I undermine them in any way, however, I think people would have a safer and healthier lifestyle if they eat right.

    Thanks for this article, absolutely loved it

  15. Hi there, thanks for sharing this book, but I must say I try to get link of how to get one of this book and it’s not in your article, or maybe u skipped it, Is it on Amazon or where can we it be order. I honestly can’t wait to read it. Just few things u said about milk got my attention, am the type that take milk even like water just because of what i have been told about milk

    1. The hardcover is available on Amazon. There is a cheaper softcover coming out in April. It can be reserved. I also thought there was a kindle book available, but I don’t see it this morning? Regardless of what copy you get, Lies My Doctor Told Me is an eye opener for sure!

  16. I hate the fact that milk isn’t good for me as I love the taste so much and I drink it a lot. But you are so right. It seems to me that we need to do our own research and use our common sense more. I also think that you can’t go wrong by eating whole natural unprocessed foods. The science on food seems be confusing and changing all the time, but if we eat the foods from nature that our ancestors ate and that our bodies have been genetically designed to consume I think you can’t go too wrong.

  17. I think a lot of times doctors give us advice based on things they learned in their medical training that may have been based on research but the research is outdated. If you have a doctor that is 65 years old, they may be giving you honest advice based on what they learned in medical school 35 years prior but a lot has changed since then and new research may show otherwise.

    Doctors aren’t trying to mislead us but sometimes they do without realizing it. Like you said, it’s important to be accountable for our own research. This book seems really interesting!

    1. The book is very interesting and eye-opening. I agree that most doctors mean well, but there are some that prefer to put people on meds. Sometimes doctors get kickbacks from the pharma companies as well. So it benefits the doctors to treat an illness with meds, rather than prevent or heal illness with nutrition. It is pretty sad actually.

  18. I don’t dispute this in anyway. Many of us have been told so many lies about the food industries and that of the bivereges as well. The question now is,  is it our doctors that tell these lies or is it the food products and beverages producing companies and industries that tell the lie.

    1. Really I think it is a combination of the food industry, big pharma, and the lack of training given to doctors. This is why we each need to take responsibility for our health. 

  19. Wow.what an interesting review on lies my doctor told me. This article is full of information that can improve anyone’s health. 

    I got amazed and check some valuable point out the article after reading of the point that  I have not hear from anyone before is the fact that “we all have perfect DNA from our ancestors from over 30 thousand years. “this part really get me curious to know more and want to get and read the book

    1. I know. I am a spiritual person and I look at it this way. Wouldn’t the creator (God) create our bodies to eat real food that he created? I don’t think we were meant to eat all the processed fake food. It’s crazy if you think about it. The processed food we eat makes us fat or sick and doctors put us on medications and we continue to eat the same way. Duh! If you stop eating the crap and nourish your body of good nutrition, you may not need the meds. It is just common sense. But the problem is these same processed foods are very addictive so it is difficult for someone to quit eating it. It is sad really. 

  20. Hi! Thank you for this great recommendation. I’m interested in also reading this book. I know that we have our doctors in high esteem, and believe almost everything they tell us. And that’s ok in many cases. The prepare themselves for many years and most of the time they are genuinely trying to help. But the system around them is fierce and just wants to sell and earn. So we do well in not accept everything our doctor says.

  21. I had been eating lots of white sugar lately and it got me putting on the pounds, so I decided to do something about it and went on a search. I wanted something that would be easy and become a lifestyle, so imagine my delight when I found your article. I had seen a lot of advise and suggestions by doctors that were peddled as fact but in actual sense are unverified claims. 

    And it got me wondering how many people had taken these advise that are just medical myths from that doctors and ended up harming their health some more. Nature has provided everything we need but The powers that be:Industries. Be it the Agricultural or The big Pharm have their own agendas because they need to make money and they don’t care about what cost they do that at. I ‘ll definitely read the book. Knowledge is power. Thanks a lot. 

    1. You are so right about big Pharm and Doctors. Sadly it is all about money, rather than helping people get well. Knowledge is power for sure! I just hope more people take responsibility for their own health. Like you I think nature has provided what we need. Food is healing. We just got to make sure we are eating real food, not the processed stuff that is loaded with sugar.

  22. Awesome, Wendy. It’s a very catchy title of your website. And your article is very interesting to read. I surely consider to gift this book to my dad, he is gonna like it:)

    Your review is complete in every sense, comprehensive and easy to understand, Only the milk lie is keeping me intrigued 🙂

    Thanks a lot for sharing this book review. It’s helpful.

    1. I know….LOL! The milk lie….It goes against everything. I mean my Mom raised me on milk. But have you read the label on milk? It is full of sugar. And thanks for the compliment about my site. You are very sweet.

  23. Thank you or sharing your review on Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health, by K. D. Berry, MD. I was telling my wife the other day that milk is no good for adults, it was meant to nourish babies, and adolescents.I found out years ago that we get our best vitamin D from the sun, no charge. You keep making me say I told you so. T.V. You can’t believe everything you see on television or read in print. Do your research. I will be looking for this in my book club~LeNard

    1. I agree that you can’t always believe what is on tv or print especially when some things don’t even make logical sense. I am constantly researching and learning new things. I feel like this is my body, I want to do the best for it that I can. Thanks for stopping by, LeNard.

  24. $55.00 for a book?!  I’m sorry, I have enough sense to realize that on my own.  Who are these people marketing to anyway?Certainly no one in my income bracket.  I was really impressed with your post until I read that.  lol.  Perhaps the digital version is cheaper or I can wait until someone sells a used one.  Either way I will be happy to look for it through your website because this is a very good post and well written.  I am happy to see that people are questioning their doctors and they need to be questioning these diets.  I just read recently that eating a high fat diet can cause the gall bladder to dump too much bile into the intestines and cause colorectal cancer, yet now we have people pushing a high fat diet called keto and another high fat diet called the Jesus Diet or Shepherd’s Diet.  Interestingly, I was making golden milk using coconut milk, turmeric and ginger and ended up in the emergency room with gallstones acting up.  I cut way back on my turmeric intake and the problem went away.  But, you know, I had been using only olive oil and apple cider vinegar on my salads because I thought that was the healthy thing to do.  Now I am wondering if i wasn’t eating too much olive oil and if that too had something to do with my gallstone problem.  One can never do enough research.   

    1. The hardback is costly but the information is pretty eye-opening. I did notice that there is a Paper Back of Lies My Doctor Told Me that can be preordered. It will be coming out in April. You can pre-order it here if you are interested. I am sorry to hear you are having problems with gallstones. I agree with you about doing research. I use a lot of turmeric as well but I have never had any issues with stomach pain, although I have never tried golden milk. I’m glad the problem went away.

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