Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fireballs In My Eucharist Book Review

I have a book that I thought was worth sharing with you given the new healthcare and the uncertainty we are all facing in what 2014 will bring. The book is titled Fireballs In My Eucharist written by Dr. Joseph J. Pinzone.
For less than the cost of most doctor visit co-pays, Dr. Pinzone provides a behind-the-scenes look at medicine as well as strategies designed to help you become a more effective and powerful patient. During his medical training, Dr. Pinzone evaluated a new patient, a middle-aged woman. He asked her about any past medical problems. She responded, “I have fireballs in my Eucharist.”  
After asking a few more questions, he realized that what she meant to say was: “I have fibroids in my uterus.” This encounter touched him deeply. This woman’s “fireballs” helped him realize that patient education is critical, particularly when it comes to the often-confusing and complex topic of cancer and its therapy.  
Educating yourself about your disease, anticipating the mental and physical challenges that accompany illness, learning to better navigate the medical system, and leveraging skill sets that you have developed in other areas of your life just might save your life.  
As an added bonus, a portion of the proceeds of the sale of this book will go to support cancer research, care and advocacy.
Okay, this one is going to be a little different in that since this is a medical type book and not one that I want to give my opinion because I really don't know a thing about this subject as I have never had cancer, I would hate to direct someone the wrong way. Instead, I am just going to give you some facts and let those speak for themselves. Hopefully, those alone will direct you in the right direction.

Interesting Fact:

Patients are dangerously uneducated and misinformed when it comes to the confusing and complex topic of cancer and its treatment. In fact, a Google search of “Fireballs in my Eucharist” will bring up over 700 results!

Why he wrote this book:

This moment was life-changing for Dr. Pinzone, and truly defined his mission as a physician:  Creating “The Empowered Patient.”
Hence, the aptly titled “Fireballs in my Eucharist” was born. Patients will discover:

1.How to educate yourself about cancer
2.How to navigate the medical system
3.How to anticipate the mental and physical challenges
4.How to leverage other life skills in the battle against cancer

These things can be the difference between life and death, and is especially relevant given the flood of newly insured patients entering into the healthcare marketplace with the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

Okay, this book was easy to read and very understandable. It is written in simple language that we can all understand. At the end of the book is a glossary for the terms in medical mumbo jumbo that you may or may not understand are explained in good detail so you get what they are saying throughout the book. I really liked that.

I also liked that the book is written in a question and answer type format. So, if you have specific questions that you want answered, just find the question and there it will be!

I also liked that he explained what cancer is in great detail and even had some visual pictures to go with his explanation. I know that everyone's ordeal with cancer or any sickness is going to be different, as we are all different to begin with. But, at least, with this guide, you can get a better understanding as to what to expect or what to do in certain situations.

But as always, checking with your personal doctor is always best. Bringing the book with you or at least referring to it before the appointment and after, you have some insight into what to expect. Your doctor knows you best, so take all advice under consideration before making your decision based on all the facts.

I hope you never have to use this book, but at least it's here if you need to.

About the Author:

Dr. Pinzone is currently CEO & Medical Director of Amai, an Innovative Medical and Wellness Practice, Inc., and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Pinzone completed his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine, followed by internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, where he achieved a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue molecular research on pituitary tumors.

Dr. Pinzone went on to join the faculty of The George Washington University School of Medicine, where he practiced and taught endocrinology and internal medicine and secured an NIH research grant to study the molecular biology of genes that may cause breast cancer, as well as why breast cancer metastasizes to bone. In addition, while on faculty at GW, he also studied business and graduated with a Master of Business Administration with honors.

He then joined the faculty of The Ohio State University College of Medicine where his clinical work focused on patients with diseases of the pituitary. He taught both Internal Medicine and Endocrinology as well as continued his breast cancer research. Dr. Pinzone was then recruited to Amgen, Inc. where he was Clinical Research Medical Director.

He worked in both the Hematology/Oncology and Bone Therapeutic Areas. His work focused on denosumab, an antibody that inactivates RANK ligand, a naturally occurring protein that promotes bone resorption. Denosumab is used to treat patients with bone metastases from cancer as well as those with osteoporosis.

Dr. Pinzone has published multiple scientific papers, mentored many young research students and scientists, and taught medical students and doctors at all levels. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of Mensa.  Dr. Pinzone lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.