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The Other Side of Impossible

Ordinary People Who Faced Daunting Medical Challenges and Refused to Give Up

By Susannah Meadows

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Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Published In: United States, 02 May 2017
You're faced with a difficult health condition. You have exhausted medicine's answers. What do you do? Susannah Meadows tells the real-life stories of seven families who persisted when traditional medicine alone wasn't enough.

Their adventures take us to the outer frontiers of medical science and cutting-edge complementary therapies, as Meadows explores research into the mind's potential to heal the body, the possible role food may play in reversing disease, the power of agency, perseverance, and hope--and more.

When journalist Susannah Meadows noticed her three-year-old son, Shepherd, shying away from soccer practice, she had no idea it was the first sign of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The diagnosis was the first step of a long journey, physically painful for Shepherd and emotionally wrenching for Susannah and her family. But they pressed on, and using a combination of traditional and complementary medicine they beat the disease, and the odds.

Meadows chronicles her own story, and takes you into the lives of other remarkable people, exploring their heartbreaks and triumphs. One boy who has severe food allergies undergoes an unconventional therapy and is soon eating everything. An organic farmer in Washington State tries to solve the puzzle of her daughter's epileptic seizures. A physician with MS creates her own combination of treatments and goes from a wheelchair to riding a bike again. A child diagnosed with ADHD refuses to take medication and instead improves his life, and the life of his family, after changing his diet. Other families take on rheumatoid arthritis and autistic behaviors.

Meadows includes new information about traditional and nontraditional medicine and the latest science on how the health of our gut bacteria is connected to wellness--and how the right foods play a key role in helping this microscopic population thrive. She also talks with scientists who study the traits and circumstances that may make some people keep going when others feel helpless. These researchers are illuminating the psychology of healing--how the mind, and asserting control over your body and health, can play a part in recovery.

Fascinating, moving, and profoundly inspiring, The Other Side of Impossible gives us people driven by love, desperation, and astonishing resolve--a community of the defiant who share an extraordinary talent for hope and for fighting the battle for healing in today's world and tomorrow's.

Praise for The Other Side of Impossible

"[Meadows] has compiled compelling stories about people who faced and ultimately surmounted daunting medical challenges. . . . Their stories left me in awe of their persistence against formidable odds."--The New York Times

"Throughout these tales, a common attitude binds people together: hope. . . . What cannot be refuted are the will power, perseverance, and hopefulness of the patients and families profiled here."--Booklist

"This is a terrific book for those who need encouragement to take control of their diagnoses, and for their physicians and families."--Publishers Weekly

"If you love someone, read The Other Side of Impossible."--Jon Meacham

"I laughed out loud more than once, choked up more than twice, and generally marveled at the lovely humanity and sharp mind at work. This extremely useful guide to never giving up is journalism at its most responsible, intelligent, and compassionate."--Kelly Corrigan

"The Other Side of Impossible is an amazing book--insightful, compassionate, and quite possibly life-changing."--Curtis Sittenfeld

About the Author

Susannah Meadows is a former senior writer for Newsweek. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, writing a column for the Arts section about books. During her career she has covered the 2004 presidential campaign, the aftermath of 9/11, and the Duke lacrosse scandal, among many other stories. She has appeared on CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ESPN, Charlie Rose, and The Brian Lehrer Show. She lives with her husband and twin sons in Brooklyn.

Reviews

"[Meadows] has compiled compelling stories about people who faced and ultimately surmounted daunting medical challenges. . . . The families' ventures into a realm that some would call quackery were typically inspired by love, desperation and hope, and were fueled by irrepressible grit and determination to find solutions to debilitating health problems that defied the best that conventional medicine could offer. Their stories left me in awe of their persistence against formidable odds."--The New York Times "The stories featured in this book are really remarkable--a child making a full recovery from a painful illness, a woman confined to a wheelchair walking again--and all because they wouldn't stop looking for answers."--Good Morning America "This is a book of hope. . . . An amazing book for everyone."--Fox & Friends "At the age of three, the author's son Shepherd was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. When Western medicine didn't help, Meadows, a journalist, found a special diet--no gluten, no dairy--that did. For this book she found other families who, as she writes, had similarly explored 'the wilds of unfinished science.'"--Newsday "[Meadows's] purpose is to 'suggest potential targets for new research, ' and she does so with writing that's compelling and fair. . . . This is a terrific book for those who need encouragement to take control of their diagnoses, and for their physicians and families."--Publishers Weekly "Throughout these tales, a common attitude binds people together: hope. . . . What cannot be refuted are the will power, perseverance, and hopefulness of the patients and families profiled here."--Booklist "Can eating the right food play a major role in healing medical problems? . . . Encouraging, honest information and real-life cases that show the role food can play in healing the body."--Kirkus Reviews "[The Other Side of Impossible] introduces readers to courageous patients, parents seeking help for their children, and scientists searching for cures and explanations. . . . The author highlights the importance of persistence, hope, and research when facing difficult medical situations."--Library Journal "In this affecting and illuminating book, Susannah Meadows emerges as the kind of sound, sensible, and invaluable friend you want by your side when medical disaster strikes. She brings a strong grasp of science, a writerly sensibility, and a good heart to the difficult subject of the present and future of healthcare. If you love someone, read The Other Side of Impossible."--Jon Meacham "I laughed out loud more than once, choked up more than twice, and generally marveled at the lovely humanity and sharp mind at work. This extremely useful guide to never giving up is journalism at its most responsible, intelligent, and compassionate."--Kelly Corrigan "The Other Side of Impossible is an amazing book--insightful, compassionate, and quite possibly life-changing."--Curtis Sittenfeld Advance praise for The Other Side of Impossible "In this affecting and illuminating book, Susannah Meadows emerges as the kind of sound, sensible, and invaluable friend you want by your side when medical disaster strikes. She brings a strong grasp of science, a writerly sensibility, and a good heart to the difficult subject of the present and future of healthcare. If you love someone, read The Other Side of Impossible."--Jon Meacham "I laughed out loud more than once, choked up more than twice, and generally marveled at the lovely humanity and sharp mind at work. This extremely useful guide to never giving up is journalism at its most responsible, intelligent, and compassionate."--Kelly Corrigan "The Other Side of Impossible is an amazing book--insightful, compassionate, and quite possibly life-changing."--Curtis Sittenfeld Advance praise forThe Other Side of Impossible An amazing book insightful, compassionate, and quite possibly life-changing. Curtis Sittenfeld I laughed out loud more than once, choked up more than twice, and generally marveled at the lovely humanity and sharp mind at work. This extremely useful guide to never giving up is journalism at its most responsible, intelligent, and compassionate. Kelly Corrigan"

EAN: 9780812996470
ISBN: 081299647X
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions: 23.88 x 16.26 x 2.79 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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