Maybe we can discuss Ralph Blum and Dr. Scholz book more openly as what kind of book is this, what is the basic messages or content in it and then others might decide pro or con if they intend to read it or buy it. Here is my observation (simplistic) synopsis on the book:
1) it is Ralph Blum's biopgraphy and his book, his name precedes Dr. Scholz and spent years writting his 20 year journey of PCa and how he tackled it, analyzed it, processed what he heard and believed in and quest for consulation and advisement from even educated laypersons
2) Dr. Scholz has at the end of the chapters his summary on Ralph's decisions and some input on his perspective and sometimes more in the book from his own mouth on occassions
3) so the book is much more about Ralph Blum and that is why the two of them collaborated on this, and the fact that Blum a little later in his PCa journey hired Dr. Scholz for advisement (historically)
4) Ralph Blum's journery and history although non-conformist and Ralph highly skeptical of anything including biopsies, is very interesting to see his logic, journey and some leap of faith, hind sight of 20 yrs. without major treatments looks almost like a genius (per se). Maybe all luck???
5) The blurb put out there by like amazon.com, about the weirdness of Ralph Blum, as to the acupuncture thing and 'releasing negative energy out from his ear' is really a cheap shot at the messenger. Sure that seem completely weird, but his wife is a qualified acupunturist and it was their own little experiment. Other than that weird dig to discredit the author, Ralph seems very normal and very sane and maybe more sane because he doesn't just jump into anything. He analyzes and studies it, questions it at all levels including even spiritually (laugh if you want...his journey speaks loudly). (fyi- He is man of means from somewhat wealthy family which gave him more travel optiions and access to major people and players).
6) Ralph's sense of humor used throughout the book is entertaining and very funny. Myself I liked the guy almost immediately (questioned everything, and was humorous in the face of the unknowns) and back in 1990 when diagnosed, this was the stone age in comparison to today.
7) tidbits included in this book include- the story about Combidex and how the FDA ended up not approving it here in the USA and Ralph researched with transcripts, interviews and more.
8) Ralph incorporates the value of mind, body, spirit in fighting PCa. Your whole system is a biology lab with an immuno system of its own...we are designed to heal ourselves as a generality. He elaborates of some of those intangibles with some substance and resources...not pulled out of the blank. Not as worthless as some might conceive.
9) he also incorporates the plus side of men getting PCa (what?) You will be monitoring via your doctor other health issues that you didn't have checked, like heart, and blood work etc., and some people found other conditions needing faster treatment than PCa issues and got them handled. Plus the fact you look at life much different when you believe you have a time and date stamp (my words).
10)Book (234 pages+) is hard bound with paper slip on cover, black cover and wording written in white. Has two fists on the cover running North to South one of the patient (stripped shirt cuff shown) and the other of the doctor with the infamous rubber glove on and the title:
Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers- No more unnecessary biopsies, radical treatment or loss of sexual potentcy (Ralph H. Blum-Mark Scholz, MD) I would say the title is shock-jock concept and would improve sales even if the rubber glove scares off a few. Objectively the title is mis-leading when quarantined by itself (not the intent of the whole book), it does discuss that not all PCa's are this less serious and many do require quicker choices (being in high risk categories). The majority of men diagnosed do fall into the lower risk categories and some indolent status.
Personally, I wondered what Dr. Scholz was getting envolved in with that title and partner. It is Ralph's book in essence but it is a good read and unique read, glad I read it. Discounted you can get it for like $16 otherwise it is $26 approx. This book is less useful for high stats patients or maybe even intermediate risk, but don't let that stop you from reading it.
Post Edited (zufus) : 8/29/2010 5:59:43 AM (GMT-6)