I was disappointed - he spends more time lambasing the Federal government an other agencies than in giving specifics.
I looked over this book after receiving it, and found it to be just one long infomercial for his website. On almost every page there is a reference to become a member of his website, or subscribe to his newsletter. (I checked it out and the website is the same: "... to read this article in its entirety - become a member!"; ... to find out specifics - become a member!"; ... to see a list of - become a member!") Membership for one year will cost you $60 (as of April 2010).
The reason why he "cannot" provide specific product reviews/names is because the government is conducting a personal vendetta against him. There is SOME good information in this book (which you can easily find elsewhere) - otherwise he is a bit too radical for me, e.g. ALL prescription drugs, no matter for what, are bad; EVERYBODY, yes - that means you!, is sick and toxic and must therefore undergo a number of different cleanses, etc. And, of course, you absolutely CANNOT attempt to cure yourself, but MUST see not just one, but several practitioners.
Trudeau strongly advises that his book MUST be read in sequence and from cover to cover - if you do that you will be brainwashed after 50 pages to become a member of his cult, ehm ... website - he repeats things over and over (stating that he does this for a reason - yes, to drive home his message to become a member already!) He also never gets tired of saying how he is a victim of government prosecution and that they would like nothing better that to burn his books. It really gets annoying after a while.
I agree we should be eating organic, whole and unprocessed foods as much as possible and should not fall for easy pill-taking fixes when something is wrong. I also agree that pharmaceutical companies are in it for the money (not our health) and that a lot of the treatments and advice given by allopathic doctors is merely a covering up of symptoms, and that the government is (at least partially) in the pockets of big Pharma.
If you want to find an alternative practitioner, just start at the Naturopathic Doctors Association, or the American Herbalists Guild and go from there.
I've read other books on, for example, the pervasive weight-loss/diet scams that were written in a decent tone and provided their back-up research (Losing It: False Hopes and Fat Profits in the Diet Industry by Laura Fraser). Trudeau's book would be a lot more effective if he would speak in a reasoned voice, rather than spouting short sentences geared towards a 6th grade level reader and coming across as throwing one long hissy fit - he sounds like an evangelical fundamentalist.
So be prepared to sift through a whole pile of *** to find a few nuggets (which you can find elsewhere as well).
Completely useless,full of nothing, a scam
What Kevin Trudeau doesn't want you to know
The author of the bestselling "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About" claims to be a consumer advocate in the Ralph Nader mold. But the infomercial king just wants your cash.
By Christopher Dreher
Jul 29, 2005 | Many a late-night channel surfer has been numbed to sleep by endless infomercials hawking ab machines, penis enlargers, psychic readings and baldness cures. But how about a 30-minute faux talk show featuring a slick "expert author" who promises natural cures for cancer, diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome and who claims that the FDA, drug companies and food industry have withheld such cures from the public in order to keep making bigger and bigger profits?
Step right up folks, and tune in to the paranoid world of master huckster Kevin Trudeau, whose book "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About" climbed to the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list for advice titles last weekend. The Federal Trade Commission virtually banned Trudeau from the airwaves last year in an attempt to "shut down an infomercial empire that has misled American consumers for years." But by shifting his business model from selling supposed cure-all products to peddling books, which are protected by the First Amendment, Trudeau has been able to slip past federal regulators and continue to sell snake oil to the masses -- first through his infomercial and now via mainstream book retailers like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
Reno R. Rollé, an executive consultant who handles U.S. retail and international distribution for "Natural Cures," says the book has sold nearly 3 million copies since the infomercial debuted in September 2004, and he sees no end in sight to its success. "No one knows where this thing is going to max out. We're just printing as many books as we can," Rollé says. "We're poised to make history here. What we're doing could revolutionize the book publishing industry."
Even before hitting the bestseller list, Trudeau, who is in his early 40s, had built a billion-dollar empire as a prolific infomercialteer, selling various health and self-improvement products under the cover of night. This despite a two-year stint in federal prison in the early '90s after pleading guilty to credit card fraud, and a 1996 tangle with the Illinois attorney general, who accused him of running a pyramid scheme while working for a health-products company called Nutrition for Life. Trudeau and a co-defendant settled that case, paying $185,000 to Illinois and seven other states; during that time, the U.S. Postal Service and Securities and Exchange Commission also investigated his business dealings.
"Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You To Know About"