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Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them

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It is a well-kept secret, but harm from health care is a leading cause of death in this country. Get practical suggestions to protect yourself and loved ones from medical mistakes & drug disasters.

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Protect yourself and your loved ones from health care harm! TOP SCREWUPS has dozens of questions to ask and tips to trouble-shoot potential mistakes before they cause irreversible damage or death.

Find out about the Top 10 diagnostic screwups doctors make and the questions to ask to reduce diagnostic disasters.

Get tips for preventing dangerous drug interactions and discover the top 10 most dangerous pills in the pharmacy.

Learn which drugs should almost never be prescribed to older people because they may cause memory loss or confusion.

Avoid dangerous drug combinations that could compromise your health and find out why doctors and pharmacists have such a hard time preventing interactions between incompatible medications.


Learn the top screwups that happen for conditions like acne, ADD, Alzheimer’s disease arthritis, asthma, back pain, breast cancer, celiac disease, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heartburn, osteoporosis and more.

The life you save may be your own or someone you love!

Product Reviews

  1. A Must Read for All

    Shirley Henderson Colee
    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    Your book is timely and important. I’ve read two chapters since receiving it a few days ago. The topics are ones I’ve been following for years: overprescribing of dangerous drugs, unnecessary surgeries and procedures, no informed consent, no advice concerning non-drug, non surgery alternatives, no nutrition or lifestyle education, misdiagnoses. The treatment you give the subject is direct, factual and informative.

    I think this subject matter would make an excellent documentary film. I’ve seen medical problems/errors/corruption films on various subjects, but your book ties together the main areas for concern in one place. I’m a licensed psychotherapist who has worked in many health industry settings – managed care, hospitals, private medical offices, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and community health care. I have seen superlative care given, but I have also seen a preponderance of ‘follow the money.’

    The pharmaceutical industry is the biggest villain at present, in my book, followed by hospitals, followed by some private practice specialists. I’m sure rehabs and nursing homes belong on the beware! list as well. It’s sad, but true, as you write in your book, that hospitalized people require a family member or hired patient advocate who stays in the hospital with the person at all times. Wrong medication, wrong procedures, wrong diagnoses result when someone is left alone in a hospital in America.

    I had two husbands suffer from hospital mistakes, misdiagnoses, and other funny business. My friend whose husband is a retired physician and went to a specialty university teaching hospital renowned for treating his kind of cancer just died. A doctor mistakenly injected him with twice the intended dose of a medication on his regime, causing him to go into cardiac arrest.

  2. Generic Junk


    I am in health care and I found the book enlightening! As you stated, our primary care providers do not have all day long to diagnose us and we must get to the point! As well as being assertive. Especially now that we get all these junk generic medications from overseas. They could have the diagnosis right and the medication right, but the generic may not be doing what it is suppose to. Let your health care provider know!!!!

  3. Top Screwups Doctors Make


    Very enlightening, and many of the anecdotes reflect my own experiences with doctors. I have already begun my list of questions for next month’s doctor appointment. Thanks for a book that needed to be written.



    I have just received your book “Top Screwups Doctors Make”. This is a real eye-opener. Haven’t read too much as of now but it is really informative. Keep up the good work. I read your column every day and have learned so much about the medicines we take.

  5. The book, "Top Screw-ups The Doctors Make," is indispensable!


    The book, “Top Screw-ups The Doctors Make,” is indispensable! It is truly a work of love, art, pain, truth, and insight as to what a lot of dirty bastards are doing out there in this world we call America. I can’t thank you enough for putting into print what a great deal of it has been suspected by me all along. You have my undying respect. I am so very glad I spent my money on this wonderful informative piece of literature.

    I read your column everyday.

    Very Appreciative of the First Amendment.

  6. Fain Johnston

    Ten Screw-ups Doctors Make

    Thanks for your book. It has lots of good information. However, I am vision impaired and cannot read the book because it is printed in small letters that are VERY dim. It is almost like the printer was running out of ink. If the print were darker, I could read it, but as it is, I am having to have someone read it to me. I love your column and have some of your other books, but this one is just too dimly printed for me to read. In the future, you could help many vision impaired people like me by using a darker, bolder print. Thanks for providing a great service to all with your columns and programs.

    A long-time fan.

  7. Keep up the good work


    It seems like the very minute your book arrived, all hell broke loose within our home. A variety of medical problems occurred, tests and doctors’ visits. From what I have managed to read thus far, it is an outstanding book, namely; “Top Screw-Up Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them!” Oh! How I appreciate seeing some of these arrogant bastards getting put into their place, and how grateful I am to be able to read in print everything I have suspected, years and years ago!

    You know, I was always raised with the thought that Doctors are the next thing to God, or a Court of Law. Well, Guess what? They both make mistakes that not only ruin one’s lives, these very same mistakes can, and are, killing people.

    Keep up the good work. You remind me of Bob Romanik! You are protecting the First Amendment also!

    Violet M. Connoyer

  8. Screwups Doctors Make

    Jack Wolfe

    I haven’t finished it yet, but I agree with all the above as to the pressures the Health community is working with. I sometimes wonder how they are able to pay for their back office requirements and keep up with the real research (without drug salespeople) that is happening both for and against the side effects of the common medications and treating procedures. The lack of benefit of some medications was a suprise. Some below 50%. I agree the print needs to be a little larger. Sometimes it’s hard to see the inside print without really bending the binder. I have enjoyed the first 40% of the book.

  9. Could we get lists to print and take with us?


    The book reinforces the need for each patient to be more vigilant, although my husband and I do not see any likelihood we can do all the items the book recommends. It would be convenient if the top 10 lists were available for download so we could take the appropriate list with us for appointments. That said, thank-you so much for all the work that went into the book.

  10. Grateful for good reading

    Phyllis D.
    Mine Hill,N.J.

    My husband was constantly cutting your advice from the newspaper. Now we have a few books to look things up. They are very informative. I have read about the pharmacy errors and I am a pharmacy technician and we catch quite a few errors that doctors make. We are still finishing reading your books. You both have very good advice! Grateful for good reading, Phyllis

  11. A Message I'm in Tune With

    Dr Patrick Neustatter
    Fredericksburg VA

    Great book overall, and fully in tune with the message I am trying to promote with my book and website, though there are a few details I would maybe not agree on (I think the cost benefits of generic medicines outweigh the downside of poor oversight by the FDA for example). And a little bit dismissive of some of the difficulties doctors face in practicing good medicine.

    But like the whole of ‘The PeoplesPharmacy’ even though it explores the sometimes controversial fringes of medicine, it is a great resource for people who want to play a major part in their own healthcare.

  12. Great Resource

    North Carolina

    This is a great resource for those of us who live with various maladies which affect our health. The emphasis on the partnership you have with your physicians and the infallibility of medical professionals is spot on! Nice job, Terry & Joe…

  13. Very Informative

    Houston, Texas

    My cardiologist put me on a statin 15 years ago, not because of elevated cholesterol but because of my family history. I have told him and my endocrinologist repeatedly over the years that I wanted off it because within 6 months of starting it my fasting blood sugar was elevated, all they would do is change the prescription to a lower dose. Since I was on Weight Watcher and getting plenty of exercise and with no family history of diabetes I could only conclude that the statin was the cause.

    Then I purchased your book and realized elevated blood sugar was not the only symptom I had. This month I saw the cardiologist with new ammunition, I told him I wanted off the statin and reminded him of by blood sugar, memory loss, leg pain, fatigue. He agreed and I have been off the statin now for 3 weeks, I have no change in my symptoms yet, but I am hopeful. Thank you for a well written, easy to understand book.

  14. Every doctor should have a copy.

    Evansville, IN

    I finally finished reading your book. I agree that every doctor should have a copy. There are some things that I plan to ask our doctors about. Since we are senior citizens, I think that they should know. I have found many things that I plan to pass on to my children and some of my friends.

  15. very informative book

    Sharon Haley
    Portland, OR

    I haven’t had time yet to sit down and really get into this book; however, I have thumbed through it from time to time, and have checked out the index for subjects that I want to read about. So far, I’ve not been disappointed in anything I’ve read … very informative book.

  16. TOP SCREWUPS doctors make


    Interesting and helpful book! All of your info is invaluable. I have followed the Greadons for years.

    The “free gift” of Pomegranate lip care enclosed in the package sent with the book is a bust…cannot open the tube and the expiration date is 12/15.

  17. So much information.

    pauline maxwell

    So much information and lots to read and learn. I am so glad to have the information and thank you for all the work and research it took to do it. Thanks.

  18. Essential!


    We need to be our own advocate. This gives us the tools, checklists, and supporting background to be a partner with our providers. I will consult it whenever we see the doctor. Our docs at Virginia Mason are great and they are happy to have our feedback. They seem to get that we do better when we are working together!

  19. Top Screwups Doctors Make

    Dallas, Texas

    I wish every doctor in the country could be given a copy of this and then made to read it. My husband is suffering from terrible after effects of five years of taking statins and years of taking a proton pump inhibitor. He has a so-called geriatric physician who appears to be kind of tired of listening to old people all day long and just does the minimum. I haven’t been able to find a doctor at all. And my greatest problem is dreadful dental problems but not able to afford the oral surgery, etc. that is needed. This book holds a lot of information that doctors and patients alike can use if they will. I long for universal healthcare that will include dental and visual. Something like Switzerland or Denmark or Thailand can offer. This book is good to have.

  20. Top Screwups Doctors Make

    Linda Feild
    Lakeland, FL

    Great book. Will refer to it many times and won’t go to the hospital without it! Thank you for this invaluable information.

  21. Great start to becoming your own advocate for your health

    Diane E. D.
    PA, USA

    Both my husband and I will be using this book for reference to help take control of our health concerns at the doctors. We are both 66 this year and I especially have many concerns regarding prescriptions and procedures. My husband says he finds the book excellent to look into a bit at a time. We like the style of writing and the anecdotal features. I find doctors often skeptical of any information coming from a patient regarding their own care and hope to get more information about drug side effects and other ways to look at health care. There is good info about using the internet to best advantage and how to better communicate with concerned parties. Have not read cover to cover yet but am excited to have it; well worth the price.

  22. Loved it!


    I bought this one for my sister- her husband only believes anything if a doctor says it. No questions from him and he is paying dearly for this attitude. Maybe seeing the things in the book will nudge him towards taking care of himself better.

  23. Very informative for the patient

    Plumas Lake, CA

    An inside look for the patient on what really goes on in doctors’ offices. I most appreciated reading of possible drug interactions and how we must advocate for ourselves.

  24. Top Screwups Doctors make


    I think the book is very informative, to many people are not taking a stance to be in charge of the healthcare. That said, being 70 and wearing reading glasses, I found the print way too small and light, I usually finish books in a day or two and I’m still plugging my way through this one. Darker and bigger would be a big help, I can’t be the only one who is having a problem. I’ve enjoyed all of your products and the podcasts, keep up the good work.
    Sue A.

  25. I agree with screw ups...


    I agree with screw ups…appalled when I go to the Dr. and he is more interested in his stupid computer screen than his patient, no eye contact etc. I finally didn’t talk at my last visit, sat there till he stopped clicking on that darn computer and I said, are you ready to listen and talk to me without that computer going, think he was shocked but I wasn’t there to talk to his computer, I was there to talk to him not his computer. Our world has less people contact and I think its a disturbing problem…….its scary! People contact has always been, computers are an excuse not to have people contact! How sad is that!

  26. some doctors will give you medication but they won't tell you the side efects

    william sanders
    raleigh n c

    it has to many harmful side effect and not enough good ones

  27. Required Reading for All


    Retired RN, everything in this book is right on! I am going to give one to my PCP because he really tries to keep up, but as stated in the book, it is not possible for him to read everything that’s out there. We patients need to be more astute about ourselves.

  28. Patients Beware... screw-ups really do happen.

    A Bull

    The book is timely and certainly addresses some of the problems with medicine today.

    Physicians, especially those in Primary Care, have serious constraints on the way they must practice medicine. Adequate time to spend with patients, insurance restrictions, Medicare and Medicaid as well as RX formularies come to mind. Physicians should be able pay attention to you, the patient instead of looking at their computer screens. They need enough time to listen to patients in order to accurately diagnose problems. The end results of these constraints are often, “ScrewUps.” Pressed for time, too often clinicians rely on what they think is the problem is and fail to “Look For The Zebra” a term for thinking outside the box for a possible diagnosis. That takes time and often, more than one office visit. Specialists are not immune from this situation. The reliance on expensive and often unnecessary tests has impacted the “art” of medicine. Clinicians rely more and more on technology. Medical malpractice also factors into how medicine is practiced today.

    Patients Beware… screw-ups really do happen. This book is well worth reading initially, and certainly when dealing with a specific problem. Patients need to be their own advocates… aware that physicians do not always make the correct decision. No profession is completely error free. It is not possible to always have the correct answer. Medical mistakes can be deadly. Be sure to review the dangers of RX drugs. Read about over the counter medications that also have side effects and should be used carefully. These are just some of the important issues addressed in the book.

    Top Screwups Doctors Make And How To Avoid Them is well worth purchasing, reading and keeping. You will refer to it often.

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