Book Reviews

Tina M. Peil,

A new way of looking at health and medicine!

The Origin of Disease is a must-read for all who are interested in their health. The authors present a totally new way of looking at medicine by showing the evidence that chronic disease is caused by pathogens, and that many of these diseases are treatable and even curable. Traditionally the medical community has relied on finding ways to manage chronic disease with a band-aid approach rather than looking for the root cause and a cure. I do not have a science or medical background, but I was able to easily read and understand the information presented. I was especially interested in the information about Alzheimer’s disease, as it has affected members of my family. I highly recommend this book.



Brilliant! Years of knowledge given freely to others for everyone’s benefit. Not only did this doctor give his life to helping others, his legacy lives on with his gift of knowledge. Fantastic book. I loved it and recommend to everyone.

Ram Khatri,

Good Book With Research and Experience.

Written from authors’ first-hand experiences and extensive researches, this is a very useful book for medical professionals as well as every health-conscious person. I highly recommend this book.

Violetta Smart,
This is a fascinating book. Here at last is a doctor wouldn’t put up with the way an HMO treated his patients! In the second chapter, after describing his battle with an HMO, Dr. Merchant wrote that he wouldn’t work anywhere that administrators and insurance company clerks controlled his medical decisions, putting profits ahead of the best interest of his patient.

I haven’t finished it and already my copy is profusely underligned. Combining history, culture, and his concepts of medicine, it’s even entertaining to read. I feel anyone can get a lot out of this book which should be obligatory reading for med students and recently graduated doctors who may be open to Dr. Merchant’s totally different and highly original approaches.

I bought it because of the title, the Origin of Disease. I have been in intractable pain for six years and under pain management but, the one intervention my doctor proposed, and which might have helped, was denied by my insurance company the day before I was scheduled to have it.

Pacific Book Review

The Origin of Disease: The War Within
by Carolyn Merchant, JD and Christopher Merchant, MD

Physician and co-founder of Johns Hopkins, Dr. William Osler once said, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” In the book The Origin of Disease: The War Within, authors Carolyn Merchant, JD and Christopher Merchant, MD, use their vast knowledge to show a new way of approaching various illnesses.

In the book, the authors delve into their respective family histories and their own personal experiences and studies that make them experts in the field. They then dive head first into the analysis and study of how chronic illnesses are linked to several different ailments that modern day doctors treat only for the symptoms, and not the root cause of the problem. The authors command over the medical expertise they bring to the writing is both technical and yet relayed easily enough for patients and doctors alike to understand. It is a new perspective that is interesting to see, as the authors relay various chronic illnesses such as toxoplasmosis and chlamydia pathogens as possible root causes for things including endocrine illnesses, reproductive illnesses and even mental health illnesses.

This is definitely an interesting book that patients suffering from illnesses as well as doctors seeking new answers or medical researchers alike will be fascinated by. As someone who suffers from autoimmune diseases myself, as well as mental health struggles, as well as several family members, the book spoke to me in a personal way. While the new studies and theories presented by the authors were fascinating to read about, from a personal perspective I couldn’t help but wonder how the author’s chronic illness theory would explain patients who inherit genetically various illnesses (mental or physical) from parents, grandparents or any other family from previous generations, (speaking as someone who inherited RA and other illnesses from my mother). Also in the book the authors make mention about certain theories regarding links to mental health illnesses and diseases like toxoplasmosis, sometimes caused by cats. They link the possibility to some of the horrible mass shooters in recent years, considering the shooters all appeared ill and theorized some may have come into contact with the disease (as well as dangerous psychiatric drugs) that led to their violent tendencies. Yet what I wonder as a reader was if this were the case, why doesn’t everyone with a mental health disorder, if contracted from toxoplasmosis or other diseases, become or lean toward violent tendencies?

The book, whether or not you agree with the author’s theories and analysis of these various illnesses, does a great job of creating a conversation. Anything that extends the readers knowledge of health overall and forces us to question or debate the cause of various illnesses is a positive thing. It is a detailed, knowledgeable and thorough book filled with fascinating theories that no matter what, all readers should have the opportunity to explore themselves. If you enjoy medical books, suffer from an ailment or are curious about health overall, then you’ll want to grab your copy of The Origin of Disease: The War Within by Carolyn Merchant, JD and Christopher Merchant, MD, today!


The US Review

The Origin of Disease: The War Within
by Carolyn Merchant, JD and Christopher Merchant, MD

“The medical history should include a detailed and extensive history of pets, and the degree of close contact with pets.”

Disease is an inevitability. No matter how healthy your lifestyle and habits or how well you take care of yourself, everybody gets sick sometimes. When you get sick, a doctor usually prescribes medicine to treat the symptoms and get the patient through until they are well. But what can you do to avoid getting sick in the first place? What actually causes a person to become ill, and can anything be done to avoid chronic, long-term illnesses that just seem to happen at random? In this examination of disease, the authors identify a pattern of the root causes of chronic illnesses and what can be done to fight maladies that many medical professionals just say happen and have to be lived with.

Containing exciting information and thought, this book could help people find ways to improve or avoid diseases and conditions that can dramatically alter a life. Opening with a biographical look at how the Merchants came to their understanding of disease and their compulsion to get the information out into the hands of people who can use it, a groundwork is laid that tells the reader how the authors think and analyze information. Taking time to explain infections and how they relate to a myriad of conditions, plenty of studies both accepted and groundbreaking back up the ideas contained in every chapter.

For many people, medical books can be a hard hurdle to jump. But this book is written in an accessible style and format, and contains information useful to the layperson, not just medical professionals, though it certainly has value there. Choosing the cause and the proactive approach over a reactionary one, this book challenges a lot of the accepted thinking in Western medicine, but all truly impactful ideas have to shatter the old to move the method forward.