- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: Ruscio Institute LLC (February 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0999766805
- ISBN-13: 978-0999766804
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 930 g
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8.233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Healthy Gut, Healthy You: The Personalized Plan to Transform Your Health from the Inside Out Paperback – 15 February 2018
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Dr. Michael Ruscio is a functional medicine practitioner, clinical researcher, and international lecturer. He is a leader in the movement to make integrative medicine and natural health solutions more accepted and accessible. His clinical practice is located in Northern California. For more information, visit www.drruscio.com.
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As many other readers have already noted, this is a thoroughly researched, organized trove of information about the gut with systemic guidelines that are easy and practical to follow. But in the supplement protocol portion of the book, rather than recommending specific herbs and dosages, he recommends a protocol called "Dr. Ruscio's Biota Clear 1a, 1b, 2a, and 2b" (which can only be purchased on his website). It is true that Dr. Ruscio is not forcing the reader to buy these supplements (as he defensively pointed out in response to another Amazon reviewer's criticism), but by recommending only his brand of formulations rather than the specific herbal dosages, the reader is left with the understanding that his or her only option is to purchase the Dr. Ruscio formulations from his online shop. This is the ONLY part of the book that is vague. The total cost of his recommended supplements to complete the protocol are thousands of dollars, so if every person who purchased this book purchased the supplements he recommended, he would clearly stand to make a huge profit.
I don't think it is wrong for Dr. Ruscio to make a profit off his book or to suggest his own brand of supplements, it's just that as a doctor who incessantly talks on his podcast and book about being a critical and healthy skeptic, I would think that if he was only going to promote is own supplements, he would at least back it up with a solid justification for why his brand of supplements are say, superior to others on the market (for example, his company has better quality control, etc.). But without any substantive reason to promote only his supplements, it feels like this great book is all just a lead up to spending thousands of dollars in his store. Because the rest of the book is so good and evidence-based, by the time you get to the end where he suggests his supplements, it is easy to feel a level of trust in him and feel like your only option to getting healthy is to purchase from his store.
When I researched the ingredients and dosages in his recommended supplements, I found that all of his formulations are exact duplicates, ingredient line by ingredient line, of other (often more affordable) supplements already on the market, and then repackaged under his "Dr. Ruscio Biota" brand. I've compiled a list of the duplicates below. Compare the ingredients and price differences for yourself and then use your own judgment to determine which option you would prefer to buy.
Edit: 7.9.19: Another customer pointed out that some of the supplements below are now a little bit more expensive than Dr. Ruscio's. Great! Purchase from Dr. Ruscio then (if you want). Prices fluctuate on Amazon, so make sure to compare prices when you are ready to buy. My objective here is not to move you away from Dr. Ruscio's store, but to be aware that there are other options to consider.
Dr. Ruscio's Biota Clear 1a: Designs for Health Oil of Oregano Softgels
Dr. Ruscio's Biota Clear 1b: Designs for Health GI Microb-X
Dr. Ruscio's Biota Clear 2a: BioMatrix Paracid-X
Dr. Ruscio's Biota Clear 2b: Now Foods Candida Support
Dr. Ruscio's Lacto-Bifido Probiotic Blend: Klaire Lab's Ther-Biotic Complete
Dr. Ruscio's Soil-Based Probiotic: Klaire Labs Biospora
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