Richard A. MacDonald, M.D.
Outskirts Press (2015)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (06/15)
Within a couple years of coming into this world, my life was turned upside down by viruses. From being hospitalized with Chicken Pox, Croup and the Hong Kong Flu of 1968, I was hit hard very early in life. Growing up, I dealt with multiple health issues that were always attributed to a virus. I found this very frustrating because I felt like everything unknown was lumped into a “virus.” After reading, “Age In a Viral World,” written by a medical doctor with an impressive background, Richard A. MacDonald, MD, I realized that maybe my doctors were actually correct.
Dr. MacDonald gives a concise discussion on how viruses are virtually everywhere, including in the air we breathe. As we take them into our system, they create a multitude of problems that are typically associated with other health issues, especially for those that are aging. For the aged, these conditions are usually related to the brain, heart, and the gut. MacDonald believes that many health problems are misdiagnosed and are actually caused by viruses. Using his own body as a subject, he shares health issues that he experienced and how he saw over forty doctors to try to find out what was wrong. The diagnoses were usually all over the place. As he did further research, he realized that viruses could be the culprit for many health conditions because they can cause a gene to mutate.
I found “Age in a Viral World,” to be very interesting. Richard A. MacDonald, MD, puts out a lot of interesting information about our bodies and viruses. I appreciate that he was able to share his own personal experiences and frustration of not being able to get straight answers to his conditions from medical professionals. This book taught me to think outside the box with regards to my own health issues. I also would like to learn more about this topic. Cleaner editing would have helped make the book easier to follow, especially for the layperson. I believe that it is important that people who are interested in finding answers to their health issues read, “Age in a Viral World.”