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Official Review: Poisoned by Alan Bell

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Official Review: Poisoned by Alan Bell

Post Number:#1 by MarisaRose
» 13 Apr 2017, 14:44

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Poisoned" by Alan Bell.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Poisoned: How a Crime-Busting Prosecutor Turned His Medical Mystery into a Crusade for Environmental Victims by Alan Bell is a unique autobiography about the author’s battle with environmental poisoning. Written from the first person perspective, Poisoned starts off describing Alan’s life before he became ill. A young lawyer, Alan is a real go-getter with experience as a prosecutor specializing in organized crime. After moving to private practice and securing a job as an attorney for an insurance company, Alan moves to a brand new, state of the art building. Around this time, Alan is plagued with a plethora of physical concerns. Multiple doctors prescribe standard medication for his mysterious ailments, but Alan’s condition fails to improve. At his wits end, but determined to rehabilitate his crippled body, Alan will go to any extreme to understand the root cause of his illness.

In recounting his story, the author does a wonderful job conveying the frustration of not understanding his illness, and the sadness of losing the ability to participate in basic societal functions like shopping or eating at a restaurant. Even more distressing is the fear he faces that his terminal illness will significantly damage his relationships with his wife and young daughter. As Alan went from one doctor to the next, crossing the country, spending more and more money, I cared about Alan and worried that his story would have a tragic ending.

Poisoned succeeds not only as an emotional mystery about one man’s physical and emotional decline, but also as an introduction to the unfamiliar risks of environmental poisoning. The narrative contains just the right amount of scientific fact and explanation, all of which is portrayed in easy to understand language. It took years for the author to fully understand the multiple reasons behind his crippling condition, exemplifying the scariest part of environmental poisoning – the unknown factor. The ending of the book contains a wealth of educational information detailing lifestyle changes and tips to limit chemical injury, as well as a list of recommended reading related to the subject.

Though the majority of the book is fast paced and keeps you wondering about the final outcome, the last section of the book describes some of the legal cases Alan works on later in his life and this portion moves a bit slower. The cases are interesting, yet this section of the book is more explanatory and lacks the personal touch contained in the first half of the autobiography.

Poisoned is a rare book as it is both incredibly moving and equally well researched. This book is a real eye-opener that anyone who is in the least bit health conscience should read. For the most part, Poisoned is a true page turner that utilizes the author's emotional experiences to make reading about an important scientific subject enjoyable and educational; therefore, I give it 4 out of 4 stars.

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Re: Official Review: Poisoned by Alan Bell

Post Number:#2 by Amagine
» 19 Apr 2017, 06:23

It's great that it addresses a topic that you don't hear about too often. We're so use to hearing about common illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, HIV, that we don't realize that there are so many other illnesses that are affecting people. It's also a book of encouragement as we see the author's determination not to succumb to the poison.

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Re: Official Review: Poisoned by Alan Bell

Post Number:#3 by MarisaRose
» 19 Apr 2017, 08:44

Amagine wrote:It's great that it addresses a topic that you don't hear about too often. We're so use to hearing about common illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, HIV, that we don't realize that there are so many other illnesses that are affecting people. It's also a book of encouragement as we see the author's determination not to succumb to the poison.

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Thank you! It was really interesting to read about illness brought on by environmental factors. The book really is eye opening.
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Post Number:#4 by kandscreeley
» 19 Apr 2017, 09:13

I saw this in the review section and was wondering about this myself. It is interesting to think what all could be going on around us that affect us. It's something we need to be aware of. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: Poisoned by Alan Bell

Post Number:#5 by MarisaRose
» 19 Apr 2017, 09:53

kandscreeley wrote:I saw this in the review section and was wondering about this myself. It is interesting to think what all could be going on around us that affect us. It's something we need to be aware of. Thanks for the review.


I was a little hesitant when I first picked this one because I wasn't sure if it would just be a medical-type book. The author does a great job telling his story while also providing education about the topic. Highly recommend this one!
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Re: Official Review: Poisoned by Alan Bell

Post Number:#6 by Sarah G
» 19 Apr 2017, 11:56

What a great review. I don't normal read this genre of book, but after reading this I really am tempted :)
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Re: Official Review: Poisoned by Alan Bell

Post Number:#7 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 19 Apr 2017, 14:04

Wow! This sounds like a very well-written book. To take a topic like environmental poisoning and turn it into a page-turner is quite a feat! Kudos to the author, and thanks for the review!
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Re: Official Review: Poisoned by Alan Bell

Post Number:#8 by Kitkat3
» 19 Apr 2017, 18:39

I'm really interested in health and health concerns, and I really haven't heard much about environmental poisoning. It's definitely something that needs to be talked about more. Thanks for the review.
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