Brave New Medicine: A Doctor's Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness

Brave New Medicine: A Doctor's Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness Review

In this revelatory memoir, Doctor Cynthia Li shares the truth about her disabling autoimmune illness, the limitations of Western medicine, and her hard-won lessons on healing—mind, body, and spirit. 

Li had it all: a successful career in medicine, a loving marriage, children on the horizon. But it all came crashing down when, after developing an autoimmune thyroid condition, mysterious symptoms began consuming her body. Test after test came back "within normal limits," baffling her doctors—and baffling herself. Housebound with two young children, Li began a solo odyssey from her living room couch to find a way to heal.

Brave New Medicine details the physical and existential crisis that forces a young doctor to question her own medical training. She dives into the root causes of her illness, learning to unlock her body's innate intelligence and wholeness. Li relates her story with the insight of a scientist, and the humility and candor of a patient, exploring the emotional and spiritual shifts beyond the physical body.

Millions of people worldwide are affected by autoimmune disease. While complex conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are gaining attention, patients struggling with these mysterious ailments remain largely dismissed by their doctors, families, and friends. This is the harsh reality that doctor-turned-"difficult patient" Li faced firsthand.

Drawing on cutting-edge science, ancient healing arts, and the power of intuition, this memoir offers support, validation, and a new perspective for doctors and patients alike. Through her story, you can find the wisdom and heart to start your own healing journey, too.

Title:Brave New Medicine: A Doctor's Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness

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    Brave New Medicine: A Doctor's Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness Reviews

  • Literary Soirée

    I was so moved by the long journey to wholeness of the author, an internal medicine physician whose Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and chronic fatigue took her from a thriving medical practice to houseboun...

  • Daniel H

    I couldn't put this book down! And I don't even have an autoimmune illness. Reads like a good mystery....

  • Julie

    Highly recommended. After feeling disillusioned by overly proscriptive (and diet culture-proliferating) functional medicine reads, I feel reinvigorated by Dr. Li's heart-filled story and suggestions. ...

  • Corey Wignall-Holowaty

    As someone who suffers from a chronic illness that seems to have no reasoning as to why it found me or how to control the symptoms, I found this book very interesting, especially seeing how it came fr...

  • Micky Cox

    An interesting autobiographical look at Hashimotos autoimmune and thyroid disease coming from a dr who suffered as a patient and had a hard time getting "old" ways of treating those issues out of her ...

  • Galiciasharon

    As I put Brave New Medicine down, I feel both exhilarated and exhausted. Exhilarated because there is hope that I can be whole again, and exhausted because I felt Cynthia’s pain. I walked her journe...

  • Dilia Narduzzi

    Very useful and compelling book. Have gone back many times already to reread bits. I appreciate this author's story and her thoughts on the body and medical system. I'm so very depressed about the sta...

  • Ri

    As someone who was diagnosed with Lupus and Hashimoto's in the past five years, this book touched me. I found myself relating to this author's journey, as I too have struggled to find answers and foun...

  • Micky Cox

    An interesting autobiographical look at Hashimotos autoimmune and thyroid disease coming from a dr who suffered as a patient and had a hard time getting "old" ways of treating those issues out of her ...

  • Susanne

    Thank you to New Harbinger Publications and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Back in a previous lifetime, I trained as a registered nurse, so was intrigued by the description - an...