Title: The Eden Prescription
Author: Ethan Evers
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
Genre: Medical Thriller
I am a huge believer in the power of natural medicine. Now, I’m not saying that modern medicine doesn’t have its place or sometimes isn’t the better answer, but I do believe that natural medicine has a longer track record of success with fewer side effects and really should be taken more seriously. The problem with natural medicine is, of course, that it is natural. Treatments grow in the wild, can’t be patented, and can’t make some random corporation a boat-load of money. I think this has a lot to do with why it’s not used more often. In The Eden Prescription by Ethan Evers, this is exactly what is happening. A natural cure for cancer is being violently squashed by a big pharmaceutical company who stands to make billions on a new cancer treatment drug. To paraphrase one of the characters in the book, why offer a cure for free when you can make tons of money treating the same cancer over and over again? It’s really disturbing to think about, but I have no doubt that stuff like this happens in the real world and not just fiction.
The Eden Prescription is basically the story of Dr. Elliot Lindell and Annika Guthrie. Lindell has come up with a formula, using all natural ingredients, that essentially cures several forms of cancer. Annika, while working with Chromogen, secretly gives this formula to cancer patients. Just the formula, nothing else. Miraculously, they all get better. Sadly, they’re all killed off once Chromogen gets word of what’s going on. From there, it becomes Annika and Lindell versus Chromogen, and in many cases, Chromogen’s competitor, Mitogenica. Billions of dollars are at stake for the pharmaceutical companies, and when that much money is involved, you know it’s going to get violent.
Evers spent years researching all the information, studies, and science behind natural medicine for cancer, and it definitely shows. I don’t think I’ve seen such an expertly researched book in a long time. He even includes an extensive annotated bibliography at the end of the book so you can verify his facts. The story is very action-driven, but it takes place over the course of about a year, so although it moves quickly, the time-frame makes the events seem more realistic. The Eden Prescription has a lot of characters in it, and occasionally I had a hard time remembering who worked for which side, especially because the names Logan and Nolan were so similar. But the main players are all richly developed, each with a strong back story that helps the reader understand their motivations. This is an extremely well-written and enthralling medical thriller that will leave you with a lot to think about regarding natural medicine and its role in curing a myriad of conditions, including cancer.