Book Review: Understanding The Heart

Book Review: Understanding The Heart

Author: Dr. Stephen Hussey

To set the scene, Dr. Stephen Hussey talks us through his personal story and experiences – as a type 1 Diabetic (a group of people who are unfortunately more likely to develop heart disease), he experienced a heart attack, and decided to make choices that conflicted with the recommendations from the cardiologists taking care of him. This book demonstrates his own journey of exploration and novel way of looking at this seemingly misunderstood organ.

As the book progresses, he challenges the “status quo” when it comes to what we know about the cardiovascular system and how heart disease develops (setting forward the idea that the heart isn’t the main mover of blood in the body, despite popular belief!). He outs forward strong and sometimes controversial reasons why Western Medicine’s approach to cardiovascular disease doesn’t seem to be tackling the ever-rising incidence of heart disease that we see in today’s world.

Dr Hussey also provides us with his strategies behind supporting a healthy heart, such as deep diving into ketones and metabolic flexibility, how we should move and exercise, reducing oxidative stress, and even the connection between our oral health and our heart health, providing us with a well-rounded approach and multiple considerations to ponder on.

In our opinion, Dr. Hussey’s book shouldn’t be seen a manual when it comes to understanding the heart and the development of heart disease, instead it is a conversation starter that manages to provoke us to think about and challenge popular beliefs around the cardiovascular system and the development of cardiovascular disease.

About Dr. Hussey: 

Dr. Stephen Hussey is a board-certified chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner. He has a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness promotion from the University of North Carolina Asheville as well as a doctorate of chiropractic and master’s in human nutrition and functional medicine from the University of Western States. In addition to working as a chiropractor in clinical practice, Dr. Hussey has worked with people all over the world, coaching them back to health; he sees the power of food, lifestyle change, and personal environment modification change lives every day. He can be found on his website,, or on social media @drstephenhussey and is also the author of The Health Evolution: Why Understanding Evolution is the Key to Vibrant Health.

For a limited time only, until th 14th of August, Chelsea Green Publishing have given us a 30% discount on ‘Understanding The Heart’ using code NC30 

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