Book Review

The Road to Immunity : How To Survive and Thrive in a Toxic World

Kenneth Bock, MD., and Nellie Sabin
Pocket Books, division of Simon & Schuster

This incredible book should be on the bestseller list. This well referenced book is packed with worthwhile immune building information, which could save your life. The key is prevention by way of nutrients, diet and lifestyle, which are discussed in detail.

Dr. Kenneth Bock, M.D. was trained in the tradition of allopathic medicine but after training he sought out other methods of healing, which took on a holistic approach. Dr. Bock refers to this as progressive medicine. Progressive medicine takes the best of traditional medicine and combines it with the best of alternative medicine.

Dr. Bock takes complex medical information and puts it in an easy to understand format. In the Immunology chapter we gain a new understanding of immune system health. The immune system is capable of over responding thus causing autoimmune disorders, or the immune system can under respond thus allowing tumor growth. An individual’s immune threshold is closely related to allergies. A severe infection may suddenly cause a new food allergy. This close knit interaction between immunity and infections and allergies is discussed.

Dr. Bock discusses immunity, allergies, infections, the digestive system, liver detoxification, thyroid, adrenals, blood sugar, hormones, reduction and oxidation, metabolism candidiasis, Lyme disease, cancer, and chronic fatigue. He then talks about incorporating non-traditional methods of treatment such as intravenous Vitamin C, chelation therapy, immunotherapy, Enzyme-Potentiated Desensitization, oxidative therapies, and ultraviolet blood irradiation.

Dr Bock explains the biochemistry or physiology of each system, then the disease states. He sites specific diagnostic tests and then carefully proceeds with a treatment plan for specific ailments. An immune bolstering diet and nutrients are explained, as well as stress management techniques, which can positively affect our immune system. Keep in mind that what you learn in this book could help you get onto a healthy path before you come to find yourself in a disease state.

Meaningful case studies are scattered throughout the book, which illustrate the impact these modalities can make in a person’s life. It is obvious that many lives have been positively affected by Dr. Bock’s care.

Even though this book was published in 1997 it has much information that is still new to many. Definitely worth reading, this powerful book can impact your health in a positive way.


Reviewed By:  Betty Jo Grajeda, MD
In:  Jan 2006