Saturday, June 30, 2012

What else can I do?

There is an inaccuracy in a recent Amazon review of Stronger After Stroke that I must correct... 

BULL
Here is part of the review:

"I have not read the book, but one of the reasons my father in law suffered a stroke was because he's blood pressure was too high due to alcohol consumption. In this book it says it's ok to have 4 oz of alcohol a day so my father in law has started drinking again. So I'm hoping I didn't start up the drinking with him by giving him this book."

Actually, there is no mention of alcohol at all, any place in the book. But the author of the review hadn't read the book, so how would they know?

Here's a part of the story that may be interesting only to me: I contacted Amazon, asking them to consider taking the review down. Amazon will only take down a review "If it in violation of one of Amazon's posted guidelines." One of posted guidelines is: "Customer reviews should be relevant to the product in question." The reviewer is clearly reviewing hearsay, not a book. In any case, I was amazed that Amazon has declined to take the review down. I'm a huge fan of Amazon! I'm disappointed.

I'm not an advocate of drinking after stroke.

Thank you.S

7 comments:

Amy said...

Peter question for you. I don't abstain from alcohol. I mean I certainly don't get wasted but I will have a few drinks. Is there a reason that I shouldn't other than already having a messed up brain?

Peter G Levine said...

Great question. The problem seems to be that the drinks interfere with the drugs. Specifically blood thinners, which many "block" stroke survivors are on, don't do well with drink, which is also a blood thinner. But this question is above my pay grade...ask your doc!

Amy said...

will do, thanks :)

Sara Madden said...

Amy, I don't abstain. either. I had a stroke in December 2011. I stopped all meds after my last angiogram came up negative, which was in April. I did have a hangover once, which made me throw up repeatedly. After that (and before, for that matter), I would have 2 drinks maximum, because walking is a heck of a lot more important than drinking!

Amy said...

i agree, walking is way more important!

Peter G Levine said...

Yeah but if you can't walk and you drink, you can't fall down. I can see wheelchairs being all the rage in campuses across the nation.

Amy said...

oh geez, haha!

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