I recommend the book to anyone struggling with chronic health problems.
There are many, many alternatives out there for supplements, vitamins, and health products. I stumbled across Jigsaw Health when searching for a product on the web, and really had no idea of their overall health philosophy - nor did I particularly care. They simply had the best price on the product I wanted, and so began my relationship with Jigsaw as a customer.
Several months later, I was perusing their site, and out of curiosity, began reading Pat's blogs. It quickly became apparent that here was a man who had a world view similar to my own, chronic health problems similar to my own, disappointing experiences with "traditional" medicine that were largely similar to my own, and an overall health philosophy similar to my own. It was then that I realized he had launched Jigsaw as basically the fruit of his own health ordeals as a way to help others with products he himself had tested. I really enjoyed his little personal testimonial videos for each product, explaining what it was, how it worked, and why he felt Jigsaw's offering was superior. I felt I was being given information, not a marketing spiel. Pat is a very personable, believable individual, and I believe his motivation is truly to help people. The truth is, he already made his fortune elsewhere (in the software world), so it is very difficult to accuse him of being in this business solely - or even primarily - for the money.
As part of a promotion, I downloaded the book for free, and read it in a single sitting. It was written in a very conversational, approachable style. Without understanding Pat's full journey of health issues, as well as his recovery, it really isn't possible to fully "get" what Jigsaw is all about. If for no other reason than better understanding the philosophy of this company, I recommend you get the book.
After reading the PDF version that I downloaded, I immediately ordered a hardcopy to send as a gift to a friend because there were many things addressed in the book that I felt paralleled her own experiences and would prove helpful and encouraging to her.
There were several things I enjoyed about this book:
- Pat discusses the EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL impact of chronic health problems, not just the physical. These aspects are almost completely ignored by conventional medicine, yet they are such a huge part of ongoing illnesses. Eventually, they grind down not just your body, but your spirit as well. There were parts of the book where I wept because I could identify so completely with what Pat has been through.
- Pat has been blessed financially more than most people, due to his business acumen and entrepreneurial efforts with ACT! Software. This financial freedom allowed him to explore many, many medical alternatives when looking for answers to his own health problems that would not be realistic for most of the rest of us without taking out a second mortgage. Pat essentially spent his own money to be able to tell the rest of us what works, and what doesn't. To me, the book ended up delivering an experience that was a bit like "consumer reports" for chronic illness remedies. Admittedly, it was anecdotal, based on one person's experiences (Pat's). But I still found it helpful, and because several of his experiences and findings were identical to my own, I found that Pat very quickly established credibility with me.
- Most health books I have read have a "silver bullet" approach. Take this ONE supplement, or do this ONE exercise, or follow this ONE diet, or whatever, and your problems will magically resolve - guaranteed! Pat's book is far more realistic. His path to wellness is presented as a journey, not an event - and I think most of us intuitively know that this is the way health works. We didn't get chronically ill in a day, and we won't recover in a day.
- Because Pat doesn't purport to be an expert - just a layman like the rest of us - it tends to build, rather than diminish, his credibility with the reader. He's just a regular guy telling it like it is. He has no particular ulterior motive that I could discern other than genuinely wanting to help and encourage people by sharing his own experiences. Everything Pat talks about in the book involves either stopping the introduction of something harmful into your body, or introducing things into your body that can be purchased in a number of places. It wasn't as though he was selling some kind of proprietary blend of 11 herbs and spices that only he could provide for $99.95 + shipping/handling.
In conclusion, I recommend the book to anyone struggling with chronic health problems. Just like Pat titled it "Piece by Piece," I believe most readers will find in this book at least one or two pieces (and probably many more) that help them in their own journey towards freedom from chronic unwellness.