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About the Author

Christopher P. Cannon, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a frequent lecturer, Dr. Cannon has published more than 500 articles, reviews, editorials, book chapters, and electronic publications in the field of acute coronary syndromes. Elizabeth Vierck is a well-known, widely published author on aging, health and related topics, with 16 books and numerous other publications to her credit.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1 edition (December 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592575587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592575589
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher P. Cannon, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard
Medical School in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is a senior investigator of the Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) Study Group, and over the past two decades has been the principal investigator for more than 10 international clinical trials in the area of heart attacks and prevention. Recent trials include PROVE IT-TIMI 22, which showed that "lower is better" for cholesterol and changed international guidelines, and CLARITY-TIMI 28 which showed that giving heart attack patients clopidogrel (Plavix) can prevent future heart attacks.

Dr. Cannon graduated from Yale College and earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. After completing his internal medicine residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, he came to Boston for cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has been on staff as a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's for 20 years. He has recently been cited as one of the "Best Doctors in Boston" in Boston Magazine.

Dr. Cannon has published more than 900 original articles, reviews, editorials, book chapters, and electronic publications in the field of heart attacks and cardiovascular prevention. His research is published in journals including Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He is Editor-in-Chief of a journal Critical Pathways in Cardiology and a book series for physicians Contemporary Cardiology, which has published more than 60 books. He is author or editor of 11 books, including "The New Heart Disease Handbook". Dr. Cannon is frequently quoted in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post. He has appeared as a guest on ABC World News, Good Morning America, CBS News, PBS, CNBC among others. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Cardiology's website Cardiosource (www.Cardiosource.com), and an editor for the website for patients, www.CardioSmart.org.

Dr. Cannon has received numerous awards including the Alfred Steiner Research Award, Upjohn Achievement in Research Award, and Robert F. Loeb Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology. He is immediate-past chairman the American Heart Association's and American College of Cardiology's ACTION Registry-GWTG registry. He is the principal investigator of several ongoing clinical trials, including IMPROVE IT which is an 18,000 patient trial evaluating patients the benefit of lowering of LDL cholesterol to even lower levels than the currently revised guidelines (<70 mg/dl) using a new type of cholesterol-lowering medication, ezetimibe in addition to statins.

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A great overview that gets any started down the path to a healthy eating life style.
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107 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Mary M. Reilly on March 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book! I bought it because of my esophagitis, and learned all about how inflammation is involved in it and so many other diseases that run in my family, such as arthritis, migraines and diabetes.

The chapter on "Fat is Not Just Fat Anymore" is a real eye opener - the fatter you are the more inflammation you have. WOW!!!

I gave a copy to my mother because I think it will help her to manage her arthritis more effectively. And the chapter (3) that gives the nutritional guidelines for older people is really important for her. She is tired alot but tends to choose sweets over real food like protein and dark-colored veggies.

Here's the deal: this diet is NOT a quick fix, it is a way of life - a lifestyle. I think the book should have been called the Complete Idiot's Guide to the Anti-inflammation Lifestyle - because, as the author's say, exercisse and stress reduction are an important part of the plan.

But, Dr. Cannon does tell us how we SHOULD all eat. It seems that all the books these days have "seven habits" or "six steps" or "three blessings" but I have to say that, in this case, the book's "seven principles" are great. The authors have a taken a diet that is science-based and made it easy to follow!

I have given up refined sugar except in dark chocolates and I doon't even miss it because I feel so much better. The hardest psrt for me is at airports and because I travel frequently I have a history of running for the cinnabun or a slice of pizza and I am sure they are full of trans-fats. So now I carry almonds and appleswith me everywhere I go.

I highly recommend this book, and this lifestyle. I works!
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189 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Wilner on April 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved this book! It was deeply informative, stimulating and fun to read. It was not only "an eating plan that helps fight everything from asthma to heart disease," but truly a guide to leading a healthy lifestyle.

The authors, Christopher Cannon, M.D., a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Elizabeth Vierck, an accomplished writer in the medical and aging fields, pulled together an enormous amount of research about the wide variety of diseases that are related to high levels of inflammation in our bodies. Of equal importance they offer a simple guide including food shopping, recipes, exercise and family care plans that reduce inflammatory triggers and promote a healthier life with fewer chronic health problems.

Although my 89 year old mother-in-law assumed from the title that this book only addressed digestive problems, and a colleague thought it was aimed at his wife who has fibromyalgia, the truth is that inflammation has connections to many health and age related problems including heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, many of the forms of arthritis, autoimmune diseases, allergies and inflammatory bowel diseases, among others.

What's truly fun about this book is the style in which it is written and the way it is designed. To me, it reads like a Tony Hillerman novel - a page turner and yet when you reach the end you realize you've learned about a whole new culture! In this case, the culture is discovering a healthy alternative to the American way of eating.

At the end of one chapter I couldn't wait to see what was coming in the next.
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Dc Boyle on March 29, 2007
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I am generally not a big diet book fan, but my wife gave me the Anti-Inflammation Diet after some medical friends were talking about inflammation. I didn't get at all how diet could affect inflammation or even what chronic inflammation is. This book makes it very clear. It also spells out the health risks associated with inflammation.

The information is comprehensive and well presented. The authors are credible experts and don't appear to be selling a line of supplements or other quackery.

I found the book's "seven principles" easy to understand and apply. They make eating healthy less complicated to understand - and maybe even a little less work. Love the Flax, Apple, Walnut Muffins - but stay away from the green tea smoothie. I'm sold on brown rice and whole grains, fruits, veges and olive oil. Now if I could just give up all that sugar....
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Kurtzman on March 25, 2007
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I have stiff knees and I am concerned that it's going to get much worse. A friend gave me this book as a gift because he loved it and lost 15 pounds and felt much better. I figure I couldn't lose--and I did five pounds. But most of all I feel I am eating a healthy and filling diet and taking better care of myself by following Dr. Cannon's guidelines. Plus there's a great recipe for homemade breakfast bars. I particulary enjoyed the tips on herbs and suppliments. This is a great over-all healthy book because it's by a famous cardiologist and the science base of it was most impressive.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn (Francophile) on March 27, 2007
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This title is packed with well organized information and recipes. The chaper on Food Shopping Strategies is really useful. There are specialized chapters that discuss exercise and stress reduction and lots of useful information on how people of different ages have different nutritional needs. This book works great with Weight Watchers. What a great value!
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