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Dirk Benedict has starred on Broadway, in films, and in several hit television series, including The A-Team and Battlestar Galactica. When he’s not making a movie or writing screenplays, he pilots his own airplane, composes music, goes fishing, or just relaxes with his two sons.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers; New edition edition (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757002773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757002779
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By M. G Watson VINE VOICE on December 30, 2006
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We live in a yogi-riddled age, where just about every shmuck with enough coinage to open a curd stand, self-publish a book or fund an infomercial is out there preaching his or her own "enlightened" method of living, eating, sleeping, dieting, thinking, exercising or making love. Most of these people are cranks or con-men, and their advice is worth about as much as a bean-curd pastry at a Texas chili cook-off. Having read CONFESSIONS OF A KAMIKAZE COWBOY, I feel compelled to say that Dirk Benedict, former star of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and THE A-TEAM, is n-o-t one of them. You may not agree with everything he has to say, either on the medical establishment, diet or philosophy, but he tells an interesting story and makes a passionate and perhaps even credible argument for embracing a totally different way of relating to the world.

Benedict was born in rural Montana (hence: COWBOY) and grew up on what might be referred to as an all-meat diet, a diet he later blamed for his arthritis, acne, receding hairline and ultimately, for his prostatic cancer, and CONFESSIONS is largely an examination of his lifelong journey to really grasp the meaning of the phrase, "You are what you eat." The book is subtitled "A True Story of Discovery, Acting, Health, Recovery and Life" and on every part but the "Acting" this is true. Readers hoping for the inside story on his up-and-down career in front of the camera will be disappointed, for with the exception of some anecdotes about getting cast as Starbuck on GALACTICA and a hilarious recollection of his guest appearance on CHARLIE'S ANGELS he has almost nothing to say about Hollywood (except, of course, for its pill-popping, soul-destroying culture).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TennisAny1? on September 25, 2005
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Dirk Benedict is a witty and 'no holds barred' writer, and I appreciated the raw honesty of both of his books. I read the 1991 printing of this book several years ago and wish I had read it sooner. Confessions changed the way I think about modern medicine. It was the beginning of my journey to learning about the healing power of macrobiotics and it's ability to keep us healthy so we can enjoy life as we were meant to. But don't take my word for it, read the book. I think everyone should.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2006
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This is an excellent book. Dirk is an excellent author. This was the quickest read of non-fiction I have had in years. It is great getting a point of view of others, especially, when they write in a down-to-earth style you can understand. Dirk seems to be that kind of guy.

If you are looking for a bit-by-bit blow from Battlestar Galactica or the A-Team...forget it. He only tells us a little about his work. I wish he would have written more because the few parts there were a great read.

This book is mainly about how Dirk fought cancer using macrobiotics. After reading this book I am not a convert, but I learned a lot. I learned that I and most Americans need to greatly reduce our intake of fatty meat and triple our intake of good vegetables. More veggies, a balanced diet and less caffeine and alcohol all lead to a healthier person.

I do not totally agree with him on his views on modern medicine. Yes, there are many quacks out there who think that they can solve any problem you have with a pill, you get addicted to that pill and then you're hooked. But evidence shows that we are living longer today despite our intake of unhealthy food. I think we can thank some doctors and scientists for that.

For me, the power of this book was the fact that Dirk took control of his life that, to him, seemed out of control. And it does seem like his method helped beat his disease.

I hope we have more offerings from Dirk, not only on the screen, but more literary works as well.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Cho on August 21, 2008
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The life of Dirk Benedict, the benefits of a macrobiotic diet, taking control of your own health instead of using pills, that's what this book is about. I loved the book, but if you're an A-Team or Battlestar Galactica fan, I'm not so certain you'd want to hear much about Benedict's advocation of a vegetarian diet & how he believes he beat cancer through it.

I am a practicing medical doctor, so hear me out on my opinion on his views on diet & cancer. I very much support much of what Benedict says--perhaps about 80-90% of it. He mentions going vegetarian, incorporating a macrobiotic diet & excercise saved his life in more ways than 1. Take into consideration that Benedict wrote this in a day & age when cutting down harmful fats, excercising & eating "whole" foods were seen as a harmful fad. It is understandable why he writes his opinions in a tone that is somewhat preaching & angry. Its actually quite revolutionary that he had these views in the 70s, since this seemed to only catch on in the 90s.

I also strongly support that people in general need to take control of their health through diet & excercise & not really on the doctor for wellness. Its unfortunate, but the pharmaceutical industry & managed care have created something I nickname "fast food medicine". They only want us to see patients for about 15 minutes, give them a pill & see the next one. They don't want us sitting with our patients & educating them about health. No, they will not outright claim this but all the financial incentives push us in this direction. In several places, I can only get paid for a 15 minute check. If I don't prescribe a med, I might not get reimbursed. Doctors are pushed to treat sickness, but not promote wellness.
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