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Product Details

  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Spiral Science; First Edition edition (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000H06OX0
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,212,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John David Mann is an award-winning author whose writings have earned the Nautilus Award, the Axiom Business Book Award (Gold Medal), and Taiwan's Golden Book Award for Innovation; his books are published in more than two dozen languages and have sold more than 2 million copies. He is coauthor of the international bestseller "The Go-Giver" with Bob Burg, the New York Times bestsellers "The Red Circle" with Brandon Webb and "Flash Foresight" with Daniel Burrus, "Take the Lead" with Betsy Myers (named Best Leadership Book of 2011 by Tom Peters and The Washington Post), and the national bestseller "The Slight Edge" with Jeff Olson.

John has been creating careers since he was a teenager. At age 17, he and a few friends started their own high school in Orange, New Jersey (called Changes, Inc. -- you can read about it in his book, "The Zen of MLM"). Before turning to business and journalism, he forged a successful career as a concert cellist and prize-winning composer. At 15 he was recipient of the 1969 BMI Awards to Student Composers and several New Jersey State grants for composition; his musical compositions were performed throughout the U.S. and his musical score for Aeschylus' "Prometheus Bound" (written at age 13) was performed at the amphitheater in Delphi, Greece, where the play was originally premiered.

His diverse career has made him a thought leader in several different industries. In 1986 John founded and wrote for Solstice, a journal on health, nutrition and environmental issues; his series on the climate crisis (yes, he was writing about this back in the eighties) was selected for reprint in Utne Reader. In 1992 John edited and produced the underground bestseller "The Greatest Networker in the World" by John Milton Fogg, which became the defining book in its field and sold over one million copies in eight languages. During the 1990s, John built a multimillion-dollar sales/distribution organization of over 100,000 people. He was cofounder and senior editor of the legendary journal Upline and editor in chief of Network Marketing Lifestyles and Networking Times.

He is married to Ana Gabriel Mann and considers himself the luckiest mann in the world. You can visit him at www.johndavidmann.com.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scott Ohlgren on December 7, 2007
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One of the most important insights for anyone who has personally experienced the diet/disease, diet/symptom connection is the awareness of inevitable food diet dogma--meaning, the initial tendency for any student of natural health to create fairly hard-edged principles around what is Right Food and Wrong Food and believe them as incontrovertibly true for the rest of their life and for all of humanity. Generally at that moment, a student of natural health will join one of churches--er I mean groups--that best fit those beliefs, be it the All Raw group, or Vegetarianism, or Macrobiotic/Vegan/Natural Hygiene/Paleolithic or any other of the well-known food philosophies.

It is at that point that I suggest purchasing a copy of Steve Gagné's The Energetics of Food. Like a master cult de-programmer, Gagné gently helps dislodge hard-earned dogma that any of us students of natural health inevitably have gathered over the years of study, and through the cunning use of a concept called logic, he gets us to see a wider view on what food is, what it isn't, and how it's been used historically by healthy cultures throughout the world to heal and stay healthy.

The thing I love the most about The Energetics of Food is not that it gives one more bunch of dogma to set up and believe. In fact, the author encourages the reader to realize that we're each our own walking Petri dish, and to find conclusions in their own health and culinary experiment. More, the brilliance of the book is that it gets you thinking. In ways you wouldn't expect. I found myself going, "hmm... hadn't thought of that" throughout the pages, and then I'd find that my next few days' meals would be influenced by his ideas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Goethe Muse on August 30, 2008
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I was extremely interested in the book and took a chance based on the title. I've studied nutrition and the energetics of food and herbs; however, I am always interested in other informed perspectives. I was hoping for information that would be of practical value in terms of nutritional counseling provided to my clients.

This book starts out OK; however, it is cobbled together from disparate traditions with no harmonizing approach. Some of the assertions are ridiculous--for example, that eating bitter foods regularly will make people psychologically bitter. Bitters, such as salad greens (radicchio, dandelion etc.) enhance digestion and if anything would be likely to enhance temperament by stimulating digestive physiology.

Some of the ideas are borrowed from traditional Chinese medicine in a piecemeal fashion and others from various traditions. There are no references, which would prove extremely helpful for anyone serious about this potentially value subject.

I would advise readers to explore some of the established literature in traditional chinese medicine and look at other books, such as Marc David's Nourishing Wisdom.

The best I can say is there some interesting information in this lengthy book interspersed among the unsubstantiated opinions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. DeLia on March 13, 2008
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This is a great book. It really examines how your body is constantly an experiment and that you have to test yourself as an individual to know which foods work best for you and make you feel great. It holds a similar concept as Joshua Rosenthal's book,"Integrative Nutrition." This is another good book because it supports the concept of bio-individuality and is an easy read for those who don't want anything too scientific.
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As a healthcare professional that works in the natural medicine arena I found this information very valuable. He has a lot of research and understands the "illusive" energy connection between who we are and what we eat. I would recommend this book for anyone that is interested in eating the food that is right for you and your health.
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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Kalinauskaite on January 13, 2008
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Everything Is Energy...It never disappears, it Just changes its form... Physical is Just the result of thoughts... U look what U eat, U R what U think... So B healthy happy and rich..Eat, LOve and Pray!!! :) Life is GOoD, so GOod Luck!
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