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Freedom from Disease: The Breakthrough Approach to Preventing Cancer, Heart Disease, Alzheimer's, and Depression by Controlling Insulin Hardcover – June 10, 2008

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“Kash and Lombard finally put together the real story of the underlying cause of our epidemic of chronic illness from ADD to Alzheimer’s, from depression to heart attacks, from cancer to obesity – it is the insulin flooding through our bodies triggering a deathly cascade. Read this book – it will save your life. --Mark Hyman, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller, UltraMetabolism

“Kash and Lombard have written an important and enjoyable book that should be of great interest to all.  Particularly in the area of cardiovascular disease which is responsible for the most deaths in the US even exceeding cancer, they lay out the compelling interrelationship between insulin resistance and inflammation of the arterial wall leading to heart attack and ultimately to heart failure.  The most important contribution of this book however is its “call to arms” and how individuals can influence their own health destiny by discipline in what they eat and how they exercise to prevent chronic disease.”
--Dr. John C. Burnett Jr. MD. Marriott Family Professor of Cardiovascular Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

“This is an amazingly clear, compelling, and scientifically rigorous work that replaces existing compendia of arcane knowledge around health and wellness.” --Joe Alexander, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C. , Director of Director, Global Clinical Technology, Pfizer Human Health Technologies

Freedom from Disease clearly and eloquently opens the eyes of its readers to the inherent risks and maladies lurking when the human machine is taken for granted and offers solutions to keep the most efficient machine known, the human body, well tuned.” --Dr. Robert Gotlin, Director of Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation at Beth Israel hospital; Orthopedist Consultant to the NY Knicks, Yankees, Nets & NY Liberty

"Some of the most common health concerns we face today- diabetes, depression, fatigue, obesity and memory loss may be a consequence of insulin resistance. The authors clearly present the research that supports this assertion and the steps each and everyone of us must take to achieve a healthy life"
--Dr. Robert Goldman MD/PhD, Chairman of American Academy of Anti-Aging and Special Advisor to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

 

“The authors clearly document the current epidemic of obesity and the alarming increases in a number of diseases ranging from diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and endocrine and immune pathologies, all due to the excess of sugar in western diets.”

--Dr. Allan Goldstein Ph.D., Chairman of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at George Washington University

 

 

About the Author

PETER MORGAN KASH, author of Make Your Own Luck, is an inventor and biotech financier. He co-founded and is Chairman of Two River Group Holdings, a global biotechnology venture capital firm. He lives in Rockland County, New York.

JAY LOMBARD, M.D., author of The Brain Wellness Plan and co-author of Balance Your Brain, Balance Your Life, is the chief of Neurology at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at Cornell Medical School. He lives in Rockland County, New York.

TOM MONTE has written more than 30 books and written for numerous publications. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312358695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312358693
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's becoming more and more commonplace, but Peter Morgan Cash and Jay Lombard want to make sure people know about it loud and clear-INSULIN is at the heart of most of the preventable diseases in modern society. Until we get this hormone under control inside of our bodies, no progress will be made on such health issues as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, obesity, depression, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and more. We are people who are walking around with insulin in excess which leads to inflammation and disease occurring in epidemic proportions. To attain "freedom from disease," the authors draw from current research on this subject and interview some of the biggest names is health today-to the detriment of the message, I believe. What starts off as a good premise for a book with a spot-on message quickly turns into more of the same we've always heard. Eat less fat. Eat more "good" whole grain-based carbs. Yadda yadda yadda. If the authors truly wanted to share information that would help to bring insulin under control for good, then they would have included much of the breadth of research that has been done on carbohydrate-restriction over the past decade in this book. But if you look up "low-carb" in the index at the back of the book, you'll come up empty. That's too bad because I think they have correctly identified the problem...they just missed the ultimate solution by a long shot!
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I really love this book, enough to have read it twice in the last six months and recommend it to others. I wish I could memorize the explanations describing the effects of unbalanced insulin. The authors have taken a very complex subject and have done a wonderful job of making it understandable, at least to the degree you need to understand it in order to benefit! They come at the underlying causes of common chronic illnesses from a variety of angles to help you understand just what is happening inside you when you eat high-calorie foods.

I share some of the concerns of some of the other writers here. I have also recently read a VERY indepth, impeccably researched book called "Addiction: the Hidden Epidemic" which includes info about our pervasive addictions to processed foods. The conclusions drawn by the author (Pam Killeen) and the physicians, nutritionists that she interviews who have studied this intensively are similar but different. The focus of the book is brain/mental health and the effects of micronutrients on proper brain functioning, thereby improving mood. However the conclusions she draws indicates that we do indeed need to eat 'healthy' saturated fats from plant-fed animals, fish and organic unpasteurized dairy to be able to maximize brain function. So this is at odds with the conclusions of these authors.

It seems that no matter how much reading you do, it is imperative that we lay off the processed foods and simple carbs and limit our intake of processed grains.

Personally, in 100 days I have lost 22 pounds by eating: vegetables, fruits, eggs, goat and cheddar cheeses, nuts, seeds and about two times a week a bowl of oatmeal or oatbran or some brown rice or quinoa.
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BUY THIS BOOK! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this book shows how easy and important it is to make dietary improvements that will extend your life and keep you safe from awful chronic diseases.
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This book doesn't tell us anything new about which foods are "bad" for us, BUT it gives an extremely comprehensive view of HOW certain substances adversely affect us and WHY we shouldn't overindulge in them. Becoming resistant to insulin precedes multiple major health problems. The book is an impressive study, and easy to follow.
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This book will scare you into leading a better lifestyle. I appreciated the science but it may be a little too much science for the average lay person. The recipe and 3 week diet fell a little short. The book advocates Mediteranian and Japanese diet but this is mostly Asian with lots of items most people won't be familar with like agar flakes and umeboshi vinegar. Books says avoid dry fruit but many of the breakfast ideas include raisins. Maybe berries would have been a better pick. Basically the menus don't always jive with the recomendations. I would follow Dr. Weils anti-inflamation diet as it is easier to follow. Also theory gives no explanation for the 40% of people that get cancer and disease and are not overweight. Are these people still insulin resistant but don't gain weight? I was glad I read the book. Finally the medical community is giving us some information that makes sense.
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I now understand why each succeeding generation is becoming sicker than the last. It makes sense that insulin resistance is behind most of our diseases. In looking at what was eaten 50 years ago versus today, the truth is evident. I am truly frighened for my children and grandchildren because of what might happen to them. I have become pro-active in the Chronic Disease Resolution which is trying to get politicians to put money into prevention. Most people don't want to hear what is being said but they need to listen if they want to be healthy. We have a very daunting task but through eduction, we hope to accomplish our goal of reducing deaths caused by Chronic Diseases. Thanks for this book which I will use to support my argument at the State and Federal level.

Edith Veerman-Frank, 220 West State Street, Algona, Iowa
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