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Why pay $18 for the obvious?
on August 8, 2013
This is nothing more informative than commonsense. I didn't pay $18 for simple-minded FAQs about elementary nutrition. I wanted to learn about Dr. Brownstein's unique nutritional approach to re-establishing health. I assumed this book on healthy eating would include at least some overview of his approach to better nutritional/vitamin/mineral intake as part of achieving a well-balanced eating plan, best sources from foods, where I'd need supplementation and best sources for those supplements. Q and A or text is irrelevant. There was ZILCH on the stuff he goes on and on about in infomercials or 'webinars' and in descriptions of his books. And there's no 'look inside' to forewarn me of its shortcomings.
One of Dr. B's big issues is widespread iodine deficiency. It's hard to get iodine in foods these days in the amounts he believes necessary for proper thyroid function...In here? Nothing on iodine, nothing informative or reflecting his unique approach to address this. That's in another $18 book he published. Or two!
Value gap: The 'book' text font is wide spaced to eat up lines and the lines are double spaced, so 222 pages here would reduce to something less than 100 traditional pages set in something like Times Roman font. (The font chosen is a light typeface and not easy to read for those with vision challenges, either.) That's not an $18 book, IMO, that's a beefy brochure. I can only assume all his other books feature the same waste of space.
Save your hard-earned money, here are the revelations within: eat local, organic and in season, eat whole foods, eat lots of different and richly colored fruits and vegetables, avoid processed foods, avoid trans fats, eat 'healthy' fats and don't overeat. I kid you not. If you want to send me $18 for those insights, feel free.
I hope this will help you find a better guide that is more informative. Perhaps the other 'books' he offers will be more germane to his unique approach or your unique problem. But somehow, I doubt you'll get the whole story -- the rest will be in yet another book (as in his book on iodine deficiency and his sep. book on thyroid dysfunction and treatments). I won't spend a penny more on his 'books.' I'll just wander to my local Whole Foods.
I should add:
This was written, or rather ghost written, by a nutritionist, not Brownstein. He added his name as co-author but I found little I could attribute to him or his perspective.