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In the midst of a carb-cutting craze, Dr. Gabe Mirkin reminds us that not all carbohydrates are alike. Drawing on a post-Atkins approach, Dr. Mirkin and coauthor Diana Mirkin, approach eating and fitness in terms of a healthy hearts rather than a smaller jean size. The centerpiece of their approach is exercise paired with "ASH,"a meatless and whole grain diet designed to reduce chances of suffering from heart attack, diabetes and stroke. The "miracle" of the title refers to how quickly and dramatically this diet can lower blood pressure and "bad" cholesterol counts. Using an eight-week workbook format, the authors offer clear explanations of healthy heart concepts including cholesterol, blood sugar body fat and fiber. They offer accessible assessment tools (body mass index, the apple vs. pear body shape and the "pinch test"). Writing with a clear and engaging style, the Mirkins point readers toward the prevention of diseases such as diabetes, hardened arteries and dementia. As author of the bestselling Sports Medicine Book, Dr. Mirkin emphasizes fitness as much as food. The organization of the book into eight-week modules can be confusing. But the specific ideas including recipes, food lists and fitness options are practical and persuasive. --Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you want to live longer and healthier, or are concerned about...a loved one, buy this book. (Larry King)

At last, a sensible diet plan that will tickle your taste buds, while promoting good health. (Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director of CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest))
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061240532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061240539
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Brad Sheppard on January 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Carbs aren't the problem, refined carbs are. Dr. Mirkin's book explains exactly how to diet and exercise correctly - including tasty recipes and cooking instructions. Dr. Mirkin takes the proven "DASH" diet, developed by the NIH, and takes it one step further to the "DASH PLUS" diet. What will "DASH PLUS" do for you? Besides lower your blood pressure (the DASH component) the "PLUS" component will lower your risk of heart disease an cancer, and probably cause you to lose weight. Why believe Dr. Mirkin? He and his wife Diana have proven this with 100's of patients. Also, Dr. Mirkin relies on the lastest published research - to learn more about him see his website [...] I'm a huge fan of the Mirkins - in my book he is the "Mc Coy" - the one you should trust. Dr. Mirkin's most popular book, "The Sportsmedicine Book," published in 1978, has stood the test of time - very impressive. The Mirkins not only talk the talk, they walk the walk. Buy their book - it may just save your life.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book will assist you in maintaining a healthy heart utilizing natural protocols. The authors caution to utilize
refined carbs sparingly. Protein builds up the body in elderly people. As such, lean meat, fish and non-fat dairy are preferred.
The DASH protocol is described at length. It involves generous helpings of fruits, veggies, fat-free dairy, nuts, legumes and olive oil. Exercises are depicted to assist arthritis sufferers.
One exercise involves sitting in a chair, folding the arms and
bending forward. The C-reactive protein and homocysteine blood levels are cited as meaningful predictors of heart disease.
This book is an excellent value for the money. It will help you craft a meaningful exercise program and diet regimen. The contents will benefit people of all ages. The book is directed to middle-aged and elderly people. As such, it will benefit this constituency maximally.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bonnielu on January 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My cravings and bingeing of sweet carbs was so bad that I needed to take control. My husband who has been a follower of Dr.Mirkin for years decided it would make a great holiday present. Because of all the diet advice out there, often contradictory, I decided to read the book backwards. I was impressed with the resources and references. Most impressive is the way the book is laid out and how clear each section is to follow.I especially like the fact that medical jargon is made simple. Because I was just diagnosed with insulin resistance I think Dr. Mirkin has given me the key to taking back my life. I am anxiously waiting for him to schedule book signings so I may meet him in person after all these years of listening to him on the radio and reading his marvelous website.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Hammond on January 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The story I have to tell concerns my then 69-year-old husband, a long-time diabetic who refused to toe the line until he ended up with a congestive heart failure and hypertension. He was waiting for a quad bypass (1998--the urgency being one point below an emergency op.) when I happened to tune in to Dr Mirkin's radio program. During the scary four months he had to wait for the op (sudden death being the option), he agreed to try the Mirkin's whole grain, veg, fruit, nuts legume diet. Since then, he's cut his weight by twenty pounds and has never been healthier. After the first year, his cardiologist was amazed at his progress, his heart's size shrinking to normal, and its ejection fraction improving from a 22% to normal. It was a dramatic recovery and things have stayed this way for five years. Another important point is that his insulin requirements have more than halved since he's been on this "diet" or lifestyle.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James E. Ehrlich on December 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a physician involved in advanced risk assessment and coronary disease prevention programs in several cities, I congratulate Dr. Gabe Mirkin's achievement in educating the public on his popular radio show, in newsletters and with his newest guidebook to lifelong health. Designed for the intelligent and proactive layperson, Dr. Mirkin's Healthy Heart Miracle empowers the reader to join him on a lifelong journey to improve cardiovascular health. In compelling and persuasive style, the book explains how to recognize and manage key risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The DASH program with its easy to incorporate diet and exercise regimens provide a sensible plan to address our current epidemic of heart disease, insulin resistance and obesity.
The Healthy Heart Miracle allows the reader to understand practical aspects of exercise physiology, nutritional science and cholesterol metabolism even if you never took a science class in school. If one needs the motivation to alter the almost inevitable course towards illness, read this book today and get on Dr. Mirkin's roadmap to lifelong wellness and health.
Following this docs' advice could easily spare you a future visit to the coronary care unit--making this clearly written guide to preventive medicine invaluable and potentially lifesaving.
Our HeartCheck centers are looking forward to alert everyone to the value of the Healthy Heart Miracle.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What a terrific book. The information is so easy to read and
understand.
> All the lab tests your doctor orders are listed and explained in detail so
> the average person can understand their meaning and importance. I already
> have a healthy heart but was concerned about my blood pressure starting to
> creep up a tad as I aged.I decided to give the diet a try so I could
perhaps
> make a lifestyle change now that would carry me through later years. Love
> ya Gabe but I would rather not have to be in the doctor's office. The
Show
> Me diet is fabulous. Tremendously healthy and so easy to prepare. I made
> the container of starter vegetables and added to my premade salad as
needed.
> Very little time involved. I work two jobs and have little time for food
> preparation. I had no problem sticking to the two weeks of salads. I put
> everything under the sun in my mixture. For a treat, I added shrimp. I
> believe that the addition of a slice of avacodo, the nuts, and the
sprinkle
> of cheese gave me the small amount of fat I needed to keep me from craving
> other foods, even sugar? That in itself is a miracle. 4 weeks without
sugar
> is a huge change for me. I started on the other recipes last weekend.
> Wow. So delicious and so easy to prepare. I made the Waldorf Salad and
> will have it for the week. The beans, chick pea soup ( my personal
> favorite) and pea soup I prepared and froze in small serving sizes in my
> freezer for the week. I have had no problem following this plan and
> absolutely no hunger or cravings for other foods. This is too good to be
> true.
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