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The news that a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat is spreading. Dr. Michael Greger presents the groundbreaking science on how simple plant-based food choices help us live healthier and happier lives. Dr. Greger describes which foods to eat to prevent the leading causes of disease-related death and shows how a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes might even save your life.--Brian Wendel, Founder and President of FORKS OVER KNIVES

A new way of looking at nutrition and health. Michael Greger shows people how to save their own lives.--Rip Esselstyn, author of THE ENGINE 2 DIET

Finally a physician has pulled together the latest scientific studies on how to fight disease and prolong life. "How Not To Die" shows how the right nutrition prevents disease and transforms our genes so we can live healthier, longer. Empowering, groundbreaking, transformative work.--Kathy Freston, author of QUANTUM WELLNESS and THE LEAN

Michael Greger, M.D. scours the world's scholarly literature on nutrition for the most interesting, groundbreaking and practical new research. His work at NutritionFacts.org and in HOW NOT TO DIE features the latest science on nutrition and health to show how to treat and prevent disease.--Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of EAT TO LIVE

Michael Greger, M.D. scours the world's scholarly literature on nutrition for the most interesting, groundbreaking and practical new research. His work at NutritionFacts.org and in HOW NOT TO DIE features the latest science on nutrition and health to show how to treat and prevent disease. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of EAT TO LIVE

The news that a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat is spreading. Dr. Michael Greger presents the groundbreaking science on how simple plant-based food choices help us live healthier and happier lives. Dr. Greger describes which foods to eat to prevent the leading causes of disease-related death and shows how a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes might even save your life. Brian Wendel, Founder and President of FORKS OVER KNIVES

A new way of looking at nutrition and health. Michael Greger shows people how to save their own lives. Rip Esselstyn, author of THE ENGINE 2 DIET

Finally a physician has pulled together the latest scientific studies on how to fight disease and prolong life. "How Not To Die" shows how the right nutrition prevents disease and transforms our genes so we can live healthier, longer. Empowering, groundbreaking, transformative work. Kathy Freston, author of QUANTUM WELLNESS and THE LEAN

Stop whatever you're doing and buy this book. Not only does Dr. Michael Greger drop a metric f*ckton of evidence that a plant-based diet will save your damn life, he lays out the blueprint to make it happen. Dr. Greger shows us how regular folks can eat well and not get taken down by some totally preventable bullsh*t. "Thug Kitchen"

"An absolute rhapsody of informational wisdom on how to achieve a life of health and longevity without disease."--Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. M.D., author of "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease"

""How Not To Die "is one of the most important books on health ever written. Dr. Greger shows us how to prevent and sometimes reverse all the major diseases that are killing us. We have the genetic potential to live disease free lives full of health and vitality until we are past 100. This book is the scientific road map we need to do exactly that." --John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market

"An absolute rhapsody of informational wisdom on how to achieve a life of health and longevity without disease."--Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. M.D., author of "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease"

""How Not To Die" is one of the most important books on health ever written. Dr. Greger shows us how to prevent and sometimes reverse all the major diseases that are killing us. We have the genetic potential to live disease free lives full of health and vitality until we are past 100. This book is the scientific road map we need to do exactly that." --John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Markets

"Absolutely the best book I've read on nutrition and diet."
--Dan Buettner, author of "The Blue Zones Solution"

"Meticulously well-documented, Greger's guidebook provides evidence on everything from the pesticide-Parkinson's connection to the role of antioxidants in breast cancer prevention. Gerger also offers up friendly tips, like his favorite smoothie recipe and a turmeric tutorial. Follow his advice and you may not live forever, but you'll almost certainly live a healthier life." --BookPage

"This book brims with valuable insights. Dr Greger tends to rely on the gold standard of medical research randomised controlled trials rather than the latest fads. Vegetarian or not, this book is a great way to improve your diet."
--Financial Times

The primary determinant of our health and well-being is what we eat and how we live. In this extraordinary and empowering book, Dr. Michael Greger explains why. Highly recommended.
--Dean Ornish, M.D., author of "The Spectrum" and "Dr. Dean Ornish s Program for Reversing Heart Disease""

About the Author

Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues. He runs the popular website NutritionFacts.org, a nonprofit, science-based public service providing free daily videos and articles on the latest in nutrition research. Dr. Greger also proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books; 1 edition (December 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250066115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250066114
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (883 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Cronise on December 8, 2015
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How Not to Die is a fantastic read and reference book. Fans of Dr Greger's popular website, nutritionfacts.org, will not be disappointed. Having worked with him closely for the last 4 years, I will assure you his search for as he calls it, an evidence-based diet, trumps any ideology labels that might be tossed his way. Make no mistake about it, he is an advocate of increasing whole plant food in the diet, but he's in no way blinded by it. On more than one occasion we've exchanged new journal articles only to step back and question - do we believe this because it is true or because it is a beautiful story? He is driven to seek out the evidence no matter where that answer might lead.

The book is stuffed with references (148 pages!) for the person that wants to dig deeper, but in a style that has become uniquely his, Dr Greger uses quoted language from the papers to give an unitimidating explanation of the science contained within. He has a knack for picking out key sentences and graphs that strike at the very heart of the journal article relavence. He stands almost alone in a mass media that can't seem to get past the catchy titles, abstracts, and carefully worded, often misleading conclusions. HNTD is not an academic tome or textbook. Not only does it read with ease it is pushed along with his witty examples.

The first 15 chapters (how not to die from..cancers, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, etc..) are arranged based on easy to recognize conditions and though they are related can be read completely independent from one another. The reader will get a more complete picture from the often conflicting issues of business, government and food marketing, but it's presented in a language that is anything but activist.
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Being familiar with Dr. Michael Greger’s web site and the free audio talks I knew the material would be good, but wondered about its readability. It was a pleasant surprise to find the book an enjoyable read, it does not read like typical medical literature. He finds ways to make nutritional information interesting and humors: “Want fries with That Lipitor?”. And even when covering a subject I’d normally consider to be dry, like oxidative stress, he adds metaphors and keeps the subject simple and fun.

Almost every page has one or more references to nutritional or medical studies, making it one of the best health oriented book's in modern history. All too often health professionals are offering unsubstantiated, pseudo, outdated claims which only confuse the public. Finally we have a book which gives us the facts and the references to prove the claims. And Dr. Greger keeps the experience impartial and professional.

It gets right to the most pertinent nutritional facts early and often. For example: “the twenty-year old from the 1990’s might live ten of those years with chronic disease, whereas now it’s more like thirteen years with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or a stroke.” When you sit back and consider that fact along with “our genes often account for only 10-20 percent of risk at most.”... both quotes (above) reference a study. So being ignorant or procrastinating our nutritional health is just like giving yourself a 13 year prison sentence. So we can be a prisoner in a broken-down body, or be worry free and enjoy good health in our later years.

I'd consider myself to be nutritionally informed, but this book repeatedly adds new and surprising facts. For example what are some of the reasons the meat industry adds salt to its products?
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This is the best book on the science of nutrition that I have read in years. On the one hand, it's a large volume. On the other hand, it's broken up nicely into bite-sized pieces, with chapters that focus on fifteen key ailments, including (of course) the big ones: Heart Disease, Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes. Although each chapter is packed with painstakingly cited information, the writing is exactly what writing should be: Fast-paced and unobtrusive. In short, both the information and the reading experience are excellent, which is a powerful combination that is not often realized.

Also, this is really two books in one: In addition to the first section, which discusses how not to die from fifteen key diseases that are closely linked to diet, the second section--which comes with its own introduction and conclusion--details the latest science on the health benefits of eleven additional foods, plus exercise. I find it exceedingly useful to have these snapshots of the science on these foods at my fingertips, and once again, detailed scientific information is packaged in eminently readable prose.

All in all, I agree with the Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, from the book jacket: "An absolute rhapsody of informational wisdom on how to achieve a life of health and longevity without disease."
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I grabbed the audible edition as it is great to listen on road on commute and is a great listen!! Audio book is great for listening in car or while on a morning run. I have a hard copy too! Each chapter is less than an hour and there are over 30 chapters in the audible book.I have given list of other books at the end which will cement the ideas in this book and make you more aware if you like this book.

Dr. Greger is a powerhouse of nutrition wealth. His website nutritionfacts dot org should be your homepage that you visit daily and part of your morning routine. I am glad he has brought out the book in multiple formats including audio book. We have tons of scientific papers on plant based nutrition and the miracle it can do for us. Humans are sticklers to habits and we do not want to change if we are told bad things about our habits. Hopefully this book will change you in a scientific way. I am amazed at the thousands of research articles in this area that Dr. Greger poured through for this book. This book is written by Dr. Michael Greger and Gene Stone. I cannot imagine the amount of effort it took to make a book like this. I am waiting for the book tour to see what the author has to say!

This book is a detailed summary of all the research Dr. Greger has done and the videos that he has put in his website. The book has an excellent flow and a pleasure to read. My daughter has used multiple tips from his videos and for two years in a row did her middle school science experiments in the area of Phytomedicine. Her science teachers were impressed at the results and she acknowledged Dr. Greger in her reports.

The book deals with 15 chronic diseases and how the plant power can HEAL/REPAIR/PREVENT them.
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