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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Exsalus Health & Wellness Center; 1st edition (October 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615330460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615330464
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Words can hardly describe the pleasure I feel in seeing clinicians like Drs. Pulde and Lederman succeeding in transforming the health of their patients. They are going out on a limb to save lives in a medical system that is too often hostile to simple nutritional solutions. If I were sick, if one of my loved ones were sick, these are the doctors I would trust. Take their advice and take back you health. And good luck to their detractors, for this book is impeccably researched yet accessible to any reader. --T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Author of The China Study

Matthew Lederman and Alona Pulde are the doctors of the future and their new book is a complete road map to the health and appearance you deserve. --John Mcdougall, MD, Founder of the McDougall Program

Keep it Simple, Keep it Whole is a must read by Drs. Alona Pulde and Matt Lederman. Their nutritional message for enduring disease free health is clear, precise, and well researched with excellent meals and practical suggestions. --Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. MD, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

About the Author

Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman are licensed medical physicians practicing nutrition and lifestyle medicine in Los Angeles, California. Their clinic, Exsalus Health & Wellness Center, empowers patients to achieve and maintain their optimum health physically, emotionally, and medically through a comprehensive, patient-centered approach. Alona and Matt are passionate promoters of nutrition and lifestyle medicine. They have participated in projects such as lecturing for the Cornell s Certificate Program in Plant Based Nutrition, films such as Healing Cancer and other documentaries (including one to be released in 2010 in which they are the physicians treating the patients followed in the film titles, Forks Over Knives), and answering nutrition and health questions for popular websites. They are currently collaborating with T. Colin Campbell on their next book, a follow-up to The China Study, addressing common and prevalent nutrition and lifestyle questions. Whether their medical practice is being spotlighted by a prominent lifestyle medicine organization or they are being touted as the medical practice of the future, it is clear that Drs. Pulde and Lederman are true patient advocates.

Customer Reviews

I would have expected a revised 2nd edition.
Louis Martinez
It has enough information to carry their point, which makes reading this book an easy task to accomplish.
Arenitas
This book showed me the healthy benefits of eating a plant strong diet.
Kimberly Burns

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By kristi helow on January 22, 2011
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I learned about the authors from a documentary screening for "Forks Over Knives" coming out March 2011. This new area of medicine called - Lifestyle doctors, really got my attention. As a nurse, a simple look around tells me we are doing something basically wrong. Our diabetes, obesity, hypertension rates are through the roof. As Americans we always seem to be pointing our finger at someone else to blame for our condition...when in fact changing our daily drug use (by that I mean our daily food) could make such an improvement in our health. That plus regular exercise and you have almost miraculous results. I have been moving into the "Keep it Simple" eating style slowly, and am not always on tract. But after so many years of standard American cooking I find this to be easier to shop and prepare for. Since we have the teeth and digestive tract of an herbivore, a plant based diet makes a lot of sense. I liked how simple and repetitive the book is- I think that helps most readers.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Real McCoy on September 12, 2011
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After seeing the movie Forks Over Knives I purchased this book to learn more. I appreciated the format which gives information with data to back it up and then at the end of each chapter the take home points. There are appendices in the back of the book to help implement your own plan. I read thru the book in a few hours and took notes on the areas I wanted to return to. The authors know this is a hard sell to some people and truly seem to care about the readers success and offer different methods and tips. I am going to use this plan and see how it goes for 30 days and then see how I feel and move on from there. The recipes and shopping lists in the back will be helpful for planning meals.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Burns on September 11, 2010
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This book was so interesting to read I read it in two sittings. I loved it! It helped educate me into a different lifestyle of eating, one that body loves and craves. This book showed me the healthy benefits of eating a plant strong diet. It has great receipes in the back too that are simple and easy to make. Keep it Simple, Keep it Whole has a profound change on my life, for the better.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By William J. Kleinbauer on October 20, 2010
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My family of four has been on this book's recommended optimal nutrition for health for 8 years - it works!

This book is a great "Why try?" and "How to succeed" primer. You need not explore much more to be motivated, educated, and supported in succeeding going to a "Whole-foods, plant-based diet, centered on starches for enough energy, with green and yellow vegetables, and some fruit." Avoid/minimize all animal products and avoid/minimize processed oils from plants.

Go to the author's website for much more education -- [...]

And my 8 years of health/nutrition materials are at -- [...]

F I V E ***** S T A R S for this new book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sharon O. on March 25, 2012
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Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health is a great book to help you along your journey to becoming a more healthy person. It's written in easy to understand language and lays out a plan for changing your eating habits that makes it simple to begin. The authors help you understand why eliminating meat, dairy and oils from your diet makes sense. I have been putting their ideas into practice and have found that I feel so much better! As an aging baby boomer, I know that old age is not for sissies so having this book to help guide me in making better lifestyle choices is great! I would recommend that you start with this book as you begin working on a healthier way to live.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Janeee on June 24, 2011
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After seeing the film "Forks Over Knives" recently, I wanted to know more about the plant-based diet that was illustrated so clearly in the movie. The two young doctors who wrote "Keep it Simple, Keep it Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health" were featured and the book provides an easy-to-follow method for changing our eating habits into those that encourage healthy body and mind development. A section of recipes is also in the book and I've enjoyed many of them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Krstulovich on February 8, 2012
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Revolutionary...and wonderful! Many thanks to the authors who make their missions very clear, right up front. It's 'everything you always suspected but could never put your finger on'

Many thanks for having the courage to speak up against a status quo that is intent on keeping things the way they are (to the detriment of all of us!)

Buy this book for your doctor - but before he freaks out, please let him know that for-credit nutritional education is available for medical professionals thru the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and others listed in the back of this book.

It's time for a radical paradigm shift in medicine (kind of like giving up leeches!).

It's a time whose time has come.

Love learning about their system which will meet you wherever you are to get you moving in the right direction to make this a LIVABLE transition toward better health - or if you prefer - a radical and instantanious move with quick, palpable results - or somewhere in between. It's up to you but at least you will finally know and understand what you're doing and why.

Drs. Polde and Leiderman begin with an intimate glimpse into their personal lives, their deepest motivations to become doctors and the many challenges they met up with along the way (probably the same challenges that confronted your own doctor). They chose not to gloss over or ignore the roadblocks that threatened to interfer with their dreams to be HEALERS who could step in and do their work, so that their patients could get well, get back to business and move on with their lives. (NOT tied to lifelong 'treatment' for a disease they didn't need to get in the first place!)

If it seems slow-paced at any point, hang in there.
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