This is a book after my own heart! Natasha Campbell-McBride is a Russian-born doctor living now in London, who in my view is one of the few who understands the causes of our modern diseases and how to avoid/cure them by means of nutrition and healthy living as a whole.
In this book she tackles the subject of CHD (Coronary Heart Disease). She tells us this is caused by atherosclerosis, which is "a disease of the arterial wall that leads to narrowing and obstruction of the artery". CHD is our number one killer. Its two major forms are angina pectoris and myocardial infection (heart attack).
Angina pectoris develops when the space inside the coronary artery is narrowed but not closed up. A heart attack occurs when "the coronary artery closes up completely and the blood supply to the heart muscle stops".
The author states that conventional medicine does not know the cause of atherosclerosis or how to cure it. She explains in this book what it is and what really causes it, and also how to prevent and reverse it. She dispels the myth of the "diet-heart hypothesis", and explains that cholesterol is not the enemy but an "integral and very important part of our cell membranes".
The diet-heart hypothesis stated that dietary fats, including cholesterol, cause heart disease and by avoiding these foods we can avoid developing heart disease. Ancel Keys, who put forward this hypothesis back in 1953, used completely faulty "evidence" and selective data to "prove" his point. In subsequent studies, data that did not support the hypothesis were ignored and the data that did were "inflated and advertised". Honest studies from different countries have proved the hypothesis to be completely erroneous.Read more ›
As a member of the Weston A Price Foundation and a kinesiologist, this book has added an extra dimension to my knowledge about health and nutrition. This book is well researched and well referenced and the no nonsence style makes for an easy read. The recipe section at the end is also great as many of the recipes included are not in my cookbook bible "Nourishing Traditions".
I bought this book because I loved Dr Campbell's other book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome. I'm giving this book 3 stars because it's basically excerpts from the other book. No new information. This made the book a waste of money. My recommendation,,, buy Gut and Psychology Syndrome and skip this book. That ensures you get all the information you need, plus more.
This was one of the most helpful health books i have ever read. In fact its the only health book you need ever read. We are three years into the protocols outlined in this book and it has changed our lives in incalculable ways. I am so grateful for Dr. Campbell. I just hope that the word gets out, before more people become needlessly sick.
A must read! Challenging "accepted wisdom" is always difficult, but this book takes time to review research literature and also gives an explanation of atherosclerosis in terms non medical people can understand. The author is advising us to heed traditional wisdom and go back to the natural, balanced eating of our ancestors. For modern Westerners, the advice to severely limit grain products may be initially difficult, and like all "prophets" Dr Campbell-McBride was seem at times extreme in her views. However, her book is the first which has explained to me why after 6 years of following a "super-healthy" low fat, 99% vegetarian diet I felt dreadfully ill and suffered extreme digestive distress. A few years later, I still eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables, but limiting grains and enjoying animal protein and fats has returned me to abundant good health. I'm a convert, and also recommend her book "Gut and Psychology Syndrome".