From Publishers Weekly
Ivy Larson's story of reversing the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis at age 22 (she's now 30) without medication is alone worthy of serious consideration, but it may be the enticing recipes included here—traditional (Mint-Infused Leg of Lamb), vegetarian (Grilled Tofu Kabobs with Rosemary-Lemon Yogurt Sauce), child-pleasing (Chocolate-Covered Peanut Buttery Balls)—that convince readers to try the Gold Coast Cure. The husband-and-wife team behind this diet and fitness manual (he's a surgeon; she's a fitness instructor) promises readers weight loss, prevention and reversal of 10 major illnesses on the rise in the U.S. as well as optimal health. Their "cure" consists of rejecting fad diets in favor of whole foods, selective vitamin supplements and regular exercise. While this common sense approach is not new, the Larsons' formula, which emphasizes essential fatty acids, nutrient-rich carbohydrates and circuit resistance training, includes so many easily implemented tools (kitchen tips; name brands of acceptable foods; meal plans; and simple, feel-good exercise routines), there may be no excuse not to try it. For those who've struggled with any of the diets being touted by today's high-profile experts, the hope the Larsons offer—that good health is easily attainable with a few fundamental dietary changes and two hours of exercise each week—will likely come as refreshing news. (May)
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About the Author
Andrew Larson, M.D., is a general surgeon with special interests in surgical nutrition, advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric (obesity) surgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity, and the American College of Surgeons. He trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and New Jersey's Monmouth Medical Center. In 2004, he joined a private surgical practice affiliated with the JFK Medical Center Staff in Atlantis, Florida, where will perform specialized surgery including advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery.
Ivy Larson holds a bachelor of science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a certified American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Instructor. She holds professional certifications as a fitness instructor and fitness testing specialist through the Fitness Institute International. She teaches Gold Coast Cure classes and seminars, and operates a private nutrition consultation practice specializing in teaching clients how support healthy families.