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on October 10, 2008
On recent internet boards for treating diseases, I was introduced to the miraculous genre of Spirulina and other green foods (in curing and preventing many common illnesses the natural way). The positive opinion of Spirulina, Wheatgerm, etc. was also shared in some of my favorite recent finds - such "The Clear Skin Diet" by Alan Logan and "You are what you Eat" by Dr. Gillian McKeith . I was a quick convert. After I took Spirulina daily, I immediately noticed an upsurge in energy and mood uplifting. This is great, I thought!

Then I started thinking...I ought to know more about what I am putting into my body. Spirulina gets results, but it also has an odd (not unpleasant, just odd) flavor to it upon ingestion. I found it incredible that such healthful substances could almost seem like a "secret society", considering the nonexistent media coverage I see in magazines or other outlets. I like to understand the details, clinical tests, chemical compositions, cultural history, geographic popularity, good brands of Spirulina to buy, algae and other green foods that many health books mention, but none really dedicate themselves to in detail. Internet searches came up with sporadic information here and there, but nothing really organized or thorough.

So there goes my old standby After reading the various 5 star reviews here, I bought this book in eager anticipation. This book must be good! This book will tell me all I want to know in detail about Spirulina, and much more healthful green foods I can add to my diet.

I do want to say that I think most information in this book is good, some pieces of information here and there are excellent (in terms of it is not wildly duplicated in other health books). The author is clearly well intentioned. It has a catchy title. This is a topic that I haven't been able to find too many information about.

Unfortunately all that is eclipsed by the fact that we have far superior health books out there that really sets the gold standard - much better researched, written, organized and graphically put together for the end user. After reading "The Clear Skin Diet" by Alan Logan, the bar was set high. This book just didn't deliver a 5 star qualification in comparison. I took this back to

For a couple of reasons:

1.) Book seems incredibly disorganized

Although the subtitle mentions specific food names, the author organizes the book into chapters by type of product. Ok not a problem I can figure it out. I thought Spirulina might be under Chapter Five: Algae, but after flipping back and forth it was Chapter Seven: Water Plants? Alright not a problem, maybe the index can help me.

I then looked under Chlorella in the index, and found it was mentioned in 10 or more pages. Those pages are in 4 to 5+ chapters! Am I suppose to go to all those sections to read and locate what I am looking for? You pretty much have to read the whole book to get any useful information, and even then, it will be diffult to synergize the whole picture together.

I then found the placement of information within each chapter was unnatural. For example, under Chlorella, for the first couple of pages the author writes about Chlorella and its successful uses in specific cases. The definition of what Chlorella is came later. This is counter-intuitive. Convention and natural flow (a good example is Wikipedia) would define first, then supports it later with details. I think the disorganization added to the general confusion of the book.

2.) Author's writing style is left wanting

This may be a personal preference. The author's writing style did not engage me. For example, interesting topics are begun, with the user's interest first engaged. Then discarded quickly to the next topic, with the reader feeling unsatisfied and left wanting for more. This is pretty much done in the course of the entire book. The lack of details in any one topic and lack of back up research left me with the general impression that the book could really use some substance.

I wasn't a fan of the author's indirect writing style either. I did take some very nice naps attempting to finish the book.

3.) Unfocused: too many eggs in too many baskets

Lastly here I found the author tried to write about too many macro-economic and social concerns that is semi-related to the topic, but the book could really do without. Here and there, he mentions/hints the conspiracy of big pharma against cancer and natural treatments, then branches off to the unsynergistic approach behind conventional medicine, the hazards of eating farmed meat, chemicals in fish and our day to day products, etc. There are quite a lot of such examples.

Those are information I already knew about (as a novice health junky.) Nothing is new and nothing is written in detail. The tone is always vague. The research certainly didn't impress me as there are no bibliography and very little mentioning of factual trials.

I found those ramblings futher diluted the solidity of what this book aspires to be - "The Green Foods Bible - Everything You Need to Know...."

Green Foods is an excellent category to write a book on, unfortunately in my opinion the author didn't use this opportunity to perfect and throughly cover this niche.

To sum up here, my gripe with the book is that if one is going to market the book as "The Green Foods Bible", you are appealing to an audience that knows something about this genre already. I think the target audience has less need to be converted, but more need (and interest) on easy to access, well organized information backed up by solid research. Perfecting the book into a focused, solid, on topic and user friendly reference can go a long mile.
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on November 19, 2010
I am embarking on a sprouting program. I want to make wheat and other grass juices at home. I bought wheat berries, whole oats, whole barley, and a juicer. And I was looking for a practical guide. THE GREEN FOODS BIBLE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BARLEY GRASS, WHEATGRASS, KAMUT, CHLORELLA, ETC., sounded like just what I needed.

Boy was I wrong. The book contains plenty about the benefits of a plethora of green foods; it's mighty convincing. Unfortunately in my case, ol Dave is preachin to the choir. I'm already a believer. What I was hoping for in this "everything-bible" was at least a few things I could put to use.

After plenty of theory, plenty of history, and case-cured stories, on page 86 I found this: "The basics on growing your own (wheatgrass) can be found on pages 171-172." Pages 171 and 172, however, are occupied by healing diet recommendations. They feature references to ten different specific health-food products ("supplements I have formulated" Dave says), with ordering information a couple pages later. Well, maybe the inability to keep track of pages goes along with the disorganization problem mentioned by another reviewer.

On page 140 (not 171) I did find a paragraph titled "Make Your Own Sprouts." Dave gave me six whole sentences about how to grow sprouts. Here's an example: "Making sprouts is easy." Thanks, Dave. He follows with a couple book recommendations if you want more information. As it happens, I do.

Dave is probably a wonderful, vigorous guy who has helped a lot of people down the road to glowing health. For all I know, maybe the publisher came up with this title and forced poor Dave to use it.

Or maybe it's me. I certainly read a lot more into that "everything you need to know" title than made it into the book. In any case, if you are in the market for a practical guide to sprouting and processing edible grasses, keep looking; this is not your book.

Oh yes, here are Dave's book recommendations from page 140: Steve Meyerowitz, SPROUTS: THE MIRACLE FOOD, and Ann Wigmore, THE SPROUTING BOOK. I got the Meyerowitz book; it's pretty good.
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on August 17, 2007
Read David Sandoval's book and get the big picture about how to change your diet to save your health by eating plant-based dishes and enjoying the supplemental powers of what are known as super green foods. Sandoval is one of the nation's leading experts on super green foods such as chlorella, barley, wheat grass, alfalfa--the kinds of juices so many health conscious American quaff at their local juice bar.

I've been a big fan of his articles which we have published in The Doctors' Prescription for Healthy Living and have learned more about the power of these foods to quickly improve your health, thanks to his insights. I've also appreciated the Pure Planet line of products he produces. I say this because our magazine is dedicated to highlighting the very best in the natural products industry. I have always felt their Green Kamut, Just Barley and other super green foods were among the best tasting and mixed easily. They're organic, of course; indeed, their kamut is the only of the commercial wheat grasses available that is non-hybridized.

Once you read this book, your diet will forever be improved, and so will your health! It's an important book for anybody to read, especially somebody trying to switch from a heavily meat-based diet to one that utilizes more plant foods, fibers, raw foods.
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on December 25, 2008
Four stars or two? I couldn't decide so I gave it three.

Four stars because it has some good information that could be helpful and healthful. But you'll need to read the book and pick out the useful parts while not getting caught up in the "green cult".

Two stars because it's too "religious" and "cultish" for my taste. You can get a hint about that directly from the title itself! The author obviously thinks green foods is the be-all and end-all to all of mankind's woes. Green drinks can cure anything! I'm very wary whenever I hear the religious fervor relative to anything. It's not very balanced and objective. In fact, it's very subjective.
He quotes many studies and tries to use science to back up his statements, but not in a very scientifically objective way. Most of his scientific comments are not referenced with notes to the actual studies for one thing. And he clearly picks and chooses his science to back up his philosophy.

The book also seems like a sales pitch to lead you to buying his products, which of course are the best and highest quality on the planet. No one else produces and sells green foods as good as his, if you believe his book and web site. Maybe he should give the book away free - who wants to PAY to hear a sales pitch!? I also noticed how he likes to pat himself on the back and stroke his ego, explaining how much good he's doing in the world.

So, three stars means it might be worth reading if you can ignore the obsession and just pick out some facts, and then do more research elsewhere.
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on February 24, 2008
I have been thrilled with this book. It has answered so many questions I had. It even answered questions I hadn't come to yet. It is a great way to start your new live of health and well-being. There is so much information, but it is written in a way that a lay-person, as myself, has no trouble understanding.

This book has so much useful information that I incorporated into my life before I was halfway finished with this book. I definitely recommend this book to all who want to take control of their health and happiness.
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on August 17, 2007
This book makes green foods so easy to understand. You hear about wheatgrass all the time, but I never before understood why it's so healthy, and about all the other amazing green food options and what they can do for your body. Why doesn't everyone know about this?
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on June 9, 2015
Excellent information. It is a 5 star for people who are starting out to improve their health. It is old, but it contains the basic principles in an understandable way. Undoubedly it has helped change America. If you are advanced in juicing and health, you might want something more advanced.
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on August 4, 2011
Great book to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle using green foods. It is also good for many diabetics who can use the guidelines to get off the meds as a green lifestyle for a mere six weeks has been known to rid people of diabetes and this book is most helpful. Plus you can also research everything online which is in this book. I have recently sold my copy for others to help them in their search. Good book to learn about green foods.
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on July 10, 2007
Well written and informative, Sandoval motivates one to go green and to buy a juicer. I'd have liked more suggestions regarding menu and some of his comments on supplements contradict those of my Scripps Integrative Health Doc.
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on November 26, 2014
Good educational and inspirational Information with real life stories. The message continues to wake people up to the fact that your body can only perform and keep working for you if you become informed and disciplined about care and maintianance.
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