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The Health Delusion: How to Achieve Exceptional Health in the 21st Century [Kindle Edition]

Glen Matten , Aidan Goggins
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Book Description

Winner of Tony Thistlethwaite Award for best consumer health book by the Medical Journalists' Association 2013. 

How can it be that even with all the advances modern healthcare has made, we're experiencing record levels of ill health - from diabetes, heart disease and cancer, to osteoporosis, dementia and depression? We're more health conscious than ever before, and no matter which way we turn we're bombarded with promises of the best thing for living longer and healthier lives. But the truth is, the messages are flawed and if we follow them, we won't achieve the good health we long for. Something, somewhere, has gone horribly wrong.
At last, cutting through the misinformation, The Health Delusion has the answers, all backed by hard science. It exposes the shocking truths behind our diet, health and pharmaceutical industries - and how they consistently put our health in jeopardy in favour of boosting their profits, as well as showing how the media makes things even worse by misleading us at every turn. So how can we put things right? Providing a complete 21st-century guide to optimal health at every stage of life, The Health Delusion gives us the real story, and offers us a detailed plan of the foods, supplements and lifestyle changes needed for total wellness.

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At last, learn the truth about how badly "the system" is lying about your diet. A must read! -- Dr Georges Mouton Expose(s) the fallacies and misconceptions that exist in nutrition and health. -- Prof. Margaret Rayman A genuinely thought-provoking read...if you're passionate about health, you'll find it fascinating. Healthy magazine Glen Matten and Aidan Goggins tell us what you really need to know to stay well. The Times A compelling read! Women's Fitness magazine A great eye opener for many. -- Rod Tucker The Pharmaceutical Journal The Health Delusion is an important book with a clear and well researched message. It's essential reading for anyone with an interest in health, food and nutrition. Ian Marber, bestselling author of 'The Food Doctor' series

About the Author

Glen Matten is a writer with a Masters Degree in Nutritional Medicine. Aidan Goggins is a pharmacist with a Masters Degree in Nutritional Medicine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (June 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008430SQG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Health science for everybody October 5, 2012
By bob
The real way to know if someone really is an expert on a topic is if they can explain it in layman's terms. And, that's exactly what `The Health Delusion' is, the most comprehensively referenced health book I have read written in style that is engaging and explanatory to all. Confident in their message there is no need to baffle or complicate things with scientific jargon in order to come across as authoritative. I've recommended this to everyone from students to my 93 year young grandmother.
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Anyone who has read my comment of the previous review has probably already guessed where I stand with regards to this book - a must read!
Every so often a book comes along that redefines a sector, and when it comes to health and nutrition advice The Health Delusion has done just this.
The first chapter, which was criticized, is a fantastic addition lacking from so many self-help books. It gives a clear and easy to understand resource for recognizing the quackery and pseudoscience the media, and different industries propagate to sell their products. Isn't it amazing the media report a new sensational cure for our cancer woes almost every week, yet cancer incidence/progression shows no signs of abating. The authors have little time for this nonsense, and neither will you when you read it.
But, this is just the beginning, the aperitif for 18 more chapters which quite simply are sensational. Within a relatively small amount of space they rigorously dissect the evidence used to support all the prevailing health issues of our time. Why do we get unhealthier if over half of us take dietary supplements we are told are good for us? Why do 99% of dieters put back on weight after a year or so, even if they are still sticking to it? Why would the FDA allow the drug industry spend $5billion/year persuading us to take their drugs in advertisements? Why we need to be careful of what we might hear being promoted as essential for health in Europe could be a hidden poison if we adopted the recommendations in the US - case study selenium. It's all enlightening, eye opening, but at times can be outright worrying.
Luckily instead of going for shock and awe tactics the authors take more joy in giving us the solutions, and they go further than other books before them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally a real, non-advertising book about health. July 17, 2012
By joeseph
Format:Kindle Edition
It's refreshing to read a book that puts so many aspects of nutrition into a concise book that reads very easily. Whether it's weight loss, risk of cancer, societal trends in diet, overfeeding children, or a number of other aspects of nutritional health, these authors address in depth and with scientific evidence all these and much more.

The book also reads very easily and has interesting facts and anecdotes. For example, The China study has always fascinated me and most discussions regarding this study don't often delve into contextual facets of this study. The Health Delusion addressed nutritional aspects of milk and meat products in a very succinct manner...all the while, there were interesting facts to be learned from the discussion.

Selenium, Iodine, DHA, Vitamins, estrogen, EGCG, Omega fats...all discussed with scientific citations pertaining to the actual science of these substances. It's nice to read about these topics in a more evidence based manner rather than the typical anecdotal evidence based books out there.

I agree with the other reviewer, and believe this is a must read for a concise, science based look at our health.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rising above the crowd... March 17, 2013
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After this book won a British Medical Journalists Association Book of the Year award, my interest was piqued and I ordered a copy. It has lived up to its stellar reputation.

The authors have a light touch and convey rigorous research in an accessible and often amusing manner. One of the highlights was the topic of saturated fats. It now appears this food type has been demonized unfairly, and the book does a good job of exposing the flawed rationale for this. The book delights in puncturing myths about healthy living, some of which are familiar to us already such as the lack of evidence for much vitamin supplementation, and many others which are more novel in mainstream thinking. The authors have clearly spent a lot of time reviewing the scientific literature. The practical tips are valuable (eg. ways to marinate and cook your meat to minimize cancer risk).

Negatives? No book is perfect, but this one does a far better job than most, in terms of depth of research and enjoyable writing style. I'm generally skeptical of diet/ wellness books, but this one taught me a lot and was an entertaining read. I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My eyes have been opened! March 17, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book! It will educate you and challenge some of the myths that are out there about healthy living and nutrition. It is really well referenced showing that these guys have put the research into what they teach - they are not just following the trend or making silly assumptions based on flimsy evidence. I would highly recommend this book to anybody interested in nutrition, its an easy read for the layperson but can also educate those interested in staying at the cutting edge of nutritional research.
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