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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (April 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425204138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425204139
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jordan S. Rubin is the founder of Garden of Life, a health and wellness company that empowers people to attain extraordinary health. He has earned degrees in naturopathic medicine, nutrition, and natural therapies. Rubin has written three books and has appeared on more than 300 TV and radio programs worldwide. He has also written numerous articles for top nutritional and medical journals.

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Jordan S. Rubin is the founder of Garden of Life, a health and wellness company that empowers people to attain extraordinary health. He has earned degrees in naturopathic medicine, nutrition, and natural therapies. Rubin has written three books and has appeared on more than 300 TV and radio programs worldwide. He has also written numerous articles for top nutritional and medical journals.

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F. Stokkeland
The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin, is the first holistic approach that I have read about dieting and health.
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126 of 129 people found the following review helpful By F. Stokkeland on August 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
First off, I have suffered with GERD (reflux disease) since I got a stomach ulcer 10 years ago. And I have been using Losec/Nexium steady for years. If I forgot to take it, I got terrible heartburns and such ... I just started the Makers Diet almost two weeks ago, and I stopped using Nexium after the first day, and after the first week I haven't even taken any antacids, like Tums or Garden of Life's Acid Defense. It's a miracle!

I also feel the need to comment on a couple of statements from former reviews.

One statement I find to be just not true:

"First off it is very centered on a protein, animal based diet. I thought there would be more influence on fruit, seeds and grains."

He focuses a lot on what we need from _both_ animal _and_ vegetarian sources. We need fibers, fats (fatty acids), enzymes, vitamins and proteins from both animal and vegetarian sources. This is pretty clear in his book.

Another statement: "It is a very rigid program for a lifetime."

I feel this also is misplaced. The Diet is built up of three two week stages, and the first two weeks is pretty rigid (getting us off our addictions to sugar, caffeine and such) and is designed to fix insulin, infection and inflammation problems. The two next weeks we can eat more stuff, and the last two weeks and the rest of our lives, he simply points out stuff that is not good for us. If we complete the diet to this stage, we will have a stronger immune system that can much better handle it when we don't find just healthy food, or if we have a good time eating cake and candy and stuff.

Another comment: "Cheating, forget it! He suggests if you absolutely must eat things that are off the list, do it within an hours time to avoid any ill effects.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Brian P. Coughlin on July 26, 2005
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Well, to start I have not only read the book, but followed the diet. I think as far as health and nutrition are concerned the book makes scense. I have lost aproximately 15-20 lbs following the regiment outlined and feel great. I'm still a bit lacked when it comes to doing excersise, but no one's perfect. That being said, this is the type of diet that one could easily follow for life. The first inital stps are difficult, but in the end it's fairly easy.

From a literary standpoint I would have liked to see a little more scientific refrence in the book, though it was decent. I also agree with the comments of another reviewer who wrote that some more biblical refrence would have been nice when talking about where the mention of specific herbs and foods are in the Bible. I also got a bit tired of the Ruben's personal sory. It was a bit over the top at times.

His chapter on 25 ways to get yourself sick was great and made me laugh while being fearful at the same time. I also like the sections on various foods and why they are either good or bad for you. He structured the book nicely and the recipes at the end were a nice throw in.

I must admit that I am Catholic, hence my opinion being somewhat biased, and enjoyed the biblical refrences. It has made me more aware of biblical foods and I have since purchased a book title 1000 Jewish recipes. In a strange way this book has brought me closer to my faith and I am reading the bible again for the first time in many many years.

I did read some other reviews that seemed pretty negative towards this book. I am aware of the claims against Ruben Jordan, though I think some of them are a bit over the top. I looked at the web site for the school he received his NMD from and I really don't have issue with it.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Brenda G. Edmonson on April 15, 2007
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My husband is genetically predisposed to high cholesterol on both sides of his family. After going to the doctor in January, his cholesterol was 241 and his bad cholesterol was 168. We started The Maker's Diet the day after the Super Bowl. His Dr. also put him on a low dose of Caduet. Eight weeks later he tested his cholesterol again, it had dropped to 142! And, his bad cholesterol was literally cut in half. I work in healthcare and normally a person's cholesterol may drop 20-40 points at the most when placed on meds and no dietary change. This diet is life changing! My husband can't believe how much better he feels and he has much more energy. Get the shopper's guide for ease in choosing groceries. I didn't dump everything I had out either, we shifted over gradually to all organic. I also think the coconut oil and grapeseed oil I used to cook much of the meat, fish, etc. contributed as well. Great book for anyone who wants to be healthier, and its a plan you can do for ever. Side note: what we spent going out to eat, we now spend on organic foods and cook at home so we really didn't spend much more money.
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118 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Luciani on August 16, 2005
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Jordan Rubin's story of recovery is absolutely amazing. Dying at the age of mere 21, at 6'2 and 111 pounds,wheelchair bound and hopeless, his transformation and recovery is a miracle to read about. Having been failed by modern medicine this young man turned to a diet based on principles he found in the bible. In this diet he found healing. I am sure with this healthy lifestyle there are many that can find health and recovery. Because I believe there are probably people that can benefit from this book, I gave it four stars. But for me, it just didn't do it.

First off it is very centered on a protien, animal based diet. I thought there would be more influence on fruit, seeds and grains. It is a very rigid program for a lifetime. Cheating, forget it! He suggests if you absolutely must eat things that are off the list, do it within an hours time to avoid any ill effects. As far as items off the list, we aren't just talking cheetos and soda. We are talking cow's milk cheese (goats cheese and milk is a must), and whole grain bread. Sprouted bread is okay in limited portions. Forget about eating out at restaraunts. Veggies are to be organic, and meats are to be grass fed. Plus for the rest of your life you will need to take the Garden of life supplements, which do run a hefty price. I am sure if I was in a desperate place, trying to survive like Mr. Rubin I would do all it took to survive, and if it meant being on this limiting diet I would do it. But just to attempt to be healthier, it requires giving up too many of the things in life that make life fun, and I just can't do that forever.
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