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Miracle cure stories abound when it comes to natural healing. A super nutrient reverses cancer after chemotherapy has failed. A Chinese herb lowers high blood pressure in a patient with heart disease after being dismissed as quackery by doctors. Jordan S. Rubin’s account of returning from the medical abyss, however, includes an original twist. After several years of battling Crohn’s Disease, which included a small fortune spent on both conventional and alternative treatments, as well as trips abroad in search of help, Rubin weighed only 111 pounds and, at just age 21, thought his life was over. At the urging of his father, a naturopath, he contacted an obscure nutritionist in California promoting a diet based on the teachings of the Bible. Yes, we’re talking what Jesus ate: kefir, lamb, sprouted breads, eggs and meat from free-range chickens, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Rubin also started to pray and added a new powder supplement containing homeostatic soil organisms (HSOs) to his diet. Four months later he weighed 170 lbs and was on the road back to his former athletic and healthy self. Inspired by his experience, and now with advanced degrees in nutrition and naturopathic medicine, Rubin has crafted The Maker’s Diet. While the faithful will surely find the book of interest, Rubin’s command of the scientific issues underpinning his recommendations may also appeal to those more accustomed to studying food labels in search of what to eat than ancient religious texts. --Patrick Jennings --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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After nutritional consultant Rubin (Patient Heal Thyself; etc.) nearly died from an inflammatory bowel disease that caused him to lose 50 pounds and suffer severe pains, he devised an approach to health that combines wholesome eating with a heavy dose of faith. Indeed, while Rubin presents scientific evidence of his plan's effectiveness and detailed lists of recommended supplements and foods, the diet's religious aspect is fundamental. The 28-year-old Rubin bases his diet on a "Biblically-correct lifestyle," recommending the consumption of organically grown foods and frequently referring to the Bible on matters ranging from personal hygiene ("If the Maker has a preference, it might be the use of ritual bathing that combined bathing... with sprinkling") to getting tattoos ("Scripture warns against piercing the skin"). To help readers avoid disease and live healthily, Rubin lays out a three-stage plan. The first stage-somewhat restrictive, akin to South Beach-prohibits virtually all commercial dairy products, chlorinated tap water, many fats and oils, and all carbohydrates ("While it is true that the people of the Bible consumed a diet that contained liberal amounts of... carbohydrate foods, they were higher-quality, lesser-processed carbohydrates, therefore much easier to digest"). More foods are introduced in subsequent weeks, and those following the diet may eventually incorporate red meat, carbs and saturated fats into their regimens. Rubin's program will be difficult for many, as it calls for drastic changes in the way they go about their lives. However, his approach is unique and provides a refreshing, holistic antidote to many of today's fad diets.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; F Later Edition edition (March 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425204138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591857143
  • ASIN: 1591857147
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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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265 of 277 people found the following review helpful By Never Look Back on October 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book changed my life! I always knew there was something missing in my diet. I never felt healthy or energetic. I was a size 26 and over 260 lbs. I couldn't lose weight, on the road to diabetes, thyroid and candida problems. I tried every quick weight loss scheme, from Pritikin, to Metabolic Typing to Adkins. Nothing worked. I'd lose 5-10 lbs and gain 20-40. It's not about just low-carb. Carbs are not our problem. Low Nutrient foods are our problem. Today, six months later, I'm a size 20.

Jordan teaches that we need nutrient dense foods such as kombucha, cod liver oil, coconut, naturally fermented foods, organic meats and vegetables, preferably raw goat butter, goat milk and yogurt, organic lamb and organic chicken stocks, celtic sea salt and living water. I eat beets, palm hearts, artichoke hearts, salmon, kefir, organic raw eggs in smoothies, raw honey, olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, homemade sauerkraut, sourdough breads. I limit bleached flours, soy food, vegetable, canola, and corn oils, hydrogenated oils and margarine, snack foods, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, TV dinners, store meats that have hormones, pesticides and disease, pork and certain seafoods.

I don't overeat anymore and I'm satisfied. God gave us food to eat and enjoy. When we fight against our own hunger we destroy our relationship to food. I no longer horde food, freak when there's not enough, nor do I eat when I'm sad.

I also take Clear Energy. I went from working in an office and came home ready to collapse, to being a nanny of 5 year old triplet boys. I come home tired, but happy and ready to start my day! I use clenzology. And usually start autumn with a good sinus sign of one yet!
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115 of 126 people found the following review helpful By C.E. Sote on November 21, 2004
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In all reality this book is not about a diet, but rather about a serious life change for the better. This book puts together what my family and I have been trying to do for the past 2-3 years now. It provides a sound model for eating and living based on biblical principles. After reading some of the other reviews, I think some

people are throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Just because Rubin has a supplement company that provides alot of the healthy products he describes in the book, doesn't mean his advice is skewed or necessarily biased. It looks like some are questioning Rubin's credentials and education to discredit his advice. However, I have founds many other resources and websites that also come to the same conclusion as Rubin when it comes to our diets and lifestyle. Rubin goes to extensive details to provide the reader plenty of solid medical facts to explain what the human body needs and why other eating patterns fall short.

He provides the names and websites of almost 100+ other companies that provide healthy eating and living information and products.

My family and I considered ourselves very healthy compared to most people we know, but were shocked to find out the negative side effects of Soy products. We have been consuming a good deal of Soy over the past two years, from Tofu, Soy Milk, Cheese, veggie burgers, etc. I was shocked to learn of the side affects

"Processed" soy can have, especially in Baby formula (where there are several lawsuits now against soy manufacturers). This was a reality check for us to look at what we are really eating, even though we thought we were healthy. If anyone wants more info on soy dangers see the website: [...]

Overall, I would Rubin's advice very highly.
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100 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Mel on August 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I had read "What the Bible says about Healthy Living", which is an awesome book, but it did not give a food plan to follow. The Maker's Diet is not an easy plan and is not a quick fix, but you will see significant results if you stick with it.

My husband and I haven't even finished Phase 1 yet and can already see major differences in our appearance and our health. He has lost 1.5 - 2 inches around his stomach. I haven't measured, but my clothes are fitting looser. The big thing for me is the way my skin has changed. I had severe adult acne for the last 10 years and no matter what I tried, nothing ever cleared up my face. I have been on The Maker's Diet for 12 days and my face is practically clear! And I know it's because my body no longer has the toxins in it that was causing the break-outs. The other huge item for us is the fact that our energy levels have already significantly increased.

If you're looking for a quick weight loss program, this isn't it. This is a life changing program that will truly change your life.
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful By L. Spencer on July 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have long believed and followed Jordan Rubin's recommendations to avoid processed food and attempt to eat organic (dairy, veggie, fruit and meat/fish/fowl) whenever possible. At 44, I have never had any health problems, and my cholesterol has always been low - strangely enough, considering my diet consists of quite a few high-fat items (butter, cream, chocolate, cheese, steak, roast chicken, etc.) Reading this book was wonderfully affirming, realizing my gut instincts have always steered me in the right direction, as science finally throws out margarine in favor of butter, finds antioxidants in dark chocolate, and now confirms saturated FAT is not responsible for heart disease or high cholesterol!

I was suffering from some candida overgrowth symptoms, however, due to a course of antibiotics, and Jordan's book helped me greatly - his recommended diet (am now in my 3rd week) has helped starve the candida and I've lost 7 pounds in the process! Everything I've read recently points to sugar and grains as the cause of many diseases - and although it is hard at first to cut out sugar and wheat, it becomes much easier after a week! Adding in some berries after 14 days was a wonderful treat, and tasted incredibly sweet after my tastebuds were re-programmed.

As far as the comment by Daniel Edelen ("bad theology") - I am no expert, but here are my thoughts. Yes, Jesus abolished the Law of Moses - but His emphasis in declaring there was no longer any 'unclean food' was spiritual, not physical. Jesus' life and death achieved what the Law could never achieve - justification! The Law was declared fulfilled and we were entitled to all the advantages and rewards arising from perfect obedience (never before attainable!
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