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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Crossing Press; Rev Upd edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580911676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580911672
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Optimum nutrition is the medicine of the future."-Dr. Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize winner"An important contribution to the nutritional field.Holford demystifies scientific data so that it can be understood by all."-Alternative Medicine

About the Author

PATRICK HOLFORD is one of the world's leading authorities on nutrition and mental health. He has written 30 health books and is the founder of the Institute of Optimum Nutrition. He lives in London, England.

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It is full of really good information, written in a very chatty manner and easy to read.
Pink.In.A.Blue.World
Would recommend this book to anyone looking to be informed about there health, supplements, the food we eat, and how to live a happier, healthier life.
barbara carr
Patrick Holford, being a medical practitioner, presents the information in a scientific way.
P. M. Roos

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124 of 149 people found the following review helpful By westcoaster on August 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
My concern about this book is that I found some very specific but blatant errors of information re: one topic the author discusses, and this makes me wonder what other errors he made. The rest of the book might be entirely accurate, but unfortunately when there are such basic conceptual errors (not typos, actual wrong info that is thoroughly discussed and analyzed incorrectly) it calls into question the rest of the info.

In one section, the author discusses information related to exercise physiology and the expenditure of energy during activity. There are several fundamental errors in his information, and this makes me question whether some or much of the other info in this book (other than the exercise physiology info) is also erroneous.

I will share two specific examples of errors in this author's information. First, he states that the fitter you are the more calories you will burn to complete a given task. This is actually the opposite of what is true. Sure, a fitter person likely has a faster resting metabolic rate which means s/he'll burn more calories throughout the day, but to perform a specific task for a specific period of time (as stated in the author's example) the fitter you are the more efficiently your body will perform that task, and the less energy you'll expend to complete it. His basic premise is absolutely wrong, and thus the nutritional advice that he provides stemming out of that info is flawed.

The second specific example of a blatant error is when the author states that running a mile burns 300 calories. While I suppose this is potentially true for a few individuals, most exercise physiology experts agree that most people will burn approximately 100 calories to run a mile.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Wozniak on September 27, 2007
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I bought this book as background information when I started on the Holford Low GL diet, which helped me to lose 35 pounds fast, after a decade of unsuccessful dieting.
The Optimum Nutrition Bible was just that. It explained the causes of a number of various physical conditions that my family, my friends and I were experiencing, and then gave easy-to-implement nutritional guidelines for overcoming these problems.
The data is presented in layman's terms - you don't need a medical degree to understand what he's talking about - and the indexing is good when you need to find something in a hurry.
If your health is important to you, and could be better than it is, this book might be just the thing you need to set you on the road to recovery through the simple advice and nutritional guidelines presented.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mariecle on January 9, 2007
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This book is a real nutrition bible. There is no truly amazing new information but well documented and referenced science. The tests provided to determine your optimum supplement intake are easy to do and it really works wonders.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lady Luck on March 6, 2006
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This is an excellent book that is easy to read and understand. The cost and size make it especially appealing for a non-medical person who wants the basic info about diet and nutrition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. H. Drazin on December 21, 2007
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I've found a great deal of the information in this book useful. It has some fairly detailed biological information, quizzes and suggestions and makes a point of striving for practical suggestions. I especially like the reiterations that optimum health does not mean thirty pills a day! I doubt however that I'll be adopting a raw, vegan diet as is mentioned several times. The rest however, seems to be pretty solid information and is a good base for building a supplementation program.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By barbara carr on January 25, 2013
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Very informative. I have learned so much from this one book about nutrution, it has lead me to many other sources of information as well. The supplements I take are a direct result of this book, and I've never felt better or been healthier. It has sent me looking for holistic health healers rather than using traditional medicine and many of the issues I suffered from prior to this book have been delt with or we are in the process of dealing with. Would recommend this book to anyone looking to be informed about there health, supplements, the food we eat, and how to live a happier, healthier life. I have it in both paperback and kindle version. The kindle version makes it impossible to read the charts though so you lose alot of information especially about glycemic load, so I would suggest getting the paperback as well as the kindle.
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 6, 2006
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My doctor in England recommended this book to me in 2000 and its changed my life. I've not been sick since. It's the only nutrition book you'll need!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 12, 2011
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This book provides an easy to read overview on nutrition and vitamins.

This book explains how antioxidants work together, how to lower your homocysteine levels, how to reduce cancer risk, the safe limits of each vitamin and mineral (even if the numbers given are quite conservative and so perhaps not very useful) and which foods they are in, plus has sections on detoxing and digestion, lots of information on diet, and lists which foods are highest in antioxidants and much more.

Most information is aimed more at maintaining health rather than treating serious disease, so this book is mostly for well people that want to stay well.

But even so, this book is still very useful for educating yourself about how the body works in many ways as part of a wider health reading program.

The sections on diet are poor and the author recommends a diet still too carb heavy for many of us, and too low in healthy fats and which excludes many very important traditional foods probably due to a vegetarian bias. Yes vegetables and fruit are important but what about how important meat is, or eggs, or raw cultured vegetables, or kefir, or homemade 24 hour yogurt made with unprocessed milk, or organ meats? Vegetables are not the only important health foods!

This book is best combined with really excellent books on diet such as Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats and books on reducing your total load and detoxification and so on such as 'Detoxify or Die' by Dr Sherry Rogers and the book on sauna use by Dr Lawrence Wilson as well as Dr Atkin's Vita-Nutrient Solution book.

(As with almost all health books what he says about 'CFS' (and even M.E.
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