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The South Asian Health Solution: A Culturally Tailored Guide to Lose Fat, Increase Energy and Avoid Disease Hardcover – March 1, 2014

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About the Author

Dr. Sinha works with large employee groups in Silicon Valley, helping South Asians, as well as those of many other ethnicities, to improve their health and reduce their risk factors while still respecting patients' cultural dietary and lifestyle customs. From his breadth of experience in the Silicon Valley, Dr. Sinha created PRANA, the most comprehensive South Asian health website. he hosts a South Asian radio show in the Bay Area and blogs at southasianhealthsolution.org.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Primal Nutrition, Inc.; 1 edition (March 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939563054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939563057
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For over a decade, Dr. Ronesh Sinha has been a leader in recognizing and treating the specific genetic and cultural risk factors that South Asians face. He works with large employee groups in Silicon Valley, helping South Asians, as well as those of many other ethnicities, to improve their health and reduce their risk factors while still respecting patients' cultural dietary and lifestyle customs.

Dr. Sinha's exceptional success with his patients has made him a sought after consultant and speaker to some of the most successful companies in the world, including Cisco, Oracle, Genentech, and Marvell Semiconductor. Check out his LinkedIn profile for details and company testimonials. At least one-third of the workforces of many of these corporations are South Asians. From his breadth of experience in the Silicon Valley, Dr. Sinha created PRANA, the most comprehensive online South Asian health website to date, and he also hosts a popular bay area South Asian health radio show on KLOK 1170am. Dr. Sinha is married to Dr. Shally Sinha, a respected pediatrician in Fremont, Ca who sees a high percentage of South Asian children with obesity and related disorders. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Shanahan, MD on May 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In my medical school class about 30% of the population were Southeast Asian and yet we still learned nothing about the particular risk factors of this group. We also learned little to nothing about the metabolic imbalances that can develop from eating the (Americanized/Exported—a favorite reason to road trip to NYC) version of the original authentic, pre-industrial cuisine. The increased risk of Southeast Asian cuisine (in its current incarnation) has profound implications for all vegetarians and vegans, and Dr Sinha teaches people how to navigate the need for more protein in a culturally appropriate manner.

I appreciate that Dr Sinha opens his book by redirection attention away from Cholesterol, LDL, and Saturated fat to the real culprit of heart disease: inflammation. HIs metabolic 6-pack of blood testing provides a reasonable and very cost effective approach to more accurately assessing risk. I also appreciate the Dr’s emphasis on how you treat your body, because that matters more than blood tests. This is very important for people under 50 to be aware of, since many labs remain normal until the body is deeply into a state of metabolic imbalance.

Another aspect of the book that I find particularly helpful is the exercise section. His Silicon Vally practice may be located in the epicenter of the epidemic of screen-addiction and activity deprivation, and he tailors his advice to this setting, providing a collection of quick, effective, simple workouts that can be done in the home or work office with minimal to no equipment.

Dr Sinha's passion for prevention is infectious and inspiring.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vanilla Creme on March 25, 2014
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I plan to post a longer review later.

I liked the book primarily because it explains the causality behind CAD (and metabolic diseases more generally), in a simple, easy to understand way.

Regardless of where you stand on the low fat vs. low carb spectrum, it highlights what both sides appear to agree on:
a) eat a lot of nutrient dense foods (especially, plant based)
b) get a lot of exercise
c) de-stress.

These are simple rules, but this book offers some useful and practical guidelines, including suggestions for apps. The book is also novel in that it emphasizes ratios, rather than presenting absolute targets.

If you are of Indian origin, this book offers what several others do not. It has an excellent understanding of Indian cultures, and offers suggestions, including recipes, that are geared specifically for Indo-Americans.

A suggestion. While reading this book, don't take the recommendations to suggest that you can be a glutton, especially when it comes to Saturated fats, which, in high concentrations, do cause oxidative stress (see e.g. [...]
Eat in moderation. Control portion sizes. Eat a lot of anti-oxidant foods. Choose your carbohydrate food sources carefully, emphasizing low-glycemic and high-anti oxidant ones.

I have gained a great deal from this book, and recommend it whole-heartedly. It is brilliantly written, and extremely useful. A game changer for Indian-Americans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenn* on May 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Like some of the other reviewers, I actually received this book free as a gift at my company. I admit I haven't read the whole thing, but I had to review it. I just read the chapter on cholesterol, burning body fat, and exercise. I've tracked my metabolic six pack as the doctor recommended and followed his very practical advice including some of the recipes. I have completely cured my high triglycerides and borderline diabetes and lost nearly 15 pounds. According to the criteria in the book I no longer have insulin resistance. I've seen 3 different doctors including cardiology since I have a family history of heart disease and no one helped me like this book. My cardiologist put me on Niacin and I had bad side effects so had to stop. Just from following the specific carb advice triglyceride dropped 150 points and healthy cholesterol (hDL) went up 12 points. Even while taking Niacin and suffering for months, my numbers never looked this good. Agree with others that doctors must read this book. I will read the rest of the book, but had to share.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 10, 2014
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I'm half Thai & half Irish/English- 43 yr old Female. No South Asian in my blood, but close enough - to get that Asian perspective on healthy eating. Because similarly to South Asians, the Thai's eat lots of rice (too much perhaps) & the Irish/English westerners eat a lot of bread, wheat & potatoes. I have been cutting down on Rice for a year now and eat no wheat products at all! I lost weight when I did this, but hearing that excess rice/starchy veg, and not enough non-starchy green veg causes weight gain & bad health from an Asian doctor with experience treating Asians confirmed my doubts and beliefs and I now feel confident that limiting starchy carbs and getting plenty of exercise is the right choice!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Coach Levi on March 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying that I don't fit the target market for this book at all. Not based on my ethnicity nor my goals. (I'm caucasian, healthy, and exercise a lot.) But, as a previous Primal Blueprint reader, I was curious to see what this was all about. (Plus I was able to get a pre-release copy to review.)

What I can tell you is...

The book is well organized, fun to read (despite me not understanding many of the cultural references,) includes illustrations to make sense of complex biological processes, includes real-life case studies for credibility, and provides valuable info that most doctors still won't provide - i.e. healthy lifestyle changes to make rather than going straight to prescription medications.

If you're familiar with The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, you won't be surprised to see the main theme of the book is to limit carbs and move towards a diet full of unprocessed foods.

If you don't know how carbs affect your body or what insulin does, this book will explain it in an easy-to-understand manner. If you already know this stuff, the book probably won't be all that useful to you. Perhaps a specific chapter will be, but you'll have to review the TOC and decide for yourself. Personally, I didn't learn anything other than the names for some Indian flatbreads.

All in all, it's a good resource if you fit the demographic - someone of South Asian ethnicity who is currently unhealthy and/or has little understanding of the Paleo diet or proper nutrition in general. If that's you, it's a 4-star book. Otherwise, I'd only give it 3 stars max.
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