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The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health Paperback – December 30, 2008
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—President Bill Clinton
"Dr. Ornish's wonderful new book, The Spectrum, can make an important difference in the health of the world at a time when it most needs it."
—Gro Brundtland, M.D. Former Director General, World Health Organization, United Nations Former Prime Minister, Norway
"Dr. Dean Ornish knows more about inspiring people to eat well, live well, do well, and be well than anyone on the planet. The Spectrum is a powerful book for living longer and better and shows how to live a healthful, joyful and loving life. As Frank Sinatra once told me, 'Live each day like it’s your last, and one day you’ll be right.'"
"Dr. Dean Ornish is one of my best students, and I agree with what he is telling you. I have known him well for many years now. So you should pay good attention to what he tells you in his new book, which I am pleased to strongly support. I am in complete agreement with what he is saying in The Spectrum."
—Alexander Leaf, M.D. Chairman, Dept. of Medicine (emeritus) and Chairman, Dept. of Preventive Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology (emeritus) Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital
"The Spectrum provides unparalleled guidance and ideas from the sage of preventive medicine."
—Larry Brilliant, M.D., M.P.H. Executive Director, Google Foundation & Google.org
"Dean Ornish has given us a delightfully readable, information-rich and extraordinarily helpful guide to a better, healthier life. Read The Spectrum for yourself - and give a copy to someone you love."
—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
“Read this book. It is literally life-saving and life-transforming.”
–Deepak Chopra, M.D.
“The Spectrum is absolutely fantastic. Time and again, Dr. Dean Ornish has scientifically proven that what was once thought to be medically impossible is, in fact, possible. His work is truly revolutionary.”
–Mehmet Oz, M.D., director, Cardiovascular Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, author of You: The Owner’s Manual
“Dr. Dean Ornish has done more than anyone to bring modern science to the nutrition field.”
–J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., first sequencer of the human genome
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Top Customer Reviews
What I especially love about this book (which I think is his best by far) is that it provides a full spectrum of diet and lifestyle choices that are grounded in science (much of which he and his associates have conducted themselves and published in leading medical journals) yet it's easy to understand and fun to read.
Having been on and off many diets over the years, I like his "spectrum" approach because it doesn't tell me what to eat and do. Instead, it provides a range of choices that allow me to decide what's best for me. It treats the reader with intelligence, which I find empowering and motivating.
One of the main points of this book is that pleasure and joy are sustainable, not fear and guilt, and the recipes in this book (by Art Smith) really reflect that. Works for me!
1. With proper diet, your health will improve without drugs or surgery.
2. With nurturing relationships, you'll feel better and live longer regardless of your health issues.
3. You don't have to feel hungry to lose weight.
Since Dr. Ornish first wrote those important lessons, other researchers have found more reasons for hope:
1. With diet and exercise, even genes that could harm you will be re-set to be helpful.
2. The combined effects of healthy living can multiply into more joy, energy, good moods, and excellent appearance.
3. Many more diseases can be reversed with diet, exercise, relationships, mindfulness, and stress reduction.
In addition, Dr. Ornish has done his own new research showing that prostate cancer can be slowed and somewhat improved through healthier living.
The Spectrum combines these lessons into one book, one source of scientific references, and one way of living for the first time. If you want to live a healthy life that will take you to your full physical and mental potential, The Spectrum is that book.
I've met Dr. Ornish. In person, he's a kind, gentle man who wouldn't ever say a harsh word to anyone. In public, critics have challenged his past ideas about reversing heart disease by saying it's too hard to keep on his pathway.
The Spectrum responds to the critics by explaining how much flexibility we have in each of these areas, depending on what our current health is. For most people, you don't have to be extreme or rigid.Read more ›
The book also has many interesting stories of Dr. Ornish's daily life with his family and explains how his patients are reversing heart disease.
I am a chocolate lover and I really like when he tells how much he enjoys eating some dark chocolate and still maintain the nutritional goals. I also immediately took his thoughtful advice of choosing canola oil instead of olive oil. Dr. Ornish knows why we take wrong decisions and in a very compassionate way he gives us scientifically proven tools to succeed.
The beautifully made DVD by Anne and Dean Ornish is filled with helpful and fun guided meditations that are perfect for harmonizing mind and body and to feel more relaxed. I must admit that I am a fan of them and I bought several copies to give to my friends and loved ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this as a present for someone, they love it. It's a very informative book.Published 3 days ago by Bucwheat
I have a strong family history of heart disease and diabetes. I had heard about this book, and the name Ornish sounded familiar. I am really glad I read this book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Luckydog
Great book, lots of info and delivered on time, thanks!!!!!!!Published 1 month ago by gary spillane
I ordered the Kindle version of the book. It really is quite excellent. The only thing I noticed reading thru it is that the tables don't enlarge and I needed a magnifying glass... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
great book and it really works, like anything else, IF you follow itPublished 2 months ago by Very happy Princess
It's a little dated now, but does offer a reasonable and balanced dietary plan with some very Californian perspectives on holistic and mental health thrown in for giggles.Published 2 months ago by David Dicicco
overwhelming. amount of information to digest ,at a first glance.
Very good information, for being healthy