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The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! [Kindle Edition]

John McDougall , Mary McDougall
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From Atkins to Dukan, fear of the almighty carb has taken over the diet industry for the past few decades—even the mere mention of a starch-heavy food is enough to trigger an avalanche of shame and longing. But the truth is, carbs are not the enemy. Now, bestselling author John A. McDougall, MD, and his kitchen-savvy wife, Mary, prove that a starch-rich diet can actually help readers lose weight, prevent a variety of ills, and even cure common diseases. By fueling the body primarily with carbohydrates rather than proteins and fats, readers will feel satisfied, boost energy, and look and feel their best.

Including a 7-Day Sure-Start Plan, helpful weekly menu planner, and nearly 100 delicious, affordable recipes, The Starch Solution is a groundbreaking program that will help readers shed pounds, improve their health, save money, and change their lives.

Editorial Reviews


"Dr. John McDougall is on a mission to make us healthier.  Read The Starch Solution.  It may save your life and your brain."
Dennis Bourdette, MD, Chair and Roy and Eulalia Swank Family Research Professor, Department of Neurology

"The Starch Solution is an easy and powerful way to achieve the very best of health. Dr. McDougall’s unparalleled knowledge and experience have brought us the best possible way to help people lose weight, lower their cholesterol and blood pressure, boost their energy, and change their lives."

Neal Barnard, author of the 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart

"You'll be doing the happy dance when you read this book! Hallelujah, and bring on the pasta!"

Kathy Freston, author of The Veganist

"Bold, honest, and ringing with truth, The Starch Solution will show you exactly how to reclaim your health and your life.  Nobody has ever delivered this message so clearly. Dr. John McDougall's latest contribution is destined to become a classic."

Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D., co-author of The Pleasure Trap

"This maverick physician has a wealth of knowledge that could be the key to a tremendous improvement.  I personally know many people who have found the McDougall program to be the key to vastly improved health for themselves and their families. This book lays it out clearly and without compromise."

John Robbins, author of No Happy Cows, The Food Revolution, and Diet For A New America

"Dr. McDougall and Mary have done it again. The Starch Solution is a thorough and absorbing explanation of the health benefits and nutritional excellence of a plant based diet. In addition to being healthy, the food was delicious and satisfying."

Robert A Rosati, MD, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Rice Diet Solution

"John McDougall, M.D. has once again produced an outstanding book with recommendations gleaned from his decades of medical experience and strongly supported by the scientific literature.  He has the courage to tell the truth about both the business of medicine, which largely ignores the role of diet , and the forces of evil that sell the promises of  fractionated foods and diet fads.  The information in this book can provide the reader the power needed to lose weight and regain health." 

Alan Goldhamer, Director, TrueNorth Health Center, Co-author of The Pleasure Trap

"The Starch Solution is one of the most important books ever written on healthy eating.  As Dr. McDougall shows us in his book, human beings flourish on starch foods from whole food sources.  When combined with healthy servings of vegetables and fruits we have the perfect diet to prevent and reverse the lifestyle diseases that are now killing 80% of Americans—obesity, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and cancer.  The recipes included in the book are easy and delicious.  The Starch Solution will change your life.  Read it and live it."

John P. Mackey, co-chief Executive Officer and Director, Whole Foods Market, Inc.

"This time the Star McDougaller is John himself joining with Mary in creating a masterfully crafted nutrition guide that destroys harmful myths and enhances the enduring capacity of whole food plant based nutrition as the foundation to our long overdue health revolution."  

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

"Eat all you want; any time you want". Statements that sound too good to be true usually are... too good to be true. But John McDougall's new book "The Starch Solution", richly referenced for science, but gracefully written for consumers, just might be both good and true."

George D Lundberg MD, Editor at Large, MedPage Today; Former Editor in Chief of JAMA., Medscape and eMedicine from WebMD

"Great news! Thank you John! Now we can eat carbs guilt-free and maintain our figures" –Elizabeth Kucinich, Director of Public Affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

"The Starch Solution is a viable approach to solving many health problems including obesity, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes and will have a positive impact on our environment. I highly recommend it."  

Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich

"John McDougall has done it again. This time, clarifying the issue of starches and the important role they play in human nutrition, improving our health and the health of the planet."

Jeff Novick, Vice President for Executive Health Exams International and lectures at the McDougall Program

"The option is pretty simple. Meat and potatoes and later angioplasty and bypass or a plant-based (starch diet) and medicine-less and procedure-less health and happiness. The 12th McDougall book shows the way. It is highly recommended."

William C. Roberts, MD, Editor in chief, The American Journal of Cardiology, Executive Director, Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas

"[Dr. McDougall's] new book stands to get him more attention than any of the others. Much of what’s in The Starch Solution, which came out earlier this year, is excellently researched, scientifically-backed…and totally contradictory to what most Americans think they know about food and weight loss."

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About the Author

John A. McDougall , MD, has coauthored many bestselling books with his wife, Mary, and is featured in the documentary and book Fork over Knives. He serves as associate professor at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, CA, and teaches medical students at his clinic in Santa Rosa.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1273 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PF7MGS
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428 of 453 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, sound science for good, sound health! May 8, 2012
My favorite quote from the book sums up Dr. McDougall's philosophy on health, "I have often been asked, "You are a doctor, so why do you speak against the practices of fellow physicians?" The answer is simple: I never took an oath to protect the financial interests of the medical industry." Dr. McDougall dares to to tell us how to become healthy, and therefore put doctors, hospitals, and big pharmaceutical companies out of business!
The book details plant based eating that give you plenty of protein and vitamins, low fat, ZERO cholesterol, and nothing but pure energy. I have been eating this way thanks to Dr. McDougall, Dr. Caldwell Esslestyn, and Dr. T. Colin Campbell after I saw the Forks Over Knives Documentary in June 2011. I have never been healthier or had more energy - probably not even as a kid! I have completely reversed my obesity and type II diabetes and am off all my Metformin, now I am a diet controlled diabetic eating exactly as outlined by Dr. McDougall. I have lost 95 pounds, lowered my total cholesterol from 390 to 100, and am also off my high blood pressure medicine with a bp of 110/70.
The book includes a 7-Day Sure-Start Plan backed up by practical information on how to ready your kitchen, your family, and your life for this change in the way you eat, and includes nearly 100 easy-to-prepare recipes to suit every taste. The Starch Solution is different because it offers a way of eating that keeps you feeling satisfied. You won't feel hungry or deprived, because starches are not only healthy, they're also comforting and filling. This is a plan you can follow indefinitely--even when you stray by not following it 100 percent--and its benefits will be with you for a lifetime.
You owe it to yourself to read this book, and give it a try. You will definitely be glad you did!
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269 of 288 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to feel great? Eat some "Starch" May 8, 2012
By MtnMike
Want to lose a few pounds in a couple weeks?
Read a diet book, ANY diet book.
Want to become healthy, lose weight and feel great for life?
Read The Starch Solution.

When a friend or patient asks "where do I begin" This book will be at the top of my recommended reading list. I will tell them to begin their journey with The Starch Solution.

On a chance mountain bike ride, I met a physician that said he could only cure one condition, bacterial infections. The diseases that are so common to our world are only managed. However, he shared, that through nutritional counseling, he is beginning to help people heal themselves.

Rather than preach throughout our ride, he said, "Watch Forks over Knives and read The China Study."

I began there. Then I discovered Dr. McDougall and his wife, Mary. Soon the value of the words I was digesting became crystal clear. My mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer and patients, friends and family began sharing recent medical afflictions. In the four months that I have been on my journey, I have seen one friend die of bladder cancer, another has grade 4 pancreatic cancer.

I am committed to a Starch Solution lifestyle.My cholesterol has dropped 60 points, BMI is 24 and I feel great. The hills I climb on my bike seem shorter. This month I turn 55 and I am loving life.

I believe The Starch Solution is the book Dr. McDougall has always wanted to write. He pulls no punches, is direct, and presents a plain and simple argument for making changes that will promote health. He challenges you but includes enough footnotes and quoted research to satisfy the skeptics, providing ammunition for those scientifically inclined.
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212 of 228 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am a "Paleo Enthusiast" December 1, 2012
By MT Sky
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For years, even before it was trendy, I was interested in the "paleo diet", which asserts that if we eat like our early ancestors did before the dawn of agriculture, we will be much healthier because our species evolved on the hunter gatherer lifestyle, not based on an agricultural lifestyle.

In other words, homo sapiens have been surviving for 200,000 years predominantly on animals (meat, fish, fowl), fruit, nuts, and vegetables. We didn't evolve to consume milk throughout life (especially that of another species) or grains, or beans. One of the implicit arguments is that we didn't evolve to be consumers of starch, but the agricultural revolution starting around 10,000 years ago changed that, and the change has not been for the better. That is the premise of the paleo diet.

Dr McDougall, unlike the vast majority of authors who have backed away from the stance that a low fat high carbohydrate diet is healthy for humans, sticks to his guns and provides a cogent counter-argument to the paleo premise. He claims that humans evolved on starch, and that all forms of animal tissue (protein, fat, cholesterol) degrade health. It's a bold stance in a world that has turned away from the low fat high carb diets that were popular in the 1980's.

Dr McDougall claims that civilization was built on starch, and he's right. Without the cultivation of grains, beans, potatoes, etc., civilization as we know it would not exist. The hunter gather lifestyle cannot support the population density required to invent and build cities, roads, ocean vessels, steam engines, electricity, medicine, technology, etc. Without starch, paleo dieters wouldn't have even been born to discuss the evils of starch with each other on the internet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such an easy way to keep healthy and stay healthy. And lose weight if you must.
Published 1 day ago by Wolfgang
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Dr McDougall
Love Dr McDougall! thank goodness someone is sticking up for the potato! I had to really push through to finish this book. I have poor reading habits and am distracted easily. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jolyne Chacon
5.0 out of 5 stars I have been on "The Starch Solution" for 6 weeks now and I feel great,...
I am impressed with The Starch Solution. I have always stayed away from starches and ate a protein diet. Now I am 180 degrees in my eating habit. Read more
Published 7 days ago by johnjrukavina
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Very informative and makes perfect sense! I will be starting the plan shortly! I know it won't be easy but the health benefits are key!
Published 9 days ago by Joseph Nardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Healthy simply by eating the right foods!
Are you kidding? Share my opinion.... oh my goodness.... this is the best book ever! The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall... Read more
Published 9 days ago by nannapulu
5.0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended!!!
One of the best books on plant based diets out there! With an easy to understand writing style, Dr. McDougall explains exactly how and why plant based eating is best for bodies as... Read more
Published 9 days ago by dakwriter
5.0 out of 5 stars like sweet potatoes etc
The taste of food is different, is difficult with recipes, in my County I can't find a lot of ingredients, like sweet potatoes etc.
Published 9 days ago by Olga
5.0 out of 5 stars This is now my bible
Dr. McDougall... thank you! This starchivore lifestyle is amazing!
Published 9 days ago by Gabriella Bertucci
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Humans and Food
This book outlines the facts about what humans should be eating, based on science and anthropology. Not on popular diet books or pseudoscience, but the preponderance of scientific... Read more
Published 10 days ago by AZReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Success...Finally!
I purchased Dr. McDougalls other books back in 2010-2011. I read them and thought they were interesting, but never committed to his program. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Debra VanDyke
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More About the Author

John McDougall, MD, is a medical maverick who challenges medical and pharmaceutical businesses when they prioritize profits over patients. For the past 30 years he has countered mainstream misinformation with the fad-free truth and nutrition and your health.

Dr. McDougall, along with his wife Mary, offers his life-changing approach through national-bestselling books, DVDs, semniars, and the McDougall Live-In Programs in Santa Rosa, CA.

Other books include The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart, The McDougall Plan: 12 Days to Dynamic Health, and The McDougall Program for Women.

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