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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401604293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401604295
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Barry Sears is one of the leading authorities in the world on the impact of diet on hormonal response and the expression of our genes. His first book, The Zone, became a #1 New York Times bestseller. His continuing books on understanding food as a drug have sold more than 5 million copies and have been translated into 22 languages. In Toxic Fat: When Good Fat Turns Bad, Dr. Sears presents a revolutionary new understanding of the current obesity epidemic in terms of cancer rather than a consequence of sloth and gluttony. Dr. Sears continues his groundbreaking medical research as the president of the non-profit Inflammation Research Foundation located in Marblehead, MA.

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Barry Sears is a pioneer in biotechnology, specialising in the human body's hormonal responses to different types of diet. He has based his work on Nobel Prize-winning research as well as his own unique research, to create a simple dietary plan that has changed lives. A widely published scientist and researcher, he is President of the biotechnology firm Eicotech and is the bestselling author of The Zone books.

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This book was an eye opener health wise.
Greatdanes
He believes that fat is "toxic" because it is a sign of the untreated inflammation that can and will lead to greater health problems down the road.
Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man
Dr. Sears, a researcher in the dietary control of inflammation, has included an entire chapter and an Appendix devoted to the subject in Toxic Fat.
Kelly Jadon

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Jadon on October 2, 2008
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Book Review: Toxic Fat: When Good Fat Turns Bad (Thomas Nelson, 2008)
by Barry Sears

"If you have a chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, or a neurological disorder), it's quite likely that a major underlying cause of your current condition comes from seemingly well-meaning governmental agricultural programs initiated more than 30 years ago."--Dr.Barry Sears

Dr. Sears spent two years researching Toxic Fat. This new book may be a bit controversial, but it may also be groundbreaking as the general public begins to read about why our country's citizens have physically changed during the last 25 years.

Dr. Sears mapped out Toxic Fat in 13 chapters covering: the obesity epidemic, nutrition, inflammation, good and toxic fat, toxic fat syndrome, his Zone plan, fish oil benefits, anti-inflammatory meals and recipes.

The Toxic Fat Syndrome--What is it?

Dr. Sears writes that the condition occurs when obesity is viewed as inflammation-induced and is either benign or malignant. As malignant, the fat acts like a tumor, it quickly spreads to every organ in the body. The process begins with excess body fat, spreading through the blood, resulting with chronic disease--Alzheimer's, allergies, asthma, Type-2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease. Signs of the silent inflammation are high triglycerides, low HDL, and high insulin.

Toxic Fat also includes several appendixes which should NOT be skipped over, but read thoroughly as they provide explanations from a doctor-researcher's understanding, made comprehensible to the general public.

* Blood Testing For Silent Inflammation--an important section about what you need to do for yourself.
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I got my copy of TFS a few days ago and was able to make my way through it in a single (long) night. It is a quick read, especially if you are familiar with the concepts from his previous books and don't have to re-read some of the more dense material.

I thought the book was excellent! It was certainly focused and you could tell that Dr. Sears went to a lot of effort to make the book digestible for new comers. He saved much of the science for the appendix section and even that was slightly watered down when compared to some of his other books.

In the past I have been very critical of folks that suffer from all the modern day afflictions caused by the food they eat yet, apparently, make no effort to change their habits. This book is extremely enlightening in that sense.

My only complaints, if there are any to be made, is that I felt like the book may have been a little too focused on the idea of 'toxic fat' and there were too many pages dedicated to recipes. Obviously this was a conscious decision by Dr Sears and when all of his books are viewed as a whole this complaint is pretty bogus.

The core message remains basically the same since 'Enter The Zone'. Each successive book is a slight evolution of his original dietary/lifestyle recommendations to make them either more effective or palpable to the general public. Each book supports those recommendations from slightly different angles and serves to deepen the argument for them.

What Dr Sears has built over the years is a pool of literature that justifies and explains a method to dramatically improve the health and well being of individuals and seems to be the only way out of what is increasingly being acknowledged as a worldwide inflammation epidemic.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Wright on October 2, 2008
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This book is an update to the series of books Sear's has written since 1993. It has new information for long-time Zone followers like me, but it was written for a newcomer. It must have been tough to write a book that contains years of developments, yet is simple enough for a novice to comprehend. Sear's did this by putting complex explanations in appendices. The text itself is about 150 pages, with the other half of the book containing the appendices and recipes.

The book puts forth the most convincing argument on why you need to eat according the Zone diet of any of Sear's books. The cancer analogy didn't work well for me, probably because I don't know much about tumors. That aside, after reading the book, you realize that most of America is doomed to poor health. It is too easy to eat poorly, and too disciplined to stay in the Zone. Only a few will experience the Zone's benefits and swim against the tide of cheap, fast food.

If you are new to the Zone, read this book and do the diet for a month. Q: What do you have to lose if you don't? A: Your quality of life, and worse.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Whiting on November 2, 2008
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this is a GREAT book. i use it with all my clients(i'm a sports nutritionist). only days after using the diet and supplements that this diet explains, i started (and still do) feeling better than i ever have, in every way that i can think of. i'm turning 35 & after about 3 weeks of following this book i am down to about the same weight i was 12-15 years ago.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adolfo Lozano on September 28, 2008
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Here it's the most revolutionary book from Dr Barry Sears in 10 years.
Obesity can be explained perfectly as a kind of cancer
Are you overweight? You can be healthy if you dont have toxic fat in your bloodstream. You simply have a benign tumor.
Are you perfectly slim? You can even be an olympic athlete and have toxic fat.
America health crisis is not due to obesity, but due to silent inflammation which is explained by Toxic Fat in blood, free for attacking your organs.

Here there is a new medical approach for understanding and cure:
- Obesity
- Heart Disease
- Cancer
- Alzheimer, parkison and mental disease
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and why an anti-inflammatory diet like Zone plus high dose fish oil can revert this.
Everyone who concerns about obesity, health, diseases..must read this book. Every library should have this book.. Its the most enlightening book about obesity/health I have read probably in my life.
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