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The Vegan Diet As Chronic Disease Prevention: Evidence Supporting the New Four Food Groups [Kindle Edition]

Kerrie K. Saunders
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Book Description

The United States is one of the sickest nations on the planet. Despite our wealth, access to educational media, natural resources, and opportunity, most Americans accept atherosclerosis, cancer, hypertension, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other degenerative chronic diseases as part of the normal aging process. Unfortunately, even our traditional "modern medicine" practitioners believe this misguided and bleak picture out of ignorance. This is because in a traditional curriculum, many physicians-in-training only receive one course in nutrition?the safest, most effective, and least expensive form of chronic disease prevention available. This one course is guided by the faulty 1992 "Food Pyramid" of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), which derived from the even more dangerous "Basic Four Food Groups" of 1956. In both cases, the approval of these dietary guidelines was a political rather than a medical decision, and recent scientific evidence has shown how these guidelines keep Americans sick rather than healthy.

The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention explores the mountain of evidence that suggests that a diet free of animal products can have radically beneficial effects on many conditions that affect vast numbers of Americans. Dr. Saunders provides an exhaustive list of references and sources in arguably the most comprehensive argument in print for the human health benefits of the vegan diet.

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Psychologist and prevention consultant Kerrie K. Saunders posits that America is one of the sickest nations and that many of our diseases can be controlled or eliminated through diet. In The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention: Evidence Supporting the New Four Food Groups, she begins with documentation from writings throughout history positing that meat and fat are dietary dangers. The diets of other cultures indicate that four food groups constitute a healthy diet: fruits, grains, vegetables and legumes alone and in combination will provide all the essentials for optimum nutrition. While foods are recommended to improve specific conditions, this is not a recipe or meal plan source but rather a series of essays arguing for the vegan lifestyle. Ample citations are provided to support the theories, and charts and boxes break out lists of foods and resources where applicable.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Kerrie K. Saunders, Ph.D., M.S., L.L.P. received her Ph.D. from Clayton College in Birmingham, Alabama and her masters in psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She is a registered psychologist and lives in southeastern Michigan.

Product Details

  • File Size: 653 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590560388
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (January 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035YPIDW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Anyone Looking to Prevent Chronic Disease January 15, 2005
The author writes with zeal about the "new medicine" - vegan diet. Full of references and detail, this is a solid discussion of how chronic disease can be prevented (and managed/reveresed) with diet. As a vegan for over 3 years and a Registered Nurse, I thought I knew it all, but this book proved me wrong. Your average physician is going to do one thing, wait until you have disease and then prescribe medication or surgery to "manage it." You can do better. Take matters into your own hands and read this book! Highly recommended.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Basics October 14, 2004
By Yi Ming
This book, "The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention", reinforces common sense attitudes toward the relationship between the quality of the diet and the resulting effect on health. This is the only book on the subject of health and diet that I have found that is simple enough for anyone to understand and yet sophisticated enough to cause most doctors and other health care providers to re-evaluate their practice of medicating the symptom and ignoring the root cause. Anyone doing research will love all of the credited sources and references, there is no "opinion" in this book, it is all proven with cited sources and studies.
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Gift This Year! October 4, 2004
By Sue
I received "The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention" a few days ago for my birthday and have not been able to put it down since. I know, that sounds like something one would say about a good novel, not a diet book, but this isn't your typical "diet" book. It outlines all the different "diseases" that are CAUSED by diet, and provides a roadmap for reversing or stopping the damage. As I read the "Vegan Diet...", I can't help but think about the friends and family that I have that could be helped by following the advise given within. From the coworker with a daughter "diagnosed" with A.D.D. (this same coworker blurted out the other day that Cheetos must be healthy because they have "cheese" on them), to my dangerously overweight cousin, everyone knows someone that could be helped by this book. I know what many of my friends will be getting for Christmas this year, a copy of this book!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolutely BEST disease prevention book yet November 6, 2003
By A Customer
This book is one of the most informative and best written works I have read on either the vegan diet or chronic disease prevention. It is also interesting from a historical perspective, as well as religious. There is more valuable information packed into this little volume than you can ever imagine. It would be a steal at 10 times the price. A must read for everyone!
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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this on store shelves? January 6, 2004
This book is the finest disease prevention book that's come out in a very long time. My question is: Why isn't this on the shelves of every bookstore and why isn't it being promoted by the "natural/health" food stores? Is the publisher not promoting this as it should be? It is a great resource for everyone, as disease prevention and as a diet, as well as historical information. It is a shame, in my opinion, that more people will not have the opportunity to read and learn from it merely because it is not being promoted as it deserves to be. Whoever has dropped the ball on this one, get with it!!!!
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Resource September 27, 2004
This book is the most complete resource that I have found concerning the effects of food on the body and the resulting problems that a bad diet can cause. Anyone with a child that has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder ( ADD )needs to read this book before drugging up their son or daughter!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone concerned about health! October 27, 2003
By A Customer
This book is absolutely amazing! Packed with facts about food and how the body reacts to the overly processed, chemical laden junk that the food industry passes off on the unsuspecting consumer. If you are interested in how to live a healthy lifestyle, but aren't interested in fads or kidney damaging diets (Atkins, anyone?) then you owe it to yourself to read this book!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be used as a research reference November 25, 2003
This book is a very easy read, even though it is packed with more references to research than I have ever seen in a book of this type before. Now more than ever I believe we are what we eat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cogent argument for a plant-based diet
I've been a vegan for about fourteen years, having been inspired to go plant-based for ethical reasons. Read more
Published 9 months ago by lonebeaut
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Real eye- opener and put a lot of beliefs into perspective. I would recommended reading this if you're debating becoming vegan or just for general knowledge
Published on September 9, 2012 by Pen Name
1.0 out of 5 stars visited Dr Saunders after I attended her class
I am a strength athlete and professional wrestler and I came to Dr Kerrie ready to try this diet out after her raving about it's benefits and numerous athletes that have broken... Read more
Published on April 5, 2011 by Rich!
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best out there
If you are looking for a book on veganism and disease, this book is OK but simply regurgitates excerpts from what the masters in this field already state in their books. Ms. Read more
Published on March 5, 2011 by Shelby
5.0 out of 5 stars A Manifesto for a Vegan Diet
I love this book! I call it a Manifesto for a Vegan Diet because it contains a wealth of scientific evidence supporting a vegan diet. Read more
Published on January 24, 2011 by Richard Kownacki
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book EVER!
If you need help with any type of disease this is the book for you! This is one of my FAVORITE books! I highly reccommend it! Great book Kerrie!
Published on November 10, 2010 by Marfee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading
This book makes very interesting reading. I wish every dietician and physician would read it! We are so brainwashed in the Western world to believe that the only healthy way to... Read more
Published on September 29, 2010 by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book!
What a good book! Very informative and easy to understand. Makes the desicion to become a vegan a no-brainer!
Get this book and get healthy!!!
Published on March 19, 2010 by Jan K
2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't bother with it
I didn't care for it at all. I don't know where the author gets her old information. She seems to babble. Not an easy read. Read more
Published on October 24, 2009 by Jim Shaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Good info supported by references that need to be updated
I agree with the reviewer who said: 'It cites heavily dated secondary sources (nutrition books, encyclopedias, and journal articles), such as John McDougall's "The McDougall... Read more
Published on June 13, 2009 by Judith
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More About the Author

Dr. Kerrie Saunders is a Master's level psychologist, Certified Prevention Consultant, and a Certified Addictions Counselor. She took doctoral level coursework at Miami University in Ohio and the University of Michigan before graduating with a doctorate in Natural Health from Clayton College in Birmingham, Alabama. Her work has appeared in several newspapers, e-zines, and health-related magazines, including VegNews. Dr. Saunders currently provides consultation to clinic patients and professionals through an Integrated Medicine clinic in Port Huron, Michigan.


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