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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading, Dangerous!!, February 17, 2002
This review is from: High-Performance Nutrition: The Total Eating Plan to Maximum Your Workout (Paperback)
This book not only consists of bad nutritional advice but dangerous suggestions. Ms. Kleiner calls herself a nutrition consultant, but believes that peppermint patties are a good way to end a meal and that blue sports drinks are good for you. This book not only can kill a hypoglycemic with its high-carbohydrate suggestions, but is proof of how ignorant the educated can be. Ms. Kleiner and Ms. Robinson are not herbalists, yet they discount every herb that Eastern civilizations have thrived on for thousands of years- while ignoring the fact that prescribed drugs kill 100,000 individuals a year in this country alone. The authors easily condemn Ginseng, a Chinese adaptogen used for thousands of years, and sanction the use of Ephedra which has been shown to be life threatening in many cases. The authors concern themselves with the illusion that blue sports drinks, candy, and refined carbos are the best fuel for a healthy body, but they are themselves a product of an ignorant, drug-generated-for-profit country. Too bad their illusion is in print for the uninformed and unaware. As the old saying goes, don't believe all that you read- especially this book. Maybe the authors should go back to school and learn something and then attempt to take people's lives and diets in their hands. Wasted trees to make this one.
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Initial post: Jan 15, 2007 2:05:05 PM PST
Interesting contrary post, but I would have found it more helpful if Jacob Cohen had advised me of alternate resources to review or provided referrals to different books.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 2:05:33 PM PST
Interesting contrary post, but I would have found it more helpful if Jacob Cohen had advised me of alternate resources to review or provided referrals to different books.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 10:03:00 AM PST
hmm interesting. Herbalists seem to stess the effectiveness of their so-called "miracle cures" without any scientific proof to back them up (and more often then not, scientific evidence to the contrary, a perfect example being ginseng). I have followed Ms. Kleiner's suggestions and found them to be almost miraculously effective, and better yet, supported by science.

Kookie back to nature wanna be's are a dime a dozen these days, and I take this criticism with no more thena grain of salt. Perhaps Jake should loosen his birkenstocks a little.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 7:10:19 AM PDT
elizabeth says:
Mr. Cohen,
Please realize that it is actually Dr. Susan Kleiner, and she has thousands of people, including myself, to vouch for the effectiveness of following scientifically based nutrition principles. She is not advocating eating candy and drinking sports drinks as a way to health in general. She is stating that during high endurance, high energy workouts your body needs quick acting fuel to sustain performance. In these cases, sports drinks provide an ideal ratio of quick-acting carbs and electrolytes. If you are trying to cut fat, she does not recommend using a sports drink! So please, when you review items, try to be more accurate and read the advice in context.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 7:10:04 AM PDT
As if readers aren't intelligent enough to make our own decisions?
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