- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (February 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781455594689
- ISBN-13: 978-1455594689
- ASIN: 1455594687
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 130 customer reviews
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The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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About the Author
Neal Barnard, MD, is a clinical researcher, author, and health advocate. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and president of the nonprofit Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine. He is the author of several books and a frequent lecturer.
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For those familiar with Dr. Barnard’s other books, this one repeats many facts … but enhances them with updates to the scientific data, along with personal stories of people who have overcome their cheese addictions to improve their health. There are many new recipes here: cashew Parmesan, Spinach-Sweet Potato Lasagna, Mac ’n Trees, to name a few. Also, for those interested in the Elimination Diet described in Dr. Barnard's 1998 Book ‘Foods that Fight Pain', there is an updated list of Common Pain Trigger Foods.
My own experience as a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian (one who ate eggs and dairy): in 15 years of this style vegetarianism, I never lost any weight. But when I dropped the dairy (& eggs), I lost nearly 10 lbs in 3 weeks. (I wasn’t even TRYING to lose weight!) This experience convinced me that ditching cheese & dairy foods could be very rewarding for those who ARE trying to lose weight. I definitely recommend trying Dr. Barnard’s 3-week 'Test Drive’. You can’t go wrong with a test Diet … and if you decide to stick with the diet, you can reap the benefits of long-term good health.
All concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are famously cruel and filthy. The book describes how none of these operations match the systematic cruelty of dairy production that dispenses horrific suffering from conception to the final slaughter. Calves are ripped unnaturally from their mothers face force-feeding in dark quarters to become veal. Mother cows cry all night over the separated calves. It’s doubtful that Josef Mengele could have devised a more cruel process.
The descriptions of the diseases caused by the cheese to humans puts another sad dimension on the cheese making process. Barnard carefully and convincingly describes the science and correlation between cheese and acne, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, allergies, asthma and obesity among others. The concentrated hormones, antibiotics and saturated fat in cheese attacks virtually all human biological functions relentlessly.
Tragically, this consumption is driven from an unwitting addiction by consumers to casomorphin, an opiate drug concentrated in cheese from milk in the cheese making process. To make the brutality complete, our own government facilitates this horror through subsidies and promotion of the cheese industry. It goes so far as to provide advertising to attract consumers by using their addiction to consume more. Much like drug kingpins and dealers, they dispense their wares to their addicts with no conscience in the name of money. Worse, the victims aren’t even aware.
Anyone who has a reasonable concern for animals or their own health should read this book before picking up another double cheeseburger at McDonalds. Read this book, if not for the animals, environment or yourself, then for your family’s health. It’s doubtful there is another product on the market that results in more collective pain and suffering to animals and humans and damage to the environment than cheese.