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The DNA Restart: Unlock Your Personal Genetic Code to Eat for Your Genes, Lose Weight, and Reverse Aging Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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"Sharon Moalem MD, PhD, is at the head of a new movement in nutrition: the tailoring of diets to different sets of genes. The DNA Restart is packed with fascinating information about the links between genes, food, and health. Readers are bound to find a plethora of useful information in this book."
―Stephen Le, PhD, Anthropologist and author of “100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today”
"One-size-fits-all is dead in marketing, music, and news. Now, thanks to Dr. Moalem, it is dead in nutrition and diet, too. Moalem shows us not only why we need customized diets, but how to find the ones that will enable our own longer, healthier lives."
―Kinney Zalesne, collaborator on the NYT Bestseller, Microtrends: the smallforces behind tomorrow's big changes
"The DNA Restart gives us a comprehensive and delicious maintenance program for revamping your life! It teaches you how to eat for your genes at any age."
―Amie Valpone, bestselling author of Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body
“A fascinating read. In The DNA Restart Dr. Moalem shows readers the scientific basis behind how living slowly, eating slowly, and rediscovering enjoyment in the simple yet important things in life, can help us get back to our ideal weight.”
― Alexander Kokkinos, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, First Department of Propaedeutic Medicine, Athens University Medical School, Greece
About the Author
Sharon du Moalem, MD, PhD, is an award-winning physician, scientist, inventor, and New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than 35 languages. He has been awarded more than 21 patents worldwide for his inventions in the fields of biotechnology and human health. His scientific work led to the discovery of a first-in-class member of a novel class of antibiotic compounds directed against multi-resistant or “superbug” microorganisms such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Dr. Moalem has also cofounded three biotechnology companies and has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Moalem and his research have been featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Today show, the New York Times, CNN, Good Morning America, O: The Oprah Magazine, and New Scientist. He lives in New York City.
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Overall, if you are looking for something that explains really well why there is no "one size fits all" diet, and why some people need carbs while others thrive on low carb, then this is a great book.It makes clear how what works for your sister might fail miserably for you. Of course, the last section of the book is the author's own DNA Restart Diet plan. If you are looking for info on specific genes, that's not really here.
The subtitle should read: To Eat For Your Genes, Lose Weight, Reverse Aging...... And any other condition that ails you or someone you know. (Autism, ADHD, Diabites, Cancer, IBS, Acne, Infertility, Depression, Anxiety......... you name it, this book will give you answers)
The first thing I wondered was: For a diet book, why was there a cracker on the front? The Introduction explained that right away.
I must admit, once I started reading I couldn't stop. The only reason it took a week to read is I stopped until I was able to buy a box of unsalted saltines. After we had saltines in hand, I devoured the rest of the book.
Mr. Moalem had a way of injecting humor right about the point where one’s brain was starting to go ‘blank’ with all the new words it was learning – yes, I looked them all up. It made the book that much more enjoyable – loved the sugar/sex reference. It was always the right humor at the right time. Nicely placed.
I've been an avid reading of diet/health/life books. I treated my own cancer. I keep myself and my family in as optimal health as I can. I honestly thought that we were eating good, healthy food 98% of the time - with the occasional indulgence. BOY WAS I WRONG! I discovered that many of the foods labeled 'Organic' or 'Pure' or 'Healthy' were anything but.
It's funny how the health industry can claim their food items are 'organic' when the end result is destroying your body. Yes, they may have started out with an organic element, but through their processing, turned it into something that can keep you - or make you - ill. NOW, let me state that Mr. Moalem's book does not speak back about organic items. He talks about ALL food items. Since we eat mostly organic - and there is where my discovery was made - then this is why I reference organic foods more.
Since I'm an avid reader of health books, I realized that this information can help with a greater number of conditions than are stated within the book. Do not dismiss it because it's a 'diet' book. It's a lifesaving/living diet book. In actuality, when looking at foods I nixed because they weren't 'organic,' I realized that I can add them back into my diet.
The cracker test is fun - and eye-opening. The Alcohol Intake Guide interesting as well. While the results of that test show I could drink more often, I still only prefer the occasional glass of red wine every now and then. But the earwax/alcohol test was interesting.
My husband and I are still in the early stages of his 28-Day Restart program. In just a few days I've already lost a few pounds - yet feel I've been 'cheating' as I've done away with some of our 'organic' foods (that really aren't organic come to find out) and allowed myself some from my previous 'no no' list.
If you're someone who's been doing 'oil pulling' for better health - a read through this book will show you how you can achieve optimal health to the point you no longer have to do a 20min oil pulling session. Though, after you read about toothpaste, you’ll discover that even the ‘healthy’ ‘natural’ brands don’t cut it. I created our own toothpaste from virgin coconut oil, turmeric, and baking soda – so the mouth still gets a dose of coconut oil daily, just not for 20 minutes.
I could continue to write about this book. It’ll take a lot for another writer to top this one and show me something new. Mr. Moalem answered questions that I didn’t know I was asking, but knew I was after reading his book. I will be recommending this book to everyone who ever mentions they are not in OPTIMAL health. It’ll also be what everyone on our Christmas list will be getting for Christmas this year – with a lot of explaining that it’s not all about ‘Weight Loss.’
Mr. Moalem, I thank you, and my family thanks you. I’d love to see everyone get their hands on your book. I wish it great success.
Update: It's been several months since I wrote this review - having to wait till it was released on Amazon to leave the review here. I still refer back to this book. I still recommend this book to anyone dealing with any health issues in their life. I've noticed a change in our health, and the health of our grandchildren. This book has had me reconsider foods we eat, supplements we take, fruits/veggies we purchase. This fact that I can chase after two grandchildren all day and still have the energy to stay up and work at night proves that this book was/is a valuable resource. All this from chewing on a saltine cracker. (smile)
Also included are various sections offering advice on dietary approaches for reducing chronic inflammation as well as the care and feeding of your microbiome. Of particular interest is the concept of umami, the 5th taste (after salty, sweet, sour, and bitter) described as savory. Maolem ties umami with imparting a sense of fullness and satiety and identifies the chemical ingredients responsible for the taste and offers suggestions on food choices.
Overall, the advice is sound, scientifically credible, and readily approachable. The few self tests described are easy to implement and personalize the text to the individual reader.