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The Health Delusion: How to Achieve Exceptional Health in the 21st Century Paperback – May 18, 2012
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What a novel idea that we can get out nutrients from good food.
I try to be a critical reader and check facts and as near as I can figure out the authors have backed up their claims with references to all the studies one could ever wish for. I'm satisfied they have done the research.
This book has turned my life around. Instead of spending my money on pills I'm buying good food.
The authors have a light touch and convey rigorous research in an accessible and often amusing manner. One of the highlights was the topic of saturated fats. It now appears this food type has been demonized unfairly, and the book does a good job of exposing the flawed rationale for this. The book delights in puncturing myths about healthy living, some of which are familiar to us already such as the lack of evidence for much vitamin supplementation, and many others which are more novel in mainstream thinking. The authors have clearly spent a lot of time reviewing the scientific literature. The practical tips are valuable (eg. ways to marinate and cook your meat to minimize cancer risk).
Negatives? No book is perfect, but this one does a far better job than most, in terms of depth of research and enjoyable writing style. I'm generally skeptical of diet/ wellness books, but this one taught me a lot and was an entertaining read. I recommend it.
Every so often a book comes along that redefines a sector, and when it comes to health and nutrition advice The Health Delusion has done just this.
The first chapter, which was criticized, is a fantastic addition lacking from so many self-help books. It gives a clear and easy to understand resource for recognizing the quackery and pseudoscience the media, and different industries propagate to sell their products. Isn't it amazing the media report a new sensational cure for our cancer woes almost every week, yet cancer incidence/progression shows no signs of abating. The authors have little time for this nonsense, and neither will you when you read it.
But, this is just the beginning, the aperitif for 18 more chapters which quite simply are sensational. Within a relatively small amount of space they rigorously dissect the evidence used to support all the prevailing health issues of our time. Why do we get unhealthier if over half of us take dietary supplements we are told are good for us? Why do 99% of dieters put back on weight after a year or so, even if they are still sticking to it? Why would the FDA allow the drug industry spend $5billion/year persuading us to take their drugs in advertisements? Why we need to be careful of what we might hear being promoted as essential for health in Europe could be a hidden poison if we adopted the recommendations in the US - case study selenium. It's all enlightening, eye opening, but at times can be outright worrying.
Luckily instead of going for shock and awe tactics the authors take more joy in giving us the solutions, and they go further than other books before them.Read more ›
The book also reads very easily and has interesting facts and anecdotes. For example, The China study has always fascinated me and most discussions regarding this study don't often delve into contextual facets of this study. The Health Delusion addressed nutritional aspects of milk and meat products in a very succinct manner...all the while, there were interesting facts to be learned from the discussion.
Selenium, Iodine, DHA, Vitamins, estrogen, EGCG, Omega fats...all discussed with scientific citations pertaining to the actual science of these substances. It's nice to read about these topics in a more evidence based manner rather than the typical anecdotal evidence based books out there.
I agree with the other reviewer, and believe this is a must read for a concise, science based look at our health.
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great read, nice to have a scientist explain what we all suspect that health claims are mere puffery. Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
After hearing about this book from a friend, I was initially dubious about it. Was this to be another book on health and nutrition, or was it something worth owning. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Dave Hedges
I always enjoy reading books intended to expose the non-scientific nature of modern epidemiological nutrition, and at first glance this book appeared to do that. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by John Doe