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How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease Hardcover – December 8, 2015
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“We strive to make the best of our lives by maintaining ourphysical health and mental happiness. As food is the fuel for our survival, howhealthily we survive and how well we recover from illness may also depend onwhat we eat. Michael Greger’s How Not toDie suggests different preventative and curative measures for tacklingailments we are all vulnerable to. I hope that this book may help those who aresusceptible to illnesses that can be prevented with proper nutrition.”
―His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"The primary determinant of our health and well-beingis what we eat and how we live. In this extraordinary and empowering book, Dr.Michael Greger explains why. Highly recommended."
― Dean Ornish, M.D., author of TheSpectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
"The news that a plant-based diet is the healthiest wayto eat is spreading. Dr. Michael Greger presents the groundbreaking science onhow simple plant-based food choices help us live healthier and happier lives.Dr. Greger describes which foods to eat to prevent the leading causes ofdisease-related death and shows how a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers,whole grains, and legumes might even save your life."
―Brian Wendel,Founder and President of Forks OverKnives
"Stop whatever you're doing and buy this book. Not onlydoes Dr. Michael Greger drop a metric f*ckton of evidence that a plant-baseddiet will save your damn life, he lays out the blueprint to make it happen. Dr.Greger shows us how regular folks can eat well and not get taken down by sometotally preventable bullsh*t."
"A new way of looking at nutrition and health. Michael Greger shows peoplehow to save their own lives."
―Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet
"Finally a physician has pulled together the latest scientific studies onhow to fight disease and prolong life. How Not to Die shows how theright nutrition prevents disease and transforms our genes so we can livehealthier, longer. Empowering, groundbreaking, transformative work."
―KathyFreston, author of Quantum Wellnessand The Lean
"Michael Greger, M.D. scours the world's scholarly literature on nutritionfor the most interesting, groundbreaking and practical new research. His workat NutritionFacts.org and in HOW NOT TO DIE features the latest science onnutrition and health to show how to treat and prevent disease."
―JoelFuhrman, M.D., author of Eat to Live
"An absolute rhapsody of informational wisdom on how toachieve a life of health and longevity without disease."
―Caldwell B.Esselstyn, Jr. M.D., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
"How Not To Die is one of the mostimportant books on health ever written. Dr. Greger shows us how to prevent andsometimes reverse all the major diseases that are killing us. We have thegenetic potential to live disease free lives full of health and vitality untilwe are past 100. This book is the scientific road map we need to do exactlythat."
―John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market
"Absolutely the best book I've read on nutrition anddiet."
―Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution
"Meticulously well-documented, Greger's guidebookprovides evidence on everything from the pesticide-Parkinson's connection tothe role of antioxidants in breast cancer prevention. Gerger also offers upfriendly tips, like his favorite smoothie recipe and a turmeric tutorial.Follow his advice and you may not live forever, but you'll almost certainlylive a healthier life."
"This book brims with valuable insights. Dr Gregertends to rely on the gold standard of medical research randomised controlledtrials rather than the latest fads. Vegetarian or not, this book is a great wayto improve your diet."
About the Author
Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues. He runs the popular website NutritionFacts.org, a nonprofit, science-based public service providing free daily videos and articles on the latest in nutrition research. Dr. Greger also proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.
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I stopped reading about 1/3 way through and then continued my "healthy lifestyle." This included lots of prepackaged "health" foods and shakes. Lots of sugar and oil too.
In March of 2016 I started to get a rash on my face. Psoriasis. I've never had it before but it quickly spread to other parts of my body. By May 2016 I was miserable with my rash and still sitting at 204 lbs, despite my healthy lifestyle and consuming 1500 calories a day.
I decided something must be going on in my body, why was it attacking itself? Why wouldn't my psoriasis clear up, despite the creams my doctor prescribed?
I went back and started the book "How Not to Die" again in late May 2016. By Mid June I had fully adopted his diet and now in September 2016 I will never look back. I'm down 30 more lbs, my skin is finally clearing up, and I have so much energy!
This book has changed my life and my only wish is it cost less so I could buy a copy for all of my friends!
I've been eating this way for a year now and I could never go back. I'm 36 and feel better than I ever did in my 20's. I'm down over 50lbs in a year- see update pic below!
The book is stuffed with references (148 pages!) for the person that wants to dig deeper, but in a style that has become uniquely his, Dr Greger uses quoted language from the papers to give an unitimidating explanation of the science contained within. He has a knack for picking out key sentences and graphs that strike at the very heart of the journal article relavence. He stands almost alone in a mass media that can't seem to get past the catchy titles, abstracts, and carefully worded, often misleading conclusions. HNTD is not an academic tome or textbook. Not only does it read with ease it is pushed along with his witty examples.
The first 15 chapters (how not to die from..cancers, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, etc..) are arranged based on easy to recognize conditions and though they are related can be read completely independent from one another. The reader will get a more complete picture from the often conflicting issues of business, government and food marketing, but it's presented in a language that is anything but activist. Within each chapter there are practical examples of how to get the benefits seen in the literature into your daily routine. The book doesn't follow a chronology, so I found myself flipping through an early review copy reading small sections at a time. I often was so caught up in the section that reading would continue past what I originally had searched.
I find it refreshing that he's not afraid to take on all the alternative cleanse, detox, blood type, etc... popular narratives that seem to come along with any alternative to traditional pharmacological/surgical/symptom mitigating popular approach. He doesn't give in to gluten or coconut oil just because it is popular or profitable and while some might find it frustrating, he sticks to the entire body of evidence not the latest single study. His appendix on supplements is completely on point. There is no evolutionary perfect diet and if one chooses to limit certain elements, like animal products, there are necessary steps that should be taken to avoid issues down the road.
Finally, his "Daily Dozen" is a great place to begin implementing the message of bountiful health he enjoys teaching to anyone that will listen. These chapters begin with a summary box (exercise, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, berries, etc..) of exactly what to do and how often. These are daily habits that can get one moving in the right direction. Diet is habit not genetic and his simple steps aret a great way to make new habits stick. There are a couple of good recipes (the back of the book isn't cooking - it's science references). I made Eight Check Mark Pesto when first flipping through the book. I liked his version of Dr Klaper's caesar.
I am 6 years into this life experiment and I've never felt better. The standard western diet and the cyclic fad repackaging of the last century's food of affluence dominates most discussion, funded research, restaurants, and food advertising. There's more money spent than ever on wellness and yet we've never been more overweight or sick. Those contradictory facts don't lie. In spite of all the economic momentum for more profitable and popular food, each year hundreds of articles surface on the benefits of adding more plant-based nutrition to one's diet for health and Dr Michael Greger seems to find them all. For that we should all be grateful. You won't be disappointed in this book. Everyone will learn something.
...Enter Dr. Greger. I've been listening to his website for awhile, and looked forward to the book, which did not disappoint. This book is spectacular. Very well and thoroughly researched, it touches upon the most dreaded diseases and causes of death (at least one will shock you!) and discusses how to avoid or defeat each in detail. While there are some recommendations specific to each disease, the discussion of each disease goes full circle to one strong conclusion that is at the heart of this book - a whole foods, plant based diet is the plan humans were designed to follow. The closer we stick to that, the healthier we become, and the more our bodies revert to their natural state of robust health rather than the sickly, wimpy physiques resulting from the Standard American Diet (SAD). Our bodies were meant to be healthy, and this diet seems almost magical in its ability to cure sickness and restore us to our rightful state of long, healthy lives.
The books' greatest strength is the thorough and objective research combined with Dr. Greger's ability to break complex and extensive information down into a language that even those of us artsy types who tried to dodge science in school can understand. And he spices it up with delightful humor.
By the end of the book you will be amazed and actually excited to reach for the salad, whole grains, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, and then watch nature work her magic.