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- Publisher: Macmillan Audio; 1 edition (December 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781427268105
- ISBN-13: 978-1427268105
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- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.5 x 6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 2,908 customer reviews
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How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease 1st Edition
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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!
Well, I listen to his book all the time. I sleep with it on and have it playing in the background instead of radio or TV. I can't say enough about it. In addition to loving the sound of his voice I'm blown away by the information I never knew that I didn't know. Such as: chicken & acceptable salmonella, the risk you taken when eating fish, all the studies he cites that I was never aware of explained in layman's terms as well as why its important to me.
Anyway, I now put flax in my morning oatmeal & am actually eating fruit. He convinced me that everything I decide to eat is an opportunity versus a mindless nosh. Because of this man and his book I am getting more nutritional bang for my buck and am feeling great. I haven't had a single gall bladder problem and am exercising a lot more then I used to. He's making me actually enjoy doing all this stuff. All I can really say is wow - get this book. FYI - I bought the hard cover as well as the audible so I had a printed reference at my finger tips.
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.