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The Jungle Effect: Healthiest Diets from Around the World--Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You Paperback – Illustrated, June 23, 2009
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Why do the relatively poor native populations in Mexico and Africa have such low levels of the chronic diseases that plague the United States?
Why is the rate of seasonal affective disorder in Iceland—a country where dreary weather is the norm—so low?
Why is it that older women in Okinawa have such low breast cancer rates that it is not considered cost-effective for them to get screening mammograms?
The Jungle Effect has the life-changing answers to these important questions, and many more.
Whether it's the heart-healthy Cretan diet, with its reliance on olive oil and fresh vegetables, the antidepressive Icelandic diet and its extremely high levels of omega-3s, the age-defying Okinawa diet and its emphasis on vegetables and fish, or the other diets explored herein, everyone who reads this book will come away with the secrets of a longer, healthier life and the recipes necessary to put those secrets into action. The Jungle Effect is filled with inspiring stories from Dr. Miller's patients, quirky travel adventures, interviews with world-renowned food experts, delicious (yet authentic) indigenous recipes, and valuable diet secrets that will stick with you for a lifetime.
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“A wonderfully practical tome that explains how folks around the world benefit from the healing power of food.” — Mehmet C. Oz, MD, co-author of You: The Owner's Manual
“This fascinating, well researched book explores the health benefits of traditional diets from Iceland to Cameroon. The benefits include reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and depression.” — Miami Herald
“In this bracingly hopeful and eminently practical book, Daphne Miller shows us how we can bring the wisdom of traditional diets to our own plates, in the interest of both our health and our pleasure. The Jungle Effect is a fascinating, useful and important book.” — Michael Pollan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food
“[The Jungle Effect] reads like an exotic, ever-unfolding international mystery - with recipes.” — Heidi Benson, , San Francisco Chronicle
“The Jungle Effect was such an enjoyable read that I almost forgot I was being fed a steady dose of valuable nutrition advice―advice that combines the wisdom of our ancestors with the latest nutrition research.” — Bradley J. Willcox, MD, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Okinawa Program and Clinician-Scientist, Pacific Health Research Institute, University of Hawaii
“Daphne Miller is the Sherlock Holmes of healthy eating. The Jungle Effect is an odyssey where she follows clues and food experts to discover some of the healthiest diets around the world -- and how best to recreate those meals and lifestyles in our daily lives.” — Juliette Rossant, author of SUPER CHEF
“The Jungle Effect is a brilliant piece of work. Why? Because it is so gloriously green: indigenous knowledge is recycled and transformed into a comfy, hip, yummy set of food choices. The message is practical, palatable, and pleasing.” — Harriet Beinfield, coauthor Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine
“Presents us with a unique travelogue of healthy eating.” — Gail Altschuler, MD, Medical Director, The Altschuler Clinic, A Center for Weight Loss & Wellness
About the Author
Daphne Miller, M.D., is a practicing physician, author, and professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. For the past decade, her writing and teaching has explored the frontier between biomedicine and the natural world. Her widely acclaimed first book, The Jungle Effect, chronicles her nutrition adventures as she travels to traditional communities around the globe. A contributing columnist to the Washington Post as well as other newspapers and magazines, Miller holds a medical degree from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Brown University. She lives and gardens in Berkeley, California.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Illustrated edition (June 23, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060886234
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060886233
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.86 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #864,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The answer to chronic disease and cancer is so simple. Enjoy America and all it has to offer, but eat like you live in a third-world country. The science is there to back this up, as well. Move to America, get cancer (and heart disease, diabetes, heart disease, and high-blood pressure):
-- Many Hispanic immigrants who relocate to the United States face much higher cancer rates than those in the country they left behind.
Cancer can be 40 percent more common for Hispanics after they immigrate [to the United States].
-- The risk of cancers common in Western countries is higher for Korean Americans than for their native counterparts.
-- Breast cancer among Chinese women who have been in the U.S. for more than 10 years is 80% higher than their newly arrived peers.
-- Studies of Indian immigrants in Western societies indicate that rates of cancer and other chronic diseases, such as coronary heart
disease and diabetes, increase dramatically after a generation in the adopted country. Change of diet is among the factors that may be
responsible for the changing disease rates.
-- A team of researchers at West Virginia University has shown that U.S. immigrants from India and Pakistan take on the habits of their
adopted country, increasing their risks of prostate cancer among male immigrants and breast cancer among females.
Inversely, eat like you live in a third-world country, get some daily exercise, and don't get cancer (or heart disease, or diabetes, or high-blood pressure). How simple is that?
If you don't get it, read the above information once again. Move to America as a healthy person, eat like a typical American...get sick and die.
There is a nice cookbook, Extending the Table, that offers a wide range of recipes from third-world countries. Pick a few regions that offer things you like and start eating. The Jungle Effect shows, with evidence, that people improve on a healthy diet regardless if it is one they would have normally eaten (e.g. An American can do well on a diet normally eaten in South America). It also shows that, with evidence, that a person moving from a healthy third-world diet to an American diet gets American diseases.
We are spending millions, if not billions, to "cure" degenerative diseases and cancer in America, but the answer isn't going to be found in a pill or some exotic gene therapy. We don't even need to "find" the answer...we already have it. A person could spend under a hundred dollars and learn everything they needed to know about staying healthy in America:
* Spark: Exercise and the Brain (book) -- 14.52 (learn how exercise prevents Alzheimer's, as well as other brain diseases and problems)
* Extending the Table (book) -- 16.66
* The China Study (book) -- 10.16
* The Jungle Effect (book) -- 10.40
* Forks Over Knives (book) -- 13.22 (DVD)
* Ancient Wisdoms for Modern Health (Audiobook) -- 24.47
* Happiness Hypothesis (book) -- 9.76 (Totally skip the pro-prozac section of the Happiness Hypothesis, otherwise a good book).
Imagine having all the answers to health, happiness, and a long life for less than the cost of a typical doctors visit. It's not complicated. It's not expensive. Quite the contrary, some of the poorest people in the world eat this way, so obviously true health is not tied to education or having a lot of money.
Dr. Miller doesn't tell us what she thinks... she gives us extremely valuable, helpful information about what these cultures who are the healthiest and longest living are eating, and we then can use our own common sense about how to eat. This is a fascinating, highly interesting, totally inspiring, well written book! I read through it in one day, and then read it again to take detailed notes. All of my questions about what my family and I should be eating are finally answered and it was there in front of me the whole time...
I realize now that all I had to do was look at what my very healthy, 85 mother from the Middle East is eating. She has kept her indigenous diet and for breakfast might have a half of a pita bread dipped in tahini and date syrup. For lunch and dinner a small bowl (her portions are very small compared to what I, or most Americans eat) of steamed or boiled vegetables with a little rice and maybe a small piece of meat, poultry or fish and some fruit after dinner. She never eats out and everything she eats is prepared with whole, fresh foods.
Dr. Miller inspires us and gets us excited about eating this way with mouthwatering recipes... I really wish she would come out with a cookbook! My family's new favorite meal is fresh, homemade corn tortillas with beans and pork and some hot sauce with squash on the side. It's amazing... and who would have thought a culture eating corn tortillas three times a day would be some of the longest lived people on earth? If you examine the ingredients though, it's all comprised of naturally low-fat, nutrient rich, whole foods. The pork is really just a garnish and the beans are the star of the meal.
I no longer diet because I don't need to. If you simply eat the way our ancestors ate or these thriving cultures, you will never gain weight, prevent disease and most modern day health annoyances will resolve. My headaches are much better, skin is clearer, I have more energy, heart palpitations are gone and most importantly, I am excited about eating this way and want to stick with it!
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