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The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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“The Prime is a wonderfully crafted amalgamation of ancient wisdom with leading-edge science. Blessings to Dr. Chaudhary for delivering this knowledge in a user-friendly format to benefit so many!”
--David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker
“Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is a rock star doctor who truly bridges the gap between Ayurveda and western medicine. The Prime will leave you feeling and looking great!
--Jason Wachob, Founder of mindbodygreen and author of Wellth
“Kulreet Chaudhary chronicles a fascinating journey from a reductionist and mechanistic medicine to a truly integrated behavioral approach to health and healing. For anyone who wants to understand the future of well being and medicine this book is a must read.”
--Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP
About the Author
DR. KULREET CHAUDHARY is an integrative neurologist, neuroscientist, and the former Director of Wellspring Health at Scripps Memorial Hospital; she is a pioneer in the field of Integrative Medicine. She received her Internship in Internal Medicine at UCLA and her Neurology Fellowship from UCSD. She has participated in over twenty clinical research studies in the areas of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Dr. Chaudhary is committed to bringing national awareness to the need for a paradigm shift in medicine that focuses on patient empowerment and a health-based medical system and as such is the co-founder of Habit Change, and now serves as the Chief Medical Officer for New Practices, Inc. With this work, she is transforming allopathic medical practices into healing centers that use compassion-based health coaching, meditation, and integrative medicine to combat chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, coronary heart disease, depression, and more. She also oversees ongoing research in the management and reversal of chronic disease through lifestyle intervention.
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I am about 75% through and will edit my review if my opinion changes after following the Prime, but I am so excited about this book that I wanted to do a review right away. Also, as a former patient of the author's I have already followed a few things she recommends in the book and they did indeed work.
What's so great about “The Prime?”:
1. It’s a really good, entertaining, fascinating read!
It’s extremely informative but written in such a way that I just want to keep reading - what will I learn next?!
2. It’s substantive.
The book is full of REAL information that "explains so much" about why we (humans) do the things we do with food and health, and why our bodies react the way they do. It never talks down to you, but it is readable, interesting, easy to grasp despite the amazing wealth of information it contains.
Maybe I'm just a geek but I find this book SO fascinating because it explains, so clearly, how brain wiring, body chemistry, nervous system, and digestion interact to compel us to eat, drink, live, even FEEL the way we do. I must have said "OMG so THAT'S why that happens/how that works" 20 times last night. I even understand addictions like alcoholism and drugs better, plus depression. If you've tried some other diets that are supposed to be super healthy and seem to work for many but they did not work for you (like Paleo, gluten free, sugar free, vegan, low carb, whatever...) this book explains why they may work for some but not others and what you need do first to “prime” yourself.
3. It’s convincing.
It gives sound, resourced explanations for all the information it contains. I *so* appreciate being given the facts/science that back up an author’s concepts and advice.
I *try* to be open minded regarding self healing with lifestyle, diet, exercise, but I get discouraged when so many self-appointed experts these days proclaim things like "Artificial sweetener is poison!" or "Gluten is bad" or "Taking a supplement is not as beneficial as eating actual food" -- but never (convincingly )explain *why* that is. Do they really *know* or did they just hear someone else say it and choose to repeat it? And when different “experts” recommend contradictory things who am I to believe?
But here, I have no doubt the author knows what she’s talking about (why the body reacts the way it does and how it all ties together) because she’s a neuroscientist, a practicing doctor, and she explains it and supports it.
4. It's not just for losing weight.
The big sell for this book is that if you follow the prime you will lose weight! The delightful surprise in it is that you will also become optimally healthy and feel better than ever. If you or a loved one have ANY kind of chronic ailment - autoimmune, diabetes, ulcers, headaches, etc. I strongly recommend this book.
5. You don’t have to give anything up! It's a "weight loss" book but, she doesn't take anything away! The Prime gives you some new, simple things to start doing that will help your overall functioning, naturally resulting in weight loss. I can do that, I can ADD a few simple habits to my diet/routine as long as you stay the bleep away from my favorite treats!
The book claims that with the new habits you add, your desires will naturally gravitate toward what is more healthy for you over time. TRUTH! This is 100% true in my experience because when I was Dr. Chaudhary's patient some things she “prescribed” to me are part of “The Prime” and that is *exactly* what happened for me. a.) I started actually craving healthy things that I had no interest in before and b) (most) junk food simply became less appealing to me. It was natural and comfortable. I just shifted a little...
Whereas if someone said "xxxx is bad for you, don't eat it." my reaction is to become belligerently resistant. Not only do I not want to be deprived, sometimes I actually feel my culture and beliefs--America itself!--are being insulted when someone tells me I should not eat something I grew up on and have been feeding my family, that I love and maybe associate with special gatherings, holidays and events. There is none of that "this is always right that is always wrong" lecturing in this book.
I'm so enthused about this book I want to send a copy to every single person I know with even the slightest weight or health issues. But that would probably irritate many of them, so for now I'm writing this review and hopefully many people will see it and get the book!
I am going to start implementing the parts of the Prime that I was not already doing very soon. In a couple months, if there is no improvement, I will edit my review accordingly. But I'm definitely sold based on my experience so far.
I can completely understand why, years ago, the author's colleagues took her aside and admonished her, "You are a young, bright neurologist and you are practicing voodoo!" Her ideas don't mesh so easily with established practices in western medicine (and most definitely do not fit in American eating habits!)
I think it's interesting that the weight-loss part of the Prime is sort of an "off-label" benefit. That is, Dr Chaudhary explains, the Prime was not intended primarily for weight-loss; rather, it originated in her problems with migraine headaches. Weight loss was like an "off-label" use.
I found the chapter on Digestion, Chapter 4, "It's Not What You Eat, It's What You Digest," very interesting, from a scientific standpoint. Dr. Chaudhary does a nice job of explaining how our body works. Starting with the Mouth, she takes the reader on a "Digestive Journey" explaining how each part of the body works. I know it sounds sort of gross, but it's not--it's informative and useful information.
THE PRIME is well-written, with lots of supporting research and other reference information. The author writes logically and concisely, weaving in many accounts from her own experience and medical practice.
To be honest, I'm not completely sold--I admit I'm still pondering these ideas.
It is extremely easy to do. I call it my daily super eight : rebounding, drybrushing, alternating hot and cold shower, lymph massage with essential oils, deep breathing, (these last 3 are of my own doing and not mentioned in the book), triphala, fiber, and Prime tea. btw I have 6 kids that I homeschool - if I can be motivated to pull this off anybody should! I also have 40 (wait now 38 lbs) to loose and have been a chronic dieter.
Heal your guts and then see what happens to the weight - thats my take on the book. It is scientific - slightly but easy to understand and extremely important to understand! The tea is ok and doable - honestly not my favorite but it isn't gross and I don't dread it. I am responding well with the triphala and fiber.
Lastly: I had a question/concern so I stuck my neck out and sent Dr. Chaudhary an email. And I got a response! The answer I needed and bit of extra advise - very helpful and friendly