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The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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“Dr. John McDougall is on a mission to make us healthier. Read The Starch Solution. It may save your life and your brain.” ―Dennis Bourdette, MD, Chair and Roy and Eulalia Swank Family Research Professor, Department of Neurology
“The Starch Solution is an easy and powerful way to achieve the very best of health. Dr. McDougall's unparalleled knowledge and experience have brought us the best possible way to help people lose weight, lower their cholesterol and blood pressure, boost their energy, and change their lives.” ―Neal Barnard, author of the 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart
“You'll be doing the happy dance when you read this book! Hallelujah, and bring on the pasta!” ―Kathy Freston, author of The Veganist
“Bold, honest, and ringing with truth, The Starch Solution will show you exactly how to reclaim your health and your life. Nobody has ever delivered this message so clearly. Dr. John McDougall's latest contribution is destined to become a classic.” ―Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D., co-author of The Pleasure Trap
“This maverick physician has a wealth of knowledge that could be the key to a tremendous improvement. I personally know many people who have found the McDougall program to be the key to vastly improved health for themselves and their families. This book lays it out clearly and without compromise.” ―John Robbins, author of No Happy Cows, The Food Revolution, and Diet For A New America
“Dr. McDougall and Mary have done it again. The Starch Solution is a thorough and absorbing explanation of the health benefits and nutritional excellence of a plant based diet. In addition to being healthy, the food was delicious and satisfying.” ―Robert A Rosati, MD, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Rice Diet Solution
“John McDougall, M.D. has once again produced an outstanding book with recommendations gleaned from his decades of medical experience and strongly supported by the scientific literature. He has the courage to tell the truth about both the business of medicine, which largely ignores the role of diet , and the forces of evil that sell the promises of fractionated foods and diet fads. The information in this book can provide the reader the power needed to lose weight and regain health.” ―Alan Goldhamer, Director, TrueNorth Health Center, Co-author of The Pleasure Trap
“The Starch Solution is one of the most important books ever written on healthy eating. As Dr. McDougall shows us in his book, human beings flourish on starch foods from whole food sources. When combined with healthy servings of vegetables and fruits we have the perfect diet to prevent and reverse the lifestyle diseases that are now killing 80% of Americans obesity, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and cancer. The recipes included in the book are easy and delicious. The Starch Solution will change your life. Read it and live it.” ―John P. Mackey, co-chief Executive Officer and Director, Whole Foods Market, Inc.
“This time the Star McDougaller is John himself joining with Mary in creating a masterfully crafted nutrition guide that destroys harmful myths and enhances the enduring capacity of whole food plant based nutrition as the foundation to our long overdue health revolution.” ―Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
“Eat all you want; any time you want. Statements that sound too good to be true usually are... too good to be true. But John McDougall's new book "The Starch Solution", richly referenced for science, but gracefully written for consumers, just might be both good and true.” ―George D Lundberg MD, Editor at Large, MedPage Today; Former Editor in Chief of JAMA., Medscape and eMedicine from WebMD
“Great news! Thank you John! Now we can eat carbs guilt-free and maintain our figures.” ―Elizabeth Kucinich, Director of Public Affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
“The Starch Solution is a viable approach to solving many health problems including obesity, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes and will have a positive impact on our environment. I highly recommend it.” ―Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
“John McDougall has done it again. This time, clarifying the issue of starches and the important role they play in human nutrition, improving our health and the health of the planet.” ―Jeff Novick, Vice President for Executive Health Exams International and lectures at the McDougall Program
“The option is pretty simple. Meat and potatoes and later angioplasty and bypass or a plant-based (starch diet) and medicine-less and procedure-less health and happiness. The 12th McDougall book shows the way. It is highly recommended.” ―William C. Roberts, MD, Editor in chief, The American Journal of Cardiology, Executive Director, Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas
“[Dr. McDougall's] new book stands to get him more attention than any of the others. Much of what's in The Starch Solution, which came out earlier this year, is excellently researched, scientifically-backed...and totally contradictory to what most Americans think they know about food and weight loss.” ―Bliss Tree
About the Author
John A. McDougall , MD, has coauthored many bestselling books with his wife, Mary, and is featured in the documentary and book Fork over Knives. He serves as associate professor at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, CA, and teaches medical students at his clinic in Santa Rosa.
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I have followed a Whole foods, plant based, no oil diet and have NEVER been hungry or left the table unsatisfied. I have followed the outlines of Dr. McDougall's way of eating and will never again follow the Standard American Diet that promoted the illnesses in me. Thank you, Dr. McDougall for leading me in the right direction after so many years of yo-yo dieting! I am well on my way to health, by following your simple guidelines!
Even if you are not on medications, read Dr. Greger's book.
For the simplest blueprint of a solid shot at reaching age 95, I think you should read Dr. John McDougall's book "The Starch Solution." The blueprint is as follows: eliminate meat, dairy, eggs and separated oils, eat all you want of the satiating complex-starch-centered foods (always prepared without separated oils). This is an excellent level of achievement for the masses that removes the killers and satisfies your appetite.
If you want to zoom past age 95 and shoot for age 115, then you're going to have to intelligently diversify your plant diet and embrace the micronutrient fine tuning of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book "Eat to Live." Dr. Fuhrman is right on. Here again, you'll also reference Dr. Greger's book all the way. Both have a key daily list.
Bring it all together by frequently visiting Dr. Greger's website. Dr. Greger scours the tens of thousands of annual journal articles on health and nutrition and keeps us fully up to date. Dr. Greger practices solid first-principle, fact-based logic of the type normally seen in physicists more than in physicians. Dr. Greger is smart and never fooled by poorly designed cohort studies and the red herrings of others' bad assumptions. Dr. Greger presents topical summaries in short videos that are rich in information and delivered often with classic humor.
I suspect if we applied these dietary principles to our children from birth, then they'll have a legitimate shot at living to 145.
I personally see Dr. McDougall's book as "what not to eat" supported with the easiest version of "eat this instead." I think of his message as the coarse-tuning knob on an analog radio. Honestly, most people will only accept the coarse adjustment, thus making Dr. McDougall's contribution valuable for the masses. He seems to think about things from a societal-success level and his starch emphasis is good for the dietary success of the group.
However, if you want more than just what works well for the masses, if you really want to master nutritional dietary success, then, in my opinion, I suggest one think of Drs. Greger's and Fuhrman's input as the fine-tuned guidance (a little more attention to leafy greens, cruciferous veg, berries, other fruit, etc), like the fine-tuning knob on the analog radio.
Dr. McDougall will get you out of disease and to the comparative-health olympics; Drs. Fuhrman and Greger will put you on the medals podium at those olympics.
Some authors in this field present strong counsel against supplements. Still, all agree on B-12 and ground flax seed (for omega-3). However, I think Dr. Greger presents the most well-thought case on D-3. I strongly appreciate dietary and health logic that reaches deeper in time all the way back to my evolutionary, metabolic ancestors. Yes, we developed higher amylase production over time and became very starchivore-leaning; however, the foundation of our metabolism still seems solidly to be that of Vitamin-C-needing frugivores, best served by D-3 production at Equatorial Africa levels.
I think it is most accurate to say that we are true Frugivore-Starchivore Hybrids. Some authors may focus more on the Starchivore side of us. Other authors may focus more on the Frugivore side of us. Neither point of view is wrong. We’re just hybrids.
If I had to name names, I’d say Dr. McDougall is Starchivore-oriented, Dr. Fuhrman is Frugivore-oriented, Dr. Greger is hitting that Hybrid sweet spot, and all three authors and all three books mentioned here present an excellent overall collection of information that helps any interested reader find their own particular version of the Hybrid sweet spot that works best for them.
The Longevity Path then…
1. Eliminate the known killers ('cause they're killing you.)
2. Lean on the Starchivore side of your metabolic heritage and enjoy all those satisfying starches while reminding your taste buds and body that you actually do, in fact, quite enjoy eating plants!
3. And, for that fraction of you with the extra measure of desire for excellence, move deeper into your Frugivore roots by intelligently fine-tuning your nutrient supply and efficiency.
Finally, big kudos to Drs. T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn, and Neal Barnard among many others for their equally excellent books and leadership in this field.
I highly recommend everything from Dr. McDougall.
Also showed this to my father in law who was diagnosed with Graves Disease. Within four months of changing the way he eats to The Starch Solution way, he has put his disease in remission and is off all his medications! If you know anything about Graves Disease then you know that is a MAJOR accomplishment!