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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition Paperback – Illustrated, May 6, 2014
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Howard Jacobson, PhD, is an online marketing consultant, health educator, and ecological gardener from Durham, N.C. He earned a Masters of Public Health and Doctor of Health Studies degrees from Temple University, and a BA in History from Princeton. Howard cofounded VitruvianWay.com, an online marketing agency, and is a coauthor of Google AdWords For Dummies. When Howard is not chasing groundhogs away from blueberry bushes or wrestling with Google, he relaxes by playing Ultimate Frisbee and campfire songs from the 1960s. His current life goal is to turn the world into a giant food forest.
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781939529848
- ISBN-13 : 978-1939529848
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : BenBella Books; Illustrated edition (May 6, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1939529840
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am not a scientist. In fact, I haven't even graduated from Elementary School. Based on my empirical life, I believe that eating whole plant-based foods is essential and even critical to stay healthy. Under the Nazi occupation of Poland in 1939, at the age of 13, I was forbidden to attend school. I was put behind barbed wire in forced labor and concentration camps, where I was beaten, wounded, and starved, for three years. I never received any medical treatment. The German doctors, instead of treating the ill captives, ill-treated them. Some physical and mental scars stay for the rest of my life. In May 1945, when the Russian Army liberated me I weighed 80 pounds, a skeleton. The Russian military doctors gave me a thorough examination and predicted my life expectancy to be no more than two years. I was a teenager then. Seventy years later, I am here at the age of eighty-nine.
For many years after the war, I was a sickly young man. The most troubling ailment, for many years, was my inability to digest common staples of food such as meat and dairy products. My stomach rejected and ejected the meals that I prepared or was served. Many Holocaust survivors died soon after the war when it became difficult, and even harmful, for their digestive system to assimilate the normal food their bodies were weaned off during the war. Their metabolism, attuned to 500 calories a day, could not handle an intake of "normal" food. In the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, fourteen thousand survivors died shortly after having been liberated by the British Army. For many years, I had been seeking and getting medical treatment. Different diagnoses and a variety of medications were prescribed which did not provide much relief.
In 1953 a coworker, Jacob Grabois, told me: "It pains me to see a young man to be absent from work so often due to illness. Perhaps if you adopt my lifestyle it might help you, as it has helped me." Grabois invited me to visit him, in a little house that was modestly furnished, with an adjacent large garden. That garden yielded a crop of almost all the basic foods that the Grabois family needed. No fertilizers were used; just big compost dumpster, at one corner of the garden, contributed to the fertile soil. While savoring a delicious vegetarian meal, Jacob Grabois told me what has motivated him to embrace a healthy life style. As a young student in France, he became very concerned about his health and his life expectancy. Since his father and his siblings died of cancer, He fretted that the same fate awaited him. He studied the causes of diseases and eventually adopted a whole food plant- based diet.
I embraced Grabois' diet and it seems to have worked well, for me. At the age of 43, I replaced meat, fish, and most dairy products with whole food plant-based diet. My health had drastically improved. Currently, I don't take any prescription drugs. This might be one reason that I am still here. Side effects of prescription drugs kill more people than traffic accidents.
Like Dr Campbell, I had no financial interest; I just felt a moral obligation to share my life story; narrated in my autobiography From a Name to a Number. If you, like everybody else, want to be healthy, read WHOLE. I learn from reading what I can from whom I can. I am a vivid evidence that WFPB is indeed the optimal human diet; it corroborates the validity of Dr. Campbell's teachings. Keep on mind, that the world's farmers produce enough calories today to feed nine billion people a healthy, 2.700 calorie-per day. More than two-thirds of the world's agricultural land is used to grow feed for livestock. You might also consider what Albert Einstein had said: "It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."
He devotes most of the book to describing events that prevent most people from knowing the truth about the effect of diet on our health. I was looking for more details about the data showing the WFPB diet works, and exactly what the WFPB diet is. It is really difficult for most of us to follow an eating patterns that is very different from what others eat, and we tend to go off plan occasionally. It sounds like the data indicates you must limit non-plant foods to less than 5% of your calories. I'd like to know more, and have more information about which plant foods are better than others, as well as why.
The key word is REDUCTIONISM ( vs wholeism ). .... I.e every segment of our society .... medicine, Pharma, agriculture, etc etc. goes the reductionist route. That is, we are driven by money and capitalism, and all concepts turn into ' money and profit concepts '..
Campbell in his final chapters lays into the medical and nutritional organizations that should be bringing out the truth and defending us. But, the exact opposite. ... Coke, junk food inc, you name it ... they are donating big bucks to American Cancer Society and down the line .
Sad, medicine is all about curing the diseases they should be concerned about preventing.!! It's a rigged system as Campbell rightly points out.
And, very sadly, the people who choose to read the book already know but may not fully realize.
A revolutionary message ... that sadly may go unheard and ignored . Capitalism may motivate but has it's weakness in reductionism. A great word for what is happening to our society.