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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book For Those Interested in Organic/Green Living, April 5, 2010
This review is from: Clean, Green, and Lean: Get Rid of the Toxins That Make You Fat (Hardcover)
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"Clean, Green & Lean" by Dr. Crinnion is all about going green and organic. This is not your typical diet book in that Crinnion doesn't offer any exercises that you must do in order to lose weight. Instead, he suggests going green and organic and that by doing both, you'll lose weight effortlessly. This book goes in depth describing what going organic really means. Unlike many books, this one goes beyond the typical organic food realm and tackles going natural in all aspects of your life: cleaning products, hygiene, sprays, food, household products ... everything you can think of, Dr. Crinnion tackles it and tells you how some of these things may be the cause of your weight and health issues and how you can lose weight and get leaner just by making smarter, greener selections in the stores.

The Good: What the book does best is define and describe what going 'organic' really means. In most books, there's just a small section that talks about buying organic fruits and vegetables. The information is usually very broad, vague and never entirely convincing. Crinnion tackles organic foods and not only explains how they're healthier but distinguishes between the produce that you absolutely must buy organic and those that aren't as important, trying to help you save money while eating healthier. He also describes how going organic with all aspects of your life is a wise choice. Taking on cleaning products and chemicals, he describes how many people are overloaded and overwhelmed with toxic chemicals and toxins and how many are unaware, leading to sicknesses, allergies and at times unwanted weight gain. By the end of the book you're given a lot of helpful tips and information on making the transition to a more green/healthy approach to what you buy. I did take some of his advice and at least in terms of sleep quality saw dramatic improvements.

The Bad: The only part of the book that made me feel a bit uneasy was the heavy reliance on supplements. From my experience and what I've read, if your diet is healthy and you're eating right, you shouldn't need to take or rely on a dozen supplements each day. He offers an explanation of most of the supplements he recommends but still, I think it's a bit unsafe for many to run out and take whatever he recommends, considering some of the supplements may conflict with medications you're taking. It also makes me feel that there's something missing from the nutrition/diet part of the book or plan if you need to take so many supplements just to be healthy.

In all, a good book, pretty easy read. It offered a lot of easy-to-follow advice and ways to go green and organic without spending too much money. For those looking to lose weight or stop relying on so many pesticide and chemicals in everyday food and products, this book is definitely for you.
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Initial post: Aug 23, 2010, 2:11:49 AM PDT
funkyside says:
Good review...but I would like to comment on the queasiness regarding supplements...I am a health practitioner (29 yrs in practice and have never missed a day of work due to illness) and energetically test my patients for balance and optimal health. I also personally get tested by a couple of docs who use either kinesiology or electroacupuncture testing. In both instances---whether I test my patients or get tested myself, supplementation needs do come up.
The reality is that Dr Crinnion (whom I have met and respect highly for his research and personal integrity) is trying with an organic lifestyle and supplements to deal with the incredible load of toxins in our environment. Young people (20 or less years old) have had their body fat tested, and they all carry some load of things like DDT and PCB, chemicals which were banned from use in the US years before they were born! These organic compounds persist in our environment...here in Portland where I live, there is a minimum of 20x the EPA allowable limit of benzene in the air from gasoline...and that is just one carcinogenic chemical which the body, and the liver primarily, have to detoxify. One of almost 100,000 different organic chemicals created since WWII...many of which have never been tested by themselves, much less in combination with other compounds, for their possible negative health effects.
The recommended supplements are designed to aid the detox process and optimize health. The sad reality these days is that food alone (and especially non-organic food, as is pointed out in the book) does not suffice to keep us at a level of internal wellness which will prevent degenerative disease and cancer. That is our modern day reality...
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