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on July 23, 2011
Jeff has done a masterful job of documenting his personal quest to understand and manage his pre-diabetes. Along the way he deftly eviscerates much of the current medical "wisdom" on this and related conditions. The inherent foolishness of managing a food intolerance by prescribing the very foods that are not tolerated only to be then managed by a plethora of medications is exposed for all to see. The pillars of the medical establishment in diabetes and nutrition come off looking quite badly in Jeff's common-sense approach to discovering both the underlying cause of his condition and the effective, non-pharmocological therapies that are not officially sanctioned. He spends time with some of the leading thinkers and practitioners of low-carbohydrate diets in the therapeutic setting and does a good job of explaining that approach and why it is so effective and sensible. (Full disclosure - he spent a few days with me to better understand the problem in the context of the indigenous populations with whom I work.)

I like this book even though Jeff's emphasis on exercise is somewhat of a departure from my approach which focusses mainly on carbohydrate reduction. Having said that, I find his accounts of the benefits of exercise and, especially high intensity interval training (HIIT), compelling enough that I have added that to my usual exercise routine.

Like Gary Taubes', "Good Calories Bad Calories" and "Why We Get Fat", the new Atkins book by Westman, Phinney and Volek, and the just-published, "The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living" by Volek and Phinney, Jeff's book is now on the must read list for scientists, physicians and affected individuals.

For anyone who is interested in understanding the biggest health challenge the world is currently facing, this global epidemic of diet-related chronic disease, and who is seeking a sensible, effective way out of this self-inflicted disaster, I highly recommend this book.
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