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How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease Hardcover – 8 December 2015
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"This book may help those who are susceptible to illnesses that can be prevented."--His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"Absolutely the best book I've read on nutrition and diet" -Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution
From the physician behind the wildly popular Nutrition Facts website, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can help prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.
In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America--heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more--and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases, freeing us to live healthier lives.
The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The fifteen leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn't have to be the case. By following Dr. Greger's advice, all of it backed up by strong scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer.
History of prostate cancer in your family? Put down that glass of milk and add flaxseed to your diet whenever you can. Have high blood pressure? Hibiscus tea can work better than a leading hypertensive drug-and without the side effects. Fighting off liver disease? Drinking coffee can reduce liver inflammation. Battling breast cancer? Consuming soy is associated with prolonged survival. Worried about heart disease (the number 1 killer in the United States)? Switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to prevent the disease but often stop it in its tracks.
In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top fifteen causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen -a checklist of the twelve foods we should consume every day.Full of practical, actionable advice and surprising, cutting edge nutritional science, these doctor's orders are just what we need to live longer, healthier lives.
"We strive to make the best of our lives by maintaining ourphysical health and mental happiness. As food is the fuel for our survival, howhealthily we survive and how well we recover from illness may also depend onwhat we eat. Michael Greger's How Not toDie suggests different preventative and curative measures for tacklingailments we are all vulnerable to. I hope that this book may help those who aresusceptible to illnesses that can be prevented with proper nutrition."
--His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The primary determinant of our health and well-beingis what we eat and how we live. In this extraordinary and empowering book, Dr.Michael Greger explains why. Highly recommended.
-- Dean Ornish, M.D., author of TheSpectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
The news that a plant-based diet is the healthiest wayto eat is spreading. Dr. Michael Greger presents the groundbreaking science onhow simple plant-based food choices help us live healthier and happier lives.Dr. Greger describes which foods to eat to prevent the leading causes ofdisease-related death and shows how a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes might even save your life.
--Brian Wendel, Founder and President of Forks OverKnives
Stop whatever you're doing and buy this book. Not onlydoes Dr. Michael Greger drop a metric f*ckton of evidence that a plant-baseddiet will save your damn life, he lays out the blueprint to make it happen. Dr.Greger shows us how regular folks can eat well and not get taken down by sometotally preventable bullsh*t.
A new way of looking at nutrition and health. Michael Greger shows peoplehow to save their own lives.
--Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet
Finally a physician has pulled together the latest scientific studies onhow to fight disease and prolong life. How Not to Die shows how theright nutrition prevents disease and transforms our genes so we can livehealthier, longer. Empowering, groundbreaking, transformative work.
--KathyFreston, author of Quantum Wellnessand The Lean
Michael Greger, M.D. scours the world's scholarly literature on nutritionfor the most interesting, groundbreaking and practical new research. His workat NutritionFacts.org and in HOW NOT TO DIE features the latest science onnutrition and health to show how to treat and prevent disease.
--JoelFuhrman, M.D., author of Eat to Live
An absolute rhapsody of informational wisdom on how toachieve a life of health and longevity without disease.
--Caldwell B.Esselstyn, Jr. M.D., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
How Not To Die is one of the mostimportant books on health ever written. Dr. Greger shows us how to prevent andsometimes reverse all the major diseases that are killing us. We have thegenetic potential to live disease free lives full of health and vitality untilwe are past 100. This book is the scientific road map we need to do exactlythat.
--John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market
Absolutely the best book I've read on nutrition anddiet.
--Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution
Meticulously well-documented, Greger's guidebookprovides evidence on everything from the pesticide-Parkinson's connection tothe role of antioxidants in breast cancer prevention. Gerger also offers upfriendly tips, like his favorite smoothie recipe and a turmeric tutorial.Follow his advice and you may not live forever, but you'll almost certainlylive a healthier life.
This book brims with valuable insights. Dr Gregertends to rely on the gold standard of medical research randomised controlledtrials rather than the latest fads. Vegetarian or not, this book is a great wayto improve your diet.
About the Author
Gene Stone (genestone.com) is a former Peace Corps volunteer, journalist, and book, magazine, and newspaper editor, and is a New York Times bestselling author. He has written, co-written, or ghostwritten more than 45 books on a wide variety of subjects, but for the last decade he has concentrated on plant-based diets and their relationship to health, animal protection, and the environment. Among these books are Forks Over Knives, Animalkind, The Engine 2 Diet, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, Rescue Dogs, Mercy for Animals, and Eat for the Planet.
- Publisher : Greger M.D., Michael; 1st edition (8 December 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 562 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250066115
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250066114
- Dimensions : 16.56 x 4.79 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 83,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Despite all my health issues, I haven't felt so healthy for many years. It's all the food I love to eat, and have now reincorporated back into my life after trying Paleo (and getting sicker and sicker). Now I'm brimming with energy, smiling, and living, not just existing.
Best money I have ever spent.
I found the book riveting to read. So many facts supported by science. Anyone who follows this plant based protocol will have the best chance if a long and healthy life. A nutrition bible for everyone.
Dr Greger is saving lives
After amping up my vegetable intake for 2 weeks now, there's a massive difference. My energy levels are sustained, mood is stable, tight trapezius muscles aren't tight any more, I feel light and focused.
My favourite book on nutrition!
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Now I go back to the beginning. Once upon a time a man called Dr Joel Furhman wrote a book called Eat to Live, which recommended, in sensationalist prose, that we should all eat a lot of varied plant material, little or no animal material, cut back heavily on saturated fat and sugar, and basically avoid just about everything really yummy like cake, chocolate, meat, biscuits, ice-cream, cheese, crisps. Dr Fuhrman became very rich selling books, healthy foods, health retreats, and running a clinic.
20 years later a man called Dr Michael Greger repeated the trick by by writing a book offering the same advice. Dr Greger's style is even more sensationalist than snappy Dr Fuhrman's and at times he sounds more like a salesman than a scientist or doctor. His solution to everything is to stop eating animal products and eat a lot of plant products. How not to die from suicide? become a vegan. How not to die from pollution? don't worry about air quality, just become a vegan. Flatulence from beans? Just cut out the dairy. Heart condition? become a vegan and whatever you do, don't take those dreadful statins which, in his world, have no role to play.
The book is stronger in places than others. The dietary advice in the second half is well balanced and sensible. The same can't be said about the dismissive remarks about statins scattered throughout the first half of the book in contradiction to the vast respectable medical orthodoxy. In this his style is well into the conspiracy theory that characterises medical quackery, and indeed his chapter on how not to die from iatrogenic causes i.e. doctors killing you, treats the whole medical profession as a conspiracy to get rich without caring much about the health of their patients.
A lot of his recommendations are properly backed up by science but I noticed that many of his assertions are carefully phrased using the word "may" as in "X may help with Y". This word "may" is littered through the book. Probably most of his recommendations are sound, but they reek of bias. I will focus on the heart disease chapter as I spent several hours studying his references. The problem is that he keeps talking about the damage caused by animal fats but the evidence mostly shows that heart disease is caused by fats in the blood. It doesn't necssarily follow that high fat in the blood is caused by eating fat. Indeed there is a strong body of opinion that says the opposite - this is the low carb school (strictly, the low refined-carb school). He cites a book called The Low-carb Fraud which has been convincingly discredited, and some of his references go back 40 years and more. Four of his key references are from the same self-confessed maverick. He does not mention a single risk or dietary disadvantage from turning vegan (although he does recommend B12 supplements). He ignores the array of scientific literature that disagrees with him, for example a huge, meta-study that showed only a very modest benefit from eating fruit and vegetables and no significant benefit from eating more than 5 a day. (If you are interested, look for the BMJ meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies by Wang). I sent this to Fuhrman's Institute and they did not seem to have heard of it either, although they did at least make an attempt to respond, thoughnot a very convincing one.
In the heart chapter which I studied in detail, I was concerned to see that some of his evidence is presented erroneously. I have to go into some detail to explain this. He says on page 22 that two papers prove that (a) fish oil supplements don't work, (b) eating more fish doesn't work, and (c) fish oil doesn't help even if you have already had a heart attack. The paper which he says proves (c) actually proves (a). The one he says proves (a) and (b) is actually positive about fish oil. Neither of them support his assertions (b) or (c).
Overall it is difficult to rate the book. The advice is probably worth following (if you can), and probably will make a big difference to your health. There is a lot of excellent discussion based on science but the salesmanship and the bias is a serious concern. For a more balanced, honest discussion it is worth reading Graham Lawton's This Book Could Save Your Life. However, it is so broad and so balanced, it doesn't go as far as it could safely go in making recommendations, and its discussion only skims the surface compared with the detail in Dr Greger's book. It is also worth reading The Diabetes Code by Dr. Jason Fung, a brilliant book with the same faults as Dr. Greger's. For Dr Fung, the solution to everything is to reduce sugar and his interpretation of the evidence is biased in the opposite direction to Dr Greger's. In Dr Fung's view there isn't a "shred of evidence" that a high fat diet is bad for you. I would love to get Dr Greger and Dr Fung in the same room together.
High Blood Pressure
just about every form of Cancer
CONS: There is a typo on page 272.
So ya know, if you hate typos more than you hate dying, this book probably isn't for you.
This book is split into two sections. The first discusses key ailments of the 21st century, and presents theories behind how our diet could be responsible for causing, and curing, these ailments (with a gazillion references to peer-reviewed studies, blind studies, etc). The second section offers a load of recipes - ideas for helping us to get to that magical 'daily dozen' (tip: download the free daily dozen app to help you track your intake of the valuable food groups).
Do your health a favour and read this book.