read this whole book!
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Dr. Greger does great work to bring forth the latest in nutritional science without recommending any 'specific' diet, as he says many times in the book.
THIS IS NOT a diet book, it will not tell you what to eat or give you daily plans. It won't tell you to specifically eat something or not eat something else - it will just lay out the best available science and will allow you to choose what to do with that information.
This book is very readable and solidly research-based without any veiled agenda. My husband (recovering from cancer at age 35) was immediately engrossed in the book and actually brought the book with us and read it out loud in the car during a 3 hour road trip we were making the day he received it. He's read over 200 pages in a week.
By Rich Long47
Dr. Greger is a Rock Star!!! I've been a Vegan for 10 years and I did not care about my health until I started watching his youtube videos. First of all, Veganism is not a religion for those who think it is. He does not identify himself as vegan and he said it in the book. He does not advocate for a Vegan or Vegetarian diet but for a Whole Food Plant Based diet and there's a HUGE difference. As a Vegan, I was eating all kinds of junk. Cookies, Ice Cream, Friend goodies (yup, Veganism doesn't deprive you). I was overweight and unhealthy. My doctor said that I was a dilema. Why was my Overall Cholesterol level normal but my triglycerides were to the roof? In this book, Dr. Greger explains how the American Diet is so unhealthy that shortens our life expectancy and how illnesses are caused by what we eat. Usually, doctors don't tell us to eat healthy, they want us to be on pills! Dr. Greger explains with FACTS quoting from published researches how foods affect our bodies. If you're determined to continue living your life the way you want, you're welcome to it. This is survival of the fittest and those who follow his advice will prevail :) I had gall bladder surgery last year (same problem with my diet). When the surgeon came to see me and I told him I was a Vegan, he told me, "You're gonna live a long life"
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Excellent book. I bought this for my husband - a physician - because he was case-in-point of Dr. Greger's point that most doctors have little to no training in nutrition.If you still look for someone to tell you what to eat, Dr. Greger does add his "daily dozen" which is a very nice plan of what he and his family try to eat every day. It's really intelluctual on what to put in your diet, and be healthier.
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I have shelves of nutrition and health books. This book is now my favorite. It isn't theory (eat for your blood type, eat like our paleo ancestors, eat only fruit, etc) the assertions are supported by studies performed by the scientific community--and delivered with Dr. Greger's customary humor. I'd advise watching him on his nutritionfacts.org site as well as reading his book. He has my vote for Time magazine's man of the year.