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    This is an amazing book I am completely blown over by it Let me explain.This book is divided into three main parts In the first part, there are 15 chapters, one for each of the major afflictions that cause people to die In each of the chapters, Dr Greger explains the disease or affliction, and then describes the foods that have been found to reduce the risk, prevent, reverse, or cure the disease.The second part of the book devotes chapters to a number of healthy food groups Dr Greger explains which chemicals, elements, enzymes, or anti oxidants are particularly useful for preventing or curing a disease.In each of the first two parts of the book, it seems like every other sentence has a reference to a scientific paper that describes the research and evidence for Dr Greger s statements The last third of the book is a listing of all of the references You cannot fault Dr Greger for his conclusions, since they are backed up by a tremendous amount of research.Dr Greger s nutrition recommendation is to eat only whole, plant based foods It reduces the risk of all of the top 15 causes of death in the U.S I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve his her nutrition and health This is the best book on nutrition that I have ever read and I have read quite a few.If you want to stop reading my review here, I won t blame you I took lots of notes Here they are.Doctors are not trained in nutrition, and they do not get paid for giving nutrition advice The California Academy of Family Physicians opposed a California bill to mandate twelve hours of nutrition education for all doctors In debate, it was whittled down to zero hours.It is believed that the decrease in the length of telomeres in one s chromosomes causes aging Dr Greger presents evidence that a healthy lifestyle can increase telomerase activity, and actually grow telomeres in length It is the quality of food that counts, not quantity What is a healthy lifestyle One that uses whole foods, not supplements or one that tries to emphasize a single chemical or nutrient This book provides plenty of examples of individual nutrients that have proven health benefits but only when eaten in a whole food, not when isolated in a pill. As an example, antioxidant supplements do not reduce the risk of cancer, but antioxidants found naturally in foods do reduce the risk.Turmeric is an herb found in curry powder and in mustard It may have remarkable anti cancer properties But double blind studies have not been done nobody wants to pay for something that cannot be patented It is true, though, that India suffers much less colorectal cancer, kidney, lung, bladder, and prostate cancer, and melanoma But the question is whether this is due to turmeric, or that only 7% of the population eats meat regularly I did not realize that in some respects, poultry is unhealthy than meat Eating poultry raises the risk of pancreatic cancer than red meat Vegetarians get higher intakes of almost every nutrient calorie for calorie, than meat eaters Also meat eaters gain weight, even after adjusting for calories All calories are not equal, perhaps because vegetarians have a higher resting metabolic rate.Many diabetics can reverse their disease after eating a plant based diet for sixteen days They do not have to lose weight or reduce calorie consumption.The difficile superbug infects 250,000 Americans yearly, killing thousands It used to be thought that it was picked up in hospitals However, only one third of cases are linked to infected patients It might instead be due to infected meat About 42% of meats sold in national chain grocery stores is infected The U.S has the highest levels in the world It is also found in chicken, turkey, and beef, but the highest concentration is in pork Usually, the difficile bug does not bother people it lies in the gut without causing harm But antibiotics can unleash it, and it is deadly It can survive two hours of cooking at 71 degrees C the recommended cooking temperature Hand sanitizers do not help Antibiotics are found in the urine of meat eaters, even when they have not been taking them Agribusiness feeds enormous quantities of antibiotics to farm animals.High blood pressure is one of the afflictions that Dr Greger describes The so called DASH diet Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension was designed specifically to lower blood pressure It is mostly vegetarian, but allows some meat, in order to make the diet palatable to non vegetarians Dr Greger mentions that eating a few tablespoons per day of flax seeds induces a very potent blood pressure lowering effect.While moderate drinking can reduce the risk of heart disease, it can also increase the risk of cancer Dr Greger has some interesting views on reducing the risk of breast cancer One could put curtains on your windows to sleep in a dark room This increases the production of melatonin Also, he recommends eating vegetables, cutting out meat, and exercising enough to work up a sweat at least five times per week.Depression is one of the afflictions that are discussed Coffee reduces depression, but artificial sweeteners increase it Exercise reduces depression about as well as Zoloft Some anti oxidants like lycopene red pigment found in tomatoes reduce depression But they only have this effect when eaten in whole foods, not in supplements.Anti depressant medicines often work due to a placebo effect Unpublished studies released by the FDA show that only half of the trials show a benefit to anti depressants When published and unpublished studies are combined, there was no clinically significant advantage over placebo sugar pills The FDA knew this, but shielded the public and physicians from this information This does not mean that medicines do not work at all They actually do help the 10% most severely depressed patients The problem is for the 90% of patients who take pills that don t work, but can have bad side effects Natural antioxidants in food work synergistically it s the combination of many different compounds working together that tends to protect you, not high doses of single antioxidants found in supplements For example, a study found that pilots taking than 500 mg of vitamin C a day causes oxidative DNA damage due to radiation Pilots who consumed the most vitamin C through fruits and vegetables were protected from radiation caused DNA damage Supplement and drug companies fall into the same reductionist trap They believe that you can isolate a single active ingredient to get the same effect as a whole food But there may be multiple active ingredients.For example, turmeric may work better than the active ingredient curcumin Research suggests that turmeric works better against a number of cancers than curcumin By the way, a little black pepper helps you to absorb turmeric tremendously Cooked turmeric helps protect DNA, while raw turmeric may have better anti inflammatory effects Dr Greger recommends 1 4 teaspoon of turmeric daily.An over confidence in pills and procedures for disease prevention could be the reason why doctors and patients under value lifestyle interventions People rely on drugs to save them But, studies show that most people would not take these drugs if they understood how little benefit comes from them.In transforming one s lifestyle to a whole, plant based diet, Dr Greger urges patients not to go cold turkey permanently Dr Greger suggests that patients think of a three week lifestyle experiment This is exactly the approach recommended by Dr Neil Barnard, in his excellent book, 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health This is another book that I highly recommend.The largest ever analysis of death and disease was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Hundreds of scientists concluded in 2010 that the leading cause of death and disability was the American diet, followed by smoking The worst aspect of our diet, the study found, is not enough fruit While fruits decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes, fruit juice increases the risk.Sulfurophane, a compound found only in fresh cruciferous vegetables, has been found to help treat autism An eighth of a teaspoon of powdered ginger mixed with water works as well as, and as fast as sumatripan Imitrex for relieving migraine headaches Ginger also beats Dramamine for relieving nausea.Smoked, fatty foods are carcinogeric smoked ham, turkey, BBQ chicken, smoked fish.The book has a very interesting discussion about gluten Dr Greger claims that non celiac gluten sensitivity might actually be a wheat sensitivity for some people Only 1% of the population has celiac disease, but another 1% has wheat sensitivity The other 98% of the population are not affected by wheat A gluten free diet can actually worsen gut health for people without a sensitivity, due to the overgrowth of harmful bacteria in their intestines Gluten contains prebiotics that feed good bacteria, and may boost immune function.Blueberries and cherries can reduce exercise induced inflammation which may transfer into faster recovery time Strenuous exercise leads to free radicals that cause DNA damage Plant foods reduce the free radicals and counter exercise induced oxidative stress.

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    If you listen to but one book recommendation I give, then listen to this one it could save your life I m a vegan, it s only natural that I would have a bias opinion towards books that promote a healthy vegan lifestyle and I can openly admit that However, this book was not written by a vegan or vegetarian it was written by a medical professional who has spent his life researching the benefits of a plant based diet And there are many, believe me And his story is an interesting one, driven by personal experience and a will to prevent further failings of the medical system At the age 65, Dr Gregor s grandma was dealt the ineptness of medical practice first hand After several heart bypass operations, buckets of medicine and being confined to a wheel chair, she was sent home to die because there was nothing else doctors could do for her She stumbled across some whack miracle cure she saw on television, and out of desperation she tried it It worked She lived for another thirty one years That cure was a plant based diet The majority of western doctors are inept at addressing the causes of disease Most deaths in the united states are preventable, and they are related to what we eat Our diet is the number one cause of premature death and the number one cause of disability Surely, diet must also be the number one thing taught in medical schools, right Sure Doctors can treat the symptoms well enough, they re good at delaying the inevitable, but what about the causes Surely it would be prudent to erase the causes of the diseases first rather than attempting to deal with the aftermath They pump their patients full of pills and medicines year after year They alleviate the immediate problems, though do absolutely nothing to treat the actual causes of the issue So patients come wondering back for stronger doses and extreme treatments, and continue to persist in the behaviour their terrible diets that caused their problems in the first place And this goes on and on until they fall into an early grave.So why aren t Doctors advising patients about their lifestyle choices Because they don t know Most Doctors receive a minimum of ten hours tuition on nutrition during their training That s it The treatments they prescribe treat the immediate problem but do not address the real causes The majority of them don t look at the research that promotes healthy living and ascribe such diseases to genetic factors which is very inaccurate Some even ignore diet as a risk factor altogether I mean think about, people say cancer and heart disease runs in families but don t diets run in families too People, generally speaking, eat what their parents ate because it was the way they were brought up on We eat almost as if the future doesn t matter And that s the problem Junk food tastes good Process meat and dairy foods taste good, though they are quite literally destroying our bodies ever so slowly It amazes me how shocked people are when their relatives get cancer or they themselves do Why has it happened to us, why has it happened to me They might ask Nine times out of ten people cause their own diseases and cancers because of the way in which they live It s a hard truth I know, but it s also real A lifetime of eating meat and dairy is dangerous than smoking Prostrate cancer, bowl cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, stokes and diabetes it all harkens back to what we eat The shit we put in our bodies, the things go wrong It s simple really No doubt someone reading this might say, what about children who die of cancer And what about that really healthy person I knew who got cancer and died anyway The point is it s all about risk There is never no risk no matter how healthy you are, but there is such a thing as low risk And eating a bad diet puts you firmly in the high risk category It s just how these things work Why take chances I want to live for a long time.This book brings together decades worth of research to the table And there is a huge wealth of it that is ignored by so many I implore you to read If you followed it, it may prevent yourself from having to seek treatment for a nasty disease you could have avoided Life is precious it s all we have Why risk years of it

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    This is the most comprehensive book on health and nutrition that I ve read Written in a way that s easy to understand for those new to the subject, but also substantive enough that those very familiar with health and nutrition will learn a great deal of new information If you re still eating the standard American diet, or if you ve been mislead by one of the many fad diets out there or food industry obfuscation , read this book to learn how to eat healthy, avoid disease, feel your best, and maximize longevity Highly recommended

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    I m going to start off this review by qualifying the perspective from which I read the book.I have a longstanding passion in all things health and fitness that started at the age of 10, when as a chunky child, I decided I wanted to be healthy.Joining my first gym at 13, it wasn t long until I started teaching group fitness A Bachelors in Nutritional Sciences seemed like the next logical step But it didn t end there While continuing to branch out by teaching every mode of group fitness I could find, I pursued and obtained a Professional Master in Physical Therapy Since then I have completed over a half dozen fitness certifications, taught every fitness class you can imagine, counseled tons of patients and clients, and earned hundreds if not approaching a thousand hours of professional continuing education that include anything from the therapeutic applications of yoga to vegan nutrition to the strengths and pitfalls of alternative medicine I also teach a personal training certification course through our local community college and am currently pursuing an advanced certificate in sports nutrition Most importantly I walk the walk I exercise daily, eat clean, and continue to seek out knowledge with an open mind, always ready to adjust my views I read, I study, I teach, I practice, I preachI breath fitness and nutrition on a regular basis.This being the case, I am always reluctant to read a nutrition book written by a MD, or better yet, a journalist who decides he s going to reveal the true secret to eating healthy But How Not to Die was written by Dr Michael Greger, who also happens to be the founder of a site that I have been following for a couple years it s called nutritionfacts.org Impressed by the site mainly because it generally offers a balanced message that uses research rather than emotion to support its message, I was interested in reading his book.If I could recommend one book on nutrition, I seriously think this might be it, and here s why 1 The book is basically about empowering people to take control of their health The ole Let Food Be Thy Medicine philosophy Dr Greger does a decent job of acknowledging both the strengths and weakness of our current approach to disease He makes a strong argument against prescribing drugs for lifestyle related diseases, at least as a first line of defense Most importantly, he tries to use science as a basis for his views His main emphasis is on eating plant based foods, particularly fruits, veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, herbs, spicesetc, while limiting quality or whole animal products, and avoiding processed or low quality animal products all together.2 The book provides a comprehensive review of the scientific literature I subscribe to several journals, but never have I seen so many studies put into a useful context That said, his own biases toward a vegan or animal free diet are hard to miss Still, it s a pretty amazing feat, biases aside And though I might feel he was a little hard on animal products all animal products as a group, I do think he makes some valid points about the food industry and their ability to influence policy and suppress research that doesn t jive with their bottom line I wished he would have taken time to make a distinction between different quality animal sources I mean, there is a big difference between the venison I use in my favorite black bean chili and the industrially farm raised, often abused, overly medicated animals anti biotics that provide meat at most local grocery store chains, or worse, our local fast food joint.3 If he seems a little radical in the first half of the book, he makes up for it in part two, where he puts the perfect diet into context, by first acknowledging there is no one perfect diet Foods aren t necessarily good or bad, though some are better for you than others His recommendations are not only consistent with everything I ve learned over years, they re reasonable and thus doable.From organic vs non organic, to gluten free vs non gluten free, to use supplements or not to use supplements, GMO vs GMO freehe touches on so many hot button topics, and his ideas really are very practical and level headed As someone who has been following and experimenting successfully with nutrition for decades, I have watched so many fads come and go and have seen too many scientific studies taken out of context and used to promote some extreme eating philosophy It s nice to read a book where both the science and art of nutrition receive equal time.I m not a vegan, though I don t eat much meat That said, I believe quality animal products can have a place in a healthy diet However, I don t think there is anyone who can argue against the benefits of a plant based diet In fact, if you look at most popular diets, the one common thread is the emphasis on whole foods, but especially fruits and veggies Ultimately, I think that is the message that Greger puts forward Good stuff A little interesting background Greger started nutritionfacts.org with the support of two philanthropists It is now a self sustaining non profit The website and its content are free forever with no ads and no corporate sponsorships He claims that sales from his DVDs go back to the site and proceeds from his books and speaking engagements go to charity.

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    In the wake of my heart attack, my cardiologist told me that I could reverse my atherosclerosis with diet and exercise, specifically a plant based diet She recommended Dr Caldwell Esselstyn s book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease , which prescribes a very stringent diet, that not only forbids meat and dairy products, but also precludes all oils not a drop , as well as nuts, and avocados I didn t know if I could follow such a diet Besides, it s a diet that he gave to people who had significantly advanced and severe coronary health issues than I did So perhaps I didn t need to be on such a draconian regime Also, I wasn t entirely sold on the plant based diet before making such profound changes to my diet, I really wanted to see solid clinical evidence for it I d hate to give up BBQ ribs for nothing And while Dr Esselstyn reported striking results in his practice, it was an uncontrolled interventional study among a very small group of patients Finally, rather than being dictated a diet to follow especially one that I didn t think I could keep to I was looking for information about the costs and benefits of various foods so that I could make informed choices in order to create lifestyle changes that I could live with This was exactly what I found in How Not to Die It not only addresses my primary health concern, heart disease, but the other major health risks that most Americans face diabetes, hypertension, a variety of common cancers lung, colorectal, breast, prostate, leukemia , Alzheimer s, Parkinson s, and even depression And it covers what is known based on the best research we have about various foods that may be helpful or harmful with regard to them.Dr Greger assembles an impressive array of clinical evidence for the health claims he makes for particular foods to address particular diseases, but he manages to keep the material very readable and his style is conversational and personable All of which means that it s possible to get through this book, benefit from the information, and enjoy the process The audiobook version is read by the author, who has a very quirky and winning narrative style you can get an idea of it through any of a large number of videos at his web site That site provides a mountain of information that expands and supplements this book In fact, the book can be considered a collation and distillation of that web site, which provides much of the same information.After listening to this book, the evidence for the health benefits of a plant based diet is not only presented, but it s overwhelming Even shocking While the audiobook is very listenable, you might prefer to get the print or electronic version That makes it easier to dip in and out of particular sections that might be of specific interest to you The book is divided into two parts the first part describes the 15 top diseases which contribute to mortality and you may not want to wade through all of them which is harder to avoid in an audiobook, as entertaining as he makes it The second part consists of a review of different food groups, which Greger characterizes as his Daily Dozen He goes into their benefits and recommended portions That section is useful as a reference, so having a text version may be desirable I ended up getting one after listening to the book.Ultimately, I did adopt a plant based diet on the basis of the information presented in the book a vegan and whole grain diet And I still eat nuts in fact, lots of em and avocados While I avoid certain oils, I allow others You may make different choices based upon an understanding of the risks and benefits involved I highly recommend this book as an invaluable resource to anyone concerned about their health For me it was literally life changing.

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    A book written by the man that tells us one egg a week can give you diabetes His webpage nutritionfacts.org is interesting in that like his book and science this doctor has the answer and orders his facts along to meet with his preferred answer Just a note to be wary if new to this man Vegan facts are not facts as science views them Vegan facts are religious like in their fervor promoting ONLY their cause Everything the religion of veganism hates just happens to be cancerous Funny that I see the Christians saying the same thing about getting jesus or being tortured forever in burning fire There is little difference between the two belief systems nothing gained from arguing with the faithful, they are deaf to science If your God hates every single tiny thing you do chances are you invented your god yourself Veganism loves the terms of cure and reversal of major diseases Seems to me a healthy diet and reducing body mass is the actual and only reason their fad diet works But like every fad diet they love their marketing Vegan science is NOT science, it is a cause wrapped in subterfuge misdirection and a heck load of religious like belief Enough of the cons, let s look at the pro sThe vegan diet is healthy and I find it the laziest way I know to stay healthy yes I am vegan The diet is not magic, vegetables are not magical, and vegetables don t cure cancer they are just healthy You can do exactly the same thing on any healthy diet, this one just happens to suit me SUMMARY take the book for what it is, don t take it seriously because there is a MD in front of the authors name look up QuackWatch pages Or just believe because it s easier Or just view it as a healthy diet.

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    This book has me torn It contains so much good and yet, it has so many problems It s an important read for everyone but also misleading Overall, I learned a lot from it but also ended up confused than ever.Let me break it down.The good The general recommendation is spot on Just about everyone should eat veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains and less processed foods and animal products This isn t exactly a controversial claim For the most part, this book does a good job of covering the vast amount of research backing the health benefits of fruits veggies though see below for some of the issues with the research Many of the leading causes of death in the US are a choice Most heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, cancers, and so on are due to lifestyle choices You can dramatically reduce your chance of death from these diseases by choosing a different diet and lifestyle One of my favorite lines from the book I don t mind dying But I don t want it to be my fault The author, Michael Greger, says all the proceed from the book will go to charity, his website nutritionfacts.org is a donation driven nonprofit, and he doesn t offer any products in fact, his main recommendation is to avoid any products and just eat whole, natural food Unlike many other authors of diet books, it doesn t seem like Greger is trying to sell anything here Greger makes a strong case in the book that the contents of your fridge are far important to your health than the contents of your medicine cabinet Most supplements and magic pills don t work, are expensive, and have nasty side effects Whole, natural foods have powerful beneficial effects, don t cost much, and have only positive side effects If drug companies could create a pill that reduces your risk of death by 10% and only had positive side effects, they d make billions the good news is that fruits and veggies are just such a pill I learned a lot of distressing health facts Examples Hospital care is one of the leading causes of death in the US roughly 3rd A huge number of people die every year from prescription side effects, infections, medical errors, and so on It is legal at least in the US to inject chickens with lots of additives to increase the chicken s weight, and it turns out those additives e.g., phosphates can have serious negative health consequences There is such a thing as 3rd hand smoke i.e., the smoke that stays in the walls, carpets, etc and it also has negative health consequences Smoking in any indoor area is not safe One theory of aging is that oxidation is damaging our DNA We are literally rusting Doctors in the US receive very little or no nutritional training Worse yet, they are paid for performing procedures and prescribing medication, but make no extra money for recommending diet and exercises This creates a horrible conflict of interest There are even bigger conflicts of interest with the governmental agencies in the US that make recommendations around food and health e.g., the FDA Many of these organizations take in huge amounts of money from corporations e.g., from Coke and Pepsi and ignore scientific findings when making recommendations Greger s argument is that we should show people the science and let them decide, rather than making biased recommendations.The bad Although Greger tries to dance around it, his ultimate recommendation is that everyone should become a vegan He says he doesn t subscribe to any diet ism, and instead is merely recommending a plant based diet But let s be honest in this book, he categorizes ALL meat and animal products as red light foods which should be completely avoided Do the math, and you end up with veganism Why is he avoiding that term Perhaps it s because veganism has been studied quite a bit Some of the findings are good and some are not One of the downsides, for example, is that almost all vegans must take B12 supplements some will also need vitamin D and iodine supplements This is a critical point, as it shows a purely plant based diet is a lacking critical nutrients and b not natural, as it would not have been possible in the wild until supplements were invented in the 20th century Moreover, Greger spends much of the book talking about how supplements don t work, but the very diet he recommends doesn t work without supplements Greger often praises traditional diets of Japan, India, China, etc and argues that those diets are responsible for the lower incidences of many diseases in those countries However, most of the people in these countries are NOT vegans Some eat meat some eat fish some eat animal products such as milk Sure, those cultures probably eat plant based foods too, but their diets are still very different than what Greger recommends Greger mentions frequently how the US gov should just show us the science and let us decide And yet, Greger himself doesn t do that He shows us some of the science, but it turns out his data is VERY heavily cherry picked In other words, it s not that he s lying though the interpretation of some of the studies is definitely questionable , but omitting critical facts For example, Greger comes down very hard on dietary fat and cholesterol, but many recent studies have shown compelling evidence that these are not as bad for you as we used to think Greger s recommendations around Omega 3 fatty acids, fish, fat, impact of vegetarianism veganism on health, soy, and many other topics are questionable, at best There s a great overview of some of the cherry picking here The fact that the research was so cherry picked is what frustrates me the most about this book Surely Greger and his team know of the MANY studies that contradict his claims Why not show us this science and let us decide, as he advocates in the book And if these contradictory studies are in some way invalid, why not say so The book would ve been so much stronger if he had taken on these counterpoints head on Instead, they are completely missing, and I m now left to try to figure out who to believe I m not a nutrition expert, so how should I know if Michael Greger go vegan , Gary Taubes avoid carbs , or Michael Pollan eat traditional diets is right Greger seems a little too eager to recommend things, even those with relatively little research about them, saying why not try it Why not Because a it could have unintended side effects e.g., Americans who started eating less fat ended up eating refined carbs, which may be worse and b making lifestyle changes is hard and we shouldn t waste our time and energy on things that might not work Conclusion Overall, this book is worth reading There s no doubt it ll make you reconsider some of your dietary habits I m already trying to get veggies, berries, and beans into my diet But if you take the time to research things yourself, you find that the story is not nearly as simple as Dr Greger makes it out to be In part, this is because the food industry intentionally funds bogus studies that confuse the issue But in part, it s because the human body is complicated, and the state of food science and research today is still quite primitive.At the end of the day, the most reasonable advice to me seems to be that of Michael Pollan Eat food Not too much Mostly plants.

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    Well this was a very interesting read Since I have been contemplating changes to my diet, it arrived on hold for me at the public library at an opportune moment I went shopping yesterday for esoteric items like hibiscus tea and ground flax seed and some less unusual items like walnuts, fruit vegetables.I m a believer in evidence and Dr Greger provides boat loads of that Now my task is to test these ideas with myself as guinea pig and see if they actually work for me I ve been controlling my blood pressure with medication for many years now and just got the warning from my doc that my blood sugars are creeping upwards The time for action is now However, there is a lot of repetition in this book It got to the point where I wanted to skip entire chapters because I knew that I was just going to get of the same It gets almost to the point of being preachy, something that I detest I also wish that he had dealt with the issue of the title at the beginning, rather than right at the end Properly, the book should be called How Not To Die Prematurely and he admits this in the final paragraphs It is not a prescription for immortality.Meat eaters and I am one of them will find this challenging However, I keep my own notebook of recipes that I went through this weekend I made notes I certainly have enough vegetarian recipes that I enjoy to keep myself well fed while I try out this regime It s not going to happen overnight, but I will definitely be adding fruits, vegetables, and nuts even while I try to wean myself off of too much meat I don t know whether I will ever be a vegan I m not sure I have enough self righteousness for that but a dietary improvement is in order.

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    This book could be a life changer God knows I ve tried every diet known to man but becoming vegan never occurred to me I always thought it was of a lifestyle choice having to do with an affinity for animals rather than health based Read this and your eyes will be opened to a lot of things I ve long known the dangers of processed foods but always believed that meat and dairy were good for me I m going to try eating this way for a couple of weeks and see how I feel As soon as I finished this audiobook I started it again.

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    This book changed my family s life My husband and I read it while on holiday in Florida Although not your typical beach read, we couldn t put it down By the second chapter, we completely cut meat out of our diet while on holiday and haven t looked back I feel energized and inspired for change The simple act of eliminating meat from your diet will reduce carbon emissions significantly, not to mention to health benefits The most important impact for me is preventing animal cruelty As a mother, how can I teach my children kindness and respect while my meat purchasing power caters to the captivity and torture of innocent animals And the outrage over a lion being beheaded or a gorilla being shot in a zoo is perplexing to me when most of the people showing anger eat meat on a daily basis We must take a step back and prioritize our choices, and reading this book will make it easier to transition In 2016, with knowledge and products at our fingertips, it is easier than ever to live a plant based way of life The meal choices are endless and delicious Every day brings a new opportunity to experiment and discover healthy foods and say goodbye to heart burn, clogged arteries, indigestion, and countless other maladies It was a pleasure to work along side Dr.Greger at the St.Catharines, Ontario VegFest this June I am so grateful for his hard work and research This book is a must read.

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