How Not to Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Sunday Times best seller.
Why rely on drugs and surgery to cure you of life-threatening disease when the right decisions can prevent you from falling ill to begin with?
How Not to Die gives effective, scientifically proven nutritional advice to prevent our biggest killers - heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes - and reveals the astounding health benefits that simple dietary choices can provide.
Based on the very latest scientific research, How Not to Die examines each of the most common diseases, chapter by chapter, to reveal what, how and why different foods affect us and how increasing our consumption of certain foods and avoiding others can dramatically reduce our risk of falling sick and even reverse the effects of disease.
With emphasis on individual family health history and acknowledging that everyone needs something different, Dr Michael Greger offers practical dietary advice to help you make valuable decisions about your diet in order to live a longer, healthier life.
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 9 minutes|
|Author||Michael Greger MD, Gene Stone|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||28 December 2017|
|Publisher||Macmillan Digital Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 446 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2 in Medicine & Health Care Industry
3 in Palliative Medicine
4 in Public Health Administration
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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.