The Best Book on Health and Nutrition I Have Ever Read.
Are you confused about the constant information we receive about food, nutrition and health? I know that I certainly am. All you have to do is turn on the news, go online and perhaps even read a newspaper…..while they are still around. We are constantly bombarded with conflicting information about the latest nutritional supplement, diet craze, or what to eat to reach and maintain optimum health. Some so-called experts triumphantly exclaim we must take their wonder-supplement. Other so-called experts claim their miracle potion or diet is the only way to be healthy and fight disease. The interesting part is, whatever the “so called expert” is claiming will make you live to 100 in perfect health often also happens to be selling that miracle supplement. How convenient.
The problem for a lot of us, is trying to get past the hype. We see a lot of fancy infomercials and websites with slick graphics and spray-tanned spokespeople wearing far-too-tight clothing, bellowing the benefits of their miracle fitness program, revolutionary new vitamin or diet plan. The thing I often find lacking is some actual, credible scientific proof that what they are promoting, will actually benefit me. Sure they may present some graphs or charts, but actual, properly conducted clinical trials seem to be in short supply. Yes, I have to be honest and say, that I have become quite cynical whenever I see this kind of advertising. However, I do not believe cynicism in this case is a bad thing.
Quite recently I came across a book that grabbed my attention. In my opinion, I have never read a more thorough book on diet and health. What I found most refreshing about this book is that it gets across its message with solid research as opposed to bizarre claims. I found this book to be empowering as it gives the individual the ability to take control of their own health. Another fact I liked is that is written in a way that was easy to understand, yet also went into a lot of depth for folks who would be well-versed and quite “nutritionally literate” to still benefit from.
The book is organized into three main sections. The first and second sections is where I spent the most time, as the third section is the reference area that lists the scientific studies, reports, etc.
The first part of the book goes into the major afflictions and diseases that cause us to die. Yes, one could say that is kind of morbid, but I see it as information we need to know. Sometimes the truth isn’t pretty. Then again, neither is losing a loved one prematurely from heart disease.
In the second part of the book, Dr. Greger goes into how specific foods can prevent, reduce risk of getting a certain affliction and also, in some cases, reverse or even cure specific conditions. I found it interesting to read the science that Dr. Greger presents, showing the important function a diet that is plentiful in specific foods can play in aiding people to significantly avoid common conditions that are the leading causes of death in the Western world. As well, for folks who are currently suffering with one of these afflictions, the data can be of immeasurable value.
I found this section was easy to read, in a way like an interesting novel. Dr. Greger has the subtle ability to weave personal anecdotes and humor into his writing which definitely allows the reader to engage with the material; to be informed and entertained at the same time. Not an easy task when writing several hundred pages on disease and nutrition!
The second part of the book Dr. Greger drills-down into the science of why certain foods, if eaten on a consistent basis (daily), can have astounding results on individual’s health. This part of the book goes into quite a bit more depth and actually states the “Daily Dozen” foods to integrate into one’s diet . What I found to be quite impressive, is seeing that Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen are really just regular, everyday items I could pick up at my local grocery store and would not have to travel to a remote jungle in Timbuktu to acquire.
Refreshingly, there was also no sales pitch for miracle pills that I had to send away for at a cost of $75 a month. Also, no trickery directing me to a link on a website to be sold some “top secret” diet plan. Nope. Just good scientific evidence backed up with an easy-to-follow nutrition plan that Dr. Greger shows could prevent acquiring major afflictions such as heart disease, diabetes and other far-to common maladies that unfortunately affect too many of us, our relatives and friends.
But don’t take my word for it. Take the time to invest in your health and quality of life and check out this book . Better yet, also show it to a friend, a loved one or some random stranger on the bus, for that matter. A one-time small investment in knowledge could prove lifesaving. But again, don’t take my word for it. Be cynical like me and go over the information for yourself. “How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease”, By Dr. Michael Greger may just be the most important book you ever read.