How Not to Die

How Not to Die

Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

Book - 2015
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The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. Physician Michael Greger examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America -- heart disease, 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, 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. 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.
Published: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250066114
1250066115
Branch Call Number: 613.2 GRE
Characteristics: xiii, 562 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Stone, Gene 1951-- Author

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c8r2cats
Jan 05, 2018

Five-star FACTS fill this book. It's a thick book and may appear daunting, but wade right in! You can easily skip chapters in Part 1 to concentrate on specific diseases that concern you most. Part 2 is pretty quick reading, recommendations on the best-of-the-best for what to eat for maximum nutrition, with tips for making everything more tasty. And you can skip almost 150 pages of Notes at the end unless you, personally, are researching the research that went into writing this book. The book is a real treasure for lay people who just want unbiased nutrition facts, and that truth is mighty hard to come by as Dr. Greger explains how monetary contributions and corporate interests often worm their way into our dietary guidelines. Junk food, meat, dairy and sugar have plenty of lobbyists promoting their industries, but when did Big Broccoli ever come calling, trying to unduly influence our grocery shopping choices? This book is the perfect RX to counter "decision fatigue" when various segments of the food industry profit because so much conflicting nutrition information is presented that consumers give up in exasperation and continue to eat whatever they want. Many doctors are unable to advise their patients because nutrition education was virtually non-existent in their medical training, and several government agencies are abjectly failing in their mission to inform and protect us. The Standard American Diet is aptly named, SAD, indeed! Is it any wonder that obesity has reached epidemic proportions, and we blithely accept heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and dementia as normal? Dr. Greger has the right idea: present facts, the results from nutrition studies that were not conducted or paid for by industries destined to benefit from those studies, then let people decide for themselves what to eat.

ontherideau Jan 02, 2018

How Not to Die-- Prematurely. This isn't a fad diet book but a sensible guide, an antidote to most food advertisements. #EatTogether is a good companion to good food, eating isn't just about putting edible items in your mouth.

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ScienceMommy
Dec 15, 2017

Now that Dr. Greger's companion to this book is out -- a gorgeous book of recipes that showcase his nutrition guidance, each with a full color photo (and lots of people on the wait list to see the library's single copy, you might want to look again at, How Not to Die. It's a FABULOUS BOOK!
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Although it does contain an at times overwhelming amount of well-substantiated research, it is so well organized and indexed, that it is also very easy to go right to the parts that are of greatest interest to you. Plus it is very well written with the information woven nicely into engaging stories that at times made me laugh out loud. Part one contains 15 separate chapters, addressing in depth all that is known about prevention or reversal of each to 15 leading causes of death. Part 2 two goes into detail about herbs, spices, and specific foods that are especially beneficial to eat, how to prepare them and what else you might want to know about them.

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franna
Dec 14, 2017

great info. and Dr. Greger is an entertaining writer as well so it makes it really fun to read. don't let the size of the book intimidate you. I ended up reading a chapter every night because it was such great stuff. didn't feel like homework like some other health and nutrition books. he explains it all in a way that is very practical and encouraging.

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empbee
Nov 03, 2017

Great summary of what you need to eat to be healthy. The book is not just for vegetarians. It provides information about the problems with animal welfare and its presence in the food chain.
Well supported by detailed references and research results. Everyone can learn something from the book.

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casar
Oct 08, 2017

A brilliant book on health and healthy food options. If you do not have time to read the entire 400+ pages, just go to the chapters on diseases that concern you. I started that way and then got hooked on reading all of it from start to finish. I will be buying this so I can refer to it often and lend it to my friends.

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stcalico
Jun 30, 2017

There is so much research and also so much 'bad' research out there (ie. industry funded) that it is nice to have someone go through it all and then explain it in layman's terms. Dr Gregor explains in detail what has been known since the days of Hippocrates (let thy food be thy medicine). This book makes it pretty clear why our moms are always preaching to 'eat your veggies!'.

Dr Gregor's website, nutritionfacts.org is also highly helpful and motivational in choosing the right foods.

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movar
May 19, 2017

A huge bible with far too much details and theories. I skipped few chapters from some diseases. I preferred the chapters from the second parts with different foods and herbs and spices. I brought it back sooner with almost 100 persons waiting for it!

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DAVID ZWARYCH
Dec 27, 2016

My major eye opening learning from this book is that "old age" diseases like clogged arteries can actually be reversed with a change in diet. It is the typical western diet of meats, dairy, cheese, eggs that irritate the endothelial cells lining all arteries. With each meal.
they get inflamed, and scar over...until your pipes are clogged (reduced in size). When you have reduced blood flow to each area of the body, you get symptoms there.

I continued to learn about this common condition by watching YouTube videos; the movie Forks over Knives, talks by Dr McDougal and other plant based diet doctors. I suspect my Disc Degeneration Disease (DDD) is not from bad lifting, but from reduced blood flow in the lumbar arteries alongside my spine.

Can this book motivate me to reverse direction from declining to improving health? Can I drop my Total Cholesterol and LDL and CRP to a high performance level to actually start to reverse my condition? In the words of Pierre Trudeau, "Just Watch Me".

I highly recommend this book to learn about what YOU might die from, so you can change your diet now to stop and reverse your body's decline. A healthy, active old age (70's, 80's, 90's) is much preferred to the 'give up and wait to die in your rocking chair".

AL_ANNA Oct 07, 2016

Dr. Michael Greger promotes a whole food, plant based diet for health using humor and study based data. He tells stories and makes gentle suggestions about how to incorporate his daily dozen healthy foods into your diet including recipes. Each chapter begins with "How Not to Die from _______" Refreshing to have a doctor promote health through diet instead of prescriptions.

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