Parts of this book were a turn-off for me...some of the suggestions sounded unobtainable and beyond the reach or regular mortals, especially the parts about diet. Essentially, it seemed that if it tastes good, don't eat it - and I'm not sure that's good advice. No fat, few carbs, even "good ones," no sugars or sugar substitutes, so that leaves nuts, fruits (not too many!) and veggies, especially broccoli. I like the things he suggests eating, but I also like some of the stuff he doesn't.
The non-sedentary lifestyle interested me - I got a pedometer to calculate how much I was walking or active daily....turns out 5000 steps is a lot for me and I feel like I'm moving all the time. But that's sedentary - Australians typically walk 8000 steps without thinking about it.
Sleep I don't really have a problem with - I sleep well and about 8 hrs a night.
I realized about halfway into the book Rath was battling an unusual form of cancer, apparently not immediately life-threatening, but something that must be controlled. That changed my mind about his recommendations as I realized he was fighting for his life and had done much research. For me, that added much validity to his recommendations and told me that we should all be fighting for our lives based on what we eat, how active we are and how we sleep.
I may not be able to or want to follow his regimen completely, but I don't think I can go wrong to follow it as much as possible. With my pedometer as a gauge, I find that I am increasing my activity level, and I do think about what I put in my mouth before I eat it. I suppose that's a good start.
I am really conflicted about this book. I believe that about 80% of the book has some good info, good alternatives, and provides the reader ideas to further investigate and explore. However, Dr. Coldwell's presentation is such a turn-off, that he really does himself and his book a disservice. He constantly throughout the book bashes the medical preofession as greedy little money mongers that are only perpetuating chemo, surgery, and radiation to get your money. This was a major turn off for me and, completely unnecessary as well. In addition, Dr. Coldwell glorifies himself as one of the few people who know how to cure cancer. This type of presentation - bashing the medical professional and holding yourself on high - repeatedly throughout the book, is both annoying and a turn off. The reason I give this book review 4 stars (and not 1 star) is because there are many alternatives he presents that are worth exploring. Read the book for the cancer treament alternatives and try your best to ignore the soapboxing and you should be OK. I agree with 80% of what Dr. Coldwell says (about diet, stress, exercise, etc.), the other 20% strikes me as out in left field . . . but at least it provides ideas for one to investigate further.