50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
I am so excited by this book that I can't wait to finish it before I spill out my excitement on paper. This is a great read whether you think you're interested in the topic or not. In the same way Steven kings "on writing" is a great read, regardless of your interest in writing.( If you haven't read that one- get it now it will completely alter your impression of the guy)
First off let me tell you where I'm coming from- Though ive been about 50lbs overweight for the last 10 yrs ( due to chronic pain and being bedridden etc. ), I've never "dieted". I've never believed in "dieting" I've always known dieting is a suckers game. Nutrition on the other hand is something that I have some interest in- but the constant circling, conflicting battles of good for you- not good puts me off. so When questions of nutrition arise I just use common sense to guide my decisions, that is- unless I find a book like this one, or china study.
2 years ago I came across the china study book by the same author and after looking that one up on the net, I was very impressed, so I bought a copy for my wife who is borderline diabetic and struggles with her diet and so is in particular need of concrete nutritional info. This I thought was a ray of light and truth in the diet-nutrition Disneyland..Then by chance I came across this book in the 3 for 2 credit sale. After listening to the sample I was captivated. I bought it and started listening to it right away. I was enthralled not just by the research or his credentials,or- the message but the writing itself ,its a very enjoyable listen. Its written as a grounded narrative and the narration itself is a perfect fit to the material which added a lot to thoroughly enjoying a book that is far from my usual reading fare.
Im not going to get into the specifics of the book- what I will say is that it is all VERY compelling and certainly worth looking into on a deeper level. Considering how far our culture's overall diet has fallen, it would take a GIANT leap of change for most if not all of us to embrace and to fully implement the changes to our diet proposed by Colin Campbell. Personally I am SO-SO far from anything like this diet that the change for me would be as radical as well.....anything I can think of, but if he is right -and I think he is, it would not just mean living longer or disease free, it would mean a quality of living change that I suspect many of us have never known- physically AND mentally. It would certainly be interesting to look up the statistics and the experiences of those that have completely embraced this diet ( "diet" in this context naturally inferring ... you know what im saying)
I rarely give 5 stars-or I at least try to save that status for something truly deserving. In this case I think the info is so important it merits a 5 star rating.Very persuasive- Very important-Very well written and Very enjoyable.
This is more of a revelation than a book- for what stunning discoveries it conveys makes its medium or presentation moot ( at least to me). If you're interested in brain science-brace yourself!
in fact If you have interests regarding anything in human biology this is a must read!
Imagine .......In all these years of brain research they have missed half the brain! That is basically what has in fact happened. The gliel cells which make up a very large portion of the cells in the brain have till now been thought of as little more than a glue or some kind of .Innocuous support material -when in fact they are essential heavy lifters or V.I.C's (very important cells) in the aw inspiring workings of the human brain. This is a HUGE revelation!!
As for the book itself- I found it well written and exciting BUT make no mistake, when things get technical this book will require ALL of your eye squinting attention. If you have in fact done your part in giving the teck parts your undivided attention, you will be rewarded with enough facinating jaw dropping explanations to send all facets of your gray matter into contorted orgasm. Ive yet to see the print edition so I dont know what it has in terms of illustration but if a book ever needed illustration its this one. In my excitement I naturaly hit utube and google to see what I could "see" I found that The author did do some kind of ted related presentation but it was an excersise in utter frustration! The video guy missed most of the animations/illustrations on the screen. Im frankly surprised and dissapointed that such a poor presentation would make it onto ted-talks.
Well the future of brain research has certainly and suddenly just lurched forward with a monty python sized step and the cures for many of our worst physical and mental maladies seem much closer to eradication.
On a personal note this is of great importance to myself as I suffer from chronic pain and as mentioned in the book, this is one of the maladies that can be directly attributed to gliel cells and this very research
This was a very enjoyable popular science read, along the lines of Splended Solution or The Ghost Map. Admittedly I read it quite a while ago but I have-not forgotten the wow-cool factor that this book elicited.
Sometimes it's hard ( or even impossible) to imagine certain subjects or titles could possibly be a great read.Personaly I don't know anyone who wouldn't roll their eyes at being given or shown this book- they are the losers, for having an open mind always enables life's treasures to get through AND be understood and appreciated.
We certainly take drugs for granted and forget that not so long ago things as simple as a cut finger or a blister could quite possibly kill you if it got infected. Any infection was a possible death sentence before sulfa. This is the story of one of the greatest medical paradigm shifts in history,
Thomas Hagar does a great job of conveying these 2 separate worlds (and separate worlds is not an exaggeration), before sulfa and after. And he tells the fascinating tale of the "sulfa bridge" which changed the world. If you enjoy great science history writing then this really should be on your list P.S. The narrations great.