This is not a bad book about nutrition, it's just not that original. Most of it is a sermon about how vegetarianism or, at least, about how limiting the amount of meat you consume will solve all of your health problems. There are also sermons about why the use of antibiotics is evil and about why multivitamins are useless at best.
I agree with some of Joel Fuhrman's ideas. However, I didn't find this to be the "breakthrough program" that it is advertised to be. The best points are that it comes with a long PDF with good information and recipes, I thought he did a good job of addressing "superfoods", and he did a decent job of addressing supplements.
As to the bad points, there were quite a few. He advises against antibiotics for almost any reason, which I find to be dangerous, especially for children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. Ditto for vaccinations, although he makes a decent case for being cautious about them. He also advises against seeing your doctor except in dire circumstances. In my experience, if I wait for the dire circumstance, I may not be able to get to a doctor. I also found some of the information about vitamins and supplements to be suspect, at best.
It's not a bad choice for someone who needs more encouragement to eat more fruits and vegetables or for someone interested in dietary supplements and "superfoods", but there are better books about nutrition out there that would give you better information. My recommendation is the nutrition audiobook offered by The Great Courses.
As to the narration, I have noticed a lot of horrible reviews about Ned Sparrow's performance. I thought his performance was perfectly adequate. I wouldn't want to hear him read Shakespeare, but for a health and wellness book, he did fine. I listened at a speed of 2x, so maybe that made him sound better.
Overall, for a medium-length book about nutrition, it could have been a lot better, but if you choose to buy it anyway, be sure to download the PDF.
Informative- information everyone should know but sadly won't
Yes a real eye opener stuff schools should be teaching or presenting but sadly will not.
Similar to salt,sugar,fat both books should be required reading unless of course you enjoy being sick and headed for an early death. Will open your eyes to the crap you are feeding your kids and to be blunt why the youth of today are fat and lazy. You will be sickened by how badly you have been fooled by the food companys or should i say cigarette company's that switched industrys.
My ranking is 5 stars, but 2 stars goes to the reader. Disappointed by the reader.
The detailed information & clear explanations
He greatly distracted from this excellent book. He lacked the passion of the author & had gross mispronunciations of hundreds of essential words.
Yes, but difficult to absorb with one reading/listening.
The reader/narrator diminished from easy understanding of many critical explanations by his mispronunciations. I was listening & learning from a medical science background.
It makes sense. I've listened to so many books that all claim to have the diet answer and seemed to have a good argument, but Joel makes great sense. It is completely logical and possible to follow his advice.
Since both my parents have had some type of cancer, I decided that I do not want to go down that same road when I get older. I'm convinced that their food choices -both high in processed/packaged foods and similar to the Standard American Diet- contributed, if not caused their cancer. This book made me realize that my food choices will determine my health and that I can be proactive in creating super-immunity.
Since changing my diet, I have lost considerable belly fat without doing a single exercise. I feel healthier, cleaner and motivated to eat less meat and a variety of vegetables. Joel's other book, Eat to Live, is also a fantastic read (listen). Anyone looking to learn more about becoming Vegan should also check out the Documentary called Vegucate.
I'm recommending this book to everyone I know and I think I will be sending copies out for Christmas presents. It's that important.
It was easy to understand. I got curious and research more on the subject.
People need more books with more details and specific instructions about healthy life and how to self-treat.
One of the best.
He was not a great narrator of this book, stumbles on complex words.
The price of this book is far less the value of it's information. It is like taking a college level nutrition course.
YES!!! This vital information EVERYONE should know and practice.
Dr. Fuhrman is my favorite Dr. and mentor
No, this is the 1st time.
Although the content of the book was highly informative, the flow of information was regularly disrupted by the narrator's frequent stumbling over words.
I did some independent casual research previously to reading this book, after being struck with an antibiotic-resistant infection after a surgery. This research was confirmed not only by the near-immediate clearing of the infection after implementing dietary changed, but again by Dr. Fuhrman's book.
Eat Your Vegetables!!! ... Fantastic - life changing book!...
All the books say the same thing! It is just presented a little different but the message is the same!
Yes! I want to thank Dr. Fuhrman for opening my eyes to eat better!