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How Not to Die Audiobook

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

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Publisher's Summary

From the physician behind the wildly popular website Nutrition Facts, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of Nutrition Facts, examines the 15 top causes of premature death in America - heart disease, various 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. The 15 leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn't have to be the case. 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.

History of prostate cancer in your family? Put down that glass of milk, and add flaxseed to your diet whenever you can. Have high blood pressure? Hibiscus tea can work better than a leading hypertensive drug - and without the side effects. Fighting off liver disease? Drinking coffee can reduce liver inflammation. Battling breast cancer? Consuming soy is associated with prolonged survival. Worried about heart disease (the number-one killer in the United States)? Switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to prevent the disease but often to stop it in its tracks.

In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top 15 causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen - a checklist of the 12 foods we should consume every day. Full of practical, actionable advice and surprising, cutting-edge nutritional science, these doctor's orders are just what we need to live longer, healthier lives.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2015 Michael Greger, MD (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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    Sara 08-22-16
    Sara 08-22-16

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    "Clear, Compelling & Transformative"

    If you only listen to one book about reversing &/or preventing chronic disease related to lifestyle choices this should be the book. The information is research based, scientifically accurate and compelling. Dr Greger presents his subject in language that non-medical people can easily understand. He breaks the book into chapters focused on different diseases--for example heart disease, respiratory illness, & brain disease--to name three of fifteen illnesses covered.

    Please don't misunderstand me when I use the term easy. What I mean is that the message Dr Greger is discussing is easy follow and grasp. However, following a plant-based diet is difficult going until you get the hang of it. This is hard work--because processed foods, prepared food, fast food and anything not plant-based is off the list. That said, it is worth the effort. It is possible to heal what ails you by changing what you choose to eat.

    Dr Greger has an excellent not-for-profit web site with lots of information and video lectures available as well. He is passionate about educating the public and trying to get his message out there. Sometimes this can feel a bit overwhelming--also occasionally I might have preferred a professional narrator. All that aside, if you want to take charge of your own health and wellness this is the book to read. Life changing and really pretty fantastic.

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    Mark 12-22-15
    Mark 12-22-15

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    Five years ago I was 25 pounds over weight before my sister recommended that I watch forks over knives. That one documentary changed my life. However, not appreciating what each food can do for my body led to low energy. This book presents an evidence based approach to a plant based diet. This means that thinking you can live off of veggie burgers and salad is wrong. This book is such a reference I purchased the audio, kindle and hard copy. Further I will continue to send copies to everyone in my life who has a genuine interest in my effort.

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    What made the experience of listening to How Not to Die the most enjoyable?

    I have read a lot of books on the importance of nutrition -- a LOT. The China Study, anything that Furhman or Weil or Hyman or a dozen others have written. All of them excellent. This one, though, is the one that finally convinced me to quit playing Russian Roulette with my health and get serious. I have listened to it twice and ordered the hard copy because there is so much good information - information backed my multiple studies - about exactly what to eat and why.

    If I could only have one book in my library, this would be it. You may not resonate with how Greger reads his book, but the information in it is far too valuable to let that deter you from reading it.


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    What did you love best about How Not to Die?

    So thorough and compelling!


    What other book might you compare How Not to Die to and why?

    Proteinaholic, The Campbell Plan, China Study, Food Revolution. All awesome books, too. All about plant based eating and positive effects.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Greger, MD’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have and it is very close to his presentations. He reads in an entertaining manner, just like his presentations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. There is too much info to listen in one sitting (and over 17 hours). But I listened to it daily and couldn't wait until the next time. I am also reading the hard copy and listening to it again.


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    glenn 12-17-15
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    "Highly Recommend!"
    Would you listen to How Not to Die again? Why?

    Yes. This book is full of important, evidence-based information on health and nutrition. It's a wonderful listen - so well organized, with just the right amount of anecdote and humor (that fans of Dr. Greger from NutritionFacts.org will no doubt find familiar). I listen to audiobooks all the time - Dr. Greger as writer and narrator *could not* be any better. What a joy to read!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The entire book is a gem.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Greger, MD’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I follow Dr. Greger on his website (free), NutrionFacts.org. His voice, energy, humor, can be fully appreciated on the audio. Simply the best! This is no textbook....the personal stories, anecdotes, and humor spread throughout the book are a treasure. I definitely found myself having a chuckle here and there.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At just over 17 hours long....I finished this book off in 3-days, with commuting, time spent in the gym, and long hikes. I will read it again very soon.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not recommend this audiobook any more highly. A great listen. It could save your life and that of the people you love - all by changing what we put in our mouths.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth California 01-30-16
    Ruth California 01-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heathly Eating Book....just the facts with humor!"
    Would you listen to How Not to Die again? Why?

    I will listen to "How Not to Die" over and over again - it is the only healthy eating book you need, plus the audible book is read by Dr. Gregor and he makes research entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The massive amount of information backed by research, told in an engaging way.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Greger, MD’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This audible book is even better than the video's - and the video's are great, but his is all the information in one spot!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If laughing will make you healthier, then reading this book is a cure all!


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for making this book - audible!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy 12-13-15
    Tommy 12-13-15
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    "Evidence based"

    This is a persons life long love affair with evidence based nutrition. I'm so glad that Dr. Greger did his own audio. His corky personality shines and adds a little flavor. I strongly recommend it.

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    Siam T 12-10-15
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    "This is what we need to know about health"
    If you could sum up How Not to Die in three words, what would they be?

    Comprehensive healthcare evidence


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr Greger because he provides scientific evidence to support his health recommendations


    What does Michael Greger, MD bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dr Greger speaks directly to you in his own believable voice giving you the most complete health care advice you need to reverse and prevent all disease.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My main reaction is: why didn't I learn this previously after paying so much for healthcare and education.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be required listening for the human race.

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    Anne Ward 01-28-16
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    "Fabulous book, essential information."

    Dr. Michael Greger does an amazing job delivering essential information. After listening to this book we have made additional changes to our plant based whole foods eating style. Thank you Dr. Greger!

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    Valentino 01-24-16
    Valentino 01-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Must listen - the best nutrition book I've ever read"

    The best diet explained and backed up with overwhelming scientific evidence. Uncovering how the food and pharma industry dont want you to live the healthiest possible and how you can start living a life rich in energy, sexual capacity and longitivity. Love it.

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