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.
©2015 Michael Greger, MD (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
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.
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.
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!
The entire book is a gem.
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.
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.
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.
So thorough and compelling!
Proteinaholic, The Campbell Plan, China Study, Food Revolution. All awesome books, too. All about plant based eating and positive effects.
I have and it is very close to his presentations. He reads in an entertaining manner, just like his presentations.
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.
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.
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.
Comprehensive healthcare evidence
Dr Greger because he provides scientific evidence to support his health recommendations
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.
My main reaction is: why didn't I learn this previously after paying so much for healthcare and education.
This should be required listening for the human race.
The author was easy to listen to and had a pleasant delivery. The information was good...at first. Basically every chapter said the same exact thing - "Eat your vegetables or you will die." By the end it felt so repetitive I stopped paying close attention. It was also beginning to feel too one-sided. Clearly the author has an agenda or he might have thought to include more critical thought to the studies and how they were performed. He also made some major leaps in some of his claims..."the science doesn't actually prove this at all, but what can it hurt to try?!?" Plus, so many studies were pitting vegetable eaters against people eating sausage egg McMuffins. What's up with that? How about looking at a meat eater who gets meat from a more reliable and healthy source such as grass-fed, free-range, etc. It was still intriguing to listen to, but I was still left with many questions in the end.
Provide a better balance of studies rather than ones that speak to this particular agenda.
Nope. All it would say is "Eat your vegetables. Still."
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.
The massive amount of information backed by research, told in an engaging way.
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 laughing will make you healthier, then reading this book is a cure all!
Thanks for making this book - audible!
A MUST READ! Not only this book is eye opening, it is told in the most fascinating way. It changed everything I knew about health, even though I've been long into reading and learning about it. This book tells the story of what we have missed as humanity and details specifically the latest research of science in nutrition and how to live a longer healthier life. It's a 10/10 to Dr. Michael Gregor for his contribution to mankind.
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