Did you know that oatmeal actually isn't a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn't build bones, and eggs aren't the devil? In Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, Dr. Hyman looks at every food group and explains what we've gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose threats. He also explains food's crucial role in functional medicine and how food systems and policies affect our environmental and personal health.
I didn't enjoy the first hour or so of the audiobook. It's not that the content wasn't accurate or interesting (it was in both cases), but I prefer to read something that is more complex and contains a lot more of the underlying science and analysis. If you've listed to many You Tube videos within this genre, then you've likely heard most of the content of this entire book. However, this book was clearly written to be read or listened to by wide and diverse audiences, and in that regard Dr. Hyman has done a superb job.
Dr. Hyman manages to do what so few other have -- to bring together the vegan diet, HFLC, paleo, ketogenic and a few others, and to explain that all of them can have various benefits and possible detriments. As a keto adherent, nothing that he said was particularly objectionable for me even when he stated that those with no metabolic conditions or (pre)diabetes can eat some about of the standard carbs (oatmeal, etc).
The only part that I didn't think that was handled either well or sufficiently was salt intake. While Dr. Hyman referred to "The Salt Fix", what he stated about it in his book was not reflective of the content. For instance, he noted the standard 2.3 grams per day but failed to mentioned that for most people, 4-6 grams is likely optimal.
Still, minor comments for such a great book. While I would have personally preferred a deeper dive in this book, it is much better as-is for its intended audience and is probably the most important book I can think of that I would want everyone on the planet to read.
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Combining the best current medical knowledge with a new approach grounded in integrative medicine, Chopra and Tanzi offer a groundbreaking new model of healing and the healing system, one of the main mysteries in the mind-body connection. The Healing Self is a breakthrough audiobook in self-care for a wide audience. Immunity - the body's ability to ward off disease - can no longer be taken for granted.
There is so much great content to this book, but overall the nutrition section was just too disappointing to score it any higher. First, after years of promoting the lowering of cholesterol through diet, this seems to be the one area where recent science has now broken through to these two.
But, rather than stating that LDL is not nearly as important of a marker as HDL, triglycerides, and the various associated ratios (not to mention particle size), they simply adopt a neutral view now but stating that the research is no longer certain in this area. I note that neither bothers to apologize for their many year of promoting of cholesterol lowering supplements and diets (at least Dr. Tim Noakes and others have had to courage to admit where they were wrong in the past).
The author are so leading edge on the various multiplicity of interactions between mind and body, and yet they still promote orange juice as a health food and a way to reduce inflammation. Perhaps they should read a little more of Dr. Robert Lustig's work as this has been the same advice since even prior to Super Brain. Dietary fat is still the enemy for that (and in particular saturated fat) in spite of all of the research now showing that it isn't harmful, particularity in the context of a low carb/ketogenic diet.
There are many ways to achieve a healthy diet, but with the constant demonizing of fat iut makes one think that the authors work for the AHA or the AMA (one wonders whether Honey Nut Cheerios would also be part of their healthy breakfast option). Finally, it really makes no sense to refer in general terms to a Mediterranean diet without further clarification of what that actually entails. Some versions are high fat, some are low fat, some have high grains content, some have primarily vegetables and fat with some meat and fish. It's the same with ketogenic diets I suppose, since technically 100% Canola oil would be a ketogenic diet but no one could call that healthful. What a shame -- the authors even recommend Canola oil to their readers.
I was also quite surprised that Dr. Tanzi didn't refer to Dr. Dale Bredesen's work with Alzheimer's patients. I understand that his Recode protocol, which incorporates a whole foods based ketogenic diet, has have better success than pretty much any other protocol to date. It makes one think that doing so would require Dr. Tanzi to potentially reverse his position on fat which he seems unwilling to do.
With this much negative commentary one would think that the book wasn't worth reading and that certainly isn't the case as so much of its content was exceptional. It's just dragged down by a nutritional section seemingly written in the 1950's.
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While researching the toxic and addictive properties of sugar for Fat Chance, Robert Lustig made an alarming discovery - our pursuit of happiness is being subverted by a culture of addiction and depression from which we may never recover. Dopamine is the "reward" neurotransmitter that tells our brains we want more; yet every substance or behavior that releases dopamine in the extreme leads to addiction. Serotonin is the "contentment" neurotransmitter that tells our brains we don't need any more; yet its deficiency leads to depression.
I've read or listened to everything published by Dr. Lustig and this is by far his best book. I'll be pre-ordering anything else that he ever writes.
After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.
I didn't think this book would be great, and yet it turned out to be one of the better and more engaging stories I've listened to in many years. Other books may be more life transformative, but this was has some solid take-aways while at the same time recounting the most interesting of stories.
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In this paradigm shifting book, Dale Bredesen, MD, offers real hope to anyone looking to prevent and even reverse Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. Revealing that AD is not one condition, as it is currently treated, but three, The End of Alzheimer's outlines 36 metabolic factors (micronutrients, hormone levels, sleep) that can trigger "downsizing" in the brain. The protocol shows us how to rebalance these factors using lifestyle modifications like taking B12, eliminating gluten, or improving oral hygiene.
This book is nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately, I found the book to be poorly organized and the nutritional section in particular was weak, which is unfortunate given how much excellent content is not available online concerning whole foods based ketogenic diets.
That said, this is absolutely required reading for anyone who either want to avoid Alzheimer's, who knows someone who has or may come to have it, or for anyone else who just wants to be healthy (i.e. for everyone). This content is turning the medical world upside down and it gives me great hope for the future. It's also great to see a ketogenic diet being one part of the solution after so many decades of the low fat, high carb approach which mistakenly led people to thinking that Honey Nut Cheerios is a health food.
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For decades we've been told the key to prosperity is to look out for number one. But recent science shows that to achieve durable success, we need to be more than just achievers; we need to be compassionate achievers. New research in biology, neuroscience, and economics has found that compassion - recognizing a problem or caring about another's pain and making a commitment to help - not only improves others' lives; it can transform our own.
There was very little that I could point to in this book that I found disappointing or frustrating, but it also did very little to inspire me. Overall, with so many other great options available, had I known what this book would be like I never would have purchased it.
Ex-navy commander Mark Divine reveals exercises, meditations and focusing techniques to train your mind for mental toughness, emotional resilience, and uncanny intuition. Blending the tactics he learned from America's elite forces with lessons from the Spartans, samurai, Apache scouts, and other great warrior traditions, Divine has distilled the fundamentals of success into eight powerful principles that will transform you into the leader you always knew you could be. Learn to think like a SEAL, and take charge of your destiny at work, home and in life.
It's times like this that I find myself amazed. Not far off from 2000 reviews and the vast majority of them were fairly to very positive. The only sense I can make out of that is that the author must have asked every SealFit member to write a positive review.
No doubt, if you follow the principles in this book your life will change for the better. That's similar to say that if you eat many more leafy green vegetables and some healthy fats, engage in regular exercise and drink clean water, your health will improve. Sure it would, but that one sentence would not constitute a thoroughly engaging and interesting book or discourse.
Divine has been quite successful and I wish him all the best in his career. Anyone who sets one of his or her primary life goals as helping other people deserves the best life has to offer as a result. However, for me, this was like reading a GI Joe graphic novel, written by a bar manager turned samurai, with a few self help quotes thrown in for good measure.
In this culmination of his life's work, Peter A. Levine draws on his broad experience as a clinician, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist, and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche. In an Unspoken Voice is based on the idea that trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder but rather an injury caused by fright, helplessness, and loss that can be healed by engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions.
I'm now reading every single book that Levine has published. The Body Keeps Score is still my favorite book of all time, but I think that Levine's books (at least those I've read so far) and absolutely incredible. These should be required reading for everyone.
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Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
I absolutely hated this book for the first number of chapters. Both the narrator and the content (as applicable) seemed pretentious, dry, and lacking in anything of interest. However, it got so much better as I progressed through the book and eventually I came to view this as the best "sleep book" that I've ever read. I listen to a lot of podcasts on health, sleep and related content, and yet I learned a lot in this book that I never knew about sleep related issues.
I highly recommend that everyone read this book and I've purchased copies for many people that I know already. The content in this book can dramatically help improve the life of almost anyone.
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The Mind Illuminated is the first how-to meditation guide from a neuroscientist who is also an acclaimed meditation master. This innovative book offers a 10-stage program that is deeply grounded in ancient spiritual teachings about mindfulness and holistic health and also draws from the latest brain science to provide a road map for anyone interested in achieving the benefits of mindfulness.
I've been reading or listening to a lot of books lately (i.e. The Art of Stopping Time, Why Buddhism is True) that have left me thoroughly disappointed. This book was a complete reversal of those experiences. Even the preface alone was more inspiring to me than many other entire books and but the end of the first chapter I was completely and irrevocably hooked.
The narrator did an exception job for this composition, and perhaps the best overall description for the book is "life-changing, thoughtful, compassionately provocative, and incredibly nuanced." You can't go wrong by listening to this audio-book.
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