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Eat your way to better health with this New York Times best seller on food's ability to help the body heal itself from cancer, dementia, and dozens of other avoidable diseases. Forget everything you think you know about your body and food, and discover the new science of how the body heals itself. Learn how to identify the strategies and dosages for using food to transform your resilience and health in Eat to Beat Disease.

We have radically underestimated our body's power to transform and restore our health. Pioneering physician scientist Dr. William Li empowers listeners by showing them the evidence behind more than 200 health-boosting foods that can starve cancer, reduce your risk of dementia, and beat dozens of avoidable diseases. Eat to Beat Disease isn't about what foods to avoid, but rather is a life-changing guide to the hundreds of healing foods to add to your meals that support the body's defense systems, including: 

  • Plums
  • Cinnamon
  • Jasmine tea
  • Red wine and beer
  • Black beans
  • San Marzano tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Pacific oysters
  • Cheeses like Jarlsberg, Camembert and cheddar
  • Sourdough bread

The book's plan shows you how to integrate the foods you already love into any diet or health plan to activate your body's health defense systems - angiogenesis, regeneration, microbiome, DNA protection, and immunity - to fight cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative autoimmune diseases, and other debilitating conditions.

Both informative and practical, Eat to Beat Disease explains the science of healing and prevention, the strategies for using food to actively transform health, and points the science of well-being and disease prevention in an exhilarating new direction. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 William W Li (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A ground breaking physician shares how we can use food to hack our natural defense systems and hardwire ourselves for health." (Mehmet Oz, MD, host, The Dr. Oz Show)

"Among the many diet and health books of recent years, this book should top the list. Dr. William Li, an experienced internal medicine physician, also has an outstanding professional reputation in medical research. He knows science and how to present it to the public. His facts can only lead to a more fulfilling way to think about health for all of us." (T Colin Campbell, PhD, Cornell University, author, The China Study and Whole)

"Eat to Beat Disease is a trailblazing book. Author, world-renowned physician and medical scientist Dr. William Li explains how we have the power to help control our own health destiny by making decisions that help the body heal itself. Dr. Li describes how more than 200 foods amplify our body's defenses which can result in beneficial health outcomes. Eat to Beat Disease is a must read - I strongly endorse it." (Dean Ornish, MD)

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Changed my life!

I love this book! The narrator is very easy to listen to and the content was very easy to understand. However.....a lot of the book uses medical terminology. If you don't worry about the names of all the enzymes, etc....and just listen to the "gist" of what the author is saying, you will come away with a new look on life. All those complicated words that were impossible to pronounce really didn't matter. It's a lifestyle that is so easy to adapt to! My husband and I are both diabetic and needed to change what we were doing. We have tried diets and they last just a few days until we decide we want something that isn't on the approved list to eat. "Eating to Beat Disease" is totally different! We started by adding in one food of each of the five categories we needed to eat to start to heal our bodies. All we did was replace them with food we were already eating. For example...instead of wheat toast in the morning, we ate pumpernickel; instead of peanut butter that was filled with sugar, we ate natural almond butter. It was so simple to do. At first, we continued to eat normally, except for a few substitutions. Then it became a challenge to see how many we could replace and before we knew it....we were loosing weight and feeling better. In a 3 month period, we significantly dropped our a1c (a measure for diabetic control) and several pounds and inches. We still go out to eat, and if we want a hamburger, we eat it. But the most important part is we just make sure we each from each of the categories every day.

I did end up buying the physical book also. More of a reference. I don't have time to sit and read and listened to the audio book at work, while driving and walking. If I didn't have the audio book, I would have never gained this valuable information..but the hard copy makes a great reference too. The audio book did come with downloadable/printable files that helped also. I go back and listen to the audio book just to remind myself how easy it is to make this lift altering changes!

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An Absolute must have book for Cancer care!

I found this book by watching Broken Brain2. Dr. Li has presented the findings in such a manner that helps apply what you learn immediately. Check out his website. We need more doctors that truly care about our wellbeing. Thank you Dr. Li, WELL DONE!

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Great Book!

Excellent book! I wish I had the material that is supposed to come with it! The book starts off talking about some PDF material that I'm supposed to download but Audible doesn't provide a link and it is impossible to contact them to ask for one. Audible FAILS AGAIN! They are so insulated from their customers that you can't complain or ask them anything.

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Out dated bad science.

I enjoyed much of this book but I had a hard time trusting what Dr.Li recommended. He seems to be a member of the religion of plant based food. He believes red meat should be avoided even though it is the most nutrient food on the planet. He also still believes dietary cholesterol has a negative affect on serum cholesterol. He also worms agents salt and saturated fats and recommends industrial seed oils as healthy. This kind of old outdated unproven science is dangerous. If you still belief any of these ideas, Let me recommend “The big fat surprise” by Nina Teicholz,“, “The great cholesterol myth” by Dr. Stephen Sinatra and “The salt Fix” by Dr. James Dinicolantonio. Real science with real studies to back them!

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There are better books out there.

Was excited for this book after listening to author’s Ted Talk. Unfortunately the author goes over numerous foods “good” for you, good for ridding the body of disease, especially cancer, indiscriminately. An example: take blueberries, which the author notes have remarkable qualities, so eat them, he suggests. One study suggests 2 cups a day. What the author fails to tell the reader is that those studies were bankrolled by investors in the blueberry business. Maybe the study is accurate but maybe not. Full disclosure of research provenance would help. As for sugar, the author regularly suggests the value of a food and then mentions, oh, one problem is the sugar content. In many’s an estimation, nothing-absolutely nothing-that contains sugar can be good for curing cancer. There are many of these issues which made the book problematic for me and I decided not to finish it after getting 80% done. I certainly would not follow his suggestions. There are better and truly safer diets out there for curing disease.

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Where is the PDF’s

Though out the book it talks about PDF s to print with Audible there is no PDFs

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No PDF! Update!!

The book talks about how foods affect us in a medical sense. It's okay. But also I don't have the PDF of listed foods. How do I get it??

Upadte: I recieved the PDF and with the entire book of information, I can say that we basically need to eat fruits, vegetables, and very little meat, if at all. the lists show the types of foods that help your body fight disease. If you like medical jargon, you'll like this book.

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Thought provoking!

Dr. Li provides information that is groundbreaking in its efforts to share with the regular population about diet...Food as medicine. This concept is not a part of the billion dollar diet industry. I feel empowered and equipped to take the research and adopt it into my everyday practical life!I

This book didn't leave me feeling daunted or overwhelmed!

Thank you!

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Life Changing Information

The best book I've read in health for empowerment. So personally laid out, so amazingly easy to follow... this is a God send.

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life-changing. Must read!

Dr Li blew my mind in this deeply researched and fascinating book. Excellent detail, compelling stories, and VERY practical advice. I started eating better right away, and still make different choices a year after reading. I've read a lot of food and health books, and this one was different. It reveals fresh insights, but ones that are rooted in science not guesswork. Dr Li is a highly regarded expert, but the book is written with compassion and humility, not finger-wagging. I feel like everyone owes it to themselves and their families to read this book and put the ideas into practice. I especially love the simple 5 x 5 model, which is something we all can do. Great work, and great book. HIGHLY recommend.

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