• How Not to Die

  • Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease
  • By: Michael Greger MD, Gene Stone
  • Narrated by: Michael Greger
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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How Not to Die

By: Michael Greger MD,Gene Stone
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The Sunday Times best seller.

Why rely on drugs and surgery to cure you of life-threatening disease when the right decisions can prevent you from falling ill to begin with?

How Not to Die gives effective, scientifically proven nutritional advice to prevent our biggest killers - heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes - and reveals the astounding health benefits that simple dietary choices can provide.

Based on the very latest scientific research, How Not to Die examines each of the most common diseases, chapter by chapter, to reveal what, how and why different foods affect us and how increasing our consumption of certain foods and avoiding others can dramatically reduce our risk of falling sick and even reverse the effects of disease.

With emphasis on individual family health history and acknowledging that everyone needs something different, Dr Michael Greger offers practical dietary advice to help you make valuable decisions about your diet in order to live a longer, healthier life.

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©2017 Michael Greger, 2017 Gene Stone (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Useful information hidden behind Vegan propaganda.

I appreciate this book because it contains a bunch of useful information that made incorporate more whole foods and plants into my diet and it taught me how to make some killer berry shakes.
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This entire book can be categorized as Vegan propaganda. Many studies are obviously cherry picked to fit the Vegan narrative and from my own personal research into health related subjects the views in this book contradict other sources. Not to say the least, this book avoids discussing about any other diets that have shown health benefits like Keto and says very few words about the Mediterranean diet or the Icelandic diet.
My take is that this book refuses to take a rational approach on nutrition and look at the both sides of the spectrum in order to fit a (probably emotionally driven) Vegan narative. The most obvious example is the very little talk on fish and the cherry picked studies on meat that don't showcase the whole picture. (We have been eating meat for millions of years with little sign of meat derived cancers as an example, some papers claim that the increase in cancers is due to the increase in polyunsaturated fats in combination with meat consumption.)

I would truly love to regard this book as a great resource for nutrition guidelines but even though this book contains great information on the benefits of incorporating whole foods and plants in your diet, I can't do this due to the obvious Vegan propaganda that avoids studies that don't fit the narrative.

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Game Changer

This book made me question many food beliefs I've held for 2 decades. Would recommend this book to anyone, already have my mum reading it! Can't go back to my old ways after this. Thank you Dr.

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Thank you! Wondeful!

I miss the book already! I'll listen to it again in 1 year to make fully use of all the practical tips!

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Bias for vegetable only

Although the audio book has good information, the author has a strong bias for a vegetable-only diet and often uses weak arguments to support his narrative. For example, he will mention some issue with meat and then list examples relating to hotdog/ nugget consumption - of course hotdogs/nuggets are not a healthy choice, not because of the meat but other ingredients added.

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A must read!

Definitely the best book I’ve listened to regarding plant based diets. Michael explains it all so well.

And the banana ice cream is to die for!!!

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A Must Read for all

I love that it is evidence based.
I will absolutely give WFPB a try just like the final quote, “I don’t mind dying, just don’t want it to be my fault”
Thanks Dr Greger for your big contributions to all beings

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The Ultimate Guide on what to eat and why

With a family filled with compromised immune systems, health issues and cancer genes, this book has equipped me to guide them to eat better and live a better and healthier life.

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Great Lifestyle Advice (with references to boot)

An awesome primer to start your journey to healthier, evidence-based eating. Definitely worth a listen but don't let your learning stop here

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Eat plants, plants plants

Very thorough and insightful book. Probably a bit overly long for what was at core a message to eat natural plant based foods.
The depth and studies back up the message and the careful effort to point out interest groups is interesting and adds weight to the argument.

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Thank you!

Best nutrition book I've read so far! I'm truly grateful and learnt a lot!

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  • ramin rad
  • 04-20-18

This book has changed my life!

I’ve listened to more than 300 audio books mostly about motivation, meditation, lifestyle change, health, nutrition etc. But this book by far is the best book I’ve ever listened to. I was thinking of cutting down on meat for the last 5 years and move to organic slowly. But after 2 hours of listening to this book I turned vegan. Yes, not only I quit meat, I quite eggs, dairy, fish oil, bone broth and anything that is animal based.
It’s amazing how much information food industry hide from people.
I’ve encouraged my family to cut down on meat, eat more fruit and vegetables and stop having all these supplements that cause more harm than good.
Thanks for sharing all these amazing honest valuable information.
I’m going to join the website and support it to make more people aware of this unhealthy food habit pandemic that kills our loved ones in the most cruel ways possible. All number one killers like heart attach, diabetes, cancers, strokes etc. are directly linked with nutrition particularly animal based products.
I normally don’t write reviews but I had to do this.
Thanks for changing my life. It took me 4 weeks to finish this book and I’m already feeling super healthier, skin looks amazing, acid reflux symptoms are reduced and it’s only going to get better.

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  • Kye
  • 10-13-18

It really works

I read this a month ago and I'm still not dead yet. Would recommend to anyone not wanting to die.

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  • Ross
  • 12-28-17

No PDF

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend anyone who is interested in nutrition or health.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael Greger

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

Watched his youtube videos. This is organised and portable.

Any additional comments?

Audible have not released the PDF referred to multiple times. Really poor from audible. Disappointing.

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  • 01-24-18

NO PDF

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Please audible release the PDF that comes with this book, it is mentioned so many times :(.

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  • Ula
  • 02-20-18

An entertaining encyclopaedia of nutrition

For someone who, back in my school days, was not able to digest any sort of scientific terms, this audiobook was suprisingly easy to listen to. Dr Greger is incredibly funny and it is a pleasure to learn from him. Not only can you find a lot of facts about nutrition, diet and all sorts of weird and wonderful scientific research, you can also laugh out loud.
I recommend this book to everyone who likes a bit of a fun fact and/or scientific research, to all the vegans or those advocating healthy eating, those who struggle with poor health, those who don’t want to age, those who want to have energy for their kids, the ones who consider food to be the best medicine and those who think modern medicine will help them out when they start aging. Anyone and everyone who cares about educating themselves even a tiny amount will enjoy “How not to die” because it is a brilliant book!
Thank you Dr Greger for your “labour of love”!

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  • "c_warwick"
  • 03-25-18

Correlation is not causation

This guy promotes a vegan diet (even though he says he doesn’t, his website says otherwise).

Unprocessed animal products are fine to consume. The illnesses he’s listed are caused by metabolic disease which is caused by high insulin levels. If you follow his recommended diet, you’ll largely avoid such diseases but to say animal products are the cause is factually incorrect.

Processed foods and sugar are to blame.

His theory about eggs is utterly ridiculous, anyone with a brain will do their own research and come to the conclusion this guy is a vegan activist.

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  • P Browne
  • 01-29-18

Lifechanging

Pretty hard to fault. Not many books are literally life-changing, but this one is. This is not fluffy, hippy feel good stuff. it's hard science that spades on the facts until you would have to be a halfwit not to change the way you eat.

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  • tegan
  • 07-16-21

Don't bother it's cherry-picking science

Honestly couldn't get past the first couple of hours. I'm plant based and thoroughly agree that eating healthier diets with less animal products will keep us healthy, but this book just plain lies about it.

The first significant warning was when Gregor quotes a study saying that brazil nuts a month reduced cholesterol. Then went on to say that this was actually only one study saying this, and it was on only TEN patients. However then justified that since there was no bad outcome from doing this then we should start doing it anyways. THIS IS NOT SCIENCE.

It just got worse throughout. To the point where even when some science seemed legitimate, I was googling it anyways to check if he was presenting it properly. I found an article here which outlines all of the poor science he's chosen where he's selecting the studies to suit his agenda.
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-not-to-die-review#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2

The intent is there, but you need to present the science correctly otherwise I don't know what to believe. Waste of money.

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  • ANDREW NORRIS
  • 05-03-18

A Vegan Manifesto

This book should really be titled "A Vegan Manifesto - selective evidence based partizan view of food and health". What's the main cause of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes? Sugar surely has something to do with it? Apparenty not - meat is the culprit.

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  • S
  • 02-01-18

should be posted to everyone to read

if you only read one book, make it this one. It might not make you change your diet, but it will certainly make you see what you eat in a new light.

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  • Kman
  • 03-28-19

To much pseudo science

The major criticism i have of this book is that if a medical study only includes 10 people then the data is too poor to draw a conclusion from.

I feel like the authors have drawn the conclusion (don't eat meat) and then just spent there days searching for information of ANY standard to support his theory. If you are search for an objective and fact based summary of the best knowledge out there you have come to the wrong place.

There is some great information in here, but the author repeatedly blows his credibility with silly data. Could have been an amazing book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-16-18

An excellent debate of both sides of the fence

Michael provides excellent pro and con examples for every chapter as well as any possible cause and effect examples.. any debate or argument you could raise he is one step ahead and explains everything. this book is an amazing investment for your health and there is no gimmicks or selling.. just natural food to feed the body and soul.

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  • Karen
  • 08-17-19

Fascinating, useful and entertaining

Michael Greger is an entertaining presenter of this really interesting piece of work. Best of all, Michael supplies a list of items to add to your diet. Life changing advice. Thanks Michael and Gene your great work.

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  • michelle Fischer
  • 02-19-18

food for thought

I struggled through this one from time to time, with all the talk of death in the first section, & nutrition information that was at times contrary to what i have learned from other sources. Still, it's good (if not confusing and overwhelming) to get alternate information on the 'facts', & i will continue to endeavour to learn more.

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  • Ben
  • 01-24-18

Oversold vegan agenda

It’s a shame this author has oversold his agenda to hate all animal products. I’m sure there are many good facts in this book, however, to sell his message he quotes extreme circumstances and not “the normal”. Example, not all meat is covered in urine and faeces germs and not all pigs are raised in 6feet square pens. This creates mistrust for me now I am not sure what his real facts and exaggerated points are.
A fairer and less bias opinion backed by real facts would create more trust in the content for me. I am left uncertain of what to believe.
Also, most farmers I know care deeply about the well being of their animals from paddock to plate and are not the bullies this book depicts.

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  • Isaac Hernández
  • 11-03-19

Enlightening and reinforcing

This was an easy to believe narrative of facts and scientific results evidence from an unbiased perspective. When it comes to chicken, it may feel a little excessive aversion, but in fact, it is about the human processes and flawed ways of breeding and handling poultry which makes chicken a not so good option.

I made drastic changes on my diet and had my wife and two kids accompany me into the journey since more than 5 years ago, although I had some personal experience and heaps of websites, magazines, articles, online courses, scientific publications, nutritionist consultations and chats on what, what for, when, and how often to eat in my knowledge assets, I found the content of this book extremely valuable.

Worthy to be listened or read from the beginning to the very end and, even to be revisited on any section you want to clarify to take it into practice.

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  • Nicholas
  • 11-01-19

Great Read!

Th audiobook is so informative, Dr. Greger backs up his claims wirh countless studies. Food preparation techniques are also shared. I like how he reads. It is great his philosophy of devolving the profits from the book to charity. He deserves a donation to fund his not for profit website nutrition.org!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-20

VITAL

This book should be an essential read for EVERYONE, Dr Greger’s findings are evidence based and well researched and his message is clear and easy to understand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-20

Life changing

Loved the book. Certainly changes the way you view nutrition. Enjoyed hearing Dr. Greger explain the science, his life stories, experiences and good humour. Highly recommend it.

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  • Gary
  • 04-10-20

The Best

Loved it start to finish. my nutritional bible. Very practical, fact and science based research on food.

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