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How Not to Die

Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease
Narrated by: Michael Greger
Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

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

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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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Super Helpful!

Even if you're a carnivore and you disagree with everything he says - It's not about converting you. It's about educating you so you think critically about whether your food is poison or medicine.

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Enriching!

Loved this book! Dr. Gerber's humorous naration makes for easy listening and easy retention of the many facts he provides. An absolute eye opener! Excellent!

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Outstanding!

Possibly the most important book you can read. After all, anything in life is founded in being alive and well to experience it.

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Best book ever

Detailed, research based, nicely written and easily understood. Shows you the key for healthy life.

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Amazing, highly recommended

Great author and narrator as well. Thank you for your hard work. Amazing volume of information

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Holy grail of health information

All you need is this one book, and this one man Dr. Micheal Greger for all the answers in your quest for a healthy living.

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I wish I read this book when I was 20!!!

Unfortunately it did not exist...
Reading it now at 50 has changed my life for the better.

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Insightful , Humorous and Informative

I really enjoyed this book! It opened my eyes to new information, and challenged some of the information I previously had

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Magdalena Terech
  • 07-02-18

Few misstatements

Having read a fair share of publications on cholesterol and heart disease, it seems to me that some parts of the book pertaining to this topic are incorrect. Otherwise, an interesting read.

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  • Mark Daley
  • 01-24-18

Great book and highly recommended.

The wealth of knowledge put into this book is seriously impressive. This is an essential book for those who are looking to make the type of changes in their diet that will last them for the rest of their lives!

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  • Sam
  • 02-26-18

Everyone should read this book

No matter how well informed you think you are about nutrition, there's something new in here for you.

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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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  • 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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  • luke
  • 08-24-19

One of the best

I've listened to a lot of nutrition books. This is direct, well read and researched.
Plant based nutrition done properly will changed your life. Look no further than this book It is the most generous exploration of the topic. Thank you for your work Dr Greger!

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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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  • PURAN PRAJAPATI
  • 08-02-19

Telling Family and Friends How Not To Die is best way to Tell Them How to Live the Life

Awesome book!
It reinforces my belief that plant based diet is the nature’s way of nurturing our body and mind.
Lots of evidence based information on nutrition that makes sense.
Must have book for everyone who values meaning of Health is Wealth.
I also have How Not To Die Cook Book, lots of great delicious healthy hearty mouth watering recipes. Keep doing great work Mr. Greger and the team.

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  • Kirsten Hatch
  • 07-02-19

Good Advice

Lots of interesting information and some good recipe ideas. I think it will be good to refer back to.

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  • Troy
  • 04-30-19

outstanding

Detailed information backed by evidence that I believe could make a profound difference in any person's life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-27-19

Excellent Book

Information that every body should know for the health of their families & themselves. Well worth reading or listening to 😊🥦🍓

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  • Anika Rani
  • 04-26-19

Great knowledge but very detailed!

I loved this book it opened my eyes up about food and the body. Enjoyed the beginning and end more than the middle where he talks about every single body part which got a bit boring. But you can easily skip chapters as they are well all titled

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  • Linda
  • 04-09-19

The best health book. Seriously.

I have listened to this over and over again and will continue to do so. I want to be able to recall every single point from How Not To Die- it is such good information. If you want to die soon, definitely don’t buy this book. If you want to prolong your life- buy. Now. Put into practice. Now.