This is a summary of How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Gregor MD and Gene Stone.
The book reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death. In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top 15 causes of death, this summary 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.
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 NutritionFacts.org, 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.
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I have not read the actual book that this summarizes. However, the content appears to be well covered in an organized way. For example, this summary numbers the points within a chapter so you can easily follow the logic. I feel like I learned the main nutritional points that I can easily refer back to in this summary for reference without slogging through the whole book. I would keep this on my bookshelf. I have also read another summary of the same book and feel that this summary is a bit more detailed while still being a summary.
I was motivated to go to the book author's website and listen to more in depth information via video chapters. After reading this summary, I was motivated to try a vegan diet (again) for the health benefits and so far I have stayed with it for one week. I am already familiar with vegetarian foods and I don't do dairy and gluten so not that hard a switch for me. Sticking with it will be the challenge as I love chicken.
Comparison of readers/narrators performance: While I prefer the organizational structure of this summary, I prefer the reader's performance in the other summary. This narrator sounds like he is reading a script and mispronounced a couple key words (e.g., saying "casual" instead of "causal"). It was not a big deal though. I would still recommend this summary slightly over the other one, maybe because I read this one first. They both do a good job.
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