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Too many numbers

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-02-2019

This is a very well-researched book but the constant bombardment of numbers, stats and facts makes it difficult to read or to retain much of the information presented. Would possibly be more accessible as a physical rather than audio book.

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Sketchy science

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-02-2019

Some good information, particularly towards the beginning of the book. However, the author relied heavily on anecdotes and personal experience with clients for many of his assertions. One need only look at the evidence (e.g., a high quality meta analysis of the available literature from Cochrane) to determine that his claims of, for example, gluten-free diets curing or significantly improving symptoms of Autism and ADHD, are not supported by the preponderance of evidence to date. Read carefully and with a critical eye - extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

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Good but not as good as podcast

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Reviewed: 24-11-2018

Esther is always interesting to listen. I love her free podcast series, but unfortunately this book felt like leftovers stitched together from that rather than a standalone book that provided value over and above her free content.

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Fantastic book

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-06-2018

Nietzsche dives into the collective human subconscious, removes the basic ideas of human experience and rewrites them with elegance and flare. Although his writing style is a little poetic and difficult to grasp at first, his insights into society and human behaviour are still relevant today. I initially found the narrator a little irritating but soon realised he was perfect for the style and time period in which the book was written. This is a book you’ll want to read twice!

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Good info, slightly annoying narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 25-04-2018

Any additional comments?

Eric and Jimmy provide some good info. However, I would have liked them to discuss chemical sweeteners and sugar alcohols more in depth as this can be confusing for those beginning a keto diet (i.e., sweeteners like Maltitol are marketed in "sugar free" products but actually have relatively high glycemic indexes and produce effects on blood sugar similar to other carbohydrates). Jimmy's voice was also quite irritating, especially in conjunction with the additional sound effects (e.g., bells). I would have preferred a different narrator.

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An excellent study on the subject of veganism

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-03-2018

Lierre does a great job bringing together the various “inconvenient truths” surrounding vegetarianism and veganism. The book is well organised, thorough but concise, and the overall story is punctuated by interesting facts and tangible evidence (useful for those persuaded only by sound arguments and not emotion). However, while I do understand her wish to provide a comprehensive overview of the issue by linking her argument to feminist ideologies (i.e., patriarchy’s overarching influence on our food supply; see approximately 2:23:30 for an example) and spirituality (i.e., discussions around the consciousness of plants), I felt that this was potentially confusing or irrelevant to the reader and took away from the main thesis of the book. Overall, an excellent read (or listen).