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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
Categories: Non-fiction, Medicine
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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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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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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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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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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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Fantastic Book

Michael is a passionate professional who is comfortable challenging his profession in the true sense of “First do no harm” and let “food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”. He should be revered as one of the thought leaders around the whole food revolution. Anybody who values living a long and healthy life should read or listen to this book. Thanks Michael for helping guide the path of many to living the best life possible.

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A vegans selective bias of healthy eating!

Some interesting dietary information, but as the author is committed to animal welfare issues one can only wonder how much pro meat eating research was left out of the book. Some of the claims of a pure plant based diet seem quite amazing.

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Gave me a new outlook on the way I eat

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator was easy to listen to, and the content was enlightening. Even though i have always concidered myself to follow a healthy diet, this gave alot of perspective from non-biased research on what to eat and what to avoid. Having recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, i will definitely use alot of the information gained from this book, as well as trying to follow a more whole-food plant based diet in order to future proof my health.

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Life Changing and Inspiring

incredibly informative, inspiring, engaging educational and fun to listen to. Will be reading this again!

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Fact based disease prevention through nutrition

Dr Gregor's presentation of the scientific studies available into leading causes of death is an eye-opener. There's information in this book that would help everyone on their journey to making healthier choices.

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Alternative title: how to live

It’s refreshing to read a health book that is based on facts and peer reviewed studies, and not an “influencer” trying to sell a fad diet. Definitely worth the read for anyone.

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  • Jess
  • 03-10-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-2020

A must read for everyone on the planet

What’s not to love about Dr Greger? He delivers a superbly researched text on the latest nutrition information in an entertaining and thought provoking way. Highly recommended

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  • Tudor
  • 08-01-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-2019

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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  • meruc
  • 17-07-2019

Best book ever

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

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  • Michaela Z.
  • 22-04-2019

Amazing, highly recommended

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-2018

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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  • ramin rad
  • 20-04-2018

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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  • Ula
  • 20-02-2018

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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  • Ross
  • 28-12-2017

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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  • Kye
  • 13-10-2018

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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  • S
  • 01-02-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-2018

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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  • P Browne
  • 29-01-2018

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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  • Mark Daley
  • 24-01-2018

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
  • 26-02-2018

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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  • B. Lafuente
  • 17-02-2018

Great content amazing narrator!!

Dr Greger is an amazing narrator, so entertaining that I didn’t mind the dozens of times I was told to eat greens to cure everything! The content is also so rich (it doesn’t just tell you to eat your greens) there is lots of useful information about specific plants, spices, fruits. It was a delight! I will miss you Doc!

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