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Review: How Not to Die by Michael Greger, M.D.

January 3rd, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

How Not to Die by Michael Greger

Source: Received as a Christmas gift

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publication date: December 8, 2015

Rating: ★★★★★

About the Book:

From the physician behind the wildly popular website, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

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, examines the fifteen 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 fifteen 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. Battling breast cancer? Consuming soy is associated with prolonged survival. Worried about heart disease (the number 1 killer in the United States)? Switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to prevent the disease but often stop it in its tracks.

In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top fifteen causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen — a checklist of the twelve 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.

My Thoughts:

I received this book for Christmas by my brother who said it was an eye opening read and he was seeing great results after trying to eat a more plant based diet for about 2 months. I was a little skeptical as I honestly can’t stand eating most vegetables which has always been my downfall in dieting but really this was an eye opening read. A lot of what’s written makes sense logically and the author writes in an easy to read method. He’s interesting and has a sense of humor. What appealed to me the most was that unlike other diet books I’ve read he doesn’t say you have to strictly adhere to this style of eating. He even says if eating straight broccoli or other vegetables means you won’t stick to it then go ahead and add a little bit of bacon bits or other flavoring if that gets you to eat more of the veggie. He also says you don’t have to give up your favorite foods, just try to add more of these veggies to your everyday diet.

Since starting this book I’ve tried to incorporate at least a few veggies into my diet and surprisingly it’s not as bad as I expected now that I broke from the mindset that I need to eat lots of salads. I’ve been tossing a handful of broccoli into other foods and barely notice the taste. I don’t think I’ll ever go entirely plant based but definitely a good book to get you to stop and think about what you eat.

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