Monday, July 17, 2017

How Not to Die by Michael Greger, M.C.

I heard about Dr. Greger on the video What the Health and found his book How Not to Die at the local library. If you're serious about improving your health and making better diet choices, this book has everything you need.

Unfortunately, we get most of our health advice from our doctors and the health care system is run on a fee-for-service model. Doctors get paid for pills and procedures they prescribe. There is no financial incentive for recommending healthy eating and few medical schools offer nutritional training. In fact Dr. Greger states that the Medical Association has been strongly against nutritional training for doctors. It's up to you to educate yourself on healthy living. Dr. Greger notes that most deaths are related to what we eat and are preventable. His book is broken down into separate chapters: How Not to Die from Heart Disease, How Not to Die from Digestive Cancers etc.

The bottom line is that the American diet is bad (processed food and meat) and plant based diet is good.

Fiber protects the brain: Broccoli, cabbage, kale and cauliflower
Stroke reducing: Oranges
Reduce colon polyps: Turmeric (curcumin) and grapes Note: a trial of those eating 1/4 cup a day of beans cut their odds of polyps by 65%
Reduce cholesterol: 1 brazil nut a week
Greater bone and mineral density to prevent cancer: Beans, nuts, seeds (phylates)
Potassium: Green beans, sweet potatoes
Fight off infection: Kale and broccoli
Boost white blood cells against infection: Blueberries
Exercise: Boosts immune system
Boost antibody production: Mushrooms
Lower blood pressure: Flaxseed and hibiscus tea

But read the book, it's well worth reviewing.

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Any information in this blog should not take the place of medical advice from a professional. I am simply sharing my journey.