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How Not to Die: Foods to Prevent and Reverse Disease

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The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle, and in this New York Times Best Seller, How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-recognized lecturer, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of 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.

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 Dozena checklist of the twelve foods we should consume every day. Full of practical, actionable advice and surprising, cutting edge nutritional science, this doctor's orders are just what we need to live longer, healthier lives.

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 drugand 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.

"Michael Greger, M.D. scours the world's scholarly literature on nutrition for the most interesting, groundbreaking and practical new research. His work at NutritionFacts.org and in How Not To Die features the latest science on nutrition and health to show how to treat and prevent disease."
—Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of Eat to Live

"How Not To Die is one of the most important books on health ever written. Dr. Greger shows us how to prevent and sometimes reverse all the major diseases that are killing us. We have the genetic potential to live disease-free lives full of health and vitality until we are past 100. This book is the scientific road map we need to do exactly that."
—John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market

"The primary determinant of our health and well-being is what we eat and how we live. In this extraordinary and empowering book, Dr. Michael Greger explains why. Highly recommended." 
— Dean Ornish, M.D., author of The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease

Table of Contents:

  • How not to die from heart disease
  • How not to die from lung diseases
  • How not to die from brain diseases
  • How not to die from digestive cancers
  • How not to die from infections
  • How not to die from diabetes
  • How not to die from high blood pressure
  • How not to die from liver diseases
  • How not to die from blood cancers
  • How not to die from kidney disease
  • How not to die from breast cancer
  • How not to die from suicidal depression
  • How not to die from prostate cancer
  • How not to die from Parkinson's disease
  • How not to die from iatrogenic causes
  • Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen
  • Beans
  • Berries
  • Other fruits
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Flaxseeds
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Herbs and spices
  • Whole grains
  • Beverages
  • Exercise

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