About the Book

From the physician behind the wildly popular website Nutrition Facts, 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 Nutrition Facts, examines the 15 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 15 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.

About the Author

Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues. He runs the popular website NutritionFacts.org, a nonprofit, science-based public service providing free daily videos and articles on the latest in nutrition research. Dr. Greger also proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

About the Reviews

I bought this book in January 2016, after hearing an interview with Dr. Greger on a podcast. At first I found it hard to read, but not because it difficult or confusing, but because it was changing everything I thought I knew about food. I had lost 45 lbs already by eating "healthier." I stopped reading about 1/3 way through and then continued my "healthy lifestyle." This included lots of prepackaged "health" foods and shakes. Lots of sugar and oil too.

In March of 2016 I started to get a rash on my face. Psoriasis. I've never had it before but it quickly spread to other parts of my body. By May 2016 I was miserable with my rash and still sitting at 204 lbs, despite my healthy lifestyle and consuming 1500 calories a day. I decided something must be going on in my body, why was it attacking itself? Why wouldn't my psoriasis clear up, despite the creams my doctor prescribed?

I went back and started the book "How Not to Die" again in late May 2016. By Mid June I had fully adopted his diet and now in September 2016 I will never look back. I'm down 30 more lbs, my skin is finally clearing up, and I have so much energy! This book has changed my life and my only wish is it cost less so I could buy a copy for all of my friends!

Update: 7/2017

I've been eating this way for a year now and I could never go back. I'm 36 and feel better than I ever did in my 20's. I'm down over 50lbs in a year- see update pic below!

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I started with the audio book and after that I had to buy the paper book so that I could highlight and mark up all the amazing points. I love that the last 1/6 of the book is citations of the studies and articles he pulled his information from so I can reference the source. Some people complained about his voice and the way he reads/speaks but I found it interesting and engaging. I have since sent this book as gifts to all of my family and many friends to share this gift of health. I feel amazing now following his daily dozen recommendations and my food is so much more flavorful with all the new spices and herbs.

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This book details the connection between our food and many diseases. I myself have prostrate cancer, stage 4 with bone metastasises. I was given less than a year to live at diagnosis. My conventional meds had stopped working, my cancer markers had steadily increased for the last 4 months when I read this book. I followed the recommended diet of no more processed foods, no animal products, such as dairy, eggs and meats. This was a drastic change for me. Within about twelve weeks my five metastatic areas became inactive, my cancer markers returned to normal, my blood values returned to normal, my previous borderline high blood pressure became excellent. I feel good, I have no more pain and I look healthy. Personally I don't need any more scientific proof to tell me I am on the right track. Is it easy? .... No! But I have a five year old daughter and a wife, and i need to be here a little longer. I am not claiming I am cured. I continue my conventional treatments, but I am also changing my diet, and I have started a one hour per day exercise program. The way I understand things now, I see that we are giving ourselves these terrible diseases, by eating stuff we aren't supposed to. In the process we are lining the pockets of some companies with billions of dollars. We have to understand that these industries are getting rich off our backs. I can only recommend reading this book, following the advice and if not saving your own life, at least you will make it a lot better.

Product Info

Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Flatiron Books; 1 edition (December 8, 2015)
Language: English
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 3,007 customer reviews

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