Any program promising better health is only as good as the work you put into it, but Ultraprevention authors Mark Liponis and Mark Hyman, co-directors of medicine at Canyon Ranch, have designed their program so that not everyone must follow every little detail to the letter. Their six-week program is divided into three stages, but you can decide which suggestions will help speed you towards your goals. They begin by simplifying illness and reducing the various causes to five possible categories: Burnout (metabolism), Heat (inflammation), Rust (presence of free radicals or absence of antioxidants), Sludge (nutrition), and Waste (poor detoxification). These five categories are individually complex, but it's not at all difficult to find a few simple steps to take in the direction of healthier living. Some choices--filtering drinking water via reverse osmosis, improving your sleeping habits, or choosing specific supplements to add to your daily regimen--are quick and painless. Others, such as weaning yourself off prescription medications (like anti-inflammatories) and replacing the drugs with micronutrients, are best done in consultation with your own physician. Balancing general suggestions with a deep understanding that people vary greatly in their habits, Liponis and Hyman present a range of possibilities for every age and level of fitness while simultaneously addressing the specific needs of particular illnesses. While the terminology is potentially overwhelming to total novices in complimentary medicine, the book offers clear and excellent possibilities for those who are willing to look outside the box for improved health. --Jill Lightner
Two physicians unveil a revolutionary, accessible, science-based, patient-centered program for living an active, age-defying, disease-free life. Healthcare is pulled and shaped by many forces, by drug and insurance companies looking for profits, by politicians in search of votes, and by stressed, overworked physicians who barely have time to talk to you before writing a prescription or packing you off to a specialist. So is anyone interested in keeping you well? Yes. Created by two physicians who both survived catastrophic illness, the Ultraprevention program will work for absolutely everyone -- old, young, healthy, sick, or somewhere in between. The promise of its practice is huge -- a health span that matches life span -- and you'll experience increased energy, weight loss, enhanced mood and memory, better digestion, deeper sleep, diminished stress, and more. Ultraprevention is the new science of staying healthy, an innovative program that shatters the myths of today's "fix-the-broken-parts" medicine. These myths -- drugs cure disease, genes determine your fate, getting older means aging, fat is a four-letter word -- are actually believed by many doctors and are keeping you sick. Ardent general practitioners, Drs. Hyman and Liponis reject the current healthcare system of specialists paid to find something wrong, specialists who don't consider how their "cure" for one ailment affects the entire body. Working outside the managed care model at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, Hyman and Liponis break free of the vicious quick-fix prescription cycle and formulate a program that identifies and eliminates the cause of disease instead of just masking symptoms. Isolating the source of more than 90 percent of today's most common diseases, from cancer and heart disease to diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer's, they enumerate the Five Forces of Illness -- Sludge (malnutrition), Burnout (impaired metabolism), Heat (inflammation), Waste (impaired detoxification), and Rust (oxidative stress). Through the practice of the six-week Ultraprevention program, you'll learn three simple steps -- each only two weeks long -- that stop these forces and create a lifetime of good health by removing allergens, infections, and toxins from the body and environment; repairing the body through personalizing nutrition, boosting the immune system, and balancing hormones; and recharging with stress management, sleep restoration, and gentle movement. So stop falling for the myths that make you sick and start Ultraprevention, the powerful plan to get older without aging, to maintain health for all of life.
Great book This is an excellent book. It is what it promises - to make you healthy for life. One step at a time....more info
Best book to read for staying healthy! I have read many books on how to stay healthy, and by far, this is the best book that I have read on the subject. I suggest that anyone who is interested in taking control of their health destiny to sit down and absorb what these two very informed doctors have written on the subject. We need more doctors who, "look outside the box," and desire to educate people as Dr. Hyman and Dr. Liponis have undertaken with their wonderful and enlightening book. It is a must read for everyone!...more info
Ultra-prevention Ultra-Prevention is a good supplement to Mark Hyman's UltraSimple Diet and The Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook. Ultra-Prevention explains in detail how poor diet and nutrition cause illness. A must for the personal library of anyone who wants to get healthy and stay healthy. Mark Hyman, M.D. explains how to detox and lose weight, while literally eating your way to health....more info
Health Care Solutions Every congress person and the president should read this book if we are to change our health care system.
Western medicine treats the human body only as parts (like a car) not as parts belonging to our body as a whole. Our digestive system is the engine which nourishes our whole body, including our brain. The FDA has been infiltrated by the food and drug industry and therefore permitted the addition of too much sugar in just about every thing we buy. Sugar is as adictive as cigarettes. The food pyramid is based on grains all loaded with sugar and corn syrup, which plays havoc with our insulin levels. Try finding breads or cereals without added sugars. We have an epidemic of diabetes. If we are to fix our health care system we need to approach it as Dr Hyman does.
Most doctors are not trained in nutrition, this book will help all of us to understand and listen to our body in a constructive healing way.
A must read if you want to get off expensive pills and live happily ever after.
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Not the best-laid plan Lots of sensible if familiar advice--eliminate sugar, white flour, processed foods, saturated fats. At times a bit extreme--install a reverse osmosis water filter, keep pets out of the bedroom, take your shoes off before tracking lead into the living room, be suspicious of the mercury all around you, be careful of all the toxins on golf courses.
What's disappointing is the so-called "plan," which is more of an encyclopedic, overwhelming listing of do's, don't's, and cautionaries at the end of the book, about as specific and focused as the U.S. plan to get in and out of Iraq. If you're looking to take your marching orders from a program that's clear, focused, and systematic, look elsewhere....more info
Sound Information; Great Guidelines; Great Checklists.... This is a special book because it has extensive information about a variety of causes for health problems, and how to correct the situation. It tells you how to make changes to prevent problems. It tells you how to get tests performed to see where you are at with certain risk factors--this was particularly useful because some assessments are not "traditional" enough for the average doctor to immediately know how to get the test done and you'll need to know what labs do them. The food lists are excellent, to let you know what is best, next best, least good.... A ton of useful information from reputable authors, about health issues that are important but often undervalued by mainstream. A very interesting and useful book. Also highly recommended with this book is "Effortless Wellbeing: The Missing Ingredients for Authentic Wellness" by Evan Finer. Effortless Wellbeing will provide a concise program of mental and physical exercises, and some potent principles, to help you further your overall wellness....more info
E-book version & Hardcover It is easy to read and full of real-life applications. Much of the information and science is available elsewhere, but this book is an easy way to begin planning a healthy lifestyle. The hardcover and softcover versions have been given as gifts, if that confirms my endorsement! The ebook version travels with me on my PDA. Amazon had problems with the download, initially, and it took a week of whining from me, but eventually it worked. All-in-all, Ultraprevention has sage advice and is a fast read!...more info
A life saver While you wait for a referral from your primary physician take a look at Ultraprevention. It might be the only referral you need....more info
Ultra-Prevention This book is full of an amazing amount of information that will open up anyones eyes to start taking better care of themselves. I highly recommend it and say to you all please, please, please don't leave your health for chance. Educate yourself, start to make the changes necessary to be healthy for life! Reading and utilizing the information provided in Ultra-Prevention is a best way to start in my opinion. Excellent Book!!! Enjoy....more info
A way to attain and retain health Excellent book. Opened my eyes to many things about our medical system. Why do doctors only treat our symptoms and not try to find the root causes? I have Hypothyroidism, but have no idea why. One benefit of reading this book was I talked to my doctor about why I was still feeling crappy even though I have been taking Synthroid for three years. Turns out my T3 levels were low. I think I will live longer because I read this book....more info
So... you want to be well??? If you believe that medicines cure people, don't waste you time or money with this book.
If you know better, and realize that what you put into your body or withhold from your body is more likely the cause of health or illness, then this book is for you!!!
Now, don't let THIS statement scare you: you'll learn about your body from the cellular level and up. HOWEVER-- it's neither written over anyone's head, nor is it too simplistic as to lose your interest! It gives you the "whys" and the "hows" of making healthy decisions, and you'll not regret making them.
The plan is easy to understand, and easy to apply-- definately "do-able" as a LIFEstyle.
I HIGHLY recommend this book if you want to be well. ...more info
Book that'll change your life I've had medical probs. for years. I've gone everywhere, even the Mayo Clinic. All the drs. I've seen could admit that something was wrong with me, my blood work was all wrong, my symptoms couldn't be mimicked, but they had no idea what was wrong with me. I watched Dr. Hyman one night on PBS. I went out the next day and got this book. It's saved my life. I've done everything to a tea and so far so good. I'm no longer bed ridden and since I've changed my life according to Dr. Hyman (4 weeks ago) I've only had a reoccurance of symptons 3 times! This book is great and informative. I recommend it for everyone!...more info
Great book but it makes me wonder... This is truly a great book that I think just about everybody should read. However, like another review said, it's nothing new. The advice for healthy living has been around for decades in the natural healing (read books by Norman Walker, Dr. Richard Schulze, Bernard Jensen) community and probably for thousands of years for practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It's funny how the medical community acts as if nothing is real until a doctor or scientist claims to have discovered it. Which leads me to my number one criticism of this book (which you could argue is not really a fault of the book at all).
What in the world do they teach people in med school? I'm dumbfounded by how completely clueless some of the doctors are in the anecdotal stories in the book. Don't get me wrong, for trauma surgery and other such emergencies the modern medical profession is truly amazing. However, for degenerative disease they are worse than useless. The book states that the 3rd leading cause of death in the US is medical treatment. I would also say this is a little unfair to the medical profession because most people who get to the point of needing such treatment have already dug 90% of their own grave through poor lifestyle choices.
Having said all that, I think this is a great book because it describes in detail what's wrong with the current mostly drug based approach to treating disease and also tells you what to do about it. It also has a message of recommending that YOU take responsibility for your own health instead of just handing all your power over to your doctor, preacher, favorite health guru, etc. and expecting to magically get well. The authors of this book are doing a great thing with their practice and also by spreading the word about healthy living and for this I am grateful. I'll probably even buy a couple more copies of this book to give as gifts to people I know who need it.
Finally!! I've always believed too many Americans use medications WAY too much and a lot of times they are unnecessary. This book helps you adopt a healthier style of eating and living that will keep you from having to use unnecessary medications. (This in no way means people who have specific medications (like insulin for diabetics) should stop taking them)....more info
This book could also save your life IF YOU READ IT. Notice how the previous review, "This book could also kill you", begins. "If this book is meant to persuade you to stop taking important medications..." It is obvious that this person hasn't read the book. The reviewer is speculating what the book might say. How about actually reading the book before posting your prejudices, friend? Doctors Hyman and Liponis were on the TODAY show today and had a lengthy segment in which to give a clear overview of the book. They were able to discuss their previous illnesses and why there is a problem with treating symptoms without regard for discovering and treating the cause. This is the reality of pharmeceutically indoctrinated doctors. Many will be offended by this message. In a real sense, there is a religious war being waged against complimentary practitioners by conventional doctors who cherish their beliefs and don't want to be confused facts that threaten establishment thinking. This is precisely what happened to Dr. Atkins, once branded a quack, and why it took sooooo long to eke out the gains in credibility his findings deserve. It is now being assimiliated into the mainstream because the facts can no longer be refuted. But make no mistake, he had a religious war on his hands, which is always the case when you go against the establishment powers-that-be....more info
Ultra Prevention Great price buying it online. Purchased for a friend and she was very pleased....more info
AJ This book helped explain how I make my life more healthy and the reasons why I should make certain changes in my diet....more info
Must have! Dr's Liponis & Hyman explain bodily processes in a simple, easy to understand way and inspire you to take your health in hand and improve your life!! ...more info
Taking responsibility for one's own health Don't believe all the hooey the government tells you in their "pyramid", etc. This book will break you out of the box and teach the true principles necessary to restore your health, vitality and energy. It's smart, science based but not above the understanding of the average individual. Forget all the garbage you've been taught about all the weird diets out there. This is truth. ...more info
If I could give this book 10 stars I would... After hearing about this book and its authors I felt it would be helpful in my search to take better care of my family's health. My expectations were low to say the least. It has, however, become one of the most influential books/studies of my life. I very quickly went online and purchased an additional 6 books to give to friends and family. Everyone should know what these men are trying to tell us. The book is written in common sense English, and gives very moving examples of how others have come to benefit from their studies and practice. It has forever changed the way I look at oils, fats, sugars, carbs, and dairy - especially dairy! You will be doing yourself the greatest favor to buy this book and read it right away. Good reading, and good health....more info
A Ten-Star Book I've never read such a fascinating, informative, useful medical/health/self-help book in my life! I am totally inspired to try some of the suggestions in this manual to change my health and my life. Forget all the rest - this is the one to read and absorb....more info
Really Opens your Eyes This book explains in very easy to understand detail why the current medical system is not patient friendly. It does not know how to treat chronic illness very well if at all. Many doctors have tunnel vision and treat so many of their patients like one size fits all. I have multiple health issues that are definitely improved by a good diet and the right supplements. The nutritonal info is terrific. I knew much of the information already, but it is great to see it reinforced by these authors. A must read for anyone wanting to improve their health and wellness. The whole foods concept is what I grew up on and it is something we all need to get back to. I am on a journey to better health, and this book will definitely give me some good info to use....more info
THIS BOOK COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!! I realize that's a big statement. It's a true one, however. Ultraprevention is a remarkable philosophy that can help you move from feeling so-so to terrific without an enormous amount of work. It's really more about a change in your attitude. The doctors feel that there are five forces that can destroy your health; they lucidly and concisely explain what each one is and then go on to tell you exactly what you need to do to overcome them. In the back of the book is an extensive list of possible changes you can make to ensure a disease-free life. Yes, it is a long list. But if you read the book carefully, you'll see that you don't have to adhere to each one. You decide. You pick what makes most sense for you. I doubt even the world's healthiest person could do all of it. Do what makes sense, and profit from it!...more info
Absolutely LIFE CHANGING The concept of Ultraprevention can save your life! I was full of pain and fatigue before implementing this advice......more info
Get Well for Good If you'd like to get off your prescription medications, break free from fatigue, and experience true wellness, read Ultraprevention... then follow the six-week path to good health. Full of stories about real people, the book is interesting and engaging... an easy weekend read.
Authors Hyman and Liponis are both U.S.-trained physicians who write frankly about the strengths and weaknesses of our "health care" system. One is a cancer survivor, cured by the drugs and surgery of Western medicine, who was left wondering how he could ever have gotten so sick in the first place. The other had a knee that was deemed unfixable by Western medicine, but he found a cure through Chinese remedies. Both came out of their experiences determined to find a better approach for their patients.
After reading this book, I'm convinced that our "health care" system is really a "sick care" system, because of the way it isolates and treat illnesses rather than seeking to treat the root cause of our problems. Of course, we have a capitalist health care industry in which the profits come not from healing people, but from treating them. And we live in a quick-fix culture. And most of our food is tainted with pesticides, antibiotics, and artificial hormones. That can't be good. (As if all that disgusting information on mad cow disease isn't enough!)
So I'm changing the way I'm buying and preparing food (no more hydrogenated anything ever!), I've joined a gym, and I'm already feeling lots better. My 10-year-old son is off steroids, and continues to show great improvement with acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy. Many "chronic" conditions really can be cured, and this book is a great start to finding out how. There really is a better way!...more info
Don't knock it till you've tried it. My husband and I transformed our life through Ultraprevention. And we've completed only part of what is recommended so far. We are gradually continuing on the path because it works. As patients of doctors Liponis and Hyman, it is hard to overstate their genuine caring and desire to help their patients live as fully as possible. How terrific that everyone can try their program through this book, not just those fortunate enough to be able to go to Canyon Ranch. The most important points we've learned from our experience: 1) Take charge of your own health. You cannot count on today's harrassed, malpractice-threatened, inappropriately incented doctors to do it for you. Even those with the best of intentions are hamstrung by the system. 2) The smallest steps in the right direction can bring significant rewards. The program is not overwhelming and complex when you think of it incrementally. Just take one bite at a time -- it's not an all or nothing exercise....more info
Liponis knows his stuff this is a fantastic book - i can tell you that the observations and insights mentioned, if applied, will add energy, enthusiasm as well as years to your life....do yourself a favor and not just buy the book....read and take action.......more info
Great book! The book was great, seemed to be new, in great condition and it came in the mail so quickly! ...more info
Great Book on Health Care Received this item it is like new it shipped quickly great price and I would shop from this seller again....more info
This book will save your life! What a fabulous book, and filled with easy to understand tips and advice you can immediately put to use. These 2 doc's make more sense than the US mint. And from their stories, they are living examples that you can survive cancer and chronic fatigue. I really like the list of "ten tests your doctor should be doing" and their whole philosophy that good health is more than just the absence of disease. Their six week plan seems do-able, and their stories about patients ring so true that I'm willing to give their plan a try. So phooey on SouthBeach and to heck with Atkins! Let common sense, good nutrition and reasonable exercise save my life and yours. The book is easy reading... and be sure to give it to a friend or loved one when you're done with it....more info
I have all his books... I am a registered dietitian. I knew Dr. Mark Hyman when I first listened to his lecture on PBS channel. I love his speech. He explains well how nutrients function in our bodies. Since then I have all his books. I learn a lot from his book from medical points of view and that help me when I give nutrition education to my clients. However; he doesn't agree everything claimed by American Dietitian Association such as food guide pyramid, so you have to be careful how to address it when you do the counseling yourself if you are a RD....more info
Ultraprevention: The 6-week plan Interesting book, makes alot of sense in regarding your own health. I've passed it on to several friends. Definitely worth the read....more info
Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy This book has made a huge difference in the way I look at health. This easy-to-read book makes me feel empowered to take my health into my own hands, as opposed to being at the mercy of doctors who may simiply put a band-aid on the problem. I find the book extremely helpful in defining how to go to the source of my health issues, and be proactive to reverse them. I now know how to eat healthily and adopt a lifestyle that will allow me to minimize my health issues and increase my longevity. This book has changed my life! Thank you Dr. Liponis and Dr. Hyman!...more info
Ultraprevention Very practical book with excellent suggestions. It was broken down into very explicit chapters with excellent recommendations and very good eye-openers....more info
Agreed...A fine book, but Nothing new! First, I must in large measure agree with Justus Pendelton's "All good stuff but nothing new". Having read the book and watched an interview of Dr. Liponis on TV ;-), I find his approach utilizing an integrated holistic approach to health refreshing.
But here are a few general comments about the book and about the characteristic reviews regarding it:
1) Dr. Liponis, in the book and in interviews makes frequent reference to many very specialized tests of which few are aware (including many doctors! - just ask them!). These were critical in identifying various maladies that he and other's then proceeded to attempt to remedy. These tests are mentioned with some reverance and credited with being a critical factor in identifying significant maladies. So....aside from the 'readily accepted' modern recommendations of exercise, a low glycemic index diet high in fiber, low in poly & saturated fats, fish 2x a week, and portion control while minimizing refined and chemical additives - a regimen that anyone who has been even vaguely aware should already know, there is no reference to what tests are recommended for a proper screening or diagnosis of existing maladies. To be a bit sarcastic, we are left on our own regarding the area about which the author repeatedly makes significant and frequent reference! Oh well.....
2) My other comment, which is not really one about the book!, is about the myriad reviewers who rate this book based on whether it conflicts, reinforces and validates their own previously held convictions!
Unfortunately the book is not rated on whether it provides new insight or grounds for expansive thought or even if it challenges previous popularly accepted notions. And with all due respect, such a review review is of little value, as it provides no insight into the book itself. And to amplify this a bit, if the book simply validates one's previously held opinions, but adds little additional insight or practical application, the book indeed offers "good stuff but nothing new". And this in itself is NOT a reason to add this book to one's bookshelf, as it contributes little substance to the discussion at hand. Rather, it constitutes a review akin to one saying their blind date was "nice" or has a "nice personality"! While not a denouncement, neither is it a hearty endorsement!
All in all, the book is fine if it is the only book you will read on the subject. But if you are familiar with the current basic 'wellness' concepts and looking for an enlargement of your understanding and a regiment of additional applied means by which to achieve this, I would suggest looking elsewhere....more info
All good stuff but nothing new I give this book a low rating not because anything in it is bad per se, only that there is nothing all that great in it either. It is broken into three sections. The first two basically discuss their theory of disease along with anecdotes from their practice. While all of this is certainly interesting you're probably reading this book for its practical application to your life. So a story about someone's drug interaction and how the doctor's diagnosed it isn't particularly relevant unless you happen to have the same weird biochemistry that that patient had.
The third section contains the practical applications of everything they've talked about up to this point and this is where the disappointment sets in. I have two complaints:
One, in the previous two sections they mentioned numerous medical tests (e.g. checking homocystein levels or measuring metabolic performance) as being useful for diagnosing your overall health. Yet in this section there is no mention of these tests. Which ones should I ask my doctor to perform? How often should I have them performed?
Two, and this is the killer, nothing they have to say is new or different. Almost the same exact advice regarding diet and exercise is contained in my 10 year old copy of a book by the guy who did Abs of Steel. If you haven't paid *ANY* attention to health and diet literature over the past decade then what they have to say might be new to you and so the book is useful for that. But at this point you can pick up most diet and nutrition books that aren't focused on a single fad diet and they'll contain the same advice: exercise (both aerobic and resistance) regularly, watch out for foods with a high glycemic index, cut out sugars, caffeine, and alcohol, minimize your animal and large fish protein and fat consumption, avoid overly processed foods, eat lots of colorful vegetables high in antioxidants, get plenty of sleep, lower your stress, laugh, enjoy life.
Yes, their plan will make you healthier if you can follow it. But their plan isn't any different from what most health books have been suggesting for at least a decade and most people haven't been following their advice.
There is nothing *wrong* with this book and if you aren't familiar with modern diet, exercise, and nutrition advice it is a fine place to start. But if you are familiar with such things you won't find anything new in here that you can apply to your life....more info
One of the most up to date nutrition books This is a very well written book that breaks things down into simple terms for a "novice nutritionist" like myself. It offers clear and concise explanations of the points they're trying to get across. They're also not one sided. They don't bash the current medical establishment. They offer a new direction to go in when concerned about your health and quality of life. It has truly changed my life....more info
What your doctor may not know about your long term health I found this book to be extremely helpful. It outlines health issues in a very easy to understand way and gives great tips on tests you can ask for when you visit your doctor that will help you determine how to manage your long term health. The author makes a great case for preventing disease rather than dealing with it in crisis mode. He does a very through job explaining how all you body systems need to work together to create a healty life.
I have started following his program and have never felt better!...more info
Good for Tidbits This book is a mixed bag. On the good side the early pages were excellent and informative. The first chapter is a health myth test. There was a lot I didn't know and I was drawn in. Then the first half goes into the health care myths and why they aren't true. Informative stuff. And it is the first book I have seen to dispense with the illusion that your doctor and health care provider are going to look out for you -- and be blunt about it.
But the second half got lazy. The authors started contradicting themselves; ie. don't diet you will lose muscle mass; but then saying a few chapters later to eat less as many studies had concluded that eating less was healthy for you. They say eat less in one sentence and then spend chapters telling you to eat more. Eat more veggies; fruit; more fish; more nuts.
They keep telling you that mainstream doctors won't listen and that mainstream doctors won't run unnecessary tests. Then they ask you to go get unnecessary (to many doctors) tests. Um right. How can I get the tests they want me to get if I have to go to my doctor to get them? So the entire basis of this book relies on a doctor being willing (and my insurance being willing) to pay for the tests that they admit doctors don't see value in at this time. They keep referring to what they do at Canyon Ranch -- well sorry we can't all be your patients.
Then they keep telling you about things that are bad for you, such as mercury poisoning, but not telling you in detail how to cure it or treat it. Well isn't that why I bought the book?
The final chapters are an ill-organized mess of saying the same thing over and over and over until you can't tell why you are doing what. I am pretty sure that *throw in everything but the kitchen sink* was what they were aiming for.
So, I am glad I purchased the book because it does have some good things in there that I didn't hear before (did you know that eating slow helps heal your stomach lining?), but I will have to go through it at few times and cut it down to the things that are most important in my life and that I can reasonably do.
This book could also kill you. If this book is meant to persuade you to stop taking important medications, then this book could kill you. There are so many dangerous books out there on the market that are published just to make money for their authors. Please please please consult your doctor before you follow any of the recommendations of this book....more info
Ultraprevention Finally, a health book that makes sense to me, that is exceptionally lucid and intelligently written. In the early pages when I went through those 10 provocative multiple choice questions, and then read on page 26 the debunking of 17 medical platitudes, and further read some eye brow raising myth stuff about doctors (having my own internist in mind) I knew I'd got my moneys worth. This book should remain in view on any health conscious person's coffee table...more info
Requires too many life changes to be practical After reading this book I was extremely depressed. The advice the author gives would require so many life changes that it is not practical. So I am back to the "everything in moderation" philosophy. I do not believe that most people would even attempt to follow this advice. I am not saying that the author isn't right. His program requires more changes than most people would be able to stick to....more info