How Not to Die, by Dr. Michael Greger

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You should read it if you…

  • want to know how to avoid the top 10 causes of death
  • have specific questions about any common diseases
  • want to know more about how a whole food plant based diet can improve your health
  • want a reference book to keep around in case someone asks you a questions about eating a vegan whole food plant based diet.

You will…

  • learn that in most cases the current top 10 leading causes of death are completely avoidable
  • go back and re-read sections to brush up on specific diseases and/or conditions
  • have references to hundreds of scientific papers supporting everything that is explained in the book
  • get practical insight and tips on how to apply all of this learning in your own life

How Not to Die is actually two books in one.  In part one each of the top leading causes of death are dissected, and the book basically explains everything that you can do to protect yourself from each cause.  It’s no surprise that diet and lifestyle are major contributors to the leading causes of death today.  They are mostly classified as lifestyle diseases, which means we cause them ourselves by living an unhealthy healthy promoting lifestyle, and at the same time, we can also avoid them by changing to a healthy and disease avoiding lifestyle.  The good news is that there is a common dominator that seems to help with everything, eating a plant based whole food diet!

Everything in this book is 100% scientifically backed, and the references are all included for deeper reading.

In Part two of the book Dr. Greger gives practical information and tips, beyond the scientific facts, to show how his scientific findings can be translated into our daily lives.  If you want to know how many greens, how much turmeric, or how much fruit Dr. Greger eats on a daily basis, read the book.  It’s all in there!

Overall this is both a fantastic resource and a good getting started guide.  I suggest reading part two from start to finish, and then working through part one based on what you are most interested in, relating to preventing and reversing disease.  In fact, I think that’s how Dr. Greger suggests you read it too…

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