In “How Not To Die”, Dr Michael Greger addresses a whole range of diseases, including cancer, dementia, heart disease and strokes, gathering a mass of published evidence from medical trials. His conclusion is that it is possible to reduce the chances of getting these diseases, primarily by a change in diet.
“Most deaths in the United States are preventable, and they are related to what we eat.”
“The one unifying diet found to best prevent and treat many of these chronic diseases is a whole-food, plant-based diet, defined as an eating pattern that encourages the consumption of unrefined plant foods and discourages meats, dairy products, eggs and processed food.”
A key point he stresses is going vegan rather than just vegetarian, in avoiding dairy and eggs as much as you avoid meat. His concern over dairy is the hormones and other chemicals, which he says encourage cancer growth. And as far as eggs are concerned: “Men who eat an egg every 3 days have an 80% increased risk of dying from prostate cancer.”
His recommendation is to include in your daily diet a cruciferous vegetable (eg. red cabbage), legumes (eg. houmous, or baked beans), some other fruit and veg, oatmeal, flaxseed, and so on.
Also, he says you should take supplements to be sure to get enough vitamin B12, Iodine, and Long-chain Omega-3 (in algae oil).
The book is well worth reading, and in 450 pages has a mass of useful information about each specific disease and how to reduce the chances of getting it. So if the size of the book seems forbidding, you can just zero in on a particular concern, eg the chapter on “How not to die from Diabetes” or “How not to die from brain diseases”.How Not To Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease
How Not To Die gives effective, scientifically-proven nutritional advice to prevent our biggest killers – including heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes – and reveals the astounding health benefits that simple dietary choices can provide.
Based on the latest scientific research, the internationally bestselling How Not To Die examines each of the most common diseases to reveal what, how and why different foods affect us, and how increasing our consumption of certain foods and avoiding others can dramatically reduce our risk of falling sick and even reverse the effects of disease. It also shares Dr Greger’s ‘Daily Dozen’ – the twelve foods we should all eat every day to stay in the best of health.