How Not to Die

How Not to Die

Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

Book - 2015
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From the physician behind the wildly popular website , 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, examines the fifteen 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 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.

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 drug-and 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-baseddiet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to prevent the disease but often stop it in its tracks.

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

Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250066114
Branch Call Number: ANF 613.2 GRE
Characteristics: xiii, 562 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Stone, Gene 1951-- Author


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Jun 30, 2017

There is so much research and also so much 'bad' research out there (ie. industry funded) that it is nice to have someone go through it all and then explain it in layman's terms. Dr Gregor explains in detail what has been known since the days of Hippocrates (let thy food be thy medicine). This book makes it pretty clear why our moms are always preaching to 'eat your veggies!'.

Dr Gregor's website, is also highly helpful and motivational in choosing the right foods.

Jun 01, 2017

Although it does contain an at times overwhelming amount of well-substantiated research, it is so well organized and indexed, that it is also very easy to go right to the parts that are of greatest interest to you. Plus it is very well written with the information woven nicely into engaging stories that at times made me laugh out loud. Part one contains 15 separate chapters, addressing in depth all that is known about prevention or reversal of each to 15 leading causes of death. Part 2 two goes into detail about herbs, spices, and specific foods that are especially beneficial to eat, how to prepare them and what else you might want to know about them.

May 19, 2017

A huge bible with far too much details and theories. I skipped few chapters from some diseases. I preferred the chapters from the second parts with different foods and herbs and spices. I brought it back sooner with almost 100 persons waiting for it!

Dec 27, 2016

My major eye opening learning from this book is that "old age" diseases like clogged arteries can actually be reversed with a change in diet. It is the typical western diet of meats, dairy, cheese, eggs that irritate the endothelial cells lining all arteries. With each meal.
they get inflamed, and scar over...until your pipes are clogged (reduced in size). When you have reduced blood flow to each area of the body, you get symptoms there.

I continued to learn about this common condition by watching YouTube videos; the movie Forks over Knives, talks by Dr McDougal and other plant based diet doctors. I suspect my Disc Degeneration Disease (DDD) is not from bad lifting, but from reduced blood flow in the lumbar arteries alongside my spine.

Can this book motivate me to reverse direction from declining to improving health? Can I drop my Total Cholesterol and LDL and CRP to a high performance level to actually start to reverse my condition? In the words of Pierre Trudeau, "Just Watch Me".

I highly recommend this book to learn about what YOU might die from, so you can change your diet now to stop and reverse your body's decline. A healthy, active old age (70's, 80's, 90's) is much preferred to the 'give up and wait to die in your rocking chair".

AL_ANNA Oct 07, 2016

Dr. Michael Greger promotes a whole food, plant based diet for health using humor and study based data. He tells stories and makes gentle suggestions about how to incorporate his daily dozen healthy foods into your diet including recipes. Each chapter begins with "How Not to Die from _______" Refreshing to have a doctor promote health through diet instead of prescriptions.

Riddlereads Sep 17, 2016

How Not to Die thoroughly addresses the chronic and deadly diseases suffered by so many Americans due to our Standard American Diet. Dr. Greger recommends a plant-based diet and explains in detail the benefits of eating this way. I also like that he emphasizes the need for daily exercise. This is a complete lifestyle plan, not a diet.

May 04, 2016

Superb, well researched book. In fact, probably the most thorough and timely book on food and nutrition I have ever read.

For those who have not had a chance to see the book, here is the author's (Dr.Michael Grerger) website. I can't praise this book enough.

Apr 28, 2016

A strong case for a mostly plant-based diet, little processed food, and exercise. All statements are backed up by peer-reviewed science.

Apr 06, 2016

I didn't have the time to finish the book, but I will buy it. I learned a lot in the few chapters I read, and I am convinced that what we eat has a major impact on our health.

Feb 11, 2016

The world should be thankful for this honest medical doctor for trying to educate the public about the ample research that exists that proves that a whole food plant based diet not only prevents but in many cases cures some of the most debilitating first world diseases

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