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Jennifer Voitic

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  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • Written by: Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 141

We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but despite being inundated with diet advice we are only getting fatter. We count calories and exercise regularly, yet still the pounds won't budge. Why? In this highly enjoyable and provocative book, Dr Jason Fung sets out a groundbreaking new theory: that obesity is caused by our hormones, rather than a lack of self-control. He reveals that overproduction of insulin in the body is the root cause of obesity and obesity-related illnesses including type 2 diabetes

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing!!

  • By Brian J. Cormier on 2019-02-18

Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-26

Science and truly evidence based, this book turns our conventional knowledge of diet and obesity on its head. I blew through this book, and took many a note, and had so many “Aha” moments. It’s simultaneously amazing and disturbing to learn how government organizations and over extrapolated poor science has led our society to embrace the SAD diet and become plagued with chronic health issues like obesity and diabetes. This book was well written, organized and performed. Will definitely continue to use this as a reference for my continued education in health and nutrition.

  • How Not to Die

  • Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
  • Written by: Michael Greger MD, Gene Stone
  • Narrated by: Michael Greger MD
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 194

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A skeptical omnivore read this book

  • By Jennifer Voitic on 2018-04-12

A skeptical omnivore read this book

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-12

First off, Dr. Greger's performance, tone, and reading style are excellent. It is hard to get into an audiobook where the individual reading is monotone, or unenthusiastic about the subject matter. Dr. Greger is obviously passionate about this book and it comes through in the manner it is read, which made it all the more entertaining.

Disclaimer: I am not vegan, I eat a fair amount of animal products, and I have my own biases. So, I struggled to take a lot of the studies he mentioned as gospel because simply, there are so many factors and unknowns when it comes to studies of diet. All animal products, all meat, is not created equal, and I find it difficult to accept studies that equate a pepperoni stick as being as carcinogenic to grass fed bison. Also, I am always highly skeptical of claims that include words like "reverse", "cure", or "prevent" as stand alone claims.

That being said, this book definitely highlights the need for society to lean more towards a plant based lifestyle. And Greger himself notes that any change to incorporate more whole plant based foods is a good one. He gives valuable, insightful, scientifically argued strategies on how to combat the dilemma that is the Western diet, and resulting chronic ailments of the Western lifestyle. As a healthcare practitioner it was an incredible insight into the lack of nutritional education that exists within the healthcare system, and has increased my resolve to do better by the patients I interact with. It has made me re-evaluate my own diet in order to do better to incorporate a variety of vegetables and more of them.

It was a very enjoyable read, and I would recommend it!

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