How Not to Die from these Chronic Diseases Heart disease Digestive cancers High blood pressure Kidney disease Prostate cancer Lung diseases Infections Liver diseases Breast cancer Parkinson’s disease Brain diseases Diabetes Blood cancers Suicidal depression Iatrogenic causesThe must-read summary of "How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease" by Michael Greger, MD with Gene Stone.Most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses, but bad at preventing and treating chronic diseases. These fifteen chronic diseases can be prevented, treated, and possibly reversed if certain diet and lifestyle changes are followed.This complete summary of Dr. Michael Gregor’s book explores the roles diets play in the prevention, treatment, and reversal of the these fifteen chronic conditons. In this book, you will learn what foods to eat and what lifestyle changes to make to help prevent and treat these diseases.There are medications that can help you with these conditions. But these medications only treat the symptoms and not the underlying causes of the disease. And they also have dangerous side effects.This guide includes: Book Summary—The summary helps you understand the key ideas and recommendations. Online Videos—On-demand replay of public lectures, and seminars on the topics covered in the chapter.Value-added of this guide: Save time Understand key concepts quickly Expand your knowledgeRead this book if you want to be healthy and live a long disease free life!
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1. Heart Disease
2. Lung Diseases
3. Brain Diseases
4. Digestive Cancers
7. High Blood Pressure
8. Liver Diseases
9. Blood Cancers
10. Kidney Disease
11. Breast Cancer
12. Suicidal Depression
13. Prostate Cancer
14. Parkinson’s Disease
15. Iatrogenic Causes
16. The Traffic Light Model
17. The Daily Dozen
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Summary &Study Guide
How Not to Die
Discover the FoodsScientifically Proven to Preventand Reverse Disease
Title: Summary & Study Guide - How Not to Die
Subtitle: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
Author: Lee Tang
Publisher: LMT Press (lmtpress.wordpress.com)
Copyright © 2017 by Lee Tang
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First Edition: June 2017
Issued in print and electronic formats.
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ISBN-13: 9781548197667 (paperback)
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To my wife, Lillian, who is the source of energy and love for everything I do, and to Andrew and Amanda: watching you grow up has been a privilege.
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"How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease" by Michael Greger, MD with Gene Stone
The book explores the roles diets play in the prevention, treatment, and reversal of the fifteen leading causes of premature death —heart disease, digestive cancers, high blood pressure, kidney disease, prostate cancer, lung diseases. infections, liver diseases, breast cancer, Parkinson’s disease, brain diseases, diabetes, blood cancers, suicidal depression, and iatrogenic causes. In this book, you will learn what foods to eat and what lifestyle changes to make to help prevent and treat these diseases.
Michael Greger, MD, is a physician and author. He runs the popular website NutritionFacts.org and serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.
Important Note About This Study Guide
This guide is a summary and not a critique or a review of the book. It does not offer judgment or opinion on the content of the book. This summary may not be organized chapter-wise but is an overview of the main ideas, viewpoints, and arguments from the book. It is NOT meant to be read as a replacement of the book which it summarizes but, instead, a supplement for review of the book's main premises and to provide commentary and additional resources.
Most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing and treating chronic diseases. The fifteen leading causes of premature death—such as heart diseases, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and others—can be prevented, treated, and possibly reversed if certain diet and lifestyle changes are followed.
Medications can help you with these conditions. For example, you can take cholesterol-lowering drugs to lower the risk of heart attacks; and blood-pressure-lowering drugs for hypertension. But these medications only treat the symptoms and not the underlying causes of the disease. And they also have dangerous side effects.
The good news is there is one unifying diet that may help prevent, treat, and even reverse these chronic conditions. The same diet that helps prevent heart diseases also helps prevent type-2 diabetes and other causes of death on the list of chronic illnesses. Unlike drugs, a healthy diet can benefit all organs at once and treat the underlying causes of the disease with no adverse side effects.
This book explores the roles diets play in the prevention, treatment, and reversal of the fifteen leading causes of premature death. In this book, you will learn what foods to eat and what lifestyle changes to make to help prevent and treat these diseases.
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. For most Americans raised on a conventional diet, fatty deposits called atherosclerotic plaques build up within the inner linings of the blood vessels, slowly narrowing and hardening the arteries. If the plaque ruptures, a blood clot can form in the artery, blocking the flow of blood to the heart muscles, leading to chest pain and angina. For the majority of Americans who die from heart disease, the death occurs within an hour of symptom onset. They may not even realize they're at risk until it's too late.
HEART DISEASE STARTS IN CHILDHOOD
In 1953, autopsy studies of Korean War casualties showed that 77 percent of soldiers (average age 22) already had visible evidence of coronary atherosclerosis. This suggests that atherosclerosis may start decades before coronary heart disease is diagnosed.
Studies of accidental death victims found that fatty streaks—the first stage of atherosclerosis—were found in American children as young as age 10. An Italian study on arteries taken from miscarriages and premature newborns found that atherosclerosis may start during pregnancy if the mother has high LDL cholesterol levels.
IT'S THE CHOLESTEROL
The critical risk factor for atherosclerotic plaque buildup is the elevated LDL cholesterol in your blood. The optimal LDL cholesterol level is 70 mg/dL, which corresponds to a total cholesterol reading of 150. The average cholesterol level for people in the United States is around 200, much higher than the optimal level.
People at high risk for heart disease can take statin drugs such as Lipitor to lower their cholesterol levels. But these drugs have dangerous side effects such as liver or muscle damage, memory loss and confusion, and diabetes. Long-term use of statins is associated with doubling the risk of invasive breast cancer in women.
Plant-based diets have been shown to lower cholesterol just as effectively as statin drugs but without the risks.
HEART DISEASE IS REVERSIBLE
Unhealthy diets affect the structure of your arteries and their functioning. Certain foods, such as meats, appear to harbor bacterial toxins that can trigger an inflammatory reaction in your arteries.
Under the right conditions, the body heals itself. By putting his patients with advanced heart disease on a plant-based diet, Dr. Dean Ornish found he can reverse their heart diseases without drugs or surgery when they stopped eating an artery-clogging diet.
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Lung disease can come in many forms. The biggest killers are lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma.
Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer. Tobacco smoke damages the body's DNA and weakens the body's immune system, increasing the risk for cancer cells to form and flourish.
If you are a smoker, quit smoking. The benefits of quitting are immediate. Your blood circulation and lung function will improve within a few weeks; the sweeper cells that help clean the lungs will regrow, and your smoking-related risk of coronary heart disease will reduce.
A healthy diet may help prevent lung cancer from spreading. In a 2010 study, scientists showed that dripping cruciferous-vegetable compounds into cancer cells in a petri dish could suppress the growth of cancer cells.
Carcinogen-Blocking Effects of Turmeric
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute found that curcumin, the bright-yellow pigment in the Indian spice turmeric, can kill cancer cells. It is effective against many cancer cells in vitro, including those of the breast, brain, blood, colon, kidney, liver, lungs, and skin.
Dietary Secondhand Smoke
When fat is heated to frying temperatures, toxic chemicals that can cause genetic mutations are released into the air. Fumes from processed meats like bacon cause more DNA mutations than the fumes from beef patties. If you must be around frying bacon or eggs, it would be safer to limit your exposure by using a backyard grill. Studies showed that the number of particles deposited into the lungs increases by a factor of ten when frying indoors versus outdoors.
CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is a condition that can cause shortness of breath, severe coughing, excess mucus production, wheezing, and chest tightness. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD, but other factors, such as prolonged exposure to air pollution, can contribute.
There is no cure for COPD. A 2010 landmark study showed that a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables can help. This may be due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the fruits and vegetables, along with the reduction in the consumption of meat, which is pro-oxidant.
Asthma is an inflammatory disease characterized by recurring attacks of swollen airways, causing shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. The prevalence of asthma and respiratory symptoms appears to be lower among populations eating more foods of plant origin. Foods of animal origin have been associated with increased asthma risk.
The mechanism by which diet affects airway inflammation lies with the thin coating of fluid between your airway lining and outside air. The
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