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Grandma was right
The Economist (April 3, 2003)

SUPPOSE you are a fat New Yorker. Suppose, furthermore, that you are increasingly susceptible to heart disease and you have to get the pounds off. Time is not on your side, and there are more than 25,000 diet books in print. Where do you go to find dependable counsel? The man you need, many cardiac specialists will tell you, is a New Jersey doctor named Joel Fuhrman who specialises in nutrition.

Dr Fuhrman dislikes what he regards as faddish regimes: Barry Sears's “zone diet”, Dr Atkins's low-carb solution and James D'Adamo's controversial advice for people with different blood groups. Nor is he a fan of the USDA diet recommendations that, he says, have created the paradox of a population that is overfed but undernourished.

The pitfall of most diets, Dr Fuhrman argues, is that they tend to regulate macronutrients—proteins, fats and carbohydrates. The focus of “Eat to Live” is on micronutrients—vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals that promote health. The goal of a healthy diet, he says, is to get the most micronutrients from the fewest calories.

Dr Fuhrman suggests almost eliminating fats and starches in favour of greens, beans and fruit. His regime even works if you don't do a lot of exercise. This reviewer, who has become something of an expert on diets over the years, lost ten pounds (4.5 kilos) in one month; the norm, Dr Fuhrman claims, is 15. Empty calories from soft drinks, dairy products, meat and starches or processed foods with little to no micronutrition are easily converted to fat and extra poundage. So-called “2 percent” milk claims to be a diet food, but 35% of its calories come from fat. On the other hand, green vegetables are an excellent source of protein as well as antioxidants that reduce risk of cancer and heart disease. By weight, the amount of protein they contain is insignificant, but in terms of calories broccoli is 45% protein, while a cheeseburger contains only 21%.

Sit up, George Bush senior, scourge of broccoli. Without the protein in greens, how else could your Texan cattle develop all that tasty muscle?

Eat to live: the revolutionary formula for fast and sustained weight loss.
Health Science(September 9, 2002)
Author : Huberman, Max

This new book by Dr. Fuhrman opens with a laudatory foreword by the eminent Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., Director, Cardiovascular Institute, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center . Dr. Oz has referred his patients to Dr. Fuhrman and proclaims, "I witnessed wonderful results for both weight reduction and health restoration."

NHA members who have read Dr. Fuhrman's 1995 blockbuster, Fasting and Eating For Health and his informative articles in this magazine, will join Dr. Oz in hailing Dr. Fuhrman as "A doctor and teacher who makes nutritional science easy to learn and follow."

This book is a masterpiece, a scientific longevity plan that also offers dramatic, permanent weight loss for the overweight. He promises a twenty pound weight loss in the first six weeks. This book describes a weight loss and health plan from a medical doctor who can back up his incredible results with real science and real people. It is the perfect solution to the obesity epidemic we now find in America and other developed countries.

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., is the doctor other doctors refer their overweight or chronically ill patients to. He has helped the clinically obese lose weight fast -- without pills, liquid diets or faddish meal plans, and has watched them throw away their drugs to boot. No gimmicks, no magic, a plan that is respected by renowned physicians and scientists and it is all outlined in Eat To Live, the gold standard in diet books.

Though Eat To Live is subtitled, "The Revolutionary Formula For Fast and Sustained Weight Loss" and does incorporate varied daily and weekly menus for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, the book should not be classed as just another diet book.

Indeed, the 280 lucid pages establish how his easy-to-follow, plant-based dietary program not only combats obesity but is a primary defense against the crippling or deadly onslaughts of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, various cancers, and other avoidable and preventable conditions, without resorting to angioplasty, bypass surgery or similar invasive medical or surgical procedures.

Dr. Fuhrman recounts clinical findings from some of his more than 10,000 research articles confirming his convictions. This book is the book that all health professionals will be proud to recommend to their patients.

Eat To Live is rich in helpful graphs and charts plus sound advice and tested truisms such as, "When you consider fiber, phytochemicals, and other essential nutrients, green vegetables win the award for being the most nutrient dense of all food. We give greens a score of 100." Dr. Fuhrman tells patients (and us readers) to put a big sign on the refrigerator that says," The salad is the main dish."

"Dr. Fuhrman meticulously explodes the dangerous fallacies of the Atkins diet, The Zone, Eat for Your Blood Type and other highly touted "weight loss diets" high in animal fats but low in fruits and fiber, which increase cancer risk. Dr. Fuhrman explains, "What good is a diet that lowers your weight but also dramatically increases your chance of developing cancer?"

The wide scope of the book is highlighted by such chapters as:

"Digging Our Graves With Forks and Knives"

"Overfed, Yet Malnourished"

"Phytochemicals, Nature's 'Magic Pill"'

"The Dark Side Of Animal Protein"

"Eat To Live Takes On Disease"

"Frequently Asked Questions"

Calling Eat To Live a medical breakthrough, Dr. Oz classifies Dr. Fuhrman as "A world expert in nutrition and obesity research who has gone beyond the guidelines set up by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association."

High praise comes from a long list of scientists, authors and prominent physicians who have reviewed Dr. Fuhrman's book and found it to be the solution those confused about optimal nutrition have been searching for. John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution and Diet For A New America, said, "This is a rare and priceless exception. It's a jewel. Get it."

In summary, I congratulate the astute author of Eat To Live for producing a worthy sequel to his Fasting and Eating For Health (available from the NHA on page 35) and for his continuing dedication to providing safer proven roads to enduring health and longevity.

Eat to Live: a Revolutionary Diet
Nutrition Health Review (Winter 2002)

Finding a diet that is both effective and safe is a daunting task these days. "Fad" and "crash" diets abound, but most of these have not been proven to be safe or effective over long periods of time. For instance, a diet that promises an initial loss of twenty pounds in one week sounds like a great opportunity, but a closer look may reveal damaging side effects and an overall weakened immune system.

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., in his book Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, looks past the quick-fix dieting myths and presents a satisfying, scientifically proven weight loss program that will keep the pounds off without any nutritional drawbacks.

"Dr. Fuhrman has superbly bridged the gap between the highly technical world of science and the real world of everyday health practice," says T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. "This book is both readable and reliable.

Dr. Fuhrman, a board-certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through natural methods, has put together a revolutionary diet based on scientific fact. He writes that the key to a sustained weight loss is knowledge, not will power. The diet is aimed at helping everyone attain their ideal weight, whether they need to lose ten pounds or fifty.

The diet is based on the formula "Health=Nutrients/Calories," which means that when the ratio of nutrients to calories is high, the fat will melt away. The more nutrient-rich food you consume, the more you will be satisfied with fewer calories, and the cravings for fattening foods will disappear.

In addition to offering insights on weight loss, Eat to Live offers some insightful wisdom that disproves some widely-held myths about dieting, such as: Cancer and heart disease are not predominantly genetic--they can be avoided, Dairy products do not fully protect from Osteoporosis, and broccoli and other greens have more protein than a sirloin steak.

For those who are in need of a safe, effective, and long-lasting weight loss program, Dr. Fuhrman offers up a book full of invaluable wisdom, free from the dangers of other, less scientific dieting regimens.


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