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How Not to Die

Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
Genre: Health
Publishing Year: 2015
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Most of the common diseases people face are the results of what they eat. Different types of food have different effects on the human body. The book How Not to Die examines the types of food one should avoid at all costs. It advocates the fact that changing one’s food routine is way more effective than taking a chemical pill. This book is of great use to those who are susceptible to illnesses that can be prevented with proper nutrition.

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Lesson 1.  Poor diet is the major cause of premature death.

In today’s fast-paced world, along with technology and social lives, our eating habits have changed drastically. Poor diet and unhealthy habits cause health issues. That’s a given. But, in most cases, following a poor diet could also lead you to your death bed. 

According to a study published by the American Journal of Medicine, poor diet is the number one reason for many deaths. When autopsies of over 42,000 bodies were carried out, it was found that most of them died due to health issues rather than old age. 

Yet, the study of nutritional values is not taken seriously at medical schools. A survey was conducted by the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. It revealed that less than 27 percent of the medical schools in America gave the required number of hours in nutritional instructions.

As a result, the lack of vital nutrition education begins during training for many American physicians. This makes it hard to treat issues like obesity, diabetes, malnutrition, and many other health problems on a societal level.

Due to these reasons, it comes as no surprise that America has the highest prescription drug market in the world. As more doctors started to prescribe drugs, it became common and rather easy for people to opt for chemical drugs.

 

Lesson 2. A plant-based diet is better than pills.

The main causes of death in the United States have changed quite significantly in the last century. In the olden days, people were more prone to infectious diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and diarrhea. 

These were the major causes of death. As time changed by, people became more susceptible to chronic diseases such as heart attacks, stroke, and cancer. 

With the development of antibiotics and improved hygiene, rates of infectious diseases are reduced. The increase in the consumption of animal-based and processed foods increased the rates of chronic diseases.

According to a study by the American Journal of Nutrition, people who ate meat had a lower life expectancy rate than people who didn't. This led to the belief that vegetarians are healthier than non-vegetarians. In regions where people followed plant-based diets, the issues of obesity and heart diseases were surprisingly low. 

Not only does the plant-based diet prevent and treat health issues, but it can also reverse them. This claim was studied and found to be true through various smokers and heart-disease patients. 

However, most of the doctors find it easy to prescribe a drug rather than advocating plant-based diets. Plant-based

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Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM, is a physician, author, and advocate renowned for his work on nutrition, health, and plant-based diets. Gene Stone is a bestselling author, known for collaborating on various books focusing on wellness, healthy living, and envir...

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  • Lesson 1.  Poor diet is the major cause of premature death.
  • Lesson 2. A plant-based diet is better than pills.
  • Lesson 3. Vegetables are vital.
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  • Lesson 4. Importance of Herbs and Spices.
  • Lesson 5. Grains are great for your health. 
  •  Lesson 6. Water. Water. Water. 
  • Lesson 7. Exercise is crucial.
  • Lesson 8. Conclusion.
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In the summary of How Not to Die book, there are 9 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. Lesson 1.  Poor diet is the major cause of premature death.
  2. Lesson 2. A plant-based diet is better than pills.
  3. Lesson 3. Vegetables are vital.
  4.  
  5. Lesson 4. Importance of Herbs and Spices.
  6. Lesson 5. Grains are great for your health. 
  7.  Lesson 6. Water. Water. Water. 
  8. Lesson 7. Exercise is crucial.
  9. Lesson 8. Conclusion.

How Not to Die by Gene Stone and Michael Greger was published in 2015.

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