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With so much conflicting (and sometimes dangerous) information available about the role of diet in wellness, it's hard to know where to turn for dependable information. Destined to become a classic in its field, Optimal Nutrition for ...

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With so much conflicting (and sometimes dangerous) information available about the role of diet in wellness, it's hard to know where to turn for dependable information. Destined to become a classic in its field, Optimal Nutrition for Optimal Health emphasizes the keystone of sound nutrition proper nutrition—and examines today's most cutting-edge and controversial health topics, including:

  • food combining
  • blood-type diets
  • carbohydrate-free eating
  • cholesterol
  • fiber
  • lactose
  • gluten

Dr. Levy dispells myths, debunks hype, and sets the record straight. Accessible, practical, and sound, this is information no health-conscious person should be without. If you read only one book about nutrition and health, make it Optimal Nutrition for Optimal Health!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780658016936
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/26/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 638,692
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas E. Levy, M.D., J.D., is a practicing cardiologist and the coauthor of Uniformed Consent: The Hidden Danger in Dental Care, with Hal Huggins, M.D.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Chapter 1 The Importance of Proper Digestion 1
Good Nutrition Is More Than Healthy Food Choices 1
The Mouth 2
The Stomach 5
The Intestinal Tract 7
Where the Nutrients Go 9
Some Closing Notes 9
Chapter 2 Food Combining Principles 13
Keep It Simple 13
General Principles 16
Food Combinations: Good and Bad 24
Other Inhibitors of Good Digestion 33
Other Health Problems Caused by Poor Digestion 35
Digestion and Dental Toxicity 38
Final Notes 40
Chapter 3 Refined Sugar: the Toxic Treat 43
Overview 43
Sugar and Blood Chemistry 44
Sugar and Birth Defects 46
The Formation of Fat and the Glycemic Index 49
A Negative Side to Some Natural Foods 54
Hunger 56
Further Sugar Damage 58
Sugar Substitutes 61
Caffeine 66
Parting Thoughts 69
Chapter 4 Milk: a Good Food Made Toxic 71
Advertising Versus Science 71
Milk and Heart Disease 72
Pasteurization 73
Bovine Growth Hormone 76
Homogenization and Xanthine Oxidase 81
Other Dairy Products 82
Final Comments 83
Chapter 5 Cholesterol: the Great Myth 85
Cholesterol and Heart Disease 85
Cholesterol and Toxins 90
The Importance of Cholesterol in the Diet 94
Butter Versus Margarine 98
Oils, Fats, and Nuts 100
Closing Notes 102
Chapter 6 Seafood: Another Source of Toxins 103
Methylmercury 103
PCBs 107
What to Do 107
Chapter 7 The Need for Water 111
Overview 111
Thirst 112
Basic Functions 113
When to Drink 114
Deciding What to Drink 116
The Best Drinking Water 120
Conclusion 121
Chapter 8 The Importance of Proper Supplementation 123
Overview 123
Basic Concepts 124
Minerals: A Maze of Confusion 125
Basic Supplement Forms 133
Minerals 136
Vitamins 140
Other Sources of Nutrients 147
Understanding Labels 149
Special Supplements 150
Monitoring Supplementation 154
Conclusion 159
Chapter 9 Toxic Blocks to Good Health and Optimal Weight 161
Overview 161
Dental Toxicity 162
Cumulative Immune System Suppression 169
Electromagnetic Toxicity 170
Magnetic Therapies 173
Chapter 10 Practical Suggestions 175
Factors That Support Good Digestion 176
Caloric Consumption 181
Additional Suggestions 181
Minimize Exposure to Toxins 186
A Final Note from the Author 187
Appendix I The Glycemic Index 191
Appendix II Resources 201
Notes 205
Bibliography 219
Index 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Good book to understand nutrition and other areas of health conc

    Good book to understand nutrition and other areas of health concerns. Dr. Levy does not give specific advise,
    but does insure your a informed about many topics that may be health concerns. I would recommend for anyone who has an unanswered health issue.

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