The Gold Coast Cure: The 5-Week Health and Body Makeover A Lifestyle Plan to Shed Pounds, Gain Health and Reverse 10 Diseases

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The Effortless Whole-Foods Cure That Whittles Your Waistline and Fights Disease

It's rare when a diet comes along that really makes an impact. The Gold CoastCure is that kind of diet program. It's not just an eating plan that helps you look and feel great in your favorite jeans--it's a way of living that vastly improves your health and prevents disease. That's what it did for coauthor Ivy Larson, whose multiple sclerosis left her unable to walk up a flight of stairs until she ...

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Overview

The Effortless Whole-Foods Cure That Whittles Your Waistline and Fights Disease

It's rare when a diet comes along that really makes an impact. The Gold CoastCure is that kind of diet program. It's not just an eating plan that helps you look and feel great in your favorite jeans--it's a way of living that vastly improves your health and prevents disease. That's what it did for coauthor Ivy Larson, whose multiple sclerosis left her unable to walk up a flight of stairs until she and her husband, Andrew Larson, M.D., devised the Gold Coast Cure--an anti-inflammatory nutritional plan consisting of whole foods--which put her MS in remission for the past eight years.

Since then, The Gold Coast Cure has helped thousands of people lose weight, tone up, and prevent or reverse health conditions related to poor nutrition, obesity and inflammation, including:

  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • type II diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • osteoarthritis
  • asthma
  • allergies
  • fibromyalgia
  • multiple sclerosis
  • vascular dementia


You will see results immediately and reach your goal in just five weeks. The secret to the success of the Gold Coast Cure is its realistic approach to nutrition--no obsessing over calories or carb-counting, and you can indulge in one sweet treat and one alcoholic beverage a day--every day! With over seventy-five delicious whole foods recipes, two weeks of meal plans, and a time-saving fitness routine that you can do in just thirty minutes, three times a week, it's easier than ever to make the Cure work for you.

"..For those who've struggled with any of the diets being touted by today's high-profile experts, the hope the Larsons offer will likely come as refreshing news."

-Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ivy Larson's story of reversing the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis at age 22 (she's now 30) without medication is alone worthy of serious consideration, but it may be the enticing recipes included here-traditional (Mint-Infused Leg of Lamb), vegetarian (Grilled Tofu Kabobs with Rosemary-Lemon Yogurt Sauce), child-pleasing (Chocolate-Covered Peanut Buttery Balls)-that convince readers to try the Gold Coast Cure. The husband-and-wife team behind this diet and fitness manual (he's a surgeon; she's a fitness instructor) promises readers weight loss, prevention and reversal of 10 major illnesses on the rise in the U.S. as well as optimal health. Their "cure" consists of rejecting fad diets in favor of whole foods, selective vitamin supplements and regular exercise. While this common sense approach is not new, the Larsons' formula, which emphasizes essential fatty acids, nutrient-rich carbohydrates and circuit resistance training, includes so many easily implemented tools (kitchen tips; name brands of acceptable foods; meal plans; and simple, feel-good exercise routines), there may be no excuse not to try it. For those who've struggled with any of the diets being touted by today's high-profile experts, the hope the Larsons offer-that good health is easily attainable with a few fundamental dietary changes and two hours of exercise each week-will likely come as refreshing news. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757305634
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Series: The Gold Coast Cure Series
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 342,500
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Larson, M.D., is a general surgeon with special interests in surgical nutrition, advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric (obesity) surgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity, and the American College of Surgeons. He trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and New Jersey's Monmouth Medical Center. In 2004, he joined a private surgical practice affiliated with the JFK Medical Center Staff in Atlantis, Florida, where will perform specialized surgery including advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery.

Ivy Larson holds a bachelor of science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a certified American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Instructor. She holds professional certifications as a fitness instructor and fitness testing specialist through the Fitness Institute International. She teaches Gold Coast Cure classes and seminars, and operates a private nutrition consultation practice specializing in teaching clients how support healthy families.

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Deadly Habit #1: Eating Too Much Trans Fat

While trans fats have only recently been discussed in the popular wellness literature, the health risks associated with these fats have been known for years. Trans fats are the absolute worst fats and should not be eaten at all. Recently, the U.S. National Academy of ScienceÆs Institute of Medicine, the organization responsible for advising the U.S. government on health policy and responsible for determining the reference daily intake (RDI) for vitamins, concluded there is absolutely no safe level of intake for trans fat.2 Any food item listing ôpartially hydrogenatedö or ôhydrogenated oilö of any type, ômargarine,ö or ôvegetable shorteningö on its list of ingredients always contains at least some deadly trans fat. Also assume that all fried foods at restaurants and fast-food places contain trans fat. All of these products should be completely avoided.

Trans fats are directly linked with heart disease. Alarmingly, trans fats are capable of altering your cholesterol profile toward the most dangerous ratio in terms of risk for heart disease and are even worse for you than saturated fat. Trans fats raise your bad LDL cholesterol level and your total cholesterol level while simultaneously lowering your good protective HDL cholesterol level.3 If all this isnÆt bad enough, trans fats also increase your triglyceride level and impair artery dilation, a one-two punch that further increases your risk for heart artery disease.

In a 1993 study in the prestigious medical journal Lancet, almost 90,000 healthy women were followed for eight years. There was a 50 percent increase in heart attacks and deaths in those women who ate just 5.7 grams per day of trans fats compared to women who ate only 2.4 grams per day of trans fat. Statistically, this difference was highly significant.4 The difference between 2.4 and 5.7 grams is less than one order of medium McDonaldÆs french fries or one standard-size glazed donut.

According to evidence reported in 1999 by the Harvard University Department of Nutrition, up to 100,000 premature coronary deaths per year could be prevented by replacing partially hydrogenated oils with natural nonhydrogenated oils.5 Trans fats have also been linked to conditions other than heart disease. Trans fats block healthy fats from being converted into helpful inflammation fighters and cause your body to produce more inflammatory mediators,6 which increase blood clotting, increase blood pressure and worsen inflammationmediated conditions such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, CrohnÆs disease, psoriasis and asthma.


¬2006. All rights reserved. Reprinted from The Gold Coast Cure: The 5-Week Health & Body Makeover Andrew Larson, M.D., and Ivy Larson. No part of this publication may be reproduced,
stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.,
3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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