Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life

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Overview

Healthcare is pulled and shaped by many forces, by drug and insurance companies looking for profits, by politicians in search of votes, and by stressed, overworked physicians who barely have time to talk to you before writing a prescription or packing you off to a specialist.

So is anyone interested in keeping you well?

Yes. Created by two physicians who both survived catastrophic illness, the Ultraprevention program will work for absolutely everyone -- old, young, healthy, sick, or somewhere in between. The promise of its practice is huge -- a health span that matches life span -- and you'll experience increased energy, weight loss, enhanced mood and memory, better digestion, deeper sleep, diminished stress, and more.

Ultraprevention is the new science of staying healthy, an innovative program that shatters the myths of today's "fix-the-broken-parts" medicine. These myths -- drugs cure disease, genes determine your fate, getting older means aging, fat is a four-letter word -- are actually believed by many doctors and are keeping you sick.

Ardent general practitioners, Drs. Hyman and Liponis reject the current healthcare system of specialists paid to find something wrong, specialists who don't consider how their "cure" for one ailment affects the entire body.

Working outside the managed care model at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, Hyman and Liponis break free of the vicious quick-fix prescription cycle and formulate a program that identifies and eliminates the cause of disease instead of just masking symptoms.

Isolating the source of more than 90 percent of today's most common diseases, from cancer and heart disease to diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer's, they enumerate the Five Forces of Illness -- Sludge (malnutrition), Burnout (impaired metabolism), Heat (inflammation), Waste (impaired detoxification), and Rust (oxidative stress). Through the practice of the six-week Ultraprevention program, you'll learn three simple steps -- each only two weeks long -- that stop these forces and create a lifetime of good health by removing allergens, infections, and toxins from the body and environment; repairing the body through personalizing nutrition, boosting the immune system, and balancing hormones; and recharging with stress management, sleep restoration, and gentle movement.

So stop falling for the myths that make you sick and start Ultraprevention, the powerful plan to get older without aging, to maintain health for all of life.

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Shattering the myth that modern medicine is only supposed to "fix the broken parts," two physicians from Arizona's famed Canyon Ranch health resort have developed a program based on science, prevention, and personal empowerment. Rather than relying on drugs to fix ailments or succumbing to genetic predispositions, you can employ this six-week program to flush out toxins, restore healthy sleep patterns, and learn how to exercise in a gentle, effective way. This new science of wellness is required reading for health-conscious folks looking to stay happy and balanced.
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Dean Ornish, M.D. author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; and Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute Dr. Mark Liponis and Dr. Mark Hyman are two of the country's leading authorities on preventive medicine. In Ultraprevention, they describe the latest scientific approaches to preventing disease and enjoying life to the fullest.

Pam Peeke, M.D. author of Fight Fat Over Forty; Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland; and NBC Today show medical expert Ultraprevention is the answer for anyone who wants to hear the bottom line from credible medical experts about how to live long and well. Words of wisdom, personal stories of triumph over life's adversities and practical, easy-to-do tips and techniques make Ultraprevention a must-read.

Peter Libby, M.D. Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School A healthy lifestyle is the cornerstone of cardiovascular prevention. Hyman and Liponis provide a provocative, practical, accessible, and highly readable guide to this important subject and challenge aspects of the traditional medical model.

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Two physicians who both survived catastrophic illness present a program for identifying and eliminating the cause of disease. (LJ 9/15/03)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743227117
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 8/26/2003
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Hyman, M.D., is the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine. After ten years as co-medical director at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, he is now in private practice in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention. His websites are www.drhyman.com and www.ultrametabolism.com.

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The Modern Myths Quiz

How knowledgeable are you about today's medicine? Take this test to find out.

1. As a busy professional, you must often eat many meals out that you might otherwise prefer to skip or prepare at home. Tomorrow you have a breakfast date. Because you are starting to pay more attention to your diet, you are determined to order the healthiest breakfast possible. Which of the following would be your best choice?

a. Half a bagel with a tablespoon of jam and a glass of orange juice

b. Instant oatmeal and two slices of whole wheat toast with a small amount of margarine

c. Raisin-bran cereal with a cup of skim milk

d. A mushroom, onion, and pepper omelette

Answer:

If you picked (a) you have been misled by too many ads for low-fat foods. This breakfast has little nutritive value. It is made up almost entirely of empty calories and has a high glycemic index. In other words, its main ingredient is sugar.

Choice (b) sounds good, but it isn't. Processed and instant oatmeal, as well as most breads labeled "whole wheat," are actually surprisingly low in fiber, no matter what the ads on television say. And the addition of the hydrogenated fat in margarine makes this breakfast downright unhealthy -- among other problems, consuming such fats can lead to premature aging.

If you chose (c), you are once again falling into the sugar trap. Most commercial raisin-bran cereals have a great deal of added sugar, which probably negates the benefit of the small amount of fiber in the bran.

The correct answer is (d). Despite suffering from a lot of bad publicity, eggs are very low in saturated fat, and do not increase your cholesterol. Organic omega-3 eggs are particularly high in healthful fats, and are an excellent source of protein and folic acid. And as you probably know, the veggies add nutrients that are important for your antioxidant and detoxification systems.

2. You are finally slated to take that physical examination you've been avoiding. But your busy, much-in-demand doctor is always rushed, and you want to remind him to give you that one crucial test that will provide you with an inside track on preventing diseases such as heart attack, stroke, dementia, and some forms of cancer. The test is for levels of:

a. Cholesterol

b. Blood sugar

c. Vitamin E

d. Homocysteine

Answer:Cholesterol levels (a) alone tell very little about the risks ofserious illness; checking the type of cholesterol is much more valuable. Levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol, are important, but now we know there are even good and bad LDL types. And, of course, levels of HDL (the good cholesterol) may be more critical than LDL numbers in many people. Add in your triglyceride levels (which may indicate possible heart disease, brain deterioration, and potentially stroke) and you have a much more telling tale of yourrisk.

If you picked (b), sorry -- by the time your blood sugar has become elevated, the imbalances that lead to diabetes have been progressing for years! There are much more sensitive and earlier ways to detect and prevent this tendency.

Although vitamin E (c) is an extremely important nutrient, it does not act alone but in concert with many other nutrients and antioxidants. Checking your antioxidant system is far more valuable than checking this single antioxidant component; this involves looking at the status of various nutrients in your body, certain levels of antioxidant enzymes and reserves of antioxidant nutrients, as well as the activity of free radicals.

If you chose (d) -- correct! More than any other single test, homocysteine correctly identifies the risk of such conditions as heart attack, stroke, and dementia years before...

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Part I. The Myths of Modern Medicine

  • The Modern Myths Quiz
  • Myth 1: Your Doctor Knows Best
  • Myth 2: If You Have a Diagnosis, You Know What's Wrong with You
  • Myth 3: Drugs Cure Disease
  • Myth 4: Your Genes Determine Your Fate
  • Myth 5: Getting Older Means Aging
  • Myth 6: Fat Is a Four-Letter Word
  • Myth 7: You Can Get All the Vitamins You Need from Food

Part II. Ultraprevention: Controlling the Five Forces of Illness

  • Ultraprevention and the Five Forces of Illness
  • Force 1: Malnutrition, or Sludge
  • Force 2: Impaired Metabolism, or Burnout
  • Force 3: Inflammation, or Heat
  • Force 4: Impaired Detoxification, or Waste
  • Force 5: Oxidative Stress, or Rust
  • Testing the Five Forces of Illness

Part III. The Six-Week Ultraprevention Plan

  • The Six-Week Plan: Remove, Repair, Recharge
  • Step One: Remove — The First Two Weeks
  • Step Two: Repair — The Second Two Weeks
  • Step Three: Recharge — The Third Two Weeks

Acknowledgments

Index

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    Extensive Valuable Information. Great Resource!

    This book is very impressive. The vastness of the information covered in this book was great. There is information about what might be trouble for you and what you can do about it. Then there are very useful lists of foods, organized in terms of how good they are for you. There are excellent suggestions on how to work with your doctors. Just a great and valuable resource on timely powerful topics. Highly Recommended!

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    A Priceless Tool for Maintaining HEALTH!

    I am currently a student of Naturopathic Medicine, A Midwife and Nutritional Consultant. I don't think I have ever come across a book that is so informative in an easy to understand text. You will be constantly re-reading and using this book as a reference. I recommend it to all my clients. Do the rest of your life a favor--read this book!!!

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    A terrific guide to improving one's health!

    A friend who has experienced cancer insisted I purchase this book. I did, although I was skeptical (I've worked in health care 30 years). I haven't finished the book but everything I've read rings true, and the logic of cause and effect of what we ingest sends a powerful message of how we can take better care of ourselves and maybe reduce the number of medications we take. There are often alternatives. Much of my intuition as to why I decline some prescriptions recommended to me, hits pay dirt in this book. The book will reform the way you understand medicine and your body. It will cause you to be a much more alert consumer of medical care.

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    A MUST read!!!

    This book should be on the table of every home in America. It is a handbook of wellness and prevention that offers guidance to healthy behaviors and eating. It is the best way to take care of yourself and eliminate toxins and medications from your world.

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    I am a Chiropractor and have read many books on health and wellness. This is the BEST book I have ever read! It is easy to understand, to the point, and goes over important concepts many times so the reader understands and has enough information to make decisions about their medical health care. Before you take that 'Magic Pill' that is prescribed for you, take the time to read this book so you can know more about your condition and how best it should be treated. You need to know what your medical doctor isn't telling you. With all the junk you put into your bodies it's no wonder you are falling apart...it's like putting bad fuel into your car. Garbage in--Garbage out. You only have one body to live in the rest of your life...repsect it and do to it what it needs to keep you alive for a very long time. This book will tell you how to live a very healthy life...and it doesn't include fast food. Get up off that couch and order this book now. You will be glad you did. You also owe it to your children to protect their health as well. This book tells you how. In addition to following this books advice don't forget to add Chiropractic care to your Health Care needs. You can eat right, exercise, sleep well and think positive thoughts, but if your nervous system isn't functioning well your body and its immune system will not function at 100% potential. See your local Chiropractor to get more information on wellness for the entire family.

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