“If you want to build better health and a better future, this book makes an excellent tool kit.”—David A. Kessler, MD, author of The End of Overeating and former commissioner of the FDA
It sometimes seems as if everyone around us is being diagnosed with a chronic illness—and that we might soon join them. In Disease-Proof, leading specialist in preventive medicine Dr. David Katz draws upon the latest scientific evidence and decades of clinical experience to explain how we can slash our risk of every major chronic disease—heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and obesity—by an astounding 80%. Dr. Katz arms us with skillpower: a proven, user-friendly set of tools that helps us make simple behavioral changes that have a tremendous effect on our health and well-being. Inspiring, groundbreaking, and prescriptive, Disease-Proof proves making lasting lifestyle changes is easier than we think.
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About the Author
Stacey Colino is an award-winning writer who lives in Maryland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My doctor is a cranky old Frenchman (aren't they all?) who asks every fifty year old the same question: Do you want to get healthy or do you want to do drugs? His point is both cultural and personal: your health is your responsibility yet in America we mostly ignore lifestyle and start popping pills. Dr. Katz makes the same points in his new book Disease Proof. For anyone interested in personal and public health this is not a new message. What Katz brings, though, is a reasoned argument based on the best research that is presented in a readable and accessible way. Not everyone will appreciate the message: I have neighbors who are fat, eat terribly, and sneak out for a smoke whenever they think no one is looking. Yet they vacation every year in Mexico for two weeks of chelation treatment to `clear' the toxins from their bodies. They really aren't interested in `food, less of it, mostly plants' or in daily exercise or in taking daily responsibility for their health. For those interested in real health, though, Katz offers up a comprehensive guide to holistic health and systemic changes. There are a few things that separate Katz from the crowd. He has an impeccable academic resume and has developed the NuVal system for nutritional labeling. He has a long history of successful work in obesity and health that includes books, programs, and organizations. Mostly, though, he probes deeper and deeper into the physiological mechanisms of health and well being and is able to present them to a lay audience in a meaningful way. In Disease Proof he wraps all of this up into a neat little package. Though his message sounds like your grandmother's his arguments are based on research. The real kind. Peer reviewed, tested, tested again, and then reviewed again. This is different from the stuff than you'll hear on Saturday morning AM radio. (Take only three pounds of vitamin D a day to cure all ills!) It is hard to argue with his reasons. I like his take on the genetic component to health. This is typically tossed up as something we can't fight. Katz recognizes this but argues that, while we can't alter our genes, we can improve our general health to the point that genes which might promote disease have little to work with. The book is an easy read and a strong challenge to anyone who wants increased health. He offers both scientific reasons and practical means for smart decision making. The writing is accessible and the presentation flows well. In all maybe the best book presenting current academic understanding of the total health picture.
This is a truly remarkable book in that it offers a real sense of what the issues and obstacles are in our search for good health. It does not deal with tricks or gimmicks but, offers real solutions to real problems for real people. I suggest this be put on the reading list of anyone who is interested in feeling better and improving their overall health.
This book is interesting but really does not contain any information that can not be found in many other self-help books.