The Good Vices: From Beer to Sex, the Surprising Truth About What's Actually Good for You

The Good Vices: From Beer to Sex, the Surprising Truth About What's Actually Good for You

by Harry Ofgang, Erik Ofgang


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Being healthy is easier, less expensive, and a whole lot more enjoyable than you think.

Much of the health advice we receive today tells us that in order to be healthy, we must consume a Spartan diet, exercise with the intensity of an Olympic athlete, and take a drug for every ailment. We constantly worry about the foods we should or shouldn't be eating and the medical tests we have neglected to take. And all that worry costs us dearly—financially, emotionally, and physically.

In The Good Vices, prominent naturopathic physician Dr. Harry Ofgang and health journalist Erik Ofgang tear down decades of myth and prejudice to reveal how some of our guilty pleasures are not only okay but actually good for our health. For example:

• Like wine, moderate beer and spirit consumption raises our bodies' level of good cholesterol, which protects against heart disease.
• Egg yolks are an excellent source of important fat-soluble vitamins.
• Research suggests that moderate exercisers can be at least as healthy as, and sometimes even healthier than, those who exercise intensively.

Forget what you thought you knew about what's healthy, and enjoy some good vices instead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143131960
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 244,451
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Harry Ofgang is the founder of Hahnemann Health Associates in New York City and Hahnemann Natural Health and Education Associates in Connecticut. He began his study of medicine at the University of Perugia Faculty of Medicine and Surgery before graduating from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. In more than thirty-five years practicing natural medicine, he has studied and lectured with some of natural medicine's most renowned figures.

Erik Ofgang is a journalist who writes on health, science, food, and travel. He has taught journalism at Quinnipiac University, Mercy College, and Western Connecticut State University's MFA program.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 A Beer a Day Just Might Help Keep the Doctor Away 15

Chapter 2 Wine, Wine, So Very Fine 25

Chapter 3 Moved by the Spirits 33

Chapter 4 Sleep: Life's Meditation 41

Chapter 5 Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll (Okay, Just Sex) 51

Chapter 6 Coffee: Hug a Mug 57

Chapter 7 Chocolate: Love Without Words 65

Chapter 8 Sweet-Tooth Bonanza: Honey, Maple Syrup, and Sugarcane 71

Chapter 9 Be Free of Fat-Free 79

Chapter 10 Breaking Bread Myths 91

Chapter 11 Break-Fast, Diet Less 101

Chapter 12 Skip to the Gym 113

Chapter 13 Let the Sunshine in 121

Chapter 14 Eat Old (Fermented) Food 129

Chapter 15 Breastfeeding Is Best Feeding 135

Chapter 16 Get Down and Dirty 145

Chapter 17 Happiness: Pursue It 155

Afterword 167

Acknowledgments 169

Suggested Reading 171

Notes 173

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