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How Not to Die

By Michael Greger MD, Gene Stone

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'This book may help those who are susceptible to illnesses that can be prevented with proper nutrition' – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The international bestseller, Dr Michael Greger's How Not To Die gives effective, scientifically-proven nutritional advice to prevent our biggest killers – including heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes – and reveals the astounding health benefits that simple dietary choices can provide.

Why rely on drugs and surgery to cure you of life-threatening disease when the right decisions can prevent you from falling ill to begin with?

Based on the latest scientific research, How Not To Die examines each of the most common diseases to reveal what, how and why different foods affect us, and how increasing our consumption of certain foods and avoiding others can dramatically reduce our risk of falling sick and even reverse the effects of disease. It also shares Dr Greger's 'Daily Dozen' – the twelve foods we should all eat every day to stay in the best of health.

With emphasis on individual family health history and acknowledging that everyone needs something different, Dr Michael Greger offers practical dietary advice to help you live longer, healthier lives.

'Dr Michael Greger reveals the foods that will help you live longer' – Daily Mail

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Book Summary: How Not to Die by Michael Greger MD

Authors' Background:

  • Michael Greger MD is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health.

Main Theme:

  • The book provides evidence-based recommendations on how to prevent and reverse chronic diseases through a whole-food, plant-based diet.

Key Points:

  • The Daily Dozen: A list of 12 essential food groups that should be consumed daily for optimal health.
  • The Power of Plants: Emphasizes the importance of consuming a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts.
  • Avoid Processed Foods: Warns against the dangers of processed foods, sugary drinks, and animal products.
  • The China Study: Cites research from the China Study, which suggests that a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Disease Prevention and Reversal: Provides specific dietary recommendations for preventing and reversing diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's.


  • Positive:
    • Praised for its comprehensive and evidence-based approach to nutrition.
    • Has been translated into over 20 languages.
  • Negative:
    • Some critics argue that the book is too restrictive and may not be suitable for everyone.
    • Accused of promoting a vegan agenda.

Who Should Read It:

  • Individuals interested in improving their health and preventing chronic diseases.
  • Healthcare professionals seeking evidence-based dietary recommendations.
  • Anyone looking to adopt a more plant-based lifestyle.


Peter Trizuliak
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