I expected this book would offer something very unique, but I was surprised at just how conventional Mr. Johnston's ideas are with respect to diet. Other than suggesting the ingestion of a lot of rather exotic and somewhat expensive food supplements along with probiotics and a lot of potatoes and yogurt, there is very little new here. Johnston is pretty much into the "Lipid Hypothesis" way of thinking regarding fat consumption, red meat and his advocating what is decidedly a high carbohydrate low fat diet.
According to Johnston eating fat makes us fat. But this may be a simplistic and inaccurate view. There is a current school of thought that basically says Grandma was right all along, potatoes make us fat. Johnston does not bother to even acknowledge the controversy.
But let me get to specifics to make my thoughts regarding this book clearer. Mr. Johnston includes one sample menu for one day. Mr. Johnston suggests that by following this type of diet for just 30 days one should experience at a minimum, a weight loss of 20 pounds, AND detoxify ones kidneys and liver AND rid ones body of all harmful parasites AND transform ones life.
For purposes of understanding my concerns here regarding these claims, and because Johnston is talking first about weight loss, I would like to discuss calories first. I have added to Mr. Johnston's single menu for the food he recommends for his 30 day diet, the calories each of these foods represent. The calorie counts are based on my "Google research".
Even though this is supposed to be a weight loss diet Mr. Johnston advocates eating six times a day to "rev up" one's metabolism.
This is his menu with the calories I have added:
Breakfast: 1 cup oat meal 159, 1 cup skim milk 86, 1 handful raisons (1/2 cup) 246, Three egg whites 51, 3 oz ground Turkey 200, green tea 0. Total 742 calories
Morning Snack: Pear 98, 1 cup non fat yogurt 174 Total 272 calories
Lunch: Big veggie salad with olive oil 200, Tuna Pouch 90, 4 oz baked potato 107 Total 397 calories
Afternoon Snack: Repeat morning snack Total 272 calories
Dinner: 6 oz ground turkey 400, large salad with olive oil 200, steamed veggies 100, 4 oz whole wheat pasta 126 Total 826 calorie
Mid night snack: Large salad with 3 oz chicken 250, fruit with non fat yogurt 250 Total 500 calories
TOTAL CALORIES FOR THE DAY = 3,009 Calories.
Mr. Johnston is quite familiar with water fasting and all the things he says should happen to you after 30 days on this diet appear to be torn from a book on water fasting. This 3009 calorie per day diet, according to Johnston, is supposed not only result in a minimum loss of 20 pounds, but to restore ones liver and kidneys to healthy functioning while getting rid of all the bad parasites. But I can say truthfully that the only thing that would happen to me on a 3009 calorie per day diet is that I would get fat.
The 742 calorie breakfast, the first of SIX meals, made me wince. That is almost exactly the number of calories in a Big Mac and fries and actually has more grams of carbohydrate than a Big Mac and fries.
Because Johnston writes a lot about obesity I would like to have seen Johnston discuss the relationship of carbohydrate and insulin levels in the blood. And I would like to have seen some discussion regarding the effect that hormone can have on obesity and the related disease of diabetes. The reason that is important is that Johnston's recommended diet would clearly be problematical for anybody struggling with either of those issues.
So I am taking one star away for inaccuracy and another for incompleteness. Nevertheless the book is interesting. Johnston writes well and expresses his ideas clearly. I would recommend that you buy the book and judge the merits of the book on your own experience. Your experience might be quite different than mine.