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Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body's Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free [Paperback]

Joel Fuhrman
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15 Jan 2014

In Super Immunity, world-renowned health expert and New York Times bestselling author of Eat to Live Dr. Joel Fuhrman offers a nutritional guide to help you live longer, stronger, and disease free.

Dr. Fuhrman doesn’t believe the secret to staying healthy lies in medical care—rather, the solution is to change the way we eat. With more than 85 plant-based recipes, a two-week menu plan, and lists of super foods that boost immunity, Dr. Fuhrman’s proven strategies combine the latest data from clinical tests, nutritional research, and results from thousands of patients .

Fans of Alejandro Junger’s Clean, Mark Hyman’s Ultraprevention, and T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study will appreciate Dr. Fuhrman’s practical plan to prevent and reverse disease—no shots, drugs or sick days required.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (15 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062080644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062080646
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book proves that eating high nutrient dense foods is the best path to building a super immune system, leading to a healthy long life with a “sound mind” and the recipes are superb.” (Dr. Rudy Kachmann, Neurosurgeon, Kachmann Mind Body Institute)

“Super Immunity should be the book everyone is talking about. I encourage you to buy it, read it, and apply it so you can join the conversation on true health.” (Wayne S. Dysinger, MD, MPH, Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda UniversityPresident, American College of Lifestyle Medicine)

“Super Immunity is a much needed book that contains the key to ending the cycle of sickness that plagues many of our lives. This is enlightened medicine, at last!” (Dr. Alejandro Junger, New York Times bestselling author of CLEAN)

“Super Immunity”is a fantastic read that scientifically explains the origins of Western disease and lays out viable solutions to our unhealthy lifestyles. I will definitely be recommending this book to my patients!” (Garth Davis MD Star of TLC's "Big Medicine", Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Memorial City Hospital, Houston, Texas)

“When it comes to diet and health, the scientific evidence shows that one size really fits all. Super Immunity offers everybody the most sensible, most effective dietary approach to become and stay truly healthy.” (James Craner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACP Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Reno, NV Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine)

Super Immunity expertly yet succinctly combines the latest nutrition and scientific research, plus a handful of anecdotes from Fuhrman’s patients, into 170 pages of air-tight, irrefutable advice on how to get and stay healthy, even in an increasingly toxic and processed world.” (VegNews Magazine)

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The Science of Staying Healthy

The evidence is overwhelming: we can supercharge our immune system to protect our bodies against disease—everything from the common cold to cancer. Nutritional science has made phenomenal strides in recent years, and Dr. Fuhrman explains these discoveries while providing you with everything you need to turn this knowledge into action in your kitchen and in your life.

Super Immunity includes:

  • A dos and don'ts checklist for colds and flu prevention
  • The latest anticancer research
  • A proven strategy to reach and maintain your ideal weight forever
  • Lists of super foods for super immunity
  • A two-week daily menu planner
  • Over eighty-five super-delicious recipes

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Iona Main Stewart TOP 500 REVIEWER
I read this book in Danish since I got hold of it by mistake in this language.

I found the book to be somewhat scientifically formulated and to contain many unexplained abbreviations, or perhaps explained when first introduced but not subsequently, all of which did not make it an easy read.
(So it wasn't just the Danish.) There was no index, at least not in the Danish edition.

There is so much information in this book, that I will just indicate here those aspects of it that I found most interesting/valuable.

The catastrophic state of health among Americans is due to their atrocious diet - Americans suffer from a critical lack of phytochemicals (obtained from plants) and this has had extensive and serious consequences.

60% of the American diet consists of ready-made foodstuffs. These include foodstuffs containing white flour, added sugar/sweeteners and fats. These foodstuffs are generally filled with additives, colouring agents and preservatives and packed in plastic bags and cardboard containers. More than 25% of calories are derived from animal products, and Americans derive under 10% of their calories from unrefined plant foods such as fruit, beans, nuts, seeds and vegetables. This indication of 10% is misleading, however, since about half the vegetables consumed in the US are products made from potatoes, including chips (French fries) and crisps. The true number is 5%.

Dr. Fuhrman explains to us about macro- and micronutrients, Macronutrients are fats, carbohydrates, protein and water, while micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and enzymes. Eating habits comprising "superfoods" with their high content of micronutrients are the secret behind excellent health.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Education not Medication. 19 July 2013
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I'm a medical doctor and currently training to be a GP after having doing a couple years of Emergency Medicine. I spotted this book in Waterstones, it looked interesting so ordered it on my amazon app. The book is easy to read and the more you get into the book the harder it is to put down. I agree with Dr Fuhrman, that physicians today are largely the distribution arm of pharmaceutical companies whose goal is to make profit. It may sound cynical but doctors are good at diagnosing illnesses but very bad at health promotion and disease prevention simply because the medical school curriculum has so little focus on health. This is partly because most modern research into diseases is done by big pharmaceutical companies or they provide grants for such research.

Television series has elevated doctors in most people's minds, but when you are diagnosed with a serious illness, you will see how little doctors can really do for patients. Today we are seeing diseases in numbers not seen before even if we account for increasing population and better diagnostic techniques. Just a few months ago - Cancer Research UK stated that colon cancer has increased by 29% in men in the last 35 years. In medschool we were taught that 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with a cancer. MacMillan cancer services, which is charity supporting people diagnosed with cancer, believe that by 2020 - 1 in 2 people will have a diagnosis of cancer.

I often see patients in clinic who get recurrent colds, various other infections or boils and keep being asked, "doctor why do i keep getting these infections?", and often we often don't have a good answer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must if you want to be healthy! 30 Dec 2011
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This is the book to read if you want to get real health from inside out. I was already a vegan but now, after following the insight knowledge from Super Imnunity, specialy focusing on vegetables and beans, and the delicious recipes at the end, I feel more light and nourished than ever. The main formula works wonders on your system: Health=Nutrients/Calories. Go for it!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is only a review for the first half of the book, I did not try any recipe.
I always defined myself as carnivorous (although I love eating fruits) and never liked eating cooked vegetables or green leafs.
But the author makes a very good case, backed by scientific evidence, for a better diet based on grean leafs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, mushrooms, berries, and little meat if any.
He also debunks many myths such as all the drugs doctors prescribe for benign colds that only mask the symptoms without really curing the disease. I related to that part a lot: I instinctively never went to any doctor for colds and always let my body naturally deal with it.
Thanks to this book, I now know better what to eat and what to avoid, and the real consequences of the food that we all know we should avoid (refined sugar, wheat, processed food in general, etc.)

Now enough of the theory and let's talk about the practice.
If you're like me, fond of meat and fruits but not vegetables, a good solution I found was to buy a juicer.
I recommend the Omega 8004/8006 (in Europe it is called Omega 8224/8226) for that.

I basically juice carrots, apples, pears (I like those), maybe half a grapefruit, some tomatoes, and I add all those grean leafs (kale, chard, spinnach, anything) and vegetables (broccoli, coliflower, etc) that I normally never eat.
A juice made with a masticating juicer is extremely high in nutrition that will get absorbed within 10 to 15mn on an empty stomach.
I drink 0.5 to 1L a day (unless on holidays)
I've been doing this for few months, never been better.
My bowel movements occur more often and I have more energy.
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Interesting book but a little heavy reading.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara J. Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Amazing book, read it and re-read it many times. Great information backed up by science, clearly explaining what is happening, why is it happening, how is it happening and exactly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hana Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book with Excellent Information!
Brilliant Book. Very informative indeed. Excellent Advice too! I lost 2 stone very quickly using Dr Joel Fuhrmans plan & have so much energy when I juice its an amazing difference. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PrincessAngel
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this
Based on a mass of scientific evidence which is all listed in the rear of the book, this really shakes up conventional wisdom about diet and health. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is a very informative educational book with lot's of seriously great advice! It's very up-to-date that is for everyone!
Published 3 months ago by Kat
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I have been drifting towards Veganism for a while, though reading the Engine 2 diet this book is somewhere between the two Epstynes it's more scientific than Rip's Engine 2 books... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Surfer Nomad
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BUY
I found this book an excellent buy, since it was extremely informative, easy to read, and full of fascinating facts regarding what foods to eat in order to lead a healthy life.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. David Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is such a informative book, Dr Fuhrman makes good health easy,this book along with Eat To Live should be used in the NHS perhaps we would then not be such a fat unhealthy... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars good information
plenty of good information regarding diet and nutrition and probably very good for someone who is Vegan. I prefer a diet with more variety. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
Dr Fuhrman seems to talk good sense, certainly made me think twice about my diet.I would be very unwise not to give serious thought to the food I put into my body after reading... Read more
Published 19 months ago by MS C A PARKIN
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