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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849541396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849541398
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 679,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a controversial but also a highly enjoyable read --Mark Pack, co-editor of Lib Dem Voice --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Nicholson is the star columnist for www. football365.com. His We Ate All The Pies was longlisted for the 2010 William Hill Book of the Year prize.


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Funny, angry, insightful, informative and narrative - those are the five words that I would use to describe The Meat Fix by John Nicholson.

It is a unique book and a welcome and important addition to the growing number of books advising fellow humans that the dietary messages coming from our governments are terribly, dangerously wrong. From Dr Kaayla Daniel to Barry Groves to Mark Sisson to Dr Malcolm Kendrick - there is no shortage of outstanding literature, whether on general dietary advice or specific tomes on soy(a) or cholesterol. What is unique about this contribution is the raw, personal nature of the writing and the nothing-spared approach Nicholson has to telling his story.

And it is a story - a story of a young couple who left the modern world to live closer to nature, who decided that they couldn't kill the animals in their new environment and so it would be unethical to eat killed produce if they could not kill themselves. They became vegan. The book becomes the most graphic documentary of what happened next that you may ever read.

In the brilliant The Vegetarian Myth, Lierre Keith only touches on the legacy of damage that her veganism left. If you want a blow by blow account of how a vegan deteriorates physically, mentally and emotionally - Nicholson delivers. Sometimes crude, often painful, always heartfelt. If you don't want to become intimately acquainted with conditions such as haemorrhoids (piles) and the bowel consequences of eating "more fibre than a horse", then don't read this book - or skip the passages that spell it out. If you don't like swear words, then don't read this book.
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I picked this book up in a charity shop for 99p because it looked interesting as - like the authors experience - I am vegetarian and also have IBS. I wish I hasn't wasted my 99p. This book reads like a first year undergraduate essay with a bad, confused argument and is barely referenced. The style is cringeworthy throughout as Nicholson attempts to talk to a "lad" audience presumably in language that only an amoeba can understand. The central argument that the author puts forward is just blatantly incorrect. Nicholson reckons that eating meat 'cured' his IBS overnight but consistently throughout the book we see his subtle disclaimers that it was probably - as a vegan - his over-dependence on soya products which was to blame. However, this is not explicitly acknowledged and instead he focuses on a red herring - that meat consumption cured his IBS. This book could have been a really interesting expose of the soya industry and the implications that soya has for human health but instead it is written as a laddy rant. Disappointing.
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John Nicholson is an angry middle-aged man. He is justifiably angry because none of the doctors he consulted told him that his longstanding health problems were caused by his diet and could, in his case, be fixed overnight by eating meat instead of soya products. The book has clearly been written in the heat of this anger. That is both its strength and its weakness. The strength is that Nicholson writes the way he talks, and this style makes the book flow so well that I couldn't put it down. He calls a wuss a wuss. He rants, swears, moves effortlessly from one topic to the next, and provides laugh-out-loud moments. On the other side of the coin, we are short-changed on authoritative information.

In the first half of the book, Nicholson vividly tells his own story. In the second half, he expounds on what he has found out about healthy eating, repeatedly declaring along the way that much of the advice given on this subject by doctors and the NHS website is wrong. Some of this is fascinating and some of it may even be correct (I've encountered some of it in usually reliable sources). Unfortunately, Nicholson has no authority on this subject and does not appear to have done much research, so it would be unwise to rely on his conclusions. After criticising the NHS for recommending a "one size fits all" diet, he then provides "one size fits all" recommendations of his own. Admittedly, he prefaces his advice with "I'm not saying that this is the only or the definitive way to eat, only that if it suits me so well then it might suit you too". But how is any particular reader to know whether this diet will suit them any more than the NHS diet? I'll bet that everyone reading this knows some people who have thrived on a vegetarian diet and others who have withered on it.
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Like many other people John suffered from the useless and misguided advice of the mainstream medical establishment.

The modern diet is a million miles away from a natural human diet. Agriculture has only been around for 10,000 years or so, which is a blink of an eye in evolutionary terms.

I have been following a diet that is similar for some time and have never felt better. More energy, better sleep and I've lost weight.

It makes my blood boil that so much money goes into the disease-management system that is the National 'Health' Service.

If you are overweight, or heading towards diabetes, or just feeling pretty knackered then do yourself a favour and READ THIS BOOK.
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