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  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Hammersmith Press Limited (30 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781905140220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905140220
  • ASIN: 1905140223
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful By S. Mcnally on 25 Oct. 2009
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I never borrow books from the library as I hate giving them back. For some reason I borrowed this one and have had to go a buy a copy anyway as it is so good, everyone should have one.

I want to know why this book isn't on the reading book for all medical students. Every GP practice should have a copy and every practice nurse who talks about getting your cholesterol down, lowering your blood pressure, cutting out fat and and salt should be made to read this book. I found it completely fascinating, I turned every page as if I was reading a thriller, horrified by the findings Groves was listing from really powerful research. The thing is, and what is most frightening, he talks common sense throughout, but as far as I can tell nobody is listening.

We are being manipulated by the health industry, food industry, pharmaceutical industry and any other organisation who can make money out of us, to ruin our health.

Read this book and be amazed at what is being 'done' to us! I loved every single page!!! It is also written in a way that makes it really easy to read.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By GOAT on 16 Feb. 2011
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There are plenty of people who have written more about the book than I could say, but I will say a little.

I was born with Candida and first started showing the symptoms at 8. At 17, I had an entire diet-gut breakdown and have been on a selective diet for the last 8-9 years. I was always interested in nutrition and thought that I tried to cope with my Candida as best I could. When I developed RSI from all the typing I do in the NHS, I got fed up and asked for a biological answer from my sister, a nutritionist, who had spent years studying this subject material.

We realised my RSI, like arthritis, was caused by the undigested starches filtering into the bloodstream through a leaky gut wall. Reduce the starches, bump up the probiotics, boost digestion with fat, heal the gut wall and increase rate of absorption.

This book has changed my life and my perception of what constitutes a healthy diet. I recommend it to everyone.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Ellwood on 7 Feb. 2009
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Doctor Barry Groves has come up with another hard-hitting winner here. He demolishes a lot of the myths about "healthy eating" and much of what many of us have taken for granted for many years about living healthily .

It is perfectly compatible with his previous work ("Natural Health and Weight Loss", but, perhaps out of a justified sense of urgency, he "takes the gloves off" to some extent, telling it like it is.

And no wonder. The mainstream diet and health "gurus" bleat on about the "mystery" of the obesity epidemic. There is no mystery. Because of the misguided attack on saturated fats / animal fats that started during the last quarter (or so) of the 20th century, it was dogmatically decided that a "healthy diet" had to be low in fat, and rich in carbohydrates, and "healthy" fibre. Surprise, surprise, obesity rates went up, cancer rates went up, and type 2 Diabetes became an epidemic. The "healthy diet" was successful, but the patients were, and are, dying.

Barry uncovers all this and much more. If you read this book, you should also read Gary Taubes, and if you have already read Gary Taubes, you should read this.
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By L. Chattam on 10 Feb. 2010
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I have had this book for just over a week and it is an extremely interesting read with just one or two bits that require a second read to comprehend. Overall it continues to produce 'light bulb' moments in each chapter. As a retired lady who has been dieting for over 40 years with little success and feeling nutritionally deprived and hungry for the best part of those years I see how I have been led up the garden path with incorrect advice given by medical professionals. I have always been anti medication where possible and fell out with my doctor recently as she was insistent that I took statins for a cholesterol level of 5.5 which I did not think necessary and believed that I was being coerced for reasons of 'targets' in the practice. After one visit when I felt I was being bullied I changed GPs. As previous reviewers stated I think this book should be compulsory reading for all doctors and I most certainly believe that the pharmaceutical companies are in the business of putting profit before health.

The theory that animal fats are not evil and are in fact essential to good health makes perfect sense and is enlightening but after 40 years of living as fat free as possible (and still being morbidly obese) it will take a while to get my head round actually eating cream and butter.

I have ordered Barry's book 'Eat fat get thin' and hope that the menu plans can start to undo all the years of bad advice and perhaps a thinner lady will emerge.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By HCD on 21 Jun. 2011
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This book is very addictive and hard to put down once you start reading it. I actually bought it as a birthday present for a friend, but found it so readable that I kept it and bought her something else. It's very thought provoking and gets you questioning everything you'd previously been told about what's good for you. My most memorable bit so far is about how death rates fall when doctors go on strike, the point being that sometimes the treatment is worse for you than the actual illness. Well worth buying.
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