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  • ASIN: B0029LHWGS
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Gardener on 31 July 2010
Format: Paperback
When I bought this book, I suffered from borderline high blood pressure and was slightly overweight. The book is very informative and easy to read, despite the many scientific research studies it includes. The author - one of the leading US American cardiologists - looks at heart disease in a holistic manner and advises treatment in several areas - nutrition, exercise, relaxation techniques, your environment, relationships etc.

After I finished reading this book, I started eating fat-free or very low fat dairy instead of reduced fat dairy, much less meat (even lean meat eaten regularly is not great for someone with heart disease), started doing yoga regularly, and try to have more than my 5 portions of fruit and veg every day.

What I liked very much about this book is the way the author includes some of his personal experiences. His style of writing is at times quite personal, e.g. when he gives his readers glimpses into his family live and when he talks about his love of chocolate. He has learned to be happy with one piece of the best quality dark chocolate every day and savours this little treat. This technique works! Instead of trying to deny myself chocolate and other treats for weeks and then eat a whole bar of chocolate in one go, I now also savour one piece of dark chocolate (Lindt is my favourite) every day and don't need more than that anymore.

The book contains plenty of nutritious recipes. The ones I have tried so far were easy to make and tasted very good. Sometimes you might wish to add a few more spices or herbs, depending on your taste, but it does show that low-fat healthy food can be delicious.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. M. M. Wilmot on 22 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Spectrum is like an inverted food pyramid with five recommended groups from most healthful to least healthful choice. Dr Dean Ornish has been around for 30 years saying roughly the same thing about nutrition and lifestyle and is now well recognised as being a leader and pioneer of his time. The book provides medical `proofs' and medical industry accolades which makes it easy to trust the content from the outset.

I found it to be well-balanced between science and practical lifestyle recommendations. It has recipes with photos and a guided meditation CD too. There is also emphasis on `belief over biology' matters, to borrow a phrase, meaning the need to take personal responsibility for our health and well-being and the power of mind over matter, in this case genes. It also makes the point that eating for pleasure can outweigh the calories stigma i.e. `live to eat' not `eat to live'.

Despite the 17-page table of representative foods for the five groups, recipes and photos, the first half of the book is set out to respond to the focus on `sickness' much like several other books I endorse which actually makes it more appealing reading! By this I mean it is set out in two parts - the first being an explanation of what the Spectrum involves and the second being how the Spectrum can assist with specific health conditions from losing weight and lowering blood pressure to the degenerative diseases of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Then the second half of the book contains 90-odd recipes, cooking tips, stock list and a fruit and veg season calendar for the American market with universal messages. The recipes look fun and will reinforce choices from other sources.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Ornish has written some landmark books including Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; and Love and Survival. Within those books, you will find life-changing scientific perspectives:

1. With proper diet, your health will improve without drugs or surgery.
2. With nurturing relationships, you'll feel better and live longer regardless of your health issues.
3. You don't have to feel hungry to lose weight.

Since Dr. Ornish first wrote those important lessons, other researchers have found more reasons for hope:

1. With diet and exercise, even genes that could harm you will be re-set to be helpful.
2. The combined effects of healthy living can multiply into more joy, energy, good moods, and excellent appearance.
3. Many more diseases can be reversed with diet, exercise, relationships, mindfulness, and stress reduction.

In addition, Dr. Ornish has done his own new research showing that prostate cancer can be slowed and somewhat improved through healthier living.

The Spectrum combines these lessons into one book, one source of scientific references, and one way of living for the first time. If you want to live a healthy life that will take you to your full physical and mental potential, The Spectrum is that book.

I've met Dr. Ornish. In person, he's a kind, gentle man who wouldn't ever say a harsh word to anyone. In public, critics have challenged his past ideas about reversing heart disease by saying it's too hard to keep on his pathway.

The Spectrum responds to the critics by explaining how much flexibility we have in each of these areas, depending on what our current health is. For most people, you don't have to be extreme or rigid.
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