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The Diet Delusion: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Loss and Disease
The Diet Delusion: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Loss and Disease
by Gary Taubes
Edition: Hardcover

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important book on nutrition you'll, 4 Jan. 2008
This is probably the most useful book on the impact of diet on health you'll ever read. Partly because Taubes succinctly overviews the diet-heart controversy, and partly because, generally, he manages to explain to the layman the research and its implications. The great value for me was his development of the alternative theory to the saturated fat/cholesterol hypothesis dominant now since the 1960s. The alternative carbohydrate hypothesis is not new, and obesity specialists had been very successful in treating obese and diabetic patients with low carb/high fat diets for decades before the 1960s. Taubes interviews scientists and reviews the research since the 1900s to the present, showing how the specialists that are studying blood components in relation to the major diseases - cardiovascular, obesity and diabetes - demonstrate that by far the best predictors of any of the "diseases of civilisation" are certain fractions of blood lipoproteins and fats known as triglycerides, along with elevated blood sugar and insulin - not cholesterol or total LDL (demonised in popular health policy statements). Guest what? These "VLDLs", triglycerides and insulin/glucose characteristics are only produced in quantities associated with disease through a high carb low fat diet.... the very diet that the "experts" tell us to use.


Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on DI
Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on DI
by Gary Taubes
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sence Good advice, 20 Nov. 2007
This is probably the most useful book on the impact of diet on health you'll ever read. Partly because Taubes succinctly overviews the diet-heart controversy, and partly because, generally, he manages to explain to the layman the research and its implications. The great value for me was his development of the alternative theory to the saturated fat/cholesterol hypothesis dominant now since the 1960s. Although the alternative carbohydrate hypothesis is not new, Taubes interviews scientists and their reviews the research since the 1950s to the present, showing how the specialists that are studying blood components in relation to the major diseases - cardiovascular, obesity and diabetes - demonstrate that by far the best predictors of any of these "diseases of civilisation" are certain fractions of blood lipoproteins and fats known as triglycerides - not cholesterol or total LDL (demonised in popular health policy statements). Guest what? These "VLDLs" and triglycerides are only produced in quantities associated with disease through a high carb low fat diet.... the very diet that the "experts" tell to use.


Mr Weston's Good Wine (Vintage Classics)
Mr Weston's Good Wine (Vintage Classics)
by T.F. Powys
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars should be rediscovered, 19 Jan. 2007
all of Theodore Powy's books should be rediscovered for a new generation

his stories are the written equivalent of Stanley Spencer's paintings

they richly describe the small goings-on of country village individuals long forgotten in the uk, but are redolent of allegorical dramas on the cosmic and moral scale. quirky and engrossing, these books should be read with the possessive guilty pleasure of a dog that's stolen the juiciest bone he has ever seen.


The Great Cholesterol Con
The Great Cholesterol Con
by Anthony Colpo
Edition: Paperback

25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A demolition of a long hyped myth, 9 July 2006
There is not enough space to explain how important this work is. sysematically, i reviews and explains the studies on the relationship between cholesterol/saturated fat and cardiovascular disease, demonstrating clearly how most of the research emphatically does not support the "lipid hypothesis" as it's often referred to. Anthony reveals all the references, and, if you want to, like me, you can check them - he has never misquoted a study in my experience. Any scientist or nutritionist can use this as the standard bibliography and review of the hypothesis, because none else has covered it so well nor unbiastly - for most other reviews are selective and mileadingly biased, systematically ognoring the overwhelmingly negative research. Tell your friends about it, this is the most important book to grace this publisher in a long time.


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