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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-balanced between science and practical lifestyle recommendations, 22 Jan 2008
This review is from: The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight and Gain Health (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. Some have a sentence explaining the recipe and are presented in a friendly way with no exact measures and calorie breakdowns.

I haven't yet listened to the meditation CD nor read the first half in detail and so I am looking forward to picking up on the points of interest I mentioned in the second paragraph. Like with the books written by the USANA doctors, Dr Ray Strand and Dr Ladd MacNamara in particular, I'm grateful to add this book to my sharing collection and because of the recipes, I hope to reach a wider audience from it being kept in the kitchen rather than my study library ... and then I hope to be able to upgrade the 4 star rating.
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