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Good read but a bit too much pseudo science
on 1 May 2015
This book contains a lot of common sense - we all need to eat more fruit and vegetables. The typical modern diet is full of refined sugar, unhealthy fats, processed meat and too many carbs. However, there are some very unscientific points such as suggesting our diet should be 99.4% the same as a chimp because we have DNA that matches theirs to the tune of 99.4%. By that logic we should have a diet 90% the same as a house mouse! It does not work like that.
Also our species clearly evolved to be omnivorous, which is backed up by the archaeological record. We likely became a lot more intelligent than chimps because we found ways to include more protein in our diets. Nonetheless we would have eaten a great deal more green vegetation and fruit than most people today. We have taken things to extremes and many studies are now revealing the importance of green vegetables for immune system function and other critical biological processes. So I think she is right, but sometimes for the wrong reasons.
If you set aside the ardent raw foodist beliefs and soak up the excellent nutritional facts contained within this book then you won't go far wrong. It is fascinating that the author and her family resolved a number of health issues by drastically changing their diets. There is an important lesson here, no doubt, so don't be put off by the pseudo science. My friend's brother resolved his type 2 diabetes by switching to a low carb, vegan lifestyle.
Do I believe diet can fix a lot of problems? Yes.