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Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life

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Two physicians unveil a revolutionary, accessible, science-based, patient-centered program for living an active, age-defying, disease-free life.

Healthcare is pulled and shaped by many forces, by drug and insurance companies looking for profits, by politicians in search of votes, and by stressed, overworked physicians who barely have time to talk to you before writing a p
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ebook, 352 pages
Published September 16th 2003 by Scribner (first published August 26th 2003)
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Lyndsey
The information in this book is overwhelming, but often it's because the authors explain specifics and cite research and examples. It's excellent, but I'll have to return to it and re-read several sections to get the full benefit of the information they offer.

I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn about and take responsibility for their health. As the title suggests, this book focuses on prevention --maintaining health to avoid so many of the issues that plague our modern soci
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Kj
This book is quite interesting, albeit fairly dated, having been published in 2003. Some of the recommendations are inappropriate, for example, avoiding saturated fat, using canola oil, and limiting protein sources. It's possible, and I believe this is true, that Dr Hyman has probably changed those aspects of his diet plan in his newer books. I will find out when I read those soon.

However, most of the other recommendations are excellent. He addresses not just diet, like many health professional
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Patrick
Ultraprevention largely confirms my suspicion that the American medical system is the best at providing acute care to problems that are definable and can be fixed. Thus, it also explains the reason why procedure oriented fields and fields where there is a magic pill that solves everything are compensated well while those in which complex mechanisms of action result in diseases are not compensated at all. I also believe that is what medicine should be as a way to treat problems that arise in the ...more
Elisabeth
Ultraprevention is one of the best overall health books I’ve read. The focus of the book is to understand basic health, and when facing common health ailments, how to fix the root causes rather than treating symptoms with drugs.

In order to help us lay people understand all the science behind our bodies, how they work, and how the food we eat affects our health, the authors have broken up the material into five sections, the “five forces of illness”. Each is explained in detail, and then comprehe
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Mallory
A patron at my library told me that his doctor suggested this book for him, and so I decided to read it for myself to see if this is a book I should be recommending to other patrons. I feel that the target audience is seniors, but I think that people in their 20s or 30s would benefit more from reading it. If the reader implements these lifestyle changes when they are still young, then they will likely lead longer and healthier lives. Rather than a 70 year old attempting to undo some of the damag ...more
Abby
I loved this book. I already loved one of the authors because he wrote "UltraMetabolism", which is also awesome. It gave me a complete paradigm shift. I have always gone to the doctor when I've been sick, and coincidentally with reading this book, I went to the doctor a couple times with an annoying recurring health issue thing. Perhaps the combination of all that, plus a lot of other books I've been reading in the last few months, completely woke me up. (That sentence doesn't make great sense, ...more
Deb
*Proactively pursuing wellness,*

The first in the Ultra-series of books, _Ultra-Prevention_ models a refreshing approach to wellness which focuses on proactively pursuing wellness vs. reactively fighting illness. This health-centric plan (best summarized by the authors' urging that "You don't have to wait until you are sick to get well.") exposes the five "forces of illness" underlying the majority of disease: malnutrition, impaired metabolism, inflammation, impaired detoxification, and oxidativ
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Lisa Jason
Life changing! A must read if you are interested in your health and aging well.
Amanda
Mostly good info - some outdated (use a full service gas station?? Are there any left?) - info is overwhelming as you are not going to be able to do all the things they say. If you have read about or know about healthy living a lot of info you know, some is contradictory.
Emily
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be as healthy as possible (both with existing conditions and avoiding problems in the future). Along with tips on supplementation, eating healthy, exercising, and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle it also gives an interesting look at how much traditional modern/western medicine fails its patients. For instance, in China doctors get paid for keeping their patients HEALTHY, not prescribing them drugs to cover up symptoms of underlying illn ...more
AF
I will probably never finish this book. Lots of bs, but I picked it up because it's supposed to help you "rid you body of allergens"...and I'll read anything if it suggests I might be able to avoid sneezing 76 times in a row (especially since I paid $2 for the book--what is there to lose?). While I'm all for a healthy lifestyle and even believe in the relief you can get from alternative medicine, we just can't know everything about the mainstream medical world, or the alternative. These guys cla ...more
Jessica
This the ultimate good nutrition book...I really needed a crash course on the human body and what different vitamins are good for, and what natural food sources they are found in. I even took notes so that I would remember. I'm not the best at living the nutrition guidelines it lays out, but I agree with a lot of what this book talks about. That we can prevent a lot of problems that our bodies encounter by monitoring what we eat and having a good exercise program. Overwhelming for some, inspirin ...more
Sara
Best book on health I have read in a long time. Written by M.D.s who back up their statements with scholarly sources. They say some of the same things my pediatrician (Dr. Leila Denmark, who is still alive at 111) used to tell me; lay off the milk, no sugar, take your vitamins, don't eat a lot of meat... and much more. They add to common sense with recent research, focusing on the whole body and not separating during diagnosis. If you want to be healthy, read this book and follow the advice.
Charlotte
If you're like my college roommates Jamie and Bonnie, you already know this stuff. This book claims to be able to prevent and even reverse almost all diseases, and I have no doubt it can. After reading it, I understand why people who have a testimony of the gospel don't join the Church. Who wants to exchange chocolate for cauliflower, even if it will help your health last as long as your life?
Michelle Devine
A brilliant read of medical and emotional sources of the most common diseases -from cancer to diabetes, stroke and Alzheimer's.
Worth a re-read to identify and remove toxins from the body, boosting the immune system and lowering your risk of inflammation from the most simplest sources.
Cindy
Jul 14, 2007 Cindy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to be healthy!
I read this book for my class "asian religions and medical systems". It explains the myths of modern medicine, and how to understand what's really right for your body. Warning: it will make you slightly paranoid about toxins everywhere! (theyre lurking.....)
Kathy
Lots of good ideas...so why did I go out and buy potato chips when I had $.50 cents left on a groupon? I'll have to see it in writing before I actually try any of the detoxifying habits, except chewing 50 times. I can remember that.
Julie
Excellent book. Great information about health! I've found it to be useful and will probably read it again, just to reinforce the newly gained knowledge I gained from this book. Helpful if you are wanting to improve your health.
Alex
It's so hard to know how nutrition really affects the body, but Hyman and Liponis seem to have a decent idea about how to approach things. And their prescription doesn't have you just eating avocados and sucking lemon juice.
Glenda
I revisited this 2003 book recently. The personal narrative was interesting but the 6-Week Plan was pretty high-level and leaves much of the figuring out exactly what to eat and how to supplement to the reader.
Jeanne
General good advice for all...eat fresh (ie for the most part, if it comes with a label don't eat it), exercise regularly (sweating is good), meditate daily (find stillness).
Rachel
This book gave me some good information and changed my attitudes a lot even though I didn't follow the rigorous 6 week plan it lists at the end (I'm not CRAZY).
Jessica
I actually read the first half of this book a couple of years ago. It's frightening among veterinarians, too, how many are still practicing medicine from the Dark Ages.
Alex
Great book with many ideas for health practices. I recommend this to anyone who are trying to be more healthy. It focusses on prevention rather than treating symptoms.
waking beasts
slow at first with too many case studies but interesting in the 2nd and 3rd parts of the book... one of the better brief health books i've read lately
Michelle Peet
This is a must-read for anyone wanting to experience true health. Although 10 years old now, it's still full of truly transformational information.
Corinne
I asked a very healthy friend who is a book nut what to read on this topic, and this was recommended. I did enjoy the book and found it insightful.
Kimberly Willson - St. Clair
I love the way these doctors write about getting the rust out! The guidelines for detoxifying are pretty straight forward and easy to follow....
Libbie Counselman
Excellent, but difficult to follow the plan rigidly (at least for me.) Good information for healthy eating and lifestyle, though.
Mike
Excellent book by two MD's who practice and write on alternative medicine and healthy lifestyle.
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Mark Hyman writes about sports for BusinessWeek and numerous other publications. Before that he worked for nearly 20 years as a reporter for newspapers including the Baltimore Sun (1986-1997) where he was an enterprise and investigative reporter in the sports department. Before that, he covered sports for the Baltimore News American (1983-86), Dallas Times Herald (1982-83), Philadelphia Bulletin ( ...more
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