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The New Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford
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Mar 09, 2012

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This book provides an easy to read overview on nutrition and vitamins.

This book explains how antioxidants work together, how to lower your homocysteine levels, how to reduce cancer risk, the safe limits of each vitamin and mineral (even if the numbers given are quite conservative and so perhaps not very useful) and which foods they are in, plus has sections on detoxing and digestion, lots of information on diet, and lists which foods are highest in antioxidants and much more.

Most information is aimed more at maintaining health rather than treating serious disease, so this book is mostly for wlel people that want to stay well.

But even so, this book is still very useful for educating yourself about how the body works in many ways as part of a wider health reading program.

The sections on diet are poor and the author recommends a diet still too carb heavy for many of us, and too low in healthy fats and which excludes many very important traditional foods probably due to a vegetarian bias. Yes vegetables and fruit are important but what about how important meat is, or eggs, or raw cultured vegetables, or kefir, or homemade 24 hour yogurt made with unprocessed milk, or organ meats? Vegetables are not the only important health foods!

This book is best combined with really excellent books on diet such as Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats and books on reducing your total load and detoxification and so on such as 'Detoxify or Die' by Dr Sherry Rogers and the book on sauna use by Dr Lawrence Wilson as well as Dr Atkin's Vita-Nutrient Solution book.

(As with almost all health books what he says about 'CFS' (and even M.E., appallingly) is ridiculous and should be ignored fully by everyone, no matter their diagnosis, but overall this book is very useful. 'CFS' is a wastebasket term and not a distinct disease. Patients need a real diagnosis and real help, not to be fobbed off with this unhelpful MISdiagnosis! M.E. is not the same as 'CFS')

I'd give this book a 6 or 7/10.

Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for Myalgic Encepahlomyelitis

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