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What the Health

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EUNICE WONG is a multiple-award-winning actor, writer, and editor who wrote The Sustainability Secret in collaboration with Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. She trained at the Juilliard School and has performed extensively on professional stages nationwide. She is Chief Editor of Truthdig's Book Review and its Countering Violence Against Women series.

Hardcover, 414 pages
Published February 22nd 2017 by Xlibris
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Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
6. Eat. REAL FOOD. Everything In Moderation! GIF - Healthy Diet Vegetables GIFs

All too often, people think they have no choice but to get and live with chronic illness. It's bad genes, their parents had this, they are powerless when it comes to preventing the same disease in themselves, nothing to do but take medications and hope for the best. However, this is often not the case and we have more power over disease and illness than the pharmaceutical companies would have us believe. What if we can prevent and reverse Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and man
Leigh Collazo
I read this book after binge-watching What the Health, Forks Over Knives, Earthlings, Food, Inc., and several other documentaries about where our food comes from and why we need to rethink eating animal products. The book-version of What the Health is similar to the documentary, but it goes a bit deeper and includes extended interviews from the people in the documentary. I do understand why people question the science here--the doc makes some wild comparisons and claims--but I still very much ag ...more
debbicat *made of stardust*
Very good. A companion book to the documentary, What the Health, which I loved. I was already vegan when I saw the documentary, but I later knew of some friends who became vegan after viewing the documentary. I highly recommend this book. More in depth. Thrilled I got an opportunity to read it over Christmas break. Many 🙏 thank yous to NetGalley and one of my favorite publishers for allowing me a digital copy to read and review. 5 stars!
Todd Myers
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Companion book to the documentary, more in depth in the interviews they conducted while filming, more facts, and scientific research included as well. Worth reading if you've seen the documentary on Netflix, even if you haven't still worth reading. It can and will change how you look at our food system and our overall health care in the US, possibly the world. ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
"The diseases and disorders that are 100 percent genetically determined include Down Syndrome, sickle-cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia and Huntington's Disease."

"The reason that most people have more fecal bacteria in their kitchen sinks than their toilet seats is likely because they prepare their chickens in the kitchen, not the bathroom."

"If you are going to make an important first step that would improve your health, get the dairy out of your diet."

"Legumes are the one food associated
Lisa Gaunky
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This really sums up a lot of the issues surrounding eating a plant-based diet in a powerful way. It's about the health of our bodies, our communities, our's about compassion and moving forward with strength. I have been eating healthy vegan for a couple of months now and reading a lot of books about the various aspects of eating this way, and I was impressed by this book!
Özgün Balaban
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I watched "What the Health" documentary and I turned vegan. Then I got interested in books/documentaries about veganism, watched "Forks over knives" and bunch of others. When I saw the book of What the Health, I was interested because I wanted to check the papers myself. This book reference all the sources used in the book/documentary. Quite detailed and engaging, after reading the book I was surprised in my lack of knowledge about the food industry practices. ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was OUTSTANDING! I highly recommend to everyone- vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters, people who have seen the movie, people who haven’t seen the movie.
It’s a game changer. It’s filled with facts, data and personal stories. It’s a page turner even though it may not seem like it would be.
Ann Marie Keim
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had me gagging at times and speechless at others. You'll never look at meat or the pharmaceutical industries the same way again! Confirmed what I suspected about the govt so that part was no surprise. Easy good read that could change your life. ...more
Eileen Gonzalez
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye-opening and life-changing.

As consumers of animal products, we often do not hear about the adverse effects animal products have on our health. The information presented in this book is soundly based on interviews and a plethora of scientific studies.
Brian McNease
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eating will never be the same again. Life-changing book! I recently watched the documentary, which was also really good, but enjoyed the additional detail and thoroughness contained in the book. Highly recommend to anyone looking for enhanced health.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much important information that will totally change your life if you let it.
Carla Turcotte
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Companion to the documentary. Everyone should read this, seriously.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eye opening. Life changing.
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Read it ! You will never look or think about food the same way again.
Ann Croce
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Everyone should read it! It's a real eye opener about the food they are selling us! ...more
Christine Carey
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be required reading for every single person in America!
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, food
Thank you #NetGalley for providing me with this digital edition of What the Health!


A print companion to the documentary film of the same name, What the Health explores the Standard American Diet, why Americans are sicker and unhealthier than ever, and how the food industry literally feeds into our lack of understanding about our biology and how on a daily basis, most Americans are making dietary choices that are literally slowly killing them. Sound dramatic? It's not. The data and studi
Marathon County Public Library
Based on the Netflix documentary of the same name, this is an absolute must read for anyone looking for the truth behind the Standard American Diet and information on what the healthiest way of eating actually is. Backed by scientific studies and packed with recipes, this is an eye-opening resource for anyone looking to take control of their health.

As someone who wants to give myself the best possible chance of avoiding serious illness and diseases like Alzheimer's and cancer, I am so thankful
Michelle Mallette
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a disappointment. I chose this book because I am concerned about the medicalization of our health: that health care is about treatment rather than prevention and that the pharmaceutical industry has no place in television and print media. Unfortunately this is not a balanced, critical analysis of how North Americans are relying too heavily on pills, but rather a skewed pseudo-scientific call to veganism. I am actually on the path to vegetarianism, and some of the information in here is ...more
Keetha Mosley
The companion book to the documentary, What the Health was what I thought it would be, only with more horrific-ness. Whatever your stance may be on vegan versus paleo, for instance, it's worth a read, for nothing else than to learn more about the way lobbyists affect guidelines from American Cancer Society, the USDA food pyramid, and the like. ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
While this book veers into the sensational, anecdotal and childishly hyperbolic at times (“Chimps also scratch their butts in public and throw faeces at people. I don’t think we should do that.”), I was a sometime meat eater and now I’m a vegan. That’s quite a big change.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A compilation of all the whole-food, plant-based champions, so not too much new information here. The plight of those living near factory farms was tough reading, but much tougher for those living it.
Ro Scott
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the makers of What the Health Documentary came this book. I had to read the book. There is a lot of research into what is in this book. He tells the secret to preventing and even reversing many chronic diseases. There is also a cookbook but in this book are many really good recipes.
Dyane Harwood
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved "What the Health"! The film by the same authors was lifechanging and this book is fantastic as well. (I knew it would be.) I highly, highly recommend reading Andersen and Kuhn's extraordinary book. ...more
Cindy Miller
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Changed my life. Saving the planet and my health at the same time
Colleen Burns
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book.. Nothing I didn’t know already. Everything is bad for you! I’m still going to eat chicken and fish! Reading this was interesting..
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“It’s a demonic feedback loop. Let me see if I can get this straight. Pharmaceutical companies sell mountains of drugs to factory farms, which depend on them to maintain their abnormally intensive systems. The animals develop antibiotic resistance that spreads to humans. Humans need stronger drugs. In the meantime, the animal industries flood the government with cash in exchange for subsidies. The government, invested in keeping the generous animal food lobbies flush, runs federal programs pushing people to eat increasing amounts of animal-based foods. People oblige. People get sick, requiring medication for the rest of their lives, along with expensive medical procedures. The drugs and procedures falsely assure them that they can continue to eat the food that made them sick in the first place. People continue to support the animal agriculture industry by buying their products, which pay for studies to further convince the public that animal products are an essential part of a healthy diet. People continue to support the pharmaceutical companies because they are tethered to their prescription drugs. This allows drug companies to pay for the “education” of our doctors who prescribe more drugs to us. Then pharmaceutical companies sell mountains of drugs to factory farms…” 1 likes
“There are dictator genes. Those genes give orders—blue eyes or brown hair—and you don’t have any choice. The genes for diabetes, heart disease, or certain forms of cancer, they’re more like committees giving suggestions.” 0 likes
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