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The 4 Pillars of Health (Calm Masterclass #5)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,324 ratings  ·  114 reviews
In this Calm Masterclass, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, star of the BBC One TV series, Doctor in the House, explains how we’ve overcomplicated the concept of health. Through his proven diet and lifestyle changes, you’ll learn how to take control of your health and start living your best life today.

Over the course of his career, he's routinely helped his patients

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Published May 2018 by, Inc.
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Amy Westgarth
Read to satisfy the 'improve yourself' square of the reading challenge I'm doing this year. I've seen this guy on the telly box and liked the cut of his jib so picked this as it is brand new for 2018. I fully intended to blast through it, cross off the square and move on.

However... I got totally sucked in to the principles outlined in the book. It is full of common sense tips and advice to get your body and mind working at their best. Although backed up with science and case studies, it was
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flew through this book.
This is finally the health book I’ve been looking for. I’m now following Dr Chatterjee on social media as he’s a major game changer for health and the nhs.
(This guy is the only person that could save the nhs!)

So the book itself follows four simple principles regarding all aspects of health. I think if We let one of those slip and our body will suffer.

So two days into reading the book I realised I’m low in iron (now on the path of rectification) and my gut bacteria will
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book. So easy to read, and completely practical at the same time. I've been enjoying Rangan Chatterjee's podcast recently and so I knew I had to pick up this book. A lot of the suggestions initially are things you probably are already aware of - things like drink more water, walk more, enjoy your caffeine before noon, etc. - but I found Chatterjee's suggestions on how to implement healthier practices to be novel and above all achievable. There is no 0 to 100 approach with him - even ...more
Ms samantha lincoln-owen
Amazing a must read

As a health professional this book has changed my management of my patients, I recommend it constantly. On a personal level, despite thinking I was fit and health I have come to realise that there is always room for improvement, which can be fun as well as life changing. I am so looking forward to hearing Dr Chatterjee speak in the RGCP accredited course in London in April.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If only Rangan Chatterjee were my local doctor. There’d be none of this ‘no available appointments’ rubbish- there’d be consultations, there’d be follow -ups! There’d be goal-setting and a rainbow food chart to stick on my fridge. All his patients, who he’d know by name and medical issue , would be a little bit in love with him, and may be rewarded by becoming an anecdote in his latest book, before skipping off into the sunset with their new-found health.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s not rocket science but it is amazing in its simplicity and effectiveness

We often get caught in the trap of doing the same but wrong thing day in day constantly checking our iPhone in the evening in case someone has emailed from work and you must see it and respond to it. I’ve fallen into this trap and if the phones beside me I’m checking it far too often. I decided to do one simple thing. Put my phone in the kitchen at 7.30pm and don’t look at it again until I’ve had my coffee in
Jonathan Harris
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy to read, short, practical-to-implement, everyday sensible health book for all.
A perfect 'January book' if ever I read one.
I read this book on recommendation from a friend and although I’ve read a few books of this ilk, this is one of the best ones. It’s so accessible, so actionable for anyone!

Dr Chaterjee’s pillars of EAT, SLEEP, RELAX and MOVE is an amazing way to focus on the things you need to prioritise in life to feel and be healthier physically and mentally.

He’s a U.K. based practicing GP (so understands our healthcare system) and he’s not selling a product, he’s not selling anything other than free, easy
Clive Freeman
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many good ideas in this book - little ways you can improve your life, each supporting one of Dr Chatterjee's four pillars of Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep. The author is a GP in the UK National Health Service, as well as an author and occasionally a TV doctor, and one of the nice elements of the book for me was the little stories of how he has used some of these practices to improve the lives of his patients, often without having to resort to additional medication. He is a strong believer in ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first impression was that this was a coffee table book with little or no substance, I was so wrong. The presentation is a bit unusual but there is a lot of interesting content with useful summaries throughout. Occasionally there are apparently pointless pictures, but maybe I am missing the point as I suspect the publishers want this book to be read by a wider audience. It should be widely read as well, Dr. Chatterjee is just right, about everything. Lifestyle, food, exercise, stress, sleep, ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. It’s not too long, yet vety informative - excellent for anyone just starting to care about their health (which should be everyone but sadly... not the reality we live in). Let me put it this way, if you care about your health, but you find there’s too many approaches, diets and tips out there, that the tides are always changing and they (whoever they are) are telling us to do something else every year or even more frequently, so you find yourself frustrated or even intimidated, THIS IS ...more
Henrik Haapala
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For me this book represents the best summary of general health and daily routines for optimum health I have ever seen with an appropriate dose of science and simple but not too simple.

Some key takeaways:

• Periodic fasting every day
• 10000 steps/day ideally
• Get movement from everything, everyday
• No caffeine after 12 o’clock
• A few minutes of meditation every day, breathing deeply
• Drinking more water
• Avoiding inflammation
• Kitchen exercise routine
• Glutes training program
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doctor’s advice that feels achievable and motivating. It’s not about abstaining, rather being in control. I highly recommend you to either listen to this audiobook like I did or read it. ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are well read on the subject there is nothing new here, but it is easy to read and well put together.
Iona  Stewart
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book, providing us with basic, necessary information about how to keep or regain our health. Dr. Chatterjee tells us how to relax, eat, move and sleep, these being the four pillars of health.

With his tv-show “Doctor in the House” Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is educating the British public about how to become healthy. This show has been sold to about 70 other countries but unfortunately the Danish TV companies (I live in Denmark) are apparently not interested. Tough luck for us.

Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book on offer at Tesco. It had a big advertising featurette in The Bookseller, and I suspect that my buying it was not a coincidence. Here’s hoping that unsubscribing from The Bookseller will lower my book-buying budget!

I wanted to improve my lifestyle in some vague, effortless kind of way. This book had a nice, illustrated feel to it and is written by a qualified GP who has appeared on BBC. I thought I’d give it a go. Little I knew that I would become a convert.

This is not a
Jiji Tharayil
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. It's amazing how our lifestyle connects with the several issues - big and small we face. We've heard time and time again, to reduce the usage of phones, eat more vegetables, sleep well, get enough exercise, but we let them pass, despite knowing how changing habits could change our life. However, when explained with such clarity and preciseness, along with scientific backing, you'd be convinced to make good changes, and it isn't just the usual tips that the book covers. I've ...more
Diana Yerkess
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting for this book with great anticipation and I am certainly not disappointed.

For anybody who wants to take control of their health without the use of chemical intervention or at least a reduction, this is a must
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book looking at the interactions of 4 areas of life: relaxation, eating, moving and sleep. It looks at improving your health and well-being by holistically addressing these areas.
Loads of practical advice and suggestions without loads of medical jargon.
I’d highly recommend it!
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Superb! Anyone wanting to re haul their health and lifestyle this is the book for you!
Erik Golbiw
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an easy read. Provides some quality advice on how to implement changes that will positively affect your life.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Very easy to read and follow and the interventions make sense. This isn’t at all “preachy”, just common sense and presented in such a way as to inspire you to make changes to your lifestyle.
Peter Burns
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and thought provoking. I've already taken some of the advice given by the good doctor, I drink more water and don't drink caffeine after lunchtime and have stopped alcohol.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heard a podcast, then this popped up on a daily deal. Will admit to be being slightly distrustful of the advice here- as a GP he makes some bold claims : that living according to his 4 pillars will potentially negate the need for medication. However, given that I wish to avoid medication, I will give it a go. May get an extra star, may take one off. We shall see 1 month from now...
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Common-sense advice on how to be healthier in incremental changes.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read with many concepts I'm already familiar with but written in an easily readable style.
Antonia Andersson
Inspirational and easy to read and comprehend.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Really readable, practical book on how to improve your health, wellbeing and ultimately live longer. Written by a practicing UK GP, and based on current research, Dr Chatterjee has a holistic view to illness and looks at the underlying cause rather than prescribing drugs.
His 4 pillar plan relates to improving/ making changes to your relax/down time, eating, moving, and most importantly sleep. Rather than focusing on one aspect e.g diet, as so many of us do, he has a balanced approach advocating
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As I am already really familiar with the holistic concepts contained in here, I was able to just skim through this really quickly. I've never been someone that reads or appreciates 'self-help' books (or even recipe books!). But I do think Dr Chatterjee approaches things with a much-needed dose of common sense. I found this book to be a good mix of being informative and still easy to read with some real-life examples from his patients. So I'd recommend this as a very accessible straightforward ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Dr. Rangan Chatterjee's Feel Better Live More podcast, and it was this which inspired me to read The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move, Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life.

If you are familiar with the podcast episodes, there's little which is new here, nevertheless this book is full of sound advice based on Dr Chatterjee's four pillars: relaxation, food, sleep, and movement.

Dr Chatterjee takes a wholistic approach to health and wellbeing and has identified a number of small,
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Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most influential doctors in the UK and wants to change how medicine will be practised in years to come. He has been called a pioneer and is changing the way that we look at illness. He is known for finding the root cause of people's problems and he highlighted his methods in the ground-breaking BBC television show, Doctor in the House, which has been ...more
“We’re all familiar with the idea that lifestyle can be the cause of disease. What’s not common knowledge is that a change in lifestyle can also be the treatment and prevent us from getting sick in the first place.” 2 likes
“A part of the problem is that overconsumption of sugar seems to alter our taste buds. As they become used to it, our bodies crave more and more. One illuminating 2016 study compared two groups of people who, initially, were consuming the same amount of sugar. One group was put on a low-sugar diet whilst the other group continued on their existing one. The group consuming a low-sugar diet rated the same dessert as sweeter than the group who had not reduced their sugar intake. As every month passed, they rated it as more and more sweet. This is further evidence that reducing your intake of sugar changes your sense of taste.” 0 likes
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