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How Not to Die

Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.


From the physician behind the wildly popular NutritionFacts website, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America-heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more-and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.

The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The fifteen leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn't have to be the case. By following Dr. Greger's advice, all of it backed up by strong scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer.

History of prostate cancer in your family? Put down that glass of milk and add flaxseed to your diet whenever you can. Have high blood pressure? Hibiscus tea can work better than a leading hypertensive drug-and without the side effects. Fighting off liver disease? Drinking coffee can reduce liver inflammation. Battling breast cancer? Consuming soy is associated with prolonged survival. Worried about heart disease (the number 1 killer in the United States)? Switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to prevent the disease but often stop it in its tracks.

In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top fifteen causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen -a checklist of the twelve foods we should consume every day.Full of practical, actionable advice and surprising, cutting edge nutritional science, these doctor's orders are just what we need to live longer, healthier lives.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 23, 2015 – Physician Greger tackles 15 major diseases (including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease) one by one, presenting a wealth of research to shore up his assertion that most of these ailments can be prevented by diet and lifestyle choices. Readers familiar with Greger's website,, won't be surprised by his claim that nutrition is the key. Beginning with heart disease, the number-one killer in the U.S., Greger, an avid proponent of a whole-food, plant-based diet, runs through the statistics to demonstrate the importance of food choices. He points out, for instance, that in rural China and Africa, where heart disease rates are low, a plant-based diet is the norm, but in the U.S., where fatty meats and junk foods are staples even in childhood, atherosclerosis sets in early on. Along with discouraging observations about "the Standard American Diet," Greger serves up practical dietary suggestions. He urges readers to take charge of their health, and faults the medical profession for neglecting the significance of nutrition. This evidence-based guide unpacks information useful to carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike, making a strong case for the healing power of food.

Customer Reviews

Can't wait!

This guy is my goto for all things nutrition. A wealth of knowledge, and his book will tell you how to live a long, healthy, and amazing life!

Eye Opener on the Reality of Diseases

I just finished chapter 1 and I am seeing all of the symptoms of an elderly 91 year old friend. Everything in this book is true. Please read this. The life you save might be your own. I am ready to make lifestyle changes now.

How not to die

Totally enjoyed the straight forward truth and clinically supported trials results. Looking forward to applying whole food plant based diet to my life, nice to have a simple way to have helpful information to further where I am currently at eating wise. I am looking forward to aging healthily and enjoying good quality of life as I age currently 55 years old and very healthy.

How Not to Die
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Diet & Nutrition
  • Published: Dec 08, 2015
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 990 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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