Thursday, January 7, 2016

Let Food Be Your Medicine by Don Colbert, MD

I am very impressed with this book. I have read several of Colbert's books and I think this is his best one by far.

Colbert convinced me we can make good food choices that prevent, control, cure, or manage diseases like heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, dementia, hypertension, and most cancers. He is not opposed to medication but it should not be our default choice. We need to consider the foods we eat and the core issue of inflammation.

He shares his own experience of acute kidney failure while in medical school. His leg muscles were necrosed and he was told he'd never walk again. He managed to beat that but then developed a raging case of psoriasis. That began his study of diet, inflammation, food sensitivity, and food allergy.

Colbert gives us the essential elements of an anti-inflammatory diet, a modified Mediterranean Diet. He includes suggestions for specific diseases, such as arthritis and type 2 diabetes. He gives some convincing examples of how this eating plan has helped his patients.

I learned much from this book. I did not know that, “...every single degenerative disease has inflammation as the foundation. Every single one of them!” (57) That's why an anti-inflammatory diet is essential. I found out about the foods that feed cancer, like sugar. I learned about process foods and why it is important to avoid them. The same goes for GMO. I was reminded of the importance of exercise, like walking 30 minutes a day. I found out how hormones affect the appetite and how to find out if I am sensitive to a particular food.

I really like this book. While Colbert advocates a Mediterranean Diet eating plan, he provides particular modifications for dealing with many diseases, like ADD, dementia, and for loosing weight. Unlike other books I've read that try to sell you their own supplements, this book has everything you need to get your diet on track. I highly recommend it for those who are looking for a long-term healthy lifestyle diet.

Food for thought: “Nothing you eat is worth dying for.” (145)

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Don Colbert, MD graduated from ORU Medical School in 1984. He has been practicing medicine in Central Florida for over twenty five years. He has been board certified in family practice for over twenty five years and specializes in anti-aging medicine. He is a New York Times bestselling author who has written more than forty books. You can find out more at www.drcolbert.com.

Worthy Publishing, 250 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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