From the author of the landmark bestseller Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease comes an empowering new program that enables you to customize a healthy way of eating and living based on your own desires, needs, and genetic predispositions.
Dr. Dean Ornish revolutionized medicine by directing clinical research proving–for the first time–that heart disease and early-stage prostate cancer may be stopped or even reversed by his program of comprehensive lifestyle changes, without drugs or surgery. His newest research was the first to show that changing your lifestyle changes your genes in men with prostate cancer–“turning on” disease-preventing genes, and “turning off” genes that promote breast cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses, and in only three months. This study documented, also for the first time, that these lifestyle changes may significantly increase an enzyme that lengthens telomeres–the ends of your chromosomes that control how long you live. As your telomeres get longer, your life gets longer. Your genes are not your fate.
The Spectrum features one hundred easy-to-prepare, delicious recipes from award-winning chef Art Smith. Whether you want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, reverse a major disease, or find a sustainable, joyful lifestyle,The Spectrum can make a powerful difference in your health and well-being.
3 Stars Good – but his older works are better
Ornish’s book on Reversing Heart Disease is the background for this book. It helps if you have read that one. His book on Everyday Cooking has a lot more recipes. However, “The Spectrum” is a good book, especially for the person who will not take the time to read his more comprehensive works.
2 Stars Not What I Ex”Spected”—-”Eat to Live” is still #1
Although “The Spectrum” does offer sound dietary advice unlike the dangerous & gimmicky fad diets of the past 10 years (Atkins, Zone, Meditteranean, Blood Type, etc.), it contained very little up-to-date dietary information that I was hoping for. Only 20% of this book directly discusses nutrition (with about 12 pages of charts showing what foods are in the good and bad ends of the “spectrum”). It seemed intentionally vague when it comes to helping you decide what to eat, in an attepmt to give the reader the feeling of “power of choice”. “The Spectrum” tries to cover too many topics I found either un-important or un-intersting. About 50% of the book deals with the emotions, stress, science, meditation, love, etc., and is written in a manner much too “soft/gentle” for my taste. The remaining 30% (last two chapters) contains fairly involved recipes & cooking techniques, many of which seem way too time intesive for my busy life. The scientific studies backing Dr. Ornish’s advise seems legit (regarding genetics & reversal of heart disease), and I respect what he has been trying to accomplish during his career.
I read “Eat to Live” (2003 by Dr. Joel Fuhrman) a few years back. It is a much better book in my opinion, and the best diet/nutrtion book I have read to date. It is based on very similar principles (although is more restrictive, especially with fish). It’s information is presented in a more concise & useful manner, with a direct, no-nonsense approach (which I prefer and find more motivating). The simple concept of “nutrient density” just clicked with me. I have incorporated most of the principles of that book into my diet for the past few years with great results, and I often refer back to it every now and again. I guess I was hoping for something new and “fresh” to re-inspire me, but “The Spectrum” did not deliver.
5 Stars Excellent book, good advise, proven health plan
I first became aware of Dr. Dean Ornish when I read his book “Eat More Weight Less”. It has been many years since that time and although I believed it was a good, informative book, I was not ready to follow his suggestions. I’ve since received a diagnosis of calcification of the arteries and was prescribed statin drugs. I did not like the side effects and decided to look for alternatives. I was directed back to Dr. Ornish by another doctor and I bought this book and I am seriously following his advise.
The book is well organized, his writing is clear and he cites credible scientific studies to back his claims. In the book he explains why it’s important to follow his diet and nutrition program and he explains how to do it. There are lots of explanations and detailed charts of the various foods and nutrients that should be eaten to promote good health and reverse heart disease.
His program has worked very well for me so far. I’ve dropped a few pounds although that was not my main goal because my weight was under control (my BMI is now 21.5). However, my body really feels much better in many respects. My IBS is practically gone. Muscular weakness as well as aches and pains I was suffering, are a thing of the past. I look forward with anticipation at the results of my next blood tests. I am confident that I will improve just as many others have done.
If you are looking for a guide to good health and a more enjoyable life, this is it!
5 Stars An added dimension
This book is similar to other books with respect to exercise and diet. But what makes this book special is it adds simple to do and understand meditation techniques. The added value of meditation is a phenomenon that you should include in your life. Especially from a stress management point of view. The DVD included with the book is very helpful. It shows how to meditate.
5 Stars Good information if you want to change yourr eating lifestyle
Having been a Weight Watcher for many years, a healthy eater, and reader of MANY diet books, I rate this very high on the list. To be honest, I haven’t finished it yet, but I have read most of it. I wanted to go healthier-vegetarian, and I have done it. It wasn’t that hard as I was 3/4 there already. I think it would be difficult for someone who has never been on a diet before to do this because you would have to give up so much, but, for me it wasn’t since I gave up all those yucchy foods years ago.
To those who may be interested – I am 59. My blood pressure is good, my cholesterol is good and I rated the lowest end of the scale for diabetes. If you need to change your diet for health reasons, you should read this. Good luck and eat real.