Joel Fuhrman, MD, (with Robert Phillips) six-time New York Times best-selling author, writes a different kind of health book in “Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It”. He shares not only his vast nutritional knowledge and approach to the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, bone loss, neurodegenerative diseases, etc. with his “Nutritarian” approach, but also explains how the high consumption of processed foods affects society’s general progress and functioning from inhibition of learn to increasing the risk to criminal behavior. He notes the high consumption of processed foods puts certain minority groups at a significant disadvantage to live healthy and prosperous and lives. Dr. Fuhrman uses the powerful word “Genocide” in his book title to emphasize that eating this way results in the deliberate destruction of an entire race or nation.
Highly processed, “fake” or “Franken Foods,” make up the primary source of U.S. calories and are the primary causes of the chronic disease epidemic in our country. Dr. Fuhrman reviews how we are addicted to these foods do to their high concentration of rapidly absorbed fat, sugar and large amounts of animal protein, probably by design by food manufacturers to increase consumption. When eating more of these “nutrient depleted” foods, food addiction comes the increase in dopamine and other neurochemicals secreted with their consumption, and, by the discomfort from their withdrawal, causing us to eat more of these foods, which compounds one’s health problems and risk. The good news is that the more high-nutrient foods you consume, the less low-nutrient foods you desire.
Problems caused by this epidemic of Processed Food consumption include:
- The modern epidemic of heart attacks, stroke, cancer, ADHD, autism, allergies and autoimmune disease
- Reduced intelligence, learn disabilities, poor school performance and depression
- Fast food malnutrition resulting in chronic inflammation, weight gain and micronutrient deficiencies that reduce optimal brain functioning
- Increased addiction to drugs and more violence and crime
- For African Americans disproportionately higher rates of high blood pressure, fatal stroke and heart attacks, diabetes, severe kidney disease, cancer death and Alzheimer’s disease
The “Great News” is that by applying Dr. Fuhrman’s “Nutritarian” approach of eating whole, unprocessed foods that have the maximum amount of micronutrients per calorie consumed (Health = Nutrients/Calories) these health problems can not only be prevented but quickly reversed. Whole food consumption with primarily unprocessed plant-foods is encouraged while using a significantly reduced amount of free-oils in the diet yet getting good fats from whole foods such as nuts, seeds, avocadoes, olives and selective supplementation with omega-3 fatty acid (DHA/EPA) supplementation. Animal foods can be consumed in small amounts as condiments or flavorings in those who just don’t want to give up these foods and excellent health can still be achieved.
Simple concepts and guidelines for Dr. Fuhrman’s “Nutritarian” approach include his recommendations for increased consumption of G-BOMBS:
Dr. Fuhrman also discusses his use of water or juice fasting for certain medical conditions and how he personally will practice some extended overnight fasting as a form of health enhancement and to promote longevity. He believes that weight from added lean muscle in the aging process is a distinct health advantage over extra fat weight.
The book provides excellent self-help sections including: A 2 week “Nutritarian” diet program; whole food substitutes for processed foods; Dr. Fuhrman’s top 20 “Super Foods”; a tasty but simple recipe section; and a “Frequently Asked Questions” section.
About the Authors:
JOEL FURHRMAN, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman is the research director of the Nutritional Research Foundation. He is also the author of other New York Times bestsellers Eat to Live, Super Immunity, Eat to Live Cookbook, The End of Dieting and The End of Diabetes. More information, along with a membership website, can be found at www.drfuhrman. You may purchase “Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It” here. Joel Fuhrman, MD, 4 Walter Foran Blvd, Suite 408, Flemington, NJ 08822 (908) 237-0200
ROBERT PHILLIPS was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch with sarcoidosis and after following Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian approach for six months had his condition completely reversed and subsequently quit his job at Merrill Lynch and helped Dr. Fuhrman create his membership supported website. Mr. Phillips continues to write and does research at Drexel University in the field of Social Energy.
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