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As a whole-food, plant-based cook and consumer, I know cheese is not the ideal food the Dairy Council would have us believe. This book really convinced me to give up the cheddar and gouda and parm and Colby. Dr. Barnard, esteemed physician, author, and founder of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), lays it on the line. Cheese is a dangerous food, and he hits all the right notes in his discussion. From the abominable conditions that dairy cows endure, to the unsanitary milk collection procedures, to the political wheeling and dealing, he explains the issues so that anyone can understand the bill of goods we've been sold. He also fully explains the health implications of dairy intake from the fats we consume, to the digestive issues, and the risk of life threatening diseases, including cancer. This is a MUST read if you are concerned about your health!
One major critique on his statements: The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) which vilified the use of estrogen for post menopausal women was not truly explained. This study only used one form of hormone replacement therapy (conjugated equine estrogens with synthetic progestin), and did not implicate human-identical hormones in the rise of breast cancer. The American public was not fully informed of this study!
And a note about the narrator: He needs a course on medical pronunciation! Not only did he repeatedly mispronounce "laparoscopy" but named a certain hormone as "IGF-I" when it is "IGH-1" (one, not capital I). This did decrease my enjoyment of the book. I'm surprised Dr. Barnard didn't catch these errors.
But overall, this is a great book, filled with information. I'm a Wisconsin girl, so I always say that cheese is on my DNA, but after reading this, I really don't want to consume it any longer.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Cheese Trap to be better than the print version?
Yes, there's is a downloadable PDF of the recipes so that can be printed.
What did you like best about this story?
The audiobook features many stories of people and it helped the reader identify with their situations.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The book revealed some things about the dairy industry that I did not know about. The audiobook was insightful and eye-opening.
Any additional comments?
There's an audible.com review out there labeling the audiobook as being vegan propaganda which is an absurd statement and simply not true. Using those words is only going to make people fearful. Perhaps learning how your cheese is made might be scary, but there's nothing scary about the audiobook. Cheese is loved by many which might make this audiobook unpopular to many. But if you want to know what is really going on with cheese and want to learn how to be healthier without it then you have to listen to it!
The audiobook advocates that when someone stops consuming the amount of cheese that is consumed today by average americans, they become much healthier. And when not consuming cheese at all, it reduces your risk of chronic disease and other health issues.
In this audiobook we learn that cheese is addictive and hard to let go. In my experience, removing cheese from your diet is often the final step when switching to a whole foods plant-based diet. And that's why naturally, a vegan diet comes up in this audiobook.
The audiobook presents some anecdotal evidence in the form of real life stories which is necessary to helping readers connect with people going through similar situations as a result their diet. There's enough hard evidence already in the audiobook. But this audiobook is only part of the whole idea. I recommend other books and documentaries on whole foods plant-based nutrition to learn more evidence.
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