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Contrary to conventional wisdom, chronic disease is not genetically predetermined but results from a mismatch between our genes and environment and lifestyle. What we call a "disease" is the outcome of an imbalance in one or more of the seven core physiological processes. Leveraging a lifetime on the cutting edge of research and practice, Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland lays out a road map for good health by helping us understand these processes and the root causes of chronic illness. As Bland teaches us, no two people have the identical form of any disease, so with the right personalized program, we can safely and effectively manage and ultimately cure what ails us.
In the twenty-first century, medicine is undergoing a paradigm shift comparable to the advances in infectious disease in the late nineteenth century. While these strides have nearly doubled life expectancies in only four generations, quality of life has yet to rise to its full potential. Treatment of chronic diseases - diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, dementia, and many others - is responsible for 78 percent of total health care costs in the United States, yet we're managing the symptoms of these illnesses with pills and temporary remedies instead of identifying, preventing, and addressing their underlying causes. In The Disease Delusion, we learn how we may fundamentally change our perceptions of illness and approach a cure.
Dr. Bland has greatly influenced many of the biggest names in medicine today, but until now we have not had access to the larger framework in which to understand chronic illness or ways to foster lifelong health. Complete with self-evaluation questionnaires and sample meal plans, and supported by the most recent advances in health science, The Disease Delusion is indispensable to anyone determined to live long and well.
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By Mark on 08-25-14
This book is phenomenal. I have worked in an acute healthcare setting for nearly 30 years and yet this field is almost entirely new to me. During the course of this book Dr Bland has completely changed my outlook on the causes and management of chronic illness. I have no idea whether I will stick to it, but at the moment I am determined to radically change my diet, because I am now convinced that a careful choice of diet (combined with exercise, which I already do enough of) is the key to staying healthy in the long term and avoiding chronic illness.
At first I thought he was a bit of a quack and I wondered if I was wasting my time and my Audible credit, but as the story unfolded I became completely captivated and convinced by the evidence presented.
I am now going to listen again. I've downloaded the PDF and I'm going to try to implement the lifestyle changes. There are even recipes in the PDF, and I'm going to give those a go!
22 of 24 people found this review helpful
By Innate on 02-08-17
Generally quite good but some weak spots
It's interesting to see an author write about mistakes made in the past in medicine and particularly in nutrition and nutritional science, and then go on to promote his own views of what proper nutrition is without having a lot of evidence or studies in many cases to back it up.
I tend to largely ignore any author the writes that saturated fat is bad. Does that mean vegetable oil, which I can agree is harmful, or grass-fed butter and virgin coconut oill which do more to promote health than most other foods? Don't expect a detailed discussion here since all saturated fat is deemed to be harmful to one's health without a single study or other piece of evidence listed in support of that claim.
Further, the Mediterranean diet is clearly the author's focus as the nutritional cure-all. He cites Dean Ornish's diet, which is massively and in my view dangerously low in healthy fats, and claims that all of the benefits from the Ornish diet are due to the food. However, the Ornish diet recommends meditation, various forms of stress relief, quitting smoking and several other things, so could it be that the diet is even slightly unhealthy and these other factors more than make up for that to lead to a positive result?
Overall, the book was okay. The author should insist that when his book has numbered lists (it has many of these) that these should likely be removed and added on a website for separate viewing. There are cumbersome and not worthwhile content when listening to an audiobook.
It certainly seems to me that many scientists/researchers and now writing books (i.e. Oxygen Effect, Telomere Effect) where very little new research or in depth consideration of issues are raised and instead the authors basically decide to write about a wide varitety of issues that they basically have no experience with. At least this book was an improvement in that regard. Hopefully the author will do some reading of the current research on whole foods based modified ketogenic diets and then I suspect the advice re: Mediterranean diets (at least as the only reasonable option) will change considerably.
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By Anonimo Nonlodico on 04-21-16
There is much that is true, correct and valuable here. Yet the obsessive and repetitive condemnation of saturated fat, lack of mention of the paleo diet and evolutionary biology, constant stressing of individual differences ultimately lead to rather confused, shallow and disappointing conclusions. Read "It Starts With Food" instead, it's much better.
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By martin on 06-13-15
dodgy science from snake oil salesman
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
I would really like to believe that all the chronic disease which blights the west and developing world could be cured by diet and supplements. The authors claims rely on a mixture of anecdotes and rather dodgy science rather than real evidence. There are no rigorously carried placebo controlled trials to demonstrate efficacy. The authors $66 million supplement company selling the miracle cure phytonutrient promoted in the book represents an elephant in the room which just can't be ignored.
Has The Disease Delusion put you off other books in this genre?
No , I will continue to search out genuine scientific books on nutrition and health
What didn’t you like about Brett Barry’s performance?
A bit too american sounding
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointed, as i believe lifestyle and diet play a very important role in good health but this book simply is not a reliable source of information. I am also concerned that people could be given false hope and even persuaded to part with their hard earned cash on expensive supplements which are unlikely to confer any benefit, and may even be harmful. The author is advising megadose get of certain vitamins / antioxidants. There is some real evidence from recent trials that this is actively harmful , and can actually increase cancer risk!
Any additional comments?
Chronic diseases are terrible burden for huge numbers of people. Readers could be duped into thinking that these theories represent genuine scientific consensus as to the cause of chronic diseases. This is absolutely not the case, this is very much an alternative medicine view, which when considered alongside the authors business interest in the sale of the very supplements recommended in the book detract any credibility from the narrative.
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