“Let Food Be Your Medicine: Dietary Changes Proven to Prevent or Reverse Disease” by Don Colbert

Let Food Be Your Medicine: Dietary Changes Proven to Prevent or Reverse DiseaseLet Food Be Your Medicine: Dietary Changes Proven to Prevent or Reverse Disease by Don Colbert
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

What if you could prevent, or even reverse, disease simply through diet? It sounds like a novel idea, but is it possible? There are certainly arguments for both sides of the equation on this front. On one hand, there is clear evidence that not all foods are equal – some helping prevent cancer and others providing beneficial nutrition to the body. Everyone can agree that an apple is infinitely healthier than a can of coke. On the other end of the argument, however, there is evidence as well that points to megavitamins causing cancer and homeopathic / alternative medicine stores making a killing on profits without regulation that verifies the contents and health claims of the so-called miracle drugs (read: snake oil). Regardless of one’s position, both sides must agree that diet can impact health. For example, a high sugar diet will most definitely seal one’s fate to diabetes, just as a high ice cream diet can lead to obese weights.

This book is one that argues specifically for dietary change. By letting food be your medicine, this book argues that one can help prevent disease and improve health simply by modifying their diet. On the surface, this is a reasonable hypothesis to present. The book looks at losing weight, for sure, but it’s main focus is by using specific diets to combat cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, type 2 diabetes, cancer, dementia, alzheimer’s, ADHD, autism, and mental illness. It looks at menus with rotations, pesticides and their impacts, mercury in fish, alcat testing, supplements, and gluten.

I have a personal connection to the topic of this book. Being one with multiple autoimmune diseases, I wanted to see what this book said. Perhaps it would hold a key to resolution for me, or perhaps not. I stand by science reasoned with a healthy dose of Jewish faith. That said, I see the science of genetically modified foods and that the jury is still out. Thus, if someone automatically condemns it, I can’t agree without the evidence. Just the facts, ma’am. At the same time, I recognize that autoimmune diseases require a modification of diet to balance the body for recovery and healing. After all, I am gluten free, soy free where possible, egg free, sugar cane free, dairy free…the list goes on, and to top it off, as a practicing Jew, I keep kosher.

So what does the chapter on autoimmune diseases hold for me? Avoid x, y, and z, and blame GMOs for everything. For the miniscule portion of the book on this topic, I struggle with this simplistic view and feel it isn’t worth the read. The section on Alzheimers discredits the Mayo clinic and highlights fringe studies that suggest one can cure the disease with diet alone. While there are foods that can help and foods that can hinder, the argument that it can be cured simply through the mouth is one that has no weight in the scientific community or stance with biblical authority (BTW – this book is published for a faith-based organization. One that I love to work with and typically produces amazing books, with this one an exception).

As usual, there are helps to create a menu, the list of the “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen,” an argument against mercury using skewed statistics, a self-promotion to gain $$ using a specialized test, a link to order loads of supplements (read: dangerous waters) and give the author $$$, and an essay on gluten itself.

I believe in eating healthy. This book, however, is not the way. If you’re looking to give your hard-earned money to a doctor who seems more invested in profit than actual treatment (my assumption on this is by this book alone), then buy the book. However, if you have half a brain, realize that this book has nothing new. Full of features including scare tactics and old information freely available from legitimate scientific websites (such as Mayo Clinic) online, one can craft their own plan by finding a reasonable doctor that has experience treating the relevant disease and perhaps even look to a nutritionist or coach to help with diet.

I typically am very generous with my reviews, but when a book makes grievous errors that can lead one overboard, I draw the line. If you look at my review history, I hand out between three to five stars fairly regularly. In this case, however, I have to resign myself to giving a single star. This is not the book you are looking for. Move along, move along…

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