I want to say at the outset that writing this book makes me a little bit uncomfortable for reasons I’ll
explain in a moment. Now, for the most part, an individual’s personal choices are really none of my
concern: what people do to or for themselves is their own problem. At the same time, I have a
responsibility to my readers (followers?) when I present something that has the potential to be harmful
It’s the other four-letter word. The D-word. The D-bomb.
Why do we hate that word so much?
Hunger. Failure. Rules. Restrictions. Deprivation. Expectations.
Rebound weight-gain. Eating disorders. Strained relationships.
Bad foods. Bad moods. Bad breath. Guilt.
There are so many negative associations with the word diet, it’s no wonder that over half the North American population is overweight. We hate dieting. It’s torturous. Tacky. Totally depressing. And even worse, dieting doesn’t seem to work.
I am a cardiologist—a physician who specializes in the prevention and
medical treatment of heart disease. I have spent the past twenty-five
years fully engaged in the battle to lower the likelihood of heart disease
for my patients and my country. In addition to my work with patients,
I have written several cardiology textbooks and continue to edit the
major intensive care textbook in the country, Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive
Care Medicine. I have also written books for the general public concerning
simple steps that we can all take to lower our risk of heart disease.
We have seen that the landlords' profits were seriously diminished by the Black Death, and they cast about them for new ways of increasing their incomes. Arable land had been until now largely in excess of pasture, the cultivation of corn was the chief object of agriculture, bread forming a much larger proportion of men's diet than now. This began to change. Much of the land was laid down to grass, and there was a steady increase in sheep farming; thus commenced that revolution in farming which in the sixteenth century led Harrison to say that England was mainly...
achieve universal primary education (Mdg 2). Gender parity
in education is still to be achieved. It is essential because
educated girls and women improve prospects for the whole
family, helping to break the cycle of poverty. In Africa, for
example, children whose mothers have been educated for at
least five years are 40% more likely to live beyond the age of
five. Schools can serve as a point of contact for women and
children, allowing health-related information to be shared,
services offered and health literacy promoted. ...