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I have been waiting for this book to come out. It is really worth the wait. Easy to read, full of entertaining anecdotes and information even a well seasoned plant eater will find interesting, creative recipes and new twists on old favourites - Chef AJ and Glen deliver yet again. Plus, I was in time for the bonus audio and the extra bits, promptly delivered via email, great for listening while I run. Highly recommend to anyone interested in healthy plant based eating and beyond.
I love this book! The author's honest and humorous style is extremely refreshing. He doesn't pull any punches about our medical system and he backs up everything he says with the latest science. The science about human nutrition has been settled (thank you for saying so!) and this book makes that abundantly clear. The fact that our medical system and our culture has not yet caught up with the science is for us to change - hence, the title "Own Your Health"! The recipes are a real bonus but the text is fabulous on it's own. I feel vindicated for all the times I have questioned the advice from doctors or refused to participate in their "protocols". I started calling most doctors "protocolologists" since they just want to make you do all the same tests and take all the same drugs that have become normalized - because they prescribe them, not because they are actually helpful. Read the book - it's worth every minute, you'll learn a lot and have a good laugh in the process!
As a seasoned reader of books that promote a plant-based lifestyle, I found Merzer's book quite refreshing and unique. Not only does he cover in sufficient detail the science-based research pointing to the superior benefits of living this lifestyle for not only us and the animals that are eaten, and for the environment in which we live, but he does this in a very personal and humorous way. When Ed Begley, Jr. on the back cover said this is "the funniest book on diet you'll ever read," I must admit, I anticipated that Ed was most likely exaggerating. I stand to be corrected; it was the funniest and most enjoyable diet book I've ever read. Once starting it, I had trouble putting it down! Also, as always, Chef AJ and friends have created what appear to be some beautiful recipes, which we look forward to trying out in the future. Thanks Glen and Chef AJ!
The author conveys with lots of scientific backup how our American food choices are unnecessarily killing us. The topic is deadly serious. Yet Glen Merzer lays out our current dire situation and the case to improve it with a mixture of tongue-in-cheek comments and laugh-out-loud humor. Never has learning how to save your own life been so much fun. If you or a loved one is suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer or would like to avoid having these diseases in the future, get this book. As you learn how to take control of your health, you will enjoy the read. And the recipes in the book by Chef AJ and friends look great. I can't wait to try them.
Merzer writes in an easy to understand style. He is humorous but dead serious as he explains the facts about our health. So many Americans are obese and/or have preventable diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, etc. He illustrates the fact that the science proves unequivocally that all these diseases are because of what we eat. The problem is that we are brainwashed by most doctors, nutrition institutions or advisors who have the science but refuse to abide by and tell us the facts. They believe people will not go strictly whole food plant based so they just tell people to eat less red meat or fewer animal products. This, Merzer explains, is why we are the fattest and sickest nation in human history. Thank you for this in depth look at why people are in the dark when it comes to having optimal health devoid of chronic diseases. I just bought 6 more paperbacks to send to my family and friends who still believe eating animal flesh, eggs and dairy are good for us! The recipes from Chef AJ look really great. i loved the Creamy Dill Mustard Potato Salad.