An urgent wake-up call about the hidden dangers of fad diets.



In this debut guide for physicians, a medical doctor argues that saturated fat is killing people and that health care workers aren’t doing enough to educate patients about its dangers. 

Trendy diet plans, such as the ketogenic and Atkins diets, have promised to help people shed pounds while loading up their plates with steak, butter, and cheese. But there’s a problem, argues Allen, a family practitioner and a member of the American Board of Obesity Medicine: An overwhelming body of scientific evidence indicates that a diet high in saturated fat raises bad low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol, and can lead to serious ailments, including Type 2 diabetes, dementia, heart disease, and gout. However, through a combination of clever marketing and faulty studies, Allen asserts, the food industry has “worked hard to distort the truth,” convincing people that foods such as eggs and coconut oil are unambiguously healthy. Popular diet gurus and news media willing to report the results of any scientific study don’t help, but doctors share a big part of the blame, he says. They can help by not only talking frankly to patients about their diet, but also modeling good behavior: “As healers, our disdain for saturated fat needs to be nearly as pervasive and persistent as our contempt for cigarette smoking,” Allen writes. Some readers won’t want to hear the author’s blunt message that everyone should limit their saturated fat intake to 6% of their daily calories. (He cites a 2017 American Heart Association study that lists the current average for Americans as nearly 12%.) A vegan himself, Allen cites a mountain of evidence that significantly cutting back on animal products and eating more fruits, vegetables, and grains is better for long-term health—and that evidence is indeed persuasive. He also clearly highlights flaws in research that purports to show the benefits of a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. Vivid examples, such as a discussion of the heart attack that killed Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning actor James Gandolfini, effectively drive the author’s point home. Although this book is written for other doctors, its no-nonsense, conversational style will make it equally accessible to readers who aren’t medical professionals. 

An urgent wake-up call about the hidden dangers of fad diets.

Pub Date: Aug. 19, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5445-0336-3

Page Count: 236

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: Oct. 10, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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