A physician offers advice to help people prevent or reverse common deadly diseases.
Souadjian was a stressed-out, overworked oncologist when he realized that a combination of conditions—chronic kidney disease, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes—were severely putting him at risk and that he needed to make a change if he hoped to live a full life. Now, he wants readers to have their own “lifestyle-health epiphany.” In his debut, Souadjian succinctly explains why it’s critical for people to take control of their own health. He discusses what he calls “the TTKDs” (the “top 10 killer diseases”), which include familiar hazards such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as threats that receive less attention, such as septicemia (blood poisoning), influenza, pneumonia and liver disease. Each section features a basic overview of each condition, including causes and symptoms, as well as a review of how to reverse your “hits”—or risk factors—for a particular disease. The theory is that “all TTKDs have an Achilles heel—a simple, evidence-based plan that is very likely to prevent them from cheating you out of your best boomer and senior years.” Souadjian (whose articles have been published in such medical journals as Archives of Internal Medicine and Cancer) offers practical advice grounded in scientific research and provides an extensive bibliography for further reading. The book’s scope is so broad, however, that some readers, rather than feeling empowered, may instead feel overwhelmed. The core advice, however, is spelled out in the book’s first chapters—eat healthy, quit smoking, get plenty of exercise, minimize stress. It’s hardly a revolutionary prescription, but it may be the jolt that some people need to make crucial lifestyle changes.
Valuable, if not groundbreaking, advice for readers looking to reduce their risks of cancer, heart disease and other conditions.