A provocative and illuminating hypothesis boldly challenging long-held beliefs on diabetes and its varying methods of...




A veteran physician offers an eight-week approach to reversing Type 2 diabetes through a radical restructuring of dietary and lifestyle practices.

Poothullil (Eat, Chew, Live, 2015) spent more than two decades steadfastly researching hunger, satiation, weight gain, and blood sugar sensitivity, and this controversial guide presents his revolutionary theories for eliminating diabetic illness from the human body. The author believes that sometimes “existing science turns out to be wrong.” In his estimation, Type 2 diabetes is brought about not by irreversible insulin resistance, but by lifestyle choices, which patients can control and, in doing so, effectively reverse their conditions. He supports this conclusion with a series of comprehensive chapters explaining the biology of bloodstream glucose and the nature and statistics surrounding the gradual increase in diabetic cases worldwide. Believing and factually substantiating that the overconsumption of grains is the true culprit, Poothullil discredits old medical beliefs about pancreatic dysfunction or insulin resistance. Instead, and quite revisionistically, the doctor presents eight curative steps toward achieving and maintaining a blood sugar level below the diabetic threshold. Tempting and thought-provoking, the book urgently advocates gradually eliminating dietary grains, closely monitoring weight loss, and devoting increased attention toward hunger awareness, eating behaviors, and better balanced nutrition. Dispensing more universal advice, Poothullil discourages the consumption of noncaloric sweeteners and sodas while advocating that regular exercise and mindful food choices be incorporated into daily habits to maximize the health benefits of his doctrine. He also cites a 70-year-old experiment using infants weaned from breast milk (naturally, with no adult meal experience) who were given a wide selection of organic food choices and then monitored for nutrition levels and systemic healthfulness. With such a progressive departure from more standard Type 2 diabetic treatments, Poothullil recommends to those interested in his methodology to always work closely with their primary care physicians to best apply and monitor the progress and success of his medical plan. Though it certainly has its target audience, the volume also provides sections of useful, health-positive reference material in the concluding portion, with carbohydrate and nutrition comparison charts and follow-up reading suggestions for those curious but unaffected by blood sugar imbalances.   

A provocative and illuminating hypothesis boldly challenging long-held beliefs on diabetes and its varying methods of control.  

Pub Date: July 21, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9984850-0-3

Page Count: 198

Publisher: New Insights Press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 2, 2017

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Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and...


A dense, absorbing investigation into the medical community's exploitation of a dying woman and her family's struggle to salvage truth and dignity decades later.

In a well-paced, vibrant narrative, Popular Science contributor and Culture Dish blogger Skloot (Creative Writing/Univ. of Memphis) demonstrates that for every human cell put under a microscope, a complex life story is inexorably attached, to which doctors, researchers and laboratories have often been woefully insensitive and unaccountable. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, an African-American mother of five, was diagnosed with what proved to be a fatal form of cervical cancer. At Johns Hopkins, the doctors harvested cells from her cervix without her permission and distributed them to labs around the globe, where they were multiplied and used for a diverse array of treatments. Known as HeLa cells, they became one of the world's most ubiquitous sources for medical research of everything from hormones, steroids and vitamins to gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, even the polio vaccine—all without the knowledge, must less consent, of the Lacks family. Skloot spent a decade interviewing every relative of Lacks she could find, excavating difficult memories and long-simmering outrage that had lay dormant since their loved one's sorrowful demise. Equal parts intimate biography and brutal clinical reportage, Skloot's graceful narrative adeptly navigates the wrenching Lack family recollections and the sobering, overarching realities of poverty and pre–civil-rights racism. The author's style is matched by a methodical scientific rigor and manifest expertise in the field.

Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.

Pub Date: Feb. 9, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2010

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An absorbing, wide-ranging story of humans’ relationship with the water.


A study of swimming as sport, survival method, basis for community, and route to physical and mental well-being.

For Bay Area writer Tsui (American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods, 2009), swimming is in her blood. As she recounts, her parents met in a Hong Kong swimming pool, and she often visited the beach as a child and competed on a swim team in high school. Midway through the engaging narrative, the author explains how she rejoined the team at age 40, just as her 6-year-old was signing up for the first time. Chronicling her interviews with scientists and swimmers alike, Tsui notes the many health benefits of swimming, some of which are mental. Swimmers often achieve the “flow” state and get their best ideas while in the water. Her travels took her from the California coast, where she dove for abalone and swam from Alcatraz back to San Francisco, to Tokyo, where she heard about the “samurai swimming” martial arts tradition. In Iceland, she met Guðlaugur Friðþórsson, a local celebrity who, in 1984, survived six hours in a winter sea after his fishing vessel capsized, earning him the nickname “the human seal.” Although humans are generally adapted to life on land, the author discovered that some have extra advantages in the water. The Bajau people of Indonesia, for instance, can do 10-minute free dives while hunting because their spleens are 50% larger than average. For most, though, it’s simply a matter of practice. Tsui discussed swimming with Dara Torres, who became the oldest Olympic swimmer at age 41, and swam with Kim Chambers, one of the few people to complete the daunting Oceans Seven marathon swim challenge. Drawing on personal experience, history, biology, and social science, the author conveys the appeal of “an unflinching giving-over to an element” and makes a convincing case for broader access to swimming education (372,000 people still drown annually).

An absorbing, wide-ranging story of humans’ relationship with the water.

Pub Date: April 14, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-61620-786-1

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Algonquin

Review Posted Online: Jan. 5, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2020

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