EAT NAKED

UNPROCESSED, UNPOLLUTED, AND UNDRESSED EATING FOR A HEALTHIER, SEXIER YOU

A compelling call-to-arms on the sins of the commercial food industry combined with a how-to guide on dieting without deprivation.

Delivered in a brisk, upbeat tone, Floyd’s debut comes complete with a tenable plan to assist fast-food addicts in shaking off their sugar- and carb-induced comas for good. The author provides a drum-beating diatribe against the processed-food industry and its devastating effect on health, the environment and the economy. A certified holistic health counselor, Floyd isn’t shy about taking the culprits head-on. Eye-popping sections on whether milk is the perfect food or poison and the chemical dosing of once-naked produce leave little room for readers to doubt the author’s position. But Floyd pushes further, turning a cautionary tale into a standout title. She argues that any food with a label hardly qualifies as real food. Even the humble soybean, presently passed off as a health food, is singled out for a particularly serious smackdown. What was once a perfectly decent “naked” food when  traditionally grown and prepared has given way to an overprocessed, tarted-up incarnation that should cause many a veggie-burger chomping vegan to stop mid-chew and ponder Buddha’s observation: “Consider the loathsomeness of food.” Enlightenment lies in transitioning to what the author calls a “naked diet,” and she offers tasty recipes for food and drink and tips on shopping and cooking. It’s all topped off with advice on soaking, sprouting and fermenting naked food at home. Deserves a space on the brave new bookshelf of conscious eating.

 

Pub Date: June 2, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-60882-0139

Page Count: 192

Publisher: New Harbinger

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2011

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Authoritative and, most helpfully, accessible.

HEALING OUR VILLAGE

A SELF-CARE GUIDE TO DIABETES CONTROL

Self-help guide for diabetes sufferers, mostly in question-and-answer format, with an emphasis on helping racial and ethnic minority diabetics.

Coleman is a pharmacist with a doctorate in her specialty, Gavin a Ph.D. and M.D. Aside from acknowledgments and a foreword signed by Gavin alone, their voices and expertise are indistinguishable, offering lucid, simple solutions for diabetes patients. Gavin relates watching his great-grandmother endure debilitating pain as a result of diabetes while he visited her as a youngster. He remembers hearing adults mention that sugar killed her, and he wondered how something that tasted sweet could cause so much harm. As an adult, he realized that his great-grandmother's affliction could be controlled through treatment. The authors focus on Type 2 diabetes, the most common form in minority populations. An estimated 18.2 million Americans are diabetic, with perhaps 5 million unaware of their situation. About 11 percent of U.S. diabetics are African-American, and about 8 percent are Latino. The question-and-answer format begins with an overview section about diabetes, with an emphasis on risk factors. Section Two covers management of the disease, including nutrition, exercise, blood-testing, oral medications and insulin use. In addition, the authors continually recommend smoking cessation, as well as instructing patients on the readiness of self-treatment. Section Three explains the complications—high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease—that could arise if the condition remains untreated or treated ineffectively. The questions in all of the sections are worded simply, and the answers are usually free of medical jargon. Though the sudden shifts in tone and voice are occasionally jarring, the writing remains clear enough to distill the facts. The real downside here, though: patronizing, laughable illustrations that degrade the overall product.

Authoritative and, most helpfully, accessible.

Pub Date: Jan. 31, 2004

ISBN: 0-9746948-0-0

Page Count: -

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 27, 2010

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There's a clear and intelligent gadfly at work here, offering much food for thought through his outrage.

CANCER-GATE

HOW TO WIN THE LOSING CANCER WAR

An astute—and sadly revealing—collection of articles from the past 15 years covering a wide number of topics related to the state of cancer research in the United States.

While it's true that Epstein—a physician and professor of occupational and environmental medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine—is clearly distressed by the current situation regarding our nation's approach to seeking cures and causes of cancer, this is far from a screed or conspiracy theory. He and a small number of contributors explain clearly why they feel the cancer fight has been stymied from the beginning. Epstein suggests the elimination of two impediments immediately: blaming the victim and putting the emphasis on diagnosis and treatment instead of prevention. He further suggests that there ought to be a distance between research institutions and those who fund the research. Since that likely means state intervention, he would like to see that ideologically biased individuals are not put in positions of power, dispersing funds (as happened under the Reagan administration, with its closed-door sessions with industry executives); too often the economic and political strings are held by those with a conflict of interest, such as the makers of products with suspicions of carcinogenic properties, or those with a vested interest in selling drugs to cancer patients. He also suggests that groups like the American Cancer Society stop spending three-quarters of their massive annual outlay on administrative costs, and start working more closely with environmental and occupational groups. Finally, he addresses the potential threats from pre-menopausal mammography, and the food industry's use of growth hormones.

There's a clear and intelligent gadfly at work here, offering much food for thought through his outrage.

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 2005

ISBN: 0-89503-310-0

Page Count: -

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 23, 2010

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