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Book Reviews

  • The Coconut Oil Miracle

    The-Coconut-Oil-MiracleThe Coconut Oil Miracle – Fourth Edition.

    Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D..

    New York: Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2004. 239.

    Imagine an oil that has the potential to fight disease, burn body fat, beautify skin and hair while having the versatility to be eaten raw or used for cooking. Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist comprises a collection of research, remedies, and recipes and teaches the reader how to incorporate coconut into everyday life. Fife begins with a history of coconut oil but then proceeds to explain in laymen terms the differences between all dietary fats. This chapter sets the stage for understanding how coconut oil and other medium chain fatty acids can be so beneficial to one’s health.
    Fife presents a scientifically based yet easy to read argument for why coconut oil can be used by anyone. His target audience ranges from the young teen with skin problems to the elderly with malnutrition issues. He includes testimonials of everyday afflictions with simple coconut based remedies to which the reader can relate.

    Scientific Basis – good
    Laymen Terms – easy to read
    Relevance to Everyday Life – excellent
    Misleading Information – minimal

  • Good Calories Bad Calories

    Good-Calories-Bad-CaloriesGood Calories Bad Calories, Gary Taubes.

    Random House, Inc., New York: 2007. 609.

    Good Calories Bad Calories is a painstakingly thorough review of nutritional research from the mid 1800’s to 2007. This book begins with a history of dieting and carries the reader through to our present day obesity epidemic influenced by politics, media and the public. Taubes cleverly presents an unbiased scientific review of issues such as cholesterol, fibre, heart disease and diabetes while challenging world health authorities on the wisdom of their nutritional advice.

    Good Calories Bad Calories is for the passionate reader seeking nothing more than pure research to draw upon their own conclusions. Taubes’ concise and meticulous writing style makes Good Calories Bad Calories a slow read if one is trying to absorb every bite of information. Fortunately, he wrote a ‘Coles Notes’ version of this book in 2010, Why We Get Fat, in response to the medical world needing a book suitable for the everyday patient to read.

    Scientific Basis – excellent
    Laymen Terms – difficult to read
    Relevance to Everyday Life – minimal
    Misleading Information – none

  • The 4-Hour Body

    The-4-Hour-BodyThe 4-Hour Body

    Timothy Ferriss.

    New York: Random House Inc., 2010. 571.

    The 4-Hour Body is a courageous smorgasbord of information that needs to be absorbed in doses. This book covers everything from fat loss to muscle building to ‘incredible sex’. Timothy Ferriss refers to himself as the human guinea pig treating his body as nothing less than a science experiment. Though his logic and research seem to be fundamentally correct, the conditions around which he encourages success are slightly extreme. In other words, existing around one’s biological clock makes the ups and downs of everyday living a bit of a challenge.

    The 4-Hour Body offers advice, testimonials and explanations of why the body reacts the way it does in health related situations. Much can be taken from Ferriss’ book but pick and choose wisely. If you decide to jump on board, get ready for some crazy results.

    Scientific Basis – very good
    Laymen Terms – moderately easy to read
    Relevance to Everyday Life – good
    Misleading Information – minimal

  • Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type

    Eat-Right-For-Your-Body-TypeEat Right For 4 Your Blood Type

    Dr. Peter D’Adamo.

    New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1996. 388.

    The healthy body is formidable at tolerating anything from mild pollutants to major temperature changes. However, a transfusion of the wrong blood type can send the body into a full attack on itself. Dr. Peter D’Adamo and his father before him have spent years researching the possibility that like blood types, the body doesn’t tolerate all foods. Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type categorizes the foods that may be beneficial, are neutral and those that should be avoided depending on each blood type.

    Being in tuned with one’s body is knowing what foods energize and what foods disrupt the feeling of wellness. Dr. D’Adamo suggests lists of foods to avoid if one has a suspicion of food allergies. Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type attempts to reduce inflammation caused by food allergies and consequently helps the body return to its ideal weight.

    Scientific Basis – good
    Laymen Terms – easy to read
    Relevance to Everyday Life – excellent
    Misleading Information – minimal