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Fasting-And Eating-For Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease [Hardcover]

Joel Fuhrman
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April 12 2001
Integrating an age-old health practice with state-of-the-art medical research, a program explains how a natural diet--without fasting--can renew health, how and why fasting works, and specific dietary and fasting programs for overcoming chronic diseases. Tour.

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"Dr. Fuhrman's powerful and practical guidelines apply for conditions ranging from the common cold to serious heart problems. This program provides an alternative to the costly and all-to-common side effects of sugery and drugs."--Andrew Nicholson, M.D., Director of Preventive Medicine, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

"By individually tailoring nutrition plans based on a case-by-case basis, Fuhrman has treated hundreds of patients with rheumatoid arthritis successfully."--Vegetarian Times

"This is where the future of medicine should be heading."--Ronald Cridland, M.D.

"This is neither alternative medicine nor conservative medicine, but rather progressive medicine. Dr. Fuhrman's approach offers individuals suffering from [chronic] diseases the only real chance for a meaningful cure. I have been fortunate to observe many of these outcomes firsthand and can testify to the power of this approach for certain diseases."--James Craner, M.D., M.P.H.

"Dr. Fuhrman's book is revolutionary. It shows clearly and unmistakably the way to recover health, and could change the prevailing way of treating disease."--Theodore Coumentakis, M.D.

"If you are lucky, you will read Dr. Furhman's book before you have subjected yourself to medications and medical procedures. This book is for those who want to take charge over their health and well-being, and for those who want to embark on a journey toward a more satisfying life."--Don Jeret, M.D.

"I know that every health seeker in America will want to read this book. It provides a working knowledge of vital information that is currently known to relatively few people. Share it with those you love."--John Pilla, M.D.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Joel Fuhrman, M.D., is a board-certified family physician in private practice in Belle Mead, New Jersey, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. He is an active staff member of Hunterdon Medical Center and provides nutritionally oriented medical care to patients as well as nutritional education to other physicians.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great motivator! July 11 2003
By A Customer
I love to eat and never thought I could go on a strict water fast but this book changed that. It motivated me to go on my first three day fast. I read the book primarily to discover if I could go on a fast with my medical problems. I have controlled type II diabetes and I also take medication for schizophrenia. In addition, I take vitamin and mineral supplements. The author explained that I could go on a fast and why avoiding supplements was important during a fast. He briefly states that fasting can improve certain autoimmune conditions like fibromyalgia, skin disorders, and other diseases.
I was mostly interested in how to fast, how to break a fast properly, and what physical symptoms to expect during a fast. I did feel some hunger during the first day but that went away when I drank water. I did not feel any hunger on the second or third day but I did miss the sensation of eating and tasting food. I felt just fine with no headaches or lightheadedness. I plan on going on my second three day fast in a couple months. By summer of next year, I hope to go on a seven to ten day fast, with a doctor's supervision.
You do not have to be supervised on a short three day fast but he does advise medical supervision for longer fasts. He also provides addresses and resources for medical professionals to receive training supervising patients on fasts.
He explains that even a thin person can fast safely. Dr. Fuhrman also advises that you eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and avoid junk food, especially sodas. I rarely give a book five stars but this one deserves it.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE RIGHT STUFF!!! Feb. 19 2003
I am Dr. Steven Acocella and I have been in private practice for 15 years. In addition to my training as a doctor I completed post-graduate studies in Human Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport and a residency program in clinical nutrition directly under Dr. Fuhrman.
My knowledge and experience allows me to comment on his work with a depth of understanding shared by only a few. That said, I am writing this because I felt the strong need to comment having viewed some of the weird, self-serving posts and 'reviews' in recent weeks.
Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live is the most comprehensive research-supported and scientifically credible diet book, offering significant health improvement, longevity and sustained weight control, simultaneously. Dr. Fuhrman has successfully treated thousands of over-weight patients (with a variety of related medical problems) many of which were referred to him by other physicians because of his impressive results. (see physicians comments on drfuhrman.com).

But, there are crazy people and those who feel threatened by Fuhrman's ideas who will work feverishly to attack and discredit him. His powerful message poses a resounding danger to the profits of the food, drug and weight loss industry; industries that have billions of dollars to spend on advertising. Dr. Fuhrman's rise in popularity will unquestionably cost these industries untold millions in lost sales. They will wisely make large investments to discourage the ever-increasing popularity of Eat to Live and plan appropriate counter-attacks against him.

One such group is called the "Center for Consumer Freedom" established with a grant from Philip Morris (its funding now largely derived from the liquor and fast-food industry).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and realistic explanation of fasting April 1 2002
By Keto
As a newbie to fasting (I have done limited fasts in the past, but without knowing the physiological effects and optimum procedures) I found this book a very good introduction to it.
There are many websites and books on fasting, but I trusted the opinion of the author, since he is a medical doctor, and frequently gives evidence for his assertions. His medical explanations help clarify not only what is helpful and dangerous in a fast, but why. This, in my opinion, separates a credible expert from a crackpot in many fields and particularly for fasting.
Some items which may be constued as negative: this is not a step by step guide to fasting (as the author strongly reccomends medical supervision for fasts), and the author spends considerable space on his agenda about the importance of vegan dieting(though dieting is essential to a healthy fast, before and after).
This book is definitely worth the money for learning the principles of fasting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe and powerful method of healing Dec 14 2001
By A Customer
One of the dangers of rejecting conventional medicine is that there are a bewildering number of alternative practices to explore. Save yourself a lot of time and money by reading Dr. Fuhrman's book early in your search. Fasting is one of the safest and most powerful methods of healing, and Dr. Fuhrman's book is a wonderful guide. Even if complete recovery doesn't follow a therapeutic fast, you will have taken a huge first step by strengthening your immune system. Then you may want to consult "It's All In Your Head" by Hal Huggins and "Beating Alzheimer's" by Tom Warren to continue your assault on harmful bodily toxins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! May 19 2013
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Hands down, one of my favorite health related books. I've read a couple other of Joel's books and I like this one the best. I think I've read this partiular one twice and have taken away so much health info from it. I also managed to do a fast after reading it. Buy it, you won't be disappointed if you are into health.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
This book wasn't written to tell you HOW to fast, rather why it's healthy to fast, and how to eat more healthfully. I did a 3 day fast and felt great afterward!
Published 11 months ago by Brandi McDonough
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Excellent Book really enjoying it!love all Dr Furhman books I purchased from Amazon Very informative and helpful look forward to future orders
Published 19 months ago by SLawes
4.0 out of 5 stars Not So Fast!
I will always remember the time when I met an old friend whom I had not seen for twenty years. I was shocked to see how slim he now was compared to the time I had first known him. Read more
Published on June 8 2012 by Normand Hamel
5.0 out of 5 stars A true rescue from nature
I'm ordering the book right now.
I was diagnosed with Crohn's desease 26 years ago. Doctors only had cortisone to treat this desease back then. Read more
Published on March 9 2012 by Serge
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I'd hoped
I was disappointed with this book. There was a great deal of conjecture, but little hard evidence to back up his claims. Read more
Published on March 2 2012 by Jason Van De Velde
5.0 out of 5 stars Very motivating
It is a well written book in layman language but with scientific evidence. The book is very motivating. Read more
Published on March 9 2007 by Handmade Christmas Cards
3.0 out of 5 stars Piqued my interest...
While I found the information regarding fasting to be intriguing and am excited to start fasting, I wish there had been a chapter devoted solely to preparing for and starting a... Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by gwynthfair
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, however...
It's premised on the idea that if you are going to fast for more than 3 days, you obtain a trained physician to assist you in your fast. Good luck finding one. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
Perhaps the most authoritative book on fasting written. It is comprehensive, detailed, and well documented. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the faster
This book is really for people who fast already. Very detailed discussions of the physiological affect of fasting. If you are looking for inspiration, this is not your book.
Published on Aug. 12 2002 by Frank Prest
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