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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Pap/DVD Re edition (Dec 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345496310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345496317
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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First published in 1990, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease presented scientific evidence that lifestyle changes alone can reverse even severe heart disease without surgery and medication. Subsequent research convinced Ornish that his program could be applied to other conditions with similar success. Ornish's philosophy has gained the respect of colleagues and patients, but critics say it is too difficult for many to sustain. Perhaps to counteract this notion, Ornish offers choices along a continuum of physical, mental and spiritual health. Marred somewhat by a defensive tone and repetition, the book shows readers how to tailor his recommendations to their needs, goals and preferences. Ornish's spectrum consists of nutrition (extremely low in fat, vegetarian), exercise (aerobic, resistance training and flexibility), stress management (yoga, meditation) and nurturing relationships, and he describes how they influence specific conditions. Recipes contributed by Oprah Winfrey's personal chef, Art Smith, ground Ornish's principles with dishes based on fresh, seasonal ingredients and ways to adapt them to a person's place along the spectrum. No doubt, putting Ornish's philosophy into practice is the best way to banish visions of the diet police. Given the research and heartfelt testimonials from patients reproduced here, the evidence is on Ornish's side. (Jan.)
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"In 1993, Hillary asked Dr. Dean Ornish to consult with us on improving our health and well-being and to train the chefs who cooked for us at The White House, Camp David, and Air Force One.  I felt better and lost weight when I followed his recommendations.  As this book illustrates, my genes may have been improving as well!  If you want to see where medicine is likely to be five or ten years from now, read this book today."
President Bill Clinton 
"Dr. Ornish's wonderful new book, The Spectrum, can make an important difference in the health of the world at a time when it most needs it."
Gro Brundtland, M.D. Former Director General, World Health Organization, United Nations Former Prime Minister, Norway
"Dr. Dean Ornish knows more about inspiring people to eat well, live well, do well, and be well than anyone on the planet.  The Spectrum is a powerful book for living longer and better and shows how to live a healthful, joyful and loving life.  As Frank Sinatra once told me, 'Live each day like it’s your last, and one day you’ll be right.'"
Quincy Jones
"Dr. Dean Ornish is one of my best students, and I agree with what he is telling you.  I have known him well for many years now.  So you should pay good attention to what he tells you in his new book, which I am pleased to strongly support.  I am in complete agreement with what he is saying in The Spectrum." 
Alexander Leaf, M.D. Chairman, Dept. of Medicine (emeritus) and Chairman, Dept. of Preventive Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology (emeritus) Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital
"The Spectrum provides unparalleled guidance and ideas from the sage of preventive medicine." 
Larry Brilliant, M.D., M.P.H. Executive Director, Google Foundation &
"Dean Ornish has given us a delightfully readable, information-rich and extraordinarily helpful guide to a better, healthier life.  Read The Spectrum for yourself - and give a copy to someone you love."
Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

“Read this book. It is literally life-saving and life-transforming.”
–Deepak Chopra, M.D.

“The Spectrum is absolutely fantastic. Time and again, Dr. Dean Ornish has scientifically proven that what was once thought to be medically impossible is, in fact, possible. His work is truly revolutionary.”
–Mehmet Oz, M.D., director, Cardiovascular Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, author of You: The Owner’s Manual

“Dr. Dean Ornish has done more than anyone to bring modern science to the nutrition field.”
–J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., first sequencer of the human genome

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 19 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Ornish has written some landmark books including Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; and Love and Survival. Within those books, you will find life-changing scientific perspectives:

1. With proper diet, your health will improve without drugs or surgery.
2. With nurturing relationships, you'll feel better and live longer regardless of your health issues.
3. You don't have to feel hungry to lose weight.

Since Dr. Ornish first wrote those important lessons, other researchers have found more reasons for hope:

1. With diet and exercise, even genes that could harm you will be re-set to be helpful.
2. The combined effects of healthy living can multiply into more joy, energy, good moods, and excellent appearance.
3. Many more diseases can be reversed with diet, exercise, relationships, mindfulness, and stress reduction.

In addition, Dr. Ornish has done his own new research showing that prostate cancer can be slowed and somewhat improved through healthier living.

The Spectrum combines these lessons into one book, one source of scientific references, and one way of living for the first time. If you want to live a healthy life that will take you to your full physical and mental potential, The Spectrum is that book.

I've met Dr. Ornish. In person, he's a kind, gentle man who wouldn't ever say a harsh word to anyone. In public, critics have challenged his past ideas about reversing heart disease by saying it's too hard to keep on his pathway.

The Spectrum responds to the critics by explaining how much flexibility we have in each of these areas, depending on what our current health is. For most people, you don't have to be extreme or rigid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Toran on Jan. 10 2011
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This book is wonderful for those wanting to adopt a healthier life-style "gradually" as well as those who want to jump in feet first. So many options for improving your health are included in this volume which provides a very wholistic approach to vital health. Highly recommended!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on Sept. 1 2009
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Well-written, thorough, and there are good suggestions + recipes to implement the ideas. Definitely worth putting into practice (I'm working on it currently myself :-)!
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