Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman, MD

I am a firm believer in the adage you are what you eat and this book reminded me once again that I need to get back to being more careful about what I put into my body. This is the only one I've got and I've got to treat it as the treasure that it is. 
The premise of this book is that you can reverse many illnesses by eliminating foods from your diet and reintroducing food that we were intended to eat. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and many others can be controlled and even eliminated by simply following the instructions in this book. 
Most people don't want to hear that though. They're happily dying with a Diet Coke in one hand and a Big Mac in the other.
Unfortunately the foods that most of us eat are killing us.
If you are desperate enough, I dare you to read this book and follow the principles inside. You can change your life.
 About the book:
n 2010, Rick Warren was in the middle of baptizing 800 members in his California-based Saddleback Church when he made a startling discovery: Both he and a large number of his congregation were overweight.  Unfortunately, though what he discovered was sobering, it was not unique. In the past three decades, obesity, and all the myriad health risks that accompany it, has grown to epidemic proportions.
According to Dr. Mark Hyman,  a family physician and author of the five-time New York Times best selling non-fiction book, The Blood Sugar Solution, (Little Brown and Company, February 2012) over 70 percent of Americans today are clinically obese. Even more sobering is the fact that  the majority of those toppling the scale have no idea they may also be diabetic or pre-diabetic.  Hyman call this double-whammy health risk diabesity, a condition of metabolic imbalance and disease that ranges from a mild blood sugar imbalance to full blown diabetes. Diabesity is the 21st century’s leading cause of chronic illness, including heart disease, stroke, dementia and cancer. It is not only making us sicker. It is killing us.
Upon realizing that he and his congregation were weighing in on the heavy side, Warren decided to get religious about getting healthy. No stranger to leading scripture and prayer-anchored experiments in sustained personal growth and change, he had already successfully encouraged his congregation to form 5,000 small groups that met each week in their community to study, learn and grow together.  When he contacted Hyman to get advice on tackling the weight issue head on and described the small-community concept, the doctor got excited.
“It was a light bulb moment for me,” Hyman recalls. “Immediately, I envisioned using those same small groups as a means of creating healthy lifestyle change. Eventually, with the help of Drs. Mehmet Oz and Daniel Amen, we created an easy-to-follow curriculum for physical and spiritual health and renewal. Rick dubbed it “The Daniel Plan” because it is Daniel, in the Old Testament, who is responsible for forming the first health support group when he and his friends resisted the King’s rich food and wine. Not only did they become healthier for it, they also became a well-fit example for others to follow.”
 “The experiment that continues today at Saddleback may catalyze decentralized, community-based, systems approaches to health for corporations, cities, states and nations throughout the world,” he added.
“I wrote The Blood Sugar Solution as a personal plan for individuals to get healthy, for us to get healthy together in our communities and for us to take back our health as a society. Obesity and diabetes is a social disease and we need a social cure. My personal hope is that together we can create a national conversation about a real, practical solution for the prevention, treatment and reversal of our diabesity epidemic. “

This book was provided for review by The B&B Media Group.
Purchase a copy here.

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