Monday, July 2, 2012

So What Are We All Reading This Summer?

We wanted to know what everyone else is reading so we started out by asking Christine London. Here's what she had to say:

Good topic, eh?

I lLove this topic because it opens the floor for everyone to chime in and share. There is nothing as powerful as a good personal recommendation to a great read. Please share what YOU are reading this summer in the comments section below and you will be entered to win this week's prize AND the end of tour GRAND prize of a FIFTY DOLLAR Amazon gift certificate. Don't be bashful--comment!

This summer I have slid back into some non-fiction reading. A doctor recommended a couple books written by health/food gurus and I am devouring them. When I went to my doctor for a check up and found out that my blood sugar level was creeping up into the pre-diabetic zone, I thought it a good idea to look at the most recent findings.

In THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION, Dr. Mark Hyman reveals that insulin resistance/pre-diabetes and full diabetes is the major cause of aging and death in the developed and most of the developing world. He goes step by step, enumerating the contributing factors in this modern plague. Scientists conservatively estimate that by 2020 1 in 2 Americans will be adversely effected by this “diabesity” (diabetes caused by high BMI/overweight/obesity or ‘underlean’ (not enough muscle), 90 percent will not be diagnosed. Currently there are no reimbursements to health care providers for diagnosing and treating anything but full-blown diabetes. Insulin resistance and its continuum is the health care burden of the twenty first century. The prevalence of type two diabetes has tripled since the 1980’s.

We are raising the first generation of Americans to live sicker and die younger than their parents. Diabesity is the major cause of chronic disease and decreased life expectancy. Physicians are trained to offer medication or surgery to solve diabetes (and disease in general), when the real cause includes poor quality diet, nutritional deficiencies, allergens, toxins and stress. When diet is full of empty calories and an abundance of quickly absorbed sugars, liquid calories (sodas juices sports drinks and vitamin waters) and refined carbohydrates (with bread rice pasta and potatoes) cells slowly become insulin resistant. Diabetes will not be cured by a pill or surgery. Disease will go away as a side effect of getting healthy.

This book is a huge wake up call to what big food and pharmaceutical concerns are doing to the health of our nation. Subsidized high calorie, low nutrition foods that are highly addictive are being sold like so many drugs. It takes a radical act of valor to resist the insidious effects and choose clean, healthy food that is closer to a plant than made in a plant. Big food, big farming and Big Pharma are killing us.

Interested in learning more? Read Dr Hyman’s “The Blood Sugar Solution”. That said, be prepared to be ‘sold’ other products as ‘help’ to support your efforts to fight the good fight against our modern diet. Everyone has to make a living, but I find the Mark Hyman machine a bit over the top for someone who professes to be writing and lobbying with totally magnanimous motives.

The other non fiction book is also nutrition/lifestyle related. “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf purports a closer to caveman diet as a means of modern man regaining his health and vitality. Asserting that "modern life causes diabetes, autoimmunity, cancer, neurodegeneration, and infertility," the first-time author Wolf, a former student of The Paleo Diet's Lauren Cordain, takes on grains, carbs, vegetarians, misinformation, and other aspects of modern life with a casual, conversational tone ("Keep your poop where it belongs") that makes even topics like the components of total cholesterol engaging.

Not unlike the Mark Hyman treatise, this book walks you through the evils of our modern diet and lifestyle and the deleterious often-catastrophic effects it is exacting on our health.

I highly recommend both. If you need information and inspiration to improve your health, these books won’t disappoint.


The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet

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So tell us, what are you reading this summer and why did you choose it?


Susan Roebuck said...

hi Christine! Diabetes is the silent disease, isn't it, but with devastating effects. I know someone who's just had their foot amputated thanks to diabetes, and I had no idea just what a dreadful disease it is. Good reading recommendations. btw, Angie, the pictures aren't showing up :-(

Christine London said...

And I was so shocked to read that half the nation's population is prediabetic or full diabetic--90% undiagnosed! We live in a society that is told a pill will fix nearly anything when in truth it is our lifestyle that will fix and prevent so much!
Thanks for hosting me Angie. Love- Love Romance and More. Thanks for all you great work! :)

Christine London

Sharon Poppen said...

Hi Christine, What a challenge you've given yourself this summer with these informative books. I'm a terrible head-in-the-sand person. If I don't know about it, I won't get it. Foolish, to say the least. My favorite book on health and diet is 'Charles Hunt's Diet Revolution: Eat Fat and Get Fit!'. When I follow his advice, I feel healthier and maintain better control of my weight. Thanks for all the good info in your blog. Sharon

Gina said...

Hi Christine, it's really interesting to hear the type of reading you are doing, it's not what I expected at all. Yet it will be so informative and beneficial. I think I will look into them, too. Taking good care of yourself is like money in the bank. When we feel good, we do everything better - including writing. Thank you for sharing your insightful pursuits!

Angie, your blog is fantastic! I love the sparkling roses :-) As well as your wonderful visitors.

Best to both of you! Regina