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Food Isn’t Medicine

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Wolrich challenges this insidious idea that certain food and diets can cure illnesses as well as the idea that weight is the most important determinant of health. Although that concept has largely fallen by the wayside, the food-is-medicine philosophy brings us back to the disease-as-punishment mindset.

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Het is ook leuk om nog eens bevestigd te zien dat "op dieet gaan om liefst zo snel mogelijk af te vallen" iets zinloos is, gelijk welk (populair) dieet hiervoor gevolgd wordt. No, no and absolutely not - NHS doctor and nutritionist Joshua Wolrich is on a mission to set the record straight. I really dislike the harmful narrative that’s created in media and by ‘health’ gurus about food along with general fat-shaming. I’ve followed Dr Joshua Wolrich on social media for some time – so when I saw he had a book coming out I was keen to read it.A couple of years ago I read ‘ Just Eat It’ by Laura Thomas – and it was interesting that she, and intuitive eating, are mentioned early on by Dr Joshua – and I was glad to cover the topic again. Toch ben ik niet meteen van plan om BMI helemaal bij het oud vuil te zetten, al zal ik het wel minder gaan gebruiken. He also points out that food consumption often depends on many different factors – including socio economic situations and education – and food inequity is a big issue even in the UK. I love Dr Wolrich's very easy-to-read and accessible writing style, with some moments of humour thrown in that made me laugh. Mr Wolrich did answer my question as to why a fully qualified Doctor cannot understand "nutritional science” though.

Though a healthful overall diet can indeed help in preventing certain diseases, it’s not a bulletproof defense. I don't normally review books, but I felt strongly that I must review this one because it is likely to totally change your life, and maybe even those of others around you. Food Isn’t Medicine wades through nutritional science (both good and bad) to demystify the common diet myths that many of us believe without questioning. Even if they cite a scientific study as proof of their claims, this doesn’t mean those claims are legitimate.Oz has promoted certain foods as having “ cancer-starving benefits ,” suggesting that eating them in particular quantities may literally prevent cancer from spreading in your body. You don’t get a dressing down for being a victim of diet scams or for diets you follow but instead, replaces new foundations and builds you up in a friendly and informative way.

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