Claiming 600,000 lives annually, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Over 101 billion dollars are spent each year treating this disease. Elliot Brown’s Recipe for a Heart Attack (2010) takes a deeper look at the true cause of heart disease and provides an helpful guide for becoming healthier individuals. He shows how heart disease is triggered by emotional and psychological problems as much as bad eating and exercising habits. We can drastically reduce our risks of heart disease by adhering to the “High Five”: a healthy diet, exercise at least three times a week, relaxation, smoking cessation, and emotional well-being.
Brown’s book is both informative and entertaining. While it is filled with medical advice, health statistics, and general healthcare knowledge, it also includes anecdotes from Brown’s medical training and career. A real life example follows each medical topic to illustrate the importance of following Brown’s advice. Moreover, Brown fully explains each topic in an educational and accessible way. For example, he does not simply say products made with enriched white flour should be avoided. Instead, he explains how these foods are created, how to identify them, why to avoid them, and some alternatives. Recipe for a Heart Attack is a great book for anyone who wants to live a healthier lifestyle.
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