Monday, October 25, 2010

Eating Patterns and Chronic Disease: Introducing 'The Living Healthy System' by Dr. David Estwick

Dr. David Estwick’s Eating Patterns and Chronic Disease claims that a diet high in refined carbohydrates is responsible for high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and other serious conditions. High intakes of sugar can also sabotage diets. Contrary to popular belief, eating fat alone does not lead to obesity. Similarly, consuming cholesterol high foods does not cause elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. Sugar must be present in order for cells to store fat in the body. Thus, consuming less sugar will decrease the amount of fat your body stores, and reduce weight.

Throughout the book, Dr. Estwick makes many claims that directly challenge advice given by reputable organizations such as the American Diabetes Association and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Each claim is fully supported by the findings from numerous clinical studies. However, I found the number of case studies overwhelming. In fact, there are over 200 references in the 85 page book. I had expected Dr. Estwick’s book to be a more “how-to” guide for reducing carbohydrate intake. Instead, it focuses on why sugar is dangerous. That said, Dr. Estwick’s thesis and research is very convincing. It thoroughly illustrates the reason why sugar is a double-edged sword. I would recommend this book to anyone who consumes a diet high in carbohydrates.

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I received a complimentary copy of Eating Patterns and Chronic Disease as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.

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