Addressing Misperceptions About Eat to Live

Over the weekend, we perused the dozens and dozens of reviews of Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live on Amazon.com. Most of the reviews are amazing, positive, and full of encouraging tales.

A handful are simply based on certain misperceptions. Just in case some of those misperceptions are widely held, or in case any of you have encountered these same misperceptions, we thought it might be worth addressing some of them briefly on DiseaseProof.

What does Eat to Live have to offer athletes who need a lot of calories?
Dr. Fuhrman explains:

The dietary recommendations in Eat to Live are not intended for weightlifters, athletes and thin people. The book is specifically designed for people who have had trouble losing weight on other diets. It is designed for the overweight. For athletes, as I explain in the book, I recommend much more nuts and seeds, and a diet mugh higher in fat. Also, keep in mind that bulking up is dangerous to one's longevity and power lifters and football linebackers often eat in a way that radically shortens their lives. If you were a weightlifter, for instance, you might improve your chances of muscle growth with more animal products then I recommend, certainly. But the point of Eat to Live is that this much animal products is not conducive to longevity. But if size is your only goal, go for it.

What about the idea that Eat to Live is a one-size fits all prescription?
Dr. Fuhrman explains that some individuals, athletic or non-athletic, may have to adapt Eat to Live to their particular needs:

Clearly Eat to Live is a diet book for overweight people, it gives the guidelines for the healthiest way for people eat. I do recognize that some people do better with a little bit of animal products in their diet too, but these people are not common and I am clear to advise that the public should only use a small amount of animal products or you will invariably hurt yourself.

There are a million books claiming they can fix weight problems. Why believe this one?
Many misperceptions about Eat to Live dissolve when people learn about the studies and anecdotes that show overwhelmingly that people who follow the recommendations in Eat to Live enjoy excellent results. Dr. Fuhrman:

Eat to Live has been shown to be the most effective diet-style to lower cholesterol, and lose weight in scientific studies because it simply is the healthiest way to eat and it explains that low-nutrient eating leads to toxic hunger and overeating. Most people choose to eat to live because they do not want to be on a diet, counting calories and eating thimble-sized portions of food. They eat with abundance and feel secure they are protected against heart disease, stroke, dementia and other disease of nutritional ignorance in our society.

UPDATED Thursday Evening: Dr. Fuhrman on KGO Radio in San Francisco

You can listen online as Dr. Fuhrman discusses recent news about the FDA investigating deaths that may have been related to ADHD drugs. He will be a guest a little after 8pm ET (5pm Pacific) on Thursday, February 9--in about two hours from this writing.

Click here for more of Dr. Fuhrman's thoughts and anecdotes about treating ADHD with diet.

UPDATE: Gardiner Harris of The New York Times explains the new concerns about the effect some prescription stimulants may have on heart disease.

The votes came after F.D.A. medical officers described reports of 25 sudden deaths among people taking stimulants the deaths were mostly children and a preliminary analysis of millions of health records that suggested stimulants might increase the risks of strokes and serious arrhythmias in children and adults. The reports of sudden deaths never exceeded one in a million for any stimulant drug, although the F.D.A. usually receives reports of only a fraction of drug problems.

The preliminary analysis suggested that the stimulants might increase heart risks more than twofold. Such an increase may not be significant in children, whose heart risks are low, but could cause concern in adults, panel members said.

One of the drugs, Ritalin, has been marketed since 1955, and dozens of studies have shown it to be safe and effective. But no studies have been of sufficient duration or included enough participants to evaluate stimulants' long-term effects on the heart.

But the drugs' soaring popularity and increasing use in adults, panel members said, mean that the F.D.A. should study them more closely and warn patients and doctors about the potential risks to the heart.

Arthur A. Levin, director of the Center for Medical Consumers in New York City and a member of the panel, said that patients assumed that stimulants were safe, but that that confidence was misplaced.

"For us to sit around and talk about it, and for us to not make a very strong warning about the uncertainty of these drugs and their possible risks, would be unethical," Mr. Levin said.

Dr. Fuhrman Popping Up On Various Blogs

Dr. Fuhrman and DiseaseProof have been popping up around the blogosphere lately. Here are some of sightings: