4 out of 4 stars
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OUCH! The Pain of Modern Civilization by Dr. Ajay Issar & Alka Issar is a health book with a friendly and easy-to-understand language. The book's basic premise is that modern "civilization" can be extremely harmful to individuals' health. According to the authors, four main factors affect health and can engender chronic disease: overnutrition, underactivity, circadian rhythm (sleep disruption), and hectic/stressful lifestyles. After this presentation, two questions should pop into your head. First, is civilization evil in itself, or does it simply facilitate unhealthy habits? And second, will another health book add value to readers?
Having a lot of food options can never be considered a bad thing. Evolutionary biology (something very well covered in this book) explains that the human being evolved in an environment of scarcity in which he had to look for food every day. Additionally, taking long fasts was a daily reality. If overeating is harmful to your health, "civilization" is not to blame if someone decides to "misbehave." Just as civilization provides easy access to hamburgers, it also offers easy access to healthy foods. The second question will be better answered in the next paragraph, but the answer is a shrill "yes." The authors were very successful in creating a book that encompasses all aspects of human health. The book covers evolutionary biology, the causes of the problem, the solutions, recipes for healthy foods, and even reports on patients who significantly improved their health.
What surprised me the most (my favorite part of the book) was how well the authors communicated the message playfully and educationally. Besides being high-caliber professionals, they have significant experience dealing with human beings. In the middle of the book, I came to think, "ok, what you're saying is pretty good in theory, but in practice, only wealthy people who have too much time will be able to follow your tips." However, now I agree that everyone can achieve these goals. You don't have to be a millionaire or live off an income to have a healthy lifestyle. In fact, the main difficulty is not lack of time or how much money to spend, but motivation. The authors, however, offer fascinating advice on how to achieve your goals.
My only qualm about this book is something small. Many images in the kindle version are not that great. The reality is that most of them are unreadable. I found only three grammatical errors in a book that has more than 400 pages. In this regard, this work is professionally edited. Anyway, these details are insignificant compared to the immense qualities of the book. The authors managed to approach a complex and scientific subject in a way that any layman can understand. At the end of the book, there are many references that include journals, books, websites, and so forth.
Everything considered, I willingly rate OUCH! The Pain of Modern Civilization four out of four stars. I can say without fear of mistake that this is the best health book I have ever read. That way, there's no way to think about deducting a star from the final score. As redundant and generic as what I'm going to say is, I recommend this book to everyone who cares about their health. After all, who doesn't want to live better and longer lives? Most modern chronic diseases are preventable, and anyone can live a healthy lifestyle without spending too much.
OUCH! The Pain of Modern Civilization
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