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Official Review: Food Sanity by Dr David Friedman.

Post by katiesquilts » 18 May 2018, 00:44

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Food Sanity" by Dr David Friedman..]
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Food Sanity: How to Eat in a World of Fads and Fiction was written by Dr. David Friedman, a holistic practitioner with almost three decades of experience under his belt. Friedman has also interviewed dozens of doctors and authors of diet fad books. In his book, he explains that each of them focused on different parts of the human diet and had different opinions as to how the body reacts to certain foods. In Food Sanity, Friedman uses proven science to rectify several misconceptions the average American has about certain foods, diets, and the health industry as a whole. Plus, he gives the reader an easy-to-understand crash course on everything the body needs to thrive and how to receive those nutrients from some of the poor options waiting for us at the grocery store.

Rather than list diet fads and what makes them work (or not, in some cases), Friedman breaks things down by in sections such as major food groups, vitamins and supplements, diets and the health industry, and finally a section on how to implement what you've learned in the book. I thought the way he organized the book made a lot of sense, although as I was reading through and guaranteeing myself not to eat anymore of these antibiotic and pesticide-filled foods, I was starting to wonder if there would be anything left I could eat. I'm not going to lie -- I've never once thought of going vegetarian, but I haven't bought beef since reading Food Sanity. I've also cut back on my milk consumption, because that was one eye-opening first chapter.

I'm pretty suspicious of anyone who tries to tell me what to eat, and I like to think that I know a little bit about the body and what's good for it. However, Friedman made me realize that I've been brainwashed, along with millions of other Americans, by Big Pharma and bad research. Some of the things he touched on in the book I had actually already heard from other sources, but they didn't provide me with the compelling research and horrifying comparisons Friedman did.

The thing I liked the most about Food Sanity was that Friedman did his research. He lists every source he used at the back of the book and the entire book is properly cited. This made me trust everything he was saying, because I didn't just have to take him at face value. He listed medical research papers, which have to be peer-reviewed before they are published. Also, Friedman has a laugh-out-loud sense of humor that shines through the book, starting right from the Table of Contents. He really knows how to get a message across in a memorable way.

I only found a few errors in the entire book, and most of them were spacing and punctuation errors. Also, there was one line that struck me as odd. Friedman pointed out that "depression is least common in countries where people eat the most fish, such as Japan..." However, Japan has a large number of suicides each year and is ranked 18th in the world, above America which is ranked 38th. This is because countries like Japan and Korea have horrible stigmas against mental illnesses and the number of diagnosed cases of depression is very low, despite millions of people actually living with it. Of course, this statistic has little to do with diets or fads, but it just goes to show that not all information written in a book is necessarily true. Like Friedman says, it's important to stay educated so you can notice these things for yourself and take charge of your health in a society where the government is trying to make all your choices for you.

Food Sanity has honestly changed my life, and I've already recommended it to my close family and several friends. I want everyone I know and love to read it and make better health choices so we have more time to spend together. Food Sanity deserves 4 out of 4 stars and I would highly recommend it to literally anyone. It is by-far the best health and diet-related book I've read in my life.

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Post by kandscreeley » 18 May 2018, 08:01

I am also leery about people telling me what to eat and what not to eat. However, I am interested in what the author has to say in this book. I'm not sure it'll change the way I eat, but you never know. Thanks.
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Post by sanjus » 18 May 2018, 10:10

From the review it seem to me that this book could give some insights about one's diet and how to be healthy. Since the medical practitioner himself has written this book with decades of experience it compel me to surely complete reading this book
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Post by teacherjh » 18 May 2018, 11:49

I absolutely want to read this book. I have read several like it and made big changes to how I eat.

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Post by Libs_Books » 18 May 2018, 13:10

I really like the sound of this book, but it's a bit pricey, isn't it? Could be worth it, though - seems like you got a lot from it. I'm almost convinced - just need to give it a bit further thought. Thanks for a great review.

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 19 May 2018, 02:53

This seems like a really helpful book, and also very topical--in a world where so much of our food is genetically modified/covered with pesticides/produced in horrifying ways (have you seen the documentary Farm to Fridge? Now that's a video that made me want to commit to being vegetarian for the rest of my life), it's hard to know what's safe to eat, and what's sustainable!

Thank you for your review--your critique is very thorough! :)

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Post by Book O-Rama » 19 May 2018, 14:47

I'm not sure why I opened this review because I do not trust the "eat-this-don't-eat-that" books.
However, I am thrilled that I did read your review.
I have thought about eating healthier, non-GMO, non-pesticide foods but have no clue where to start.
I am definitely interested in reading this book.

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Post by NL Hartje » 20 May 2018, 11:28

Its refreshing to see a well-researched piece of literature. Kudos to the author for doing his homework and not postulating that we should all accept his assumptions as fact. Thanks for this review!
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Post by ellemig98 » 20 May 2018, 11:41

I think that food sanity would be of help to medical students such as myself in classifying foods but even when I read something as what to eat and "not" to eat is literally gonna put me to think that every food is not actually good so im just gonna be eating more of it since you know every food is not good for you.
But I would like to read it though for study purposes and knowledge

Thanks for the review :D

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Post by sanjus » 21 May 2018, 11:19

Thanks for good review on this useful book which helps the readers about the food sanity and its usefulness in maintaining a good health
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Post by katiesquilts » 22 May 2018, 22:05

Libs_Books wrote:
18 May 2018, 13:10
I really like the sound of this book, but it's a bit pricey, isn't it? Could be worth it, though - seems like you got a lot from it. I'm almost convinced - just need to give it a bit further thought. Thanks for a great review.
It's funny that you say that, because when I checked Amazon to see other reviews before agreeing to review the book, I thought the same thing! Now that I've read it, I consider myself lucky for getting such a good deal! :mrgreen:

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Post by Bookmermaid » 30 May 2018, 18:57

Hats off for pointing out the fallacy in the text and writing critically and honestly about the issue.

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