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book tour: Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman MD

Author: Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
Publisher: HarperOne
Source: TLC Book Tours
hard cover: 279 pages

"foodie" elements:  Yes (also includes a chapter on Menus and Recipes).

random excerpt:  The pomegranate is a unique ancient fruit borne on a small, long-living tree cultivated throughout Asia and the Mediterranean region, as far north as the Himalayas.  As a result of the increasing recognition of its healthy benefits, it is now also grown in California and elsewhere in the southern United States. (p.77)

summary/synopsis (from TLC website):  Falling victim to the latest cold, flu or virus circulating at the office, the kids’ school, or public transportation need not be an eventuality.  Sick days can become a thing of the past by focusing on the right combination of nutritious foods that increase the body’s defense to colds, flu, heart disease, autoimmune disorders and cancer by boosting the strength of the immune system.

A leading expert in preventing and reversing disease and board-certified medical specialist, Dr. Fuhrman offers a proven program to boost immunity to superior levels to stay healthy and live longer with Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free. Dr. Fuhrman’s compelling, yet easy-to-follow approach gets the body’s immune system working to its fullest potential and the body’s strongest defense.
Based on the latest scientific research, Super Immunity reveals how to become almost totally resistant to colds, influenza and other infections. If we do “catch” something, ‘super immunity’ provides us the ability to bounce back to wellness quickly, often within 24 hours. This means that we can prevent the complications of viral and bacterial exposures and stop them from evolving into more dangerous infections.

Due to unhealthy, nutrient deficient daily diets, far too many of us are living with severely depleted immune function. Our food choices are making us sicker, shortening our lives, and costing us billions of dollars on doctor visits, hospital stays, and prescription medications. But more medical care is not the answer, according to Dr. Fuhrman; rather the best solution is changing the way we eat. The key is shifting away from highly processed foods, added sweeteners, animal fats and excessive amounts of protein, and reorienting our daily meals toward nutrient dense vegetables, fruits, beans and seeds that help our bodies produce critical immune-building compounds.

Dr. Fuhrman cites the latest science and compelling patient testimonials in Super Immunity. One study revealed that a 20% increase of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, arugula, and cabbage corresponds to a 40% decrease in cancer rates. Patients who Dr. Fuhrman treats with ‘nutritional therapy’ report reversal of diseases such as cancer and lupus, and prevention of infections, colds, flu and allergies.

Super Immunity contains a wealth of information  for better health, including the latest science on foods including soy, olive oil, nuts, and any other foods; the latest anti-cancer research; a list of super foods for super immunity; a two-week daily menu planner; and 85 delicious recipes. Dr. Fuhrman helps readers put the latest nutritional science into practice for improved health, increased longevity, and a powerful immune system.

My thoughts + a few highlights from the book :   I'm going to be completely honest and tell you that I haven't gotten all the way through this book yet.  It's not that I haven't had it long enough to read it, it's just that I can't seem to focus.  I'm a bit skeptical when it comes to people telling me what to eat, what not to eat, cut this out of your diet and you won't get ___ disease.  Even if it's a doctor doing the telling.  I am skimming and reading bits and pieces here and there.  Some of what Dr. Fuhrman recommends is fascinating, and I will implement it into my daily routine.  Some things I know I won't.  As in giving up cheese and dairy.  I personally think my body needs this.  I know my soul does.  I may get some hate mail for saying this, but for me, it's true.  But I will use this book as a reference and I will make my way through the entire book and try out some of the recipes eventually.  I may pass it on to my mom first, though.  She LOVES these kind of books.  By no means am I saying that I don't think it's a fantastic a matter of fact, it'll probably become a bible of sorts to some.  If you've read it, I would love to hear your opinion on it.  If you want to read it, then please enter my giveaway at the end of this post.  Since I didn't give you much to go on (by way of opinion), please check out this small excerpt from the book...

Eat This for Super immunity (Eat Your "GOMBBS" and follow the 5 Daily Rules).  Super Immunity is created by a diet with a portfolio of immune systems-strengthening and cancer-fighting foods.

"GOMBBS" is a good way to remember these essentials:
1.) Greens
2.) Onions
3.) Mushrooms
4.) Berries
5.) Beans
6.) Seeds

5 Daily rules:
1.) Eat one large green salad every day (preferably two)
2.) Eat at least a half-cup serving of beans/legumes in soup, salad or a dish once daily
3.) Eat at least 3 fresh fruits a day, especially berries, pomegranate, cherries, plums, oranges
4.) Eat at least one ounce of raw nuts and seeds a day
5.) Eat at least one large (double-size) serving of steamed green vegetables daily.

And because you know I can't resist sharing a few of the recipes I'll be making from the book, here they are... Black Bean Brownies, Black Cherry Sorbet, Goji Chili Stew, Golden Australian Cauliflower Cream Soup, Rainbow Chopped Salad, Orange Cashame Dressing, "Cheesy" Kale Soup

about the author:  Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board-certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He is the author of numerous books, including Eat To Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. He is a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine and a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Director of Research of the Nutritional Research Project of the National Health Association. Dr. Fuhrman is also on the Science Advisory Board of Whole Foods Market.
He is the New York Times Bestselling Author of Eat to Live.  Find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.

For a chance to win your own copy of Super Immunity (shipping address in USA or Canada, only please), simply leave a comment letting me know that you'd like to read this book.  Entries must be received by 11:59 pm (Eastern) on Sunday October 9, 2011.  A winner will be picked at random.  Good Luck!

*Update 10/10/11: Congrats to the winner- Luvdaylilies...I hope you enjoy it!
*Update 10/26/11: I never heard back from the winner I drew the first time, so I had a re-draw and congrats to Miranda!

*Update 10/18/11:  I wanted to come back and tell you that I did finish reading this book a few days after I first posted my thoughts.  I still feel basically the same way.  I think it's a fantastic resource.  For some.  Others may not like it.  That's the thing with books on diet and regimen, they are very "personal" ...resonating to the core for some.  This wasn't that one for me, but I will definitely take something away from Dr. Fuhrman's teachings.  And let me add, that in general, I do use books likes this as reference.  I don't get swept away in the words very often.  Just me.  The way I am.  
*I received a free copy of this book to review from the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.
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