Good-Health Reads: Staff Selections

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Here, the WholeFoods team looks at two groundbreaking books that have been updated in 2020—plus a can’t-miss documentary

The Great Cholesterol Myth, Revised and Expanded: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease—and the Statin-Free Plan that Will by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS and Stephen T. Sinatra M.D., F.A.C.C, C.N.S. 

When this first version of this book was released in 2012, it was called controversial—and revolutionary. WholeFoods Magazine Nutrition Myth Buster columnist Bowden and cardiologist Dr. Sinatra explained why the medical establishment’s belief that fat and cholesterol cause of heart disease is completely wrong, and their work received high praise from integrative practitioners, such as Mark Hyman, M.D., who said: “The Great Cholesterol Myth finally sheds light on the true story, why millions are being harmed by statin drugs and how to really prevent heart disease. Everyone with heart disease, on a statin, or with a family history of heart disease must read this book. And if your doctor recommends a statin, read this book first.”

Now, an updated version of the book, which comes out in October (available for preorder now) looks at the latest advances. As Bowden explained to WholeFoods readers: “The sad news is doctors are mostly still measuring cholesterol the old-fashioned way. That’s equivalent to doing long division with a pad and pencil when you’ve got a smartphone available—it’s slow, cumbersome, and frequently inaccurate. We discuss this at length in the new, revised, and updated version of The Great Cholesterol Myth. In the new book, we talk about the sophisticated lab tests that now exist to tease out risk factors that have been hiding in plain sight for decades—factors we now understand are directly and profoundly connected to heart disease.”

In addition to discussing the real causes of heart disease and testing, the authors offer a four-part strategy based on the latest studies and clinical findings for preventing, managing, and reversing heart disease. The plan focused on diet, exercise, supplements, and stress and anger management.

From Fatigued to Fantastic: A Clinically Proven Program to Regain Vibrant Health
and Overcome Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.

For almost 20 year, this best-selling book has been considered one of the most authoritative sources for information on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FMS). In the fourth edition of the book, which was released on September 1, Dr. Teitelbaum shares evidence that these conditions are highly treatable, and discusses how to eliminate each kind of pain without opioids. The new edition includes information on Dr. Teitelbaum’s SHINE Protocol, which focuses on Sleep, Hormones (thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive), Infections, Nutritional support, and Exercise. Placebo-controlled research on the protocol is presented, as well as research  on nutritional strategies that improve energy.

This latest edition also includes information for COVID-19 “long haulers” on dealing with post-COVID symptoms. Dr. Teitelbaum explains that some COVID-19 patients experience lasting health concerns after recovering from the virus, including exhaustion, brain fog, insomnia, muscle pain, headache, heart palpitations, and neurological problems—”in other words, symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.” He also explains that there are proactive steps that can be taken to help the body recover.

 

Documentary Review: Kiss the Ground (premieres on Netflix on September 22, 2020)

60 years. That’s about how long we have until the world’s remain topsoil is gone. “What we’re looking at is man-made desertification,” said Josh Tickell in his recent keynote speech at Driving Value Through Sustainability Across the Supply Chain. There’s hope, though. Kiss the Groundthe documentary directed and produced by Josh and Rebecca Tickell, with Julian Lennon and Ian Somerhalder as Executive Producers, explores how this crisis can be reversed, explaining that when we regenerate the world’s soils we can stabilize the Earth’s climate, restore local ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies.

“This film represents the culmination of tens of thousands of hours of research by scientists around the world who have finally cracked the code on managing climate change—before it’s too late,” says Josh Tickell, author of the book Kiss the Ground, How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body and Ultimately Save Our WorldAnd as the experts share in the film, positive change can happen rapidly.

“We get the soil right, we can fix a lot of our issues,” says Ray Archuleta, Conservation Agronmist, NRCS, at the start of the film. “Healthy soils lead to a healthy plant. Healthy plant, healthy animal, healthy human, healthy water, healthy climate.”

Narrator Woody Harrelson takes the viewer on a journey, looking at the history that lead to this soil crisis, the role of carbon in our world and the science and solutions that can make the difference. The film does a wonderful job of breaking the topic down, with graphics to illustrate the point for viewers and drive home the urgency for every single one of us.

Mark Hyman, M.D., Director of the Cleveland Center for Functional Medicine, spotlights the importance to health: “The key to health is eating dirt. What I mean by that is we need to eat what’s in the dirt that’s transferred to the plants, that then we eat and create health.”

In addition to researchers, medical experts and agriculture experts, advocates including Ian Somerhalder (who shot initial footage for the film was shot 9 years ago in Africa), Gisele Bündchen, Jason Mraz, Patricia Arquette, and David Arquette join in to discuss the issues and raise awareness, and they enhance the appeal for a wider audience.

View the trailer for a sneak peak, and don’t miss the full documentary on Netflix. There will be a star-studded watch party on September 22 at 6pm PST. “Never before has there been a more important message,” says Rebecca Tickell, “and the good news is it’s hopeful, it’s actionable and the film shows us steps we can take right now.”

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