Tips from Dr. Greger on ‘How Not To Die’

By Caroline Gordon

Editorial Staff

I was skeptical when my mother told me a friend recommended the book “How Not To Die,” by Dr. Michael Greger, with the help of Gene Stone. My hesitation stemmed from the bizarre title.

However, I gave the book a chance.

As an English major, I am used to reading lots of literature and poetry, so this book was a nice change.

Initially, I came to FSU for the food and nutrition program as I wanted to become a registered dietician. I took interest in journalism instead. Even though I switched my major, I still enjoy learning about health and the effect food has on the human body.

Before reading this book, I thought I knew everything there was to know about nutrition.

I was wrong.

Dr. Greger furthered my understanding of nutrition and I am glad I read this book.

The author discussed numerous health issues such as, diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression. Greger believes that the food we consume impacts our likelihood of either developing, slowing down, or eradicating diseases.

I couldn’t agree more.

Veganism is Greger’s most recommended diet to follow. However, he also says that the vegan diet is not for all and that incorporating more fruits and vegetables will still promote health.

A key theme of the book is that better food choices will help lengthen one’s life, hence the title.

Chapter 15 – “How Not to Die from Iatrogenic Causes (or, How Not to Die from Doctors),” was, in my opinion, the most informative chapter. Greger discusses how the medications doctors prescribe are not always the solution to treating health problems. He believes that sometimes the side effects outweigh the benefits of conventional medicine.

Once again, I agree.

He goes on to talk about radiation and while sometimes necessary, it can be detrimental to the body. He mentions a study of radiation from X-rays and its association to cancer. “In general, the diagnostic medical radiation dealt out in one year is estimated to cause 2,800 breast cancers among American women, as well as 25,000 other cancers.”

Considering Greger is a well-educated doctor and throughout the book he backs up his ideas with case studies and reliable medical journals, I trust what he has to say.

As there are plenty of nutrition majors at FSU, I highly recommend this book as it will supplement the material you are learning.

Even if you are not interested in nutrition, this read is still an excellent option as Greger offers tips that can greatly improve your health.

I rate this book five out of five bookmarks.