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Reviewed by Robert Rose for Readers' Favorite
I was surprised and delighted about Dr.Hardman’s take on end of life responses. “If I’m elderly or terminally ill, let me die in peace and dignity . . . please. And if I’m in pain or having trouble breathing, I want to be given morphine to relieve my symptoms . . . No one should have to die in discomfort these days.” DNR – Do Not Resuscitate – should be available for every patient who likes that choice. I am not certain to whom Dr. Hardman was directing his book. He admits in the beginning that it is mostly repetition of many known and 'common sense' approaches to weight loss and about lifestyle changes. Educated readers know these and people who are not readers have shows like 'Dr.Oz' that explain all these with expert guests and the best delivery systems for teaching them such as huge videos, photos, and actual body organs to make ideas clearer. I felt there was the not so subtle emphasis encouraging everyone to be some type of non-vegetarian eater. I agree that meat production does impact the planet with its air, water, and land pollution. The food produced for meat animal would feed most of the world’s people. Although some are cutting down, the growing affluence of third world nations means more meat eaters.
His chapter headings like Transformation, Workout, Bring Your Lunch, Eat Plants, My Take on MY Plate, Don’t Drink Beer, Don’t Smoke, Learn to Cook, Unplug the TV, Take the Stairs, and Have a Yearly Goal tell you his messages. His 20 Principles of Good Health and his 15 Diet Books and Other Myths go beyond common sense, but are thought-rovoking, most being quite useful. His recipes for vegans would be fun to try and his workout pictures are simple to use. I have managed to reach 80 by doing much of what he suggests. If you want to stay younger and healthier, these work (even if you eat meat) as many people tell my wife and me. For most his book will be a good review and for others it might be a lifestyle change that could save their lives.