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Publisher: Rodale (August 11, 2015)
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
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Let me preface this review with the fact that I love Mira and Jayson Calton, and really enjoyed their previous book, Rich Food, Poor Food. I follow a Paleo/Primal lifestyle, and have listened to interviews with them on several different paleo/primal podcasts. They are a very engaging couple with a powerful story of overcoming health challenges.I found the first 2/3rds of The Micronutrient Miracle very informative, it appears they really did their research. The writing style is engaging, and the information is eye opening. The information presented about how substances we are exposed to on a daily basis (environmental toxins, prescription drugs, even certain foods) can rob us of micro-nutrients was very useful. They give practical suggestions on ways to reduce this toxic load, and which micro-nutrient deficiencies might be responsible for a variety of health problems. They also give a helpful outline of what to look for when choosing a supplement.However, the last third of the book just seemed to be a shill for their new costly supplement line. In interviews I heard where they were promoting this book, I took away the message that the book was stand-alone from the supplement line. I was under the impression that their new 28-day plan could be easily followed using a whole foods approach. I wholeheartedly agree that micro-nutrient deficiency is a serious health epidemic across our nation, but this plan does not jive with a whole foods diet. Their plan revolves around supplementation and shake-based nutrition. I believe this would be a vast improvement for someone following a standard American diet, but for those of us already following a whole/real foods based diet, I would suggest looking elsewhere.
To be fair, I need to disclose that I have not read the finished book yet- mine is scheduled to be delivered by 8:00 pm tonight. I read a preprint. I was part of a group of human "guinea pigs" that was selected last April to follow this program. I own a lot of books of this genre but this book is absolutely unique. The focus is not high carb vs low carb, high fat, or calorie restriction. Instead, as the title announces, it focuses on the role of vitamins and minerals in driving our health. The book contains a series of extremely useful interactive tables that make it possible to accurately determine which micronutrients you are likely deficient in and what conditions can arise from those deficiencies. Then, it guides you in exactly how to become sufficient in these nutrients. It provides a number of dietary approaches to use depending on your personal goals- weight loss, autoimmune recovery, cardiac health and many others. The recipes supplied are fantastic and provide a glimpse into the foods of the cultures that they experienced on their multi-year Weston Price-like tour of the world. The book also covers exercise and other lifestyle topics to maximize health. Following their ketogenic protocol, I did indeed lose 13 pounds in 28 days but the " micronutrient miracles" that I experienced were numerous and -well, miraculous! My sleep pattern straightened out in a few days and my adult ADHD symptoms disappeared. Brain fog lifted and, amazingly, all of my early morning aches and pains disappeared. Conditions that I had for so long that I didn't even think about anymore cleared up! I won't speak for the others in the group because they will probably post here, but what I can tell you is every one experienced micronutrient miracles.
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