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Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease and How to Fight It Paperback – September 7, 2021
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—Robb Wolf, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
“This book is a unique, rigorous contribution to understanding insulin resistance as an underlying cause of chronic disease and aging. Well written and highly accessible, Dr. Bikman has written a book for both scientists and the average reader who seeks a path back to good health.”
—Nina Teicholz, science journalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Big Fat Surprise
“It’s time to make ‘insulin resistance’ part of the public lexicon. That so many people are unaware of this widespread condition with serious ramifications is a monumental problem, and it’s one that Why We Get Sick sets out to solve.”
—Dr. Aseem Malhotra, cardiologist and professor of evidence-based medicine
“Thoroughly researched and extensively documented, Why We Get Sick is a comprehensive and indispensable primer on insulin resistance and how it affects virtually every system in the body. Dr. Bikman presents not only an easy-to-understand guide to how and why insulin resistance develops, but a treatment handbook as well.”
—Michael R. Eades, MD, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Protein Power
“Insulin resistance underpins nearly every single chronic disease that we struggle with today and ultimately costs us countless billions of dollars in health-care spending, as well as an untold amount of human suffering. Professor Ben Bikman masterfully lays out the role of insulin resistance in disease, how it affects our bodies, and, most important, how to fix it!”
—Shawn Baker, MD, author of The Carnivore Diet and CEO of MeatRx.com
“Bikman’s sweeping summary of the science of human metabolism makes the ironclad case for insulin resistance as Public Health Enemy #1. Whether the reader is interested in losing excess body fat, optimizing brain function, preventing heart disease, reducing cancer risk, or improving fertility—this expert curation of the research leaves no stone unturned.”
—Georgia Ede, MD, nutritional psychiatrist
About the Author
- Publisher : BenBella Books (September 7, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 280 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1953295770
- ISBN-13 : 978-1953295774
- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ben.... THANK YOU.
I regularly listen to you on you tube along with Dr Berry... Shaun Baker...and last but not least, Vinnie Tortorich, who started me on this journey.
A must read if you really want to know what insulin’s impact is on every cell and organ in your body, and how to get it right.
Again.... Thank you
The language in easy to follow so anyone can grasp the information. I have for the last ten years have eaten basically a low carbohydrate diet ( less than 50 grams of carbs a day) and the last 7 years I have been ketogenic. I eat this way not for weight loss, but for exactly what is the problem for many people, insulin resistance. I know too much insulin is bad for the body and creates so many health issues.
People, if you want to add quality years to your life and the lives of those you love THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK. This should be read by anyone who wants to avoid Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes (type 2), heart diseases, kidney disease, liver issues, etc the list goes on.
You will not regret the knowledge you learn that can save your life. I read this book in two days. I suggest not just reading it, but study it and apply what you learn to your life.
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
These illness (and more) and their connection to Insulin Resistance are discussed individually in the 1st Section of “Why We Get Sick.”
From there, Dr. Benjamin Bickman explains insulin resistance and how we can fight it through lifestyle changes (exercise and LCHF diet) using we’ll document science.
I have read the likes of Teicholz, Taubes, Shanahan, Perlmutter and many others. “Why We Get Sick” ranks among the top for content and readability. The science and the citations are available, but this is book is designed for everyone to understand.
I highly recommend this book!
By Casey Ruff on July 22, 2020
This book charts a good middle ground between exhaustive discussion of research and plain advice, giving enough scientific background to support the conclusions without compromising readability.
For those seeking additional references and explanation, there is a detailed appendix.
The past two years I've concluded that a 'carnivore' diet was best for me, however, there was still something missing!
It was through this book that I came to understand a critical aspect to eating that even two-years of carnivore dieting still didn't fully correct - which is insulin and insulin resistance!
Now having the knowledge, the remaining issues I was dealing with have FINALLY gotten under control. I owe so much to Dr. Ben Bikman for this knowledge.
Now if I look to support others, my go-to is getting people to understand insulin resistance and how to tackle that as a core issue before even suggesting a low carb / high fat or carnivore diet.
Top reviews from other countries
Ive read and YouTubed my way through a lot on insulin resistance and related subjects.
This book is fantastic (builds great detail on YouTube interviews with author (Benjamin Bikman) , if you prefer to first check that format).
The facts, the pace, the layout, the science blended with the accessibility of well explained information. It documents what any mature (I still reserve the right to be immature) observer has seen play out in their own and the life of others around them. The health issues we see and lose people to - even better with options, that are simple (they may or may not be easy - but contrasted with early death, are good to understand) .
Many books I now "read" on audible, some books are great in that format - This book isn't IMO suitable for that, it needs the ability to go fast or slow and pause for clarity. I don't mean its a hard scientific read, but nor is it a book at bedtime.
But at the end of the read - well I suspect you can add years on a life, not many books can claim that. Not only that, if need be you can hold your own against any medical professional or sceptical friend, who doubts your emerging belief that ownership is the real key to health.
I've started to give it as a present to family members (usually over 30), some may think "why is this mad uncle giving me this irrelevant book" - I say "well give it a skim read, drop it in your awareness - and if its not for you, please pass it to a parent - preferably one I get to hang out with as I age, so they can be around" (hopefully with a bit of madness, in terms of ideas and taking chances on our ability, not Alzheimer's ).
Its the best value £15.57, Ive ever spent (lets not count those mad nights long ago - ) I suspect, the extra gifted copies will pay off like no other investment I've made, but I doubt my review will be updated then :).
Well done the author Benjamin Bickman (No he isn't in my family) - for making really important latest science discoveries accessible, to those of us who are interested in, but are not scientists - that is a skill possessed by very few.
Well done Ben Bikman, you are a star and shining light in this crazy world.