Job Search Scrap Trading Books News Scholarship Website
How Not to Die - Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM & Gene Stone

How Not to Die

By Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM & Gene Stone

  • Release Date: 2015-12-08
  • Genre: Diet & Nutrition
Score: 4.5
From 287 Ratings


From the physician behind the wildly popular NutritionFacts website, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America-heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more-and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.

The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The fifteen leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn't have to be the case. By following Dr. Greger's advice, all of it backed up by strong scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer.

History of prostate cancer in your family? Put down that glass of milk and add flaxseed to your diet whenever you can. Have high blood pressure? Hibiscus tea can work better than a leading hypertensive drug-and without the side effects. Fighting off liver disease? Drinking coffee can reduce liver inflammation. Battling breast cancer? Consuming soy is associated with prolonged survival. Worried about heart disease (the number 1 killer in the United States)? Switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to prevent the disease but often stop it in its tracks.

In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top fifteen causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen -a checklist of the twelve foods we should consume every day.Full of practical, actionable advice and surprising, cutting edge nutritional science, these doctor's orders are just what we need to live longer, healthier lives.


  • How Not to Die

    By Bones 59
    Excellent book which uses science to underscore the importance of diet.
  • Wish I could give no stars

    By goatcharmer
    This book makes me angry every time I see the title. My sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and put all her faith in this book. She went on a completely plant based vegan diet thinking it would stop her cancer from reoccurring after her first chemo. What actually happened was that she got so thin, lost so much weight that she could not do chemo when the cancer came back. She was so deficient in nutrition they wanted to give her nutrition counseling. She progressed into not being able to eat at all and diet of starvation. In our family the irony of “How not to Die” is to not do what she did. I strongly recommend you stay far away from this book.
  • Infomative and entertaining

    By merefrog
    This is a book that is jam packed with important information on how to nurture your body by eating the healthiest foods and getting more exercise than most people get. The authors write in such a way that the information is clear and at times humorous. I plan to read it again to make sure I didn't forget anything.
  • Changed My Life!

    By csmiles2951
    This book was the biggest health paradigm shift of my life. it is so compelling that I couldn’t help but start making positive changes in the way I ate from the moment I read the first chapter. My blood pressures is reduced and my energy is increased. I feel like I have my life back in a way I actually never had it before. So grateful.
  • How Not To Die

    By Tizweed
    Must read for those whose are researching a Whole Foods Plant Based diet. Dr. Greger gives all the available science, to-date, and allows one to make their own conclusions. I especially like the second section where Dr. Greger provides insight as to what he eats. I would also recommend the audio version (only found currently on Audible) of this book as a suppliment. There is so much information that I have to re-read (an re-listen) to absorb it all.
  • How not to die

    By akaTrixie
    Totally enjoyed the straight forward truth and clinically supported trials results. Looking forward to applying whole food plant based diet to my life, nice to have a simple way to have helpful information to further where I am currently at eating wise. I am looking forward to aging healthily and enjoying good quality of life as I age currently 55 years old and very healthy.
  • Eye Opener on the Reality of Diseases

    By SamJaya
    I just finished chapter 1 and I am seeing all of the symptoms of an elderly 91 year old friend. Everything in this book is true. Please read this. The life you save might be your own. I am ready to make lifestyle changes now.
  • Can't wait!

    By TimothyMaynard177
    This guy is my goto for all things nutrition. A wealth of knowledge, and his book will tell you how to live a long, healthy, and amazing life!