The best books on nutrition from a retired dentist

Who am I?

I retired after 54 years of private dental practice. I hold four dental implant patents and have been awarded fellowships in four honorary dental academies. I've made it a personal mission to use print, radio, TV, and personal appearances to bring into focus the dietary connection between diseases of civilization (excess weight, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, constipation, diverticulitis, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, deep venous thrombosis, and others) and dental decay which predicts all the others. They account for over half of all hospital admissions and over half of the money spent on health care. Understanding their common dietary origin will allow anyone to prevent, reverse and eliminate any and all of them.


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Your Mouth, Your Health: Stop and Reverse Aging

By Milan Somborac,

Book cover of Your Mouth, Your Health: Stop and Reverse Aging

What is my book about?

Tooth decay is the precursor to many health problems –obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Dental decay is the first to develop, and it predicts the others.

Milan Somborac, DDS, sees the same patients again and again, suffering from plaque, cavities, and infection. He provides expensive treatments for preventable conditions, and he blames it all on refined carbohydrates. In Your Mouth, Your Health Somborac makes the connection between overall health and dental health. He tells us how to prevent decline, through easy-to-apply examples that will save your teeth and your life. 

The books I picked & why

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The Saccharine Disease: The Master Disease of Our Time

By T.L. Cleave,

Book cover of The Saccharine Disease: The Master Disease of Our Time

Why this book?

The excessive consumption of sugar and white flour contributes significantly to diabetes, coronary disease, obesity, constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, appendicitis, cholecystitis, diverticulitis, and more plus, of course, dental decay. While treating hundreds of thousands of Africans some seventy years ago, Cleave observed none of the conditions mentioned until these patients moved into cities and began consuming sugar and white flour. If we follow our dentist’s advice on how to eat, these ubiquitous common conditions would be significantly reduced.

The Saccharine Disease: The Master Disease of Our Time

By T.L. Cleave,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Saccharine Disease as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


The Dash Diet Mediterranean Solution: The Best Eating Plan to Control Your Weight and Improve Your Health for Life

By Marla Heller,

Book cover of The Dash Diet Mediterranean Solution: The Best Eating Plan to Control Your Weight and Improve Your Health for Life

Why this book?

A panel of 22 experts who rank diets for U.S. News has consistently placed the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) near the top of all diets. It meets the requirements of Mother Nature’s Lifestyle Diets, that is, no added sugar, no processed foods. This book combines it with the Mediterranean Diet which is not much dierent from the way hunter-gatherer societies ate. It results in the highest average life expectancy and also prevents and even reverses heart disease. The combination of the two is outstanding.

The Dash Diet Mediterranean Solution: The Best Eating Plan to Control Your Weight and Improve Your Health for Life

By Marla Heller,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Dash Diet Mediterranean Solution as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The newest approach to the New York Times bestselling Dash diet, featuring a completely new approach to eating, the latest science and research on improving heart health and reducing the risk of diabetes, and a Mediterranean diet-inspired meal plan to make this the most healthful and effective DASH diet ever.

The DASH diet has been a staple of the dieting world, recommended by doctors, nutritionists, and crowned the US News and World Report's #1 best diet for 8 years in a row. But popular tastes and medical guidelines have evolved, and The Dash Diet Mediterranean Solution presents a new approach…


Living the G. I. Diet : Delicious Recipes and Real-Life Strategies to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

By Rick Gallop, Emily Richard,

Book cover of Living the G. I. Diet : Delicious Recipes and Real-Life Strategies to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Why this book?

Dr. David Jenkins and University of Toronto colleagues developed the glycemic index (GI) in 1980–1981. Based on solid science, the GI distinguishes between carbohydrates that are digested slowly (those in Mother Nature’s pantry), those that are digested quickly (refined carbohydrates), and those that lie in between. Using either glucose or white bread as reference points, the GI assigns relative values to carbohydrates and makes sensible selection possible.

Based on David Jenkin’s science-based glycemic index, shortly after publication, this book made the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. The latest edition provides a large number of recipes. Additionally, it offers advice about how to lose weight, how to maintain the weight loss, and how to stay on track during holidays and in restaurants. It also discusses the psychology and the management of food cravings. All in all, the book is comprehensive.

Living the G. I. Diet : Delicious Recipes and Real-Life Strategies to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

By Rick Gallop, Emily Richard,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Living the G. I. Diet as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The easiest diet going is now even easier--and tastier. Off to an explosive start, The G.I. Diet quickly landed on New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, and required five quick printings (for a total of 190,000 copies) to keep pace with demand after national publicity discovered the "Canadian miracle diet" (Woman's World). Now, continuing to build on the nutritional wisdom of the glycemic index, Rick Gallop follows up with the essential companion--a cookbook and strategy guide for living the G.I. Diet.

Organized around the simple, intuitive principle of green-, yellow-, and red-light foods--if you can follow a…


The Best Life Diet

By Bob Greene,

Book cover of The Best Life Diet

Why this book?

This for-life approach diet is based on solid science, is easy to follow, and emphasizes exercise in a healthy lifestyle. There is a universal agreement among experts on the issues of a healthy lifestyle. This book simplifies these issues for the layman. Knowledgeable and qualified people hold it in high regard.

The Best Life Diet

By Bob Greene,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Best Life Diet as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Based on the feedback from thousands of readers of The Best Life Dietand subscribers to www.thebestlife.com, Bob Greene has made substantial revisions to his bestselling diet book, including faster weight loss results, the most up-to-date science, more meal plans and recipes, including more no-cook and convenience meals and take-out options, and success stories from readers or bestlife.com subscribers who have been on the diet for a year or more.

In Phase One of the diet, readers will eliminate six unhealthy foods right away instead of waiting until Phase Two. Because they start cutting calories earlier, they'll lose more weight up…


The Ultimate Weight Solution Food Guide

By Phil McGraw,

Book cover of The Ultimate Weight Solution Food Guide

Why this book?

In its marketing activities, Big Food eectively uses its deep understanding of emotions and eating to put more calories into us. The psychology of overeating is a major focus of Big Food marketing. This book shows how to combine the control of emotional and impulsive overeating with exercise into a lifestyle.

The Ultimate Weight Solution Food Guide

By Phil McGraw,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Ultimate Weight Solution Food Guide as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A companion volume to "The Ultimate Weight Solution" offers advice on strategies for eating out, portion size, calorie count, pantry stocking, and supplements and meal replacements.


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