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I have read "How Not To Die", written by Dr Michael Greger and I am following the advice therein. It is working for me: My BP has come down, my heart rate came down to a point where my GP had to reduce my beta blocker dosage and I don't even breathe hard on my daily walk where I used to have to stop and rest after a steep hill.

My question is: do the rules of HealthUnlocked allow me to recommend this book to people posting on here?

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I think you just have. lol

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Oops!

It does say that it's a question for moderators, etc.

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Hi there,

The community guidelines are here healthunlocked.com/bhf/post...

Fyi it's been posted before so it's not new to some on here. What works for one doesn't mean it works for all.

Cheers Mark

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Thanks Mark

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I would not have thought there is a problem recommending a book unless it was felt to be total quackery! However, a review would be useful to others.

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Hi Jimmyq, I bought this too and have been following the general guidelines, though not as slavishly as in the first couple of months after my diagnosis! (CAD). I have asked my cardiologist about it, & he feels it talks a lot of sense. He is following a plant based diet himself.

I haven’t had any test results since I start d following the diet, but I have lost 10lbs whilst still feeling full with eating loads. Generally feeling more energetic, and that I am doing something positive to help myself. I do have a piece of lean chicken about once a week, which isn’t in the book!

I can only speak for myself obviously, but I haven’t had any problems with changing my diet and don’t regret it. Good luck anyway.

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Hi Kimlouise,

My BP is down (115/70), cholesterol is down (2.7), pulse is down (low 50s), my weight is down to the same as in my 20s (12st10lb). My doctors have reduced my doses of Atorvastatin and Bisoprolol and taken me off Indapamide altogether.

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Wow... Well done! I am still on statins and bisoprolol but haven't had any testing done since I started eating more plant based. I've definitely slipped a bit over the summer but I would say 80% there.

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Hi jimmyq - no issue with this :) All the BHF team would ask is that any recommendations like this are in line with medical advice (and not a replacement for seeing your GP!) which you've made clear.

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I checked this book out on Amazon where it rated an average 4.8 (out of 5) with over 500 reviews. Having tried going vegetarian once and giving up after a few weeks its not really for me. |I also worry about any dietary regime that requires you to take additional vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Each to their own!

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The only vitamin supplement necessary is B12. You can get everything else from your food. Any vegans and possibly some vegetarians should supplement with Vitamin B12 so this regime is nothing special in that. To get a flavour of what the book is about you could watch the film "Forks Over Knives". It is on Netflix.

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My daughter bought me this book. It contains a wealth of good advice and understandable explanations. My problem is high potassium and since this is in everything plant based it means I have to be quite selective as many low potassium options don’t suit my choice because of sugar,salt, fatcontent.

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Sorry to hear that! My father-in-law was on a low potassium diet. It was bloody boring!

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No heart patient should follow anything in a book without consulting their doctor. I have purchased a lot of heart health books over the past 12 years and many focus on lifestyle changes - smoking cessation, healthy diet, moderate exercise, relaxation etc - pretty much what we are taught in rehab and endorsed by the World Health Organisation. The biggest problem with books is that they date very quickly and what is bad today is good tomorrow (e.g. eggs) and vice versa. A good doctor or specialist will be up to date on the latest research and recommendations.

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