Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases (Hardcover)
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, and even the aging process itself with one simple, scientifically proven plan to reverse disease—as well as prevent and reduce symptoms—from the world-renowned pioneer of lifestyle medicine.
Dean Ornish, M.D., has directed revolutionary research proving, for the first time, that lifestyle changes can often reverse—undo!—the progression of many of the most common and costly chronic diseases and even begin reversing aging at a cellular level.
Medicare and many insurance companies now cover Dr. Ornish’s lifestyle medicine program for reversing chronic disease because it consistently achieves bigger changes in lifestyle, better clinical outcomes, larger cost savings, and greater adherence than have ever been reported—based on forty years of research published in the leading peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals.
Now, in this landmark book, he and Anne Ornish present a simple yet powerful new unifying theory explaining why these same lifestyle changes can reverse so many different chronic diseases and how quickly these benefits occur. They describe what it is, why it works, and how you can do it:
• Eat well: a whole foods, plant-based diet naturally low in fat and sugar and high in flavor. The “Ornish diet” has been rated “#1 for Heart Health” by U.S. News & World Report every year from 2019 to 2021.
• Move more: moderate exercise such as walking
• Stress less: including meditation and gentle yoga practices
• Love more: how love and intimacy transform loneliness into healing
With seventy recipes, easy-to-follow meal plans, tips for stocking your kitchen and eating out, recommended exercises, stress-reduction advice, and inspiring patient stories of life-transforming benefits—for example, several people improved so much after only nine weeks they were able to avoid a heart transplant—Undo It! empowers readers with new hope and new choices.
Praise for Undo It!
“The Ornishes’ work is elegant and simple and deserving of a Nobel Prize, since it can change the world!”—Richard Carmona, M.D., MPH, FACS, seventeenth Surgeon General of the United States
“If you want to see what medicine will be like ten years from now, read this book today.”—Rita F. Redberg, M.D., editor in chief, JAMA Internal Medicine
“This is one of the most important books on health ever written.”—John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods Market
About the Author
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the author of six books, all national bestsellers. He has received numerous honors, including the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Texas, Austin, and the National Public Health Hero Award from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Ornish was recognized as a “Time 100 Innovator”; by Life magazine as “one of the 50 most influential members of his generation”; by People as “one of the most interesting people of the year”; and by Forbes as “one of the world’s seven most powerful teachers.
Anne Ornish is vice president of program development at the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute. She is the creator of the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine digital platform, including Empower, a turnkey learning management system that trains healthcare professionals and participants throughout the country. Anne Ornish has more than twenty-five years of advanced training in yoga and meditation and was featured on the cover of Yoga Journal.
“This book will change your life. Every day people ask me how they can activate their longevity genes to reverse aging and stave off age-associated diseases. Now I can say, ‘Go read Undo It!’”—David A. Sinclair, Ph.D., A.O., professor of genetics, Harvard Medical School
“Dean Ornish is from the future!”—Jack Hidary, senior adviser, Google X
“Empowering and inspiring millions of people with new hope and new choices.”—Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce; owner, Time magazine
“This book is a lifesaver!”—Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
“If people follow the revolutionary program outlined in this brilliant and game-changing book, we can undo most chronic diseases, reverse global warming, and feed the hungry. Side effects include more energy, inner peace, and better sex.”—James Cameron, director, Avatar and The Terminator, and Suzy Cameron, founder and author of OMD
“If you read only one book on health and healing this year, this is it.”—Tony Robbins
“This groundbreaking book may be the most practical and helpful book you will ever read.”—Neal D. Barnard, M.D., FACC, George Washington University School of Medicine
“The book’s depth and detail is impressive. . . . A surround-sound prescription for healthy living, healing, and longevity, and, if needed, reversing chronic disease.”— Haute Living
“Dr. Dean Ornish’s forty years of revolutionary scientific research essentially created the field of lifestyle medicine. His new unifying theory is elegantly simple, profound, and life-transforming.”—Michael Greger, M.D., F.A.C.L.M., author, How Not to Die; founder, NutritionFacts
“Everyone needs to read this book and follow its good advice.”—Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic, 2004–2017
“Undo It! is the key to transforming your life in every good way. Immerse yourself in the healing that this book promises to unleash.”—Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of The Lean, Quantum Wellness, and Clean Protein
“This is the only book you need to buy to change the way you eat and to add ten good years to your life. It]is a treasure trove and it is a treasure.”—George Halvorson, CEO, Kaiser Permanente, 2002–2014
“This book is a gift you give yourself, and the people you love.”—David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., immediate past president, American College of Lifestyle Medicine: founder, True Health Initiative; director, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center
“A breakthrough, evidence-based book that provides a clear guide for living a longer better life.”—Dan Buettner, New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones
“As usual my friend and mentor (this time with his wife, Anne) leads the way with practical science-backed advice that will help you lead a long, healthy, fulfilling, and joyful life. Every human should read this book, and it should be mandatory reading for everyone in educational institutions as well.”—Deepak Chopra, M.D.