‘How Not to Die’ by Dr Michael Greger [Book Review]

Dr Michael Greger

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Recently, I got the chance to meet my ultimate hero, Dr Michael Greger.  Doctor Greger is a leading plant-based physician, internationally recognised speaker and author, and one of the kindest, most genuine people that I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet!

He’s also the founder of the non-profit organisation nutritionfacts.org, where he posts daily blog posts and videos showcasing the latest discoveries in nutrition.

I’ve been following Dr Greger for years now and it was his short, informative nutrition videos that first led me to discover the benefits of eating a whole foods plant-based diet.

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Today, I’ll be reviewing Dr Greger’s highly anticipated new book How Not to Die, which was released in the UK back in February.

Now, if you’re familiar with Dr Greger’s work, then you’ll know that he’s an absolute beast! 😍 His mind-blowing energy and passion for helping others is extraordinary, and he meticulously researches all of his content to ensure that it’s as accurate and as unbiased as possible.

All of his work (his book included) is also completely non-profit, so there’s no underhand financial incentive, behind the powerful message that he shares.

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In How Not to Die Dr Greger carefully evaluates the findings of the highest quality medical research, to provide an unbiased and reliable insight into the reasons why the majority of people living in the west, are unintentionally shortening their lives.

In the first part of his sizeable book Dr Greger focuses on each of the leading causes of death in the US (which are almost identical to those in the UK). He then uses the most valuable and highly regarded scientific findings, to demonstrate the relationship between the food we’re eating, and our capability to develop these afflictions.

The conditions he covers include heart disease, lung diseases, brain diseases, digestive cancers, infections, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver diseases, blood cancers, kidney disease, breast cancer, suicidal depression, prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease. He also discusses the fatalities which result from misplaced medical intervention!

This initial section of the book is an invaluable resource for anyone who’s suffering from the conditions listed above (many of which can be greatly improved or even completely reversed through simple dietary changes). It is also essential reading for those wishing to improve their health and prevent these diseases in the first place.


In the second half of How Not to Die Dr Greger goes into greater depth about the importance of including a variety of whole, plant foods in our diets. In this section he discusses the unique benefits of different fruits, vegetables, legumes, fungi, whole grains, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, and beverages.  He also gives advice on portion sizes, supplements, organic vs non-organic foods and exercise. He even gives some nifty tips on how to get children to eat more veggies! 🌽

Although I’ve not tried them yet myself, there are also some delicious sounding recipes in there too, but (unlike many other books of this genre) they don’t make up a large portion of this book, which is something I personally prefer. (If it’s recipes you’re after though, you may wish to check out the Forks Over Knives Cookbook).

In the latter part of his book, Dr Greger also discusses the ‘Daily Dozen’, which is his checklist of eleven foods and one exercise session, that you should aim to consume/complete each day. This list is based on Dr Greger’s extensive knowledge of health and nutrition, and is something that he uses himself.  (If you’re interested in using this checklist too, you can search for Dr Greger’s Daily Dozen app on the Apple and Android app stores!)

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Although this book is based on proven science (with a multitude of references to back it up) it is written in a very easy-to-read and down-to-earth style, that almost anyone will be able to understand. Dr Greger’s personal anecdotes and brilliant sense of humour also make How Not to Die a very entertaining and relatable read.

In a world where an epidemic of chronic disease is robbing millions of people of their lives, education on how to prevent such conditions is long overdue and vital.

So, whether you’re a vegan already, thinking about switching to a plant-based diet or still an avid meat eater, I’d highly recommend this fascinating book, as it could change (and even save) your life!

How Not to Die is not about living forever; it’s about slashing the risks of developing many avoidable diseases, and not dying before our time! 💚

I genuinely hope you read this book! xx
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