How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

Written by:
Gene Stone , Michael Greger
Narrated by:
Michael Greger

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2015
17 hours 36 minutes
New York Times Bestseller

“This book may help those who are susceptible to illnesses that can be prevented.”—His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“Absolutely the best book I’ve read on nutrition and diet” –Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution

From the physician behind the wildly popular 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.
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Jacob Smith

I would highly recommend this book, it is PACKED full with a wealth of information. If you are looking to make a dramatic difference in your health, then you will love this book. It is also narrated by Dr. Michael Gregor himself and I love his voice

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Great information and to the point.

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Nicole S.

Life changing content! I want to send this audio book off to every member of my family, everyone I care about.

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I had to speed up the reading because I couldn’t stand the pace he is reading this. He emphasizes every other word with “uh” breaks in-between using “uh” to bridge a sentence, he’s too dramatic and trying too hard. Sounds like he’s trying to sell a used car. Make me not want to believe what he’s written.

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2020 F.

life changing

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Chauna J.

Very informative. Love the humor. Best read of the year so far

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Listened to while I prepped food , makes better choices and enforces why I cook the way I do. Very inspirational with knowledge all should know about before putting food into your body I will suggest this book to all I love

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Kim J.

CHANGED MY LIFE! If I weren’t already a vegetarian, I would be after reading this book. A must read for your health!

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Laura N.

Life changing book...the amount of research behind each and every chapter is amazing! Thank you for your book!

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Erin B.

Such amazing information, it has changed my life!!!

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Stephen MacDonald

Great book and easy to comprehend the informational. Recommend for everyone who wants to understand healthy eating.

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Richard B.

Saved my life as advertised!

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Kathleen C

This book made me feel like I could have some control over current and future disease. I really enjoyed hearing about the research supporting what he promotes. I enjoyed his narration as well. It didn’t feel like reading from a text.

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Peri Jordan

Contains loads of good information explained so anyone can understand how to prevent, reverse or stall the the top diseases that lead to death - NATURALLY!!!

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Ben Walden

Excellent book. Dr Gregor makes a very compelling case and relies on data in reaching conclusions. It's making me re-think importance of diet on health, which I have taken for granted until now.

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