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The Pritikin Edge


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Dr. Robert A. Vogel is a cardiologist, Pritikin's chief medical director, and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland. He has been designated as one of the best doctors in America by Good Housekeeping magazine and is a weight and heart consultant to the National Football League and a diet consultant to the National Health Institute.

Son of Pritikin cofounder Dr. David Lehr, Paul Tager Lehr is the president of the Pritikin Organization, which has helped more than 100,000 people worldwide who have gone to the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa and the 10 million plus readers of Pritikin books lose weight and prevent and reverse obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.


Verdict: While much of the material here has been presented in earlier texts, this introduction to the Pritikin Program and philosophy abounds with sample recipes, appendixes of exercises, case studies of successful clients, and handy key-point summaries that set a friendly, easy-to-read tone. Suitable for public libraries. Background: The Pritikin Program, first developed by Nathan Pritikin almost 30 ago in response to his diagnosis with heart disease, severely limits salt, fats, sugars, and protein in favor of fresh vegetables, fruit, high fiber, and regular exercise. The authors analyze the science behind the program and describe the ten essential ingredients of the Pritikin Program with rules and techniques, e.g., start with salad and soup, eat small portions of high-calorie foods, eliminate fast food, and decrease stress and depression. Seventy-five pages of recipes and a sample two-week menu help get readers started.--Crystal Renfro, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib. & Information Ctr., Atlanta Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"As a food journalist, I review every different diet and lifestyle program every year and I have no doubt that the best is The Pritikin Edge; it is the perfect guidebook for people, including baby boomers like me, who want to follow the path to good health for the rest of their lives." -- Phil Lempert, The Supermarket Guru, NBC's Today Show
"Pritikin is one of the most scientifically proven and effective lifestyle programs anywhere. I highly recommend it." -- Dean Ornish, M.D., author of The Spectrum and clinical professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco
"The Pritikin Program, pioneer for the last 50 years and proven in more than 110 studies in leading medical journals, is a must to live the healthiest life we can. After years of helping celebrities and CEOs, the Pritikin Program is now neatly packaged in a fabulous new book -- The Pritikin Edge. Oh, and I don't want to forget to mention those recipes -- they're awesome." -- Charles Stuart Platkin, author of the nationally syndicated column Diet Detective

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