To Your Perfect Health

by Stephen Mills on December 24, 2012

This is a short article on probably the best book on health and diet I’ve ever read and I’ve read a lot of them.  I read it some time ago and a new edition has just been released.  It has “diet” in the name but that term is used in the sense of what you eat as opposed to how to lose weight.  This is NOT a weight loss book although there is a chapter on that and it is part of the subtitle.

We worry about the most unlikely things most of which are totally out of our control and yet most of us don’t do the one thing that we have almost total control over – eat healthy.  Even most of us who think we are eating healthy are not.  Therefore I cannot recommend this book highly enough.  It far surpasses most diet books and it carefully explains the most important issues regarding what you should eat and more importantly why.  It is heavily footnoted and is supported by a mass of scientific literature which is explained in terms everyone can understand.

This book is not your typical paleo book although the diet looks fairly paleo.  The authors explain some critically important facts about toxicity of carbs and proteins.  Its chapters on the toxicity of grains, vegetable oils, and fructose are simply outstanding.  The material on supplements and why you should take certain ones is very carefully documented with much care given to safe levels.   Every single person should read this book.

Please note the average Amazon review is 4.7 out of 5 stars.  Those are well deserved and I would give it 10 stars if I could.  The paperback version I first read is not available although you may find it in the library.  The new hardcover edition is $17.27 cents on Amazon.  The kindle version is $12.59.  It is 400 pages long.  If you and your spouse went to lunch you couldn’t get out of the restaurant for $17.27.  If you take your family to a movie it will probably cost you $30 – $60.  This $17.27 will be the best and most inexpensive investment in your future that I can imagine.  Read it.

Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat

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Brian Lee December 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Just curious, do you get monetary incentives for promoting this book(and other books you wrote about in the past) or is this pure your personal recommendation? By the way, the article did not sound like a commercial or anything. In fact, the tone of the article seems to give off the impression that you were personally greatly enlightened by the book’s information. Regardless, I will check this book out!


Stephen Mills December 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Hi Brian. The answer to your questions are yes and yes but need explanation. First of all I don’t know the authors, publisher, agents, or anybody else connected to this book. Secondly, I didn’t received it free, as a promotion, or through advertisements. I read the first edition because I stumbled upon it in a library and a week or so ago I found this new edition in a B&N store where I paid full price (minus my 10% member discount). Just reading it again re-enforced my original conclusion and I felt *compelled* to spread the news. So yes this is my purely personal recommendation. I thought that would be obvious from the text but regardless there it is.

However, I AM an Amazon associate which means if I drop a link on my blog to an Amazon product and someone follows it and makes a purchase I get a commission (I think 4%, but I don’t pay attention because I get peanuts out of it). The same thing would be true for ANY product I link to on my blog. So if you follow the link I provided and used that to purchase the book I think Amazon gives my something like $0.60 for that. So yes in that sense I guess I have a monetary incentive. However, that never enters my mind when recommending a book. Those pennies really are pennies to me and I would never damage my credibility by fawning over a book that I didn’t believe in to make a few cents. BTW, I make almost nothing on those purchases. I would be shocked if 10 people purchased this book through my link. You can go to Amazon and simply search on the title and I get nothing. I would rather you do that and read the book than skip on it because you think I’m promoting it for for any reason other than I think it is a great book on an important topic. The reason I mention the ratings is because I’m obviously not the only one to think so.

I read about 15 books a month so if I was after commissions I would be dropping links in here constantly. One thing that bugs me is that I know people who really would benefit from this book and might be interested in purchasing it would fail to do so because it would cost them $17. That’s why the sales job at then end trying to put things in perspective about the cost. Those same people who think spending $17 on literally life-saving information is too much wouldn’t hesitate to take their family of four to Wendy’s for a health killing meal of burgers and fries and spending $30 to do so.

Since I read hundreds of books a year I consider myself a pretty good judge of what makes a quality book. This is simply an outstanding one and I recommend everyone read it. BTW, the first edition included the footnotes in on each page and made you realize how well researched it was. This edition trades those footnotes for feedback from the first edition in the form of reader feedback on their experiences. I don’t really like that trade as now you have to go to the web to see the external references but I suspect most people will prefer the new format.


Aaron Black December 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

I’m not usually into new diet books, and having “diet” in the title is usually enough to make me judge a book by it’s cover. My mother in law drives me crazy with diet book hopping. Every time I go to her house there’s a new one on the table or counter. I put this one in my Amazon wish list though, going to give it a read…but only because you said so.
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Stephen Mills December 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

Hi Aaron this isn’t about “dieting” for losing weight. It’s about eating for health and it has a lot of what I consider somewhat surprising information in it.


Charlotte January 20, 2013 at 11:07 pm

I have this one on order at the moment. I switched to paleo a few months ago and although it wasn’t all smooth sailing to start with, I feel great now. The book that was the turning point for me was “Primal Body, Primal Mind” by Nora Gedgaudas. Heavy going at times, but definitely worth a read!

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