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In his book of good news for how to maintain optimal health throughout a long life, Prof. Dr. Greg Maguire explains in this illuminating book how to avoid being over diagnosed and over treated by our dangerous medical system and the illnesses that the system often causes. The book covers the many failures of our medical system and the scientific basis for eating a whole food plant-based diet that will prevent and even treat our chronic diseases. Because our exposome, including our diet, accounts for 70-90% of chronic diseases, nourishing ourselves with a whole plant based diet can drastically reduce our need for medical diagnosis and treatment. Eating plants nourishes the self (host) as well as the host’s microbiome (symbionts such as bacteria); hence we are always eating for two. Without a healthy microbiome, the self cannot be healthy. The book emphasizes the need to understand foods as a system, and not just understand food in a reductionist manner as simply how the single microcomponents of the food act in isolation, and in acting on one part of the body. Rather, the complex interaction of the nutrient components, working synergistically, and how these nutrients affect the whole body, is how we need to understand food. You’ll learn, for example, that a plant based diet can help reset your innate and adaptive immune systems to reduce chronic inflammation and help remediate autoimmune diseases, and even help to prevent and treat cancer. And those practicing a high fat keto diet will learn not to do so given the many negative effects and few positive effects of the fat laden diet that is poorly understood by many. This book is written for the scientifically-inclined lay public, and physicians and healthcare providers, and offers a new way of thinking about nutrition using critical analysis of relevant scientific and medical studies with their references. In order to understand health and practice a healthy lifestyle, two types of thinking are required, Systems 1 and 2 thinking; hence the “thinking for two.” Systems 1 thinking is reactionary, automatic thought and Systems 2 thinking is deep thought used to understand something. New ideas learned using Systems 2 thinking can be made into Systems 1 thinking so that the new things learned can become automatic. As such, when using Systems 1 and 2 thinking, this book is not simply a prescription for diet, lifestyle, and healthcare, rather this book is a prescription for how to think about and analyze diet, lifestyle, and healthcare, using our simian Systems 2 brains to think well, and to eat well like a plant consuming haplorhine (primates who lost the ability to make vitamin C) to nourish self and symbionts.
About the Author
Dr. Greg Maguire, Ph.D., FRSM, pursued his graduate training at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Houston, University of Texas, The Marine Biological Labs, Woods Hole, MA, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY. He is a former professor of neuroscience and ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, a visiting associate professor of physiology at Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan, visiting assistant professor of molecular neurobiology at the University of Washington, former faculty at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and a visiting scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), at Harvard University. Awarded a prestigious Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Maguire managed his NIH funded laboratory at UCSD studying tissue degeneration and regeneration, and the role of stem cell released molecules (SRM) through paracrine and autocrine actions to maintain, repair, and regenerate human tissues. His NIH funded studies of systems biology and reverse engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and stem cell biology at UC San Diego led to the development of adult stem cell-based S²RM® technology for the development of therapeutics. Dr. Maguire is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and has over 100 publications, multiple patents, and his book, “Stem Cell Released Molecules: A Paradigm Shift to Systems Therapeutics” was published by Nova Scientific Publishers of NY in 2018.