Synopses & Reviews
Two physicians unveil a revolutionary, accessible, science-based, patient-centered program for living an active, age-defying, disease-free life.
Healthcare is pulled and shaped by many forces, by drug and insurance companies looking for profits, by politicians in search of votes, and by stressed, overworked physicians who barely have time to talk to you before writing a prescription or packing you off to a specialist.
So is anyone interested in keeping you well?
Yes. Created by two physicians who both survived catastrophic illness, the Ultraprevention program will work for absolutely everyone -- old, young, healthy, sick, or somewhere in between. The promise of its practice is huge -- a health span that matches life span -- and you'll experience increased energy, weight loss, enhanced mood and memory, better digestion, deeper sleep, diminished stress, and more.
Ultraprevention is the new science of staying healthy, an innovative program that shatters the myths of today's "fix-the-broken-parts" medicine. These myths -- drugs cure disease, genes determine your fate, getting older means aging, fat is a four-letter word -- are actually believed by many doctors and are keeping you sick.
Ardent general practitioners, Drs. Hyman and Liponis reject the current healthcare system of specialists paid to find something wrong, specialists who don't consider how their "cure" for one ailment affects the entire body.
Working outside the managed care model at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, Hyman and Liponis break free of the vicious quick-fix prescription cycle and formulate a program that identifies and eliminates the cause of disease instead of just masking symptoms.
Isolating the source of more than 90 percent of today's most common diseases, from cancer and heart disease to diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer's, they enumerate the Five Forces of Illness -- Sludge (malnutrition), Burnout (impaired metabolism), Heat (inflammation), Waste (impaired detoxification), and Rust (oxidative stress). Through the practice of the six-week Ultraprevention program, you'll learn three simple steps -- each only two weeks long -- that stop these forces and create a lifetime of good health by removing allergens, infections, and toxins from the body and environment; repairing the body through personalizing nutrition, boosting the immune system, and balancing hormones; and recharging with stress management, sleep restoration, and gentle movement.
So stop falling for the myths that make you sick and start Ultraprevention, the powerful plan to get older without aging, to maintain health for all of life.
Dean Ornish, M.D. author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; and Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute Dr. Mark Liponis and Dr. Mark Hyman are two of the country's leading authorities on preventive medicine. In Ultraprevention, they describe the latest scientific approaches to preventing disease and enjoying life to the fullest.
Pam Peeke, M.D. author of Fight Fat Over Forty; Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland; and NBC Today show medical expert Ultraprevention is the answer for anyone who wants to hear the bottom line from credible medical experts about how to live long and well. Words of wisdom, personal stories of triumph over life's adversities and practical, easy-to-do tips and techniques make Ultraprevention a must-read.
Peter Libby, M.D. Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School A healthy lifestyle is the cornerstone of cardiovascular prevention. Hyman and Liponis provide a provocative, practical, accessible, and highly readable guide to this important subject and challenge aspects of the traditional medical model.
Two physicians unveil a revolutionary new science-based, patient-centered program they developed at America's pre-eminent health resort, Canyon Ranch, for living an active, age-defying, disease-free life. Includes self-tests.
About the Author
Mark Hyman, M.D., was educated at Cornell University and the University of Ottawa Medical School.
Table of Contents
Part I. The Myths of Modern Medicine
- The Modern Myths Quiz
- Myth 1: Your Doctor Knows Best
- Myth 2: If You Have a Diagnosis, You Know What's Wrong with You
- Myth 3: Drugs Cure Disease
- Myth 4: Your Genes Determine Your Fate
- Myth 5: Getting Older Means Aging
- Myth 6: Fat Is a Four-Letter Word
- Myth 7: You Can Get All the Vitamins You Need from Food
Part II. Ultraprevention: Controlling the Five Forces of Illness
- Ultraprevention and the Five Forces of Illness
- Force 1: Malnutrition, or Sludge
- Force 2: Impaired Metabolism, or Burnout
- Force 3: Inflammation, or Heat
- Force 4: Impaired Detoxification, or Waste
- Force 5: Oxidative Stress, or Rust
- Testing the Five Forces of Illness
Part III. The Six-Week Ultraprevention Plan
- The Six-Week Plan: Remove, Repair, Recharge
- Step One: Remove -- The First Two Weeks
- Step Two: Repair -- The Second Two Weeks
- Step Three: Recharge -- The Third Two Weeks