The Jungle Effect: A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest Diets from Around the World--Why They Work and How to Bring Them Home

The Jungle Effect A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest Diets from Around the World Why They Work and How to Bring Them Home Pizza pasta hamburgers sushi tacos and french fries whether our ancestors were born in Madrid Malaysia or Mexico chances are our daily food choices come from all around the globe Unfortunately

  • Title: The Jungle Effect: A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest Diets from Around the World--Why They Work and How to Bring Them Home
  • Author: Daphne Miller
  • ISBN: 9780061535659
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pizza, pasta, hamburgers, sushi, tacos, and french fries whether our ancestors were born in Madrid, Malaysia, or Mexico, chances are our daily food choices come from all around the globe Unfortunately, we have taken some of the worst aspects of our varied ancestral menus to turn healthy cuisine into not so healthy junk food Where did we go wrong Why is it that non Pizza, pasta, hamburgers, sushi, tacos, and french fries whether our ancestors were born in Madrid, Malaysia, or Mexico, chances are our daily food choices come from all around the globe Unfortunately, we have taken some of the worst aspects of our varied ancestral menus to turn healthy cuisine into not so healthy junk food Where did we go wrong Why is it that non Western immigrants are so much susceptible to diabetes and other diet related chronic diseases than white Americans How is it possible that relatively poor native populations in Mexico and Africa have such low levels of the chronic diseases that plague the United States What is the secret behind the extremely low rate of clinical depression in Iceland a country where dreary weather is the norm The Jungle Effect has the life changing answers to these important questions, and many .Dr Daphne Miller undertook a worldwide quest to find diets that are both delicious and healthy Written in a style reminiscent of Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver, this book is filled with inspiring stories from Dr Miller s patients, quirky travel adventures, interviews with world renowned food experts, delicious yet authentic indigenous recipes, and valuable diet secrets that will stick with you for a lifetime.Whether it s the heart healthy Cretan diet, with its reliance on olive oil and fresh vegetables the antidepression Icelandic diet and its extremely high levels of Omega 3s the age defying Okinawa diet and its emphasis on vegetables and fish or the other diets explored herein, everyone who reads this book will come away with the secrets of a longer, healthier life and the recipes necessary to put those secrets into effect.

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  • Daphne Miller

    Ever since a high school biology teacher informed me that clover produces a hormone similar to human estrogen, I have been fascinated by how our external ecosystem is linked to our internal one I am a practicing family physician, author and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco and mother of two nature lovers I m also a contributing columnist to the Washington Post as well as other newspapers and magazines I received my medical degree from Harvard University and did my residency and a research fellowship at the University of California San Francisco.My first book was The Jungle Effect and I am delighted to see it has been given high marks by Goodreaders It chronicles my adventures as I travel the globe in search of the world s healthiest diets and recipes I hope you find my latest book, Farmacology, equally inspiring It reveals how real health and healing is rooted beilieve it or not in the soil Let me know what you think


  • If you know anything about nutrition (i.e you're smarter than the average American) you're going to be bored senseless by this book. There's nothing new here. It's all very standard, and the book could be boiled down to one sentence: Eat whole foods. Additionally, the narrative of all of her so called 'encounters' with locals of various countries doesn't ring true. They seem either entirely made up for the purposes of this book, or so largely changed from reality that they may as well have never [...]

  • This book is right up there with "Omnivore's Dilemma" and "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" as the best modern books about food and our crazy food system. (The large servings of highly-processed stuff that most Americans eat is the cause of a great deal of health problems.) The author, a San Francisco doctor, tries to uncover why there is a lack of common diseases in certain, remote areas of the world. It is a great piece of research and reads like a novel. Some basics: eat whole grains, eat more raw [...]

  • This book was the one I'd been looking for. My interest in food, cooking, and health have made me a big fan of the local and fresh philosophy of food, and of the writings of Michael Pollan. And I've wondered about different traditional diets, diets that evolved with specific cultures, for avoiding disease. It has always seemed to me that since cultural evolution has driven our biological evolution, there has to lie the answer to our problems with the modern diet and the diseases of civilization. [...]

  • A combination of science, diet tips, and travelogueis book presents an interesting look at "hot spots" (defined as places with high concentrations of disease) and "cold spots" (low number of people suffering from disease) and how the foods eaten within those regions (Mexico, Greece, West Africa, Japan and Iceland) play a role. My interest stems from a desire to learn more about how to impact certain conditions (high blood pressure) with diet rather than reliance strictly on medications. This boo [...]

  • Besides the obvious book-about-health, what really struck me about Jungle Effect was the peek into traditional diets around the world. Add to that the fact that I recently returned from my honeymoon in Iceland and am reading everything I can get my hands on about that country and culture. Obviously, I was most excited to read about what I experienced in Iceland first hand, but also found myself really enjoying the chapters on Cameroon and Crete. My husband and I have already experimented with so [...]

  • In her book, "the Jungle Effect" Dr. Miller highlights what are called "Coldspots" - geographic areas where particular diseases such as cancers or heart disease are conspicuously missing. What she had noticed, in her medical practice, was that people moving away from their native lands often suffered from a slew of diseases that were not present in their home countries,suggesting that food and diet have more to do with these coldspot phenomenons than genetics do.The main argument is that to obta [...]

  • A very organised book with many interesting nutritional facts. I don't think I'll start eating stappa and ndole (from the recipes section) everyday. I learned of some beneficial food pairings and enjoyed the overall message which urges us to consider food our daily medicine. I often muse over the quantities of food nutritionists suggest eating to fulfill our daily vitamin and mineral intake.Who is the person that can consume six cups of raw vegetables, a cup of cooked millet and one ounce of toa [...]

  • Although now a few years old, this felt like the 'original' diet book for Paleo. I thought Millers ideas were good, though perhaps a few more traditional diets would have been good. But the few mentioned were great to read on their, not only history, but what foods they ate. Interesting ideas of not just foods, but also how and when of the diets affect health, rather than just simple food replacement. The good old 'going back to basics' is always an idea that just seems not to get through, but t [...]

  • She is clearly a doctor, not a writer. The cliche metaphors were downright painful at times. I get the sense that someone made her dumb the book down. On the other hand, the content carried me to the finish, which is more than I can say for a lot of others. It's on my shelf with my cookbooks, and has already inspired some tasty meals that make me feel like I"m taking care of myself well.

  • This book was pretty interesting and extremely easy to read. There really wasn't a lot of science behind the diets, but it was still informative. I think it's fairly obvious that eating simpler, locally sourced, unprocessed foods can help improve health and lessen the chances of disease. The case studies included didn't add much value, but I actually did appreciate the recipes for each of the local diets.

  • I got a recommendation about this book from a chef. I thought it would tell me something new doesn't. There are good stories about the different locations but the information hasn't changed. If you don't know that you are eating too much or if you are not eating whole, organic, raw food - then yes, you should read this book but be prepared for possible disappointment.

  • Ms. Miller travels around the world investigating what she defines as "cold Spots" or areas where certain diseases have low incidence and studies how their specific diets relate to the nonprevalence of those diseases. She suggests supplements, and foods which may help replicate said outcomes. Interesting.

  • Fascinating read about traditional diets. Very approachable and inspiring. The chapter on shopping is awkward (and a bit dated), but still a good read.

  • Good investigative journalism by a consummate professional, on the level of Michael Pollan. And with recipes, too!

  • This book combines all the things I love: culture, anthropology, food, travel, and nutritional insight. Most “diet books” are boring, pompous, and completely impractical for the every day person. Therefore, I wouldn’t classify this as a diet book, but something in its own class – a little anthropology meets a little nutritional information.Miller’s premise is the research of cold spots for illness and disease. While there are hot spots where certain illness such as heart disease or dia [...]

  • There are areas existing in the world with extremely low concentrations of specific diseases. Doctor Miller investigates these areas, named "cold spots", and studies the population's lifestyle and diet to determine if there is a correlation between the local diet and the low rates of diseases that seem to plague Americans today - diabetes, heart disease, colon cancer, etc. Industrialization has brought about ways of producing food that is harmful to our bodies, and returning to more "indigenous" [...]

  • In reading the comments, there are a few main points that were left out. I believe the emphasis placed on this as a diet book, or book of recipes, is misplaced. It's a doctor's examination of her experiences in other cultures where certain diseases have not taken root like they have in the U.S. And, in positing a hypothesis to why that is, she includes yes, recipes and diets, but also, the idea that social and communal eating and preparation have been somewhat lost. Don't eat alone, prepare your [...]

  • Engaging narratives plus thoroughly instructive appendixes equal a convincing, practical handbook for eating as healthfully as possible. Miller bolsters century-crafted diets with research exploring each diet's nutrition profile. Acknowledging each study's process and result, she rarely hands out definitive claims, most times admitting "we don't know yet, but we're pretty sure that", the mark of a good scientist.The foundation Miller builds for her narratives should be essential reading for any [...]

  • Interesting premise. Doctor has patients concerned about specific medical conditions. Doctor travels to "cold spots" - areas of the world with incredibly low incidences of the particular condition, and documents the traditional diet of the native people. This seems to get recommended along with books about low-carb diets but it really does not advocate low carb. Rather, it focuses on the traditional diets, evolved over thousands of years, by several cultures. Each of these diets includes sources [...]

  • I loved this book. readable and upbeat than Pollan's book, which I found so frustratingly depressing that I couldn't keep reading it. I will give it another try, but I did get tired of getting into arguments about farming practices with my husband because of it! Miller's book meshed with a years long, slow process of cooking and eating more whole and traditional foods. If you liked this book, you will also like the cookbook by Sally Fallon called Nourishing Traditions. I am in the process of lea [...]

  • I thought this was so insightful and interesting - how certain traditionanl cultures receive enormous health benefits from the natural diets they've preserved as compared to the modern processed diet. It's in the line of Michael Pollan's books, though not quite as statistically supported and documented, but still I definitely enjoyed reading about the differences in diet this physician noted and it's given me some ideas of things to eat and not to eat. My only critique is that it promises easy, [...]

  • What an eye opener! I wanted to know ways to eat healthier but this book just sealed the deal for me. It offers not only recipes, but the reasons what we eat is killing us, what to look for on the labels in the store, and how cultures who preserve their natural eating habits are virtually disease free. It makes sense, really, when you think about it. Foods were given to us in nature to be enjoyed like they are, and to be used for nutrition. They were never meant to be taken from and added to so [...]

  • Daphne Miller elaborates on her theory of cold spots: certain places on earth where specific diseases occur at incredibly low rates. Iceland, for example, has very low rates of depression -weird, since they spend so much time in the cold and dark throughout the year. But the Icelandic diet, mostly of fish, somehow keeps depression at bay. Other places she visits are the Greek Islands, a canyon society in Mexico, Camaroon and Nagasaki. The book isn't all that exciting, but she does list a bunch o [...]

  • Written by a San Francisco physician and nutritionist, this book takes an in-depth look at the diets eaten by people who live in disease "cold spots"; areas of the world that have a lower than average rate of particular problems like heart disease, breast/testicular cancer, and diabetes. But rather than writing another "diet book," Dr. Miller discusses what is good about those diets, and how you can incorporate those good bits into your own eating plan. Plus, there are some yummy recipes include [...]

  • This book is one of the best books I've read this year; hands down. The writing is really easy to read and not at all preachy. I even read the preface and introduction, which I generally skip, but I'm glad I did as they give really good background information to the rest of the book. Daphne Miller does a great job of explaining her idea and research without getting too specific in the particulars. I will definitely be buying a copy of this book both for the information and for all of the recipes [...]

  • This book was a good read, but I find many of her suggestions impractical and not vegan friendly - even if I wanted to, i'm not likely to go out and milk a cow, churn my own butter, catch my own fish (in these polluted waters?!), or shoot a deer and consume it while working full-time and juggling household responsibilities and family commitments. Still, the take home message of eating whole, unprocessed food is a good one.

  • Nothing startling new: eat more complex carb, limit saturated fats, get lots more exercise, eat more fish, eat more dark green vegetables, limit portion size, etc. It does include some interesting recipes from places in the world where there is striking low incidence of diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, depression, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. drdaphne/wordpress/wp-cont

  • Thus far, I am learning why certain areas on the planet have higher cases of cancer, etc. compared to other parts of the world. For example, San Francisco Bay area is noted to be a "hot zone" due to the high # of cases of breast cancer there. A "cold zone" is referred to as being a place where cancer, disease are low. The author ties in diets and overall lifestyles that play into a hot or cold zone.

  • This was a really interesting take on diet and health. The author traveled to "cold spots" (places where a particular health problem had the lowest rates) to find out what about the local diet made it so good. It was fascinating to learn that Iceland was the cold spot for depression (who knew?) and that Omega-3s were such a large part of the diet. The book includes recipes from each location so you can find something you like (Mexican, Greek, Japanese, etc)

  • I know that for every study saying one thing, there's another study that seems to prove the opposite, so I really don't take any information about nutrition without a grain of salt. That being said, this was a really informative book. The author looks at "cold spots" - areas of the world where there is a very low prevalence of western diseases - and tries to determine what it is about the local/indigenous diet that contributes to health. I'm excited to try some of the recipes!

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