Food Isn’t Medicine

Narrated by Joshua Wolrich
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Pub Date 15 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 16 Apr 2021

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Losing weight is not your life's purpose.

Do carbs make you fat?
Could the keto diet cure mental health disorders?
Are eggs as bad for you as smoking?

No, no and absolutely not. It's all what Dr Joshua Wolrich defines as 'nutribollocks' and he is on a mission to set the record straight.

As an NHS doctor with personal experience of how damaging diets can be, he believes every one of us deserves to have a happy, healthy relationship with food and with our bodies. His message is clear: we need to fight weight stigma, call out the lies of diet culture and give ourselves permission to eat all foods.

Food Isn't Medicine wades through nutritional science (both good and bad) to demystify the common diet myths that many of us believe without questioning. If you have ever wondered whether you should stop eating sugar, try fasting, juicing or 'alkaline water', or struggled through diet after diet (none of which seem to work), this book will be a powerful wake-up call. Drawing on the latest research and delivered with a dose of humour, it not only liberates us from the destructive belief that weight defines health but also explains how to spot the misinformation we are bombarded with every day.

Dr Joshua Wolrich will empower you to escape the diet trap and call out the bad health advice for what it really is: complete nutribollocks.

© Joshua Wolrich 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Brought to you by Penguin.

Losing weight is not your life's purpose.

Do carbs make you fat?
Could the keto diet cure mental health disorders?
Are eggs as bad for you as smoking?

No, no and absolutely not...

Advance Praise

A voice of reason in a field of fake news. Honesty, integrity and compassion shine through everything he writes. The only medical doctor I've ever allowed on my timeline.

Megan Crabbe (@bodyposipanda)

A voice of reason in a field of fake news. Honesty, integrity and compassion shine through everything he writes. The only medical doctor I've ever allowed on my timeline.

Megan Crabbe...

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EDITION Other Format, Unabridged
ISBN 9781473590946
PRICE £7.50 (GBP)
DURATION 5 Hours, 23 Minutes

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Myth busting book read by the author, goes through majority of recent trendy diets and gives an overview. Use to go and research some more if you are affected, with so many media reports without data to back up claims this book will give you some actual facts. Delivered in a common sense way, taking into account the reality of modern western way of life. Make up your own mind. I will refer to this book again especially the cancer section. Thank you #NetGalley for the audiobook.

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So much respect for Joshua Wolrich with this absolute gem of a book! The world needs to read this. Everyone who has ever tried a diet, started a diet, in the diet industry, ‘fitfluencers’ and pretty much every other breathing human on the planet NEEDS to read this.

There is so much diet stigma, deeply encapsulated myths and straight up nutrib*llocks (best word in the human language in my opinion). I think pretty much everyone has fallen prey to diet scams and influenced by those around us - well fear no more! With this book in hand you will have all within your arsenal, to swat all the harmful nutrib*llock rubbish away.

There’s also trigger warnings included by the author which is fab, and it’s written with so much respect, delicacy and sensitivity as well. It’s certainly not an on the pedestal account and derogatory to anyone who follows any type of lifestyle or diet. You don’t get a dressing down for being a victim of diet scams or for diets you follow but instead, replaces new foundations and builds you up in a friendly and informative way.

I love that Joshua explained a glossary of terms at the beginning to help further understanding with scientific terms and throughout he made sure all the information was disseminated perfectly for every kind of reader. It really is perfect for everyone. I’m a scientist and an ex powerlifter with a love for fitness - and with that, yes, I have fallen prey to so so many complicated weight and diet patterns. I was the girl diligently logging calories on my fitness pal and to that girl, I wish this book had been given to her! I’m so happy this book is out for so many people that need it. (For anyone that’s interested I did break out of these patterns and now practice an intuitive eating approach!)

I listened to the audiobook and it was narrated absolutely brilliantly. It made for very easy listening and it was so so entertaining and very enlightening.

He addresses nuance and privilege too, the HAES approach and all sorts of things I hadn’t encountered or heard of before even if I thought I had a fair amount of prior knowledge, there’s always more to learn and I learnt so much from this book.

I’ve been following Joshua for a while on Instagram and I know how much of a brilliant human he is and this book just further reinforces that. It was great to find out more about him too as well as the topic of the book and it was all fantastically balanced. Hearing about some of his encounters and exchanges (of which I occasionally encounter on Instagram) was brilliant. It’s also laugh out loud funny at times and I really do love a non fiction book with a bit of humour!

So I can’t seem to stop writing about this book and singing it’s praises (= long review sorry!)

In a nutshell - Fab, brill, perfect, illuminating, informative, very inclusive, greatly written (and narrated if you’re listening to the audiobook) and everyone and his dog should read it. Oh and I have also ordered and bought this book as a physical copy too as my bookshelf and life need it. If you come across this book - read it! You won’t regret it.

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I’ve been following Dr Joshua Wolrich on my personal Instagram account for a few years now so I’ve been really excited about this release.
This book is your one stop shop for everything he talks about on social media: the terrifying reality of the BMI scale and it’s misuse, the impact of weight discrimination, the seemingly endless claims that [insert food here] causes cancer and so much more.
If you don’t know Wolrich, but you’re fed up with insidious diet culture and dangerous health claims, this isn’t a bad starting point.
I listened to the audiobook which was really well done and easy to follow considering just how detailed some of the science got at times. I will be purchasing the physical copy as well to underline and use as a reference for the next time diet culture infiltrates. It always does which is why books like this are so important.

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As someone recovering from disordered eating, this audiobook was a breath of fresh air: no pseudoscience here. The author (who does an excellent job of reading the audiobook) has earned my respect on social media. His book provides a much-needed dose of nutrition literacy, evidence and personal experience to guide listeners through the fraught foodscape. Food most definitely isn’t medicine - he’s convinced me of that! - but this book *is* a cure for culinary anxieties. Highly recommended.

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When I came across this book, I was hoping for a quick easy fix to the emotional eating habits I tend to fall back on. You know, read the book and be instantly cured etc.
Well “Food isn’t medicine” isn’t that of course but it’s a lot more Instead.
Both the tone and main theme of the book i-are represented well by the opening chapter . In it, we learn about how a difference of opinion on whether food is medicine lead to Justin Bieber telling the author to f*ck off on social media.
There are also amusing moments throughout the following chapters. Favourite moment: The Great Beyonce Apple Fail.

The fact that the author draws on his personal experience with disordered eating meant the book was relatable and engaging rather than yet another doctor wagging their finger and giving us a shaming lecture.

The book concentrates on enlightening the reader about the fallacies in the “nutrib*llocks” nutrition fake news we are often fed by the media and those in the diet industry.
The book is informative and thought provoking. The narration by the author is engaging and entertaining. At certain points, I found the medical terminology and wealth of research is a little overwhelming but overall it’s easily accessible to someone with no prior knowledge and will be great to refer back to later.

I finished listening to the audiobook feeling upbeat about what I could achieve on a personal level.
Thanks to Netgalley, the author and Penguin Random House UK for the opportunity to review this audiobook in exchange for an honest opinion .

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**listened to audiobook**

Well, this book has certainly given me a lot of food for thought - pardon the pun!
Dr Joshua Wolrich looks at the 'fake-news' in the food, health and nutrition industry. It is pretty eye opening. A lot of things he mentions I have heard within the news or on social media. Dr Wolrich explains how damaging some of these claims are - very worrying. It's very easy to get sucked in to some of the food-fads, particularly when you don't know a lot yourself. I thought I could trust these claims, but obviously I can't. At the same time, I am now unsure about all of the things Dr Wolrich has said too. I just don't know what to believe and feel a baffled.
I enjoyed listening to this, but it left me feeling slightly uneasy. I need to do more research into these ideas me thinks! Despite confusing me at times, it certainly is very interesting and a good topic for debate and conversation!

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