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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. 

©2021 Dr Joshua Wolrich (P)2021 Penguin Audio
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Brilliant

Loved this book, everybody should read it, as someone dealing with both chronic disease and little extra weight it's was really eye opening, special about following your own gut and don't let anyone ( friends/family/stranger ) tell you what to eat or not

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Excellent food and nutrition myth busting

Love how Dr Wolrich addressed so many topics in such a clear and compassionate way to help people sift through the misinformation surrounding food, dieting and health!

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An excellent breakdown of why diets suck

I was already a fan of intuitive eating. I think this book takes IE a step further and addresses what's untrue, unhealthy and harmful about common diet beliefs. If you're like me and you still had trouble letting go of dieting even after discovering IE, this book can help.

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That 1 weird trick!

As a Nutritionist, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading more about misinformation and pseudoscience regarding food and weight loss, and how neither will cure your disease or help you live forever. It’s very easy to read/listen and the language used is not medical or technical even though the author does cite his sources and is an MD. Definitely recommend - great introductory to all things diet culture bullshit. Or Nutribollocks.

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Fantastic info for everyone!

What an amazing book. Thank you Dr. Joshua Wolrich! I appreciated how respectfully you presented the information in this book. As we've all been subjected to nutrition misinformation, this is a must read for everyone!

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Wow!!

My personal trainer talked about this book a little bit so I thought I would check it out. This book has such good information! Bought the hard copy today so I can read it as well. Husband and daughter are now interested and reading it after me.

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A book that changed my life

This is an amazing book and it should be read by everyone. I thought I had quite balanced view of food and weight but there was SO much in here that I needed to hear. Literally needed to hear for my health. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

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Trainers take note!

I’ve been a personal trainer for 24 years training people at all levels of performance. This incredible book should be required reading for all personal trainers…many of whom stray from their lanes with regards to nutritional information being given to their clients. Thank you Doc Wolrich.

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Joshua is amazing

I think Joshua is one of the most educated open minded man. His book is exactly what we need.

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A must read

Dr Joshua is very easy to listen to and this book has been eye-opening on many levels for me so I can only recommend.

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  • Anna Wasylczyszyn
  • 04-16-21

Lifesaving & a little rebellion with every bite!

As an eating disorder survivor I found reading (listening) to this book very emotional. What I loved the most is that it is written in a very clear, caring way - none patronising, easy to comprehend language even if biology wasn't your subject of choice. I have gotten through it in one day as it was so eye opening and hard to stop listening to. Dr Wolrich is both serious and funny, he has taken great care to explain different diet concepts from many different perspectives allowing you to make up your own mind but also staying non biased and evidence based - great way to educate us to make food choices from the place of freedom, rather than fear. I'd highly recommend to anyone confused about diet culture and the many voices it tries to sell us unnecessary things/beliefs.

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  • C. Mcewan
  • 05-13-21

Great new view on things

I really enjoyed his fresh new take on eating healthy and to avoid fads and guilt. The required change in mindset after 3 decades of doing it one way will take some work though. Especially with him finishing the book by saying sort your relationship out with food before looking at weight loss, as it is a very unappealing process of delay to a very long held desired outcome, not matter how necessary. Also not knowing how long it will take and IF I'll get there requires a lot of faith... but then I suppose all diets/new ways of doing things require that. fingers crossed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-21

Bloody great

Excellent, informative and funny 👌does make me feel a little disheartened at the amount of misinformation out there in this topic

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  • Harriann
  • 10-22-21

Informative and no BS

An easy listen that educated and nurtured after years of serial dieting and disordered eating.

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  • "inesosborne"
  • 10-17-21

Excellent perspective - disruptive

An excellent perspective on nutrition, weight, and body image, as well as our complex relationship with food. Remember, we are not mice!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-21-22

Not a story!

So good to hear some science based facts correcting the nonsense that constantly circulates these days around food and what it does to you & how it can “cure” you. Highly recommended listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-22

Change of perspective

Coming from a standpoint that food is medicine, this book is very thought provoking. I recommend it to anyone who has developed a problematic way of looking at food or other health related topics. Great insights and very relaxing thoughts.

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  • Kevin
  • 05-03-22

amazing information book

I was delighted to listen to a book that gave you facts about a person's relationship with food and to give people the new informative way to help live ther lives trough healthy and no stigma around all types of food.
I truly appreciate all the work that went into this book and to say a massive thank you to Dr, Joshua.

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  • Catherine C
  • 05-01-22

100% recommend

Entertaining, informative and very interesting. If only someone from the Daily Mail would read this, and stop writing so much nutri-bollocks.

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  • BookWorm
  • 04-19-22

Daughter said 'read this book!'

Sadly, I just didn't relate to it and requested a refund.

But maybe that's because I've already similar books and daughter hasnt.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-21

Hard to believe,

I would bet that this book has been heavily sponsored by the; Dairy industry, pharmaceutical industry, and Monsanto.
the author dismisses studies that have been proved by scientists. I don't know where he is getting he's research from, but seems to me that he needs to do a bit more.

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  • Brendan Everingham
  • 05-13-21

Don't wast your money. Poorly researched, Disinfo

Bland old pseudoscientific jargon formulated by a food industry trying to confuse consumers. This one, packaged as always as a voice speaking on down, an argument from presumed authority.

Look at what actual doctors are doing with food and they steer you clearly onto the path of health and yes, food is a major determining factor with your health. One of the main tools people have.

I will crush this idea that poor people and the socioeconomically disenfranchised can't choose to eat healthy also. To live on rice, beans, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables and so on doesn't cost more than living on pre packaged garbage, it costs less. So you'll actually see in many low income areas where people know how to cook real food, nutrition is not an issue. Food deserts where access to real food is an issue are the places where you see health issues, and yes, being obese and unhealthy does mean that you are clocking up some diet related issues.

This author is clearly cashing in on a disinformation campaign.

There are real doctors such as Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, Collin Campbell, Neil Barnard and Gregor who have real bodies of work which contradict with these half baked lies and misdirections.

If you are sick and want to get information on how to use diet to assist your recovery go to Nutrition Facts.org, not some industry shill with a line about how he is so smart and authoritative. The real science disagrees with his BS and you'd do yourself a favor having real experts discuss what the studies about food are saying. Nobody is saying keto is good or food cures diseases, but it sure as hell has a good track record of reversing many diet related diseases so if you are concerned about your health and want a healthier body it is a good start to know what your body runs well on and why.

And for gods sake, if you have advanced atherosclerosis and you don't have much time to live, buy the book "How to prevent and reverse heart disease". by Caldwell Esselstyn, the efficacy is extremely well established.

FOOD IS MEDICINE

Don't let big business convince you otherwise.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-28-21

A waste of my time

For a truly evidence based, expert review of research in this area I would suggest Michel Gregor’s ‘How not to Die’.

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  • Sarah
  • 04-16-21

Absolutely Brilliant!!

This book is a breath of fresh air! So good to have actual science for humans used to look at some of the common misconceptions that are being pushed all over the internet theses days. This is an absolute must read for everyone interested in creating a better relationship with food 💖🧆

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-21

Brilliant

Brilliant. In every way. I felt like I was receiving the long overdue warm (and incredibly well informed) hug after 20+ years battling an painful existence inside diet culture. You are a leader Dr Wolrich. I hope your colleagues in the global medical profession join you in vast numbers. There are some genuine gems out there. But not nearly enough.

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  • Julie
  • 05-10-21

Awesome

Very informative and beneficial at this time of over-information. This book has answered a huge number of questions for me.
Thankyou

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  • Hope Sneddon
  • 05-05-21

Informative Down to Earth discussions about Food

Even though I feel like I have a good relationship with food, I also feel like this book challenged me in so many ways. There are so many unconscious biases we have about our food and food choices. This book is a shake up for everyone!

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  • Bec
  • 04-21-21

Amazing

This book needs to be read by everyone. It’s such a breath of fresh air to see someone tackling the weight stigma out there. Keep up the good work Dr Josh.

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  • JB
  • 04-17-21

Highly recommend!!

In a world full of health misinformation, this book cuts through the nonsense. A must-read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-22

mmmmm not great


no strategy except eat what ya want until your full!
we know being over weight is a complex problem and you can be healthy and over weight but how do we loose weight and be healthy?