• The Spectrum

  • A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health
  • By: Dean Ornish M.D.
  • Narrated by: Dean Ornish M.D., Anne Ornish
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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The Spectrum

By: Dean Ornish M.D.
Narrated by: Dean Ornish M.D.,Anne Ornish
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Publisher's Summary

The Ornish Diet has been named the “#1 Best Heart-Healthy Diet” by U.S. News & World Report for seven consecutive years!  

From the author of the landmark best seller Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease comes an empowering new program that teaches you how to lower high blood pressure, lose weight, lower your cholesterol, or reverse a major disease by customizing a healthy way of eating and living based on your own desires, needs, and genetic predispositions.   

Dr. Dean Ornish revolutionized medicine by directing clinical research proving - for the first time - that heart disease and early-stage prostate cancer may be stopped or even reversed by his program of comprehensive lifestyle changes, without drugs or surgery. His newest research was the first to show that changing your lifestyle changes your genes in men with prostate cancer - “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote breast cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses, and in only three months. This study documented, also for the first time, that these lifestyle changes may significantly increase an enzyme that lengthens telomeres - the ends of your chromosomes that control how long you live. As your telomeres get longer, your life gets longer. Your genes are not your fate.   

Featuring 100 easy-to-prepare, delicious recipes from award-winning chef Art Smith, The Spectrum can make a powerful difference in your health and well-being.   

Praise for The Spectrum

“In 1993, Hillary asked Dr. Dean Ornish to consult with us on improving our health and well-being and to train the chefs who cooked for us at The White House, Camp David, and Air Force One. I felt better and lost weight when I followed his recommendations. As this book illustrates, my genes may have been improving as well! If you want to see where medicine is likely to be five or ten years from now, read this book today.” (President Bill Clinton)

The Spectrum is absolutely fantastic. Time and again, Dr. Dean Ornish has scientifically proven that what was once thought to be medically impossible is, in fact, possible. His work is truly revolutionary.” (Mehmet Oz, MD, professor of surgery and director, Cardiovascular Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, and author of You: The Owner’ s Manual and You: On a Diet)

©2007 Anne Ornish; 2007 Dean Ornish, M.D., LLC (P)2007 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Dr. Ornish's wonderful new book, The Spectrum, can make an important difference in the health of the world at a time when it most needs it." (Gro Brundtland, MD, former director general, World Health Organization, United Nations; former prime minister, Norway)

“Dr. Dean Ornish knows more about inspiring people to eat well, live well, do well, and be well than anyone on the planet. The Spectrum is a powerful book for living longer and better and shows how to live a healthful, joyful and loving life. As Frank Sinatra once told me, 'Live each day like it’s your last, and one day you’ll be right.'” (Quincy Jones)

“In this book, Dr. Dean Ornish continues to establish himself as a pioneer in the medicine of the future. He breaks well-established myths in the field of biology by showing scientifically that heart disease is reversible, that certain types of cancer are preventable, and that even your genes can be made to change their blueprint for your destiny by lifestyle changes that are fun and enjoyable and energizing. Read this book. It is literally life saving and life-transforming.” (Deepak Chopra, MD)

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good but the book must be superb!!

This audio is good, you get a good sense of what the spectrum is about...but.. there are things that just get listed up and it´s difficult getting it all.. and with the (paper)book comes a dvd and it is (have i read) charts and things i miss. Love hearing Dr Ornish talk about this.
But I will buy the book.

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Pleasant to Listen to and Informative

This program was very interesting and the author has a very easy voice to listen to. I learned a lot about health but went ahead to purchase the book for more details about the program.

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disappointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It was able to save the file to my desktop and able to play it without going to website. I wanted to put this on thumbdrive so I can take it to work to listen to it or burn it to disk. I really wanted the actual disk not just the download version.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Ornish again?

It's not the book I was disappointed in. It was the idea I wasn't able to save it to my computer and listen to it anytime without the internet.

How could the performance have been better?

the audiobook is able to save to my computer directly, not using an app to open it up to be able to listen to the book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment and anger

Any additional comments?

Make it also compatible to save to computer directly without having to use app to open the file.

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Needs accompanying print material!

What did you like best about The Spectrum? What did you like least?

This is a good book. Inspires change in eating for a better life. However, there is a lot of information presented that will need to be referenced nearly daily for at least a month if I am to effect the changes to my diet. it is unreasonable to expect the listener to write down everything presented. The Audiobook should be accompanied by at least a chart of the "Spectrum". Even better, it should include a basic graphic of the spectrum as well as a spreadsheet of where all the foods fall.

What other book might you compare The Spectrum to and why?

Reversing Coronary Artery disease by Dr. Essylstein.

Which character – as performed by Dean Ornish and Anne Ornish – was your favorite?

Not Applicable

Could you see The Spectrum being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

NO

Any additional comments?

Please email me a graphic of where all the different foods fall in Dr. Ornish Spectrum of healthy.

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Reassuring and Informational--Good Pace

Where does The Spectrum rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The performance and the substance of this book held my interest. I listened to this book after meeting with a newly minted cardiologist who did not want to talk about diet and exercise because all that he knew about was medicine and surgery--all that was not necessary by the way. Dr. Ornish provided the guidance and affirmation that I wanted for far less than I paid that cardiologist.

What other book might you compare The Spectrum to and why?

Grain Brain This book belongs to the same genre that seeks to provide usable information regarding how we can change our health by changing what we eat. The changes can be profound and seriously life-changing. The performance is at a good pace but not too fast.

Have you listened to any of Dean Ornish and Anne Ornish ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not listened to other Ornishs' performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wanted to listen to this book in one sitting. I managed to finish it in a weekend due to other priorities.

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Very hopeful and motivating

Easy to listen to, and provides hope for a healthy future. Love the meditations. I am inspired to implement this program in my own life.

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Very enlightening!

I'm glad I listened to it! I wish he was my doctor! I'm so glad he still helps me and so many others! I hope more doctors and health practitioners will be trained by him. America needs the help!

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Good information

It was based off real disease and real answers. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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Loved it

There is something powerful about accessing knowledge from this powerful loving duo!
I have been inspired by Dean Ornish for many years now, adding Anne’s presence enhance these teachings!

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Guidance for a good life and how to live it well.

Addressing the main and most important aspects of life and how to live it well.

The book if filled with Solid advice tips, based on good research, science and understanding of the human nature.

Highly recommended!
Dr. Michael Goldberg MD