Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2012, Pt. 1: Two Books on Eating for Health

Arem, Ridha. The Thyroid Solution Diet: Boost Your Sluggish Metabolism for Optimal Weight Loss and Lifelong Health. Free Pr: S. & S. Dec. 2912. 352p. ISBN 9781451699517. $26. HEALTH
Director of the Texas Thyroid Institute and a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, endocrinologist Arem points out that no matter how much you diet and exercise you can’t lose weight if you’ve got tortoise-slow metabolism. Here he offers a hormone-friendly eating plan that will jack up your metabolism, whether or not your thyroid function is normal. It’s a modified Mediterranean diet, and it’s evidently helped thousands.

Jaminet, Paul & Shou-Ching Jaminet. Perfect Health Diet. Scribner. 320p. ISBN 9781451699142. $26. HEALTH
Not your usual healthy diet book authors: former Harvard astrophysicist Paul Jaminet became a software entrepreneur and then a business consultant while pursuing research in economics, and Shou-Ching Jaminet is a molecular biologist and cancer researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, plus director of BIDMC’s Multi-Gene Transcriptional Profiling Core. But both found themselves suffering from chronic illness and used their scientific training to restore their health. On their way to finding a diet that would eliminate food toxicity and strengthen immunity, they went the meat, fish, roots, and nuts route. A big hit in self-published form, so the diet must work.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.