The Jungle Effect: Healthiest Diets from Around the World--Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You

Why do the relatively poor native populations in Mexico and Africa have such low levels of the chronic diseases that plague the United States?

Why is the rate of seasonal affective disorder in Iceland—a country where dreary weather is the norm—so low?

Why is it that older women in Okinawa have such low breast cancer rates that it is not considered cost-effective for them to get screening mammograms?

The Jungle Effect has the life-changing answers to these important questions, and many more.

Whether it's the heart-healthy Cretan diet, with its reliance on olive oil and fresh vegetables, the antidepressive 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 action. The Jungle Effect 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.

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By Larry (San Francisco, CA) · ★★★★★ · April 01, 2009
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... ...more
By Belinda (Eliot, ME) · ★★★☆☆ · December 27, 2010
A combination of science, diet tips, and travelogue...this 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 Afr... ...more
By Laurel · ★★★☆☆ · February 06, 2011
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... ...more
By Anna (The United States) · ★★★★★ · June 05, 2011
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. A... ...more
By Jennifer · ★★★★☆ · January 28, 2013
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 anthrop... ...more
By Jewinum (The United States) · ★★★★★ · May 06, 2009
I loved this book...more 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... ...more