I received the following email recently, from a woman I’ll call “Sandy”:
“Both my parents died from heart attacks at a young age. I also have high cholesterol. I’m 44. Any advice for me? I would like to see grandchildren some day.”
My first thought upon reading this was, “Wow, Sandy, I certainly feel for you.” There’s hardly a person alive today whose life hasn’t been affected by heart disease. Either facing it directly, or having lost, or is at dire risk of losing, someone dear. Even those fortunate enough not to have lost a loved one to heart disease will hear stories about the friend of a friend who seemed healthy and passed all his checkups, only to suffer a heart attack. No matter who we are, just hearing that heart disease is the #1 killer today can cause us to wonder, “will that be me someday?”
While I’m certainly not going to give medical advice in this circumstance, I did suggest to Sandy that arming herself with knowledge is the best first step in adopting a preventive lifestyle. Fortunately for Sandy, I received her email the same day that the free Kindle promotion was in effect and I was able to suggest downloading Don’t Die Early as a great first step to greater understanding.
By sorting through hundreds of scientific research articles, interviewing physicians who “get it” (and some who don’t), dissecting statistical models, and pouring over countless volumes of information written on health and nutrition, I condensed a staggering pile of information (and misinformation) into one easy to understand book. By reading Don’t Die Early, Sandy could achieve in one weekend what took me two years of research and self-experimentation. After reading Don’t Die Early, Sandy will no longer be confused by the constant barrage of marketing sound bites that do little more than offer superficial, generic advice designed to sell product, not improve health.
Best of all, no matter Sandy’s age or condition, the understanding she obtains by reading Don’t Die Early will help her tailor a path that’s perfectly suited to her unique condition. For some, heart disease is the T-Rex in their rearview mirror. For others, it’s inflammation. For others, diabetes. For many, it’s a combination of things. It’s important to know, not speculate, where to focus our preventive efforts.
There’s so much misinformation out there regarding the major maladies that plague us, it’s easy to be frustrated and confused. Without clarity, our desire to become healthier can turn us into deer in headlights, frozen by indecision. We blink and another year has passed without any real assessment or real change. Just more confusion created by the conflicting sound bites that we hear every day.
There is a better way and Sandy has found it. She responded the next day that she downloaded Don’t Die Early and has already finished reading half of it.
Follow Sandy’s example and Don’t Die Early.
Happy New Year!