Summary of Don’t Die Early

Rather than focus on specifics like losing weight or having abs of steel, Don’t Die Early is about avoiding the diseases that steal our quality of life as we age. Losing weight certainly has its benefits, but too many people, even medical practitioners, overlook the fact that excess weight is not a disease, it’s a symptom of a greater problem.

Don’t Die Early is for people who want to be healthier but who don’t want to put their life on hold to critically examine dozens of books and hundreds of research reports. I wanted to create the one book that bridges the gap between wanting to be healthier and knowing how to go about it. Not in some vague, generic, unsubstantiated way, but in specific, measurable ways that anyone can understand and apply, no matter their age or condition.

We tend to think about diseases like coronary artery disease, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, MS, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and so many others as completely distinct diseases, but ultimately they all share some very common root causes, including inflammation and poor glucose control. Even people who are years or decades from being labeled “diabetic” can still be causing significant harm to themselves with damagingly high glucose levels. Don’t Die Early reveals the importance of effectively controlling blood glucose and avoiding inflammation, while devoting as much attention to heart disease as our individual condition warrants, so that we can dramatically reduce our chances of a disease-laden adulthood.

Don’t Die Early has something for everyone, whether they’re 40-something and wanting to understand or prevent diseases or a 20-something who is interested in knowing why a certain lifestyle makes the most sense for optimum future health. By focusing on the science of a healthy lifestyle, Don’t Die Early gives the reader the tools to refute the hype and chart a personally tailored path towards optimal health.

One look at today’s rapidly advancing healthcare costs and at the skyrocketing rates of modern disease and it’s obvious that we are not spending our way into becoming a healthier nation. More than ever, busy physicians, pressured by frugal insurance companies, are focusing on treating symptoms, not on prevention. If you want make sense of the confusing, conflicting medical and nutrition advice that bombards us daily, and truly understand what being healthier means, read Don’t Die Early. It will help you understand how a loved one can be facing a heart attack or a stent, even though the checkups and stress tests were normal. Don’t Die Early will help you understand why more of us are diabetic than ever before, yet the tools to predict and prevent diabetes are cheap and easy to use. If you want to assess your health and optimize your lifestyle using objective tests and real data instead of generalizations and hyperbole, Don’t Die Early is the book for you.

As one reader recently commented online:

“On my path to enlightenment, Gary Taubes, Tom Naughton, William Davis, Jimmy Moore, and Rocky Angelucci have been instrumental in giving me truth and hope for a healthier life. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I now have the power to keep my family healthy. Don’t Die Early was just what I was looking for. The final piece of the puzzle.”


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  1. Hi just read your responses to cat seizures?
    Our 9 year old cat started cat seizures. She was put on phenobarbital which stopped seizures. But she was temporarily blind and appeared unsure and very skittish etc. We had scans done and nothing found. She was put on vitamin B1 thiamin and all symptoms dissapeared and she was back to normal. As the neurologist said cats are meat eaters.
    After a month and following no reoccurrence she was taken off phenobarbital but kept on vitamin B1. One week later she had multiple cat seizures for 30 minutes and died.
    All her life she was always very skittish and nervous. After reading your article on grain free cat food and what the neurologist said about cats being meat eaters I wonder about the dried food we gave her.
    Like many comments in UK what cat food should I feed her cat brother on?
    One thought until we moved house in the last year both cats caught mice, did that provide the right food?

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty passing away. I think about all the pets I’ve owned in the past and wonder how I could have fed them better. I try to remind myself that we pet owners always did what we thought was best, even when we were misinformed.

      I’m not sure about what foods are available in the UK, however, here in the States, cat food manufacturers are realizing that more and more consumers want grain-free pet foods. Our pet food stores (even our grocery stores) are stocking more and more grain-free options. We alternate between a variety of grain-free canned foods and are finding them all to be satisfactory. We still supplement the cats’ diets with additional fat sources, like avocado oil (available here at Costco), coconut oil, bacon grease, butter, etc.

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