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Undo It!

How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases
Written by: Dean Ornish, Anne Ornish
Narrated by: Dean Ornish, Anne Ornish
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins

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Publisher's Summary

National best seller

Fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, and even the aging process itself with one simple, scientifically proven plan to reverse disease - as well as prevent and reduce symptoms - from the world-renowned pioneer of lifestyle medicine.

Dean Ornish, MD, has directed revolutionary research proving, for the first time, that lifestyle changes can often reverse - undo! - the progression of many of the most common and costly chronic diseases and even begin reversing aging at a cellular level.

Medicare and many insurance companies now cover Dr. Ornish’s lifestyle medicine program for reversing chronic disease because it consistently achieves bigger changes in lifestyle, better clinical outcomes, larger cost savings, and greater adherence than have ever been reported - based on 40 years of research published in the leading peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals.

Now, in this landmark audiobook, he and Anne Ornish present a simple yet powerful new unifying theory explaining why these same lifestyle changes can reverse so many different chronic diseases and how quickly these benefits occur. They describe what it is, why it works, and how you can do it:

  • Eat well: a whole foods, plant-based diet naturally low in fat and sugar and high in flavor. The “Ornish diet” has been rated “#1 for Heart Health” by U.S. News & World Report every year from 2011 to 2017. 
  • Move more: moderate exercise such as walking
  • Stress less: including meditation and gentle yoga practices
  • Love more: how love and intimacy transform loneliness into healing

With 70 recipes, easy-to-follow meal plans, tips for stocking your kitchen and eating out, recommended exercises, stress-reduction advice, and inspiring patient stories of life-transforming benefits - for example, several people improved so much after only nine weeks that they were able to avoid a heart transplant - Undo It! empowers listeners with new hope and new choices.

“The Ornishes’ work is elegant and simple and deserving of a Nobel Prize, since it can change the world!” (Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States)

“If you want to see what medicine will be like ten years from now, read this book today.” (Rita F. Redberg, MD, editor in chief, JAMA Internal Medicine)

“This is one of the most important books on health ever written.” (John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods Market)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Dean Ornish and Anne Ornish (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“This book will change your life. Every day people ask me how they can activate their longevity genes to reverse aging and stave off age-associated diseases. Now I can say, ‘Go read Undo It!’” (David A. Sinclair, PhD, AO, professor of genetics, Harvard Medical School)

“Dean Ornish is from the future!” (Jack Hidary, senior adviser, Google X)

“Empowering and inspiring millions of people with new hope and new choices.” (Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce; owner, Time Magazine)

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  • Nicole K.
  • 22-03-19

Surprisingly awful

This audiobook was pure torture. If you have any inclination of reading it, save your ears and your money by checking it out of the library. Bad stuff includes:

1. I was not aware when I sampled the book that half of the book is read by Anne Ornish, and that gal is painful to listen to. Slow talking and condescending too sweet just overall annoying. She talks to the reader like a small child. “Why do you eat? When do you eat? Do you really need a hug?” I skipped over nearly every section she wrote. Also, it’s just disruptive to the flow of the book to have narrators switch throughout.

2. Dean’s sections were too complex. And I say that as someone with a master’s degree in a research field. They were just hard to follow and not captivating. Conversely, Anne’s sections were way dumbed down. The real life application of the content was too entry level to be either interesting or helpful. This book missed the mark completely by reaching these two extremes.

3. The target audience appears to be people who struggle with emotional eating. I was not aware that was the overall thrust of the book. I was looking for health and nutrition education that would inspire Mel to implement new healthy practices. Instead the advice was stuff like eat at a table instead of in a car. A whole book of that stuff. It was painful.

I recognize Dr Ornish is a pioneer in his field and agree with his recommendations. However, I found this book utterly useless, a painful read as an audiobook and one of the few I’ve purchased (I listen to about 1 book a week) for which I truly wanted my money back.

Too bad. Just check it out from the library to capture the high level points.

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  • BeaMax
  • 04-05-19

Nothing new here

I was expecting more from this book. Nothing that I haven't already read. A lot of self promotion in my opinion.

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  • ziv tene
  • 02-05-19

Great book, great narrators

The book with the attached pdf give a wholistic in depth view and instructions for living a longer, better quality life

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  • Debby
  • 16-03-19

Great book!!

Great book! I would highly recommend it. Good for the mind and bofy!! Love that Dean and wife were the voices.

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  • Elan Sun Star
  • 18-01-19

Comprehensive and useful

This new book by Dr ornish is quite comprehensive.
Lifestyle is so definitive.. Using the tools of awareness and lifestyle creates miraculous synergy for better health and wellness in every aspect.
Thank you Dr Ornish for being a pioneer in sane living and eating and sharing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-19

Disappointed

given the stature of dr. ornish in his previous writings I found this book under par. plus the narration especially those sections by mrs. ornish was very annoying she sounds like she's trying to be a sex kitten it might be her real voice but it just was too ridiculous to have any faith in what she was saying.

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  • Daniel
  • 27-01-19

Finally clear facts against all the Keto lies

Great that D. Ornish wrote this book and debunks all the fake Keto and Paleo science with their lies.
For example: claims that the population tried low-fat, but it didn't work, are clearly debunked now when according to consumption statistics of the USDA in every decade since the 1950-60 the population consumed more and more fat.

The book also updates the reader about new studies and science that has been released in the last few years.
Great listen, thanks Dr. Ornish.

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  • Patrick
  • 17-08-19

Changed My Life!

I have been eating healthy (plant based) and doing yoga for many years trying to feel better. UnDo it! seemed to put all the pieces together for me. Anne approaches your feelings and your body in the most intuitive and loving way. The other day, before going into a stressful situation, my husband and I listened to chapter 7 again, to make sure we were in a successful (loving) mind set. Thank you Anne and Dean!

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  • MoneyDoc
  • 29-06-19

Disappointing

Although the cited research was interesting and informative, this work presented a dearth of actionable items. An interesting read, but low-impact as a worthwhile self-help tool. This book comes across largely as a thinly veiled marketing piece for other services. Not a fan of paying for an advertisement; I'm tossing this fish back into the pond.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-06-19

Hard to get through

I follow a WFPB diet and read and listen to many of the experts. This book was poorly written. Too much old information and the audible version was horribly read. No energy, no passion, monotone. The only person more boring to listen to than Dean Ornish is his cowriter. They may be brilliant scientists but they should hire a better ghost writer and reader.

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  • R Murdy
  • 07-03-19

Excellent read

I have read many books on the subject of a Whole Plant Based Diet by Barnard, McGregor, Popper, Ferman and McDougal and none of them come close to the Ornishes book, I truly place this up there with the teachings and science of Dr's Esseylstyn and Colin T Campbell.

Well read by the husband and wife (OK a little "flowery" at some points) but at least they have botherd like Esselstyn and Campbell to carry out their own research to support their belifs in a better future for all. For me it has all been about lifestyle change to promote longevity and this is a great bible to live by, weight loss to me was a side effect and not my aim (84.1 > 65kg).

Take your time absorb the facts and move forward to a better life without starving yourself to get there 😉👍

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  • Russell M.
  • 27-01-19

Brilliant

listen for a second time. might have to get the book. simple and easy to follow.

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  • Intelligent Eating
  • 11-01-19

Beautiful.

This really is a beautiful piece of work with the cherry on the top being that Dean Ornish himself narrates thé book.

It combines so so much of his work condensed into a sensible and easy to listen to book, yet it feels that it contains so much more content.

This is the very best calibre of lifestyle medicine with a balance of statistics (with referenced studies) and provides both the science and the implementation.

It’s superb, inspiring and intellectual work from one of the best examples of humanity.

Thank you Dr Ornish, and your wife for taking the time to create this logical, emotional and compassionate book.

Adam, Intelligent Eating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-19

Good solid advice - pdf not complete

Good solid advice. Not new, but scientifically backed up. The book claimed that the pdf contains images of the stretches, but I couldn't find any,

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  • jv
  • 12-04-19

Good book, great truth and way of life

well narrated, Anne put me to sleep twice though she has such a hypnotic voice. A little tiring towards the end but all makes sense. truthful concepts

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  • Nikki
  • 14-01-19

Hugely disappointing

I couldn't finish it , only got to chapter 6. I found absolutely nothing new in this book , it's the same stock in trade diet touted by every hippy run health food shop ever and some of the advice is downright stupid ( such as make a tit of yourself in restaurants and on being told that mothers who feel stressed are stressed and mothers who don't, aren't - well no shit sherlock..... so the advice there was ? Dont feel stressed ! What ??? ) Put all that alongside the most dreary voices I've ever heard , I couldn't take any more.

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  • charlotte weighell
  • 07-02-19

Wonderful presentation

Best and most calm easy listening narrative
The total package
Highly recommend this audio book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-19

Don't bother

The sections were Dean was reading was OK, but I could not stand Annes voice and the bits she was given to read were extremely boring. if I could handle listening to her for more than five minutes then I was bored in five minutes and 1 second.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-19

Must read

everyone should read this book. it is a must for the health of yourself your family and the planet