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Why We Get Sick

The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease - and How to Fight It
Written by: Benjamin Bikman PhD
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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A scientist reveals the groundbreaking evidence linking many major diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, to a common root cause - insulin resistance - and shares an easy, effective plan to reverse and prevent it.

We are sick. Around the world, we struggle with diseases that were once considered rare. Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes affect millions each year; many people are also struggling with hypertension, weight gain, fatty liver, dementia, low testosterone, menstrual irregularities and infertility, and more. We treat the symptoms, not realizing that all of these diseases and disorders have something in common.

Each of them is caused or made worse by a condition known as insulin resistance. And you might have it. Odds are you do - more than half of all adults in the United States are insulin resistant, with most other countries either worse or not far behind.

In Why We Get Sick, internationally renowned scientist and pathophysiology Professor Benjamin Bikman explores why insulin resistance has become so prevalent and why it matters. Unless we recognize it and take steps to reverse the trend, major chronic diseases will be even more widespread. But reversing insulin resistance is possible, and Bikman offers an evidence-based plan to stop and prevent it, with helpful food lists, meal suggestions, easy exercise principles, and more. Full of surprising research and practical advice, Why We Get Sick will help you to take control of your health. 

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

©2020 Benjamin Bikman (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Cary D
  • 22-07-20

The go to guide to take control of your health

This book is FILLED with amazing information and explanations of how insulin can wreak havoc in your body without being overly science-y. Well written and organized with suggestions that are helpful and practical. The narration is great as well, easy to listen to and holds your attention.

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  • SJ
  • 14-09-20

Must read for those concerned about insulin

Dr Dickman makes it very easy to understand how insulin resistance affects various aspects of heal in profound ways and more importantly a short series of steps we can undertake when it comes to lifestyle to avoid or reverse insulin resistance. Most assertions are backed by citing good studies and cavets apply where there hasn't been a strong enough causal inference when it comes to insulin resistance and some disorder/disease.

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  • Tony Bates
  • 04-09-20

highly recommended book

you live in a day and age you have to take your health into your own hands. Doctors are trained to prescribe drugs only. this is a must read if you don't want to blindly follow the sheep and end up in poor health on dozens of medications

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  • david l. erwin
  • 01-09-20

Super informative

Doc does a great job of balancing deep-in-the-weeds science with easy-to-understand English. I'm noticing a difference in my body and mind already. Hopefully I cam get my elderly parents onboard. They would benefit immensely from applying the knowledge contained in this book.

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  • Dianna
  • 31-08-20

Get Healthy Change your diet

I enjoyed listening to this book having limited time to read plus printing off pages from the accompanying PDF made understanding the importance of changing my diet easy to do. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Simon
  • 28-08-20

Brilliant and easy to understand

This simplifies complex medical card concepts in a way that even I can understand. Great work Dr. Ben.

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  • bjbarr22
  • 27-08-20

Excellent and informative

The layout is great. The stepwise approach to tackling the subject matter is great. The only thing I wish that Dr Bikman would have read the book himself. He is great on podcasts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-20

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This book is informative! and eye opening! I feel empowered to regain my health and have been reccomending this book to everyone!

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  • Victoria
  • 04-08-20

Full of solid science and practical application!

This book is wonderful! Dr Bikman’s knowledge and direction have changed my health for the better. I’m exercising more, my weight is down to my high school weight, and my high blood pressure is gone. You would be wise to read/listen to this book and pass it along to others.

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  • Luis E. Gonzalez
  • 03-08-20

Life changing!

Love it!! highly recommended, tell your doctor to buy it😆 help someone with this book.

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  • Robert Syring
  • 11-08-20

Spiritual successor to a powerful book

I view this as a spiritual successor to Gary Taubes' Why We Get Fat (the title also appears to be a reference). Equally succinct and striking, this book should be much harder to dismiss, partly due to the author's credentials and partly due to chronic disease not being as easily brushed off as a matter of aestehetics. Hopefully it will reach many (and perhaps more importantly the right) people, so we can avoid the looming disaster of collapsing healthcare systems all over the world.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-08-20

great book with ideas clearly explained

this book makes the premise easy to understand and gives ideas on implementation. assuming the information is correct it could make a massive difference to healthy aging.

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  • Anonimo Nonlodico
  • 20-09-20

A must read

An extremely important, concise and thorough examination of the metabolic syndrome - the hidden pandemic making everyone fat, sick and unhappy. Suddenly modern diseases don’t seem random or unpredictable and medicine starts making sense. Most importantly, it explains what to do to reverse the metabolic disease and protect our life, health and happiness.

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  • KeepyKeppy
  • 18-08-20

Outstanding insight into real health!

If you think you know health, struggle with ill health or feel stuck - give this book a try.

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  • Prue
  • 21-09-20

Amazing

Very helpful, easy to understand and incredibly insightful. As someone who struggles with migraines and PCOS I found this book shed alight on why I have this problem. Definitely recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-20

interesting and informative

Even though this book deals with many complex bodily issues I found it to be easy to understand and very informative. A must read for anyone wanting to clarify what it really means to eat healthily.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-20

Very interesting but a little dense

Very interesting listing although the information is quite dense to take in. All the same learnt a lot

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-20

Fantastic book

This Fantastic book is about insulin resistance and its root causes and backed by evidence.

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  • Julie
  • 12-08-20

Great Read

Ben Bikman is a very smart guy and this book is a must listen to everyone with a heartbeat. I love listening to everything he has to say because of the vast knowledge he has on our metabolic health. I just wish I had found him sooner and I might not have been as unhealthy as I was 6months ago. You never get to know any of this stuff from big food and big pharma.