The Health Delusion – Book Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

The Health Delusion: How to Achieve Exceptional Health in the 21st Century
by Glen Matten & Aidan Goggins
304 pages, paperback, 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.5 cm
Published June 4, 2012 by Hay House UK
ISBN: 978-1848506862
Price: £12.99

7028@coverdetail In “The Health Delusion: How to Achieve Exceptional Health in the 21st Century” authors Glen Matten and Aidan Goggins bring together the wealth of compelling and exciting academic research into our health and make it accessible to all, in an unadulterated form. They not only reveal what has gone so horribly wrong with our collective health, but also show us how we can put it right. Combining their backgrounds in nutritional medicine and pharmacy, they set out a guide to achieving optimal health at every stage of life and for future generations to come, offering a detailed plan of the foods, supplements and lifestyle changes needed for total wellness.

In the 21st Century we have become more health conscious than ever before, and have a wealth of information on healthy living at our disposal, as well as access to the incredible advancements of modern medicine. Yet despite all this, a stark fact remains: if you are a healthy adult in today’s society, you are in the minority. More than one in three people have cardiovascular disease, one in six has high cholesterol and an incredible six in every ten has raised blood pressure. One in ten has diabetes and nearly another four out of those ten are on the verge of getting it. If all that wasn’t bad enough, two out of every five people will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives.

Surprisingly, many of the answers to these modern-day epidemics of chronic disease are already within our grasp. The problem is that much of the research carried out into our health remains stuck in the world of academia or gets distorted by the media, self-proclaimed health gurus or the food industry. This book cuts through the misinformation to expose the shocking truths behind our diet, health and pharmaceutical industries, looking at how they consistently put our health in jeopardy in favour of boosting profits. The authors demonstrate how the media compounds these problems by overloading us with information, often misleading us in the process, and reveal how outdated the official advice we receive on health and diet really is. Packed with the latest scientific research, The Health Delusion provides the blueprint for achieving exceptional health in the 21st Century.

Finally, at long last, here is a book that will teach the reader as to the truth about how badly "the system" is lying about our diet and we have been lied to ever since the claim that margarine, and other (rancid) plant fat and oil, is better for our health than butter, that eating (red) meat give you cancer and all that baloney.

The book exposes the fallacies, misconceptions, and outright falsehoods that exist in nutrition and health.

Yes, people, we have been lied to for decades and decades and instead of becoming healthier we have become sicker and sicker.

British people have been eating Fish & Chips, fried in dripping or lard, during and before World War Two, up until well into the 1960s and they were much healthier then than now since only, predominately, bar a few places, vegetable oils are used for frying. Should that not, eventually, tell us something?

About the Authors

Aidan is an Irish pharmacist with a Master's Degree in Nutritional Medicine. He is a firm believer in the necessity of a holistic approach to achieve true health.

His book 'The Health Delusion' is a revolutionary exposure of the obfuscations which cloud the information we receive about health, and reveals a clear solution to these problems.

He can be found on 'the antidote to poor health advice', where each week he gives the lowdown on the nutrition and health en vogue.

Glen Matten is a Nutritional Therapist with a Masters Degree in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey, where he graduated with Distinction.

He has a passion for nutritional medicine and being a full-on foodie in equal measures; an inimitable mash-up that saw him combining nuggets of nutritional knowledge with some stonkingly good recipes in his first book 'The 100 Foods You Should be Eating', which has subsequently been translated into numerous languages since its publication in 2009. His latest offering 'The Health Delusion' takes a critical look at what has gone wrong with our collective health in the 21st Century, and how we can put it right.

Glen's firm belief in the importance of diet in promoting health and preventing disease is fundamental to his work which spans writing, private consultancy, teaching and lecturing, and corporate workshops. Glen's fresh approach to nutrition has led to frequent forays into the media, including numerous TV appearances, and writing for a number of publications.

Glen is also the co-founder of the groundbreaking health and information website

© 2012