Robyn O Brien is not the most likely candidate for an antiestablishment crusade A Houston native from a conservative family, this MBA and married mother of four was not someone who gave much thought to misguided government agencies and chemicals in our food until the day her youngest daughter had a violent allergic reaction to eggs, and everything changed The Unhealthy TRobyn O Brien is not the most likely candidate for an antiestablishment crusade A Houston native from a conservative family, this MBA and married mother of four was not someone who gave much thought to misguided government agencies and chemicals in our food until the day her youngest daughter had a violent allergic reaction to eggs, and everything changed The Unhealthy Truth is both the story of how one brave woman chose to take on the system and a call to action that shows how each of us can do our part and keep our own families safe O Brien turns to accredited research conducted in Europe that confirms the toxicity of America s food supply, and traces the relationship between Big Food and Big Money that has ensured that the United States is one of the only developed countries in the world to allow hidden toxins in our food toxins that can be blamed for the alarming recent increases in allergies, ADHD, cancer, and asthma among our children Featuring recipes and an action plan for weaning your family off dangerous chemicals one step at a time The Unhealthy Truth is a must read for every parent and for every concerned citizen in America today.
The Unhealthy Truth One Mother s Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America s Food Supply and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself Robyn O Brien is not the most likely candidate for an antiestablishment crusade A Houston native from a conservative family this MBA and married mother of four was not someone who gave much thought t
I feel conflicted about this book I think it brings up important, urgent issues, but the way O Brien presents the information is torturous Maybe I just have an aversion to her writing style unnecessary repetition I heard you the first 10 times , persistent self congratulation, mommy martyrdom, scapegoating, misrepresenting data to make her point, focusing on hearsay anecdotal evidence, and using emotionally charged hostile language At best, this book will inspire people to do their own research [...]
The Unhealthy Truth is written by a mother of four Her youngest child had a severe allergic reaction to eggs and it started her on a search for answers that she documents in her book why are so many children developing allergies these days, what has happened to our food supply in the last few decades, and why is American food not as safe as that found in other countries like Japan, Australia, and those in Europe At first, I was hesitant to read a book written by just a mom What were her qualific [...]
This book is a life changer I feel like I want to give everyone I know a copy of this book The author s journey into healthy eating was a lot like mine She was just a regular mom feeding her family all the regular foods until one of her kids ended up with a food allergy and during her research uncovered and startling facts about our food If any one wants to know why I feed my family the way I dois is whyad this book Here are some tips if you do decide to read it 1 Please try to endure the firs [...]
I appreciate the information that the author brought to light in this book, but too bad I thought her writing was crap Much too sentimental, and she repeats herself a lot It was interesting, though, to have this information coming from someone to whom it was all totally new I assumed everybody knew there were disgusting chemicals in mainstream processed food products and just didn t care, or couldn t afford the alternatives The fact that many people are in such a state of ignorance was the most [...]
This book was boring at times, and if I had a dime for every time the author talked about her Mama Guilt I did learn why there has been such an increase in the number of kids people affected by peanut, dairy, and other allergies SPOILER Over the past 10 years there has been a rise in the amount of genetically modified ingredients organisms GMOs found in our food 80% of the corn we ingest is GMO corn and we know that corn is in EVERYTHING processed these days p.s did you know that the wax on your [...]
How, with a helper author, did this book turn out so crappy Self centered writing, that s how There isn t a single tone of self important, resentful whining that doesn t appear in this book Give us your background in the first chapter, hon, and then get on with the facts The entire food industry doesn t revolve around martyr you and your daughter Rory, the blown up snubs you received from other organizations, and the persecution you ve risen above oh so look at me nobly but somehow can t stop gr [...]
In the past ten years, I have been diagnosed with several food sensitivities, including milk and soy I was very interested in reading this book, but it turned out to be a big disappointment Most of the problem with this book was the author s emotionally charged arguments and lack of rational thought After reading this, I am quite certain that she is the type of mother to rush her child to the E.R and demand stitches for a paper cut just to avoid the Mama Guilt and to be the overprotective Mama B [...]
I enjoyed Robyn O Brien s conversational writing style because I prefer reading a book that feels like the author is conversing with me, rather than dryly lecturing me, and Robyn was both chatty and amusing throughout the book Also, I very much appreciated her candor about her family s dietary issues and struggles and compromises Her information about GMOs, preservatives, artificial ingredients, the FDA, patenting and the history of their approval, use and study around the globe is an excellent [...]
I read this book because Robyn discusses the Feingold Diet which my family follows with much success and I wanted to read her opinion on this diet Robyn s discussion of genetically altered food was very interesting Her discussion about cows treated with antibiotics was also very interesting I also especially liked her list of dirty dozen vegetables and fruits I would have given the book 4 stars except for the following 2 reasons 1 The book was written from the perspective of a hysterical mother [...]
Anyone who has paid attention to recent within the last 10 years information about GM food or who has watched any number of documentaries about American food Food, Inc Fast Food Nation, etc and the problems created by large companies like Monsanto, will not be shocked by anything presented in this book The author uses the word shocking multiple times in a way that makes it seem that her research is new it s not But to her, because it was new, she presents it as such That said, what she does shar [...]
The Unhealthy Truth has a lot of politics in it O Brien frequently says things along the lines of I m not saying they re evil doing a bad job the devil incarnate, but they are evil doing a bad job the devil incarnate These things aside, I have learned a lot of valuable information that makes me second guess myself for reaching for that tasty double stuf mint oreo in the cupboard and has me grabbing a kiwi instead I had no idea that soy was so controversial, and I had never given much thought to [...]
I would have preferred to give this 3.5 stars the information was spot on The writing drove me a little nuts I would probably be in the minority as far as being bothered by the writing style The book is written very conversationally and informally I m sure that makes it feel accessible to a lot of people, but I am just not a fan of that writing style That said, the information in this book is so important I knew a lot of the basic facts, but Robyn filled in a lot of gaps for me Everything I lea [...]
I am rating this book a 3 primarily because I support the cause to understand about our food supply and how it is making us sick Despite this message, I found the book tedious, hard to read, repetitive, and not always entirely accurate The author relies heavily on this story line My child ate something I thought was food Something bad happened I thought about it and realized it could be the food When the dust settled I went to the internet and did some research I discovered something that no on [...]
I would give this 5 stars for the incredible job the author did of researching the history and political information on our food system, and exposing all the backhanded ways that the FDA uses to allow unsafe products in the market It was very eye opening to read how much stricter nearly every other country in the world is compared to the US In fact, major companies like Walmart, McDonald s and Kraft, adhere to much stricter regulations overseas than in our own countries It hasn t seemed to hurt [...]
The 4 stars is based on the importance of the subject matter, NOT on the writing Wish the co author had tried harder to get rid of the redundancies She said shocking again DRINK If you ve read anything by Michael Pollan or watched Food, Inc you already know our food production system and the head honchos who have lawmakers and enforcement agencies in their pocket are evil But this book talks specifically about kids and how food additives, colors, and genetically modified ingredients that are so [...]
I think the author makes some valid points I had not put much thought into GMO foods before, but she has made me think about some of the possible implications I agree there does seem to be a lot of food allergies and intolerances out there which makes you wonder why The first red flag for me was one chapter where she seemed to use the terms virus and bacteria interchangeably As she seemed pretty well versed about the subject, that bothered me I also think some of her conclusions border on a bit [...]
This is a book that everyone should read The information is staggering I agree with many of the review that it can be redundant and heavy on the personal narrative mommy guilt However, I feel much aware of the dangers of preservatives GMO s after reading it I was recently diagnosed with severe food allergies to two different preservatives and the information regarding our large food companies changing their formulas in the EU was eye opening to say the least Her take on the tremendous rise in f [...]
Brought up a lot of good questions about our food supply in the US, assuming you can get past the writing style I wanted hard information, less personal pats on the back While there is a lot of interesting worrisome information about food additives, GM foods, and rBGH, it is not all gloom and doom The bright side is looking at what the Europeans are currently doing to monitor and remove these negative unknowns from their food supply In other words, it can be done, we as a people have a right to [...]
I think this book contains a lot of interesting information I ve already changed my diet to primarily organic and I am for the most part a vegetarian, but this book confirmed a lot of the thoughts I already had on the food most people are eating every day What I did not like about this book was how self indulgent it was If I heard about how guilty she felt and how her world was torn apart one time I was going to scream I also felt like the author was awfully naive to what goes on between the go [...]
I m absolutely going to be changing the way our family eats after reading this book The scientific studies the author cites are pretty convincing and everything she says about the food supply fits with what I know from other reliable sources That said, I wished it were better written some of it is a little repetitive and the author presents an awful lot of supposition as if it were fact I was much interested in the information she found than in what she was feeling as she did her research.
I learned a lot from this book I really didn t need to read it carefully I got all the information I wanted from skimming I wish she had spent time on what to do in response she does at the end, but it s not enough and less time on all the ties between the government and corporations Overall it was very informative especially the soy information, which I hadn t heard before and interesting, in an alarming way.
Although I didn t always appreciate the writing style or find some of her healthy suggestions healthy enough to my liking, I think this book is a must read for Americans especially parents We are far too ignorant than the rest of the world on how dangerous our food supply is Please read You ll be glad that you did.
I learned so much from this book and am now reading labels closely.
Some of my favorites If you really want to be left slack jawed, ask your pediatrician or pediatric allergists how many hours they spent studying nutrition in medical school Chances are you have read about this subject than they have In 1998, Kraft had started funding the FAAN website and had been its sole sponsor ever since Now it is sponsored by AstraZeneca, one of the world s leading pharmaceutical companies What incentive does a corporation have for doing something BigFood and BigPharma have [...]
Robyn O Brien s book, The Unhealthy Truth One Mother s Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America s Food Supply and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself, is a shocking investigation into the many ways we ve been tricked into eating not just unhealthy, but downright dangerous, food.You can sign up here to listen to my interview of her xn123fusionsoft app foI, too, used to trust the FDA and USDA, thinking that if it s sold in a store, it must be safe Those were carefree days These da [...]
I overall very much enjoyed this book It was readable and informative, personal while scientific Sometimes her takeaway points didn t completely line up with the studies she discussed, or at least I felt like something was missing, but wholeheartedly agree that if we aren t sure about something, we shouldn t be assuming it s safe The canaries in the mine comparison to using kids with their lower thresholds for toxins greatly troubled me While I was confused that one of her 4 children having a di [...]
This was our first pick for our industry related book club at work I have to say I struggled through the book Bottom line I probably agree with most of the information presented in the book, but the way it was written made me feel like I was being manipulated My propaganda alarms were screaming while I read it The biggest part I struggled with was how the author was able to hand pick the studies that she chose to believe and present them as absolute evidence I know I can find studies that would [...]
If someone is thinking about moving to organic cleaner food for their children and wants to know all of the science behind why they should do it, this is the book for you If you already feed your children very healthy food, this might be a waste of your time The science sections were a bit too long in my opinion, but I m not someone who needs convincing, either.
Wow how do I rate this book I am torn On one hand it really had some great points and the author was like a dog with a bone trying to get to the bottom of things, she had determination and just wouldn t quit On the other hand the writing style totally sucked in MANY parts of this book I mean okay we get it you feel guilty about some things, i hear ya, I do, but the mama bear guilt took AWAY from the credibilty of the facts seriously just lay it out there, if the reader is reading your book at le [...]
This is written by a mom who found out her child had an egg allergy, and then went on to research why food allergies are on the rise in the past 15 years Her research leads her to the make the connection between the development of Genetically Modified foods, in the 1990s, and the beginning of the rise of food allergies It actually makes a lot of sense, and this was the first time I had heard of a possible connection She then goes on to look at the effects of many other questionable things in our [...]