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Book Review: SuperImmunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free by Joel Fuhrman MD

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In SuperImmunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free by Joel Fuhrman MD, there is a good discussion of the top foods which provide the highest nutrient value for purposes of maintaining long-run health and wellness.

Examples of superfoods, according to Fuhrman, are bok choy, asparagus, cabbage, red peppers, broccoli and winter squash. These foods have phytochemicals which accomplish specific health tasks like inducing detoxification enzymes, controlling free radicals, the deactivation of cancer agents, the protection of cells from toxins, the repair of damaged DNA, inducing anti-fungal or anti-bacterial properties and improving the immune system over time.

The foods with the highest nutrient value are kale, collards, watercress, brussel sprouts and spinach, the author says. He names specific foods with anti-cancer properties. In addition, the author indicates that micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals.

Examples of high nutrient foods include onion, garlic, flaxseed with cancer lignans and pomegranates. Sesame seeds are known to have the highest natural calcium content of all foods on earth. Fuhrman names a specific superfood cocktail which includes greens, onions, mushrooms, beans, berries and seeds. (GOMBBS)

The author provides some important information on vaccines which includes the classic risks from flu shots. The concern is about the other chemical ingredients in flu shots like formaldehyde, thiemerosol (mercury) and others. Sometimes, flu shots can cause joint pain or lymph node swelling, according to the author.

Fuhrman discusses how vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be associated with certain diseases. For instance, reduced levels of zinc make people more susceptible to infections. Deficiencies in vitamin D are associated with increased risks of flu. Elderberry extract inhibits influenza viruses. Omega 3 fish oil is known to reduce inflammation, inhibit cancer, protect blood vessels and the brain.

Superimmunity is an excellent reference for achieving health and wellness. The presentation is easy to read. The content will have a profound impact on health and wellness issues. The implications for health care cost containment are considerable.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.