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The Little Book of Health: Simple Steps to a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life

Michael Spira

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Personal & public health

How highly do you value your health?


Good health is the cornerstone of a long and enjoyable life. And the good news is you can easily increase your chances of staying healthy for longer by following some simple steps.


Drawing on decades of medical practice, having advised thousands of clients at his central London clinic, Dr Michael Spira brings together dozens of easy-to-follow tips in this clear and concise handbook. Among its many insights, you ll discover:


When high cholesterol can actually mean you re healthy


The truth about artificial sweeteners and other urban myths


Whether you really should do 10,000 steps each day


How to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke


Why snoring is not just a noisy nuisance


Whether you should take supplements


Simple health checks you can do yourself

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Michael Spira

Dr Michael Spira (MB BS MRCS LRCP, Medicine) qualified as a doctor at St Bartholomew's Hospital. After initially specialising in eye surgery, he decided he was far more interested in treating the whole person, not just their eyes. So he became a GP and eventually became senior partner in a large family practice. One day he realised that his weight had crept up and he was a stone (6.5 kg) overweight. He tried to lose weight by following various diets, but nothing seemed to work. Eventually he worked out an approach that did work. It was published as How to Lose Weight Without Really Dieting. Since then Dr Spira has written other diet books and been on several national TV programmes as a diet expert. He has also been adviser to the UK government on an obesity programme, and a member of the Association of the Study of Obesity and the National Obesity Forum. Additionally, he is a medical consultant at a leading group of wellness clinics where advice on diet and lifestyle are key issues.

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