Score: 92/100 (9.2 out of 10)
“Heart Disease & Hypertension” by Bryant Lusk is a solid book regarding the use of supplementation in helping to prevent and relieve the symptoms of heart disease and hypertension. Bryant Lusk was inspired by his work as a safety inspector and quality control specialist for the United States government.
While you'd think this book on supplementation would be like many others—full of quackery and proclamations that are too good to be true—Lusk takes a very down to earth and level approach, encouraging readers to take all this information with a grain of salt. He encourages them to think critically and to question everything. Lusk seemingly never insists on his suggestions being any more than that: suggestions. There isn't a “magic pill” or “magic supplement brand” he's pushing. Rather, his approach seems genuinely built on the premise of helping others rather than on financial gain or fame. Lusk would be the first one to tell you that despite all the great benefits of green tea extract, megadosing on it could damage your liver. He'd be the first to tell you that everything is to be taken with caution, in moderation, and only as needed.
Something we really appreciated about this book beside its transparency and honesty is its actionable and practical advice. The reader isn't just having supplements thrown at them, they are told to listen to their body, get adequate sleep, de-stress, avoid toxic relationships, eat well, and get exercise. Some of these seem like common sense, but common sense is not so common. In other words, it's one thing to know something intuitively, it's another thing to act on that knowledge.
There is a great deal of insights that we weren't originally aware of. We all know that lack of exercise and a poor diet can increase the risk of heart disease, but did you know that TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS were found in a study to increase the risk of heart attack or chest pain by 34!? That's incredible to think! Indeed, stress wrecks havoc on our heart and overall health. That goes hand in hand with mental health. The body and the mind are linked. Who would've thought, right? But we often take that for granted.
Any work of literature that motivates you to actually TAKE ACTION as a reader is an exceptional literary work, and this falls under that category. Is it the most amazing thing we've ever read? No. Is it the most amazing book on health or even cardiology we've ever read? No. We've been blessed and honored to read the works of Dr. Harry Graber and Dr. Judson Brandeis, but this book by Lusk isn't slacking either, and we're blessed and honored to have gone through it as well. In fact, this might be one of the few books we've read that has actually nudged us to take action on the information it contains. This is fitting with Lusk's definition of a measurement for success, saying that he measures success by the number of people he affects in a positive and meaningful way.
We recommend you check out this book and take extra good care of your heart and health!