Eat to Beat Disease

The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself


By William W Li, MD

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Eat your way to better health with this New York Times bestseller on food's ability to help the body heal itself from cancer, dementia, and dozens of other avoidable diseases.

Forget everything you think you know about your body and food, and discover the new science of how the body heals itself. Learn how to identify the strategies and dosages for using food to transform your resilience and health in Eat to Beat Disease.

We have radically underestimated our body's power to transform and restore our health. Pioneering physician scientist, Dr. William Li, empowers readers by showing them the evidence behind over 200 health-boosting foods that can starve cancer, reduce your risk of dementia, and beat dozens of avoidable diseases. Eat to Beat Disease isn't about what foods to avoid, but rather is a life-changing guide to the hundreds of healing foods to add to your meals that support the body's defense systems, including:
  • Plums
  • Cinnamon
  • Jasmine tea
  • Red wine and beer
  • Black Beans
  • San Marzano tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Pacific oysters
  • Cheeses like Jarlsberg, Camembert and cheddar
  • Sourdough bread

The book's plan shows you how to integrate the foods you already love into any diet or health plan to activate your body's health defense systems-Angiogenesis, Regeneration, Microbiome, DNA Protection, and Immunity-to fight cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative autoimmune diseases, and other debilitating conditions.

Both informative and practical, Eat to Beat Disease explains the science of healing and prevention, the strategies for using food to actively transform health, and points the science of wellbeing and disease prevention in an exhilarating new direction.



We are truly at a turning point in the fight against disease. Each of us has an enormous opportunity to take charge of our lives using food to transform our health. You can make decisions about what to eat and drink based on scientific evidence gleaned from testing foods with the same systems and methods that have been used to discover and develop drugs. The data generated when we study food like medicine clearly show that food can influence our health in specific and beneficial ways.

First, a bit about myself. I’m a medical doctor, an internal medicine specialist, and a research scientist. In college, I studied biochemistry (now called molecular and cellular biology), and I spent the first half of my career immersed in the world of biotechnology. For the past twenty-five years, I’ve led the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit organization that I cofounded in 1994 with a unique mission: to improve global health by focusing on a “common denominator” shared by many diseases: angiogenesis, the process our bodies use to grow new blood vessels.

As a scientist, finding common denominators of disease has long been my interest and passion. Most medical research is dedicated to exploring the individuality of disease, searching for what makes each disease distinct from every other as the path toward finding cures. My approach has been the complete opposite. By looking for common threads shared by many diseases and asking if those threads might lead to new treatments, I’ve found it is possible to achieve breakthroughs for not only one disease, but many diseases at the same time.

Early in my career, I chose to study angiogenesis. Blood vessels are essential for health because they bring oxygen and nutrients to every cell in our body. My mentor, Judah Folkman, was a brilliant surgeon-scientist at Harvard who first came up with the idea that targeting abnormal blood vessels feeding cancer could be an entirely new way to treat the disease. Angiogenesis gone awry is not just a problem in cancer, but also a common denominator in more than seventy different diseases, including the world’s other top killers: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, and more. In 1993, I had an inspiration: what if controlling blood vessel development could be a singular approach to address all of these serious diseases?

Over the past twenty-five years, along with a long roster of amazing colleagues and supporters, this work is precisely what the Angiogenesis Foundation has been doing. We have coordinated research and advocated for new treatments taking this common-denominator approach. We’ve worked with more than three hundred of the brightest scientists and clinicians from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America; more than one hundred innovative companies in biotechnology, medical devices, and diagnostic and imaging technologies; and visionary leaders from the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and major medical societies from around the world.

We have been very successful. By coordinating collective efforts, a new field of medicine called angiogenesis-based therapy has been created. Some of the innovative treatments stop blood vessels from growing in diseased tissues, such as in cancer or in blinding diseases like neovascular age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Other treatments that have changed medical practice spark new blood vessels to heal vital tissues, such as in diabetic and venous leg ulcers. Today, there are more than thirty-two FDA-approved drugs, medical devices, and tissue products based on angiogenesis.

These treatments, once just glimmers of ideas, have become important new standards of care in oncology, ophthalmology, and wound care, helping patients live longer and better lives. We’ve even worked with veterinarians and developed new treatments that have helped save the lives of pet dogs, dolphins, reef fish, raptors, a rhinoceros, and even a polar bear. I’m proud to have been part of these advances, and given the more than 1,500 ongoing clinical trials in angiogenesis, there are certainly more to come.

But, despite all of the success, the sobering fact is that the rates of new disease are skyrocketing. The biggest health threats for people worldwide are the noncommunicable diseases, which include cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and neurodegenerative conditions. We each know someone in our lives who has suffered from or succumbed to one of these diseases. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease killed 17.7 million people in 2015; cancer, 8.8 million; and diabetes, 1.8 million.

Even with remarkable treatment breakthroughs and FDA approvals, treatment of disease alone is not a sustainable solution for noncommunicable diseases, in part because of the stratospheric cost of new drugs. It can cost more than $2 billion to develop a single new biotechnology drug. The expense of using some of the latest drugs after they’ve received FDA approval is staggering, ranging in some cases from $200,000 per year to more than $900,000 per year. Since few can afford these price tags, the most advanced treatments don’t get to everyone who needs them, while the growing and aging population keeps getting sicker.

Drug treatments alone cannot keep us healthy. The question then becomes, how can we do a better job at preventing disease, before we have to cure it? One modern answer: food. Every doctor knows that poor diet is linked to preventable disease, and food is becoming a topic of ever greater importance in the medical community. Some avant-garde medical schools have even added culinary classes to their curriculum. Food is easily accessible and dietary interventions do not rely on expensive pharmaceutical treatments.

Not many doctors know how to discuss a healthy diet with their patients. This is through no fault of the individual doctors, but rather a side effect of how little nutrition education they receive. According to David Eisenberg, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, only one in five medical schools in the United States requires medical students to take a nutrition course. On average, medical schools offer a mere nineteen hours of coursework in nutrition, and there are few postgraduate continuing education classes on nutrition for doctors already in practice.

Compounding this problem is that the different branches of science that study food and health have traditionally worked independently, as separate fields. Food technologists study chemical and physical properties of edible substances. Life science researchers study living organisms, including humans. Epidemiologists study real-world populations. Each field contributes important perspectives and ideas, but they rarely converge to answer practical questions about which foods and beverages might be responsible for a health benefit in the human body, in what amounts, and what is within a specific food that causes the effect.

What this all means for you is that your doctor, while armed with deep skills and invaluable knowledge about medicine, may not be fluent in advising you on what to eat for your health to beat disease.

I experienced the ramifications of this firsthand in my own practice of medicine. When I was taking care of older patients at a hospital for veterans, I often wondered what had happened to their bodies. These patients, mostly men, were once specimens of perfect fitness, trained as warriors to fight for their country. By the time I saw them decades later, they were often overweight, if not downright obese, diabetic, ravaged by terrible heart and lung diseases and, often, cancer.

As their doctor, I would give them the news of a terrible diagnosis. They would ask me: How bad is it? What is the treatment? How long do I have to live? I would give them my best estimate. Then, as they were leaving my office, they would almost invariably turn and ask me: “Hey doc, what can I eat so that I can help myself?”

I didn’t have an answer to that question—because I hadn’t been educated or trained to deal with it. That struck me as wrong, and thus I began the journey to seek the answers that led me to write this book.

In order to understand the benefits of food for health, we need to first understand the definition of health. To most people, health is the absence of disease. But it is much more than that. In fact, the definition of health needs a major upgrade.

What is clear is that our health is an active state, protected by a series of remarkable defense systems in the body that are firing on all cylinders, from birth to our last day alive, keeping our cells and organs functioning smoothly. These health defense systems are hardwired in our body to protect us. Some are so powerful they can even reverse diseases like cancer. And while they function as separate systems of defense, they also support and interact with one another. These defense systems are the common denominators of health. By recalibrating our approach to disease prevention and focusing on these common denominators, we can take a unified approach to intercepting diseases before they set in. This can be as powerful as finding common denominators to treat disease, as we did two decades ago.

Five defense systems form key pillars to your health. Each of the systems is influenced by diet. When you know what to eat to support each health defense, you know how to use your diet to maintain health and beat disease.

When I teach other doctors and students about diet and health, I use the analogy that the body is like a medieval fortress, protected not only by its stone walls, but by a host of other clever built-in defenses. Indeed, in castles, some of these defenses, such as the talus, the trou de loup, and murder hole, were not even apparent until the enemy tried to invade. Think of your health defense systems as the hidden defenses of the body fortress. These defenses heal the body from within, so it is now possible to systematically examine how to shore up your health.

The five defense systems are angiogenesis, regeneration, microbiome, DNA protection, and immunity.


Sixty thousand miles of blood vessels course throughout our bodies and bring oxygen and nutrients to all of our cells and organs. Angiogenesis is the process by which these blood vessels are formed. Foods like soy, green tea, coffee, tomatoes, red wine, beer, and even hard cheese can influence the angiogenesis defense system.


Powered by more than 750,000 stem cells distributed throughout our bone marrow, lungs, liver, and almost all of our organs, our body regenerates itself every day. These stem cells maintain, repair, and regenerate our bodies throughout our lives. Some foods like dark chocolate, black tea, and beer can mobilize them and help us regenerate. Other foods, like purple potatoes, can kill deadly stem cells that spark cancer growth.


Almost 40 trillion bacteria inhabit our bodies, most of which act to defend our health. Not only do these bacteria produce health supporting metabolites from the foods that we swallow and deliver to our gut, but they also control our immune system, influence angiogenesis, and even help produce hormones that influence our brain and social function. We can boost our microbiome by eating foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, cheddar cheese, and sourdough bread.

DNA Protection

Our DNA is our genetic blueprint, but it is also designed to be a defense system. It has surprising repair mechanisms that protect us against damage caused by solar radiation, household chemicals, stress, compromised sleep, and poor diet, among other insults. Not only can certain foods prompt DNA to fix itself, but some foods turn on helpful genes and turn off harmful ones, while other foods lengthen our telomeres, which protect DNA and slow aging.


Our immune system defends our health in sophisticated ways that are much more complicated than we previously thought. It is influenced by our gut, and it can be manipulated to successfully attack and wipe out cancer, even in the elderly. Recent discoveries have completely changed our understanding of the immune system. Foods like blackberries, walnuts, and pomegranate can activate the immune system, while other foods can dampen its activities and help reduce the symptoms of autoimmune diseases.

This book was written to give you the knowledge and tools to make better decisions when you choose what to eat every day. It is intended to help you live longer by eating foods that you actually like. If you are fit and in good health and want to stay that way, this book is for you. If you are starting to feel your age, and you want to prevent decline and stave off chronic diseases, this book is for you. If you’re one of the millions of people living with heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, or another chronic condition, this book is for you. And if you are actively battling a feared disease like cancer, or your family history makes it very likely that you someday will, this book is for you.

I want to make it clear that this book is not presenting a “total diet.” If you are using a diet plan to lose weight, deal with gluten intolerance, manage your blood sugar, slow Alzheimer’s disease, or reverse heart disease, you need to know that my goal is not to replace these specialized diets, but rather to provide you with the scientific evidence and recommendations about foods you may want to incorporate into your plan, choices that will make the plan even better. I’ve also included some tasty recipes to help you do just that.

Everyone is afraid of disease. If your goal is to stay healthy, and especially if you are battling a disease, you want reliable information based on science and fact, and actionable steps that you can take right away to improve your situation. The advice on foods I’ve included in this book is not intended to take the place of good medical care. I am not one of those doctors who rejects Western biomedicine and suggests that food is the magic solution. Quite the opposite: my training and experience in internal medicine guides my judicious use of evidence-based medicine, including surgery and cutting-edge medications, when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.

What’s missing in the toolkit of most doctors is the ability to guide an individual, whether they are healthy or sick, on how they can use food as a way to resist disease. How many people do you know who have asked their doctor about what they should eat to help themselves and gotten back either a blank stare or the flip answer: “Eat whatever you want”? This book provides a very different and empowering set of answers.

Eat to Beat Disease has three parts. In part 1, I share the fascinating story behind the power of the health defense systems, how they were discovered, how they work, and how we can harness their healing powers. Even more exciting, scientists are now studying food with the same tools and methods used to study pharmaceutical therapies. In part 2, I will reveal the foods that activate the health defense systems, including some surprises. I will tell you about astonishing research into more than two hundred health-boosting foods, with some results that will make your jaw drop. In part 3, I will give you easy and practical ways to incorporate these foods into your life. I have designed a flexible tool called the 5 × 5 × 5 framework that makes it easy for you to boost your health by choosing foods you love every day.

To get the most out of this book, I recommend that you first read it once, cover to cover, to get a total picture of how to eat to beat disease. You’ll learn about health defenses, foods, and why and how to eat them.

Next, return to the many tables and charts I’ve included that summarize the different foods (and beverages) and how they positively affect your health. Keep an eye out for the foods you know you like, and foods you don’t yet know but might be willing to try. You should always be eating foods you enjoy and that interest you.

When you are ready, go back to part 3, but now pull out a pen and paper. Make your personalized preferred foods list and complete the 5 × 5 × 5 Daily Worksheet in appendix A, as described in chapter 11. Then, go for it: use your worksheet to make choices about what you will eat each day to beat disease.

There is no “silver bullet” for any one disease or for overall health and longevity. No single factor in our life is going to prevent sickness. But my research shows we have something even better. There is a way to boost our own defense systems, so the body will heal itself. These revelations tell us that we have radically underestimated our power to transform and restore our own health.

If your goal is to extend the number of healthy years you have ahead, your food choices can tip the odds in your favor. By boosting your defense systems and keeping them in good shape, you’ll have a better shot at beating back disease and extending not just the length but also the quality of your life.

The decisions you make on food every day throughout your lifetime offer perfect opportunities for you to stay healthy while enjoying life. Just like taking the extra step of locking the doors before we go to bed at night or checking to be sure the stove is off before we leave the house, taking deliberate preventive measures using our diet is just plain common sense. Combined with regular exercise, good quality sleep, stress management, and strong social bonds, your diet can help you realize your full health potential.

We live in a time of enormous and exciting scientific progress, so good health should be within reach of most everyone. And yet millions suffer and die from avoidable chronic illnesses, even as more high-tech treatments are invented. Between the rising costs of health care and an increasingly toxic and imbalanced environment, better health is an issue of equality that affects us all. The crushing cost of medical care continues to rise, creating a precarious situation where the entire system of modern medicine is on the brink of collapse. The only way to comprehensively bring down the cost of health care is to decrease the number of people who are sick.

We each need to do our part, and the best way to make the world a healthier place is to start with the choices you make for yourself and the people you care about. Let go of the idea that health is the absence of disease and start eating to beat disease every day. Bonne santé, and bon appétit.



Our Body’s Natural Defense Systems

Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.


Health is not simply the absence of disease. Health is an active state. Your body has within it five health defense systems: angiogenesis, regeneration, the microbiome, DNA protection, and immunity. These systems are responsible for maintaining our health and resisting the regular hazards we all face every day as part of ordinary life—and they heal us when incursions from disease inflict damage in our body. By knowing about how these systems defend your body like a fortress, you can tap into their healing powers to live a longer, healthier life.

Each of your health defense systems has a fascinating story of research and discovery. Each is supported by a well-orchestrated symphony of players: organs, cells, proteins, and more. Each is a common denominator for preventing not one, but many diseases. And all five systems work together to keep you in great health, from the time you are in your mother’s womb until your last breath. Join me in the next five chapters to get to know these systems and the benefits they can offer.



We all have cancer growing in our body. Every single one of us, even you.

In autopsy studies on individuals who never received a diagnosis of cancer during their lifetimes, almost 40 percent of women between the ages of forty and fifty had microscopic tumors in their breasts, about 50 percent of men between fifty and sixty had microscopic cancer in their prostate, and almost 100 percent of people over the age of seventy had microscopic cancers in their thyroid gland.1 Tumors such as these develop when healthy cells make natural errors during cell division or when a cell’s DNA is mutated by environmental exposures. Up to ten thousand mistakes occur in the DNA of dividing cells in your body every day, making the formation of cancers not only common but inevitable.2 And yet, these microscopic cancers are completely harmless. Most of them never become dangerous. They start out tiny, smaller than the tip of a ballpoint pen, and as long as they cannot enlarge and invade organs, they cannot spread and kill.

Your body has a remarkable defense system that keeps microscopic cancers small by starving them of the blood supply and nutrients they would need to grow—and you can optimize this defense system through the foods you eat. More than one hundred foods can enhance your body’s ability to starve cancer and keep those tumors small and harmless, among them soy, tomatoes, black raspberries, pomegranate, and even some surprising ones, like licorice, beer, and cheese. Your defense weapons to keep these tumors at bay can be found at the grocery store, the farmers market, and in your garden.

The defense system that allows our bodies to intercept cancer this way is called angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the process our bodies use to grow and maintain blood vessels. In ordinary circumstances, blood vessels are supporters of life, delivering oxygen and vital nutrients to all of our organs. But when abnormal blood vessels grow, they can nourish microscopic cancers. A healthy angiogenesis system regulates when and where blood vessels should grow and can prevent tumors from recruiting a private blood supply for the oxygen they need to expand. When the body loses this ability to control blood vessels, a wide range of diseases can occur, including cancer.

As long as the angiogenesis system operates properly, blood vessels grow in the right place at the right time—not too many, not too few, but just the right amount. Keeping this perfect balance in the circulatory system is at the heart of how angiogenesis defends health by keeping us in a state called homeostasis. Homeostasis is defined as maintaining stability in the body for normal function while adjusting to constantly changing conditions. Angiogenesis plays a vital role by creating and maintaining your entire circulatory system and adapting it to various situations over the course of our lives to protect our health.

Because of this powerful health defense system that naturally cuts off the blood supply to tumors, cancer doesn’t have to be a disease.3 In part 2, I will share how the latest science of angiogenesis is shaping our understanding of which foods can help your angiogenesis system maintain homeostasis and how you can eat to starve cancer, grow vessels to feed your heart, and stave off deadly diseases to live a longer, healthier life. But in order to fully appreciate how food influences angiogenesis and your health, let’s first take a look at how blood vessels go to work for you every day.

Angiogenesis at Work

Inside you, there are sixty thousand miles of blood vessels whose job it is to deliver oxygen and nutrients to keep cells alive. These are the vessels of life that nourish our healthy organs and protect us against disease. If all your blood vessels were lined up end to end, they would encircle the earth twice. Remarkably, it takes only sixty seconds from the time your heart pumps out a drop of blood for it to circulate throughout the body and back again.

The smallest blood vessels are called capillaries. They are finer than a hair, and your body has 19 billion of them. Capillaries have a unique relationship with all other cells because they are the final link in the chain of the blood vessel delivery system to your cells. Because they are at the end of the line, virtually every cell in the body is located within two hundred micrometers from a capillary.4 That’s really close proximity, just a little more than the width of a human hair. Each organ has its own unique density and pattern of capillaries, depending on what the organ does and how much blood flow it needs. Your muscles, for example, have a huge oxygen demand, so they need four times more blood supply than your bones, which act as structural support. Other high-demand organs for blood flow are your brain, heart, kidneys, and liver. All of these have a capillary density of an amazing three thousand vessels per cubic millimeter, which is thirty times that of bone.

Under the microscope, capillaries look like works of art, sculpted to fit the organ in which they are growing. The ones feeding your skin look like rows of Velcro hooks, with loop after loop of vessels providing the blood that gives warmth and color to your body’s surface. Along your nerves, from spinal cord to fingertips, capillaries course along like telephone lines feeding neurons and keep your senses sharp. In the colon, capillaries are formed in a beautiful geometric honeycomb pattern, so that they can stretch with the colon as it fills with digested matter, while providing maximum surface area to absorb fluid back into your bloodstream.

The importance of angiogenesis to support life is so fundamental that it begins in the reproductive system, even before conception. By the time a sperm meets an egg, the womb has already been prepared with the endometrium, a lining of new blood vessels ready to receive and nurture the fertilized egg. If no pregnancy occurs, this lining is sloughed off every month during menstruation. If the fertilized egg is implanted, the blood vessels act as the first supply lines for the developing fetus. About eight days after implantation, a new vascular organ, the placenta, is created to bring blood from the mother to the fetus.5 Over the next nine months, a symphony of angiogenesis takes place within the fetus, forming an entire circulatory system from scratch, and then filling up each organ in the developing body. Toward the end of pregnancy, as the body prepares for birth, the placenta releases a natural antiangiogenic factor, called soluble Flt-1, which slows down the building of blood vessels. This ability to turn on, turn down, and turn off is a hallmark of the angiogenesis health defense system, not only for building life during pregnancy, but for protecting our health for life’s duration.


  • "A ground breaking physician shares how we can use food to hack our natural defense systems and hardwire ourselves for health."—Mehmet Oz, MD, Host, The Dr. Oz Show
  • "Dr. William Li is a healthcare pioneer... Dr. Li helps our readers thrive by unpacking how the body's own systems respond to what we eat. His book will give practical tips for healthier living and empower readers with ways they can help their bodies fight disease."—Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global
  • "Finally! A book that tells us the truth about what we can eat to be healthy, based on real science, from a true expert. Eat to Beat Disease will completely change the way you think about your body and the choices you make when you grocery shop, cook for your family, or dine out. Read this book from cover to cover if you want to be on top of your game for health, beauty, and fitness, from the inside out. When it comes to food and health, I'm so happy to have Dr. Li in my camp!"—Cindy Crawford
  • "An ode to one of life's greatest pleasures and a convincing case for a healthy appetite. This book will entertain, educate, devour and then empower you. Dr. William Li teaches us that we have radically underestimated our own power to transform and restore our health. This is a fascinating story of the power of food, a reflection on what we mean by health, and practical tool with the 5x5x5 framework to make sure we are around to enjoy life's pleasures for as long as possible."—Bono
  • "'We are what we eat' goes the old cliché, but it would be more accurate to say that 'we are what we extract from our food.' What if food is more than energy and more than nutrition but a form of medicine? In his ground-breaking book Eat to Beat Disease, Dr. William Li brings the discipline of clinical medical research to bear on a new analysis of the relationship between food and health. Piecing together the puzzle of the how the food we consume impacts how the human body functions and how it protects itself from disease, Dr. Li puts forward a new paradigm to explain this relationship: 'Food as Medicine.' Eat to Beat Disease heralds a revolution in thinking about how the food we eat dictates our health."—The Edge, U2, Director, The Angiogenesis Foundation
  • "In a new ground-breaking study--Eat to Beat Disease--Dr. William W. Li provides the knowledge and tools to make better decisions what to eat every day. This easy-to-read book is not a diet book but help you better understand what you eat."—The Washington Book Review
  • "Unlike so many books that turn people away from the foods they enjoy, Eat to Beat Disease shows us how the foods we love actually support our wellbeing and vitality. I recommend that every health seeker read this new classic, and tell their friends and family all about it."—Mark Hyman, MD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Center
  • "As the former Secretary of Agriculture, one of my tasks was to promote good health and nutrition by giving the public modern, scientifically based information, on the foods they eat. Dr. Li's transformational book is one of the best narratives I have read on the scientific relationship between healthy food, nutrition, and the fight against disease. I recommend it highly."—Dan Glickman, Former US Secretary of Agriculture, Vice President, Aspen Institute, Former Chairman, Motion Picture Association of America
  • "Molecular Medicine has finally been joined by Molecular Nutrition! For decades, we captured a primitive understanding 'healthy foods' and applied maxims like 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away.' In this book, Dr. Li not only tells us why an apple has health benefits but even more importantly tells us which variety of apple is best!"—Andrew C. Von Eschenbach, MD, President, Samaritan Health Initiatives, Former Director of the National Cancer Institute, Former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration
  • "The time has come for 'health' to be properly defined and for us to understand clearly how food impacts health. Eat to Beat Disease delivers on this vision in a big way - and with real science to back it up. Dr. Li's highly enjoyable and informative book spreads the word that achieving great health is within reach for all of us, using the very foods that we love. Eat to Beat Disease will excite, amaze, and inspire us all to eat healthy and defeat disease. And remember - you are in control of your own destiny."—Louis J. Ignarro, 1998 Nobel Laureate in Medicine
  • "Among the many diet and health books of recent years, this book should top the list. Dr. William Li, an experienced internal medicine physician, also has an outstanding professional reputation in medical research. He knows science and how to present it to the public. His facts can only lead to a more fulfilling way to think about health for all of us."—T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Cornell University, Author, The China Study and Whole
  • "Eat to Beat Disease is a trailblazing book. Author, world-renowned physician and medical scientist Dr. William Li explains how we have the power to help control our own health destiny by making decisions that help the body heal itself. Dr. Li describes how more than 200 foods amplify our body's defenses which can result in beneficial health outcomes. Eat to Beat Disease is a must read - I strongly endorse it."—Dean Ornish, MD

On Sale
Mar 19, 2019
Page Count
496 pages

William W Li, MD

About the Author

William W. Li, MD, is an internationally renowned Harvard-trained medical doctor, researcher, and president and a founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation. His groundbreaking work has impacted more than seventy diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease, and obesity. His TED Talk, "Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?" has garnered more than eleven million views, and he has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Martha Stewart Live, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Voice of America, and has presented at the Vatican's Unite to Cure conference.

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