The important new book, Eating Your Heart Out?, is indeed about eating and your heart. But it is much more.
I think that it started as an explanation of the BalancePoint protocol. But it is much more than that too.
The authors are Richard C. Williams, Ph.D., Binx Selby, and Binx’s wife, Linda Jade Fong. I have know all three of the authors for years and consider them my personal friends. Several years ago I participated in the BalancePoint program, and Dr. Williams is a member of the diabetes support group that I founded four years ago here in Boulder, Colorado.
That said, I am not beholden to them. I didn’t ask any of them for a copy of the book, and they didn’t offer to give me one. I bought a copy of the Kindle edition of Eating Your Heart Out? from Amazon.com for $8.99.
Nowadays, I prefer to read books on my Kindle or on my iPad with my Kindle app. Reading digital books is more comfortable and offers several other huge advantages. We can search Kindle books by word or phrase, we can tap a word to find its definition, bookmarking is automatic, and we can easily change the font size and brightness. Digital books are almost always also less expensive that printed copies.
Barnes & Noble also sells it as a Nook ebook. Their price is the same as Amazon.com, $8.99.
But if you are still addicted to print, you have that option too. The publisher is BookBrewer.com (not BookBrewery.com, which came up once for me when I tried to find it). They published it in 2011, and it just became available for $16.90 at “Eating Your Heart Out? -- Paperback Edition.”
When you order it, be sure not to confuse it with at least three other books with the same or similar names. Unlike most products, nothing requires book names to be unique.
“Balance” is a key word to describe this book, and not just because of the BalancePoint program that Binx Selby and Linda Fong created. Just about everyone says to eat a “balanced diet.”
But, as Dr. Williams writes, no one was ever quite sure what “balanced” was supposed to mean. “Unfortunately, to most of us it meant, ‘Eat everything and every kind of food you can get your hands on.’”
We now have a much better idea of what “balanced” means. The BalancePoint Protocol began when Binx Selby got his annual physical several years ago. Binx is a well-known and successful inventor and entrepreneur here in Boulder where I live. But the calcium heart scan that he got during his physical showed that the blood vessels leading to his heart had a lot of calcification, meaning a great potential for heart disease. So his doctor wanted him to take one of the drugs commonly prescribed for high cholesterol levels, a statin.
“For the rest of my life?” he asked his doctor. She nodded yes.
Binx accepted the diagnosis, but not the treatment. “I had the intuitive sense that it had to be diet,” he writes in Chapter 10, where he explains the BalancePoint Diet.