From: Howie Jacobson <>
Subject: I was almost unprepared for this interview...

Yesterday I interviewed Steve Hendricks about his new book, The Oldest Cure in the World: Adventures in the Art and Science of Fasting.

[ Here's the interview: ]

I started reading it on Thursday after lunch and figured that I'd have all my notes done and questions ready by the end of the day. After all, it's the rare non-fiction book on health or nutrition that I can't peruse and get all the main ideas from in 3 hours or less.

But that's not what happened.

Instead, I got sucked into the text. Every page delivered great writing, hilarious lines, and riveting stories.

I read through the weekend.

I was still reading at 9:45am on Monday, just minutes before our conversation was to start.

Which is to say, I highly recommend the book. It's entertaining, wise, controversial, and comprehensive.

Steve, it turns out, is extremely careful about not making any claims that aren't backed up by good science.

So there's a fair amount of debunking in the book.

A great deal of idol-bashing.

And an overriding sense of generosity and grace, written against the backdrop of Steve's own health struggles and his empathy for those who struggle similarly and those who are called to provide healing.

Here's our conversation:

And here's a link to The Oldest Cure in the World: Adventures in the Art and Science of Fasting.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think!


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