I was thrilled when the new edition of DASH Diet for Dummies came out and I actually had it in my hands! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and was eager to post a review on Amazon. Imagine my surprise when I was blocked from writing a review, not only on my own account but also on my husband’s Amazon Prime account. Both times I received a message, “We apologize but Amazon is not accepting reviews on this product from this account. If you would like to contact us about this decision, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.” I did email “community help” but they never responded. Next I called and spoke with an Amazon customer service rep who told me that someone would call me the next day to discuss it. No one ever called. Finally, I decided to outsmart Amazon and create a new account using an alternate email address. Once I did that, I discovered I had to spend $50 before I could review a product. So I bought a Valentine’s Day present for my husband along with a copy of DASH Diet for Dummies, Second Edition so I would have a “verified purchase” when I wrote my review. Of course, this did not qualify me to immediately post a review. I had to wait until several days after the order was delivered before I could do that. But once they allowed me to, I was thwarted once again. I received this message:
“Thank you for submitting a customer review on Amazon. After carefully reviewing your submission, your review could not be posted to the website. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines: Amazon Community Guidelines.”
Frustrated but undeterred, I decided to circumvent Amazon and post my review as a blog and promote it widely on social media! So here it is, in all its Amazon “illegal” glory!
As nutrition communications consultant, I daily translate technical scientific nutrition information into practical, consumer-friendly messages to help folks enjoy food without fear. The authors of this new edition of DASH Diet for Dummies have successfully accomplished this. They explain the science of high blood pressure in clear-cut, straightforward terms; provide practical, creative ways to make the DASH Diet a part of everyday life for busy people and transform the guidelines into delicious recipes that are easy to prepare. Having known Cindy Kleckner for over 40 years, as she transitioned her career from clinical practice to culinary nutrition, I’ve seen firsthand the love, passion, creativity and care she puts into each and every dish she creates for family, friends and her many culinary presentations. It is truly her calling. In addition, Rosanne Rust and I have worked together with many of the same clients for over 10 years and share a fervor for promoting accurate food and nutrition information, as the authors have done in this book. Finally, their colleague, Dr. Sarah Samaan successfully breaks down the medical perspective on high blood pressure in a practical way. I highly recommend this book not only for people looking for nutrition guidance to manage blood pressure but for anyone interested in an eating plan that provides a balanced variety of delicious foods to promote health and nutrition. It’s DASH: Delicious And So Healthy!
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