Author: Donald “Spiderman” Thomas
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN: 978-1-4628-8426-1

The New Jump Swing Healthy Aging and Athletic Nutrition Program is an analysis of the Tao of Jeet Kune Do as it pertains to youthful athletic vigor and health through physical fitness techniques, as well as nutrition and motivational psychology,” Donald “Spiderman” Thomas states in the prologue of his book.

At two hundred and eighteen pages, this paperback targets those interested in combining Bruce Lee’s martial arts techniques with a vegetarian lifestyle. Concentrating mainly on athletes, it is an eclectic combination of ideas and opinions of several alternatives to nutrition and health with little mention of exercise.

After an introduction explaining the author’s three Guinness World Records in public speaking (being two after-dinner speeches and one lengthy sermon) and a prologue, the book is divided into three chapters, ending with an epilogue, references, suggested readings, and a simple index.

The first chapter is about gerontology and Jeet Kune Do, containing topics such as aging theories and their errors, Bruce Lee’s diet, vegetarian misconceptions, Zinc, Iron, Vitamin B12, Protein, Calcium, Cholesterol, optimum eating habits, women’s health, transmitting diseases, seafood, and salmonella to name a few.

The middle chapter is the bulk of the book with Thomas’s PDN vegetarianism, BMI, diabetes, cancer and obesity, explaining a muscular diet with vegetarian, and protein sources along with charts of Moringa Protein Content, Root Vegetables and Tubers, and Top Selling Energy Drinks with their caffeine content. Going into detail, there is a mish-mash of information on carbohydrates including the dangers of bread and refined grain, fat recommendations, herbology/pharmacognosy with several listed herbs, and aqua veganism as well as the writer’s 2011 clinical lab reports.

The final chapter is called “Second-Class Citizenship is Bad for Your Health” and covers mainly ethnicities of African Americans, Alaskan and Hawaiian Natives, and Native Americans.

While Thomas promotes flower pollen extract over multi-vitamins, honey, royal jelly, propolis, bee pollen, and at least two quarts of distilled water daily, there is no formulated nutritional program spelled out, no menu suggestions or meal recipes, and no daily exercise regimen except mentioning skipping rope and to work out five days a week for thirty-to-sixty minutes each day.

Jumping topically from what caused Bruce Lee’s death or if medicinal marijuana is helpful to considering taking caffeine pills thirty minutes before athletic performance, some readers may find the book confusing while others may use it as a tool to learn about healthy vegetarian choices.

Thanks to the author and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

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