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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was worth reading and had a lot of good advice. However, there were a lot of parts that were simply too wordy, and it felt like the author simply wanted to put more ink on paper. I highly appreciated all of the information backed up by studies mentioned by the author. What I could have done without is a lot of objective interpretation by the author, which I would estimate off the top of my head to be 35-40% of the text. The books 320 or so pages could have been reduced to about 200 pages. However, I still recommend the book, because you will certainly be better off for reading it, although maybe a Readers Digest condensed version would be ideal.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'd give this title 5 stars if he wasn't so darn wordy and repetitive. Very useful information and lots of data to back everything up.

The supposed mainstream medical professionals have us all hyped into believing that a pill here and there will cure everything that ails us, and that many of the diseases we suffer from in this day and age are a result of it's just "the way it is". John Robbins, from analyzing those populations who have an extraordinary number of elders shows this is just not true. Over and over he documents cases whereby these elder populations suffer from none of the common diseases such as heart disease, cancer, etc. but, when the Western world knocks on their doorsteps in the form of unhealthy foods and ideas, the number of disease-free occupants takes a nose-dive.

It is very obvious it is our diet and lifestyle that causes these diseases, not the "it's just the way it is" and attack it with a pill doctrine.

A whole section of the book is devoted to feel-good things such as family and friends and purpose making a difference in how long people live as well.

Nothing complicated about the ideas in this book - just common sense once you've read the data. Ignore the almost daily studies that espouse this or that being good for you with contradictions galore. Time to get back to basics and use your head. Read this book and you'll be convinced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
This book has been well reviewed here so I will not repeat any summary of the book but will add that I thought it was well worth reading. I have read many books about longevity (eg. Blue Zones, the Okinawa Project) and find that this is an excellent summary of what research has found regarding what one needs to do to live a long, productive and happy life free from the ravages of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The look at the cultures of the Hunza of Pakistan, the Okinawans, and others were particularly interesting. The only flaws I found in the book were the nearly complete omission of findings regarding sleep and longevity and the somewhat drawn out section on love and relationships at the end of the book. Still, highly recommended and possibly life changing if you haven't read up on this subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
The author starts the book with tales about four small villages that are suposed to be the longest living persons in the world. As far as I get it, he has never visited one single of this towns and he writes as if he is an expert. He suppose to know how is their diet, but no real evidence.

Later in the book he speaks about economy (wealth distribution) and he got no single idea about how the economy and capitalism works, or how jobs are created. Division of labor has made we have plenty of options of diets, and better health than in all history of humanity.

He seems to be a radical vegetarian. During the whole book he tries to sell the vegan movement. Relax and enjoy a BBQ. You will not die for it.

He do is acurrate in some aspects about nutrition, for example, low calorie intake will make you healthier. Or training weight lifting helps your bones. You can get good advises.

He finish the book writing about death. The ideas are pretty motivating.

It would have been a better book if he demonstates he got more evidence. But the book is pretty entretaining. To be honest, I finish it.

I recomend it as entertainment book, not as a nutrition enciclopedia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
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This is an enjoyable read. It gracefully illustrates the factors that, according to research, support longevity. Not only do diet and activity play a factor, but also the quality of our relationships with each other and our community. Robbins points out the harmful effects of our youth-obsessed culture. I do wish he went into more specifics, in terms of diet.
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on September 6, 2012
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Obviosly diet and exercise are going to come out as huge determinants of old age. But this book looks at not just those who are alive, but those who are thriving and disease free in their 90s and beyond. He credits singing, dancing, and social contact as well. Read it. I have already taken steps to improve my overall well being since reading this. I think I'll have to adapt to the realities of my world though. I didn't realize the author is the son of Robbins in Baskin-Robbins.
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on March 30, 2015
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Very interesting read about cultures with enduring life spans. Intriguing about how environmental factors affect life expectancy and how elders are respected and revered worldwide. I recommend for those individuals interested in making lifelong changes to their daily lives to influence one's longevity.
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on March 30, 2014
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Interesting. In a country where we have the most expensive health care system that fails, this book possibly shows how to live healthy and well to 100.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
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First of all, this should be an excellent birthday gift, especially for the seniors who are longing to live a even healthier live in their golden years----- everybody should like the good blessing " Healthy at 100 " on the cover of the book even they are not so interested to read all the details ---- this is a good book with all interesting data and objective analysis of why some special area of the world have so many people are still enjoying good health and great quality life even they are over 100 year-old -----
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2010
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Loved this book and everything in it. It helped me to take control of my diet and aim to reach higher goals within my life, health and diet
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