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Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach Paperback – June, 1983


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 858 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (June 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446387355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446387354
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Thank you Durk and Sandy for your efforts!
Doug Macrae
This is a great reference book chock full of info for keeping yourself healthy.
Shelbert Wilkins
I read that book from cover to cover at least twice.
Clagger

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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David Siegfried on May 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I got thoroughly involved in this book in the 1980s, so much so that I completely bought into Durk and Sandy's megadose vitamin regimen, purchased pure vitamin powders by the kilogram and blended and encapsulated them myself. I eventually had bad reactions to taking such high doses (headaches, terrible itching, dizziness) and had to stop. While their research is intriguing, they set their doses so ridiculously high that they come off as kooks. Twenty grams of vitamin C per day?? That's absurd and probably dangerous. I saw Durk and Sandy on a talk show years ago and Sandy had developed a serious speech impediment. I was never able to find out if it was due to the megadoses of supplements they were taking, and they have been curiously absent from the scene in recent years. Although they still have product formulations on the market, they have no website or any way to contact them, and have done absolutely no follow-up writing to confirm their research in 20 years.
Durk and Sandy, where are you? It's time you come out of hiding and show us the results of this experiment you have performed on yourselves.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Yikes! How can this INFORMATIVE, WONDERFUL book be out of print? My father cured himself of non-Hodgkins lymphoma using this book and I now need to have a copy to send to my son who is ill. Why doesn't every household have a copy of this book? This book is decades ahead of the rest of the world. My brother and I initially laughed at my Dad(about 12 years ago) when he started to talk about "free radicals" but he made a believer out of us! A couple of years ago he told us to stop eating TRANS FATS and now the government has picked up on the dangers of trans fats and is starting to make food producers label the foods with "Contains Trans fat" rather than "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil". If anyone knows where to obtain a copy of this book, please e-mail me! Thanks
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
When I first read "Life Extension, APSA" in 1987, I knew that Pearson and Shaw were brilliant researchers who had spent the last 13 years of their lives studying the vitamins, minerals and amino acids that would greatly improve and extend life. Literally everything they had advised years ago has been proven to be true with later scientific research from "free radical" damage to developing the anti-oxidant formula. I gave their first book, after I had read it, to a friend with a terminal disease. I am now heartsick to find out that the book is out of print. It's a bible of prevention and cure. I have been following their "radical" plan for nearly 13 yrs. I am 53, beautiful, totally fit, feeling great and look a decade younger than I am. I am in excellent health, run races, and my doctors are always amazed at my lab work. But I do want my book back 'cause I want to live to be 100!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doug Macrae on June 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
I recomend this book to anyone who wants to improve their health. It is so thorough in its coverage on the subjects of nutrition, vitamins, supplements, lifestyles, accident prevention, the FDA, and supplement sources. Don't let the 1982 publishing date fool you, these guys did their homework and the information is still current. Thats why the book continues to fly of the shelves all these years later. Its funny, well written and reasearched, and a must read for anyone who eats! Believe me. I read it front to back, back to front, and middle out a dozen times over the last 2 years. It is so good! Does this sound like a rave review to you? Buy the book. Buy 2 books and give one to your best bud. I did. Thank you Durk and Sandy for your efforts! Now I need to find the companion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rhhayes@awod.com on December 11, 1997
Format: Paperback
I read this book in 1996-7. and spent much of a year comparing Durk's writings with current thoughts on nutrition. I was surprised with the depth of knowledge in this book and how much current nutritional books and magazines match the recommendations he made so many years ago. (and how many recommendations Sandy made so many years ago)--- My greatest wish would be for a updated version by Durk and Sandy adding all their knowledge on emerging supplements and medical trends. Ray H. Hayes, DDS
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on July 27, 2013
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I read this years ago when it was popular. Much of what they recommended in the book has been debunked and studies have proven much of it to result in medical problems. Excess Vitamin E was linked to cancer. Excess Vitamin C to kidney stones and other problems with the urinary tract. Excess Beta Carotene was linked to lung cancer. But these guys were pushing these supplements in large amounts.

The constantly stated you should have a physician that knew you were taking the supplements and monitored you. But no doctor in his right mind would recommend anything they stated. If he did and you got sick, he would be liable. It is stupid on its face.

Even more stupid was the concept of doctors that would provide you medications that had been linked to one benefit or another even if you would not normally be prescribed that medication and no studies had been done to prove their efficacy or safety when used for purposes other than for which they were designated. No doctor would do this. Sure there are off label uses of many drugs, but not like the ones these guys were promoting.

If you did most of what they said you should do, you would have spent an absolute fortune on Amino Acids (like tryptophan which was banned because contamination of it makes people quite ill), vitamin supplements and off the mark wild hunches that may have severely harmed you. They even recommend in the book dosing on BHT, a preservative used in cosmetics, food packaging and some foods. It is an antioxidant, but it has never been tested in humans at larger doses for safety. It has however, been linked to toxic effects on the liver, kidneys, and lungs.

These guys were quacks selling snake oil. Following them now would be in direct contrast to what we know now about these supplements, preservatives and drugs. They were wrong. And it may have led many to serious illness.
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