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The Longevity Prescription: The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (May 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583333886
  • ASIN: B0043RT8KO
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,979,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this wonderful book, Dr. Robert Butler, one of the world's great figures in the study of aging...offers a rare distillation of the principles for a long and healthy life."
-Stanley Prusiner, M.D., Nobel laureate in medicine, or physiology, University of California, San Francisco"

"Dr. Butler has given us a practical and important strategy for successful aging."
-Jane Fonda

"Written by the world's foremost expert in the field, Dr. Butler's how-to guide can lead to your own more enjoyable and productive senior years."
-Senator John Glenn

"In The Longevity Prescription, Dr. Robert Butler distills an enormous literature on aging into eight principles for long life, masterfully providing readers with the real secrets to long and healthy lives."
-Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D., director of Stanford Center on Longevity

"This wonderful book will inspire, educate and help millions of baby boomers to understand how we can take simple actions that will greatly improve our chances not only to live longer, but more important, to make old age the best time of our lives."
-James P. Firman, Ed.D., president and CEO of National Council of Aging

"Dr. Butler, the preeminent authority on aging and longevity, does a wonderful job of presenting a wealth of current, science-based knowledge on what we can all do to increase our chances of enjoying long, healthy, active and happy lives. He writes beautifully, as befits a Pulitzer Prize winner, and is enormously persuasive."
-Humphrey Taylor, chair of Harris Interactive

About the Author

Robert N. Butler M.D., is the president and CEO of the International Longevity Center-USA and a professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Why Survive? Being Old in America, he is a frequent adviser to international agencies, including the World Health Organization, and served as medical editor-in-chief of Geriatrics for more than a decade. He lives in New York City.

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Customer Reviews

I already owned a copy of this book and made this purchase for a friend.
Stevie D
The book itself was fun and easy to read with many interesting insights and gave me lots of fodder for conversations with people of every age on our trip.
Mama Leche
This book is promoting the awarness of the 8 key and to become a practioner of those key.
John Ellis

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mama Leche on September 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read "The Longevity Prescription" while on a summer trip with my family. As we made the rounds of the East Coast, we stayed with friends and family of many different ages - the youngest adults being in their mid-twenties and the eldest being 91! Everyone was interested in the book I was reading (Probably because I wouldn't stop talking about it!) because it offers information and advice that is relevant to any age, including children.

The Longevity Prescription: The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life outlines very clearly a number of simple and important lifestyles adjustments any person can make that will help them to have increased health and longevity. If you feel overwhelmed by how many new ideas seem to be promoted and pushed (magic berries! eat eggs! don't eat eggs!) by corporations who have crafted products to suit the latest fad, this is the book for you. The lifestyle adjustments are achievable and simple and the data that supports them is poignant and compelling. This work benefits from the culmination of Dr. Butler's career - spanning more than 45 years of research and expertise in the field of healthy aging.

The Longevity Prescription makes a wonderful companion to The Longevity Revolution: The Benefits and Challenges of Living a Long Life, which is a more dense and policy-oriented book that focuses more on the macro level of longevity than the personal, micro one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Evison on February 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book claims to provide proven advice yet it contains no references. It has pages full of assertions yet no-where
we can check their origin or veracity. Some of the advice is odd, for example "Self-stimulation (masturbation) is healthy." Some is plain wrong, for example "The fats found in ... flax and fish oils contain monounsaturated fats...".In fact flax oil contains polyunsaturated alpha linolenic, while fish oils contain polyunsaturated eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic. Having spotted such errors it becomes essential to have references to check for more. I would not recommend this book.
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By Stevie D on November 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I already owned a copy of this book and made this purchase for a friend. It's a very resourceful guide to aging gracefully and getting the Most out of your years. Besides, who's not getting older? You can't start too early to do the right things for your health and if you're getting a later start, this is the book to purchase.
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Format: Paperback
At the end of a long and presumably healthy life, Dr. Butler left this book as an important part of his intellectual legacy.

Throughout your life, Butler remarks in a chapter on maintaining mental vitality, your "judgment, accuracy, and general knowledge may ... increase if exercised" (as may your problem-solving skills); this is so because "your brain continues to regenerate nerve cells [and] to reorganize neural pathways based on new experiences." He further notes "three key predictors of healthy mental function in the later years: a can-do attitude, a support system of family and friends, and physical activity." Later chapters explore the bearing on physiological health of these three, of stress management, and of good sleeping and eating habits. In several chapters of the book, he summarizes the science underpinning the various self-assessment questionnaires and action checklists provided.

Butler tellingly meant "enjoying" literally when he wrote in a key early chapter, "If you can read and absorb the words [in this book], you can adjust, improve, and amend the way you live to enhance your chances of enjoying" a long and healthy life.

Chuck Brandstater
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