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Former Esquire editor Stone has collaborated on a number of health and diet titles, and here he relates the results of his own quest to avoid colds and flu. The 25 practices Stone discovered, he contends, may also keep readers free from major illnesses and contribute to longer, healthier lives. Each chapter contains a personal story culled from those Stone collected from people of diverse ages and backgrounds (an 85-year-old marathon champion, actor George Burns, Stone's sixth-grade teacher, a Chinese man reputed to have lived more than 200 years, etc.) and the secrets that kept them well; sections with scientific data; and Stone's recommendations. Along with widely accepted medical wisdom (plant-based diet; adequate sleep; exercise; yoga; satisfying relationships; positive attitude), Stone includes eyebrow raisers; e.g., taking cold showers, eating dirt, and dousing in hydrogen peroxide. Between these extremes, Stone offers insights into debates on brewer's yeast, probiotics, alkalizing diets, and detoxification. In an afterword, he reveals which practices have worked for him and suggests one that might be most powerful of all: the placebo effect. Stone's bottom line: whichever healthy practices readers pursue, consistency and absolute belief in their efficacy are key ingredients in the wellness recipe. (Nov.)
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More than a how-to for staying well, The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick is an entertaining—not to mention informative—lesson on health, history and human ingenuity.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761158146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761158141
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the author of 40 books--some as a ghost-writer, some under my own name-- as well as a former book, magazine, and newspaper editor. You can read my full resume at

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By NY European on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book, for many reasons...

There's no more satisfying way to learn new (and important) information than by having fun throughout the entire process.
The author feeds the reader well-researched nuggets of health advice in such a clear-cut, precise manner that I found myself
anxiously turning the page to see what's next.
And yes, I do plan to immerse my head in a vat of hydrogen peroxide. And no, I don't imagine I'll eat too much dirt any time soon.
But that's the beauty. There are so many options many doable options that it seems silly not to try out at least a few.

The author does a wonderful job weaving in the historical context to each of the secrets. As well as relative treatments.
It makes perfect sense, when discussing hydrogen peroxide "therapy" to side bar other unconventional therapies such as maggot debridement, fire cupping and urine therapy.
So much information! And so easily assimilated!
I'm certain not only to be much healthier, but also a stand out for conversation at my next dinner party.

This book stands out because it will appeal to those who are just beginning their journey into healthful living, as well as those (like myself) who are well into their journey. I think many may be surprised to see that they are actually partaking of certain healthful habits. I was definitely pleased to see my regular naps supported by the author's research.

Well done!!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Max Brallier on October 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As someone who's sick ALL THE TIME, this book is fascinating. The interviews are informative but never dry - plus, best of all, it offers real health solutions that don't require you to completely rearrange your life. I'm not trying to go on some crazy all juicer regimen - I just wanted little shortcuts and tips, and this book provided them. Conclusion: pleased.
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful By NYVegan on October 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The four endorsements by leading MDs offered on the covers offer a clue as to the quality of the research - these particular MDs are among the best-known doctors for their focus on prevention of chronic diseases, which is the theme of this book.

Few writers can navigate the complexities of health claims ranging from Acidosis to Zoonoses in an engaging 200 pages. Stone manages to do it with interesting narrative, supporting science, and, where needed, caveats to keep the reader's enthusiasm in check. The format generally includes the experiences of one or more individuals, some historical perspective, and then a prescriptive overview of the `secret'.

As a healthy and very health-conscious vegan, I had to first verify that the author covered plant-based diets before buying a copy. He did not disappoint (see #17). That and calorie reduction (#3) are the only `secrets' of the 25 that are generally viewed as `restrictive' behaviors (i.e., don't eat animal products and don't eat high caloric foods), and these two recommendations actually overlap. Other restrictive behaviors, such as "don't smoke", "don't use crystal meth", "don't race motorcycles while smoking and using crystal meth" aren't included, but it's no secret that restricting these behaviors will lead to a longer life.

I was not pleased to see the inclusion of chicken soup, but given the status of chicken soup in common health lore, I had to concur that it's inclusion was appropriate. Happily, I found that the author did not give it the lightweight treatment often given elsewhere. He explains that "...the chicken may not matter as much as the rest of the soup..." in relieving cold symptoms, and that the high sodium content (i.e., salt) in chicken soup may "...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mallory on February 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever wondered why some people just seem to never get sick?

I get sick about three times a year I'd say but for some, they just seem to avoid it all together.

In "The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick:" by Gene Stone, we learn 25 ways that seem to be the secrets to these people's health.

Among these secret; Brewers Yeast, Friends, Probiotics, Good Genes, and Yoga. In addition to those six, there are 19 more secrets that are not only simple and easy to add into your life.

While it may be tough to live in a Blue Zone, it is possible that we could try to create one and all live long and healthy lives like the people in Nicova, Costa Rica. Learn more about these amazing places in Gene Stone's book.

I have already incorporated Brewer's Yeast into my diet. I sprinkle it on salads and sweet potato fries, and add it to my oatmeal and baked goods."The secrets of People who Never Get sick" tells some easy ways to incorporate these secrets into your life.

And this Author knows his stuff, he's been a co-author of many books two of them New York Times bestsellers! He says in the book that he has tried all kinds of remedies. He's really done his research here, this book isn't just a book of crazy ideas and old wives tails. They are simple habits that you can add into your day to help you stay healthy and give your body what it needs!

This book is an excellent read, its hard to put down. I don't know anybody who couldn't benefit from reading a book like this. The chapters are readable and are easily finished in a short period of time making it a great book to bring with you for a day filled with appointments. Or if you want something to read when you're getting that short break from the kids.
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