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The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest Paperback – November 6, 2012
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Read about one of the Blue Zones in this October 2012 article from The New York Times, "The Island Where People Forget to Die": http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/magazine/the-island-where-people-forget-to-die.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
“Blue Zones adds a segment on Ikaria…[Buettner] would like to draw a big blue circle around the entire USA.” –USA TODAY
About the Author
DAN BUETTNER is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, and author. His company, Blue Zones®, specializes in educating people about health and well-being, based on the latest in global science, social science, and psyschological research through massive community public health initiatives. In addition to his notable presentations at the TED conference and two featured appearances on Oprah, he has been a guest on Fox and Friends, CNN and Dr.Oz. Visit Dan Buettner's website at www.bluezones.com. The author lives in Minneapolis, MN.
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I've read all the comments on here, and for those who keep complaining about it's not scientific enough, well they just don't get it and probably never will. The problem with most people is they want to know which foods to eat, which supplements to swallow and what kind of exercises to do at the gym and how often. As the author states it's not about that. It's a combination of many things and all about doing things naturally.
Ikaria was the most laid back place I've ever been to. No one is in a hurry there and they have no concept of time. It took me a couple of days to adjust to it, but after working years at a job where your boss freaks out if you are 2 minutes late, it's was a refreshing place. Plus visiting the historic sites, eating the food, interacting with the locals who live there, and visiting the thermal springs, was all refreshing. If there ever was a fountain of youth, this place was it. Everyone was so friendly and treated us like family. We went during the very end of the tourist season to get a better of idea of how the locals really are instead of having to deal with tourist. The wine is different than other wines, the honey is unique, the teas are unique. In fact everything about Ikaria is unique. It's easy to make healthy choices since this place nudges you into them. Even the walks don't seem like exercise because the scenery is so beautiful. Even getting to the beaches at many places requires a climb down the rocks.
My point is the author wrote the perfect book in the perfect way. I didn't want to read some dry boring book about scientific charts and numbers. The author writes from an explorer's point of view and there is no better way to put the points across. So open your mind and forgot your normal way of thinking. Or better yet, get off your butt and actually go visit a Blue Zone area like we did. You won't regret it and the book will make even more sense to you after experiencing it yourself.