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Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today Hardcover – April 9, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Readers seeking the key to everlasting life will find some clues in neurosurgeon Gupta's survey of the latest research on longevity. Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, touches on recent breakthroughs as he offers some basic guidelines for adding years to what he and other aging experts call "health span." The goal, Gupta says, is not merely to live longer. To help readers live longer and better, he boils down conflicting health advice and makes some surprising prescriptions. For example, it is not what you eat, but how much you eat that affects longevity; vitamin supplements may be a waste of time and money; and a little upper-body strengthening is far more effective than an hour on a StairMaster. To support this advice, Gupta relates the experiences of a 103-year-old woman from Okinawa; a former executive who began training at age 86 and is a record-breaking sprinter at age 92; and others who are aging well by staying active, eating wisely, being positive and maintaining strong social networks. While stem cell injections, nanotechnology, cryonics and other possible therapies are on the horizon, Gupta tells readers that extending life today is as easy as eating less, moving more and exercising the brain. While Gupta's mix of futuristic science and do-it-yourself advice is far from seamless, many readers will find the lessons in his tales of the long lived worthwhile. (Apr.)
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta prescribes sensible, evidence-based advice for living a long and healthy life. He evaluates the latest scientific research on life extension, looks at anti-aging claims, and concludes that informed lifestyle choices are your best hope of maintaining good health as you age. Chasing Life is good medicine. -- Andrew Weil, author of Healthy Aging
Is it possible to have the exquisite combination, the wisdom of experience along with biology of youth? In his book, CHASING LIFE, Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows you how. -- Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind
My friend Dr. Sanjay Gupta has written a book that makes sense when it comes to staying healthy, making important medical decisions and preserving quality of life. This book is probably the closest we'll get to a map to the fountain of youth. -- Lance Armstrong, Cancer survivor, Seven-time Tour de France Champion and founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation
Sanjay Gupta is at his best in CHASING LIFE, covering everything from illegal stem cells to the scientific edges of memory. To achieve your own version of immortality, you can simply 'page' Dr. Gupta by turning the first page of this groundbreaking new book. -- Mehmet C. Oz, MD, coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers You: The Owner's Manual and You: On a Diet
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I especially enjoyed the section on Antioxidants and Supplements. It seems the public as a whole doesn't realize the losing battle we are all fighting against free radicals. I used to think "free radicals" were rebellious soldiers in a third world country. Lol. Now I realize they are what is killing us and aging us. Thank God for Dr. Joe McCord and his research on SOD and other natural super-antioxidants. I never realized that normal antioxidants were basically useless and just another way to market products to an unsuspecting nation. If you think drinking an occasional green tea or tossing some broccoli into your salad will increse your life you are extremely uninformed.
Everyone should read Chasing Life, because that's what most of us are trying to do anyway. I'm a Baby Boomer. I dont' want to get older any faster than I absolutely have to! If you apply the practical suggestions found in this book, I have no doubt your lifespan will thank you one day. I'm Chasing Life...and Finding It.
Dr Gupta doesn't try to sell you any supplements or convince you to buy a dvd or special exercise equipment. He simply presents straight facts about what you can do to improve your health and reduce your odds of suffering from the most common diseases plaguing our society. I've read other books along these lines that attempt to convince readers to take specific actions based on less proven techniques. Dr Gupta's suggestions stick to the more traditional and proven methods for enhancing your health.
Chasing Life does present interviews with a variety of leaders in various medical specialties offering glimpses into where science and medicine is heading.
This is a well written, easy read. In my opinion Sanjay Gupta's reporting on CNN has always seemed credible and unbiased. This book does nothing to harm that reputation.
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