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Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging Kindle Edition
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The chapter on exercise was just a catalog of studies plus a list of every workout routine Ms. Kessler tried. Not much there for the average person who doesn't have the requisite narcissism or the time to pursue exercise 24/7.
I also wish Ms. Kessler had spent more time on health claims with genuine scientific merit--and less time on dubious things like detoxification. In some chapters she sums up the results by saying that she "felt great" or that something just "made sense." That kind of subjective evaluation is meaningless.
Also, I found myself irritated that Ms. Kessler keeps her age such a well-guarded secret-especially in the part of the book where she's talking about her physical age vs. her chronological age.
On the other hand, the chapter on supplements was excellent. It was a helpful summary of the state of the science with tips on how to research all the conflicting claims for this or that vitamin or herb.
Ms. Kessler has a lively, entertaining style and she kept me reading with her humor and spriteliness.
While she keeps her exact age a closely guarded secret, we can determine that she is probably around 60, and has been exercising and eating healthily for some time now. She realizes she can only do so much about extending her life span, but she wants to stay fit and active for as long as possible. We're invited along for the ride to see what she learns.
Kessler keeps an open mind about what may or may not help in her quest. She mentions her naturopath several times, and entertains the idea of using a variety of supplements and vitamins, some of which are recognized by the mainstream medical community, others which are not. She opens the book with her trip to a Las Vegas to attend an anti-aging convention. Later adventures have her trying several types of yoga, having her photo digitally aged, and taking a plethora of online "real age" tests.
It's mostly fun, somewhat informative, and while you'll probably learn a few new things, you already know what to do -- eat less, exercise more, don't smoke, and don't drink too much.
(Thanks to NetGalley for a review copy.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A woman spent one year trying to turn back the clock of her overall health, fitness and well-being. Her writing style is like spending time with a really good friend who introduces... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marilyn Murray Willison
Lauren Kessler's conclusion about the anti-aging industry, it's mostly hype! No fountain of youth there. While I agree with the author that exercise is important. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elenna
I liked Kessler' s book about wanting to dance the Nutcracker, although it has too much self doubting and angst. First part of book was much stronger. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mary Ann Liebert
Kessler is a great writer. She took very scientific information and made is pragmatic and easy to read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patricia Sims
Love the book. Well written, good information and entertaining. What more could you ask for? The information on supplements and the Linus Pauling Institue was valuable!Published 5 months ago by Dmac
If you want to turn back the clock then you'll probably find an idea or two to try. As she says......she's the guinea pig.Published 12 months ago by Sip
I came across this book at my job while shelving in the 600s section. I thought it was a cute little book and I admire the effort the author tried to put in to test all of the anti... Read morePublished 13 months ago by InfiniteEuphoria
The author has a very entertaining writing style
But the book is more than amusing. She wades through the bewildering wheat (useful information) and chaff (hype) out there... Read more
I first took this book out of the library, just as a random "let's try this" something to read. Loved it so much, I had to buy it! Read morePublished 18 months ago by BookWoman
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