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Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever Hardcover – October 7, 2004

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The idea behind Kurzweil and Grossman's Fantastic Voyage is that if you can make it through the next 50 years, you might become immortal. How will that be possible? Through some rather science fictional steps, it turns out, including taking advantage of the latest in biotechnological breakthroughs and not-yet-invented nanotechnology. Is all this longing for immortality driven by an obsession with youth or a fear of death? Readers can judge for themselves, as both Kurzweil and Grossman reveal the personal histories that led them to develop this plan. Fantastic Voyage is written in an easy-to-understand tone, with lots of sidebars giving examples of what the future holds for medicine and health. Whether or not you think that science will find a way to keep our bodies or our disembodied minds alive forever, this book is full of diet and lifestyle tips. For instance, the authors suggest carefully controlling the body's overall pH at an alkaline level, meditating, eating a diet composed mostly of vegetables and protein, and taking loads of supplements (Kurzweil downs about 250 pills each day). The dietary options presented here will mostly only be practical for people whose income levels can support buying organic produce, fresh fish and meat, and top-shelf supplements. The authors cavalierly state that we are living in a "time of abundance," but it seems likely that most who are able to follow this regimen will be Americans of a fairly high socioeconomic class. --Therese Littleton


"This visionary book provides a state-of-the-art synthesis of the latest evidence on aging."—Dean Ornish, M.D., bestselling author of The Spectrum and developer of the Opening Your Heart program
"Boldly challenges conventional wisdom about aging and illness and offers groundbreaking solutions to remain young and healthy indefinitely.”—John Gray, Ph.D., bestselling author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
"Anyone can find it easy to implement action that will enhance their health.” —George King, M.D., professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School
"A concise yet comprehensive journey that accurately recounts the past and present state of our collective knowledge."—Dean Kamen, physicist and inventor of the IBOT Mobility System and Segway Human Transporter, and recipient of the National Medal of Technology --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1St Edition edition (October 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579549543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579549541
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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