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Pretty good Book (Informercial).
March 9, 2005
Like many things in life, one has to look at this book with a little bit of skepticism. Did the authors write this book because of their interest in the public's well being? Or would a more logical explaination be that this book is plug for the various products and services Dr. Grossman offers.
As you might not know, Dr. Grossman has a longevity clinic in Denver Colorado. Living in the Denver/Boulder area, I decided to investigate the costs of the two day health screening advocated in the book. The $5000 price tag was enough to make me think twice. You might also want to note that the authors have their own "Ray and Terry's" Brand of supplements that reflect the dosages recommended in the book.
Most of the book was fairly reasonable. I would not dispute the validity of the majority of the information. However, several papers cited in the book were misquoted or twisted in favor of the authors' point of view. "How would I know?" you might ask. It helps if you know the researcher who wrote them. I think this is what many people call psudoscience.
One part of the book is just simply wrong. The authors' advocation of drinking alkaline water is misleading at best. Anyone who has a basic understanding of biology and organic chemistry would have problems swallowing (sorry about the pun!) their auguments. You don't have to take my word for it. Just Google "Ionized Alkaline Water" and you can get several websites that will explain these silly ideas better. One website: [...] is particularly interesting. One closing comment on this issue. The water ionization system recommended is sold by a company in Boulder Colorado. I wonder what link the authors have with this company.
Now I don't want to make it sound like I didn't like that book. It was very well written and easy to follow. Just keep in mind that it flows a bit like a muscle magazine where the information and advertisements seem to blur together. Just don't blindly buy their products just because they are recommended in the book.