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French Women Don't Get Facelifts

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 7 hours and 33 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • Audible.com Release Date: January 16, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HDPDB2E
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Ms. Guiliano seems to have gotten a bit complacent about her responsibility to her readers on this one, and I'm really surprised that her editors didn't hold her to a higher standard. French Women Don't Get Fat was a great read, choc full of specific, helpful tips, anecdotes that readers could relate to, even recipes. French Women Don't Get Facelifts is a chore to read. It doesn't flow well, and the thoughts are poorly organized, as if they had been jotted down on airplane cocktail napkins and typed up by an assistant. And the content itself is, well, so basic and trite as to be pretty much worthless. What happened? Not sure, but I really regret having spent money on this book. There's nothing here but Ms. Guiliano's brand, and she isn't doing it any favors. She really should have worked harder for her readers.
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I enjoy reading anything Mireille Giuliano writes and according to this recent addition to her lineup, she is obligated by her publisher for another book beyond this one, which I will look forward to reading. I have a copy of all her previous offerings and look upon time spent with one of her chatty books as a pleasant part of my day.

That being said, I got the impression this book was rather hurriedly dashed off between intercontinental trips. It seemed to hit the high spots, wasn’t much on detail, and although I can understand a rehash of some of her previous material for the benefit of new readers, I also felt she relied too heavily on past efforts. Frankly, I expected, and hoped for, a little more. So much more could have been done with this book, that would have been helpful, and a number of opportunities were missed to expand what it had to offer. I sincerely hope that her next book will not be a rehash of past material with a different title. My comments follow.

Exercise: Walk, swim, climb stairs, do some yoga. All from previous books. Although she admits to now having added some Pilates exercises to the mix which she does at home, and mentioned strength training, she does not share her new found knowledge or anything of her personal routine with us. Disappointing. The most worthwhile part of this section was a detailed instruction regarding four yoga breathing exercises, which was very well done. Everything else was short on detail, hit the high spots.

Diet: The author’s personal diet appears to be primarily vegetable, low protein, low carb, low calorie, heavy on dairy using that for a lot of the protein, which would not set well with a goodly percentage of the readership.
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I absolutely adore Mireilles other books. I really do believe her culinary and diet/lifestyle tools are her forte. I ordered this book with the confidence of loving and owning her other three books. I have just finished reading the book and ended the last 20% of the book just flicking and skimming the pages. Her advice is very general and not at all specific like her previous. Like her other reads, I was expecting some real pearls of wisdom - best kept secrets! They did not exist. Just general talk about thing we really know. Dare I say it, I found the book even boring in most areas. I would not purchase this as a gift for a friend. There are much better beauty books out there! What a shame and a disappointment this book was...!
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As someone with a doctorate who works in anti-aging medicine, I advise you to steer clear of this book. It is rambling, full of arrogance and misinformation, and downright dangerous in the discussion of hormones.
While I loved her other books, and this one has a few good moments, overall, if you know anything about anti-aging or mind/body medicine you may find yourself rolling your eyes. For instance, her comment that Thermage and Ultherapy are not painful shows how little she knows about advanced skin care. She advocates the use of drugstore cosmetics throwing around brands that she likes. She advocates the use of estrogen without progesterone supplementation, as, once again, she didn't like how progesterone made her feel. This advice is great cause for concern. Has she not read the literature which connects estrogen use without progesterone supplementation to breast cancer? Also, where is the discussion of bioidentical hormones which are a vastly superior alternative to synthetic hormones? How can she advocate hormone use and not discuss this alternative? Not all hormone supplementation is equal and yet, she seems unaware of this. Ridiculous for a book on anti-aging!
She is also incredibly negative about Americans in this volume when compared to her other books, and goes to great lengths to boast about how wonderfully she, and most French women, have aged (with some catty comments thrown in about her friends and famous actresses for good measure), and how many looks and comments she receives from "the richest man in France" to strangers on the street. I am so sorry that I read this and actually stopped reading after her advice to avoid dietary supplements (except possibly vitamin D). Her book French women for all Seasons is a wonderful book and I will treasure that while trying to forget that the same person wrote this. Aging with grace did not take place with this prose.
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