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Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples Kindle Edition
Why do some people age in failing health and sadness, while others grow old with vitality and joy?
In this revolutionary book, bestselling author John Robbins presents us with a bold new paradigm of aging, showing us how we can increase not only our lifespan but also our health span. Through the example of four very different cultures that have the distinction of producing some of the world’s healthiest, oldest people, Robbins reveals the secrets for living an extended and fulfilling life in which our later years become a period of wisdom, vitality, and happiness. From Abkhasia in the Caucasus south of Russia, where age is beauty, and Vilcabamba in the Andes of South America, where laughter is the greatest medicine, to Hunza in Central Asia, where dance is ageless, and finally the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa, the modern Shangri-la, where people regularly live beyond a century, Robbins examines how the unique lifestyles of these peoples can influence and improve our own.
Bringing the traditions of these ancient and vibrantly healthy cultures together with the latest breakthroughs in medical science, Robbins reveals that, remarkably, they both point in the same direction. The result is an inspirational synthesis of years of research into healthy aging in which Robbins has isolated the characteristics that will enable us to live long and–most important–joyous lives. With an emphasis on simple, wholesome, but satisfying fare, and the addition of a manageable daily exercise routine, many people can experience great improvement in the quality of their lives now and for many years to come. But perhaps more surprising is Robbins’ discovery that it is not diet and exercise alone that helps people to live well past one hundred. The quality of personal relationships is enormously important. With startling medical evidence about the effects of our interactions with others, Robbins asserts that loneliness has more impact on lifespan than such known vices as smoking. There is clearly a strong beneficial power to love and connection.
“John Robbins has inspired millions of people with his eloquent, clear, compassionate, and insightful guidance on the path to health and fulfillment. Healthy at 100 may be his finest work to date. If you are interested in extending your health span as well as your life span, read this book! Healthy at 100 is a masterpiece.”
–Dean Ornish, M.D., president and director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, author of Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
“This is a remarkably open and heartfelt book full of wisdom and love by an extraordinary man who has been teaching us how to live more healthy and compassionate lives for over twenty years now. John Robbins has created a new vision of aging for American society.”
–John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods
“John Robbins is one of the most important voices in America today. He cuts through nonsense like no one else does. He gives hope like no one else does. His words are lifelines for both the body and soul. This book can literally save our lives.”
–Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love and A Woman’s Worth
“Healthy at 100 is a marvelous blend of wisdom, hope, courage, and common sense. John Robbins gives us caring, science, and inspiration–a beautiful diet for the heart.”
–Jack Kornfield, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock, author of A Path with Heart
About the Author
John Robbins is the author of Diet for a New America, the milliion-copy bestseller that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and numerous other widely acclaimed books, including Reclaiming Our Health. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Rachel Carson Award and the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award. Groomed to follow in the footsteps of his father, the founder of the Baskin-Robbins empire, he chose a different, more authentic path for himself. The founder of EarthSave International, he is widely considered one of the world's leading experts on the dietary link between the environment and health. He lives with his family in California's Santa Cruz mountains.
Raymond Todd is an actor and director in the theater as well as a poet and documentary filmmaker. He plays jazz trombone for the Leatherstocking quartet, an ensemble that gets its name from one of his favorite Blackstone narrations, The Deerslayer. Todd lives in New York.--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
- ASIN : B000UZQHDE
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (December 10, 2008)
- Publication date : December 10, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 2528 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 443 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #747,524 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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1. This book is not about "losing weight"; it's about living a lifestyle. As myself and friends often discuss, there is really not a lot of advantage in doing something unsustainable, such as is the case with all of these fad diets, diet pills, HCG, and all the other "I want it now / I want a lot of results for not much effort" approach that most Americans attempt to take.
2. Just because you maintain a healthy-looking appearance does not mean that you are healthy. A poignant illustration mentioned in the book is that of Jim Fixx, a famous proponent of running some 25 years ago that died of a heart attack at 51 (while running) - at least one of his coronary arteries was revealed to have 95%+ blockage from his horrible eating habits. On a similar note, just yesterday I received the news that the ex-husband of my wife's friend had a heart attack at 41. He maintained a fairly slim frame but ate like a horse (on a diet that included a lot of meat and fried foods, desserts, etc). In yet other stories we hear of runners dropping dead at marathons on a regular basis that are seemingly "a picture of health". How healthy are these people really? Have they had any checkups besides a routine physical? What about a full cardiology exam that includes things like ejection fraction, possibly atrophy of heart muscle tissue, saturation and blockage levels of coronary arteries, and others? Any genetic testing?
One feature that displaces this away from other health-oriented books is its focus on an overall sense of spirituality, love, and the fostering and maintenance of strong, loving relationships. It is comprehensive and holistic. Humanity does not live in a vacuum. You can present all the latest technical data available in order to run your body optimally, and while adhering to
that data is sure to make you healthier and less susceptible to disease etc., we simply are at our cores social creatures, and need
to interact with others frequently in ways that support each other. Multiple studies, as referenced in the book, have been done that show that in some ways, a strong network of loving relationships can overcome even an assortment of detriments combined (job stress, smoking, high blood pressure). A phrase in particular that struck me and left me speechless was "if you prepare a lunch for your spouse, etc. include a love note with the lunch". This exact thing my wife did for me for years and I have never seen that mentioned anywhere else!
Other portions of the book completely took me by surprise, such as the marked increase in Japan's life expectancy in only 20 years after WWII, when General MacArthur reconstructed the country's wealth, corporate and landowner structures and essentially "leveled the playing field", dissolving the family dynasties that ran the large corporations, capping maximum pay for business executives, and massively redistributing wealth. Wealth inequality, especially here in the U.S., is taking a huge toll on the populace not only for the obvious reasons, but for health-related reasons.
Robbins has done extensive research on medical studies and has a massive bibilography to support his approach. The book has a large bank of reference, but is not excessively technical and should be easily understood by the average person. He has done a great job in that regard to accessibility. Highly, highly recommended.
Update: After 6 months eating this way, and referencing this book and The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, I went from 217 down to 182 (I am 6' 1"). My BP is averaging around 110/70 (from before always being around 132/100), my trigylcerides are 58 and total cholesterol is 128. Excellent numbers. I am no longer tired in the afternoons, am not hungry between meals, and maintain a good volume of energy throughout the day. I generally feel much better than before. Thanks so much John Robbins and T. Colin Campbell for your tremendous efforts to inform us all of proper diet, and cutting through the immense sea of misinformation out there.
Update: 06.15.13 - After well over a year and still maintaining this type of eating regimen, my trigylcerides are 54 and my total cholesterol is 145. My doctor said that he has hardly seen numbers like that without taking medication (that is a sad thing). My weight has been kept between 167-176 for months and months. I still feel great and have a lot of energy. If you are tired of diet gimmicks and want a true path to success, this is it. Also, for great recipes that fit into this lifestyle I would recommend Rip Esselstyn's highly renowned book "My Beef With Meat". John Robbins, you are my Dalai Lama. I sing your praises everywhere I go.
All three books give scientific evidence for the superiority of a vegan lifestyle. All three are superbly documented. Fuhrman's book concentrates on the vegan diet and importance of exercise, while Ornish's adds much on the value of meditation and social involvement. All four are important to prevent or turn around diseases such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, and at least some cancers. But John Robbins is simply inspiring. His focus seems more philosophical and heart-felt. This author can just plain tell a story like no other. I found myself tearing up repeated while reading his book. Robbins is able to drive his points home in an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual way.
Healthy at 100 begins with detailing four old societies in which members not uncommonly live 100 or more years. These people retain their health and activity levels to an asounding degree. No heart disease, no diabetes, no hypertension, no cancer, and NO GLASSSES! We were taught in medical school that presbyopia is a normal part of aging. Well, it ain't necessarily so. Robbins emphasizes that the elderly command great respect in those societies. Kids fight over who gets to have grandfather live with them. I didn't realize such places exist. Where the modern world has polluted the society, such as is the case in Okinawa, the decendents of these 100+ year olds have adopted the lots of meat/high fat diet. Now, it is not uncommon for grandparents to attend their grandchild's funeral.
Well, I hope this is enough to wet your appetite. I found Healthy at 100 to be a deeply moving and thought provoking book. I can't wait to read more John Robbins!
It's worth noting that the Okinawans referenced throughout the book stayed healthy primarily because they traditionally didn't eat sugar, stayed active, ate a calorie-restricted diet (15% below guidelines), and carry the FOXO3 longevity gene. And they were not vegetarians nor did they take vitamin B12.