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Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying) Kindle Edition
"Bill Gifford's terrific Spring Chicken gives us a riveting account of the most important change of the last century-the doubling of our lifespans-and an intimate vision of what it will take to not only keep that trend going, but keep ourselves healthy and vibrant as we age."
-Steven Johnson, " New York Times" bestseller of "How We Got to Now"
"Spring Chicken is a masterful exploration of the fantasy and fact surrounding one of the most fundamental questions of humankind: why do we age?"
-David Perlmutter, MD, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar-Your Brain's Silent Killers"
"Spring Chicken is an utterly marvelous book - a guided tour of a fantastic, counterintuitive landscape (that happens to be your body), and also a whip-smart guide to living a longer and healthier life. With this book, Bill Gifford joins the ranks of Mary Roach and Bill Bryson as a science writer supreme, illuminating our world in a page-turning style that is as entertaining as it is enlightening."
-Daniel Coyle, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Talent Code "
"You need this book. I grabbed it like a life preserver, and that's exactly what it is. Spring Chicken demolishes the worst hoaxes in anti-aging treatments-like crushed dog testicles, human growth hormone, and Suzanne Somers-and leaves you with the good news: by adopting a few easy-to-understand, easy-to-follow discoveries, you might just deactivate the time bombs in your fat cells and learn to follow in the springy, "successfully aging" footsteps of a 92-year-old pole vaulter."
-Christopher McDougall, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Born to Run" and "Natural Born Heroes" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00LLIIZNE
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (February 17, 2015)
- Publication date : February 17, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1647 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 362 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1455527432
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #518,769 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In his early forties, while contemplating his own mortality and after observing a grandfather and a grand uncle die at widely differing ages, author Bill Gifford decided to write a book on those factors that might help acquire the Fountain of Youth. Thus, SPRING CHICKEN: STAY YOUNG FOREVER (OR DIE TRYING).
After a preliminary discussion of aging and life expectancy in general, SPRING CHICKEN is basically Bill’s survey of those factors and practices – demonstrating scientifically proven merit or not – that have been, faddishly are, or might be life prolonging when considered against a backdrop of underlying aging-controlling genetics, obvious risk factors, and obvious signs of aging. Such include hormone injections, “healthy” diets, cholesterol lowering drugs, stem cell therapies, exercise regimens, old age athletic competition, ongoing severe caloric restriction, and cold water immersions.
For the reader, the greatest single benefit to reading SPRING CHICKEN is to acquire an introductory understanding of the fascinating metabolic mechanisms of aging at the cellular and molecular levels. It is the book’s inferred conclusion that the scientific understanding and manipulation of these processes will ultimately allow for a dramatic increase in human longevity (whether such is beneficial to the planet and its available resources or not).
The volume’s Appendix, “Things That Might Work”, lists what the reader could try to extend healthfulness while waiting for science to make the breakthrough: resveratrol, alcohol/red wine, coffee, curcumin, “Life Extension Mix”, metformin, vitamin D, aspirin and ibuprofen, and kale.
And, of course, Gifford stresses following the adage “use it or lose it.” That is, keep active both mentally and physically as the years pile up.
For me personally, the most interesting topic was that of the adverse effect of cytomegalovirus (CMV) on the aging body. Happily and luckily, I’m CMV negative.
SPRING CHICKEN is a must read for anyone wishing to prolong a healthy and active life.
I’ll still give it four stars as a stimulating update on a topic that fascinates and affects us all. At least there are source notes to follow up on some of the more interesting strategies, like intermittent fasting and metformin. The references will come in especially handy when you read about someone suggesting transplant immunosuppressants for age extension!
But if you like the subject matter, it's interesting reading.