Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
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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.


 

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User Review  - rumurphy - LibraryThing

There's some specious claims about some of the diets, studies, and old age of the culture groups (this can be found by doing some searches on the 'nets). But the overall message is still sound. This ... Read full review

Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples

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Robbins (Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth ) looks to societies with the greatest proportion of centenarians for clues on ... Read full review

Contents

The Valley of Eternal Youth
22
A People Who Dance in Their Nineties
45
The Centenarians of Okinawa
65
OUR FOOD OUR LIVES
87
the world
110
The Road to Health and Healing
137
THE BODYMIND CONNECTION
159
Born to Move
172
Confident and ClearThinking
202
WHY YOUR LOVE MATTERS
217
The Strength of the Heart
230
How Then Shall We Live?
243
Breaking Free from the Cultural Trance
263
Grief and Healing
287
13
313
Index
341

Keeping Your Marbles
190

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About the author (2008)

Widely considered one of the world’s leading experts on the dietary link between the environment and health, John Robbins is the author of the million-copy bestseller Diet for a New America. His work has been the subject of cover stories and feature articles in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and People. Robbins has been a featured and keynote speaker at hundreds of major conferences including those sponsored by the Sierra Club and UNICEF, and is the recipient of many awards, including the Rachel Carson Award and the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award. He is the founder of EarthSave International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to healthy food choices, preservation of the environment, and a more compassionate world. Robbins lives with his wife, Deo, their son, Ocean, and daughter-in-law, Michele, and their grand-twins River and Bodhi outside of Santa Cruz, California.


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