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

John Robbins , Raymond Todd
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Sept. 1 2006
Why do some people age in failing health and sadness, while others grow old with vitality and joy? In this revolutionary book, best-selling 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. Bringing the traditions of these cultures together with the latest breakthroughs in medical science, Robbins reveals that, remarkably, they both point in the same direction.

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How do the Abkhasians of the Caucasus Mountains, the Vilcabambans of Ecuador and the Hunzans of Pakistan live to a very old age while enjoying full physical and mental health? Robbins—who famously rejected his Baskin-Robbins inheritance to pursue a healthful and compassionate lifestyle that he would eventually trumpet in his bestselling Diet for a New America—explains that all three cultures eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other natural foods that are low in calories, protein, sugar and fat. They cherish their children and their elders, foster a positive mental attitude and place a premium on vigorous and constant physical activity that is built into their daily routines. Industrialized nations, on the other hand, fear and loathe the aging process and disrespect the elderly. Their citizens often lead stressful lives, stuff themselves with processed foods and drive everywhere. As Robbins challenges readers to give up bad habits and adopt smarter routines concerning food, exercise and work, he distills the familiar philosophies of Dean Ornish and other gurus and serves up some hippie-dippy pap ("Dance in the moonlight"). Yet his advice is mostly commonsensical and scientifically sound, and readers seeking that elusive fountain of youth would be wise to listen up. (Sept. 12)
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Robbins has moved on from his career as a successful ice-cream manufacturer to a zealous devotion to encouraging his fellow Americans to eat better. Here he examines selected data from four diverse cultures renowned for the numbers of centenarians among them. Robbins contends that the reason for these long lives lies in food and lifestyle issues. He sets store by organic foods, small portions, and lots of heart-stimulating exercise, the attributes he finds in common among all these old people despite their vast geographic remove from one another. Robbins' arguments would be strengthened if he presented more rigorous life-expectancy statistics about the general populations in which these elders flourish. Does every person in these societies live to 100? If not, what are the differences between the elders and the rest of their own societies? Advocates of globalization will cringe at Robbins' negative assessment of the inroads of world culture on formerly isolated societies. He stands on much firmer ground when he advocates greater respect for the elderly, their experience, and their wisdom in contemporary, youth-obsessed Western culture. Mark Knoblauch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Plant-Based Eating Jan. 1 2008
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I had the opportunity to meet John Robbins in the fall of 2006, and to hear him speak at the Vegsource Healthy Lifestyle Expo in California. The hardcover version of this book is the first book Random House ever published on 100% post-script recycled paper. Also, at least in part due to a non-confrontational letter John had written to the president of Random House, explaining his position on this, Random House decided to up the percentage of recycled paper in all of their books from about 3% to 30%. This is expected to save about a half a million trees per year.

While the theme of this book centers around four cultures ( Abkhasian, Vilcabamban, Hunzan and Okinawan ) that thrive on plant-based diets, it goes far beyond that. It examines relationships, and other elements common to these cultures, that may help explain why although they have hardships, ( in fact, Robbins cautions readers against idealizing these cultures ) they're relatively happy and healthy with sometimes very little.

Interwoven, are some short thought-provoking "sidebars", such as "The Jim Fixx Story", and "The Man Who Had Everything". Like other John Robbins books, there is a distinctive and endearing writing style that offers glimpses into his personal life, and into the lives of those closest to him.

He certainly was fortunate to be born into the family that he was. Not for the ice-cream cone shaped swimming pool, or all the wealth it represented, but for the opportunity to turn his back on it all, and in doing so, foster a credibility and integrity that few can match.

Little wonder T. Colin Campbell chose John Robbins to write the Forward for The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health.
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4.0 out of 5 stars it's a no-brainer! Dec 24 2007
By Karen
I'd give this title 5 stars if he wasn't so darn wordy and repetitive. Very useful information and lots of data to back everything up.

The supposed mainstream medical professionals have us all hyped into believing that a pill here and there will cure everything that ails us, and that many of the diseases we suffer from in this day and age are a result of it's just "the way it is". John Robbins, from analyzing those populations who have an extraordinary number of elders shows this is just not true. Over and over he documents cases whereby these elder populations suffer from none of the common diseases such as heart disease, cancer, etc. but, when the Western world knocks on their doorsteps in the form of unhealthy foods and ideas, the number of disease-free occupants takes a nose-dive.

It is very obvious it is our diet and lifestyle that causes these diseases, not the "it's just the way it is" and attack it with a pill doctrine.

A whole section of the book is devoted to feel-good things such as family and friends and purpose making a difference in how long people live as well.

Nothing complicated about the ideas in this book - just common sense once you've read the data. Ignore the almost daily studies that espouse this or that being good for you with contradictions galore. Time to get back to basics and use your head. Read this book and you'll be convinced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great informative book! June 23 2012
By Meg
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I would recommend this book to anyone. Very helpful.
Gives you clear steps to live a happy, healthy, long life!
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