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The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Do to Prevent Disease, Feel Great, and Have Optimum Health and Longevity [Paperback]

Jonny Bowden
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Jan. 1 2010

Author Jonny Bowden looks at what he calls “The Four Horsemen of Aging”—free radicals, inflammation, glycation, and stress—and shows how they can harm your health and shorten your life. Bowden then unveils an arsenal of anti-aging strategies culled from cutting edge research and lessons learned from the longest lived people on the planet. He examines how the major organs, such as the heart and the brain, age and how you can prevent damage to these vital parts of the body. In total, readers learn what they can eat, do, and take to feel great, avoid illness, and live a long life.


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About the Author

Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., a board-certified nutritionist with a master's degree in psychology, is a nationally known expert on nutrition, weight loss, and health. He is the author of several best-selling titles, including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer, and The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy. He is the nutrition editor for Pilates Style, a contributing editor for Clean Eating, and a columnist for both America Online and Better Nutrition. His work has been featured in dozens of national publications (print and online) including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Time, Oxygen, Marie Claire, Diabetes Focus, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Self, Fitness, Allure, Essence, Men's Health, Weight Watchers, Prevention, Woman's World, Fitness, Natural Health, and Shape. He lives in Woodland Hills, CA. Visit www.jonnybowden.com.


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5.0 out of 5 stars It's simple. June 21 2013
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Don't over-eat, a half hour moderate daily exercise on average and limit your sugar intake. Most else flows from that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book Will Change Your Life Jan. 28 2010
By Shirley Rempel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book is fantastic. I have never read any of Dr. Bowden's work, but believe me after reading this book, I will definitely be looking into his previous writings for sure. This book is visually amazing, full of bright, bold illustrations. The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer is easy to read, and actually a fairly quick read, but full of so much information. In fact I am going to go through it again and make myself notes that will help me as I have been recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Based on this diagnosis, as I read Dr. Bowden's book, I learned a few things that will help me get healthy and control my diabetes:

***for every 1 pound of weight lost, there is a 4 pound reduction
in the load exerted on the knee for each step taken during daily activities.

***Sardines, broccoli, almonds, prunes, oranges, & onions are
great foods for building strong bones - eat them every week

***Dr. Bowden's four food groups are: foods you can hunt, fish, pluck or gather

Of course, I will not say much more than that, as you have to read this book. It will change your life. I also love the fact that it has a section with Dr. Bowden's exercise program for maintaining muscle strength and bone mass. I went through it and love it, especially the fact that the only piece of equipment needed is hand weights.
I also really loved Dr. Bowden's anti-aging action plan to improve your immune system:

Learn to relax
Learn to laugh at yourself
Learn to listen
Practice forgiveness
Put yourself in other people's shoes

If you are serious about changing your life this year and becoming the healthiest you have ever been, then you HAVE to read this book! It will change your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Change Your Life! Jan. 28 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
This book is fantastic. I have never read any of Dr. Bowden's work, but believe me after reading this book, I will definitely be looking into his previous writings for sure. This book is visually amazing, full of bright, bold illustrations. The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer is easy to read, and actually a fairly quick read, but full of so much information. In fact I am going to go through it again and make myself notes that will help me as I have been recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Based on this diagnosis, as I read Dr. Bowden's book, I learned a few things that will help me get healthy and control my diabetes:

***for every 1 pound of weight lost, there is a 4 pound reduction
in the load exerted on the knee for each step taken during daily activities.

***Sardines, broccoli, almonds, prunes, oranges, & onions are
great foods for building strong bones - eat them every week

***Dr. Bowden's four food groups are: foods you can hunt, fish, pluck or gather

Of course, I will not say much more than that, as you have to read this book. It will change your life. I also love the fact that it has a section with Dr. Bowden's exercise program for maintaining muscle strength and bone mass. I went through it and love it, especially the fact that the only piece of equipment needed is hand weights.
I also really loved Dr. Bowden's anti-aging action plan to improve your immune system:

Learn to relax
Learn to laugh at yourself
Learn to listen
Practice forgiveness
Put yourself in other people's shoes

If you are serious about changing your life this year and becoming the healthiest you have ever been, then you HAVE to read this book! It will change your life.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Persons Journey Through A World of Books Thoughts: Jan. 11 2010
By Sheila A. Dechantal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Author Jonny Bowden looks at what he calls "The Four Horsemen of Aging"--free radicals, inflammation, glycation, and stress--and shows how they can harm your health and shorten your life. Bowden then unveils an arsenal of anti-aging strategies culled from cutting edge research and lessons learned from the longest lived people on the planet. He examines how the major organs, such as the heart and the brain, age and how you can prevent damage to these vital parts of the body. In total, readers learn what they can eat, do, and take to feel great, avoid illness, and live a long life.

It is never to early to start putting healthy habits in place and this book is a wonderful example of just that. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., is a nationally known expert on weight loss and nutrition. In The Most Effective Ways To Live Longer Jonny focuses on what he calls the four horseman of aging:

* Oxidative Damage
* Inflammation
* Glycation
* Stress

As the book says, the four horseman of aging is anything that's happening to your body that you wish were not happening, from the beginning of disease to the breakdown of systems to the loss of functionality... all this is being driven by the engine of these four processes.

Yes the above paragraph is depressing. This book is all about taking these four steps and through diet and exercise how to keep the horses at bay. And this.... I love.

Foods like wild salmon (a perfect anti aging food) to blueberries (filled with antioxidants and cancer fighters).... we are walked through delicious choices that keep you young and healthy - inside and out. Exercises like crunches for the abdominal muscles, squats for legs and lower body, weight resistance and more. This book is a wealth of knowledge.

The Blue Zone chapter was fascinating! Every so often, a team of researchers will discover a little corner of the globe where- inexplicably- people routinely live to 100 or more. These areas have come to be known as "The Blue Zones" and scientists have spent hundreds of research hours trying to uncover their secrets. Some of these secrets are reveealed within the pages of this book.

This book is a wonderful reference that with slight adjustments to our everyday lives we can apply. Through these steps we can slow even stop the aging process. What is not to like about that? Big bold pictures and written in an easy to follow, even funny tone... page by page you are going to eat up this knowledge and truly be better for it in the end.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Everyone Jan. 3 2010
By M. G. Gagliano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book has over 264 pages of information about living a long, healthy life. The beautiful, colorful pictures accompany easy to read, easy to follow advice on how to slow the aging process by fighting "The Four Housemen of Aging" - Free Radicals or Oxidation, Inflammation, Glycation and Stress. As a 43 year old women with grandparents in their 90's this book is very interesting to me. My mom died before 35 and my dad has always had medical issues but I can look at how my grandparents lived and see that Dr. Jonny Bowden's book is right on target. My grandfather had a triple bypass over 20 years ago but is still going and that has to do with the way he lived.

Dr. Bowden's website can be accessed here. Start your New Year right. Get to know Dr. Jonny Bowden, your heart will be glad you did.

I particularly loved Dr. Bowden's Anti-Aging Action Plan on how to boost your immune system because most of the suggestions simply make for a better life all around:

Learn to relax
Learn to laugh at yourself
Learn to listen
Practice forgiveness
Put yourself in other people's shoes

The quote that sticks with me the most today is: For every 1 pound of weight lost, there is a 4-pound reduction in the load exerted on the knee for each step taken during daily activities. I have terrible knees and will eventually need knee replacement surgery. This is very motivational for me to drop at least 10 pounds over the next year.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviews from Brizmus Blogs Books Jan. 20 2010
By A. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Incredibly, amazingly, wonderfully useful. That's what I have to say about this book.
Now, I'm wondering what it says about my age that I was able to read this book from cover to back in three days, in the same way I normally devour a fiction novel.
I guess that probably says more about the books readability, though, than about me being an old 27 year old. It had so many interesting facts and so many great ideas about how to use those facts to live a healthier longer life that one might think it would be easy to occasionally get bogged down by facts. This didn't happen. Everything was presented in such a way that even the layman would easily get maximum benefit.
The book was separated into sections that will make it easy to go back and re-look up something I might later forget or be wondering about. The beautiful, glossy color pictures were a great addition to the words that made it easy to visualize everything he was saying. Bowden's "Four Horsemen of Aging:" free radicals, inflammation, glycation, and stress, are a humorous and realistic way of looking at the things that actually cause disease and then figuring out what we can do about them.
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I think it is VITAL that people not only know how to lead healthy lifestyles but also understand the benefits and therefore have the motivation to do so. A book like this provides the motivation and the know how. It occasionally made me laugh, which in no way took away from the seriousness of the message. The power and beauty of the chapter on emotional intelligence is something I think will stay with me for life. The power of friends and community is, indeed, amazing!
That's not to say everything was perfect with the book, though, and there were actually a few things with which I had trouble.
And thus, my little rant, which you can choose to read or not:

Okay, Dr. Bowden, I get it. You like wild salmon. No, you love wild salmon. Especially from Vital Nutrients. We can find this Vital Nutrients salmon via your website, and you recommend that, to live healthily, we eat A LOT of it! He might have overstressed this point just a little bit. I almost wish I had counted the number of times he mentioned it.
It might have been less annoying for me if he had also mentioned vegan alternatives to the omega-3s and health benefits of salmon, but every time he mentioned flax, it was in parentheses, as an afterthought.
Because the fact is, SO MANY STUDIES have shown that a vegan diet with B12 (because, studies say, the supplement is actually better for you than the meat from which you can get it naturally) is pretty much the healthiest diet there is. I understand that he doesn't believe this, and that's fine. The thing is, he has so many arguments that make is seem like a salmon-eating vegan would be the healthiest way to go that it seems odd of him to disregard veganism entirely. It would have been awesome if he had given vegan alternatives (which I know exist, and to which he occasionally alluded) that give the same nutrients as the things he was suggesting.
He also goes a little overboard on the supplement advice. It seems like I would be taking about a thousand pills a day. In "The China Study," I read that there are several studies that have shown that taking supplements of certain vitamins and minerals can often have the opposite effect of what we are hoping. In this book, I've now read the opposite. Does this mean studies are showing these two contradictory things, and if so, what am I supposed to believe? In any case, it seems logical to me that getting my vitamins and minerals from natural, food sources is the most effective way to go. I therefore think that a great addition to this book would have been this: each time he suggested a supplement, he could have also given a short list of foods that would also give the desired nutrients.
I'm also not entirely sure how I felt about the section on hormones. But this has nothing to do with what he was saying or his way of saying it; it has more to do certain beliefs of my own about living a more natural life. So I've decided not to go there.
Note: he does address some of these things in the conclusion, but it almost seemed a bit like 'too little, too late' for me.

Okay, rant over. What makes these things okay, I suppose, is that he was very clear about what was his OPINION and what came from studies and could be considered fact. In the end, like I said, despite my occasional negative thought about it (and the fact that my rant is longer than the actual review), I actually loved this book. I'm looking forward to reading some of Jonny Bowden's earlier books that he talked about in this one. They sound like they will be just as interesting and informative. And on that note, I'm off to exercise using some of the awesome methods he gives in his book. He makes exercising seem so doable! And while he in no way made me think I should stop being a vegan, he did make me think that I've got to find a way to start loving blueberries!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading At The Beach: Reviews Jan. 27 2010
By Vicki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved this book. It was written in a way that is easy to understand and follow. There is even some humor thrown in. Even though I've read many books and articles on how to have healthy mind and body, I learned so much from this book and enjoyed every chapter. I loved all the bright colorful photos too. I especially liked Chapter 8, How To Keep Your Brain Sharp. It covered so many topics and I know I will put some, if not all, to use. I recommend this book to anyone who cares about their health, or the health of someone they love. It's a great addition to my self-help books.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of it great, but some of it misleading Dec 6 2011
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had the opportunity to read the book and also appraise some of the evidence cited. Overall, the general message is fantastic. There are many great points on how to live healthy. My problem is with some of the evidence that is used. I noticed at least once in every chapter Jonny uses anecdotes, small studies, or industry-funded trials that are not consistent with sound, double-blind, randomized controlled trials (eg. osteoporosis investigations, glucosamine efficacy). If you're not sure what I mean, basically, some of his advice conflicts with studies that have higher-quality evidence. Further, he uses anecdotal evidence and appeal-to-authority in situations where high-quality evidence differs from his message.

I realize that this is not a scientific journal, but if you're gonna give health advice, it should be evidence based.
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