The Okinawa Program: How the World's Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health--And How You Can Too Paperback – Mar 12 2002
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If ever there were a prescription for longevity, the folks of Okinawa, a collection of islands strung between Japan and Taiwan, have found it. Considered the world's healthiest people, residents of this tropical archipelago routinely live active, independent lives well into their 90s and 100s. Their rates of obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, memory loss, menopause, and breast, colon and prostate cancer rank far below the rates for these illnesses in America and other industrialized countries. In fact, researchers believe many Okinawans are physically younger than their chronological ages. In essence, the Okinawans have found a way to beat the clock.
How do they do it? In The Okinawa Program, Bradley J. Willcox, M.D., D. Craig Willcox, Ph.D., and Makoto Suzuki, M.D. reveal the islanders' age-defying secrets. Of course, there are really no surprises here: a low-fat diet, exercise, stress management, strong social and family ties, and spiritual connectedness--the same things experts have been recommending for years--all play key roles in keeping the Okinawans youthful. But in this fascinating read, which is peppered with inspiring anecdotes about these remarkable people, the authors provide concrete evidence that adopting these healthy habits pays off significantly in terms of tacking more productive years onto our lives.
Based on the authors' 25-year Okinawa Centenarian Study, this extraordinarily well-written book demonstrates that genetics provide only so much protection against disease. Indeed, the authors often remind us that when younger Okinawans pick up Western habits, their rates of obesity, illness, and life expectancy start to match ours as well. Clearly, when it comes to longevity, healthy lifestyle habits will out. That said, the major message of The Okinawa Program is that we can easily adopt the life-lengthening strategies that have served the Okinawans so well for generations. To that end, the authors pack chapters with suggestions for following "The Way," from eating a low-fat, low-calorie diet packed with fiber and complex carbohydrates (cooking up the book's more than 80 recipes is a start) and learning tai chi to finding time to meditate and relax, developing one's spirituality, doing volunteer work, and building a solid network of friends and family. Rounding out the book, the authors pull their key recommendations into a comprehensive yet doable four-week plan that's meant to get you started. Following "The Way" isn't a free shot at immortality, but it certainly helps stack the deck in your favor. --Norine Dworkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Twin brothers Bradle and D. Craig Willcox, an internist and anthropologist, respectively, and geriatrician Suzuki, fascinatingly recount the results of a 25-year study of Okinawa, where people live exceptionally long and productive lives. There are more than 400 centenarians in Okinawa, where the average lifespan is 86 for women and above 77 for men. Most impressive is the quality of life Okinawans maintain into old age; the book is filled with inspiring glimpses of elderly men and women who are still gardening, working and walking into and well beyond their 90s. The authors point out that while genetics may account, in part, for Okinawans' longevity, studies have revealed that when they move away from the archipelago and abandon their traditional ways, they lose their health advantage, proving that lifestyle is, at the very least, a highly influential factor. The Okinawans' program of diet, exercise and spiritual health apparently lowers their risk for heart disease, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's, as well as breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers. According to the authors, "the Okinawan Way" is neither elusive nor esoteric. It consists, in part, of a low-calorie, plant-based, high complex-carbohydrate diet. Exercise, the authors maintain, is essential, as is attention to spirituality and friendships. Okinawans, too, lead slower-paced, less stressful lives than most Westerners. The outcome of years of extensive medical research, this book offers a practical and optimistic vision of growing old. (May)Forecast: An eight-city author tour, plus advertising in New Age, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the New Age trade press, should bring this book the attention and sales it deserves.
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1)The Okinawa diet itself (1998) contained 31% total energy from fat, 52.9% carbohydrate and 16% protein (Japan National Nutrition Survey 1998). Compared to mainland Japan this is higher in fat (26.3% vs 31%) but compared to America it is still lower. (According to USDA Food Consumption Surveys total fat intake has fallen from 40% to 33% between 1977 and 1994).
2)Total Fat is NOT really that much of an issue as there are �ggood fats�h and �gbad fats�h . As Dr. Walter Willet�fs (Harvard University) 1994 article in Science titled:�hWhat Should We Eat?�h shows, the 1960�fs Greeks consumed even more fat (40% total) than we do now in Okinawa, but still had low cardiovascular mortality because they were consuming the �ggood fats�h (ie.Read more ›
As described above, The Okinawa Program is the best way to reduce our rampant U.S. healthcare cost. But, it also may be the most unrealistic, because it relies on self discipline and spirituality. In America, most people are not interested in eating a healthy diet and exercising to lower their cholesterol and look young. They would rather take prescription drugs, growth hormones, and have cosmetic surgery. And, that is how our medical costs keep on skyrocketing.
But now, thanks to The Okinawa Program you can emulate this superior lifestyle with its wonderful benefit that no magic pill will ever deliver. And, it is virtually free.
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A little more extensive than I had imagined, not something I will have on my bedside table for bedtime reading, but chock full of wonderful dietary information and recipes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by julia breedyk
Le livre correspond à la description qui était faite mais la livraison a quand même pris presque 3 semaines de calendrier.Published on Feb. 9 2013 by Bernard Dugas
Good book. I recommend it. But you need something more for it to work. Something else to get you on and stay on such a diet. Read morePublished on May 21 2004
Okinawa was a part of China, before Japan occupied. So, their food basically Chinese food. Therefore, they live longer than Japanese.Published on May 15 2004
The secret of Okinawan longevity, of course, is that
they practice caloric restriction. There is nothing mystical
about their diet other than it being many fewer... Read more
I read the review by John Granger on August 19, 2003 called "Good Program but Not Okinawan". Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by jeffry smythe
I lived in Okinawa for four years and have studied nutrition and worked as a dietary counselor for fifteen years. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by John Granger
I have often read journalistic accounts of centenarians from different parts of the world - Central Asia, Andes, and other places. Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by Govindan Nair
The Okinawa Program is the leading book on healthy aging in America (What's America Reading? Barnes and Noble, 2002) and was nominated for Best Wellness Book of 2001 by a panel of... Read morePublished on June 14 2003 by An informed reviewer