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Healthy at 100

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posted on Dec, 26 2009 @ 11:34 AM
Has anyone got a chance to read this book? I recently picked it up from the local library and got to say I'm loving it so far. Really gives you an insight on some of the long lived ancient cultures and how they live. There life's are so simple yet so great, really puts a new perspective on American life and how absolutely backwards our thinking is. I recommend anyone interested in health or a good read to go pick this book up its definitely worth the read.

About the book-
Why do some people age in failing health and sadness while others grow old with vitality and joy? In this revolutionary new book, bestselling author John Robbins presents us with a bold new paradigm of aging, showing us how we can increase not only our life span 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 help 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 life-span than such known vices as smoking. There is clearly a strong beneficial power to love and connection. After reading this book, we will never think about age — or life — in the same way again.

posted on Dec, 26 2009 @ 11:58 AM
Thank you. I will certainly check out that book. That type of reading is right up my alley.

posted on Dec, 26 2009 @ 01:24 PM
Wow, that book is certainly something id enjoy reading. It makes so much sense though doesnt it. Having a healthy culture (aka healthy group of people, social interactions mostly positive etc) is obviously linked with actual physical health. What interests me most however is how very different each culture experiences their time on this planet, and how that in turn affects their bodily systems desire and capacity to continue that experience.

i mean if your life is filled mainly by negative social interactions, then its seems clear that our bodies would internalise those negative energies in some obscure form modern medicine cannot even conceive of yet.. im just specuating here. but these are just the thoughts that came to my mind when i read the OP. star and flag.

[edit on 26-12-2009 by DizzyDayDream]

posted on Dec, 27 2009 @ 01:26 PM
Have heard of this book and will get it, my father is 90 and golfs everyday, on no meds of any kind and never has been, still strong and takes care of his own home in Florida and Michigan including the landscaping plus any repairs that may be needed, his twin sisters lived to their mid nineties and were also healthy all their lives..I think the key is not to sit in a chair in front of the TV........there is one thing my Dad does if he feels a little tired, he will take a 10 minute nap and is ready to go again.

posted on Dec, 27 2009 @ 04:23 PM
reply to post by Rawhemp

Thanks for your interesting thread, Rawhemp.

I believe there is a great deal that a person can do to achieve & maintain good health.

The book appears to cover a lot of those things & therefore appears very useful.

Within a positive, wholistic approach to good health, I'm a strong advocate of resistance training (i.e. weight training) being of enormous benefit to older people.

I have seen some incredible results of people improving their health at my gym, in this manner.

The physical & mental benefits are strong, in my opinion.

There are more & more credible & peer reviewed medical references to this.

Kind regards
Maybe...maybe not

posted on Jan, 3 2010 @ 12:51 AM
Just finished this book, again want to state how great of a read it is!

posted on Jan, 3 2010 @ 01:29 AM
Sounds like a good read...

from what i'm hearing it sounds close to the reality...

Mental State Belief, Attitude being a big part of the picture...

Look at me on avatar... i'm 40 this year, my new gf is 26, i get double proofed to go out at night...

To be honest I don't actually believe aging exists aside from a mental construct... all my friends from Hs are balding, achey and messed up... fat...

I would put Music, life, outlook, beliefs as more important than any of it...

I can't buy smokes yet or go to a bar without 2 cards for verification at almost 40 and i'm sitting here smoking and banging around the living room to Rob Zombie atm... drinking a fifth of Brandy (good Brandy)

Not being all into myself... seriously, I just think the MIND is everything, i've done some seriously messed up stuff to myself in my time and a bit o knowledge and the right attitude go a long, long way

i'll be one of those people at 112 on the news explaining how a bit o bacon and scotch are okay if done right


everything else is almost immaterial, if your mind body connection is strong you wont die outside of serious trauma

No joke...not wrinkle, not a grey hair, not a patch of bald, I can finish a marathon and I smoke... and I was divorced 2 years ago and punished myself hardcore into the ground for about 8 months, in ways that kill most people ( i put a lot of physical rehabilitation work in don't get me wrong)

None the less... the body does exactly what the mind tells it too

[edit on 3-1-2010 by mopusvindictus]

posted on Jan, 3 2010 @ 01:37 AM
I've also learned...

To trade money for freedom lately

Money is the root of all evil... when forced to choose, I choose a good time and exercise above work every time regardless of consequences...


Slavery is the worst age inducer of all time, confinement lack of action and being...

I do pretty good anyway most of the time... and being under fluorescent lights with a boss will loose you 40 years alone...

posted on Jan, 3 2010 @ 10:26 AM
Good points mopus!

Aging definitely has a lot to do with your outlook on life and mental poise for sure

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