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Why do some people age in failing health and sadness, while others grow old with vitality and joy?
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"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.
"We all have the tools to live longer lives, and to remain active, productive, and resourceful until the very end," Robbins writes. "Healthy at 100" strives to improve both the quality and the quantity of our remaining years-no matter how old or how healthy we might currently be-and to reverse the social stigma on aging. After reading this book, we will never think about age-or life-in the same way again.
"John Robbins has inspired millions of people with his eloquent, clear, compassionate, and insightful guidance on the path to health and fulfillment. Healthy at 100 may be his finest work to date. If you are interested in extending your health span as well as your life span, read this book! Healthy at 100 is a masterpiece."
-Dean Ornish, M.D., president and director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, author of "Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease"
"This is a remarkably open and heartfelt book full of wisdom and love by an extraordinary man who has been teaching us how to live more healthy and compassionate lives for over twenty years now. John Robbins has created a new vision of aging for American society."
-John Mackey, CEO, "Whole Foods"
"John Robbins is one of the most important voices in America today. He cuts through nonsense like no one else does. He gives hope like no one else does. His words are lifelines for both the body and soul. This book can literally save our lives."
-Marianne Williamson, author of "A Return to Love "and "A Woman's Worth"
"Healthy at 100 is a marvelous blend of wisdom, hope, courage, and common sense. John Robbins gives us caring, science, and inspiration-a beautiful diet for the heart."
-Jack Kornfield, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock, author of "A Path with Heart"
"As the low-carb diet craze is gone, John Robbins proposes a far healthier approach that leads not just to a healthy weight but also to a joyful and fulfilled life. Healthy at 100 is packed with informed and heartfelt wisdom."
-Jorge Cruise, author of "The 3-Hour Diet," creator of JorgeCruise.com
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""John Robbins inspires me on every page. His unique experiences and viewpoints were the reasons I wanted him to be in my film Super Size Me."" This book only reinforces my faith in him as a thought-provoking humanitarian."
-Morgan Spurlock, producer and director of "Super Size Me"

"From the Hardcover edition."

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About the Author

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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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? Robbinswho 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 Americaexplains 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) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Read this book! Healthy at 100 is a masterpiece."-Dean Ornish, M.D. "Healthy at 100 is a marvelous blend of wisdom, hope, courage, and common sense. John Robbins gives us caring, science, and inspiration-a beautiful diet for the heart."-Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart "Commonsensical and scientifically sound . . . readers seeking that elusive fountain of youth would be wise to listen up."-Publishers Weekly "Robbins marshals a great deal of excellent data from reputable scientific sources to support his arguments."-The Roanoke Times "Thought-provoking . . . highly recommended."-Library Journal Read this book! Healthy at 100 is a masterpiece. Dean Ornish, M.D. Healthy at 100 is a marvelous blend of wisdom, hope, courage, and common sense. John Robbins gives us caring, science, and inspiration a beautiful diet for the heart. Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart Commonsensical and scientifically sound . . . readers seeking that elusive fountain of youth would be wise to listen up. Publishers Weekly Robbins marshals a great deal of excellent data from reputable scientific sources to support his arguments. The Roanoke Times Thought-provoking . . . highly recommended. Library Journal" " Read this book! Healthy at 100 is a masterpiece." - Dean Ornish, M.D. " Healthy at 100 is a marvelous blend of wisdom, hope, courage, and common sense. John Robbins gives us caring, science, and inspiration- a beautiful diet for the heart." - Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart " Commonsensical and scientifically sound . . . readers seeking that elusive fountain of youth would be wise to listen up." - Publishers Weekly " Robbins marshals a great deal of excellent data from reputable scientific sources to support his arguments." - The Roanoke Times " Thought-provoking . . . highly recommended." - Library Journal

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 increasing our own life and health spans. Unlike Sally Beare in 50 Secrets of the World's Longest Living People, he takes into consideration not only the length of life but also its quality. He argues that, although Americans are living longer than ever before, they are also taking longer to die than ever before. Too many of our elders, he writes, are spending too many years weak and sick. Alternately, the elders of the four native cultures he examines the Abkhazia, the Vilcabamba, the Hunza, and the Okinawans maintain lives that are both long and productive. These elders are a functioning part of their society and make necessary contributions to their families and communities. Robbins considers the ways they accomplish this and offers suggestions our own society would do well to follow. Thought-provoking enough to be a good choice for book discussion groups and highly recommended for public libraries. Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with the Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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