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

by John Robbins (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
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)

From Booklist
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

Product Details

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (September 12, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400065216



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