Would you like to simplify your life? Stay youthful in mind, body and spirit? Learn the simple secrets of the world’s healthiest and longest living people?
Fact: The world’s healthiest, longest living people have never heard of good fats, bad fats, low carb diets, glycaemic index, optimal heart rates, or any other ‘modern-day’ health fads. We Westerners drown in such information, yet continue to suffer from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and stress disorders in almost epidemic numbers!
Combining ancient Eastern wisdom (Ayurveda), thousand-year-old spiritual teachings, natural health science secrets, and the latest modern research, this book will reconnect you to the age-old wisdoms of health, as followed by the world’s healthiest people. These proven ‘wisdoms of life’, based on time-tested ‘natural laws’, will remind you of the simple secrets to enjoying your best health and a wonderfully happy life.
You will learn how to: If you want to remain youthful in mind and body, experience more joy in life, and make good health simpler, this book will show you how.10% of the profits of this book go to non-profit community groups such as the Beyond Blue national depression initiative. ©2011 Mark Bunn (P)2011 Mark Bunn
If you want to remain youthful in mind and body, experience more joy in life, and make good health simpler, this book will show you how.10% of the profits of this book go to non-profit community groups such as the Beyond Blue national depression initiative.
©2011 Mark Bunn (P)2011 Mark Bunn
Yes. I have already listened to it once, and went through part of it again.
At first I was a little put off by the author reading his own book, because of his heavy Australian accent, but once you get used to it, it doesn't distract from the book at all. In fact, he will make you laugh a few times, and if someone else had been reading it, it might have lost some of its personality.
I've studied alternative medicine since I was a teenager. Now I can't say that I have dedicated my life to reading health books, but I've read my fair share. I even embarked on writing my own health diet book (plan) and self-published it for free on the Net. Again, I in no way claim to be an expert, but I've put in enough time and study on health matters that my thoughts on this book should have some validity and weight, I think...for what that is worth.
The main thing is, a lot of stuff in this book is heresy to America. In every possible way, the solution to our problems in America is always outside of ourselves. There is always some vitamin, pill, potion, operation, book, expert, guru, exercise, diet, etc., etc., that is the solution to our many, many, many problems here in America. One of the main points in Ancient Wisdom is, we hold the answers inside us. As Bunn points, the longest lived people in the world don't sit around reading books on health, and they don't know the difference between good fats and bad fats. No, they live their lives, and a lot of times manage to live a lot longer than we do, healthier, and with much less disease.
A lot of my area of study in the past has been what long-lived people ate. Since it is documented that people in third-world countries who move to America and adopt a western-diet, also adopt the western rates of cancer and disease, it only makes sense that diet is a major component of disease. But of all the information I have studied on this, none of them touch on the areas that are touched on in Ancient Wisdom. That's what I think is so valuable about Ancient Wisdom. It isn't that you can't find this information in other places, but that it ties all the information together in a very unique way.
In all the diet/health books I have read, the foods are the solution to our health problems. They leave out, however, that the foods eaten by people in third-world countries come with other components than just food. America, for instance, leans heavily toward the individual. In other countries, they put far more value on community and relationships. Often elderly people are looked up to as wise, and instead of being put in a nursing home, they play key roles in the family unit and community.
The key point there being, two people could eat the exact same diet, but one be put out to pasture and one be a cornerstone to the family and community...and one end up having superior health and happiness over the other, despite a similar diet. So it isn't always about things. It isn't vitamins. It doesn't come in a pill. You can't just buy it. It's a package deal, and it isn't for sale here in the US.
That being said, some of this book, while really interesting, isn't always practical for people in the modern world. It will, however, point a person in a much better direction than the vast majority of books on health I have read. In fact, this book will make a person look at a lot of things differently, and I can't say there are a whole lot of books that will do that.
For instance, it will make you question exercise just for the sake of exercise, when you could get exercise while playing a sport with one of your children, or with someone else, with which you may get added benefits other than just from the exercise, like the happiness that comes from doing something fun with a friend...which in turn may play a much more vital role in our health than we think.
All in all, a unique book from a very unAmerican perspective, and one that more Americans need to look into, in my opinion. Maybe it wouldn't change the world if we all had this information, but it isn't going to kill anyone to hear this information, even if they don't put it all in practice or even believe all of it.
As a side note, I found Ancient Wisdom while doing some searching on the key words "ancient wisdom" after reading, "The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom," by Jonathan Haidt. If you enjoy Ancient Wisdom, I recommend listening to the Happiness Hypothesis. While there is some overlap in content, Bunn expands on some areas, while Haidt expands on others, so the two books are very complimentary to each other, yet both are good in their own right.
I would, and have, recommended this book to everyone. I haven't before been able to understand Ayurvedic principles. Now I get it and it's not hard at all!
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