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Publisher's Summary

Why do some people age in failing health and sadness, while others grow old with vitality and joy? In this revolutionary audiobook, best-selling 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. Bringing the traditions of these cultures together with the latest breakthroughs in medical science, Robbins reveals that, remarkably, they both point in the same direction.

©2006 John Robbins (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"His advice is mostly commonsensical and scientifically sound, and readers seeking that elusive fountain of youth would be wise to listen up." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Paul
  • Washington, UT, United States
  • 04-09-12

Changed my life

If you could sum up Healthy at 100 in three words, what would they be?

Live like an Okinawan. This book shows you how to live like the healthiest people in the world (and shocker it's not Americans). It's a great look at different cultures and how our health is tied to what we eat and how we live.

What other book might you compare Healthy at 100 to and why?

The China study and The Food Revolution are two other great books to read with a similar theme.

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This is the best book I have ever read. It has changed the way I eat, exercise, and live. I am stronger, faster, and healthier than I have ever been. It may not have that dramatic of an impact on everyone but it should make you rethink everything you put in your mouth from now on.

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Changed my Life

I recommend this book often. I've listened to it twice and it really did help change my habits. I was a vegetarian of 20 years who lived on Mac & Cheese. I keep a lot of the wisdom from this book with me. I think Robbins makes this advice practical and accessible to everyone. My favorite thing though is the background research he did and the examples of people from other cultures.

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Informative and hopeful

In the beginning of this book Mr. Robbins discusses the dietary and social habits of some of the longest lived societies in the world. These socities inlcude the VealCobbins, Hunzans, Abkazians, and Okinawans. Next Mr. Robbins discusses why these societies have elders who are not only long in age but long health. It all boils down to diet (lots of fruits and vegetables) and most importantly social connections (the need to belong and sense of purpose). This book has changed the way I eat and made me realize that I am not island and my connections to friends and family have more impact on my health than i could ever imagine!

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  • Deb
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 09-25-11

Great Advice on Nutrition and Life!

What did you love best about Healthy at 100?

Wow, if this author were a preacher, I'd go to his sermons. Great advice not only about how to eat well, but, how to live well. He talks about successful cultures that live a life of loving each other without competition, materialism, criticism and violence, while experiencing an abundance of health and happiness. Beam me up!

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Awesome!

I loved this book. This is a great "read" for anyone wanting to live a healthy life; physical, mental, and spirit. The narrator was great.

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outstanding

A very good and honest look at living healthy and happy through the seasons of life

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Educational and Interested!

Full of important, useful information to live a healthy and happy life. What surprised me most was that it was written in a way that made the information fun and interesting.

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Insightful

A must listen if you choose health and vibrant living! We can re-learn shat has been lost from out grandparents'
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  • JP
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 04-12-10

Needs an editor. I couldn't quite finish.

Although I was able to glean bits of useful information from this book, at nearly 11 hours in length this audio is about 9 hours too long although your personal taste may give him more leeway as he tells arguably interesting stories long past the point of relevancy. Robbins is an aging hippie and his agnst-filled worldview sets an overall tone of negativism while pining for the primitive existence of disappearing cultures. I got the feeling the book was written less to inspire the individual to take steps to good health but more to inspire the government to pass laws about what we can eat and perhaps other rules forbidding "unhealthy" cultural tendencies. I would wait for the (heavily) abridged version.

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This book has everything

This book goes into extensively the subject of the impact of diet, of exercise and of other aspects of lifestyle, including the degree of a person’s social connections, on your chances for longevity and a healthy strong old age. John Robbins reviews the best research and literature through telling stories about others and his own life. It has just been a joy to listen to and a pleasure to hear over and over again. Each time I listen I get more from this rich and dense book.