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Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn and leading health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel have discovered biological markers called telomeres, which can help us to understand how healthy our cells are and what we can do to improve them.

The Telomere Effect looks at ideas including how biological age is not chronological age, a biological basis for the mind-body connection and how sleep and diet can affect telomeres. It also offers tools and advice on how to determine cellular age and telomere health.

©2017 Elizabeth Blackburn (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Loved learning about telomeres

This book is filled with knowledge and wisdom. It is written in a manner that engages the reader. Loved learning about telomeres. Thank you

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  • David
  • 03-24-17

Pick and choose your data?

An interesting book, if a little long. Not great at getting to the point, and packed full of rambling anecdotes about made up people to represent extreme examples.
Congratulations on winning the Nobel Prize and everything. You obviously know your stuff, so I can't argue there.
However, I did notice a significant bias in the way you discredit research that you don't like. A good example of this was in the way you dismissed "reduced calorie diets" without bothering to refer to the significant weight of claims that prolonged fasting helps to increase telomere length.
Just the fact that you don't like the sound of fasting doesn't mean it isn't helpful. Fasting for more than 24 hours has a demonstrably profound effect on diabetes, blood sugar and insulin resistance, as well as helping to minimise oxidative stress. Since all these factors are key to telomere length, why dismiss animal studies with a casual "People are not animals" jibe? Especially when you're happy to refer to animal studies when it suits your findings?
Bad science.

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  • 8anos
  • 03-07-17

Insightful

Well written book; a technical subject presented in an easy to understand non technical way. A good starting point for anyone who is interested in learning about human (anti) aging and how it can be slowed down.

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  • Isidro Jimenez Ovelar
  • 02-21-18

no science, deceptive title

Nothing near to what I expected from a Nobel prize author. Being my first audible book I tried to give an effort and finish it, I skipped last 3 chapters.
There's no science in it, no solid fundamentals.
It is a basic wellness and self help book full of obvious health recommendations.
Waste of time and money

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-16-18

fantastic book

I was hoping that it would be a good book, but I found it a fantastic one. The provided information seems balanced and backed up. The highlighted and explained link between psychology and the body was explained quite well. not everything is black and white and that is also made very clear. And, I finally know what a free radical is :). I also like how the link to cancer, inflammation, ... is indicated.

I strongly recommend it too anyone interested in health, based on scientific studies. Not only for physical health, but also the I teresting psychological link that has been investigated: supportive environment, poverty, ... It's also explained very well for the people who don't work in health care.

Every human should actually read this, or listen to it. However, I would strongly recommend it to every health care professional, physical or psychological, but also to parents.

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  • 10-09-17

Informative and insightful

The concept of telomere length is explained and expanded as the main indicator of cellular ageing and breakdown. This is the chief genetic indicator of cancer and cellular death. t
This book explains that this factor can be highly influenced by diet, health and habits and that we are not doomed to get sick and die early. The effects of affluence and modernisation lead to premature morbidity and death. The good news is this can be reversed. Contains substantial references to the microbiome in addition to many practical tips on enhancing longevity. Good habits and health lead to old age and wealth!

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  • 06-30-17

Unspeakably tedious

This could have been an interesting book if it had stuck to the science. As it is it is a mixture of molecular science and new age advice from a maiden aunt. For the science it is less emotionally wearing to read the references. If you want to live longer, eat healthy, exercise and have a positive and social disposition, and preferably don't get born in a poor family (wow). And yes, there appears to be a genetic marker related to ageing in the form of telomeres

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  • Lukasz
  • 02-21-17

interesting

very informative. I was already recommending that book to my friends and so I recommend this book to you.

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  • Umi Olsen
  • 05-05-17

Inspiring and spiritual

At first this book may seem rather scientific and dry as it goes into explaining what telomere's are. But reading on it was fascinating and inspiring to understand, particularly through the examples, stories and very practical tips and exercises, how our telomeres may be impacted by our genes, our childhood, life experiences and sense of purpose, our behaviors and attitudes and our interconnectedness with each other. A fascinating, inspiring and spiritual read.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-18-17

Try to live a good life

Would you listen to The Telomere Effect again? Why?

No. Its read by a know-it-all smug granny.

What did you like best about this story?

Info was good and up to date. Like the references to studies.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Suzanne Toren?

The authors perhaps. Just not one who is talking to you like she's trying to get you to join her bible studies group. Stop smiling while reading as its unnatural in delivery.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

Its good info, however its a bit jumbled and long winded in repeating the same bits over again. It could be about 1/2 the length if they just go to the point. Would be better with summaries at the end of the chapters. Quizzes in the audio were just horrible. Put them in the PDF.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-22-17

Should be called: Stress Less, Live Long & Healthy

Another good title, "Psychology & Telomeres: A marriage of health."

I had the playback speed set to 215% by the end.

The science was interesting, and seemed valid, and the authors always pointed out anything that was not 100% supported by the rigors of the scientific method.

But, I got bored with the albeit great psychological exercises. Mindfulness found it's way into this book too. Hell, maybe I should give it a go. I just wish they'd played up the equally useful role of anti-depressant/anxiety medication in solving stress/anxiety for when mind games don't work.

Other interesting "marriages" included: exercise & telomeres, and food & telomeres.

I wish the whole book was briefer, but it was good information, and I'm better for having "read" (listened) to it.