Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age

Narrated by: Anthony A. Goodman
Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (1,011 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

We all want to discover the secret to a long and healthy life. But how do you incorporate the secrets of personal wellness into the unique demands of your own schedule? What information would a knowledgeable and compassionate family physician offer someone looking for a reference guide to healthy living?

These 36 comprehensive lectures offer you practical and expert advice that allows you to make your own personalized choices about healthy living, as well as ways to apply that knowledge to your lifestyle. With this course, you'll nourish your body, strengthen your mind, and forever change the way you think about and live your life. Professor Goodman teaches you about the six fundamentals of personal well-being: aging, nutrition and whole foods, movement, mental health, specific health issues, and general health choices. These fundamentals offer a well-rounded and engaging survey of the concepts, issues, and lessons of lifelong health.

Professor Goodman's advice is rooted in scientific information and proven results - without bogging you down in complex terminology or theories. More importantly, it is flavored with commonsense tips, helpful advice, and inspirational stories that make lifelong health both appealing and achievable.

Crafted with the concerns of everyone in mind, whether you're in adolescence or advancing age, this wonderful resource is the perfect way to take those first steps on the road to becoming a better, healthier you.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Wish I would have heard this 25 years ago

What did you love best about Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age?

Health, Diet, and Exercise advice is out there in abundance. Knowing what is believable or not is always tough. Dr. Goodman's lecture was clear, to the point, and makes perfect sense.

What did you like best about this story?

Very comprehensive and practical.

What about Dr. Anthony A. Goodman’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to, it's a long lecture, but never got old.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

"Eat mostly plants, and not too much" is a great quote he used in the lecture.

Any additional comments?

If you step back from this subject in general, it's all about common sense and moderation. Eat wholesome, exercise more, get plenty of rest. But the how's and why's are clearly presented with common sense approach to achieving all of this. Everything from prostate exam options to menopause and children's health or allergies. Loved it!

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Evidence based life sciences at its best.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Dr.Goodman is definitely a great teacher in medicine who can simplify very complex and confusing scientific evidences into concise, simplified yet practical to the listener. It is a "Must read or listen" for everyone who cares to live a good life. It will shed light for those who has been getting lost spending their whole life trying to find a magic bullet from outside only to find that it can simply be done from our inside. Great not only for layman, but also for medical students.

What other book might you compare Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age to and why?

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What does Dr. Anthony A. Goodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His story telling style and tone of voice of the master (knowledgeble and experienced surgeon) made the listener feel as if this is a face to face dialogue with him.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

not neccessary

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Great Overview on Healthy Living

This is a basic primer course on heathy living--it's quite extensive but never digs too deeply into a single subject. And the course continuously reinforces some very basic concepts for healthy living. Because of this, most health professionals are probably familiar with much of this lecture already. I am, however, not a health professional so I walked away with a ton of useful stuff from this course!

Not all the subjects interested me but the narration was well done and kept me engaged. The author brings a sense of discovery and curiosity, which makes even the chapters that might not apply to me (I'm a younger male), engaging.

I was searching for a health resource that wasn't specialized, and one that I could apply to my life right away. And this was an excellent choice! It's not a get-fit-quick book; it's a treasure trove of wisdom in ways we can make one degree changes in our lives that will allow us to get more from each day. "It's not the destination--it's the journey", Goodman writes; this audio book certainly is helping out on my own. Recommended.

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Excellent. Intelligent.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Dr. Goodman was a great speaker. I loved his pace and his ability to speak in layman's terms without it sounding like he was talking down to you and at the same time, use correct terminology for those who DO want the right words/vocabulary.

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Too long, material not that good

The material wasn't as good as i had hoped, and it was streched out far too long. He too easily dismisses alternative health/medicine because there's not enough research/proof to back up the claims, yet advocates organic food but without providing the same reseaech/proof to back it up. It's not bad, but it's not great either. And it's unnecessarily far too long.

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Terrific overarching book on general health topics

This is a great listen for a book on general heath topics ranging from exercising, to doctor visits, to supplements, to organic whole foods. Surprisingly, this was written by a traditional western medical doctor but who does a nice job of separating fact from fiction but incorporating the latest thoughts from all parts of the world, but eastern and western thought. I really felt like he did a good job of trying to keep his own opinion to a comfortable minimum and instead focus on what science has shown. I can pretty much summarize his recurring theme . . . if you want to live long and healthy, exercise regularly and eat most whole organic fruits vegetables, fruits, and nuts, and fish and stay away from supplements, processed foods, etc. and go easy on the meats. I give this book 2 thumbs up. Very balanced and touches on just about everything that is relevant.

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Facts without too much heresay

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

He discusses what the research says... what he think is secondary

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, even at 1.5x this is a monster book/course at 36 hours... Has taken me a month of intermittent listening

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I love his ability to quote real studies... whilst I have not looked into all of them, I have read up about a couple and his take away matched my own.

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For the common man, not the health professional

This audio course is quite basic: I can't really penalize it for that. I'm sure for a lay reader, they will learn a lot (I'm a health professional). This course may save lives and years of life to those who are not very familiar with health topics. For the advanced (health / biology / medical majors / professionals) this will be too basic to the point where you don't feel you've learned anything new or gained any value. The teacher (passionate surgeon) is not monotonous so it wasn't a bore to listen to - though I typically listen to audiobooks with a 1.25x to 1.50x speed magnification to save time and also to not get bored...

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The science of health for the rest of us

Dr. Goodman does a very good job of tying actionable health advice to the basic science that supports it. It's helpful to know not only that something is good for you, or not good for you, but also why that is true. For me, the why adds a lot to my ability to follow through. Additionally, Dr. Goodman doesn't come at this program with 60 things you should change tomorrow. Instead, he consistently recommends small course changes that in years can take you to a whole different (and more healthy) destination.
I found the lecture itself to go a bit slowly, so I listened to most of it at 1.25 and 1.5 speed. Other than that, it was easy to listen to, and even the topics that don't affect me (like smoking or steroid use) were interesting from an academic perspective. There is nothing earth shattering here, but that is more actionable anyhow. If you are looking for good advice and some shallow digging into health science, this is a good lecture.

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Good information; applause irritating!

The content is excellent but the disruptive recorded applause is frankly, annoying. The teaching company even does the applause during meditation sessions. Please consider stopping this practice. We all know the reader/instructor is not in front of an audience. They are in a studio with a mic in front of them. I like your audio book but ..

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  • 08-02-17

Some useful info but too long and too US specific

This was frustrating as had to wade through a lot of irrelevant and excessively detailed info to get the essential message. Also, it related to healthcare in the US. All this series of lectures are US based and some will travel better than others. This guy's voice was pretty grating to my ear too. Having said that, it has made me more determined to focus on better diet and more exercise.

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  • Shahriar
  • 07-22-15

Great listen

This is a very enjoyable listen as well as so informative and to the point.
One of the best in the great course series.

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  • Nicholas Smith
  • 09-07-17

Solid, scientific basis for good health

I found this an extremely interesting run through the current evidence on what works and what doesn't in terms of achieving good health. There were few surprises but what is here is a demonstration of the science that underpins a common sense approach. Recommended.

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  • Sally
  • 10-25-17

Well worth listening to.

I am interested in health and personal development. I appreciated the accent on evidence based practice. The lectures were clear, but assumed some knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Really good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-19

Felt like I was an awful lot older by the end

I'm not sure if this is a 3 or a 4 to be honest. The performance was a bit dull to listen to for so many hours with little to no humour or anything more engaging. I thought the information was on the whole pretty obvious and felt a bit laboured. Main points seemed to be: 1. Exercise 2. Eat wholefoods and a varied diet. Organic preferably (and the Mediterranean diet) 3. Avoid saturated fats 4. Try and avoid stress 5. Try mindfulness 6. Pack in smoking (and probably drinking) 7. Keep your connections with people (though he's not sure why) There was more to it than that, but that was the main thrust of it all. It wasn't very Americanised I didn't think with only a couple of chapters discussing American specific things and they didn't really mess up the message. Exercise he recommended seemed very personalise and I was very surprised that he advised martial arts (which he used to do) and I'm not sure that's what the older people out there would think of that. I thought some of the dietary information was a little out of date and I felt that a lot of it was lacking older evidence. Some of the things that he advised (e.g. turmeric is only useful against inflammation in huge doses) were not correct or had limited information to support them. It was okay and has made me get back into exercise and switch to cholesterol lowering fats, but very little else. Keeping active seems to be the main thing that he advises over all else.

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  • Adisha
  • 04-11-16

Super comprehensive course!

Fantastic course pitched at just the right level and packed full of helpful advice, anecdotes to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Goodman has organised every topic logically, illustrates with exaples and hard earned experience whilst narrating with a warm friendly tone. Highly recommended indeed!

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  • Pauline Huang
  • 09-13-19

A most beneficial and pleasant learning experience

The narrator is extremely knowledgeable and makes us learn and enjoy at the same time

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  • W. Reilly
  • 08-13-19

Excellent delivery of good sense advice

Dr Goodman does a great job of making the material accessible while still giving a good depth of detail about each topic. Each lecture is a good length and moves at a nice place.