The Big Five

Five Simple Things You Can Do to Live a Longer, Healthier Life
Narrated by: Dana Hickox
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
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The underlying promise of every exciting medical discovery, diet, and exercise program is the same: Do this, buy this, or eat this, and you will look better, live longer, and be healthier. But few books can make the promise of this one: If you adapt these five simple, virtually free suggestions, you will live a longer and healthier life - guaranteed.

This is no fad study. Each of the recommendations outlined in this book has been proven by an overwhelming number of tests, trials, and studies to increase health and lifespan. There are no gimmicks, no catches, no ifs, ands, or buts.

Presented by a trusted expert, Dr. Sanjiv Chopra's The Big Five includes easily digestible data and startling results from real studies conducted by reputable universities and involving thousands of subjects. Listeners of The Big Five can hear for themselves that without a doubt, these five simple actions offer many more proven benefits than the latest expensive supplements, fad diets, jazzy exercise programs, and state-of-the-art gym equipment.

©2016 Sanjiv Chopra, David Fisher (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC

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Fact filled and logically presented

Dr. Chopra has done a great job of pulling together the latest research for important areas of health, including surprisingly enough, coffee. He states his case then backs it up with many research studies. I appreciate the balanced approach -- it is not always about support for his recommended health practices. I will certainly be looking for other books by the same authors.

The one thing that irritated me was the narrator. Although he has a good voice, he apparently never read the book for content. For example, he consistently mispronounces "causal" (A causes B to happen). He pronounces it as "casual" (informal, without determined effort). In the sentences he is reading, "casual" does not make sense. If he had bothered to read for understanding (not "casually"), he would have asked Dr. Chopra what was meant by the sentence. He may have mispronounced amygdala incorrectly but I'm not certain -- the passage went by too quickly. There are all sorts of people vying to be a narrator for high profile authors. Dana should recognize his privledge and responsibility. But again, he has a good voice so it should not stop you from listening to the book.

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Good information

Overall this book has good information and an overview of several health related programs. I would have liked more about the multiple diet programs that are popular.