Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization

Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization

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by John J. Ratey, Richard Manning
     
 

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The scientific evidence behind why maintaining a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors will restore our health and well-being.

In GO WILD, Harvard Medical School Professor John Ratey, MD, and journalist Richard Manning reveal that although civilization has rapidly evolved, our bodies have not kept pace. This mismatch affects every area of…  See more details below

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The scientific evidence behind why maintaining a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors will restore our health and well-being.

In GO WILD, Harvard Medical School Professor John Ratey, MD, and journalist Richard Manning reveal that although civilization has rapidly evolved, our bodies have not kept pace. This mismatch affects every area of our lives, from our general physical health to our emotional wellbeing. Investigating the power of living according to our genes in the areas of diet, exercise, sleep, nature, mindfulness and more, GO WILD examines how tapping into our core DNA combats modern disease and psychological afflictions, from Autism and Depression to Diabetes and Heart Disease. By focusing on the ways of the past, it is possible to secure a healthier and happier future, and GO WILD will show you how.

Editorial Reviews

In this conversation-starting book, a Harvard Medical School professor and a journalist explain how getting back to our Paleo roots can be the best way to stabilize our lives and cure our ills. Dr. John Ratey don't want you to pretend to be cave-dwellers, but they do argue that living according to our genes can help us to connect to habits and rhythms that predate civilization. Go Wild might sound wild, but it contains some sound science, including strategies on exercise, diet, sleep, nature, mindfulness, and other topics that none of us can ignore. Editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
05/05/2014
In this inspiring book, Harvard Medical School professor Ratey (Spark) and journalist Manning (It Runs in the Family) outline the mental and physical benefits of living more like our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Citing major research studies, the authors see such health problems as obesity, inactivity, and high blood sugar as “‘afflictions of civilization.’” They examine humanity’s biochemical and evolutionary modes of well-being, and encourage readers to “go wild” because “human evolution occurred under wild conditions, and this made us who we are.” Their key point: “evolution has hard-wired health to happiness.” Though there are many other titles on the paleo diet and low-carb nutrition lists, readers will appreciate the considerable attention given to the importance of movement and discussion of research on the design of the human body; neuroscience indicates that “the whole brain flourishes as a result of movement.” The authors build on research about diet and movement with examinations of sleep, awareness, and the importance of connection to both nature and one another. They do not describe a specific wellness program, but, instead, urge readers to begin “a process of discovery” into their own health—one that will surely benefit from using this book as a catalyst. (June)
From the Publisher
"A brilliantly creative synthesis of research and theory offering up a practical, playful, yet profound answer to that most basic question: how to live."—Edward Hallowell, MD, author of Shine: Using Brain Science to Bring Out the Best in Your People"

The mission accomplished by this wonderfully empowering book is nothing short of revolutionary."—from the foreword by David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain"

Essential reading for anyone interested in unleashing the true power of human nature."—Tyler Graham, author of The Happiness Diet"

An exciting read! A fascinating investigation into the power of evolutionary forces in our lives. Illuminating, penetrating, and immensely practical."—Jim Loehr, cofounder of Human Performance Institute and coauthor of The Power of Full Engagement"

A clear, sustained, fast-paced, utterly persuasive argument that much of our current distress and disease is the product of how the activities of regimented modern life estrange us from our biological needs, literally making us ill. It's also about how to live to avoid this distress. Filled with fascinating details, and the palpable joy of the authors who have found a way to break free from these restrictions, it's also inspiring and will influence many to change the way they live for the better."—Norman Doidge, MD, author of The Brain That Changes Itself

PRAISE FOR SPARK"

A real turning point that explains something I've been trying to figure out for years, having experienced symptoms of both ADHD and mild depression. Exercise is not simply necessary; as Dr. Ratey clearly shows, it's medicine."—Greg LeMond, three-time winner of the Tour de France"

SPARK is just what we need—a thoughtful, interesting, scientific treatise on the powerful and positive impact of exercise on the brain. In mental health, exercise is a growth stock and Ratey is our best broker."—Ken Duckworth, MD, Medical Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness"

If your goal is to live a long and healhy life to the fullest, then Spark should be required reading."—Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, "The Father of Aerobics""

Spark is mercifully short on Ivy League med-school-speak. And it may just spell the end of all dumb-jock jokes." —Abe Streep, Outside"

Ratey has culled the latest science and found that a regular workout can help build a better, faster brain."—USA TODAY"

At last a book that explains to me why I feel so much better if I run in the morning!"—Dr. Susan M. Love, Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316246071
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
360,940
File size:
881 KB

Meet the Author

John Ratey, M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of numerous bestselling and groundbreaking books, including Spark, Driven to Distraction, and A User's Guide to the Brain. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Richard Manning is an award-winning journalist. He is the author of eight books, including One Round River. His work has appeared in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010, Harper's, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

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Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers' Favorite Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization by John Ratey M.D. and Richard Manning is a fascinating look at optimal health through going wild or returning to instinctual behavior. Think of living 1000 years ago with no grocery stores, cars, or electricity. You would prepare your own food, possibly after catching or harvesting it, and eat what best nourished you. You would walk or run wherever you needed to go, or ride an animal, and have no need to go to the gym after doing the manual work required to take care of yourself and your family. And when the sun went down, light would be drastically reduced and your body would prepare for a great night’s sleep. Deviation from these “wild” behaviors and your body’s adaptation to the deviations, postulate Ratey and Manning, are the cause of many common modern afflictions. For example, one type of exercise in a gym could cause repetitive motion injuries, whereas more overall exercise such as walking and doing yard work and housework would work different muscles and promote flexibility. And Go Wild would not be complete without several chapters on how to use this information. Combinations of “wild” factors are considered such as experiencing nature and being outside, with the query whether the combination would enhance or improve the effect. Finally, one is advised to find their “lever;” what one change can you effect first that will springboard you into “rewilding?” If desired, you can even visit a rewilding center, such as Rancho La Puerta, where you can be coached to Go Wild yourself. It’s certain to improve your life.
Holly03 More than 1 year ago
Insightful, smart and, if you let it be, life-changing. This is more science than self help--though there are plenty of great tips and it's a way better read than dense science.  This book is about finding and becoming who we are as humans. When we do this, we'll be happier and healthier, the authors say. After reading it, I'm convinced they are right. Highly recommend. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RMeshar More than 1 year ago
The authors are throwing around many statements and generalizations that are not backed up by references, research or footnotes. Really? Not ONE footnote to document what they claim??? Worthless writing from two men with supposedly advanced education. Ugh!