Life Beyond 100: Secrets of the Fountain of Youth

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Using today's most leading-edge therapies and breakthroughs in the science of longevity, a pioneering holistic physician shows how we can healthfully age to one hundred, and beyond.

By following commonsense habits, we can expect an average lifespan of one hundred years. Adding the life-enhancing effects of natural DHEA restoration, stress reduction, meditation, reduced caloric intake, and a range of mind/body techniques may, however, give us another forty years of active, ...

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Overview

Using today's most leading-edge therapies and breakthroughs in the science of longevity, a pioneering holistic physician shows how we can healthfully age to one hundred, and beyond.

By following commonsense habits, we can expect an average lifespan of one hundred years. Adding the life-enhancing effects of natural DHEA restoration, stress reduction, meditation, reduced caloric intake, and a range of mind/body techniques may, however, give us another forty years of active, healthy living. Therein lies the available "fountain of youth." These are the conclusions of Dr. C. Norman Shealy after a long career in medicine and, in recent years, as one of the leading spokesmen of alternative medical treatments.

The result of years of clinical practice and research, Youthful Aging also exposes the fallacies behind many of the claims of the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry. These two groups, says Shealy, rather than increasing people's life expectancy, create the opposite effect, consigning hundreds of thousands of people to an often miserable and premature old age. As a counterpoint, this revealing book provides the most ambitious-yet medically grounded and practical-longevity program available.

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Publishers Weekly
Shealy promises readers unprecedented life spans by accessing energy pathways in the body. According to the nationally known researcher in the fields of energy medicine and intuitive healing, simple lifestyle changes (no smoking, limited alcohol, increased activity) can add years to life, but for dramatic increases in life expectancy, we should concentrate on keeping our DHEA (hormones indicative of stress reserves) and calcitonin (hormones maintaining skeletal integrity) levels optimal and decreasing free-radical damage. Doing so, he says, will make living to 120, even 160, the norm in the next stage of human evolution. To this end, he offers a system for activating specific chemical pathways in the body, tips for relieving stress and depression, dietary guidelines, simple exercise routines and illness-specific remedies. Readers interested in energy medicine will likely find Shealy's explanation of alternative theories and therapies useful, while others may find the procedures (photo- and electrical stimulation; quartz crystals; etc.)-some of which call for products developed by Shealy-time-consuming and expensive. Shealy's depth of knowledge is impressive, but his focus on achieving a specific number unfortunate. For a different view of aging, one that includes acceptance of human mortality and aims for well-being, see Andrew Weil's Healthy Aging (Reviews, Aug. 8). Agent, David Alexander. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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With the increase in human life expectancy, there is a growing interest in books detailing the potential to extend life spans beyond the century mark, e.g., The Okinawa Program: How the World's Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health-And How You Can Too and Gary Null's Power Aging. Here, holistic physician Shealy (founder, American Holistic Medical Assn.; 90 Days to Stress-Free Living) prescribes treatment regimens for common chronic illnesses, utilizing a variety of herbal preparations, supplements, special diets, healing soaks, lotions, autogenic training, and self-administered transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) treatments. All of these, Shealy claims, will correct the biochemical deficiencies and electromagnetic malfunctions that are the root of ill health. The author himself devised several of these remedies (e.g., Biogenics Magnesium Lotion), lending an air of an old-time medicine show to the book, an impression further enhanced by Shealy's claim to have the ability to "see" etheric, or spiritual, energy surrounding human bodies. Detailed notes and a bibliography refer to a variety of scientific and nonscientific resources. Other than offering dubious cures for chronic illnesses that may or may not shorten the life span, this book supplies no real specifics for increasing longevity. Not recommended.-Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Lib., Cleveland Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585424313
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/29/2005
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., is an eminent physician, with a long and successful career in both conventional and complementary medicine. The founder of the American Holistic Medical Association, he has held sixteen academic appointments.

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    Eat, eat, eat!

    My grandma just turned 102. Do you think she limits her calorie intake? She has lived this long because she is a human eating machine. She is not morbidly obese; she is under 200 pounds. She can outeat anyone. Old age is a matter of genes. If you have the right ones, you can eat, eat, eat. Why should I tell grandma now that she should limit her calories?

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