The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

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Who does not want to be healthier? Now in paperback: the book that Andrew Weil calls “offbeat, informative, and fun . . . a great read,” and that has been praised as “a delightful dance through science” (New York Times bestselling author Mark Hyman, M.D.) and as a “remarkable and insightful book [that] offers you the chance to achieve the best health of your life” (Mark Liponis, M.D., Medical Director, Canyon Ranch).

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Overview


Who does not want to be healthier? Now in paperback: the book that Andrew Weil calls “offbeat, informative, and fun . . . a great read,” and that has been praised as “a delightful dance through science” (New York Times bestselling author Mark Hyman, M.D.) and as a “remarkable and insightful book [that] offers you the chance to achieve the best health of your life” (Mark Liponis, M.D., Medical Director, Canyon Ranch).

Written by bestselling author Gene Stone, The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick arose from his desire to discover what might actually prevent him from getting sick himself. This book, the result of that exploration, tells the stories of twenty-five people who each possess a different secret of excellent health—a secret that makes sense and that Stone discovered has a true scientific underpinning. There are food secrets—why to take garlic and vitamin C, eat more probiotics, become
a vegan, drink a tonic of brewer’s yeast. Exercise secrets—the benefits of lifting weights, the power of stretching. Environmental secrets—living in a Blue Zone, understanding the value of germs. Emotional secrets—seek out and stay in touch with friends, cultivate your spirituality. Physical secrets—nap more, take cold showers in the morning. And the wisdom that goes back generations: Yes, chicken soup works.

The stories make it personal, the research makes it real, and the do-it-yourself information shows how to integrate each secret into your own life, and become the next person who never gets sick.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Former Esquire editor Stone has collaborated on a number of health and diet titles, and here he relates the results of his own quest to avoid colds and flu. The 25 practices Stone discovered, he contends, may also keep readers free from major illnesses and contribute to longer, healthier lives. Each chapter contains a personal story culled from those Stone collected from people of diverse ages and backgrounds (an 85-year-old marathon champion, actor George Burns, Stone's sixth-grade teacher, a Chinese man reputed to have lived more than 200 years, etc.) and the secrets that kept them well; sections with scientific data; and Stone's recommendations. Along with widely accepted medical wisdom (plant-based diet; adequate sleep; exercise; yoga; satisfying relationships; positive attitude), Stone includes eyebrow raisers; e.g., taking cold showers, eating dirt, and dousing in hydrogen peroxide. Between these extremes, Stone offers insights into debates on brewer's yeast, probiotics, alkalizing diets, and detoxification. In an afterword, he reveals which practices have worked for him and suggests one that might be most powerful of all: the placebo effect. Stone's bottom line: whichever healthy practices readers pursue, consistency and absolute belief in their efficacy are key ingredients in the wellness recipe. (Nov.)
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More than a how-to for staying well, The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick is an entertaining—not to mention informative—lesson on health, history and human ingenuity.

–Bookpage

Library Journal
Most everyone wants to a live a long, healthy life and avoid becoming sick. After battling a lingering cold, health journalist and ghostwriter Stone became interested in discerning the health secrets of those people who stay well. The author has interviewed people who rarely get sick and highlights the practices that they claim have provided them with good health. Stone's secret tips range from the norm, such as calorie reduction, running, and chicken soup, to more bizarre secrets like brewer's yeast, hydrogen peroxide, and eating dirt. VERDICT The writing style makes the book easy to read, and while many may find it interesting, most of the secret tips provided are only anecdotal, offering little or no scientific evidence to back up the health claims. Stone's book may appeal to readers interested in alternative health.—Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Ctr., Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Libs. & Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Health Syst., Richmond
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761158141
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/20/2010
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 1,506,807
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Stone is a writer, journalist, and former Peace Corps volunteer. He is the co-author, most recently, of The New York Times bestseller, The Engine 2 Diet, and his articles and columns have appeared in New York, Esquire, Vogue, Elle, GQ, and The Huffington Post. He lives in New York City and is a vegan (secret #17). His website is www.secretsofpeople.com.

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