The good news is, simple, sustainable lifestyle changes can mean the difference between health and infirmity, between life and death. Putting his three decades of experience and education to work, Dr. Furman gives readers the strategies they need to live not just longer, but younger. This essential resource to health helps readers
-achieve and maintain their ideal weight
-reduce their risk for life-threatening diseases
-make exercise a natural part of their lives
-learn what foods to eat and what foods to avoid
It even shows how following the plan can not only eliminate heart disease, but also keep people safe from various cancers, dementia, diabetes, stroke, erectile dysfunction, and other age- and obesity-related problems.
Dr. Furman wants readers to realize that poor health during one's "golden years" is not inevitable. It can and should be avoided at all cost. And with his expert advice, readers can live long, healthy, vibrant lives, enjoying time with friends and family instead of wasting it in doctors' offices and hospitals.
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About the Author
Author's proceeds from this book will be donated to World Medical Mission and Samaritan's Purse to help build housing for doctors abroad.
Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent more than thirty years as a vascular surgeon. The author of Prescription for Life and Your Cholesterol Matters, Furman is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the North Carolina Surgical Society, and a two-term governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is cofounder of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse, and is a member of the board of Samaritan's Purse. He lives in Boone, North Carolina.
For more information, please visit www.prescriptionforlifeplan.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword David Jeremiah 11
Preface Senator Bill Frist 15
Part 1 What You Need to Understand about the Aging Process 33
1 Your Course Determines Your Destination 35
2 Your Arteries Are the Cornerstone of the Aging Process 39
3 Understanding Cholesterol Is Essential 56
4 Beware of Alternative Ways to Beat Aging 76
5 Prevention Is Key to Staying Young 82
6 Commitment and Action Are Key to Success 90
Part 2 Eat the Right Foods 115
7 Food Lessons from around the World 117
8 Grocery Shopping Made Easy 124
9 Foods to Avoid 131
10 Foods to Live By 146
11 Off-Limits Foods 159
12 The Effects of Drinking Alcohol 164
Part 3 Reach Your Ideal Weight 169
13 Determining Your Ideal Weight 171
14 The Penalty for Being Overweight 181
15 Weight Loss 101 185
16 Weight Loss Secrets and Easy Steps 195
Part 4 Exercise 207
17 The Most Unrecognized Way to Combat Aging 209
18 The Sedentary Life of a Couch Potato 215
19 Why Exercise Is So Good for You 220
20 The Exercise Plan Everyone Can Follow 228
21 Exercising to Prevent Disease 243
Part 5 Preventing Dementia 255
22 What Is Good for the Heart Is Good for the Brain 257
Part 6 Preventing Cancer 265
23 The Prescription for Life Plan and Cancer 267
24 The Prescription for Life Plan and Breast Cancer 276
25 The Prescription for Life Plan and Colon Cancer 281
26 The Prescription for Life Plan and Lung Cancer 285
Part 7 Preventing Erectile Dysfunction 289
27 The Causes of Erectile Dysfunction 291
28 What Is Good for Your Heart Is Good for Erectile Dysfunction 297
29 The Prescription for Life Plan and Erectile Dysfunction 301
Prescription for Life 21-Day Plan 319
Medical References 371
This isn’t just another book about being healthy, nor is it written by an author that has the “do as I say, not as I do” mind set. Neither is it a book with the latest fads. It is just a basic down to earth guide for improving your health. Dr. Furman made this same journey to better health for himself. After he got himself on track he began to look at his patients conditions and how they could improve their health. Possibly even escape facing the problems of many common illnesses and disorders that plague our modern day society. I liked the book because first of all, it was easy to read. Not a lot of medical mumbo jumbo that sent me to the Google search engine for the meanings. Secondly I liked the fact that it was all easy to implement. I didn’t have to go out and buy special foods or nutrition powders to achieve my goal. None of the advice was complicated or overly detailed like a lot of books. When you are already struggling with changing your lifestyle, an exhaustive program turns you off and makes you feel you can never accomplish it. Dr. Furman’s book gives you a “can-do” attitude! We are all living longer but not always better. The emphasis today is on forever being youthful, in appearance and in body. The problem is the main focus is health for youth, not health for a better quality of life. Yes our days are numbered by the Lord, but our productivity and well-being in our later years can be enhanced by taking care of ourselves now. So many times I have heard people with a debilitating disease due to bad habits or elderly people that can no longer be active say, “If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself!” It is never too soon or too late to begin taking care of yourself. It is in our control and choice to be proactive in our health. I personally do not want to be a burden to my children financially or physically. It will take commitment and time but the results are transforming, not just for a short time but the rest of your life! A refreshing book on living healthier! I received this book free from Revell Publishing which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Richard Furman in his new book, “Prescription for Life” published by Revell teaches us Three Simple Strategies to Live Younger Longer. From the Back Cover: Dr. Richard Furman is a vascular surgeon with decades of experience. But his personal journey into living younger longer began with a tight pair of pants. Rather than go up a size, he decided to get back to his ideal weight. He changed how he ate. He began to exercise regularly. He started intensive research into what it takes to prevent the kind of conditions his patients had. What he found changed his life . . . and will change yours. Do you want to be healthy and active all of your life? Do you want to enjoy not just long life but quality life? Do you want to be there–wholly there–for your family and friends? Aging is inevitable, but heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, stroke, erectile dysfunction, and other age- and obesity-related problems are not! Simple, sustainable changes you make today can mean the difference between enjoying time with friends and family, and wasting it in doctors’ offices and hospitals. Dr. Furman has written a book that asks one very important question: do you want to take control over your health or let disease rob you of your health and future? Dr. Furman is not taking prisoners, it is make the healthy changes or risk your life and future and continue doing what you are doing now. There are seven parts to this book: What You Need To Understand About The Aging Process, Eat The Right Foods, Reach Your Ideal Weight, Exercise, Preventing Dementia, Preventing Cancer, Preventing Erectile Dysfunction. We want to get healthy, this is a way to get there. It does require commitment. And it does require that we make a major change in what we do and eat. If you are ready to do that then this is the book for you. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
We all have a desire to be healthy and live longer. Yet with all the information and plans and food pyramids, at times, how to achieve a healthier life can become difficult to navigate. In his book, Prescription for Life, Dr. Richard Furman sorts through it all for his readers. A vascular surgeon with decades of experience, Dr. Furman makes this journey towards health easy to understand. This is truly one of the most helpful and motivating books about health which I have read. The book is divided into seven parts: What You Need to Understand about the Aging Process Eat the Right Foods Reach Your Ideal Weight Exercise Preventing Dementia Preventing Cancer Preventing Erectile Dysfunction These seven titles seem rather simple, but the content of each section is full, interesting, and easy to comprehend. I found this book to be very motivational, creating a desire to make changes in my life. Dr. Furman’s goal is to help readers improve the overall quality of their life. To do so, one must have strategies regarding exercise – weight – diet. Dr. Furman gives the information in such a way to create desire to be healthy. Within the covers of this book is a wealth of information which was collected over many years of practicing medicine. To live life fuller, our bodies must be healthy. This book presents three simple strategies to achieve a fuller and healthier life. *** I received a copy of this book from Revell for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
This was a great book. I was often reading excerpts from the book to whoever was near. Dr. Furman writes a convincing book about extending your life and improving its quality through three simple strategies; these include eating a low fat diet, consistent exercise and getting to your ideal weight. His writing is based on research he complied from many reliable resources, which he explains in a way anyone can understand. He cites many quotes and evidences from this research making it credible. And he has applied these strategies to his own lifestyle with positive results, stating his body was younger “physiologically” than it was “chronologically.” To further illustrate the benefits of his tactics, he also offers numerous examples of situations he has experienced and people he knew. Details about the amount and intensity of exercise and what to eat to are also provided in the book. He expounds on the physiological effect that cholesterol has on ones arteries. Lastly, he covers how his principles have a positive effect on preventing diseases such as heart disease, cancer, erectile dysfunction and dementia. I found the book to be very informative and convincing. I will definitely be implementing these strategies into my own life. I would highly recommend this book to any adult concerned about their health. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
With highly esteemed recommendations (a foreword by David Jeremiah, a Christian pastor and author of dozens of books, and a preface by Bill Frist, a former senator and heart and lung transplantation surgeon) I knew this book would contain exceptional information. Their contributions are forthright and personal, and ready the reader for the inspiring, life-changing pages of Dr. Richard Furman’s, Prescription for Life. This is one of the most motivating self-help books I’ve read in some time. It’s much more than I expected. Prescription for Life illustrates a sensible approach to being your healthiest you. The book is divided into seven parts: 1. What You Need to Understand about the Aging Process 2. Eat the Right Foods 3. Reach Your Ideal Weight 4. Exercise 5. Preventing Dementia 6. Preventing Cancer 7. Preventing Erectile Dysfunction These seven titles seem rather simple, but the content of each section is full, interesting (which can be a rarity in health-conscious type books) and motivational. I’d like to emphasize the motivational aspect. It doesn’t do us a whole lot of good to arm our brains with information on what we should or should not do to our bodies, if we aren’t motivated to implement the changes needed. But Prescription for Life has induced a hunger, so-to-speak, to modify the way I look at my body, age, exercise, food, and overall quality of life. I can’t name one other health-conscious type of book that has ever done that for me. We all know eating the right foods and regular exercise results in a healthier body, but this book goes much deeper than that. It delves into the “how” and the “why” our bodies react to what we put into them, and the activity (or inactivity) we subject them to. It also touches on stories about individuals who waited until it was too late to decrease their risks of diseases, ailments, or even death. These stories aren’t scare tactics, but serve as warnings and motivations to do what we can…now. The strategies in this book aren’t difficult. They aren’t miracle cures, lose weight fast plans, or look twenty years younger remedies. They are common sense approaches that fuel you with valuable information and the right tools to live a long, healthy, wonderful life. 5 Stars – Highly recommended. Cover: Like it Title: Like it Publisher: Revell Pages: 353 First Lines: “If only I had known.” Those are the saddest words a doctor can hear from someone who has just been diagnosed with a severe health problem—one that could have been prevented. But you are about to learn how to prevent the most common health problems that damage your body. I know this is a bold promise, but once you have read this book, you will never need to say, “If only…” Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent over thirty years as a vascular surgeon. He is passionate about helping people prevent the problems that kill over half of all Americans. Furman is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the North Carolina Surgical Society, and a two-term governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is cofounder of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse, and is a member of the board of Samaritan's Purse. He lives in North Carolina. Author's proceeds from this book will be donated to Samaritan's Purse for World Medical Mission to help build housing for doctors serving at mission hospitals abroad. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Revell Books book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255