From acclaimed journalist Bill Gifford comes a roaring journey into the world of anti-aging science in search of answers to a universal obsession: what can be done about getting old?
Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying)
SPRING CHICKEN is a full-throttle, high-energy ride through the latest research, popular mythology, and ancient wisdom on mankind's oldest obsession: How can we live longer? And better? In his funny, self-deprecating voice, veteran reporter Bill Gifford takes readers on a fascinating journey through the science of aging, from the obvious signs like wrinkles and baldness right down into the innermost workings of cells. We visit cutting-edge labs where scientists are working to "hack" the aging process, like purging "senescent" cells from mice to reverse the effects of aging. He'll reveal why some people live past 100 without even trying, what has happened with resveratrol, the "red wine pill" that made headlines a few years ago, how your fat tissue is trying to kill you, and how it's possible to unlock longevity-promoting pathways that are programmed into our very genes. Gifford separates the wheat from the chaff as he exposes hoaxes and scams foisted upon an aging society, and arms readers with the best possible advice on what to do, what not to do, and what life-changing treatments may be right around the corner.
An intoxicating mixture of deep reporting, fascinating science, and prescriptive takeaway, SPRING CHICKEN will reveal the extraordinary breakthroughs that may yet bring us eternal youth, while exposing dangerous deceptions that prey on the innocent and ignorant.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Bill Gifford is a contributing editor for Outside magazine and has written on science, sports, and fitness for numerous publications, including Wired, Businessweek, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Slate, and The New Republic, among other publications. He has been features editor of Men's Journal and executive editor of Philadelphia magazine. He is also the author of Ledyard: In Search of the First American Explorer. He lives in New York City and central Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Elixir xi
Chapter 1 Brothers 1
Chapter 2 The Age of Aging 15
Chapter 3 The Fountain of Youthiness 41
Chapter 4 Yours Sincerely, Wasting Away 66
Chapter 5 How to Live to 108 Without Really Trying 82
Chapter 6 The Heart of the Problem 97
Chapter 7 Baldness as Metaphor 117
Chapter 8 The Lives of Our Cells 137
Chapter 9 Phil vs. Fat 156
Chapter 10 Pole Vaulting into Eternity 173
Chapter 11 Starving for Immortality 202
Chapter 12 What Doesn't Kill You 228
Chapter 13 Fast Forward 252
Chapter 14 Who Moved My Keys? 275
Epilogue: The Death of Death 291
Appendix: Things That Might Work 307
Notes & Sources 321
Further Reading 349
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book. It tells about past and present efforts to study and fight the human aging process in a way that is easy to understand and is very entertaining. It talks about anti-aging strategies that have failed to work, that have partially worked and ones that may be developed in the future. Everyone interested in aging should read this book. (I hope that Bill Gifford plans to write another book because I really enjoyed reading this one!)
There was a lot of research investigated for this book. I learned a lot of interesting information. I am surprised more people are not reading this book How anyone could think it';s weird, is very weird to me!
I dont like it. And would NEVER request it to anyone