From a renowned Johns Hopkins- and Stanford-educated cardiologist at Intermountain Medical Center—a hospital system that President Obama has praised as an "island of excellence"—comes the story of his time living in Longevity Village in China, and the seven lessons he learned there that lead to a happy, healthy, long life.
At forty-four, acclaimed cardiologist John Day was overweight and suffered from insomnia, degenerative joint disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. On six medications and suffering constant aches, he needed to make a change. While lecturing in China, he’d heard about a remote mountainous region known as Longevity Village, a wellness Shangri-La free of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, dementia, depression, and insomnia, and where living past one hundred—in good health—is not uncommon.
In the hope of understanding this incredible phenomenon, Day, a Mandarin speaker, decided to spend some time living in Longevity Village. He learned everything he could about this place and its people, and met its centenarians. His research revealed seven principles that work in tandem to create health, happiness, and longevity—rules he applied to his own life. Six months later, he’d lost thirty pounds, dropped one hundred points off his cholesterol and twenty-five points off his blood pressure, and was even cured of his acid reflux and insomnia. In 2014 he began a series of four-month support groups comprised of patients who worked together to apply the lessons of Longevity Village to their lives. Ninety-two percent of the participants were able to adhere to their plans and stay on pace to reach their health goals.
Now Dr. Day shares his story and proven program to help you feel sharper, more motivated, productive, and pain-free. The Longevity Plan is not only a fascinating travelogue but also a practical, accessible, and groundbreaking guide to a better life.
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About the Author
Dr. John D. Day is a cardiologist and medical director of heart rhythm specialists at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed his cardiology training at Stanford University. Dr. Day has published more than one hundred medical studies and gives lectures throughout the world on various heart topics. He is the former president of the Heart Rhythm Society and currently serves as the Utah governor of the American College of Cardiology.
Jane Ann Day, MA, received her master’s degrees from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and UC Santa Cruz. Her work, documented in international academic journals, has taken her throughout Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, where she has empowered communities in need with self-reliance and entrepreneurial tools. She is currently a facilitator of executive strategy sessions and seminars. Above all, Jane is the joyful mother of four adventurous young souls who provide her with daily opportunities to practice and teach the seven principles.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Longevity Soup 1
1 Eat Good Food 27
2 Master your Mind-set 77
3 Build your place in a Positive Community 107
4 Be in Motion 127
5 Find your Rhythm 147
6 Make the most of your Environment 169
7 Proceed with Purpose 201
8 Long live the village 221
Epilogue: the rule of simplicity 233