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Healthy Aging Healthy Aging

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  797 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
In each of his widely acclaimed, best-selling books, Dr. Andrew Weil has been an authoritative and companionable guide through a uniquely effective combination of traditional and nontraditional approaches tohealth and healthy living. Now he gives us a book about aging that is unlike any other. Drawing on the new science of biogerontology (the biology of aging) as well as o ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 26th 2008 by Anchor Books (first published 2005)
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Jennings
Jul 12, 2007 Jennings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: healthwellbeing
I enjoy reading every health/fitness newsbite that comes along, so many books on the subject seem to be rehashes but with a lot more words, to pump up the price. There's a lot of that in this book: Get enough sleep? Well, duh!

That said, the explanation of the whole anti-inflammation thing was very well done, there is an excellent guide of things to look for in a vitamin supplement, and the section dealing with the inevitability of aging and death made the whole book worthwhile -- simply liberati
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Kathy Worrell  ツ
Ugh! It's like listening to someone read the dictionary.

It would be better as a reference novel, for glancing through on specific information.
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Sep 24, 2011 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: super health nuts and perhaps organic grains
2.5 starts actually.

The adage: "getting old is not for sissies" should be the subtitle for this book. Although Weil does so kindly and realistically the truth of the matter is there is nothing we can do to completely stop aging. But we can live a healthy life, a balanced life, a contemplative life.

This book is an overview of one of my favorite health, diet and well being books by this Physician/new age science guru who mixes Eastern and Western medical advice. He debunks a lot of myths, tells yo
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Karol
Dec 30, 2008 Karol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
This book had some very interesting information and I agree with the doctor's approach. However, for me, the first half of the book was a waste of time. That's because I do want to age gracefully, not reverse the aging process nor mask it with cosmetic surgery or expensive skin treatments. So the first half of the book, which scientifically explains the aging process, explains why it cannot be reversed, and debunks the effectiveness of expensive and popular attempts to mask the appearance of age ...more
Josh Fish
Mar 23, 2013 Josh Fish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fairly health conscious person to begin with, Weil really cemented my resolve in maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as teaching me a lot about the process of aging. I've been sort of on the band wagon lately of not eating many carbohydrates (per primal/palio diets) but this book really emphasized that the human body needs a variety of fruits and vegetables more than most anything else. We need protien and carbs for energy and tissue growth sure but for all of the good healthy nutrients ...more
Richard Beaty
Nov 05, 2009 Richard Beaty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I've read this book. It is a good look at the processes one goes through as we age through life. It gives a good perspective on what happens with our bodies, minds and spirits as we grow older. It provides cultural perspectives on age. It provides suggestions for the care of one's self throughout life so that the time we spend will, for as long as possible, be healthy in all ways. It acknowledges that we all will come to the end of life - but it provides guidance on reach ...more
Helynne
Apr 10, 2010 Helynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this study, the 60-plus Dr. Weil urges readers to forget about cosmetic surgeries and other fruitless ways to seek a modern-day fountain of youth, and instead, to respect the inevitable process of aging and take steps to make sure one’s advancing golden years are as healthy and comfortable as possible. He warns about the “unrelenting images and messages from the media that tell us that youth is where it’s at, that growing old is a disaster, that the worth of life peaks early,” (119-20), and h ...more
Gordon
Mar 18, 2014 Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind, health
A must read for any adult, regardless of age. Andrew Weil is a prolific writer on health, nutrition, and now aging. I was attracted to the writer by references from endurance athletes and realized he'd written a comprehensive guide on aging - gracefully; acceptingly; in mind, body and spirit; and with the greatest amount of satisfaction, good health, and awareness. I figured I could learn something to put to use for my aging mother as well as myself and family. If you can get through the first c ...more
Janet Gardner
Feb 13, 2015 Janet Gardner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this, even though much of the information was familiar to me. I like Weil's integrative approach to health--the science is sound, but pills and radical interventions are last choices, after working with diet, exercise, etc. I live a fairly healthy lifestyle, but this was a good reminder of what I'm doing right and wrong. Favorite new concept I encountered: the "ethical will," which is essentially a document bequeathing your accumulated thoughts, wisdom, and beliefs to those you love. I m ...more
Christina
Feb 15, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the best on the topics of living life well into your sunset years.

Healthy Aging details fitness and nutrition strategies and some of the current advice still holds true even though the copyright date is circa 2002 or 2005 if memory serves.

A classic guide to healthy aging.

I check all my books out of the library as I no longer have shelf space on my bookcase.

Will buy a Kindle Fire soon to be able to support authors by buying e-books.

I can at least buy e-books if I can't fit har
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Mace
Apr 24, 2008 Mace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a follow up to his best seller Eight Weeks to Optimum Health and it includes many of his dietary suggestions outlined in his 8 week program. I enjoyed Dr. Weil's conclusions and case studies about longevity theory pertaining to Okinawan centurions in Japan.

Extraordinary longevity and documented cases, both male and females living in Okinawa, Japan. Key diet variables impacting this statistical mystery is their regular consumption of both Goya and Tumeric.

Goya (a bitter cucumber) is
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Dr. Andrew Weil, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is the author of 10 previous books including Spontaneous Healing, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Eating Well for Optimum Health and, with Rosie Daley, The Healthy Kitchen. Now Dr. Weil gives us, Healthy Aging : A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being, a book about aging that is unlike any other in the breadth and depth of its information and understanding. Hugely informative, practical, and uplifting, it is infused with the engaging candor and c ...more
Bob Klein
Andrew Weil is amazing. Love to have a 1-hour audience with him to talk allergies and nutrition given my wierdo allergies. I didn't learn as much from the book (that I didn't already know) as I thought I might. This is probably a great first-read for some (older) one not familiar with Weil, Integrative Medicine, or who hasn't been paying attention to discourse on health. Recommended (for the right audience). I think I'll try 8 Weeks to Optimum Health next.
Sandra
Dec 30, 2014 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This was a very informative book about how our bodies react to all kinds of stimulants and chemicals that we input on a daily basis. It was also a horrifying close up of the damage that we unknowingly do to ourselves and how diseases are affecting us. Do not read this if you do not want to know about the kinds of damage that can be caused by things we take as an everyday part of life. However, Weil does show us how we can try to better our life and how to take advantage of nature's gifts to help ...more
Carol
Nov 19, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan and groupie of Andrew Weil. I've read other books of his and seen programs by him, and he grabs me each time I read/see him. He teaches good common sense about getting older, and some techniques and foods, herbs, drugs, etc. that can help make that process a little kinder. Ways to avoid some of the hard diseases like cancer, alzheimers, and so forth make logical sense. Not foolproof, but a good thing to try. I think his knowledge and experience are great examples for us to listen t ...more
Adrienne
An interesting take on living a healthy life. The book's basic message is that we should strive to feel our best at any age rather than attempting to cling to youth. This book has the same basic philosophies as Weil's other books. He believes all of us could benefit from supplements, but they can not replace healthy diet and lifestyle. He is vehemently against products that promise to reverse or stop the aging process. I find his advice works better for me in theory than in practice, but I do tr ...more
Gabrielle
Sep 07, 2009 Gabrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really awesome. I have always liked Dr. Weil's reasonable down-to-earth approach. His ideas about what he calls "compression of morbidity" (living most of life as a healthy and well person, with a rapid, short decline at the end of life, rather than hanging on and suffering with many old-age ailments) are explained well here and he has many sensible suggestions for how to start living now to try to attain this goal. (This book is not "just for old people!")
P.J. Sullivan
This book aims not to extend life or to reverse the aging process but to “compress the morbidity” of aging. “To keep our bodies and minds in good working order” as we age. It urges acceptance of aging. A blend of science, medicine, philosophy, and psychology, it draws on both Western and Eastern medical and philosophical approaches. It offers a twelve-point program for healthy aging, which includes an anti-inflammatory diet.

A good discussion of the role of inflammation in the body and how to kee
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Eden
Jan 05, 2011 Eden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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Judy Knight
Oct 14, 2011 Judy Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-again
This is a book recommended by my phisician. I finally have an understanding of the Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats in our diets. The chemistry is a little heavy but Dr. Weil tries to keep his topics gaged to the average reader; he promotes an anti-inflamatory approach to eating. He definitely has a great approach to aging--not the normal anti-aging search so popular in our society. This book would be helpful for anyone to read.
Cathy
Dec 06, 2009 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book and I learned a lot about how our bodies work, use nutrients, what the aging mechanism is, etc. He makes a lot of sense. In fact, he explained a test my mother-in-law just had done and I'm hoping she will listen to it. I am also glad the author was the one reading the book, as he seemed to be explaining rather than reading. I will read more of his books.
Randy Ross
Jul 24, 2014 Randy Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of good information here. Lots of good stories too, one of those books you find hard to put down. I also found myself wanting to go back and re-read many chapters and takes some notes (that doesn't happen often..lol). In any case, a great read.
Francine
Feb 02, 2014 Francine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice overview of Dr. Weil's philosophy and recommendations. I found it very helpful. If you are a person of a certain age, you might want to pick this up. Dr. Weil makes great sense and gives the readers tips on how to change your life.
Stephen Redwood
Very readable and sensible book about the aging process. Weill uses science rather than flaky optimism to show how pointless it is to be uptight about aging which can't be avoided. Rather, he focuses on what you can do to age healthily.
Pam
Dec 05, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best health book I've read in the last decade. Wish I would have come across this in my 30's, but great advice for improving/maintaining quality of life. I highly recommend all books by Andrew Weil.
Christine
May 14, 2013 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A common sense approach to health and aging. There wasn't much I didn't already know but the book reminds me to live a healthy and positive life.
Abby Wynne
Jul 13, 2014 Abby Wynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Practical, comprehensive and sensible :-)
Spider
Feb 23, 2010 Spider rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There was certainly some sound & helpful info here. What I didn't like was what sounded to me like Weil was saying about some stuff was drawn more from personal preference & his outlook for himself. I got the impression that he thought our ladies creams & lotions were a waste of time. Fine! Then why does he sell a line of creams & lotions- Origins? For which I paid over $80.00 a few years ago! I no longer use his products. Nice, but they didn't work for me. Ok, enough peevishnes ...more
Dan
Jan 27, 2008 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Getting birthday gifts is always a joy. It means that people have remembered you and love you. It’s the thought that counts, always. For my most recent birthday, my mom got me one of the best gifts a person can give or receive... a book! Concerned with my health (the lifestyle of a retail manager is not conducive to practices of good health or longevity), she bought me a book by Dr. Weil on the topic of aging healthfully. It also had the side effect of further convincing me that I’m already old. ...more
Mark
Mar 26, 2009 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partially-read
This book was awful. I'm saying 'partially read' because after trying to slog through the first half (summary: You Are Going To Die And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It) I skipped ahead 50 pages or so to the more practical second half.

The author's writing style didn't engage me - he would go into far too much technical detail on things I had no interest in (like the oxidation theory of why we get older and die). Or he would vacillate between giving me far too much background on why it is be
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Andrew Thomas Weil, MD, is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, and others.

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