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The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick: What They Know, Why It Works, and How It Can Work for You

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  559 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Achieve the best health of your life by following in the footsteps of people who never get sick.

Some take a daily nap. Or a cold shower. Some do yoga, lift weights, swear by brewer’s yeast. And one dunks his head in hydrogen peroxide—he hasn’t had a cold in two decades.

In profiles of twenty-five people who never get sick and revealing their secrets and practices, Gene St
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 15th 2012 by Workman Publishing Company (first published 2010)
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Lenore Webb
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another thing is I am going to start paying attention to those people who never get sick. And I am one of them. Rarely do I come down with the common cold lil on the flu or worse. I know there are things I am very picky about. What foods I eat and getting to bed early help me, that I know. Making sure that foods are not out of date or blinky as my Dear Hubby will say. I do not like, want or even want to be around someone with food poisoning from eating something that seemed to be okay. Also ther ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone with nothing else to read
I don't know. Another book that sounds like a series of Ladies Home Journal articles. I picture the author eating oreo truffles and drinking red wine "because chocolate and wine are full of antioxidants" while he is writing. Sure, there is some good stuff in here, but I already read this month's LHJ "Seven Foods that Prevent Cancer." You can skip any chapter and not miss a thing by this master of the obvious. Skip the book and read a magazine in a waiting room. But, if you are sitting poolside a ...more
Crisanto J. Jorda
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: health buffs, dieticians, fitness people
Anecdotal to excess, this book dances around remedies that have already been validated or aggregated neatly by online sources. It's not a "bad book" per say—after all, Stone's goal is to educate readers on healthy alternatives for modern day vices. The read is just cumbersome. The chapters are needlessly long and the writing style hardly entices or changes formula throughout. Read it if you're sincerely curious. Otherwise, Google something analogous, like "secret health foods" or "over-the-count ...more
I liked it; but it has no new things for me. Here are some of the secrets: take a cold shower every morning (brrrr!); eat yogurt; avoid yogurt; eat lots of garlic; avoid being around sick people and wash your hands; nap a lot (mmm); have more vitamin C (duh!); do yoga; do stretching; run a lot; make one friend a day(I don't know what is the author's definition of friend); be more spiritual; avoid stress; try to be happier; think positive (duh!) ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mars Smith
Pro: This book contains some recipes that some might want to try out for themselves.

Con: I didn't get anything out of this book as most of it was either common sense or stories of people experimenting with different techniques to stay healthy. I believe readers can learn more from credible articles online if they are wanting to be healthier.
Lisa Barrett

Being sick slowed me down m this book (lol). Especially liked the chapter on herbs.
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfic-etc

According to this book, I am probably not going to live as long as I potentially could. Not that I am that unhealthy, mostly because I am very prone to stress and anxiety and I am pretty "neurotic" (to use the term from the book). I am referring to a chapter in the book that says that people who tend to worry a lot and experience stress easily, often have shorter lives and develop illnesses more frequently than those who do not.

This book was more about how to live long a long life and be heal
In the intro and conclusion, Stone makes it clear that these ideas are not backed by strong scientific data. In fact, a few of the healthy habits contradict each other; notably "germ avoidance" and "eating dirt." I found this compilation of anecdotes extremely easy to get through as each one tells the backstory of an individual abiding by the secret. The book is organized in alphabetical order by the chapter titles, and there is no correlation between them, so skip around without worry. I would ...more
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Healthy secrets*

Why do some people get sick at the drop of a hat, while others never have legitimate cause to use their sick day stash at work? Pondering this curiosity, Gene Stone sets out to uncover the secrets of the perpetually healthy.

Many of these secrets focus on achieving health by pumping up the immune system and ramping down the stress level and include: cold showers, eating dirt (yes, dirt), friendships, herbal remedies, naps, pH balance, positive attitude, probiotics, stresslessness
Jaime Davis
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this out of self-defense, as a first-year teacher tired of getting majorly sick (pneumonia, strep, several colds, etc.) While a relatively untested immune system invariably had much to do with that, I thought every little bit could help. Really enjoyed this book - informative and humorous is my favorite combination. It's both anecdotal and scientific, which made it a great read for me. Learned some new things, relearned things I'd forgotten, and am trying a few of the suggestions. So far, n ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book, thought provoking and provided not only references and studies, but a critic of the study, as in who did the study and what was their motivation. A lot of the information I was already aware, a few new one, but not many to take to the bank. I won't be dunking my head into a sink full of hydrogen peroxide anytime soon, (or ice water, as Paul Newman advocated?) Yoga I have tried and used various poses off and on over the years, and do think they are of benefit. I agree sleeping alone, e ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
A light read, this book presents some interesting ideas about staying healthy. Overall, the advice isn't super practical and if you've ever read The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives you probably will understand that a lot of this is just random chance. Still, there is some fun trivia and a few tidbits of useful information scattered throughout the book. Not a book I would really recommend, but still a pleasant read. ...more
My review would just recap what most the other three-star reviews already say - these are not new discoveries. Undeniably, the chapters offer helpful suggestion for healthier living; however, I can personally state that I have been doing many of the things outlined in this book for years and I still manage to get sick! Regardless, if you use this book as a well written reminder that there are many simple things we can do to take care of, and honor, our precious bodies, it's perfectly satisfactor ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, although some of the suggestions were more obvious than others. I don't think I found a real solution for never getting another cold, but there are quite a few things in the book that I'd consider doing - there seems to be some validity in most of them (although no matter how much yoga I do, I still get sick). Worth a read if you're one of those people who gets a cold every winter and are looking at some solutions you could try. ...more
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a decent collection of ideas on how to remain healthy. None of it is new or earth shattering but it is good to have all of these ideas in one place. It does make you think about what small (or large) changes you could make in your life to have even one less cold per year or to prevent a major health issue. I am glad I read this book and I did take some of the ideas and started to implement them.
Sam Dye
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book with a lot of useful well balanced information on "I do x and never get sick" sort of things. Don't miss the introduction which is one of many interesting stories he recounts. He is a skilled writer. This is why we need real bookstores, to brouse around and find great books like this one. ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at 25 secrets of how not to get sick. Overall very interesting but many of them... have good genes, avoid germs... are rather laughable if you want to improve your chances of staying healthy.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in health issues and/or human geography
Somewhat interesting book. The author does not deliver his opinions in a conclusive manner (neither the methods of keeping healthy for those people interviewed). Definitely unorthodox way of addressing the issue of personal health.
Sven Meys
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
Handy list of things to stay healthy combined with good long stories for those who need convincing and fun facts!

It would be better placed on a 25 image click-through blog post on a men/woman's health website.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These were reminders of some things I already knew but yet was a deeper exploration of them. It also introduced things I didn't know about. I appreciate the compilation of these factors and that the author was open enough to say not everything was conclusive or exhaustive. ...more
Chelsey Thurston
I really enjoyed this book. It brought up a lot of secrets that I believe and others that seem a bit odd. But, they worked for others so why not try one of them. It also led me to some additional healthy lifestyle books that I will now be checking out.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book a few days ago and found some good ideas to keep healthy. A lot of the ideas seem like they would work, however, I would not like the cold shower idea to wellness unless it was a hot day.
May 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not what I thought, although I did enjoy some of the information. No new ideas that I could easily implement into my life. The stories of others whether in other parts of the world, or in the past were interesting however.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title is quite catchy but most of the topics are well-known already. Yet, I found it interesting to read the stretching Dr.Fulford implemented. I guess I will give it a try though some of the pause are similar to yoga pause.
Jessica Evermore
Got nothing out of it really. Like most readers have said about this book, it's just a collection of suggestions, nothing new or groundbreaking. Kind of blah really. There are better health books out there, though I imagine there are worse. ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-resource
I enjoyed this book with all the fresh ideas it has to offer. I particularly liked the plant-based diet and the napping chapter. Napping is just a no-brainer. But many people think it's unwise to sleep during the day.I find it refreshing after a 30 minute nap. It has very good encouraging facts. ...more
Diane S ☔
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Self expalnatory but I enjoyed it.
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Practical and readible. Easy to choose among the "secrets" those which seem most useful to the reader. ...more
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, health
A fluffy review of current trends in health-seeking habits. Mildly interesting.
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A graduate of Stanford and Harvard, Gene Stone is a former Peace Corps volunteer, journalist, and book, magazine, and newspaper editor. He has also written, co-written, or ghost-written forty-five non-fiction books, including a dozen New York Times bestsellers, as well as a novel, The Awareness. His website is ...more

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