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Prescription for Life: Three Simple Strategies to Live Younger Longer

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  31 reviews
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 ...more
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Published October 13th 2015 by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group (first published September 30th 2014)
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Ginger Marin
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
I've read many nutrition and diet books and articles over the years and I have to say I was not very impressed with Dr. Richard Furman's "Prescription for Life" mainly because I was expecting something new. This book, however, reads like a nutrition treatise for the complete novice as it largely advocates a Mediterranean-style diet along with exercise after forcing us to wade through numerous case studies of his patients' and friends' health issues, all a result of clogged arteries and high chol ...more
Jennifer
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Having recently been doing a lot of research on nutrition and healthy living, I was delighted when Revell Group asked me to review “Prescription for Life” by Richard Furman, MD, FACS. His book was the last in a quite a long list of other doctors and nutritionists I have read.

Dr. Furman is very passionate about what you need to do to live a long and healthy life. If you are the kind of person who likes your information straight up, sort of like a shotgun wedding, then this is the book for you. B
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Laura
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: PRESCRIPTION FOR LIFE
Author: Richard Furman, MD. FACS
Publisher: Revell
October 2014
ISBN: 978-0800723712
Genre: Health & Fitness

From the Inside Flap
"While many respond negatively to the thought of exercising, dieting, and changing their lifestyle, Dr. Furman has managed to take what is threatening and make it thrilling. When you finish this read, you will actually be excited about the possibility of a longer, healthier life."--from the foreword by Dr. David Jeremiah

Putting his three deca
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Suzy Oakley
Aug 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book after a friend raved about it. I was sorely disappointed. Furman had a few good points (the importance of exercise and eating right) but was way off the mark on his nutrition advice. He seems to have missed much of the recent research on fat, carbs and cholesterol, and this book is only a year old. One star for getting some of it right, but most of it was outdated, old-think.
Dr.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If this book doesn’t cause you to stop and review your lifestyle- probably nothing will. Backed by strong medical studies (explained in laymen’s term) and personal examples, Dr. Furman makes a case for this change needed. Three strategies that everyone can institute and lives can be saved. I cannot say how much I believe every person must read this important book.
Barbara Repan
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I chose this book from the publisher to review because of the subtitle, “Live Younger Longer”. This peaked my interest.

We all know we should eat right and exercise but Dr. Furman explains what could happen if we don’t, as we age. He is simple and straightforward, sharing his lifetime of research. We can live younger longer 7 to 12 years by eating the right foods, exercising and maintaining our ideal weight.

Much is discussed about prevention, our quality of life and being as healthy as we can be
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Alice Galeotti
Good information imparted passionately, but redundancy abounds.

This good doctor imparts much solid advice about exercise, diet, and lifestyle necessary to live younger longer. However, the writing is too cluttered with anecdotal accounts of personal experiences, both of the author's and his patients. Much of his dietary advice seems dated, such as the recommendations to avoid egg yolks completely (egg cholesterol has been recently shown not harmful like other dietary cholesterol) and drinking n
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Katelyn Grell
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Creating healthy habits is the main purpose of Richard Furman’s documented medical research and twenty-one-day plan called the Prescription for Life. The book constantly comes back to three ideas: diet, exercise, and maintaining the ideal weight. These three concepts are key to living longer and psychologically younger. But in order to do this, a decision has to be made and a commitment to that decision has to be made. Furman shares many of his patients' stories that have either committed to the ...more
Sheryl M. Baker
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm not quite finished as I still want to go through the study guide at the end and the 21 day program, I found this book to be one of the biggest eye openers on health that I have read. After reading this book, I am convinced that I need to make some life changes with my eating habits, my exercise, and my weight. Author Richard Furman is a vascular surgeon who has dedicated his life to sharing what he has learned during his years of performing surgery. With the simple truths he shares ...more
Jenny Carr
Some stuff now outdated

There is some good advice here, interesting facts; however, he is rather dogmatic about cutting dairy out all together. Now, there is new research which proved that full fat milk is actually better, and eggs are good. I think he missed the point about wholesome food, and doesn't even address pesticides, or other harmful additions to food. He isn't wrong about exercise, it has many benefits, not just to lose weight. We have lost the sense that exercise is a must do, especia
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José Costa
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think the book deserves a new edition with the nutrition aspects updated.
Stacie
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Furman has spent 30 years fixing clogged arteries as a vascular surgeon. He knows what has clogged the thousands of arteries and watched patients leave his hospital only to consume the same foods that caused the patient to end up in his operating room. In his book, PRESCRIPTION FOR LIFE, he completely lays out his plan for your best life. He gives you the foods to eat and not eat. He gives you an exercise plan for even those who are currently couch potatoes. Then he offers the drastic news o ...more
Stacie
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Dr Furman has spent 30 years fixing clogged arteries as a vascular surgeon. He knows what has clogged the thousands of arteries and watched patients leave his hospital only to consume the same foods that caused the patient to end up in his operating room. In his book, PRESCRIPTION FOR LIFE, he completely lays out his plan for your best life. He gives you the foods to eat and not eat. He gives you an exercise plan for even those who are currently couch potatoes. Then he offers the drastic news of ...more
C.E. Hart
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Jalynn Patterson
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
About the Book:

During his more than thirty years as a vascular surgeon, Richard Furman literally held clogged arteries and diseased hearts in his hands and wondered why the person lying on the table hadn't been more careful. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in America, and in most cases it is completely preventable. So why are we slowly destroying our bodies and killing ourselves? And what can we do to turn it around?
The good news is, simple, sustainable lifestyle changes
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Narita
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 t ...more
Victor Gentile
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 k
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Kendra
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
{Full disclosure – Revell Publishing gave me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.}

There are many “lifestyle change” books on the market. And they all give similar advice. Eat well, exercise, lose weight. This book is no exception.

What makes Prescription for Life different is that it is written by a thoracic and vascular surgeon, which means he performs surgery on the heart, lungs, and other organs in the chest along with the arteries that feed them.

Dr. Furman describes in d
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Joanne Viola
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Katrina Roets
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recently, I made a decision that I needed to change my life. I've had high cholesterol for as long as I can remember and I've been overweight for nearly as long. So, when this book came up for review, I jumped at the chance. I'm so glad that I did..while it took me a little while to get through (it gives you a lot to think about), I learned a lot too. For years, I've heard that I need to lower one type of cholesterol and raise another, but nobody told me how to do that. This book does. Filled wi ...more
Brenda
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
To live younger longer, well who wouldn't want to do that? Well with Prescription for Life Dr. Furman provides easy to use information that can allow you to do just that. Written in an easy to read manner this little book is chock full of useful information for anyone looking to get and stay healthy! Not just another diet book, instead The Prescription for Life plan shares information in order to understand about the aging process. Filled with useful information on how to lose weight and keep it ...more
Teresa Locklear
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This book started off a little dry for me. The more I read the more information I got. One thing I do find hard is that it seems so many different people have different ideas. The words on the cover sound so easy " Three simple strategies to live younger longer." It's not always so easy though to put those "easy" strategies into play. I feel like there is quite a bit I could do that I learned in this book, but I couldn't follow everything. I did learn some interesting little bits of information ...more
Michael Beveridge
Simple Yet Direct

Very thorough plan for disease prevention and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in a simplified yet direct manner. The read introduces you to the things you don't really want to think about but stresses the importance of addressing them before they become significant concerns. It's all what we already know...eat right, exercise, and lose weight. However, Dr Furman uses harsh realities to motivate the reader and lays out the plan to encourage the reader. I will read it again for co
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Julie Jackson
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book if you are solely interested in Heart Disease. This retired heart surgeon is trying to help with preventative measures after years at looking at diseased hearts and people whose lives are either near the end or severely altered due to stroke or heart attack. Who would not want to heed his advice? It is life changing if you choose to follow his prescription for life. If you are content to take a pill and hope for the best then don't bother to read.
Kasey Cocoa
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requested
Review by Anita: I just loved reading this book. It's such a life-changer without being all preachy or terribly boring. There's valuable inside this book that I think everyone could learn from. The way it is written it's easy to read and understand, and it's so easy to make these changes. Anyone who want's to live a healthier longer life should read this. We received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for our honest opinion. This in no way influenced our review.
anchal
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
emphasizes balancing your 3 essential aspects: diet, weight and exercise.
down to earth advice.
easy to implement.
explained in layman language - no medical mumbo-jumbo.
it's never too late to begin taking care of yourself.

You can't buy health but exercise has a powerful effect on longevity and quality of your life.
must-read for every age group.
Patti Groetsema
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book really opens your eyes to the damage that certain foods we feel are healthy can do tonite bodies.
Working towards healthier eating after reading this. I want a quality of life that only that can bring.
Geoff
A thoroughly eye-opening exploration of some of the nearly epidemic debilitating health problems of our day with a proposal for how to change your lifestyle in order to avoid them.
A must read for everyone living and trying to stay healthy in the modern world!
Ronald H Wampler
Best advice ever. The second most important book to own.

Cuts through to the simple truth with undeniable credibility
Facts and personal observation back it all up. Buy this book.
David Insell
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a life saver but you have to do more than read it. You must become a doer.
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