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The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Plant Paradox comes a groundbreaking plan for living a long, healthy, happy life.

From the moment we are born, our cells begin to age. But aging does not have to mean decline. World-renowned surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry has been treating mature patients for most of his career. He knows that everyone thinks they want to live
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Published March 19th 2019 by Harper Wave
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Jun 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Gundry rattles off a lot of statements that are purported to be supported by serious scientific studies. They aren’t! [Example: the book indicates that a 2016 study on the impact of longevity concluded “nutrient uptake depends on your microbiome” supported by reference 5. Except that the study was not on humans and did not conclude that with that statement. The study was performed on nematodes.—Joel Kahn, Professor of Cardiology]

Dr. Gundry provides a theory of atherosclerosis that suggests that
Trace Nichols
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
You have to know how to read these books. Don't go in to them thinking you are supposed to take every bit of advice and piece of information as "do it or die". Assimilate what you learn from the research contained within that supports the daily plan for living and make it your own - specific to your health needs, abilities to source the materials, and lifestyle goals. There is a LOT to be gleaned from this book. If you are a reader of this genre, you will find it very reminiscent of other works ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't rate this book higher :P One of my favs of this year for sure! This book has made a huge impact on my life. It's not a huge book but it took foooooreeeeever to read because I was continually writing down notes! It's literally like a science textbook that you just want to learn everything there is on the topic.

Key take aways:
- everything to do with your health basically stems from your gut health
- Even if you’re vegan you still consume antibiotics
- simple sugars and artificial sweetene
Jun 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I just cannot get behind a book that promotes eating "good" and "bad" foods. It's yet just another "diet" or "food craze" (think: Atkins, Keto, etc...) that will eventually (already?) prove unhealthy and unwise. I didn't realize this was the type of book it was until I started reading it - definitely would not have picked it up if I knew it was just another one of those "I'm a doctor and hey, buy my supplements," book. ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, non-fiction
Update: As I listened to this one today, it sounded so familiar. I thought it could have been from a TED talk or youtube, but I realize now that I had already read this one earlier this year. I think though, that I'm changing my original 3 star rating to 4.

I enjoy reading health and science books. And what always amazes me is how different the information is in each one. Often scientific studies are cherry picked to illustrate the point of the author. This one is no different. I tried reading t
Yesenia Cash
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot! I always have a hard time with scientific information because it’s so dense and my poor brain can’t process fast enough but I love it anyway! I need to read the plant paradox ASAP!!!
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting look into Dr. Gundry's theory on gut health. There were a number of spots where I thought he may have confused correlation with causation, but that may have just me missing something he has pointed out already. Being an endurance athlete I was a bit put-off by his take on distance running. I have read the research on this and I'm not convinced that it is complete. However, that just may be my confirmation bias at work defending my favorite pastime. All in all I really ...more
AnaMaria Rivera
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Gundry is above all a scientists and he does a very good job at distilling his wisdom in ways that are understandable for someone that does not have a medical background. Having said this, the book is at times heavy, due to all the science involved, and the longevity paradox program in practical terms is difficult to follow, unless you have fierce determination and perhaps are already a vegan...
Robert Yokoyama
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because I am interested in living a long healthy life. The information in this book is very insightful. I learned that sleep helps clean out the brain. A good night sleep prevents plaques in the brain from growing. These plaques can lead to Alzheimer disease to develop. I will try get quality sleep by going to bed earlier and eating dinner earlier because of this information. I will eliminate the blue light that comes from my computer because it interferes with my sleep. I have ...more
Vibhor Jain
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great work with many new perspectives on health issues which have either not been explored/discussed much or have been recent discoveries.
The work of Dr Jason Fung (The Obesity Code) is simpler to understand and implement. With this book, you would need to immensely apply your own mind on how and what to implement. For example, the author mentions a total of 79 beneficial supplements. Assuming many of these would be present in combinations, still it would be an absurdly high number an
Ginger Hudock
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Some of the science is good, but others not so much. He is selective with his data. Many of the long lived populations that he sites consume lots of beans, but he ignores that fact. Many of them also consume grains, but he advises against all grains. His proposed diet is overly restrictive, based on science that he ignores.
Gaili Schoen
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is mostly about avoiding LECTINS, which the author posits are responsible for all of the major diseases of aging. But he writes in such a patronizing style- calling the good bacteria in the intestinal tract "gut buddies." It got extremely annoying reading "gut buddies" a thousand times. And by the end of the book when you read his list of supplements -- he takes 79!-- you realize he is pretty out there. He also manufactures his own supplements, so of course he believes that people shou ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, nutrition
Must read for anyone interested in long term health and well being. Dr. Gundry’s third and most well researched book. It includes new discoveries and explanations of the human body’s digestive, immune, neurological, and cellular regeneration systems...and how to ensure the right nutrition and habits to keep all functioning extremely well into a ripe old age.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall I think that this book has good information about the microbiome and how your diet is linked to your health. I was a little put off by the supplements section, I don’t think that consuming so many supplements is feasible. I also think that you can go overboard thinking about food and health.
Guilherme Zeitounlian
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is not a complete waste of time... but it comes close.

What Gundry gets right:
- what you eat (and your overall habits) influence your microbiome,
- sleep, exercise, and diet are important for longevity,
- relationships (family, community, a dog) also help.

What Gundry gets wrong (or at least a little bit mixed up):
- avoid protein,
- do complicated fasting regimes (only you never "fast", you just restrict calories),
- buy all his supplements (I'm not kidding, he suggests over 30 different substan
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked it overall, but I didn’t really get his humor when he was trying to be cheeky and light hearted. It just didn’t flow. But I didn’t read it for his humor. I got a few gems out of it.....and reinforced some of the other learnings I have had in other similar books. I do highly recommend the breakfast smoothie recipe!!! Never been much of a smoothie gal, but this one I can get behind!!! I have had it every day for the last week and not tired of it yet.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very good, informative and interesting. seems almost impossible to follow but definitely got some new information that I will implement.
Cathy Savage
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is another book purporting to give heath advice. This time it is lectins to avoid rather than gluten. It also advocates intermittent fasting and high vegetable intake. Many of the foods we consider part of a healthy diet all contain lectins in varying amounts. Fortunately cooking destroys most of them. There are time tested reasons we can eat some foods raw and others only cooked! This book has a bibliography full of scientific studies to support the author's position. Who would think to qu ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnotfinish
I can't take this guy seriously. He cites a lot of studies on mice. I didn't finish it, so maybe I missed something, but if you want to be healthy, take the advice of a doctor who does meta-analyses of long-term studies on actual people: Dr Greger. HOW NOT TO DIE is based on years of research on humans, not mice.

Dr. Gundry also recommends consuming a WHOLE LITER of olive oil EVERY WEEK. That's a crazy amount of calories consumed as relatively low-nutrient fat. He also says to avoid beans and le
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok seriously I’m a physician and I know true scientific data is very difficult to obtain as there is a lot of bias and manipulation that can occur when collecting and calculating statistical significance. It may take years and still be difficult to obtain due to variations in the population studied and accounting for multiple other factors. So I can only say that his food eliminations and avoidance suggestions have helped me lose weight that I could never lose and now my BMI is 19 and I am not o ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
The overall message is good: treat your body well, stay active, prioritize sleep, eat things (mostly plants) that promote health, and use products on your body that don’t contain endocrine disrupters, carcinogens, etc. I did learn some new, interesting, and useful bits of information on how to eat and live better, longer.

Additionally, remember Gundry is a doctor, not a writer. Some of his phrasing is repetitive, which I didn’t like. His attempts at humor are often akin to dad jokes. But I also
Laura Papla Ford
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book seems based on science, but some claims, especially about lectins has little scientific proof.

Also, writers own supplements, that he does not push, but mentions prominently enough, makes one slightly concerned about objectivity of his advice.
Feng Ouyang
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age
by Steven R. Gundry
This book presents a “groundbreaking” (i.e., unorthodox) theory about health and aging. According to the book, almost all degenerations and decays in what we consider as “normal aging,” such as cardiovascular disease, weight gain, joint degradation, and dementia, are actually curable problems, mainly caused by inflammation, autoimmune reactions, and hormone malfunctions. These, in turn, are caused by microbes in the dige
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very restrictive diet. Yes, it sounds healthy and all. That’s fine. But I’ve found in my 50+ years that restrictive diets ultimately fail. Especially when you have a profession where you travel a lot, and a lot of the healthiest food options just aren’t available.

I agree with him completely that sugar, and junk food are the ruination of good health, and contribute to heart disease, diabetes, etc. and how gluten can adversely affect you.

My husband and I have recently made the choice t
Jeanette Krogstad
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Convincing points but the research references are on animals and not humans, making it hard to infer the causality implied. There’s an awful lot on the don’t eat list, making the changes hard to implement. But there are some consistent recommendations on minimizing animal products, sleep, exercise, social support and stress management.
Nic Lishko
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Some great information, definitely not a hard push for the doctor's own products like other reviewers have said.
Honestly, I would have to try it in order to change the rating. It's tough to limit meets, but we'll see. No plans to try it right now, but I walk away with a few good lessons.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookclub, 2019
I read this book for bookclub in June 2019. I changed what I eat after reading this book.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
I found Dr. Gundry's book interesting. His diet is certainly different but would be very
difficult to follow. He does base his research on the gut and I do find that information
worth noting, but whole grains are out as well as the "white stuff" that many diets
tout as bad for you. And for that reason, "I'm out!"
Barb Wright
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book contains so much information about diet, exercise, supplements, and life style for people interested in living happily to a ripe old age. However, if you want to follow the regimen you would need the book as a desk reference.
Dushan Hanuska
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life
Lots of "food" for thought. My favorite quote: "You are not what you eat; you are what your gut buddies digest." Highly recommended to all my friends who'd like to die young at old age. ...more
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