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Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples

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Why do some people age in failing health and sadness, while others grow old with vitality and joy?

In this revolutionary book, bestselling author John Robbins presents us with a bold new paradigm of aging, showing us how we can increase not only our lifespan but also our health span. Through the example of four very different cultures that have the distinction of producing
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Pink
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was fine, but could have been more succinct. Basically do all the things that you probably already know are good for you. Live amongst your extended family. Preferably in a stress free environment. Laugh often. Walk lots. Eat less. Mainly a plant and grain based diet. Done.
Geoffrey Kleinman
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Die Hard fans of John Robbins
I really wanted to like this book. John Robbins 'Diet for a New America' was very influential on my journey towards being Vegan. Healthy at 100 does have its heart in the right place. The problem is that it probably would have made a better magazine article than book. Robbins repeats himself over and over and over again. Sections end with long 'to do lists' which feel like brainstorming notes and the end takeaway is pretty simple: eat veg, connect with the community, get exercise, find purpose a ...more
Pat
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What sets this book apart from most books on health is that the last third of the book focuses on how strong interpersonal relationships are more of a determiner of health as we age than smoking or poor diets! Here's a favorite..

Four hugs a day are necessary for survival, eight a day for maintenance, twelve for growth!
In the four healthiest cultures, "Instead of going shopping, they go visit one another"

In a heart disease study it was found that men who used the first-person pronouns the most o
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Jesse
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing has inspired me to eat better and live better more than this book.
Sally
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
Enjoyable reading, solid research, good end-notes, great book.

I like how he put Weston Price in perspective. Either people revere him or discredit him. Robbins acknowledges that he made great observations, but had rather limited exposure to the peoples he visited, so it's not completely solid "science." Dr Price's suggestions are great ideas, but should be balanced with other great ideas. Use what works for you.

The chapter that blew me away was "Breaking Free from the Cultural Trance, or the rea
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Shel
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, hospice
Live longer and healthier via diet and lifestyle.

Eat vegetables — Dean Ornish, Joel Furhman, Caldwell Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell, and John McDougall.

Volunteer, maintain strong social ties, act in love and compassion—Mother Teresa, Karen Armstrong, and Dame Cicely Mary Saunders.

Add John Robbins'Healthy at 100 to the cannon of books/voices urging us to eschew the Standard American Diet (SAD) and live longer in great health. In addition, Robbins' makes a case against our society's toxic ageism.
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Kevin
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
This is one of the few books I come across that deserves 5 stars. I am happy that Robbins mentioned the village of Vilcabamba in Ecuador. I've known about the longevity of their people for a long time. The differences among cultures is astounding. With regards to stress, (and the fact that so many people in my industrialized culture are overfed, overmedicated, and overstressed) my favorite passage from the book is as follows:

Pages 34-35: ...a mystic from India who was introduced to New York City
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Dawn
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most beautiful and positive books I've ever read. Anybody and everybody should read it - I think there is something in it that will appeal to each person on this planet.

The theme of the book comes down to this: getting old should not be scary, and should nt be treated as something to fear. Each one of us can prevent the mental and physical deterioration that is often associated with getting old by simply eating well, exercising, and surrounding ourselves with people we love a
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Michael
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The son of Baskin-Robins, wrote a book on health. Yeah, he exposes the dangers of unhealthy eating, and lifestyles. A great read and motivator.

Publisher's Summary
Why do some people age in failing health and sadness, while others grow old with vitality and joy? In this revolutionary audiobook, best-selling author John Robbins presents us with a bold new paradigm of aging, showing us how we can increase not only our lifespan but also our health span.
Through the example of four very different cult
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Jill
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fully understand that putting this one out there officially qualifies me as OLD, but this book was fascinating and illuminating, throwing the paradigm of old = lame right out the window. I picked it up at my parents house, thumbed through it and couldn't put it down. Christina, this was the book we talked about at dinner. Worth a read!
Pennyjar
fascinating and so simple...really loved the notion that it is as much our cultural paradigm that aging is a bad thing, as anything we eat or do that affects how we age.
Thom
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Really enjoyed this book. Lots of solid references in the back also. How to be healthy at 100? Eat fresh vegetables, sing and dance, and generally be positive. :)
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
It was especially interesting to me to learn about some little-known cultures and their simple lifestyles. Robbins can be a little wordy at times, and a tad too "New Agey" for me, but he comes from the heart, and the information is valuable.
Michael
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eye opener book for me about nutrition and health. After reading the book, I changed my diet.
Thomas Baylem
Definitely some good stuff here, but overly long and quite repetitive.
Joanna Branson
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, and felt very hopeful that I can make some shifts in my nutrition and lifestyle and increase the likelihood of living to be 100+ An exciting and encouraging read!
Katherine Reece
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Proof that we can live great lives, healthy lives, for many many years.
Stephanie Snyder
Great information and lots of good ideas here.
A good choice for everyone's personal library.
Highly recomended.
Neil Gaudet
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's unfortunate that this book won't be widely read by the young. Within it is a blueprint for how to live life fully. There is no neglecting food, exercise or love and community in the approach offered. I suppose some will criticize it as idealistic and naive but they are missing the point. Amazing book
Amanda
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutrition, health
Here's the short version of my review:
I highly recommend his to everyone. It's not just about eating good food and being fit, but about having loving relationships and contributing to your community and society. Feeling like you are loved and that you matter and have a purpose. Excellent book that also reminds us that we should be ashamed of the way we treat elderly people in this country.

The longer version:
Robbins is a near-vegan, and the societies he chose for this book reflect that. There are
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Jack
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Robbins takes on health and nutrition from a distinctive but ultimately essential angle. 'Healthy at 100' examines the remarkable longevity and health of four relatively small communities: the Okinawans of Japan, the Hunzans of Pakistan, the Vilcambans of Ecuador, and the Abkhasians of the Caucasus Mountains. All have stunned scientists over the course of the 20th century for the high number of centenarians in their communities, all of whom were vibrant, active, and 100% healthy. Their prosperit ...more
Jennie Richards
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ganesh
Jun 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone trying to kick their jellybean habit and needing some motivation
Pre-reading thoughts:

I enjoyed John Robbins' talk at the Green Festival, which is a huge environmental conference held in San Francisco, Seattle, and D.C. In his book and talk, he explored the lifestyles of indigenous people known for their longevity and good health.

I agreed with just about everything he said: that it is important to accept and honor the aging process and to practice the art of relationships. However, I don't agree with his notions of what a healthy diet is. I certainly don't s
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Robin
Feb 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
Nutrition author John Robbins explains his method for long and healthy life, beginning by taking a look at four of the world’s oldest cultures in which individuals live long lives and are healthy and vital. He uses a combination of scientific research and humanitarian conjecture to help us apply what these cultures have in common to our own lives. He considers physical factors such as activity and healthful eating, psychological factors such as satisfaction with life, and social factors such as ...more
Boiling
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.3/5

A good balanced book overall about health. I especially liked the "Steps you can take" section with clear actionables. Of course, most of this information is something a lot of us know but implementation is the issue. Reading such books inspires me to live healthy, even if for a while. His father was the co founder of Baskin Robbins.

- Finally, an author who talks about the good side of these long living cultures but acknowledges that everything is not perfect there either nor does he advoca
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Steven Allat
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I am already on the side of healthy living, veganism and even a high-raw food diet, I learned a lot from this book - which, in this case, was a great reward.
John presents information in a very easy to digest manner, and doesn't pander too much to one side, even appearing at some instances to backstep a bit in his own ideals in order not to sound too emphatic about what he condones.
The main premise of the book reinforces a lot of positive changes that society is embracing and gives proof
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Graham Velasco
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Healthy at 100, written by John Robbins, is one of the most profound and poignant books I have ever experienced. Robbins, nephew of Burt Baskins and only son of Irv Robbins, was primed by his father to take over the Baskin-Robbins empire from the time he was born. When his uncle Burt died of a massive heart attack at age 51, John started to think more deeply about the impact that Baskin-Robbins was having on not only his and his family's health, but on the health of the world itself. This intros ...more
Jane
Nov 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: health seekers
Recommended to Jane by: book club
This was a different sort of book club choice, made by the oldest lady in my local book group, for our selection this month (we meet every other month). Because I like sociology/anthropology and am interested in concepts (and practices, when possible!) of healthy living, I found this book quite interesting. It's somewhat sad to think about how our American culture has evolved to rely so heavily on processed/packaged/fast foods, and how little exercise is naturally incorporated into most people's ...more
Amelia Mulder
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Although at times a little long-winded and repetitive (a good editor's hand should have prevented this), this did little to distract from the insight and value I got from this book (hence the 5-star rating). Robbins artfully balances scientific data with anecdotes and historic reference, making this an easy, yet enlightening read. Whereas most books on health tend to focus mostly on diet and exercise, 'Still Healthy at 100' is much more comprehensive, detailing also, with scientific evidence, th ...more
Sarah Shea
The beginning of the book focuses entirely on the different tribes, their health, diet, etc. That is what I got the book for, and I found these parts to be very interesting. He made these places sound very picturesque but balanced it by mentioning some of the downsides (although I could tell the noble savage picture was hard to shake for him).

However, after talking about Okinawa, the books interested completely dropped off for me. The rest of the book is pretty much the typical information abou
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John Robbins is an American author, who popularized the links among nutrition, environmentalism, and animal rights. He is the author of the 1987 Diet for a New America, an exposé on connections between diet, physical health, animal cruelty, and environmentalism.

Robbins is the son of Irma Robbins and Baskin-Robbins co-founder Irv Robbins. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in
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