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How to Live Longer and Feel Better

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A twentieth anniversary edition of Pauling's seminal work on the role of vitamins and minerals in preventing disease and achieving optimal health. ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Oregon State University Press (first published 1986)
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Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is a great book. I came away from reading it with a lot of respect and admiration for Linus Pauling and his work. The world would be a far better place with more people like him in it.

At the start of the book, Pauling gives a simple guide to how to live a healthier life. It's so simple, practical and inexpensive and makes so much sense. One wonders how much disease could have been prevented, and could be prevented now, if more of us followed these simple guidelines. My guess is A HUGE AMOUN
Patty Apostolides
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Linus Pauling was a great scientist. His book is loaded with information on vitamin C and the powerful impact this vitamin has on the human body. Many references and studies are cited. I particularly was impressed with the effect of Vitamin C on collagen.

One interesting passage:
"In December 1984 a panel of experts convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a report that included the recommendation that adults thirty years old or older with total cholesterol levels 240 mg per dec
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is not an easy book to read. You have to put the time into it but if you do you will be hugely rewarded. Linus Pauling is a genius.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Take Vitamin C supplements!
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you are only interested in the "how-to" part, Chapter 2 of this book would be enough.

I wanted way more than that and this book did not fail my expectation. It is of course more than a standard "review article". It combines introductory biochemistry, reviews of scientific reports, Dr. Pauling's personal assessment on the logical rigor of the cited works and his criticisms on US health authorities.

This book teaches me how misleading second-hand information can get and why it is very important
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those seeking alternative health options
Recommended to Chavonne by: "Food Matters"
This book is really interesting but too hard for me to read. In my first go-around with grad school, I always skipped the very medical/neuroscience-y stuff because I just couldn't wrap my head around. That being said, I enjoyed what I did read of this book (four chapters). I'd heard about Linus Pauling through "Food Matters" and was really interested in megadosing. I had a cold while reading this book and decided to take 1,000mg of vitamin C every hour I was awake until I felt better. Honestly, ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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Key take way is Vitamin supplement are VERY important even may not as important as author described (some of them are seem not approved even today like it could cure cold). But as it said how body works from molecules level, I’m pretty much convinced.
Mateo Piljan
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Bible for nutritionists.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muito Bom o livro. Todos deveriam ler.
B. M.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in health issues
Recommended to B. by: Pauling's Friend
Easy to read. I am convinced that Pauling offers great advice based on scientific knowledge and so far I barely get sick and can recuperate faster. Many questions are answered about vitamins and since he spent the latter part of his life exploring the effects of Vitamin C in the lab, his opinion is well researched and referenced. I am aware his work has been highly criticized but his advice has work great for me. It is a good read for anyone interested in a well rounded knowledge of health liter ...more
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
in sentence fragments. evidence undeniable. integrity of author speaks volumes alone. worth a try. still considered quackish ideas. will serve as excellent reference.
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Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Got me on lots of Vit C many years ago!
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