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HEALTHY AT 100 - Livin' the Good Life

Feb. 11th, 2011

08:49 am - HEALTHY AT 100

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I just finished a book I found well-worth reading. It's called HEALTHY AT 100, by John Robbins. I was thinking I might pick up some tips that would help me assist my dad in getting healthier. Instead, I got a whole lot of information on helping MYSELF. Dad's already doing great!
The book uses as examples four different primative cultures that are known for their long-lived people. The people were from: Abkhasia- southern Russia; Vilcabamba- Ecuador's Andes mountains; Hunza- northern tip of Pakistan; and Okinawa- southern Japan. (Unfortunately, the people in those areas are rapidly losing their exemplery lifestyles due to "westernization", and they have far fewer healthy older people today.)
I was just about to write a book review when my friend Jill posted a review of this SAME book on her blog! (She and I are definitely on the same wave-length, on more ways than one.) She did such a good job of reviewing the book that I asked her if I could hijack some of her excellent quotes from the book. Here they are, straight from her blog: (Thanks, Jill!)

(Many of these quotes are referring to the 4 cultures in the world who have the longest living and healthiest people.)

* "Children raised with pets are...more likely to be kind to other children, and more likely to have healthy self-esteem once they reach their teens."

* "...the strongest predictor of which men would get cancer decades later turned out not to be smoking or obesity, but rather the lack of a close relationship with their fathers fifty years before."

* "One of the hallmarks of the societies that exemplify healthy aging is that children are loved, held, and cared for constantly. They are rarely if ever scolded or shamed, and the idea of striking a child is completely foreign."

* In a heart disease study it was found that men who used the first-person pronouns the most often had the highest risk of heart trouble...It seems that the less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers...Listen with regard when others talk. Give of your time and energy to others; let others have their way; do things for reasons other than furthering your own needs."

* In an intensive study of 7,000 men and women in Alameda, Ca it was discovered that people who were disconnected from others were roughly three times more likely to die during the 9 year study than people with strong social ties. The kind of social ties didn't appear to matter. What mattered was being involved in some social network, whether is was family, friends, church, volunteer groups, or marriage.

* In Vilacbamba and Hunza (2 of the cultures who have many living healthy past 100) generosity and sharing are the highest values. Nothing is more important than how people treat each other."

* In the 4 healthiest cultures, "Instead of going shopping, they go visit one another. They have need of few belongings, for they belong to each other."

* Elders....closer to death...they understand what makes life worth living. They know there is little point in having low cholesterol and rock hard abs if you don't love your life."

One of the things I loved about this book were the many touching true-life stories. I cried many times throughout the book. I won't spoil it for you by trying to retell the stories. They are just SO good and they need to be read in the context of the book to have the impact. So, run, don't walk, to your nearest library and check it out!


Date:February 11th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
It IS pretty amazing that we are both reviewing the same book, the same week...and it was written in 2006!

While the title of the book attracted me, I'm not sure it's the best title to attract the younger generation.
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Date:February 11th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
I agree, Jill. The last thing I was thinking about at age 20, 30, or 40 was living to 100. Who would want to do that?
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