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Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who'Ve Lived the Longest Mass Market Paperback – Special Edition, 1 Nov 2010


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society; Mass market ed edition (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426207557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426207556
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, and author. He founded Blue Zones™, to research and publicize the world's best practices in health, longevity, and happiness. As a pioneer in exploration and education, he has traveled the world to answer some of science's biggest questions. Buettner's National Geographic cover story on Blue Zones was one of the top-selling covers in the magazine's history and his 2008 book, The Blue Zones, hit The New York Times bestseller list.

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"A must-read if you want to stay young! Buettner teaches us the secrets of the world's longest-lived cultures and how they can turn back your biological clock."
--Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.

""The Blue Zone" is one of the most important and engaging stories you will ever read! With Dan Buettner as your intrepid narrator, you will visit locations where people are living the longest, healthiest lives anywhere on the planet. More importantly, you will learn how to immediately incorporate those lessons from faraway places into your very own life. When I hosted the documentary, "Chasing Life, " Dan Buettner was the man we looked to for advice. Now, you have all of it at your fingertips. Inside: The Secret to a Long Life."
--Sanjay Gupta, M.D.

"This book gives you practical tips for living long and well--the essential components of lifestyles in those areas of the world where healthy aging is the rule. I recommend it."
--Andrew Weil, M.D.

"After a lifetime in the health and beauty business, I had the feeling that I knew most everything about aging gracefully. Then along comes Blue Zones, which is a valuable guide to help us achieve longer healthier lives. Each engaging encounter reveals simple, healthy choices that everyone can incorporate into their lives no matter where they live. Thank you, Dan Buettner!"
--Cheryl Tiegs

"Dan Buettner takes us on a journey to explore the secrets of longevity and in so doing introduces us to a world of joy in aging... at 91, this is very good news!"
--Walter Cronkite


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National Geographic explorer and writer Dan Buettner is the founder of Quest Network, Inc, and has produced more than a dozen interactive expeditions. Buettner has biked more than 120,000 miles around the globe, and holds three Guinness World Records in long distance cycling. His 2005 cover story for National Geographic Magazine, Secrets of Living Longer was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. He has appeared on CNN, David Letterman, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, and the Today Show to discuss his Blue Zone research and has delivered more than 500 keynote speeches over the last 10 years.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TRELVIS on 19 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Hi All - a great read for all who are interested in the lifestyle of different peoples around the world.All of whom enjoy extreme longevity. It gets right down to the the essential elements of the human condition and what it thrives on. Simple food,community, exercise, all taken on a day to day philosophy of living. No crazy health clubs, or faddy diets or quests for eternal youth.Just the simple life without stress.It finds basic similarities in all of the " Blue Zones " studied.- Think I will retire to one and enjoy the Blue Zone Experience.Read it and you might want to too!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Brian Allsop on 30 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Finding groups of humans who have lived over 100 years concentrated in different areas sounded like an interesting subject for a book. Unfortunately this author did not follow up his initial idea with any kind of scholarly study. Instead he just went and visited a very small number of individuals in each area and presented accounts of each interview. The results cannot be of any real significance. Consider the diets involved. The Sardinians eat sheep and drink a liter of red wine per day. The Okinawans eat sweet potatoes whilst the Costa Ricans eat pork, beans and corn tortillas. On the other hand the 7th Day Adventists of Southern California are vegetarians!

It would have been useful to see more data, for example, histograms of proportion of population living say to 60 years of age, then 70 , then 80 etc to see if these groups of centenarians are truly exceptional due to genetic reasons or lifestyle.

Conclusions: Disappointing but a good idea for a shoot!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sarah on 19 April 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Interesting that the longest lived people on earth are the ones that don't take all western medicines. 200 years of research and billions and billions of dollars and we're still dying - full of disease.

Governments should fund lifestyle changes/choices not drugs.
Drug companies should research lifestyle not chemicals. - but they'd be no money in people being healthy now would there?
Think about it - drug companies have a vested interest in you being ill.
Cheat them. Change your lifestyle and live longer and happier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kronos on 9 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
Recommended! if you want to know all the mistakes of our unhealthy lifestyle, and how to improve! Very interesting and easy to read.
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By Amazon Customer on 1 April 2013
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I've not read most of the book yet so would be unfair to make a full comment but the ethos behind it makes sense. Eating food indigenous to the area you're in seems the sensible option for anyone! Food that has grown naturally, without bunches of extra chemicals to make the environment amenable, food that hasn't spent days, weeks or months being shipped across countries, food that actually is food as opposed to processed no longer real stuff - just makes sense to me!
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A very informative read. Lessons, ideas & strategies on living a long and healthy life, often backed by valid research. This book would be an ideal read for anyone interested in adopting healthy techniques into their daily routine. It would also be useful for any health care practitioners wanting to refresh their knowledge or update their ideas. An easy book to read.
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