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Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Dr. John J. Ratey , Richard Manning , Dan Woren
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26 Jun 2014

The scientific evidence behind why we should maintain a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors to restore our health and well-being.

In GO WILD, Harvard Medical School professor John Ratey, MD, and journalist Richard Manning reveal that although civilization has rapidly evolved, our bodies stopped changing long ago--creating a disconnect between how we live and what is best for us. This disconnect affects every area of our lives, from our energy levels to our relationships to our general health. Only by using ancient evolutionary instructions to navigate modern life can we realize our true potential in everything including strength, health and well-being, intelligence, happiness, and more. The book addresses modern diseases (from diabetes to cancer to addiction); the problems of the modern diet; exercise; sleep; mindfulness and relationships; and much more.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio US; Unabridged edition (26 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478977299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478977292
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,651,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At last a book that explains to me why I feel so much better if I run in the morning!" "Dr. Susan M. Love, Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book""

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A fascinating, science-based study that goes far beyond the Paleo diet to show that our bodies have not evolved to fit our modern lifestyle, with practical advice on how to regain our well-being.

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By TPat
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This follows Spark and I love John Ratey's writing. Go Wild is nothing short of a bible about what it means to be human. His discussion about empathy being the key human trait of evolution is simply mind-blowing. To think we are only here today because as a group we cooperated and lived together for each other. Compare this to the current madness around the world. With selfishness and self-interest we would have perished a long time ago. Buy this book, apply the ideas and get ready to be happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REad John Ratey's books - they are great! 1 Aug 2014
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Ratey is the best! He writes well and uses evidence to back up his ideas - and its geberally great news he provides us with! Very pracitcal and realistic ideas and practices...... Loves Spark as well...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A New Track Towards Health and Self-help 4 Jun 2014
By BumbleB Media - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
With a title like "Go Wild" you may have the impression that the concept is to move to the woods, eat leaves and start running barefoot. It's nothing like that... although... The main theme from this book written by a Harvard medical doctor (psychiatrist) and an award-winning journalist is how do we get back to health and fulfillment before modern society took over. Actually, the authors go way back to pre-Neanderthal man through hunting/gathering societies and then to agricultural societies to see how these changes of civilization as a whole has created a negative impact on our lives today.

The hunter/gatherer (or "wild" part of the premise) vs agricultural society is interesting as a hook, but I would have liked a comparison in how more recent societies (say pre-WWII), even here in the US, used the principles in this book for better body and mind:

fresh air
regular, outdoor exercise
unprocessed,seasonal food
full night's sleep
tight communities

Some of what Dr. Ratey and Mr. Manning said makes sense, but outdoor running isn't for everyone--nor how millions of people used to get their exercise--and dropping all carbs really depends on more than being someone who lives in the US.

BIG PRO: Dr. Ratey/ Mr. Manning had many examples of studies and important topics, ex. getting Vitamin D (sitting in front of a window indoors isn't the same as outdoors) and belonging to a "Tribe" or community (which we've almost completely lost in the US. Facebook ain't it, right? But Christmas with the relatives, nightmare). I was particularly interested in the topic of how abuse in childhood has a long term affect on the health and well-being of the person years later. This is a serious topic that I think needs to be addressed more. The book does have a detailed index at the back that is helpful to refer to for those topics you want to look at again.

My personal POV: My family, who immigrated to the USA in the 50's and 60's, came from a small chain of islands with tropical weather and severe drought. My mom talks a lot about her childhood there, 50+ years ago. They had a tight community (it was hard to get off the island even to the next island, the tight community also continued for decades here in the US), they ate seasonally and only what they grew (no stores even now in some places), they had to walk (not run) everywhere and everything was manual labor. They ate very little meat or fish (once a month, the waters there can be treacherous), mostly fruit, vegetables and a lot of corn, rice and root vegetables (high carb).

This was and still is to a large extent an agricultural society, not a hunter/gatherer, mostly because of the droughts and so little rain, there's no grass or feed for animals. Yet everyone was very healthy overall and very fit. However, not everyone is long-lived because of NO medical care or doctors.

So, I liked this book, but there has to be some balance beyond be a runner, eat paleo and eat fresh/organic, wild caught fish and game, etc. I don't know anyone who doesn't aspire to this, but it's really become a lifestyle for well-to-do people who can afford it and who can leverage a way to get more time (they have choices re: time/money). Still some changes in the direction that Dr. Ratey and Mr. Manning recommend are better than none for everyone.

All in all, a new way to look at body/mind and self-help well beyond the latest diet and exercise fad.

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read for practical advice. 19 Jun 2014
By DBS44 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been following Dr. Ratey since he published Spark; The Science of Exercise and the Brain. I like his straight forward and practical approach. As a Health and Physical Education Teacher who has been using much of the authors advice for many years both in my personal life and with the students that I teach I can tell you that it works. It's great to now have a one stop shop that summarizes the science to back up what is becoming the future of proactive health care.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eating Better, Living Better 10 July 2014
By Richard Reese (author of Sustainable or Bust) - Published on Amazon.com
Go Wild was written by Dr. John Ratey and Richard Manning. I’m a Manning fan, and I was hoping for a book with rhythms similar to the writing of Tom Brown, Richard Nelson, or Jay Griffiths — work rooted in a spiritual connection to the family of life. Our current path is a dead end. If Big Mama Nature decides to let two-legged animals have a future, the key to survival is returning to a path of reverence, respect, and balance, like our ancient African ancestors lived.

Be aware that Go Wild does not take you on a fascinating tour of wild cultures. The authors did not live with wild people, or interview any. The book will not thoroughly erase your cultural programming and make you wild and free, nor will it transform you into a wild hunter-gatherer, shaman, sorcerer, or medicine woman.

The book’s subtitle is “Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization.” But most of the major afflictions of civilization are not targeted — automobiles, television, cell phones, computers, education, wage slavery, materialism, submitting to masters. Despite this omission, the book does provide interesting discussions about a variety of lesser-known afflictions.

Go Wild is a self-help book that offers many suggestions for eating better and living better. Sugar is poison. Shun grains, including whole grains, and avoid all other foods rich in carbohydrates — bananas, honey, potatoes, organic fruit juice, and so on. It’s far healthier to get your calories from fats. Run regularly, outdoors, not on a treadmill. Sleep 8.5 hours every night. Avoid artificial light. Forge tribe-like bonds with your marathon-running buddies. Practice meditation to revive your mindfulness, contentment, and joy.

Go Wild is primarily a science book, based on a Cartesian mindset that perceives living beings to be amazingly complex biochemical machines. Two-legged animals raised in civilizations are severely damaged biochemical machines, and this book is an up-to-date shop manual for do-it-yourself backyard mechanics. It’s about tuning up your brain and body for maximum performance, so you’ll remain happy, sharp, and fit well beyond 100, maybe 200.

Readers are introduced to a parade of medical doctors, biologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, paleoanthropologists, and other assorted researchers who discuss their big discoveries. Hot topics include oxytocin, vasopressin, cortisol, phytoncides, telomeres, neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, homeostasis, allostasis, dopamine, dyslipidemia, epigenics, and lipoproteins.

Folks who seriously follow some or all of the suggestions in this book will have a decent chance of experiencing genuine benefits. Being raised in civilization causes many injuries, some of which can be healed, and many that cannot. This book is likely to appeal to millions of pudgy, unhappy, poorly nourished, sleep deprived, stressed out, walking dead, well-educated professionals who are looking for ways to improve their health and wellbeing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be a Koala 4 July 2014
By Sam Torode - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"Go Wild" gets my award for the best mind/body/spirit book of 2014 (so far). I previously enjoyed John Ratey's Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Then, after hearing both authors on a podcast, I picked up Richard Manning's Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization, which was absolutely mind-blowing (simultaeously depressing and inspiring).

"Go Wild" combines the best elements of those previous books and exceeds them, providing practical guidance on diet, exercise, mindfulness, and more.

Of the many great anecdotes, one stands out to me: earlier in their evolutionary history, koala bears ate a diverse diet and had larger brains. Later, they specialized on one food source and took up a sedentary lifestyle munching on eucalyptus leaves. Without the need to move around and search for food, their brains were a waste of metabolic energy, so they began to shrink. Today, koalas have tiny brains rattling around in oversized craniums.

Don't be a koala. Read this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book 21 July 2014
By Glenn Ellmers - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great book! I've been paleo for three years and read a lot on the subject. Almost all the previous books I've read were about the importance of gut health. This is very important. But this book opened my eyes to the whole new aspect of _brain_ health that can be achieved when we ditch the modern, processed, industrialized lifestyle and try to recapture our evolutionary hunter-gatherer ways.
High recommended!
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