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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Pr; 1 edition (21 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605292079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605292076
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Transcend, famed futurist Ray Kurzweil and his coauthor Terry Grossman, MD, present a cutting edge, accessible program based on the vanguard in nutrition and science. Theyâ€TMve distilled thousands of scientific studies to make the case that new developments in medicine and technology will allow us to radically extend our life expectancies and slow the aging process. Transcend gives you the practical tools you need to live long enough (and remain healthy long enough) to take full advantage of the biotech and nanotech advances that have already begun and will continue to occur at an accelerating pace during the years ahead. To help you remember the nine key components of the program, Ray and Terry have arranged them into a mnemonic: Talk with your doctor, Relaxation, Assessment, Nutrition, Supplements, Calorie reduction, Exercise, New technologies, Detoxification. This easy-to-follow program will help you transcend the boundaries of your genetic legacy and live ...

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MG on 2 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The authors of this book describe exactly how ageing process works and how diseases such as cancer or heart disease develop. The detail is stunning - they explain everything atom by atom, molecule by molecule. The book contains a guide about how much vitamins or minerals to take every day - this is supported by a rigorous research - like all the topics in the book. The book even contains a chapter with recipes and there's a week menu which shows examples of what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This book aims to change ones lifestyle with a focus on promoting longevity and preventing most diseases. I had this book for a while and it really opened my eyes in terms of what I should eat and what I shouldn't eat. There's also a list of supplements that are natural and don't have any side effects. Each of them is described in detail in terms of side effects and what are they good for, which organ or body function they support. The aim of this book is to help everyone to live a bit longer using current knowledge, to be able to benefit from the huge technological development in the future. I also tried some supplements, especially those from the Brain and Heart chapter and they really work. My memory returned, I feel fresh and I can run much faster than before.
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I read this book because, probably like most of you, I'd like to live healthier for longer/indefinite.

** Good points **
Ray provides some very valuable ideas that challenge way we think, e.g. just because we automatically associate the two together there is a difference between biological age and chronological age, the two don't necessarily have to go hand in hand.

I found the book inspirational because of presentation of genuine facts of how rapidly technology is advancing exponentially. For example, in 100,000 years of human civilisation, 230 years ago there was not even a steam engine..now we have machines that can fly and take man to space..! In the 1960's a computer was the size of a room, cost 100 million dollars.. half a decade later we have computers 100,000 times more powerful in our pockets..! Imagine the advancements in the next 30 years with these super powerful computers! Ray points out these achievements will not just be in electronics/computers.. but now in nanotechnology and medicine.. with profound results.

He mentions there are 9 processes of ageing and talks how research is being done that reverses these processes, and how we can slow some of these natural effects down until technology solves the issues.

** Less good points **
I think couple of his facts were not up-to-date, e.g. aspartamine, the artificial food sweeter, has been declared 'safe' with recent studies and there is no evidence found for causing various diseases it has been accused of. However, to be fair, Ray did say 'Aspartamine **may** cause these diseases so better to avoid' which I think was a sensible precaution.

There was a section on exercise positions/movements which I think was a waste of space & a dry read..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosanna Tunk on 29 Dec. 2012
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I found this book very interesting as living a healthy life is very important to me. As I am not an expert ,I did not know how to keep the cells of my body at their best but after reading this book, I know what I should be doing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chadbourn on 9 Sept. 2013
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Want to live forever? This is the book for you. That may sound like a fatuous statement to accompany some woolly, magical thinking guide, but everything here is based on the latest scientific studies (all referenced, if you don't want to take the authors at their word). Indeed, Kurzweil is a leading scientific philosopher, best-known for his writing on the coming technology singularity. Grossman is a doctor.

How can you live forever? It's a simple equation. In the 2020s, biotech advances will extend lifespans. In the 2030s, nanotech advances will help your body repair itself ad infinitum. This book is a guide to everything you can do yourself to help you live just long enough to reach the first 'bridge', which should then carry you through to the second. Simple. Here is all the latest thinking on nutrition, exercise, relaxation, supplements, calorie reduction, new technologies and more - and not just what works, but why it works. You will also find some of the surprising, hidden things that are slowly killing you. And if you think you know all this stuff, I'm betting that you don't.

None of the advice is onerous. Little changes have big consequences. Even if you're a confirmed cynic, making those changes will undoubtedly make you feel better, so what's to lose?

If you don't consider yourself 'scientifically minded', don't worry - all the scientific evidence here isn't hard-going. The two authors have a lively writing style and communicate detailed information in an easily-digested form. This is a 'how to...' guide, recommended for everyone. Philosophically, it'll make you look at the world around you in a different way. And as a template for really improving your day-to-day existence, it's unparalleled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cristiana Manara on 22 Nov. 2013
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Very interesting and astonishing and new content. Worth reading! I like the writer and follow his work. Try it and enjoy
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