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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 79 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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"Ray Kurzweil knows more about the future of technology than anyone on the planet. If you want to have the greatest chance of seeing the next century, read "TRANSCEND" today." "--Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; clinical professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco; author, "The Spectrum" and "Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease "Kurzweil and Grossman have created another breathtaking book--a concise yet comprehensive guide to staying healthy and living life to the fullest. This visionary and must-read book also provides a brilliant and entertaining view of our transcendent future if we follow the TRANSCEND program.""--Dean Kamen, physicist and inventor of the first wearable insulin pump, HomeChoice portable dialysis machine, IBOT Mobility System, and Segway Human Transporter, and recipient of the National Medal of Technology " ""TRANSCEND" provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-read review of the latest scientific and medical research related to the process of aging and age-related diseases, which will eventually affect all of us. Ray and Terry present an insightful view of the remarkable future that awaits us through growth of technology, while providing the motivation today to stay in shape to enjoy this future. This extremely well researched book provides a vision and roadmap for keeping both body and mind healthy so that we can take advantage of future advances to prolong healthy lifespan." "--Ron Kahn, MD, Mary K. Iacocca Professor, Harvard Medical School; former president and former director of research, Joslin Diabetes Center

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Ray Kurzweil knows more about the future of technology than anyone on the planet. If you want to have the greatest chance of seeing the next century, read "TRANSCEND" today. "Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; clinical professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco; author, The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease"

Kurzweil and Grossman have created another breathtaking book--a concise yet comprehensive guide to staying healthy and living life to the fullest. This visionary and must-read book also provides a brilliant and entertaining view of our transcendent future if we follow the TRANSCEND program. "Dean Kamen, physicist and inventor of the first wearable insulin pump, HomeChoice portable dialysis machine, IBOT Mobility System, and Segway Human Transporter, and recipient of the National Medal of Technology"

"TRANSCEND" provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-read review of the latest scientific and medical research related to the process of aging and age-related diseases, which will eventually affect all of us. Ray and Terry present an insightful view of the remarkable future that awaits us through growth of technology, while providing the motivation today to stay in shape to enjoy this future. This extremely well researched book provides a vision and roadmap for keeping both body and mind healthy so that we can take advantage of future advances to prolong healthy lifespan. "Ron Kahn, MD, Mary K. Iacocca Professor, Harvard Medical School; former president and former director of research, Joslin Diabetes Center""

Ray Kurzweil knows more about the future of technology than anyone on the planet. If you want to have the greatest chance of seeing the next century, read TRANSCEND today. Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; clinical professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco; author, The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease

Kurzweil and Grossman have created another breathtaking book--a concise yet comprehensive guide to staying healthy and living life to the fullest. This visionary and must-read book also provides a brilliant and entertaining view of our transcendent future if we follow the TRANSCEND program. Dean Kamen, physicist and inventor of the first wearable insulin pump, HomeChoice portable dialysis machine, IBOT Mobility System, and Segway Human Transporter, and recipient of the National Medal of Technology

TRANSCEND provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-read review of the latest scientific and medical research related to the process of aging and age-related diseases, which will eventually affect all of us. Ray and Terry present an insightful view of the remarkable future that awaits us through growth of technology, while providing the motivation today to stay in shape to enjoy this future. This extremely well researched book provides a vision and roadmap for keeping both body and mind healthy so that we can take advantage of future advances to prolong healthy lifespan. Ron Kahn, MD, Mary K. Iacocca Professor, Harvard Medical School; former president and former director of research, Joslin Diabetes Center

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"Ray Kurzweil knows more about the future of technology than anyone on the planet. If you want to have the greatest chance of seeing the next century, read TRANSCEND today." --Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; clinical professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco; author, The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease

"Kurzweil and Grossman have created another breathtaking book--a concise yet comprehensive guide to staying healthy and living life to the fullest. This visionary and must-read book also provides a brilliant and entertaining view of our transcendent future if we follow the TRANSCEND program." --Dean Kamen, physicist and inventor of the first wearable insulin pump, HomeChoice portable dialysis machine, IBOT Mobility System, and Segway Human Transporter, and recipient of the National Medal of Technology

"TRANSCEND provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-read review of the latest scientific and medical research related to the process of aging and age-related diseases, which will eventually affect all of us. Ray and Terry present an insightful view of the remarkable future that awaits us through growth of technology, while providing the motivation today to stay in shape to enjoy this future. This extremely well researched book provides a vision and roadmap for keeping both body and mind healthy so that we can take advantage of future advances to prolong healthy lifespan. " --Ron Kahn, MD, Mary K. Iacocca Professor, Harvard Medical School; former president and former director of research, Joslin Diabetes Center

About the Author

RAY KURZWEIL is one of the world's leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists. A recipient of the National Medal of Technology among many other honors, Kurzweil is the author of The Age of Spiritual Machines, The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life, and The Age of Intelligent Machines. He lives in Massachusetts.

TERRY GROSSMAN, MD, is the founder and medical director of Frontier Medical Institute in Denver, CO, a leading longevity clinic. Certified in anti-aging medicine, he lectures internationally on longevity and anti-aging strategies. Author of The Baby Boomers' Guide to Living Forever, Dr. Grossman lives in Colorado.


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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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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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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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Interesting book, but I had expected something more original including the possibility of transferring human brain content to a machine. The health advices are quite classical and I have the feeling that any trained nutritionist or "hypocratic" doctor would give more efficient advice as it would match the clinical diagnostic of the patient.
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