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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (433 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Weil, M.D., Andrew Weil Narrator: Andrew Weil, Andrew Weil, M.D. Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780739314104
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Spontaneous Healing . . . Eight Weeks to Optimum Health . . . Eating Well for Optimum Health . . . The Healthy Kitchen–in each of his widely acclaimed, best-selling books, Dr. Andrew Weil has been an authoritative and companionable guide through a uniquely effective combination of traditional and nontraditional approaches to health and healthy living. Now he gives us a book about aging that is unlike any other in the breadth and depth of its information and understanding. Hugely informative, practical, and uplifting, it is infused with the engaging candor and common sense that have been the hallmarks of all his books.

At the heart of Healthy Aging is Dr. Weil’s belief that although aging is an irreversible process, there are myriad things we can do to keep our minds and bodies in good working order through all phases of life. To that end, he draws on the new science of biogerentology (the biology of aging) as well as on the secrets of healthy longevity– diet, activity, and attitude–that he has gathered firsthand from cultures around the world.
In Part One–“The Science and Philosophy of Healthy Aging”–he explains how the body ages, and he explores the impact of gender, genes, environment, and lifestyle on an individual’s experience and perception of the process of aging. He describes the various would-be elixirs of life extension–herbs, hormones, and antiaging “medicines”–separating myth from fact and clearly delineating the difference between the spurious notions of preventing or reversing the process of aging and the real possibilities of inhibiting or delaying the onset of diseases that become more likely as we age. He writes movingly about the ways in which an acceptance of aging can be a significant part of doing it well, and of recognizing and appreciating the great rewards of growing older: depth and richness of experience, complexity of being, serenity, wisdom, and its own kind of power and grace.

In Part Two–“How to Age Gracefully”–Weil details an easy-to-implement Anti-inflammatory Diet that will protect the immune system and aid your body in resisting and adapting to the changes that time brings. And he provides extensive practical advice on exercise; preventive health care; stress management; physical, mental, and emotional flexibility; and spiritual enhancement–all of which can help you achieve and maintain the best health throughout the lifelong process of aging.

Healthy Aging–a book for people of all ages–is Andrew Weil’s most important and far-reaching book yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dr. Weil has arguably become American’s best-known doctor. The New York Times Magazine
  • Forget plastic surgery. Skip the pricey face creams and the drugs for creaky bodies. Natural-medicine champion Weil, who’s now in his sixties, covers longevity research, aging, and how he’s embracing the experience. Life Magazine
  • Weil wants us to be sensible about growing old. . . . He argues that we should not fight aging. There’s no winning that war. Instead, we should concentrate on aging well. The Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting and positive ideas for living well and thinking about the future challenges of old age. I liked his ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Klein | 12/28/2013

    " Andrew Weil is amazing. Love to have a 1-hour audience with him to talk allergies and nutrition given my wierdo allergies. I didn't learn as much from the book (that I didn't already know) as I thought I might. This is probably a great first-read for some (older) one not familiar with Weil, Integrative Medicine, or who hasn't been paying attention to discourse on health. Recommended (for the right audience). I think I'll try 8 Weeks to Optimum Health next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grandma Judy | 12/21/2013

    " So far it's great...tells all the inner mechanics of aging and how to help prevent some aging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/21/2013

    " Reasonable outlook on aging and some good advice on how to age gracefully. Main theme was to strive not for longevity or staying young, but to compress morbidity by avoiding age-related diseases that disable seniors and diminish quality of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 adllto | 9/17/2013

    " I've read some of Dr Weil's books before and this is an interesting read as I've read it personally. He spends the first half of the book arguing to seeing aging a positive thing. Getting things into perspective. Anyhow the second half is the how. As an MD but also involved in Integrative Medicine he takes us into the grey zone of living healthily in order to age healthily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 8/20/2013

    " Very straight forward advice with scientific explanations that are easy to understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Finley | 8/3/2013

    " after destoying my body for almost 10 years I have discovered a more healthy lifestyle "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Redwood | 7/14/2013

    " Very readable and sensible book about the aging process. Weill uses science rather than flaky optimism to show how pointless it is to be uptight about aging which can't be avoided. Rather, he focuses on what you can do to age healthily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arrilla | 4/21/2013

    " This book was very informative. I was surprised by how much he want into the scientific process of aging. I would read it again and again to remember everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/13/2013

    " i so trust this man's thinking and medical perspective. highly recommended. take the guess work out of aging and simply read this book; go and do what he says. it's reliable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D. Quarles | 4/21/2012

    " Loved the info on healthy eating and lifestyle changes . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/26/2012

    " Not that I need this or anything "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish Remley | 1/23/2012

    " I'm almost 50. A friend really likes this guy's ideas, so I borrowed the book. I liked it. If we all could live a great life and then just die right at the end - that would be so great. I need to work on the methods one needs to do to help that happen! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eldra | 1/13/2012

    " I wonder how much healthier a nation we'd have if even half the population read this book BEFORE they turned forty? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Bell | 1/9/2011

    " Dr. Weil sets up an in depth book exploring matters of modern medicine and how that information relates to personal health. His book is full of recommendations for a healthy lifestyle, and one that promotes physical well being. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Silk | 4/22/2010

    " There's nothing here we don't know- just a good review of everything we need to do for healthy aging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teefarrar | 3/20/2010

    " Great book! Reaffirms that age is only a number; you are responsible to take care of the temple, your body, that God has blessed you with. This book helps you in the physical, mental and emotional challenges that we all face in our day-to-day lives. It's a read and re-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 2/26/2010

    " It gave me some scientific background on some supplements and medical conditions as well as diet I didnt have. I used to think he was too conservative being an MD and all but I think Ive tempered that judgment. Learned more about the aging process. Was a good and worthwhile read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 10/14/2009

    " This is absolutely a must read. The author seems to go off the deep end at times, but manages to maintain valid points and a rationality that I found oddly clairvoyant. Anyway, read it, decide for yourself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom | 7/17/2008

    " A rare classic about accurate information about altered states of consciousness -- set and setting is the foundation of any experience. Anyone interested in investigating altered states should read this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malcolm | 7/8/2008

    " This book should be required reading for anyone who has ever considered America's approach to the "drug problem."

    I have read it several times and have purchased copies for friends to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madelyn | 1/3/2008

    " Excellent common-sense approach to drug use and abuse in society. This helped confirm many of my own ideas about the natural human drive to seek altered states of consciousness and the damage done by the misguided the War on Drugs. "

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About the Author

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.

About the Narrator

Andrew Weil, MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of natural health who has devoted thirty years to developing, practicing, and teaching others about the principles of integrative medicine. He is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the author of numerous books on health and healing that have been New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.