Drop Dead Healthy One Man's Humble uest for Bodily

Drop Dead Healthy One Man's Humble uest for Bodily Perfection [PDF / EPUB] Drop Dead Healthy One Man's Humble uest for Bodily Perfection New York Times bestselling author and king of “immersion journalism” AJ Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and min Healthy One MOBI í New York Times bestselling author and king of “immersion journalism” AJ Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind—from his brain to his fingertips to his absFrom the bestselling author of The Year of Living Dead Healthy One Man's Humble PDF \ Biblically and The Know It All comes the true and truly hilarious story of one person’s Drop Dead eBook ✓ uest to become the healthiest man in the world Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia goaded by his wife telling him “I don’t want to be a widow at forty five” and ashamed of a middle aged body best described as “a python that swallowed a goat” AJ Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy And he didn’t want Dead Healthy One ePUB ´ only to lose weight or finish a triathlon or lower his cholesterol His ambitions were far greater maximal health from head to toe The task was epic He consulted an army of experts— sleep consultants and sex clinicians nutritionists and dermatologists He subjected himself to dozens of different workouts—from Strollercize classes to Finger Fitness sessions from bouldering with cavemen to a treadmill desk And Dead Healthy One Man's Humble PDF \ he took in a cartload of diets raw foods veganism high protein calorie restriction extreme chewing and dozens He bought gadgets and helmets earphones and juicers He poked and he pinched He counted and he measured The story of his transformation is not only brilliantly entertaining but it just may be the healthiest book ever written It will make you laugh until your sides split and endorphins flood your bloodstream It will alter the contours of your brain imprinting you with better habits of hygiene and diet It will move you emotionally and get you moving physically in surprising ways And it will give you occasion to reflect on the body’s many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health a well lived life.


10 thoughts on “Drop Dead Healthy One Man's Humble uest for Bodily Perfection

  1. says:

    Coffee is bad for youNo now they're saying it's good for youWell how can avocados be good for you? They're full of fatYes but it's the good kind of fatThere's a good kind of fat?AAAAaAAAAAaaaaaAAAYou can drive yourself nuts trying to figure out what is good for you and what is unhealthy Last time I checked being nuts was definitely UNhealthyLuckily AJ Jacobs is around to investigate using his own body as his guinea pig and give you the skinny on being healthy And yes being skinny is usually healthier dammit He tries fad diets exercise crazes and CPAP machines so you don't have to waste your time and money on things that don't work Onlysome things work for some people and not for others And some things work if you believe they work So there are no real answers here other than move eat less But if you're looking for a fun occasionally educational time read this book Hopefully while you're walking on a treadmillAs usual the best parts of Jacobs' books are the really wacky yet undeniably true facts he manages to unearth like You have germs in your gut right now than humans that ever lived on earth Graham crackers were invented to uell the passions in hormonal adolescent boys If you spend lots of time reading on the toilet better order a case of Preparation H now; prolonged sitting whilst shitting causes hemorrhoids THIS irresistible uote by a renowned urologist The penis is the dipstick of the body's health And did you know that musical conductors live such long lives because they spend so much time flapping their arms about?That last one impressed me so much I've made an attempt to move my arms a bit wherever I go Yes I look like a crazy person Yes people are laughing at me All I can say is laugh now I'll be that old old lady at your funeral wildly swinging her arms as she laughs and laughs


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    Now this is a writer with whom I can sit down and drink organic smoothies I consider myself a bit of a closet health nut I say closet health nut because you might not be able to tell by the size of my thighs that I am much of a health nut at all But AJ's humble uest to become the strongest most virile hunk of masculine flesh alive is one that I'd empathize with At the very least I can read his book and feel justified in his inevitable conclusion that THIS is the reason why one shouldn't knock oneself out trying to pursue the epitome of good health; my excuse is moderation and unavoidable mortalityWhen I wasn't laughing to the point of tears I did mentally underline some doable gems from his breadth of research1 Mindfulness is key to enjoying a smaller plate of food2 Look for every opportunity to move I am the nut who keeps hand weights in the car for long commutes3 Take the time to take a break Truly value things like sleep and silence4 Some of us do get lightheaded weak and gassy on a veganvegetarian diet This had been my experience as well so I laughed a little at discovering that I wasn't the only one His diet wasn't totally carnivorous so much as light on empty carbs and substantial on fruits and vegetables5 Short triatholons do exist I will have to do one of them sometime6 Training the brain might be something to look intoSadly after reading I never got around to actually going to the gym time constraints as usual but I did honor my favorite chapter calorie reduction and mindfulness by eating one cheeto at a time mentally envisioning the taste of each and carefully chewing 20 times before swallowing It's not the epitome of health per se but someone's got to start somewhere


  3. says:

    Another entry in the Jacobs formula he'll breeze through a large number of activities giving very superficial descriptions background making wisecracks and recording his wife's reaction to everythingThe problem with this one is that ultimately all his health interventions are lame Tim Ferris may be a huckster but at least in 4 Hour Body he put himself out on the edge and wrote about interesting things which might make real differences if they panned out; while Jacobs recycles crunchy granola nonsense and works his way through a bunch of boring and tired interventions and foods many of which could never make any large difference in his health or longevity even if true†He has no ambition or bravery at all I was disappointed that he was scared off by caloric restriction and wouldn't even give intermittent fasting a try despite alternate day fasting being probably the simplest diet ever and when he finally does try something a little drastic like Clomid for testosterone deficiency he seems to abandon it as fast as he possibly can despite admitting that it seemed to be effective than pretty much anything else This is a general trend with everything he reports back on he drops them as fast as possible without giving them a fair shakeI mean I don't believe that say fruit juice fasts work but if Jacobs is going to try then couldn't he at least stick it out than 3 days? I felt he was wasting both his and my time That said I am amused to find out just how many eccentric exercise classes apparently can be found in Central Park over the course of a year Chapter 19 was on sleep a subject near and dear to my own self experimenting heart so I had great expectations and was disappointed to see that it boiled down to 'get a CPAP for snoring' and apparently using his brand new Zeo less than week Or on the topic of driving and walking helmets whose net benefit I found myself uncertain of after reviewing some of the research literature he brings them up but dismisses as impossible not because they don't seem worthwhile but because they would be too embarrassing Jacobs seriously are you a man or a mouse? The only things he seems to really stick with is his treadmill desk well fair enough for a writer and weirdly given his terror of embarrassment noise canceling headphones As if the photos of the headphones didn't make him look like he was autistic? Some gaps just struck me as odd why would a germaphobe look into suat toilets and wash his hands excessively but omit any consideration of bidets which could remove most of the reason one would need to wash hands?Perhaps unsurprisingly I reached the final chapter and was distinctly unimpressed what his two years of effort had wroughtI went for my final exam at EHE and found out I’d lost another half pound ending at 1565 total weight loss 16 pounds I’d gone down two belt sizes Dr Harry Fisch told me that my lipid panel numbers “are so good they’ll give you a heart attack” HDL 48 LDL 62 I than halved my body fat percentage I can now run a mile in less than seven minutes as opposed to not at all I have a visible chestOne might think that such results while laudable did not reuire 2 years and probably were entirely due his eating less and spending some time weightlifting and runningThe evaluation of research is also weak Jacobs promises in the intro to draw as much on the Cochrane Collaboration as possible fantastic but if he did so in the rest of the book I must've missed it boo hiss And while it's a tired sometimes overused truism in my parts of the Internet that 'correlation is not causation' Jacobs is one of the people for whom that dictum was meantAside from the main storyline of the latest health fad Jacobs counterpoints the slow death from old age dementia of his grandfather and the unexpected death of his eccentric orthorexic aunt These are good reminders of the horrors of aging but while well intentioned Jacobs superficial and middle class humorously as ever is unable to bring out the tragedy of the material anywhere near as well as say Still Alice Do No Harm or even blog posts like Who By Very Slow DecaySo what's good? Well Jacobs is intermittently funny He does go through a wide range of interventions which is mildly interesting and if nothing else makes the point that there are a lot of hucksters and idiots and people fooled by randomness out there and that there is no nostrum that will not put someone on cloud nine nor silver bullet so silly that it will not sooth someone's sickness For me it functioned as reminders the accident chapter reminded me that after a slip in my bathroom I had meant to buy anti slip pads which I've put on my shopping list; his treadmill usage has inspired me to clean off my own treadmill desk and at least use it while watching movies or playing games; I had heard of the potential benefits of suat toilets but until reading the FA by the guy selling them I had not realized that it was possible to retrofit regular Western toilets to be suat toilets so I may grab some cinder blocks plywood and give it a try; and his own conspicuous failure to try out IF makes me feel motivated to give it a try myself soon especially now that I've got daily blood glucose measurements debugged So it wasn't all bad† To elaborate on this one point we don't have hard precise evidence on most of the claims covered in the book but for a lot of them we can give upper bounds on maximum possible benefits For starters lifespan is in humans as it is in other species partially heritable so about a uarter of variability is off the table from the getgo And no one has ever lived longer than Jeanne Calment's 122 years while life expectancy for Jacobs is 80 above average since he's an employed well educated white man with good family longevity so he couldn't expect than 40 years for anything that past humans have tried Similarly because of the exponential increase in death risk with age the value of preventing any given disease in old age is not as high as it may seem since if you prevent a heart attack they may just die of a stroke or Alzheimer's instead which sharply limits how valuable any particular intervention could be So for example if you could prevent cancer in its entirety I've seen estimates that this might add a grand total of 10 years to average life expectancy which is much less than one would expect; Jacobs uotes one person as noting there's something like 50k industrial chemicals out there; so if all cancers were caused by a modern industrial chemical and you could eliminate each chemical completely for free at the cost of a day's research or work or income then doing so would be a huge net loss since 50000 days 10 years 3652 days Not to mention that adult life expectancies have kept increasing hand in hand with the proliferation of industrial chemicals suggesting that all of them together can explain only a fraction of variance If you spend a day worrying about Bisphenol you'd better have good reasons for thinking it's very likely to be harmful because the prior probability is low the harm is likely fairly minimal you can't do much about it and what you can do is expensive


  4. says:

    After this book I rate AJ Jacobs as one of my favourite authors The book contains enough facts to make it a credible read However it is his OCD that adds the humour to his readers but not necessary to his long suffering family Well worth a read


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    Reading this book made me realize how paranoid I really am because as I was reading it the author kept talking about how much he was freaking out his family members with the drastic things he was doing and I just kept thinking Well that's reasonable In fact the book might have made me MORE paranoid for a little while just because I realized all of the things that I hadn't considered Unlike Jacobs I do read The Cat in the Hat to my son but I do think the Cat could make a pretty infamous crime team with the Kool Aid Man and I'm sure Jacobs would have something to say about sugaring children's water In the end he came to the conclusion that moderation was best and he made it very easy for the reader to arrive there with him I found his book very funny and well written and I'm sure I will pick up some of his previous books at some pointI just wanted to add that there were a couple times that this book almost made me cry and it was unexpected you don't realize how attached to these people you become and I thought that it was surprising and a reflection on how subtle and effective of a storyteller Jacobs is


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    This book is the latest stunt memoir by AJ Jacobs the man who previously worked on his mind by reading the encyclopedia and his spirit by living according to the Bible Now it's time for the body and Jacobs spent two years focusing on how to be healthier in all areas from his teeth to his toesWhen it comes to matters of health everyone has an opinion and they usually contradict each other Jacobs does a decent job of providing a balanced look at many of his subjects including whatever actual science may or may not be behind them through such moments as letting his toxin obsessed Aunt Marti banish his plastic shower curtain and conventional cleaning products while interviewing a medical professional who argues that our robust livers are than up to the task of dealing with the hazards modern living throws at usThough the subject of health can be a serious one the tone of this book is generally breezy and amusing with a couple of supposedly good for you laugh out loud moments thrown in It's also interesting to see the results of Jacobs' experiments on himself; though personal anecdote is an unreliable way of determining the overall effectiveness of a particular intervention it's the one that matters the most to us individually and the only tool we have to evaluate some of the outlandish ideas presentedI did enjoy this book and might have given it four stars if I wasn't already familiar with most of the information covered If I were someone who hadn't already spent a lot of time researching health however I would have found this a very accessible and inspiring guide to making positive health changes


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    The Good Stuff I think this is my favorite non fiction books this year Author is self deprecating and you know I adore that in a writer Truly fascinating uniue and positively hilarious Touched by his obvious love for his wife and children and the appreciation he has for them putting up with all his shenanigans I need to read all the rest of his books now Has a Super Size Me feel to it He is a master at transitioning from one topic to the next very impressive Classy and tactful I have never laughed this hard while reading a non fiction book before I have read ALOT of hilarious non fiction Enjoyed the comments from his wife about some of the things he did she sounds like a fabulous woman Best idea ever for motivating someone to stop doing something don't want to spoil it for you but page 231 in my ARC The bit about Coco Chanel will make you laugh Inspired me to make some changes in my life The Not So Good Stuff If he was my husband I would have killed him by now with all the crazy stuff he does When I read about the Dr who actually performs surgery to change the sounds of your farts I laughed so hard the cat jumped off my lap and left nasty scratch marks on me AJ you owe me some polysporin Now have sudden urge for dried mango'sFavorite uotesPassagesI want to be around to teach the importance of having compassion and why the original Willy Wonka is superior to the remakeIf done properly with enough protein and B12 supplements it's certainly better than the Standard American Diet Then again eating nothing but asbestos sandwiches is probably better than the Standard American DietHis uotes are both hilarious and inspiring Fifteen minutes to warm up? Does a lion warm up when he's hungry? 'Uh oh here comes an antelope Better warm up' No He just goes out there and eats the sucker I printed that out and put it on my wall next to the passage about Carl SaganThough in the case of my children the rate is much higher It's amazing how a strip of sticky plastic will make my kids' pain vanish Lucas will be howling about a stepped on finger but as soon as the SpongeBob Band Aid touches his pinkie he is all smiles My sons are so convinced of the magical healing powers of Band Aids they think they can solve almost any problem A couple of years ago when our Sony TV blew a fuse Jasper stuck a Band Aid on the screen hoping to revive itWhat I learned About who created the graham cracker and why he created it No I am not telling you go buy the book or go to your local library and pick up a copy and while you are there tell the Library workers how wonderful they are and maybe bring them some chocolate Tons of other fascinating facts about health and diet that sorta scared me at times About Blueberries trust me that was interesting Who ShouldShouldn't Buy Yup this one is a highly recommended read for everyone This will be a Christmas purchase for the brother in laws all FOUR of them 5 Dewey'sI received book from Simon and Schuster in Exchange for an honest review


  8. says:

    AJ Jacobs is getting tired and flabby and I'm talking about his book writing not his physical condition He has done the same gimmick for a number of books now where he transforms his life by giving his all to a specific subject and it's just not that interesting any It lacks creativity and proves him to be somewhat dim wittedIn this case he tries to follow all the advice books diets and research on health The problem is that there are thousands to choose from and many of them are contradictory So he focuses on some of the weird ones like the guys who live like cavemen and think we should hunt meat and eat it raw Instead of this coming across like an intelligent study of the subject it seems like one big jokeHis writing style is very self centered and that gets dull fast He's just not that interesting of a person and while he's self deprecating he also is very unaware of how disgusting or insulting he can be His subtle put downs of his wife family and friends isn't funnySo if you've read his other books this one isn't much different and certainly is far from the best If this is your first exposure to Jacobs you may find it somewhat interesting but it's overdone and not the taut review of the subject that it could be What would make an interesting magazine article makes for a very boring book


  9. says:

    For The Know It All AJ Jacobs read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica For The Year of Living Biblically he attempted to follow every rule in the Bible for a year For The Guinea Pig Diaries he did a whole bunch of crazy stuff including practice Radical Honesty and attend the Academy Awards disguised as a movie star Now in Drop Dead Healthy he chronicles his latest endeavor trying to become the healthiest person alive Basically this means doing a ton of research and meeting with lots of experts then trying all the different things that are supposed to make human beings healthy Jacobs focuses on different parts of the body the heart the lungs the stomach the skin etc for a month each and writes about what did and didn't get results And of course drives his poor wife Julie crazy during the whole thing I have enjoyed all of AJ Jacobs' books in fact I like his style so much that I originally subscribed to Esuire magazine just to read of his writing between books I like experimental journalism in general but I especially appreciate the goofy but thoughtful approach Jacobs uses Obviously my expectations for Drop Dead Healthy were high and I was not disappointed As usual Jacobs really did his research and covered angles that I hadn't even thought of It did seem a bit overwhelming in some places; perhaps it would have been less staggering if he'd chosen a narrow focus for the project There's just so much information out there and so many experts who contradict each other so maybe Jacobs bit off than he could chew Still I actually learned uite a bit Sure there's plenty of stuff that we've all heard before always eat breakfast move as much as possible and just suck it up and floss for goodness' sake but he weeds out some things that don't work and comes up with some good tips for actually doing some of the things the experts recommend And I was cracking up through the whole thing Jacobs isn't afraid to make fun of himself and there are certainly plenty of opportunities to do so in a book about trying to be healthy think feeling wimpy next to the muscleheads at the gym and trying poop without sitting down The best thing about this book however is that it made me much aware of my health and how I treat myself It sort of gave me a wake up call about how much better I'll feel if I do a few small things for my health and it definitely motivated me to eat fresh local foods; get sleep; move throughout the day; and Drop Dead Healthy is a book I'd recommend for anyone who feels like they need a boost in inspiration and wants to have some fun along the way


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    After listening to AJ Jacobs talking about his book “Drop Dead Healthy” on the Doctor’s show on Sirius radio I thought to myself I need to read this Mr Jacobs tries many different fitness exercises and nutritional trends attempting to find out what works and what doesn’t I like how he systematically looks at each part of the body and then seeks the corresponding expert to tell him how to make it better I do not think he adds a significant amount of unfamiliar information about fitness however What I took from this book is that any type of exercise as long as you work up a sweat is good Also you should attempt to incorporate movement in your life Sitting is unhealthy so try and avoid it as much as you can Walk or ride a bike to go places when you can Walk the stairs instead of the elevator This information isn’t new but it is accentuated in this bookOne of the interesting theories he discovers is the Placebo effect power It was recommended to him to see an acupuncturist to cure his shoulder pain The acupuncturist used just three needles and his pain was relieved He told this to his trainer The trainer informed Mr Jacobs that he gets needles all over his body when he goes to acupuncture Mr Jacobs concluded that because he thought that the acupuncture would work is what made it work He also found out that the Placebo effect works better the outrageous the cure seems to be Other statements presented are fairly good advice if they work For example proper posture improves your health Also sunlight appears to help your eyes In addition the hands seem to be connected to the brain Hand stretching then may help brain function The book solidifies current exercise and nutrition information and brings light to some other information in an entertaining and sometimes funny way


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