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Chasing Life


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Sanjay Gupta was a neurosurgeon at the University of Tennessee's clinic and became a partner of the Geat Lakes Brain and Spine Center in 2000.


Just exactly how do we age? Why do some societies have so many more centenarians than others? Is immortality possible? These questions form the basis of this book by CNN's chief medical correspondent, Gupta (neurosurgery, Emory Univ. Hosp. & Grady Memorial Hosp., Atlanta). He explains new scientific discoveries that are being made on the cellular process of aging and possible means of regeneration and shows that some previous assumptions about optimum health practices are being proved wrong. Supplements may be a waste of your money; deep breathing is more important than you ever knew; cell phones do not cause cancer; and long life may be more about your social network than your exercise plan. Gupta covers stem-cell therapy and degenerative diseases as well as practical advice to prevent aging. This is a fascinating look at the research being done and its promise for the future. It will tell you how to live not only longer but also better. Highly recommended.-Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with the Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Readers seeking the key to everlasting life will find some clues in neurosurgeon Gupta's survey of the latest research on longevity. Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, touches on recent breakthroughs as he offers some basic guidelines for adding years to what he and other aging experts call "health span." The goal, Gupta says, is not merely to live longer. To help readers live longer and better, he boils down conflicting health advice and makes some surprising prescriptions. For example, it is not what you eat, but how much you eat that affects longevity; vitamin supplements may be a waste of time and money; and a little upper-body strengthening is far more effective than an hour on a StairMaster. To support this advice, Gupta relates the experiences of a 103-year-old woman from Okinawa; a former executive who began training at age 86 and is a record-breaking sprinter at age 92; and others who are aging well by staying active, eating wisely, being positive and maintaining strong social networks. While stem cell injections, nanotechnology, cryonics and other possible therapies are on the horizon, Gupta tells readers that extending life today is as easy as eating less, moving more and exercising the brain. While Gupta's mix of futuristic science and do-it-yourself advice is far from seamless, many readers will find the lessons in his tales of the long lived worthwhile. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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