Item description for Baby Boomer's Guide to Healthy Aging by Bob Murphy...
"THE BABY BOOMERS' GUIDE TO HEALTHY AGING" explains aging from the point of view of evolution. Author Bob Murphy offers many startling propositions in his revolutionary new book, such as: The basic molecules necessary for life to begin on Earth came from somewhere other than this planet; and, the main cause of chronic disease related to aging is the inability of human cells to efficiently deal with oxygen. The basic premise of this revolutionary new book is that the original animal cells evolved in an atmosphere largely deficient in oxygen and thus, our ability to deal with this very reactive element is flawed. In order to survive in an atmosphere that gradually acquired more and more oxygen, our human ancestral cells enlisted the help of the mitochrondion, which to this day, live within our cells. However, in the process of metabolizing oxygen the mitochrondion are easily damaged. This damage, known as oxidant stress, (along with atherosclerosis) can lead to depression of cellular function and even cellular death, which in turn can lead to degenerative disease.
Written for the "Baby Boomers," because of that generation's characterization as a "youth culture," but also for anyone with an interest in the problems associated with aging, "Baby Boomers' Guide to Healthy Aging" explains the principal factors leading to the development of degenerative diseases such as heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, and dementia. The book encourages the reader to take preventative lifestyle and dietary measures and offers practical suggestions on how to maintain good health, as one gets older.
"Baby Boomers' Guide to Healthy Aging" is supported by articles from approximately 5,000 scientific journals. This interesting and important health book is a must for the average reader, the clinician, and the scientist alike.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Publisher Robert D. Reed Publishers
ISBN 1931741166 ISBN13 9781931741163
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More About Bob Murphy
Bob Murphy is a physiologist and psychologist. He lives with his family in Sydney, Australia, where he is currently writing a second book that explores the spiritual and psychological aspects of good health and well-being.
Reviews - What do customers think about Baby Boomer's Guide to Healthy Aging?
Wow! What a book! Dec 23, 2006
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views, 12/06
"This generation has collectively faced almost all the challenges that the human experience can offer, and is now fifty-ish." But we're not finished; we now face aging and dying. We never thought we would get "older." That was for someone else, like our grandparents. The fact is we don't have to become ill and incapacitated. We can stay active, vital and mentally alert, according to Bob Murphy the author of "Baby Boomers' Guide to Healthy Aging."
"The fact that we do tend to degenerate during our aging is largely connected with our difficulty dealing with the highly reactive element oxygen." "Aging is a progressive loss of function, which seems to be inevitable. The sad truth is that as we progress through adulthood toward old age most of our physiological functions gradually decline." Mr. Murphy takes us back to the beginning of life, back before we evolved from a single cell and explains why oxygen and its relatives cause problems for humans.
I was particularly interested in the chapter called "The Aging Brain." Alzheimer's is prevalent in my family. My father is one of seven children and four have had diagnoses of the dreaded disease. "Neurodegenerative disorders are increasing in the general population, and not only amongst the aged, and it is becoming obvious that they are caused by other, probably environmental factors, as well as by aging." I fear neurological deterioration most of all about aging. If I am blessed I will not live long enough to suffer through what I have seen others in my family go through, years in a nursing home living in their past and not recognizing anyone that they love. My family tends to live to be in their mid-nineties; I've always thought their body just outlived their brain.
Mr. Murphy explains that the brain shrinks or neurons die, as we age. "A significant contributor to the symptoms of brain aging and dementia is this oxidant damage. Brain aging may be slowed to some extent by antioxidant-therapy, in particular those that are especially effective in this neural environment, reduced glutathione, vitamin E, melatonin and a Chinese herb called Gingko Biloba."
We've all heard that a picture paints a thousand words; well the cover of this book says it all. It illustrates what we all want, to age gracefully. "Baby Boomers' Guide to Healthy Aging" contains a glossary. It is written in terms simple enough for the layman to understand. This a wonderful book, it is well written. The subject matter is timely. In this age when we baby-boomers are facing aging and we may as well age gracefully. Thank you Mr. Murphy. Job well done. I highly recommend this book to all Baby Boomers and anyone else that cares about their health!
Quite a new type of Health Book Sep 29, 2001
I could not put this book down.
I am a dedicated reader of health books because I like to be as well as I can possibly be.
The problem, I find, with books in genre, is twofold. Either they make claims without an evidentiary base, or they do not explain how it all works. This book is different in both respects.
Why do we feel lacking in energy as we grow older? It is explained here! What can we do about that? It is explained here! What diet should we be on to avoid heart disease, or, cervical cancer, or breast cancer, or dementia? It is all explained here.
This book explains in a way I have never seen before, from an evolutionary point of view, why it is that oxygen and its relatives are so dangerous, and how it is that the can contribute to the diseases most of us worry about in aging.
I can not recommend this book highly enough. It is all the health book you are ever going to need if you are a normally aging person...