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The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age PDF, ePub eBook From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Plant Paradox comes a groundbreaking plan for living a long, healthy, happy life. From the moment we are born, our cells begin to age. But aging does not have to mean decline. World-renowned surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry has been treating mature patients for most of his career. He knows that everyone thinks they want to live From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Plant Paradox comes a groundbreaking plan for living a long, healthy, happy life. From the moment we are born, our cells begin to age. But aging does not have to mean decline. World-renowned surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry has been treating mature patients for most of his career. He knows that everyone thinks they want to live forever, until they hit middle age and witness the suffering of their parents and even their peers. So how do we solve the paradox of wanting to live to a ripe old age—but enjoy the benefits of youth? This groundbreaking book holds the answer. Working with thousands of patients, Dr. Gundry has discovered that the “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a byproduct of the way we have lived over the decades. In The Longevity Paradox, he maps out a new approach to aging well—one that is based on supporting the health of the “oldest” parts of us: the microorganisms that live within our bodies. Our gut bugs—the bacteria that make up the microbiome—largely determine our health over the years. From diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s to common ailments like arthritis to our weight and the appearance of our skin, these bugs are in the driver’s seat, controlling our quality of life as we age. The good news is, it’s never too late to support these microbes and give them what they need to help them—and you—thrive. In The Longevity Paradox, Dr. Gundry outlines a nutrition and lifestyle plan to support gut health and live well for decades to come. A progressive take on the new science of aging, The Longevity Paradox offers an action plan to prevent and reverse disease as well as simple hacks to help anyone look and feel younger and more vital.

30 review for The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Gundry rattles off a lot of statements that are purported to be supported by serious scientific studies. They aren’t! [Example: the book indicates that a 2016 study on the impact of longevity concluded “nutrient uptake depends on your microbiome” supported by reference 5. Except that the study was not on humans and did not conclude that with that statement. The study was performed on nematodes.—Joel Kahn, Professor of Cardiology] Dr. Gundry provides a theory of atherosclerosis that suggests that Gundry rattles off a lot of statements that are purported to be supported by serious scientific studies. They aren’t! [Example: the book indicates that a 2016 study on the impact of longevity concluded “nutrient uptake depends on your microbiome” supported by reference 5. Except that the study was not on humans and did not conclude that with that statement. The study was performed on nematodes.—Joel Kahn, Professor of Cardiology] Dr. Gundry provides a theory of atherosclerosis that suggests that one should avoid eating lectins, particularly lectins in grain. [Joel Kahn fact-checked this assertion too and found zero scientific studies to support this theory.] Instead of scientific studies, Gundry offers anecdotal evidence to support his claims. On the other hand, he DOES suggest that you buy his supplements and branded olive oil. As if!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Trace Nichols

    You have to know how to read these books. Don't go in to them thinking you are supposed to take every bit of advice and piece of information as "do it or die". Assimilate what you learn from the research contained within that supports the daily plan for living and make it your own - specific to your health needs, abilities to source the materials, and lifestyle goals. There is a LOT to be gleaned from this book. If you are a reader of this genre, you will find it very reminiscent of other works You have to know how to read these books. Don't go in to them thinking you are supposed to take every bit of advice and piece of information as "do it or die". Assimilate what you learn from the research contained within that supports the daily plan for living and make it your own - specific to your health needs, abilities to source the materials, and lifestyle goals. There is a LOT to be gleaned from this book. If you are a reader of this genre, you will find it very reminiscent of other works in its class today. This is where your intuition and developed knowledge of the subject needs to play a precedent role. Be smart, embrace the new information this book provides, and make a plan to live by that can actually become your way of life versus a momentary burst of fad focus. Did I say already... lots of good stuff in here!

  3. 4 out of 5

    AnaMaria Rivera

    Dr. Gundry is above all a scientists and he does a very good job at distilling his wisdom in ways that are understandable for someone that does not have a medical background. Having said this, the book is at times heavy, due to all the science involved, and the longevity paradox program in practical terms is difficult to follow, unless you have fierce determination and perhaps are already a vegan...

  4. 4 out of 5

    John

    This was a very interesting look into Dr. Gundry's theory on gut health. There were a number of spots where I thought he may have confused correlation with causation, but that may have just me missing something he has pointed out already. Being an endurance athlete I was a bit put-off by his take on distance running. I have read the research on this and I'm not convinced that it is complete. However, that just may be my confirmation bias at work defending my favorite pastime. All in all I really This was a very interesting look into Dr. Gundry's theory on gut health. There were a number of spots where I thought he may have confused correlation with causation, but that may have just me missing something he has pointed out already. Being an endurance athlete I was a bit put-off by his take on distance running. I have read the research on this and I'm not convinced that it is complete. However, that just may be my confirmation bias at work defending my favorite pastime. All in all I really enjoyed this in-depth look at the care and feeding of my gut buddies.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    very good, informative and interesting. seems almost impossible to follow but definitely got some new information that I will implement.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vibhor Jain

    This is a great work with many new perspectives on health issues which have either not been explored/discussed much or have been recent discoveries. The work of Dr Jason Fung (The Obesity Code) is simpler to understand and implement. With this book, you would need to immensely apply your own mind on how and what to implement. For example, the author mentions a total of 79 beneficial supplements. Assuming many of these would be present in combinations, still it would be an absurdly high number an This is a great work with many new perspectives on health issues which have either not been explored/discussed much or have been recent discoveries. The work of Dr Jason Fung (The Obesity Code) is simpler to understand and implement. With this book, you would need to immensely apply your own mind on how and what to implement. For example, the author mentions a total of 79 beneficial supplements. Assuming many of these would be present in combinations, still it would be an absurdly high number and not practical to take most of them. You would have to chose what to take and what to ignore. I would guess many won't be able to decide what's best. At times the later part of the book feels more like a commercial propagation of own products and ideology. Anyways, go for it and take what's beneficial for you. Ignore the rest.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert Yokoyama

    I read this book because I am interested in living a long healthy life. The information in this book is very insightful. I learned that sleep helps clean out the brain. A good night sleep prevents plaques in the brain from growing. These plaques can lead to Alzheimer disease to develop. I will try get quality sleep by going to bed earlier and eating dinner earlier because of this information. I will eliminate the blue light that comes from my computer because it interferes with my sleep. I have I read this book because I am interested in living a long healthy life. The information in this book is very insightful. I learned that sleep helps clean out the brain. A good night sleep prevents plaques in the brain from growing. These plaques can lead to Alzheimer disease to develop. I will try get quality sleep by going to bed earlier and eating dinner earlier because of this information. I will eliminate the blue light that comes from my computer because it interferes with my sleep. I have never taken a cold shower, but I learned using cold water in the shower for a few minutes keeps me alert. I know that eating too much animal protein is bad. Now I have a reason to eat less meat. I learned that eating meat will age me faster. I will try to get more protein from plants like beans and mushrooms. I learned that having a high metabolism stresses my body and ages me quicker too. I will shorten the intensity of my work outs after reading this. I love to eat fruits daily especially grapes, apples and pineapple, but I learned that they contain a lot of fructose and this promotes diabetes. I will try to eat this fruits in moderation from now on. I have never eaten green bananas. I learned that they are good for me because they don't contain the starch and sugar of ripe bananas. I learned that rice contains arsenic poison. This scares me because I eat rice every day. Gundry recommends eating cauliflower rice. I have never tried this before, but it sounds interesting. I also like his advice to try to get out to connect with people and kiss them, This motivates me to try and find a girlfriend. I use a wheelchair so I can't jog in place or do squats, but I can continue walking with my walker and doing push ups on the floor to stay in shape. The Longevity Paradox gives me hope that I can die young at an old age if I strive to do the things that Dr. Gundry suggests.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura Papla Ford

    The book seems based on science, but some claims, especially about lectins has little scientific proof. Also, writers own supplements, that he does not push, but mentions prominently enough, makes one slightly concerned about objectivity of his advice.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gordon

    Must read for anyone interested in long term health and well being. Dr. Gundry’s third and most well researched book. It includes new discoveries and explanations of the human body’s digestive, immune, neurological, and cellular regeneration systems...and how to ensure the right nutrition and habits to keep all functioning extremely well into a ripe old age.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I just cannot get behind a book that promotes eating "good" and "bad" foods. It's yet just another "diet" or "food craze" (think: Atkins, Keto, etc...) that will eventually (already?) prove unhealthy and unwise. I didn't realize this was the type of book it was until I started reading it - definitely would not have picked it up if I knew it was just another one of those "I'm a doctor and hey, buy my supplements," book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Gold

    This book is mostly about avoiding LECTINS, which the author posits are responsible for all of the major diseases of aging. But he writes in such a patronizing style- calling the good bacteria in the intestinal tract "gut buddies." It got extremely annoying reading "gut buddies" a thousand times. And by the end of the book when you read his list of supplements -- he takes 79!-- you realize he is pretty out there. He also manufactures his own supplements, so of course he believes that people shou This book is mostly about avoiding LECTINS, which the author posits are responsible for all of the major diseases of aging. But he writes in such a patronizing style- calling the good bacteria in the intestinal tract "gut buddies." It got extremely annoying reading "gut buddies" a thousand times. And by the end of the book when you read his list of supplements -- he takes 79!-- you realize he is pretty out there. He also manufactures his own supplements, so of course he believes that people should be taking them. I think the information is well worth reading in spite of his patronizing tone, but if you read websites from other doctors you might get a more balanced view: https://draxe.com/lectins/

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The research in this one didn’t feel as well explained as it was in The Obesity Code, but it was interesting to read the analysis of Blue Zone communities and of how our microbiome has been affected by changes to our eating patterns.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    I can't take this guy seriously. He cites a lot of studies on mice. I didn't finish it, so maybe I missed something, but if you want to be healthy, take the advice of a doctor who does meta-analyses of long-term studies on actual people: Dr Greger. HOW NOT TO DIE is based on years of research on humans, not mice. Dr. Gundry also recommends consuming a WHOLE LITER of olive oil EVERY WEEK. That's a crazy amount of calories consumed as relatively low-nutrient fat. He also says to avoid beans and le I can't take this guy seriously. He cites a lot of studies on mice. I didn't finish it, so maybe I missed something, but if you want to be healthy, take the advice of a doctor who does meta-analyses of long-term studies on actual people: Dr Greger. HOW NOT TO DIE is based on years of research on humans, not mice. Dr. Gundry also recommends consuming a WHOLE LITER of olive oil EVERY WEEK. That's a crazy amount of calories consumed as relatively low-nutrient fat. He also says to avoid beans and legumes which is ironic considering this book is supposed to be about gut health. Nothing makes my gut happier than beans. For anyone interested in long-term, sustainable health, I recommend you read HOW NOT TO DIE by Dr. Greger.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ginger Hudock

    Some of the science is good, but others not so much. He is selective with his data. Many of the long lived populations that he sites consume lots of beans, but he ignores that fact. Many of them also consume grains, but he advises against all grains. His proposed diet is overly restrictive, based on science that he ignores.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vlad

    The author seems credible. I am going to implement many of the suggestions. But the book could really use some stronger editing. I'd prefer to have the science concentrated in one area, and the recommendations in another section. Instead, the science is sprinkled throughout, so it feels like the author it constantly trying to persuade an already persuaded reader. I felt impatient. I had already decided to trust the author, I didn't need to be re-convinced over and over.

  16. 4 out of 5

    CATHERINE

    Interesting non-fiction read that focuses on a holistic approach to health. Dr. Gundry looks at why three specific communities live into a ripe old age with a high quality of life right to the end. He argues that health isn't generic but about our gut health, and that it more likely to be affected by how we live with than our family history. He looks at diet - eat nuts (walnuts, pistachios and macadmias), green leafy vegetables (sprouts, broccoli), limit animal fats (cut out all meat if possible Interesting non-fiction read that focuses on a holistic approach to health. Dr. Gundry looks at why three specific communities live into a ripe old age with a high quality of life right to the end. He argues that health isn't generic but about our gut health, and that it more likely to be affected by how we live with than our family history. He looks at diet - eat nuts (walnuts, pistachios and macadmias), green leafy vegetables (sprouts, broccoli), limit animal fats (cut out all meat if possible, eat fish, sardines), no diary (sheep and goat products are better than cow), no grains, bread etc., sugar, coffee, limited protein, and no fruit. Seasonal eating, suggests supplements, fasting, calorie counting and looks at exercise - moderate only, mental health - nature, and the importance of community. He also looks at sleep, the impact of blue light, what we put on our bodies - the products we use to clean ourselves and wash our clothes etc and how they are poisoning us from the inside out. Presented in a clear, understandable way, reviews the positives from vegan, paleo, keto, vegetarian diets and the negatives to create a new way of looking at things. It does seem quite restrictive in terms of diet but still worth a try.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Thanks to Dr. Gundry’s lifestyle protocol as outlined in The Plant Paradox, in four months, I went from regularly walking with a cane to traveling solo with ease and planning my next mountain hike. Naturally, I couldn’t wait to read his next book, and I wasn’t disappointed. His program works. Even better, it isn’t just a baseless fad. He distills the science very well and helps you to understand the “whys” as much as the “hows.” I know others who adhere to the program who have cured their diabet Thanks to Dr. Gundry’s lifestyle protocol as outlined in The Plant Paradox, in four months, I went from regularly walking with a cane to traveling solo with ease and planning my next mountain hike. Naturally, I couldn’t wait to read his next book, and I wasn’t disappointed. His program works. Even better, it isn’t just a baseless fad. He distills the science very well and helps you to understand the “whys” as much as the “hows.” I know others who adhere to the program who have cured their diabetes and other autoimmune conditions in similar time frames. Dr. Gundry is the real deal- not just a shill of the pharmaceutical industry. The thing that impresses me most about him is how his views have evolved over the course of his writings. He doesn’t cling to his ideas like some kind of iconoclastic ideologue just trying to sell books and products. He is always learning and questioning his own work to make it even better to help more people. Bonus points for calling gut bacteria our “gut buddies.” I love it! 😉 And I love him! Had to do the audiobook first because he cracks me up. Thank you again, Dr. G! ❤️

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sally Stanton

    This is the second of Dr. Gundrys books that I've read. Well sort of, I only got through about half of "The Plant Paradox" and I was so overwhelmed with the diet restrictions as I had just started a diet plan that was a big change for me already. This book,however, was easier for me to digest and was more interesting because it's based on feeling good as we age which I believe can happen. I enjoyed reading some of the scientific stuff as Dr. Gundry does insert some humor for us non scientist typ This is the second of Dr. Gundrys books that I've read. Well sort of, I only got through about half of "The Plant Paradox" and I was so overwhelmed with the diet restrictions as I had just started a diet plan that was a big change for me already. This book,however, was easier for me to digest and was more interesting because it's based on feeling good as we age which I believe can happen. I enjoyed reading some of the scientific stuff as Dr. Gundry does insert some humor for us non scientist types not in the field. (Yes I did skim a few parts). I really wanted to get to the nitty gritty with the lists of foods and recipes. I'm inspired to make some changes and try some of the recipes. Love the idea of having a dog! I read this book which is best in my opinion, too much info that needed to be noted and reread.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne.

    Interesting collection of scientific research. Seems more rigorous even than a ketogenic diet; while he promotes low-carb eating, he also eschews animal proteins. If you have explored a vegan low-carb diet, you know how challenging it can be to achieve. However, he also claims we need only 0.37 g/kg of protein per day, a claim I'm not prepared to refute. He does elucidate the idea that cholesterol is an innocent bystander in plaque, rather than causing it. Very shortly thereafter, though, he clai Interesting collection of scientific research. Seems more rigorous even than a ketogenic diet; while he promotes low-carb eating, he also eschews animal proteins. If you have explored a vegan low-carb diet, you know how challenging it can be to achieve. However, he also claims we need only 0.37 g/kg of protein per day, a claim I'm not prepared to refute. He does elucidate the idea that cholesterol is an innocent bystander in plaque, rather than causing it. Very shortly thereafter, though, he claims that, because mammalian proteins are found in tumors, eating meat causes tumors. Interesting, worth reading, and very accessible. Raised some questions that it didn't address. Presented science in a readable way.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    Good stuff! Still sorting through what's hype and what's real, but most of Gundry's advice seems on point. It helps the book's credibility that he's a practicing heart surgeon and has seen a lot of cases. Cutting down on pro-inflammatory foods and increasing anti-inflammatory ones (e.g. extra-virgin olive oil!) remain good ideas. You won't need most of the supplements he recommends, and he does have a company that sells them. However, if you're getting the supplements anyway, the lists of reliab Good stuff! Still sorting through what's hype and what's real, but most of Gundry's advice seems on point. It helps the book's credibility that he's a practicing heart surgeon and has seen a lot of cases. Cutting down on pro-inflammatory foods and increasing anti-inflammatory ones (e.g. extra-virgin olive oil!) remain good ideas. You won't need most of the supplements he recommends, and he does have a company that sells them. However, if you're getting the supplements anyway, the lists of reliable sources are good ones. And I like the sample meal plans he provides, which forestall laziness and guesswork. Recommended!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Daylynn Foster

    I liked The Plant Paradox better. This repeats some/ a lot of that information. The name of the game is this: Whoever has the least amount of inflammation in their body gets to live longer & healthier! This is what all the 100yr olds + have in common...low inflammation markers. The trick is to avoid things that cause inflammation. Also, let a large amount of time lapse b/t your last meal & bedtime. 1 hour isn't enough. Fast. I'm trying to incorporate hemp tofu in my diet now. (My body/di I liked The Plant Paradox better. This repeats some/ a lot of that information. The name of the game is this: Whoever has the least amount of inflammation in their body gets to live longer & healthier! This is what all the 100yr olds + have in common...low inflammation markers. The trick is to avoid things that cause inflammation. Also, let a large amount of time lapse b/t your last meal & bedtime. 1 hour isn't enough. Fast. I'm trying to incorporate hemp tofu in my diet now. (My body/digestion seems to like this too) I know a couple who are following this plan of his & as of today it's been only 3 weeks but they like it so far; too soon to notice any changes they say.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Interesting info with lots of anecdotal evidence (I'd prefer a bit more scientific data), but the first half of the book I spent wondering when Gundry would reveal the details of the "program" constantly referred to, and it felt like I was listening to an extended tv shopping channel advertisement as a result of this--I was waiting to find out how much more I'd have to spend on Gundry's products in addition to having already purchased the book. FORTUNATELY, it didn't quite get to the bad place I Interesting info with lots of anecdotal evidence (I'd prefer a bit more scientific data), but the first half of the book I spent wondering when Gundry would reveal the details of the "program" constantly referred to, and it felt like I was listening to an extended tv shopping channel advertisement as a result of this--I was waiting to find out how much more I'd have to spend on Gundry's products in addition to having already purchased the book. FORTUNATELY, it didn't quite get to the bad place I was anticipating, but it certainly was an irritating aspect of the book, in spite of it's great content.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    This is a good book especially if you haven't read the author's first book. That being said this book doesn't add that much over the original (it had a good point regarding neu5gc that I don't think was discussed as well in the first book). The author also oversteps his knowledge. He says he thinks it is impossible to overdose on vitamin D. I have done it; it wasn't that difficult and is dangerous so he should be a bit more careful what he states as fact. All in all its a good but not great book This is a good book especially if you haven't read the author's first book. That being said this book doesn't add that much over the original (it had a good point regarding neu5gc that I don't think was discussed as well in the first book). The author also oversteps his knowledge. He says he thinks it is impossible to overdose on vitamin D. I have done it; it wasn't that difficult and is dangerous so he should be a bit more careful what he states as fact. All in all its a good but not great book and is worth buying if the price ever comes down

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Dr. Gundry provides a bit more science in this book. If you've read his Plant Paradox and listen to Rhonda Patrick and Peter Attia, you're probably familiar with most of the content. Gundry presents his message in a very accessible fashion. You may or may not be so taken with the content. Very much worth reading if you're interested in getting an informed opinion on a healthier lifestyle, particularly regarding how eating choices may affect you, and what some good alternative eating choices may b Dr. Gundry provides a bit more science in this book. If you've read his Plant Paradox and listen to Rhonda Patrick and Peter Attia, you're probably familiar with most of the content. Gundry presents his message in a very accessible fashion. You may or may not be so taken with the content. Very much worth reading if you're interested in getting an informed opinion on a healthier lifestyle, particularly regarding how eating choices may affect you, and what some good alternative eating choices may be.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Muellner

    A must read for every single person on a journey to optimal health and longevity! Dr. Gundry actually reads the audio book - and the information he shares is the cutting edge of the latest in understanding what we need to be eating and what we need to NOT eat as a rule. I implemented his recommendations and had instant improvement. Already down 10 pounds, feeling more energized and active, I can't wait to see where his program leads! Highly recommend!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Warren Mcpherson

    Compelling look at research into our reactions to food. I found the book well written and credible. The explanations are clear and appear well reasoned. There is a lot of detail and listing out 80 supplements seem a little over the top. There are also many ideas, the notion that many problems may be the result of low-level immune responses I found very interesting. I expect to come back to this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Elsener

    For the amount of science presented, it's an easy enough read. The meal plan and recipes are a nice addition to be able to action on the advice provided. Like any book claiming to have the "secret" to solving all health issues, I take it with a grain of salt, but will definitely still implement a number of best practices.

  28. 5 out of 5

    PJ Hatfield Bauer

    Good read and not a pitch for his products A friend showed me a you tube of dr. gundry. This is much more straightforward and easy to grasp. I am incorporating some of his guidance already.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rashi M Ramalho

    Too many wild claims. The author confuses correlation with causation. The diet proposed is too restrictive and simply not do-able. Does have some helpful tips on what to include in everyday diet and associated benefits.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    *Blinkist* Star rating subject to change after I do some more reading into these specific topics. My pseudoscience sense was tingling so there may be information in here that is not supported by evidence.

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