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Clean Gut. The breakthrough plan for eliminating the root cause of disease and revolutionizing your health. Alejandro Junger . M.D.

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Clean Gut. The breakthrough plan for eliminating the root cause of disease and revolutionizing your health.  Alejandro Junger . M.D. 3013 ISBN 9780062075864.  The author won plaudits for his first book Clean and this is next one.  I have been reading quite a bit on this subject,  partially in looking at dietary methods to help reduce the insulin resistance symptoms of my pre-diabetes.  This book is very well aligned with Microbiome.  Popular writing these days is looking more at our gut and keeping it healthy.  Easy to read and very telling with its examples and depth of knowledge shown by these researchers/doctors. If you are interested in alternative to popping p ills etc, I suggest this is a good book to start with .

 

The Ageless Generation. How advances in biomedicine will transform the global economy. Alex Zhavoronkov.

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The Ageless Generation. How advances in biomedicine will transform the global economy. Alex Zhavoronkov.2013. ISBN 9780230342200.

A provocative and inspirational book. In a relatively few pages, the author has summarized what Kurzweil talked about in Fantastic Voyage , Live long enough to live forever ( 2004) plus he has added the incentive that our Medicare and Social Security systems are unsustainable.

I took a few elements to heart.  With present issues of  a growing skills gap, fewer replacement workers and increased longevity it makes great sense for skilled workers to work until 70 or longer.  This takes pressure off pensions, mediacre and retains mental acuity. I like to say I tried to retire three times and its not for me.  A few more holidays a year interspersed with some amazing interactions with up and coming companies is just about right.

The second item I agree with is that there are no penalties in our system for people whose life style contributes to their eventual huge resources drain on the system.  I talk about smokers,  heavy drinkers,  overly sedentary people who are a series of heart attacks and extended care  just waiting to happen. There is no eventual financial pressure on people who live a  self abusive lifestyle ( except early loss of employment income).   Japan has an annual belt size test that is gaining some ground in their fight against obesity.

A worthwhile read for everyone and it just might change your attitude to growing old. And the author believes that is a very good thing.

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Dr. Neal Barnard`s Program for Reversing Diabetes. Dr. Neal D Bernard.

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Dr. Neal Barnard`s Program for Reversing Diabetes. Dr. Neal D Bernard. 2007. ISBN 9781594865282.  I am always trying to hack my body to beat back diabetes.  So far I have had lots of success.  However Bernard talks about reversing diabetes without using drugs, which really piqued my interest.  He is the first for me to have made a compelling argument as to why pre- diabetics  like me can plateau. He advocates for those who are still having a struggle with diet and cholesterol etc to adopt a more aggressive vegetarian approach.  He wants us to eliminate dairy and meat protein., since even lean chicken and fish still contain fat, lots of it = cholesterol .  I have been moving along with the low GI  starch complex foods, eating more beans, vegetable protein and lots of fruits & veggies.  So to quit meat, eggs & dairy etc was not a big step.  The benefits of doing this while in this  really warm climate is that I immediately stopped heating up after meals and feeling so stuffed for hours, plus fruits and veggies are really cheap and plentiful.  I feel great.  I have been eating my face off with fruits, beans, veggies, corn tortillas etc, along with beer and have lost weight, without having access to my daily at home weight and aerobics regimes ( Its too damn hot, anyway) . The book is a bit repetitive , but it contains some good recipes and tips on where to get stuff.  All in all, I am enjoying the change.

The pH Miracle For Diabetes. The revolutionary diet plan for type 1 and type 2 diabetics. Robert O. Young (Dr.) & Shelly Redford Long.

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The pH Miracle For Diabetes. The revolutionary diet plan for type 1 and type 2 diabetics. Robert O. Young (Dr.)  & Shelly Redford Long. 2004.  ISBN 0446691003.  The author, a microbiologist, noted in his research that there was more to the diabetic increase in our populations than could be explained by what the medical profession was saying.  Not all diseases are caused by germs, but depend more on contributory factors within the patients own body.  Yes for Type 2 , obesity is a big one, evidently for every excess 10 pounds you carry your A1C goes up by a point ( and today most of us only have about 2-3 points to play with until we are pre-diabetic) .  Young’s premise is that our North American  diet is over acidic and it is this over acidity that wrecks havoc on our body.  To right this one has to do a fairly significant dietary makeover  Certainly increasing your raw veggie intake is a part of this as is the elimination of  acidic meats  (cold water fish is is quite good).  The tech industry is certainly full of folks like  Ellison and Jobs who are real advocates of raw foods. The book is a good easy read and  makes sense.  So if this is of interest to you, it is not waste of time.  Lots of recipes in the appendix.

The 4 -Hour Body. An uncommon guide to rapid-fat-loss, incredible sex and becoming superhuman,Timothy Ferriss

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The 4 -Hour Body. An uncommon guide to rapid-fat-loss, incredible sex and becoming superhuman.Timothy Ferriss. 2010. ISBN 9780307463630.  At 550 pp and pushing 3 lbs, this is not just a book, its a bible.  Timothy always delivers excellent value in his books, videos and blogs, with each page bringing another nugget – getting the job done, with the most efficient effort- in the least amount of time. His online  references add almost as much info again.  If you follow his blog, much of this has been there. But now the wealth of info is in one place with the logic and proof.  I can testify that his strength gaining workouts really work. He is also very generous with references to the experts in all fields.  If you have a Kindle this is the book to get on it – and then its with you everywhere.  Great vacation read, plus each section stands on its own.

The Innovator’s Prescription. A disruptive solution to healthcare. Clayton M. Christensen, Grossman & Hwang.

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The Innovator’s Prescription. A disruptive solution to healthcare Clayton M. Christensen, Grossman & Hwang. 2008. ISBN 9780071592086. Ten years in the making, this is another very useful analysis by the Christensen team.    I quickly found seven immediate money making ideas for the tech industry in healthcare in this book.  As ever, the book is clear and well written, with fascinating footnotes in every chapter (almost a book within the book) . The author(s) are no fans of govt all in one funded ( ie Canada-style) healthcare – but they have an equal dislike of the present US model.

He echoes one of the results of the Rocket Builders – NRC Healthcare opportunities study – which was that opportunities lie in the interstitials between silos and layers o f the US and Canada system.  He extends it further by illustrating the fundamental and repairable structural flaws in the present systems.  The disruptive opportunities he shows up are very near, real and often just waiting for th erigth group to sieze onto them.

As ever he points out how to start with a less than ideal solution for the unserved market – which is easier in the US vs Canada, where we have a poor but working solution – we then require a dramatically better solution for disruption. He also suggests that a democracy is not the tool to effect change, unless the change is so subtle, few notice.  For every change proposed in a democracy, someone will lose from the status quo, and they have lots of political levers to pull to keep things the same.  He also repeats that it is impossible to effect the change from within- reminding us  that IBM was the only company to survive multiple disruptions, each time through first creating a distinct stand alone division , outside of the corporate culture.

Doctors  will cry out No! when reading the section on commoditization of health care services  – but if they look around they will see that it is happening . Using Christensen’s view, hospitals should finally be able to decide what type of business they are in (He IDs three distinct types)  and then they will be able to carve ot the metrics to help them change to a sustainable model.

A very good book for all of us, expecially if you have any interest in heathcare and healthcare dollars.

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Chi Running. A revolutionary approach to effortless, injury-free running. Danny Dreyer.

Chi Running. A revolutionary approach to effortless, injury-free running. Danny Dreyer. 2004. ISBN 9780743251440.  Some of you may know that I am a recovering runner – still coming back from an Achilles injury last February. Up until I read this book I expected that I would face a series of re-occurrences of my leg injuries, one time hamstrings, another the quads, many sore ankles and then now a weakened Achilles.  I turned to swimming and thanks to Timothy Ferris (4 hr workweek) found a wonderful resource called Total Immersion by Terry Laughlin (wait for the review).  Laughlin referenced this book by Danny Dreyer.  What a find. As aging runners we now have a plan and a program that really pulls a lot of the “good stuff” together. Certainly over the years I have tried to run barefoot in the summer to smooth out my landing and take the hits off my heels. I have learned to lean forward  like the Kenyans. This book takes it all much further with a crystal clear logic and a full preventative and recovery plan.  If you harbor any desire to run like a youngster again or like me, a desire to enjoy it, and perhaps get back to a competitive level, I suggest this as a lifelong resource for you.  Very easy to read and thoroughly pragmatic. I am now running painfree!

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