Drop Dead Healthy

One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

By A. J. Jacobs
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410447463, 529pp.)

Publication Date: April 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Compact Disc, Hardcover, Paperback

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“Anyone yearning to pursue a healthier lifestyle should read this book first! Jacobs spent two years on a quest to improve his health, one body part at a time. Besides being very funny - who knew there was a surgical procedure to change the timbre of your farts? - this book is a fount of useful information as Jacobs tries out all of the crazy medical advice so you don't have to. PS: Laughing at this book will make you healthier. (See Chapter 10.)”
-- Susan Taylor, Market Block Books, Troy, NY


Description
"New York Times "bestselling author and king of "immersion journalism" A.J. 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 abs.Having lifted his spirit in "The Year of Living Biblically" and sharpened his mind in "The Know-It-All," A.J. Jacobs had one feat left in the self-improvement trinity: to become the healthiest man in the world. He doesn't just want to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far, far greater.

The task was massive. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises, a range of diets and nutritional plans, and a brutal array of techniques and practices to improve everything from his hearing to his sleep--all the while testing the patience of his long-suffering wife.

This latest book""bursts with hilarity and warmth, all the while testing our culture's assumptions and obsessions with what makes good health and allowing the reader to reflect on his or her own health, body, and eventual mortality.




NPR
Saturday, Apr 7, 2012

The author of The Know-It-All � for which he read the entire encyclopedia to try to get smarter � Jacobs has gone on another self-improvement kick for Drop Dead Healthy. Scott Simon talks with Jacobs about avoiding the gym, unusual diets and breaking a sedentary lifestyle. More at NPR.org

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