LIFESPAN PLUS: The Definitive Guide to Health and Well-Being for the Rest of Your Life by Sigmund Stephen with Julian Asher Miller & Don Ethan Miller Miller

LIFESPAN PLUS: The Definitive Guide to Health and Well-Being for the Rest of Your Life

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An encyclopedic effort, aimed at those people 40 and over who wish to create the optimum circumstances for adding to their longevity. Readers should not be swayed by the self-serving claims of the subtitle. The book is definitive if the reader completely accepts the claims, outlook, and philosophy of the holistic health movement. This approach starts with a general precept (human health is multidimensional) and then proceeds to concentrate on narrow areas, such as stress relief, psychotherapy, and natural food intake. The authors, who individually gave us Symptoms, Breaking Through, and Body Mind, have come together to promote this approach. But after investing some 300 pages telling us how to exercise (gradually, often, and with attention to all parts of the body); what to eat (naturally, with vitamin supplements); how to control stress (relaxation, meditation, and possibly attending one of many holistic training seminars, such as Silva Mind Control); how to unprove our memories; sexual prowess, and our self-empowerment (motivation, energy, and will), the authors proceed to give us an exhaustive 400-page rundown of medical symptoms, followed by what drugs are useful for which diseases. Somehow, the juxtaposition of the two sections seems to render the first frustratingly futile. A case where puffery has substituted for conciseness, and where perhaps, one head would have been better than three.

Pub Date: Jan. 10th, 1985
Publisher: Macmillan