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Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn and leading health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel have discovered biological markers called telomeres, which can help us to understand how healthy our cells are and what we can do to improve them.
The Telomere Effect looks at ideas including how biological age is not chronological age, a biological basis for the mind-body connection and how sleep and diet can affect telomeres. It also offers tools and advice on how to determine cellular age and telomere health.
©2017 Elizabeth Blackburn (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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By David on 03-24-17

Pick and choose your data?

An interesting book, if a little long. Not great at getting to the point, and packed full of rambling anecdotes about made up people to represent extreme examples.
Congratulations on winning the Nobel Prize and everything. You obviously know your stuff, so I can't argue there.
However, I did notice a significant bias in the way you discredit research that you don't like. A good example of this was in the way you dismissed "reduced calorie diets" without bothering to refer to the significant weight of claims that prolonged fasting helps to increase telomere length.
Just the fact that you don't like the sound of fasting doesn't mean it isn't helpful. Fasting for more than 24 hours has a demonstrably profound effect on diabetes, blood sugar and insulin resistance, as well as helping to minimise oxidative stress. Since all these factors are key to telomere length, why dismiss animal studies with a casual "People are not animals" jibe? Especially when you're happy to refer to animal studies when it suits your findings?
Bad science.

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By 8anos on 03-07-17


Well written book; a technical subject presented in an easy to understand non technical way. A good starting point for anyone who is interested in learning about human (anti) aging and how it can be slowed down.

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By Umi Olsen on 05-05-17

Inspiring and spiritual

At first this book may seem rather scientific and dry as it goes into explaining what telomere's are. But reading on it was fascinating and inspiring to understand, particularly through the examples, stories and very practical tips and exercises, how our telomeres may be impacted by our genes, our childhood, life experiences and sense of purpose, our behaviors and attitudes and our interconnectedness with each other. A fascinating, inspiring and spiritual read.

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By Andrew on 04-18-17

Try to live a good life

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