Go Wild

  • by John J. Ratey, Richard Manning, David Perlmutter (foreword)
  • Narrated by Dan Woren
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The scientific evidence behind why maintaining a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors will restore our health and well-being.
In Go Wild, Harvard Medical School Professor John Ratey, MD, and journalist Richard Manning reveal that although civilization has rapidly evolved, our bodies have not kept pace. This mismatch affects every area of our lives, from our general physical health to our emotional wellbeing. Investigating the power of living according to our genes in the areas of diet, exercise, sleep, nature, mindfulness, and more, Go Wild examines how tapping into our core DNA combats modern disease and psychological afflictions, from Autism and Depression to Diabetes and Heart Disease. By focusing on the ways of the past, it is possible to secure a healthier and happier future, and Go Wild will show you how.


What the Critics Say

"A brilliantly creative synthesis of research and theory offering up a practical, playful, yet profound answer to that most basic question: how to live." - Edward Hallowell, MD, author of Shine: Using Brain Science to Bring Out the Best in Your People"A clear, sustained, fast-paced, utterly persuasive argument that much of our current distress and disease is the product of how the activities of regimented modern life estrange us from our biological needs, literally making us ill. It's also about how to live to avoid this distress. Filled with fascinating details, and the palpable joy of the authors who have found a way to break free from these restrictions, it's also inspiring and will influence many to change the way they live for the better." - Norman Doidge, MD, author of The Brain That Changes Itself"SPARK is just what we need--a thoughtful, interesting, scientific treatise on the powerful and positive impact of exercise on the brain. In mental health, exercise is a growth stock and Ratey is our best broker."--Ken Duckworth, MD, Medical Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness"Spark is mercifully short on Ivy League med-school-speak. And it may just spell the end of all dumb-jock jokes." --Abe Streep, Outside"The mission accomplished by this wonderfully empowering book is nothing short of revolutionary." - from the foreword by David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain"At last a book that explains to me why I feel so much better if I run in the morning!" - Dr. Susan M. Love, Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book"If your goal is to live a long and healhy life to the fullest, then Spark should be required reading." - Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, "The Father of Aerobics""Ratey has culled the latest science and found that a regular workout can help build a better, faster brain." - USA TODAYPRAISE FOR SPARK

"A real turning point that explains something I've been trying to figure out for years, having experienced symptoms of both ADHD and mild depression. Exercise is not simply necessary; as Dr. Ratey clearly shows, it's medicine." - Greg LeMond, three-time winner of the Tour de France"Essential reading for anyone interested in unleashing the true power of human nature." - Tyler Graham, author of The Happiness Diet"An exciting read! A fascinating investigation into the power of evolutionary forces in our lives. Illuminating, penetrating, and immensely practical." - Jim Loehr, cofounder of Human Performance Institute and coauthor of The Power of Full Engagement


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Customer Reviews

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Life Changing

I never write reviews on anything, but I feel that I have a responsibility to review this one. This book is essential for anyone that wants to live a long, prosperous and happy life. Every word in this book makes sense on all levels. To realize what millions of years of evolution has created for us to live happy and not sick, and to see what we have done to ourselves as a species in the last 100 years is mind blowing. This book has changed my life! I wish I would have read this decades ago.
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- The crafty girl

The most civilizing book of your life.

Go wild might be, paradoxically, the most civilizing book of your life. If you follow the advice you will live healthier physically, mentally and emotionally. If you take the next logical step you might even lead you community and culture to making the changes necessary to save our planet.
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- Patrick F. Siebert "education addict"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-03-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio