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I was looking forward to reading this book, as I have heard great things regarding telomere reseach. Unfortunately, as other reviewers have noted, this book is very low on actual hard facts. It reads like an infomercial for a Telomere product...stating that shortening telomeres are the cause of this or that, but not really getting into what you can do about it.
They do say get more exercise, eat well, and reduce stress. Uh, OK...now what?
Telomeres and the aging process is a facinating topic, however not much here in this book.
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There seem to be many books coming out lately written by doctors, scientists or researchers can go far beyond the scope for the authors' knowledge or competence and end up being basically a rehash of general principles with little depth, innovation or clarity.
It took quite some time for the narrator to state that the authors were researchers, but even so, if you're looking for some of the apparently groundbreaking research this isn't where you're find it. Rather, you'll be told to eat fruit, grains, legumes, get plenty of rest, take walks, etc. Even the references to telomeres research is weak with generally nothing more than general statements rather than any specifics about the actual studies that were conducted.
For instance, the Mediterranean diet is stated to increase telomere length -- period, they state nothing more that that. Few people can seem to agree what the Mediterranean diet is, so it would have been interesting to know what studies were conducted for this. Did the studies include meditation and relaxation exercises like what Dean Ornish promotes, and in that case was it the food or the meditation and exercise that caused this. Well, this is certainly not the place to find that out, nor unfortunately much more than this.
I hate to write terrible reviews like this when people are well respected and trying to get out an important message which, if followed, would benefit everyone. But, there are so many sources that do that so much better than these authors have done in this instance. This is a simple book. I have no science background at all and yet I found everything oversimplified to the extent that no real depth remains -- not at all what I thought when I read the audiobook's description.
It's not that the content is terrible, but over the course of the entire audiobook I found there to be less than perhaps 15 or 20 minutes of useful content, with the rest being very much a waste of time for me. Maybe if you've never read another health or diet book this could be beneficial, but with so many fantastic books and even free content on You Tube, I'm basically upset that I spent so much time listening to this audiobook. I finally gave up at the second last chapter, and that with monumental effort to try to listen to all of it up to that point.
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