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Drop Dead Healthy

One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

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 From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All comes the true and truly hilarious story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world.

Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia, goaded by his wife telling him, “I don’t want to be a widow at forty-five,” and ashamed of a middle-aged body best described as “a python that swallowed a goat,” A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. And he didn’t want only to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far greater: maximal health from head to toe.

The task was epic. He consulted an army of experts— sleep consultants and sex clinicians, nutritionists and dermatologists. He subjected himself to dozens of different workouts—from Strollercize classes to Finger Fitness sessions, from bouldering with cavemen to a treadmill desk. And he took in a cartload of diets: raw foods, veganism, high protein, calorie restriction, extreme chewing, and dozens more. He bought gadgets and helmets, earphones and juicers. He poked and he pinched. He counted and he measured.

The story of his transformation is not only brilliantly entertaining, but it just may be the healthiest book ever written. It will make you laugh until your sides split and endorphins flood your bloodstream. It will alter the contours of your brain, imprinting you with better habits of hygiene and diet. It will move you emotionally and get you moving physically in surprising ways. And it will give you occasion to reflect on the body’s many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health: a well-lived life.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 12, 2011 – With three bestselling titles in his One Man s Humble Quest series, Jacobs decided to become the healthiest man alive, first consulting medical experts, making a list of outr diets, and putting himself in unusual situations. To try out the Paleo movement s Caveman Workout, which is all about being natural and savage and out in the wilderness, he ran bare-chested through the wilderness of Central Park. He investigated the antiaerobic slow fitness movement that requires exercising only 20 minutes a week. With a 70-page to-do list, he tried everything from acupuncture to Nature s Platform, a metal stand for squatting on top of a toilet since there s bona fide evidence squatting is better for you. Each body part gets its own chapter; in The Gonads he recalls a urologist who told him, When I do a prostate exam, it s easy. I use one finger. Maybe two if I want a second opinion. Jacobs achieves an instant intimacy with the reader, making his family life as much a part of the narrative as his many meetings with medical theorists and health gurus. He s a clever humorist who successfully takes his readers on a round trip from reality to absurdity, dispensing solid, valuable health information along with fascinating oddities.

Customer Reviews

Drop Dead Healthy

This book missed the mark by a long shot. There were only about 50 pages that were funny or worth reading. By the time I hit 350 pages, I had totally lost any interest of trying to find something interesting in the book to read. I know my standards aren't that high or impossible to meet. I just want a book that is written with a purpose to inform or to entertain and this book met neither.

Just ok

Apologies to the author who does come off as a nice guy who I'd like to meet and hang out with (actually even more so his incredibly patient wife), but this book fell far short of my expectations. Yes, there are some laughs and a few - very few - new interesting facts set forth, however there is no "aha" moment.

In addition, there are so many topics covered so briefly that no in depth wisdom was imparted.

Glad to hear the author is healthier anyway.

Funny, informative

The other reviewers must be stoned. I don't find much funny. But this book was a riot. Useful information. And the author has a good sense of humor about himself.

Drop Dead Healthy
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 10, 2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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