Drop Dead Healthy

Drop Dead Healthy

One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

Book - 2012
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"One mans comedic journey to discover how to live as healthfully as possible"--
"Having sanctified himself in The Year of Living Biblically and sharpened his mind in The Know-It-All, A. J. Jacobs had one feat left in the self-improvement trinity: to become the healthiest man in the world. He didn't want just to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far, far greater: Maximal health from head to toe.The task was massive. He had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, much of which was nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. He had to consult a team of medical advisers. And he had to subject himself to a grueling regimen of exercises, a range of diets, and an array of practices to improve everything from his hearing to his sleep to his sex life all the while testing the patience of his long-suffering wife. He left nothing untested, from the caveman workout to veganism, from the treadmill desk to extreme chewing. Drop Dead Healthy teems with hilarity and warmth and pushes our cultures assumptions about and obsessions with what makes good health, allowing the reader to reflect on his or her own health, body, and eventual mortality"--
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416599074
141659907X
Characteristics: x, 402 p. : ill ; 25 cm

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Persnickety77
Nov 24, 2014

this man always amuses me

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swong1000
Jan 13, 2013

Hilarious and interesting.

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Cannes
Oct 22, 2012

Worthless. Reads like a 375 Maxim magazine article. Over the course of a year the author tries out several popular health ideas on himself in an attempt to better his health. The table of contents looks promising but the book reads like a comedy and not a serious attempt to test out these theories. There is a lack of detail as to how he implemented anything and little detail regarding results. The appendix has a decent summary of what he did but I still think the book is a complete waste of time. Better material on the subject of health is easy to find online.

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sarahsamnick
Aug 26, 2012

Funny book about author's quest to improve his health. Not as good as his other books, but still entertaining.

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Oc2seattle
Jul 17, 2012

Can A.J. Jacobs become the healthiest man alive? That's the question fueling Jacobs 2-year quest. His journey is told with humor and humbleness and the man is not afraid to embarrass himself - caveman fitness in Central park anyone? This is a funny book that sneaks in a lot of information and will motivate you to build a treadmill desk and eat your veggies.

BPLNextBestAdults Jun 05, 2012

Perfection was the goal of A.J. Jacobs as he pursued his mission for total body health. His quest was to remake his somewhat flawed body from head to toe. For two dedicated years he methodically used his body as an experiment to transform it to optimum health by researching the latest scientific data, consulting the leading health experts, exploring a myriad of diagnostic tests and even dipping into the realm of some fringe theorists. Told with humour and embarrassing frankness this amazingly brilliant book makes me want to reach out with enthusiasm for that big bunch of kale, run not walk to the gym, and give my cerebellum a workout along the way.

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