Review: So You Want to Live Younger Longer? – Dr Norman Swan

So You Want to Live Younger Longer?

Dr Norman Swan

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733648342

RRP $34.99


The ultimate guide on what you can do at any age to stay young and healthy longer, from Australia’s trusted, straight-talking doctor and broadcaster, Dr Norman Swan, bestselling author of So You Think You Know What’s Good for You?

Many of us dream of staying as young as possible as long as possible whether we’re in our 30s, 40s, 70s or even 80s, and there’s a growing Conga line of products and people offering you just that dream. The dilemma is, which of the pills, mental and physical exercise programs, diets and superfoods actually work? Some of them do help to keep us young, healthy and living longer, others may work when the researchers get the potions right and some are a downright waste of money. So how do you know what and who to trust? That’s the journey that Dr Norman Swan is going to take you on in So You Want to Live Younger Longer?

Deeply researched and written with his trademark wit, common sense and accessibility, Norman brings together what’s known, not known, hopeful but not harmful and harmful and not hopeful, summarised with quick takeaway messages backed up by the science and evidence. No matter what your age, So You Want to Live Younger Longer? gives you the information you need to make your own choices without wasting your time and money or even missing a nice dinner because you might be on a diet that is getting you nowhere.

Norman disentangles our ‘Book of Life’ – the genes we’re born with and what we subject them to later on – and shows that in the search for youth, genes matter much less than you’d think for most of us. In other words, we can overwrite our personal Book of Life and Norman’s book will help you do it.

We can live younger, longer – at any age – we’ve just got to know what to do.

My View:

An excellent, informative, well written, engaging read. So much science based, researched information presented with wit and humour. This is an author I would love to hear speak in person…his ability to connect with the reader/the room is amazing.

A great read.

Who Listened to the Radio? Reflections of a Musical Past.

Is it something about maturing (I was thinking actually thinking aging but that makes me sound…old) 🙂 that makes you look back, seek out the things you enjoyed in your youth? Do you find comfort in foods, objects, places you visited, television shows… music of the past? Now when I am talking past I am thinking about 40 years ago….a life time ago for some I must admit. A mere blink ago for me.

I am thinking specifically music. Do you recall listening to your transistor radio as a teenager, late at night when you should have been asleep, the volume turned down as low as it could go, tucked under your pillow, listening to the songs that made you feel they were plucked from your very own heart? Your very own life?  I think I am getting sentimental in my old age. 

I am looking for those lost songs. I want some new music to add to my collection.  Do your remember songs like Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly…..artists like Bread and Lobo with their laid back sounds of summer and sunshine, love and broken hearts? Masters Apprentices – It’s Because I Love You and Turn up Your Radio, Psychedelic Rock, I think it is now labelled, when you could really listen and hear instruments like sitars, hear the feedback, the tambourines, the harpsichords, the extended music solos, the melodies… the words. Queen – Night At the Opera when you could put on your head phones and turn out the lights and really listen to the music, the sounds, the voices… the layers.  And then there was Rock, artist like The Rolling Stones ( Paint it Black and She’s A Rainbow my favorites) Suzi Quatro inspiring rebellion, the list goes on. 

But I am having trouble with my recall. The particular songs and albums I have referenced I have in my collection already. But I know there were many others. Can you help me identify them?