Ageing Well Review
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My head spins when I see all of the books out there regarding health and wellness. It seems that they either contain a lot of fluff or are impractical for our American lifestyle. Fortunately, one book that doesn’t fall into either category is Ageing Well: A Guide to Rejuvenation and Longevity.

First, I must clear up one misconception. This book isn’t really about aging. It’s about healthy and pain-free living, no matter what your age. Dr. George Cromack believes that his 30 years of clinical experience have helped him pick practical tools that can help improve one’s quality of life.

Dr. Cromack begins the book by explaining the importance of the right pillows, along with devices such as lumbar supports and traction. He also explains what to look for in choosing a chiropractor. Diet is also a major part of the book, and he favors raw foods and the elimination of dairy products. While Dr. Cromack has definite opinions on certain foods, though, he also acknowledges that no one diet is right for everyone. He endorses certain supplements and super foods explaining how to use them. He clarifies fasting, detoxification, water purification, juicing, and basically everything that goes into your body. Restorative stretching, meditation, and possible solutions to certain ailments such as insomnia and chronic pain are also covered. He even goes into acupuncture, home rejuvenation therapy, tongue and sinus washes, and some things that I find a little esoteric: stomach washing, gallbladder flushers, and star gazing.

  
 
Yes, this guide is comprehensive, but it’s still short and concise. I felt that the order of the chapters was awkward; however, the overall content of this book is extremely useful. Dr. Cromack includes many helpful online resources, such as a glycemic index on over 700 foods and, my favorite, an “honest food guide”—a cheat sheet on good vs. bad food choices.

What I really liked about this book, however, was that Dr. Cromack doesn’t argue that this as an “all or nothing” lifestyle, that you must do everything mentioned. Rather, he addresses the average person raised on the Traditional American Diet (TAD). Realizing our resistance to change, he doesn’t expect readers to incorporate everything at once. Instead, he asks that we integrate just a few items at a time for thirty days. He hopes that, as we gain confidence and feel better, we will add more every couple of months.

Though I won’t be incorporating everything I learned from this book, Ageing Well: A Guide to Rejuvenation and Longevity provided me with new ideas on maintaining good health. At fewer than 135 pages, this is one health and wellness guide that readers will get a lot out of, without all of the fluff.

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