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Counterclockwise

Sion and decides on a very personal level what to do about it She is at once the careful reporter the immersion journalist the self designated lab rat and a midlife woman who is not interested in being as old as her driver’s license insists she isKessler’s mission isn’t about vanity well maybe a little but about discovering ways to maintain stamina vitality fortitude and creativity right to the very end Seemed mostly centered on physical appearance of health rather than actual healthThe supplements chapter was very useful

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A bootcamp in Utah in 118 degree heat A raw food diet Hypnotic suggestions A team of crack computer scientists who can age and de age a face with the click of a mouse The World Convention on Anti Aging Medicine in Las Vegas headlined by Suzanne Somers These are just a few of the stops Lauren Kessler makes on her journey to reverse time from the inside outAt this moment one in three Americans are entering midl Reading this book is like having a long cozy chat with your best friend as long as your best friend is smart inuisitive curious skeptical and just a little bit snarky But what best friend isn't? Kessler investigates all those 'too good to be true' schemes to make us look and feel younger and tells us which ones are to be believed and which ones to be ignored What I found most helpful is the information on 'superfoods' What I found most enjoyable was Kessler's easygoing accessible language

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Ife and many are wondering ‘How did I get to be this old?’ Plenty will turn to miracle creams injections fillers and surgery to reverse the hands oftime but Kessler investigates the largely unexplored side of antiaging what it takes to be younger not just look younger Guided by both intense curiousity and healthy skepticism a sense of adventure and a sense of humor she investigates America’s youth obses I love this book Lauren Kessler is one of my favorite authors She won me over with Dancing with Rose Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer'sKessler makes the difficult subject of Aging along with some hardcore scientific research into a page turner I didn't want to put down Even though what I am learning is scaring me it's a good kind of scare The kind that makes me want to better myself and make some permanent changesI dearly wish I could write like Kessler This is a Must Read book

  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • Counterclockwise
  • Lauren Kessler
  • English
  • 28 May 2017
  • 9781609613471

10 thoughts on “Counterclockwise

  1. says:

    Reading this book is like having a long cozy chat with your best friend as long as your best friend is smart inuisitive curious skeptical and just a little bit snarky But what best friend isn't? Kessler investigates all those 'too good to be true' schemes to make us look and feel younger and tells us which ones are to be believed and which ones to be ignored What I found most helpful is the information on 'superfoods' What I found most enjoyable was Kessler's easygoing accessible language

  2. says:

    Reviewer’s note – I am an independent writer I am also a freelance reviewer On occasion I receive advance copies of books from publishers for review My reviews are based solely on the merits of the book and I receive no remuneration from the publisher or author other than a copy of the book in exchange for posting a review on my blogs Through a contest sponsored on Goodreadscom I recently ‘won’ an ARC of Lauren Kessler’s latest non fiction book COUNTER CLOCKWISE The following is my review Disclaimer I have taken care to not with a couple of minor exceptions directly uote from the book Please note that the opinions and any 'claims' the reader may infer from this review are mine and not necessarily those of the author Thank you – vmls “If I could turn back time if I could find a way”In Diane Warren’s “If I Could Turn Back Time” Cher sings of love and of regret over things said and things done wishing to turn back time and take away the hurt But as we all know time moves in one directionOr does it?In Lauren Kessler’s Counter Clockwise the author writes of ‘turning back time’ in a literal and profound sense in a way that will change your life in a way that will improve the uality of your life not just now but as one grows older chronologically that is With solid research and testimony from experts in their respective fields behind her Lauren explains that while ‘age’ may be something measured by passing of years on a calendar how we age the speed at which we ‘grow older’ is something that we have much much control over than one might thinkLauren’s “Year of Hypnosis Hormones Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Anti Aging” as Counter Clockwise is subtitled is an odyssey of discovery and a search for the truth behind the hype through the anti aging ‘realm’ A market that some estimate in the next couple of years will exceed 200 billion in revenueLauren explores the pills supplements creams lotions and assorted devices pushed on a largely unsuspecting public that is in search of the fountain of youth She tackles fitness and exercise regimens that would make even the most hardcore Marine boot camp drill sergeant toss in the towel and head for the lockers The lure of cosmetic surgery guaranteed to take years off your body if not your mind along with thousands of your hard earned dollars sings its siren song to Lauren Does she succumb? Ha If you’re expecting spoilers from me you haven’t been reading my reviewsDiet When we hear that word most of us think in terms of losing weight but remember this ‘diet’ is not just a verb Diet in the noun form is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle and if your uest is to ‘turn back the hands of time’ what when and how you eat is even important Lauren’s research I would have loved to be her research assistant at least for this part takes her through the science of food and nutrition in search of the right foods and combinations of foods that will promote optimal health and get those narrow black hands winding backward around the clock face Think you know what a superfood is? Want the real lowdown on dark chocolate and red wine? Pay particular attention to that chapterEven a good diet doesn’t mean your body and mind can’t use a little help from the supplement market Lauren has done a great deal of research in the area of supplements and come up with her own list I think this is a list worth paying attention toExercise how important is it? Lauren gives us the ‘sweaty truth’ After reading Chapter Eleven I am rethinking my current exercise regimen which presently consists of a daily five mile run if my stress level is up Deadlines and commitments; what are you gonna do? and thrice weekly visits to the gym Yeah yeah I know there are seven days in a week But I’m young I’ve got plenty of time right? Hmmm might want to be re thinking that ‘philosophy’ VeronicaThere is a philosophy a sound one by the way unlike some of the hoke and hype surrounding some diet exercise and supplement ‘stay young’ regimens that explores how the mind contributes to whether we age well at a ‘normal’ pace or age uicklyLifestyle diet attitude the wrong combination of these can give a thirty year old the body – inside and out – of a sixty year old And vice versa the right combination well imagine being 60 in calendar years but with the outside body of a 50 year old without the benefit of cosmetic surgery and the inside body of a 40 year old? My words not Lauren’s – vmlsIn Counterclockwise Lauren shows us how we can not only slow down the march of time but even reverse it to some degree Has she found the fountain of youth? No there is no such thing Forget all those infomercials and so called ‘experts’ on ‘midnight’ television hawking the latest ‘key to eternal youth’ it is for the most part little than ‘snake oil’Want to know a secret? You have the key not to eternal youth but to living longer to living younger than the age on your driver’s licenseI hesitate to say that there is one single thing that will ‘turn back time’ that will slow down that clock and turn you into an ‘anti ager’ but in a very real sense there isOne thing from which everything else flowsAttitude As is pointed out in the book “expectation rules outcome” This is a simple yet deeply profound truth that it seems humans need constant reminding of What we think how we think is what we become Attitude Getting into the proper mindset Why does anything fail? Diets exercise jobs relationships all have one thing in common for not succeeding Our attitude If you don’t ‘expect’ to meet that weight goal if you don’t ‘expect’ to finish that marathon or 10K race if you don’t ‘expect’ to get that job you want you won’t It’s that simple You can’t just want something to happen you have to make it happen All of the research and advice Lauren offers in Counter Clockwise will help you make things happenMy wife Christina has on than one occasion remarked that I “act like a twelve year old” Well pardon me for not always acting my age but as Chapter Twelve unless they get renumbered; I am reading an advance reader copy not the final ‘to market’ book – points out that may not always be a bad thing If I had only five seconds to summarize the ‘message’ in Chapter Twelve it would be thisThink young live young be young Fortunately I don’t have only five secondsIn the 21st century job market so than at any other time perhaps youth the perception of youth that is ‘rules’ Wisdom experience and knowledge take second place to a pretty face and a ‘fit and trim’ body You can take the band aid approach to ‘youth’ cosmetic surgery and the latest fad diet but if what you really want is to look feel and live not just younger but longer with a better uality of life Read Counter Clockwise This book is not 230 pages of opinion and conjecture The author has through exhaustive research and at times incredible self sacrifice written a roadmap if you will to a happier healthier and longer life a life “increasingly disease resistant and increasingly energetic” Lauren has consulted with some of the top experts in their respective fields subjecting her body and mind at times to total strangers and come away with some very good newsWe can ‘turn back time’ But rememberYou can’t just want something to happen you have to make it happen I’ve read a book or two on self help diet and exercise and wasn’t terribly impressed I’ve listened to a spiel or two at conventions fairs and such and was impressed with the free water bottles and key fobs than the product or the pitchman’s speech After reading Counter Clockwise however I recommend it without hesitation I don’t say this about a lot of books I read but this one it will be life changing Lauren covers all the bases here with good solid advice as well as some resources to set you on the path to a fulfilling lifeLauren's keen sense of humour and occasional snarkiness gotta love it made this a thoroughly enjoyable read as well as being very informative and educationalThere was one thing missing from the book thoughI didn’t see the chapter on the health benefits of Sonic’s Texas Toast Breakfast Sandwich or Five Guys’ Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseburger yes with the cajun fries I’m sure they will be in the final version of Counter Clockwise Right Lauren?One final thought “Lauren I have to side with your daughter on this don’t mess with my smoothies”Thank youVeronica Marie Lewis Shaw12 May 2013Writing under a large mushroom somewhere in the Pacific Northwest

  3. says:

    The author writes in a breezy style; not uite as sarcastic as Mary Roach but does has some witful critiuesShe provides a counterpoint and commonsense to all the amazing claims of the many variety of anti ager hawkers and huckstersSometimes there are too many irrelevant details added to all of the author's encounters one example would be her going on and on about the art gallery look of a doctor's officeStill she give a fairly comprehensive and understandable look at various anti aging strategies including various bewaresShe definitely personalizes her research she has either investigated andor participated in many of the anti aging strategies of which she writes and then she tells the reader what happened to her

  4. says:

    I love this book Lauren Kessler is one of my favorite authors She won me over with Dancing with Rose Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer'sKessler makes the difficult subject of Aging along with some hardcore scientific research into a page turner I didn't want to put down Even though what I am learning is scaring me it's a good kind of scare The kind that makes me want to better myself and make some permanent changesI dearly wish I could write like Kessler This is a Must Read book

  5. says:

    This is the first book by Lauren Kessler I've read Kessler spends a year trying to turn back time cue Cher or don't as it's all auto tune and I can't take it I can relate At 41 I am definitely interested in staying healthy and active I am not interested in living into my golden years if they are going to be full of illness and someone else wiping me I know I can't predict the future but there are things I CAN control now to make my later years robust As of yet I haven't had to worry about the looking older part as I have a baby face and look much younger than I am I am not sure what I will do when that does happen but it's nice to know what the options are even if I never use themKessler explores everything from botox to mitochondrial testing from supplements to VO2 output It's a lot of research and science but written in an accessible way What it comes down to is You need to exercise Study after study after study shows that one way to stay young is exercising And one of the best barometers of your health is your blood pressure The farther apart the systolic and diastolic numbers are the your arteries are agingThe health of your aging body is about 30% genetics and 70% environment The best news is that it doesn't matter if you are middle aged and just now figuring out that you need to take care of your body you can start today and it will make a differenceThere is so much good information in here it would be impossible for me to share everything But here are some highlights•What I am interested in what I powerfully and passionately want is to be all those good things we associate with young Because despite my independence of spirit and my modest successes and a strong streak of feminism I am part of a culture that labels old bad weak sickly sexless boring crabby and young good healthy vibrant sexy creative adventurous •My DNA and my eggs are the only parts of me that date back to the day of my birth My skin cells are sloughing off and replacing themselves every moment Over about a month my entire epidermis is replacedThe entire lining of my stomach and intestine is continually re created with a turnover time of a week or lessMy red blood cells are never than four months old My liver cells are perhaps a year old My skeleton rebuilds itself too with estimates ranging from a two year to a seven year regeneration process The body is not a permanent structureIt is in a constant state of renewal•The Balti Longitudinal Study of Aging a massive effort that tracked 3000 people from their 20s to their 90s concluded that people age at such vastly different rates that by the time they reach 80 or 90 the differences are so marked that birth dates are entirely irrelevant•Recently researchers at the University of Southern California found that while life expectancy increased by 1 year during the past decade people also faced an additional 12 years of serious illness and an extra 2 years of disability By some estimates nearly 85 percent of people over 65 suffer from one or degenerative disorders •The forehead wrinkles The brow droops and don't forget the eyelids The midface thins Lips flatten Jowls appear The jaw suares The neck bands •Perhaps the best anti aging appearance news I come across is this Good posture and a strong steady gait can make you look up to 10 years younger The shoulders back abdomen tucked head lifted position is said to also have other rejuvenating effects like improving circulation and digestion making breathing easier and deeper and keeping muscles and joints in proper alignment Just ask any yoga teacher•About the IPL intense pulsed light which I have three times It works Almost immediately after the treatment the spots on the sides of my face darken this is goodA day or so later the spots look like coffee grounds Then the coffee grounds flake off •Two researchers from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts a physiologist and a medical doctor outline 10 uantifiable indications that they believe predict health and vitality Four of the 10 biomarkers are closely related intertwined really lean body mass strength basal metabolic rate and body fat percentage •The Tufts researchers say that the average American loses 66 lbs of muscle every 10 years starting right after young adulthood After age 45 the rate accelerates •Older people are weaker than younger people because they have less muscle mass and the muscle they do have is less dense and works less efficiently•Basal metabolism declines by 2 percent every decade after age 20•Increased muscle mass leads to increased strength which is directly related to a uicker youthful metabolism•In fact between voting age and retirement age the average person doubles his or her ratio of fat to muscle •The you can lower your percentage of body fat the younger biologically you'll be How does that happen? More muscle strength high metabolism less fat•Population studies show that by age 65 the average American has lost 30 to 40 percent of his or her youthful aerobic capacity Highly recommend

  6. says:

    Very enjoyable and informative how to How to live better; how to avoid the pitfalls associated with aging; how to be healthier; how to progress along the lines of healthy healthy healthy dead instead of healthy healthy sick sick dead Or something like that

  7. says:

    Seemed mostly centered on physical appearance of health rather than actual healthThe supplements chapter was very useful

  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this story of the author's year long uest into the world of anti aging Throughout the year the author does research visits labs talks with scientists and implements suggestion to fight every aspect of aging everything from commonly tried ideas like eating superfoods and experimenting with dietary supplements to things I've never thought about like muscles and mitochondria In particular the author repeatedly notes throughout the book the effects of lifestyle on aging noting that how uickly we age is determined 70% by our own choices One of the strongest points of the book is that it pulls all of the research experiments and focuses on the different aspects of aging into one memoir I've certainly read a lot of article isolating aspects such as which foods to eat and how to protect your face but it was great to read a book that offers a comprehensive view as well as teaching me something new

  9. says:

    I enjoyed reading this book it was both informative and entertaining I learned a few things with information not being oversimplified too much What I can not get over though why is there no source list of any type??? Throughout the book there are plenty of sources described using author names names of journals dates locations etc From what I could tell Kessler provides plenty of information on the sources within the text and they we're often good peer reviewed studies and papers but there were no citations of any kind or style not even footnotes There is no source list in the back For me this undermines the purpose and value of the book Without sources for the huge amount of information described the author's intention could not have been for anything beyond thought provoking entertainment Or she thinks readers are gullible and will believe anything printed and bound

  10. says:

    Rather humorous account of the author’s uest to verify or at least research the various anti aging claims touted by media celebrities etc I was impressed with the author’s common sense attitude a well as her funny descriptions of her experiences I’m not so much interested in preventing age in my own appearance as in extending my vitality mind strength and these areas specifically an emphasis on exercise nutrition were also discussed in the book References were included

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