Drop Dead Healthy

Drop Dead Healthy

One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

Large Print - 2012 | Large print ed.
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Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia, goaded by his wife, and ashamed of a soft middle-aged body, AJ. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. And he didn't want only to lose weighty, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. He wanted maximal total health. He consulted an army of experts. He subjected himself to dozens of different workouts. And he took in a cartload of diets. He bought gadgets and helmets, earphones and juicers. The story of his transformation will give you occasion to reflect on the body's many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health: a well-lived life. Book jacket.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410447463
1410447464
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE 613.2092 JACOBS
Characteristics: 529 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm.

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Not only was I continuously amused but I was able to learn from the master of experimentation on how to live a healthy life (or, more importantly, what not to do). From trying various types of workouts to talking to multiple nutrition experts to eating a variety diets to testing health-related ga... Read More »


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apollospacefan Dec 21, 2017

Hard for me to decide whether was delighted or annoyed by this book. A.J. Jacobs is a fun, self sacrificing author, writing about his own personal obsessions/quests. He checked in with all kinds of folks with more radical health practices, including Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run, Greg Irwin, "the Richard Simmons of hands, but without the shorts", and his "eccentric Aunt Marti". Then the experts were consulted to reveal conservative health beliefs. While his wife looks on, commenting and eye rolling at times, A.J. gives everything a real world try. With a subject as daunting as health, however, it would be impossible to conclude absolute truth in regards to a healthy body in one book. So don't expect to glean more than a handful of interesting tidbits and a realistically inconclusive ending. But expect to be entertained.

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evro66
Dec 15, 2017

I read this book long ago - as soon as it was published, but I remember about it constantly and I think it's A. J. Jacobs (I've read all of them, but the most recent one). There are so many people around me who into diet/food fads, I really think they should read this book first before getting into a new fad. It's interesting that this book also turned out to be the least popular book of this author, maybe because it is not superficial and shoves the truth into the faces of the reader, which they don't like. And I like his honesty.
I think I like this book because it proved my beliefs:) - only a person with nonexistent taste buds is capable to enjoy egg whites without salt, and those who are obsessed with more and more "healthy" lifestyles actually killing themselves.

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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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