Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

By | November 22, 2018

New York Times best-selling author and king of “immersion journalism” A.J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind – from his brain to his fingertips to his abs.

Having lifted his spirit 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 doesn’t just want to lose a couple of pounds, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol.

First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises, a range of diets and nutritional plans, and a brutal array of techniques and practices to improve everything from his hearing to his sleep – all the while testing the patience of his wife.

This latest work bursts with hilarity and warmth, all the while testing our culture’s assumptions and obsessions with what makes good health and allowing the listener to reflect on his or her own health, body, and eventual mortality.

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2 Comments

Anonymous on 11/22/2018 at 14:54.

Brawling Gravity And Entropy Mr. Jacobs two-year-long story about living healthier conveys the same level of confusion we all have negotiating the myriad of options. The 41-year-old gentleman living in New York City with his wife and three little boys allows him easy access to services not available here in my state of Maine. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing because some of the activities he tackles are unconventional and, in my humble opinion, worthless. However, it does lead to some wonderful funny…

Anonymous on 11/22/2018 at 14:59.

A touching, insightful book about health and health culture If you ever asked yourself how to become healthy, stop asking and pick up this book. It answers questions to subjects you had never even thought to question including how is your overall health tied to your: hearing, hands and oddly enough your smelling. Jacobs, give his trademark hilarious, thoughtful and thorough brand of analysis of virtually all major perspectives and opinions on how you might truly be “the healthiest person on earth”. But in the end he asks an even better question: Just…

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