We all want to discover the secret to a long and healthy life. But how do you incorporate the secrets of personal wellness into the unique demands of your own schedule? What information would a knowledgeable and compassionate family physician offer someone looking for a reference guide to healthy living?
These 36 comprehensive lectures offer you practical and expert advice that allows you to make your own personalized choices about healthy living, as well as ways to apply that knowledge to your lifestyle. With this course, you'll nourish your body, strengthen your mind, and forever change the way you think about and live your life. Professor Goodman teaches you about the six fundamentals of personal well-being: aging, nutrition and whole foods, movement, mental health, specific health issues, and general health choices. These fundamentals offer a well-rounded and engaging survey of the concepts, issues, and lessons of lifelong health.
Professor Goodman's advice is rooted in scientific information and proven results - without bogging you down in complex terminology or theories. More importantly, it is flavored with commonsense tips, helpful advice, and inspirational stories that make lifelong health both appealing and achievable.
Crafted with the concerns of everyone in mind, whether you're in adolescence or advancing age, this wonderful resource is the perfect way to take those first steps on the road to becoming a better, healthier you.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Dr. Goodman was a great speaker. I loved his pace and his ability to speak in layman's terms without it sounding like he was talking down to you and at the same time, use correct terminology for those who DO want the right words/vocabulary.
"Evidence based life sciences at its best."
Absolutely. Dr.Goodman is definitely a great teacher in medicine who can simplify very complex and confusing scientific evidences into concise, simplified yet practical to the listener. It is a "Must read or listen" for everyone who cares to live a good life. It will shed light for those who has been getting lost spending their whole life trying to find a magic bullet from outside only to find that it can simply be done from our inside. Great not only for layman, but also for medical students.
His story telling style and tone of voice of the master (knowledgeble and experienced surgeon) made the listener feel as if this is a face to face dialogue with him.
"The science of health for the rest of us"
Dr. Goodman does a very good job of tying actionable health advice to the basic science that supports it. It's helpful to know not only that something is good for you, or not good for you, but also why that is true. For me, the why adds a lot to my ability to follow through. Additionally, Dr. Goodman doesn't come at this program with 60 things you should change tomorrow. Instead, he consistently recommends small course changes that in years can take you to a whole different (and more healthy) destination.
I found the lecture itself to go a bit slowly, so I listened to most of it at 1.25 and 1.5 speed. Other than that, it was easy to listen to, and even the topics that don't affect me (like smoking or steroid use) were interesting from an academic perspective. There is nothing earth shattering here, but that is more actionable anyhow. If you are looking for good advice and some shallow digging into health science, this is a good lecture.
"There is no Bibliography"
Add the bibliography as a pdf file
The speaker was outstanding
Dr. Goodman references the bibliography and a list of resources many times in the book, yet Audible/Great Courses doesn't see fit to provide audible listeners these documents. It's a shame, I would have purchased many more of them if they had.
"For the common man, not the health professional"
This audio course is quite basic: I can't really penalize it for that. I'm sure for a lay reader, they will learn a lot (I'm a health professional). This course may save lives and years of life to those who are not very familiar with health topics. For the advanced (health / biology / medical majors / professionals) this will be too basic to the point where you don't feel you've learned anything new or gained any value. The teacher (passionate surgeon) is not monotonous so it wasn't a bore to listen to - though I typically listen to audiobooks with a 1.25x to 1.50x speed magnification to save time and also to not get bored...
"Terrific overarching book on general health topics"
This is a great listen for a book on general heath topics ranging from exercising, to doctor visits, to supplements, to organic whole foods. Surprisingly, this was written by a traditional western medical doctor but who does a nice job of separating fact from fiction but incorporating the latest thoughts from all parts of the world, but eastern and western thought. I really felt like he did a good job of trying to keep his own opinion to a comfortable minimum and instead focus on what science has shown. I can pretty much summarize his recurring theme . . . if you want to live long and healthy, exercise regularly and eat most whole organic fruits vegetables, fruits, and nuts, and fish and stay away from supplements, processed foods, etc. and go easy on the meats. I give this book 2 thumbs up. Very balanced and touches on just about everything that is relevant.
"Facts without too much heresay"
He discusses what the research says... what he think is secondary
No, even at 1.5x this is a monster book/course at 36 hours... Has taken me a month of intermittent listening
I love his ability to quote real studies... whilst I have not looked into all of them, I have read up about a couple and his take away matched my own.
"A great course"
Yes, I would. It is like a manual with enough information on how to take care of your body and live a long life.
There are no characters, it's a non-fiction audio book.
No, I haven't, but would love to do so!
This course is definitely worth listening to. It is informative, and yet not overloaded with facts and statistics. It is, in my opinion, the perfect mix of science, curious facts and stories about Dr. Goodman's life and career.
"Great Overview on Healthy Living"
This is a basic primer course on heathy living--it's quite extensive but never digs too deeply into a single subject. And the course continuously reinforces some very basic concepts for healthy living. Because of this, most health professionals are probably familiar with much of this lecture already. I am, however, not a health professional so I walked away with a ton of useful stuff from this course!
Not all the subjects interested me but the narration was well done and kept me engaged. The author brings a sense of discovery and curiosity, which makes even the chapters that might not apply to me (I'm a younger male), engaging.
I was searching for a health resource that wasn't specialized, and one that I could apply to my life right away. And this was an excellent choice! It's not a get-fit-quick book; it's a treasure trove of wisdom in ways we can make one degree changes in our lives that will allow us to get more from each day. "It's not the destination--it's the journey", Goodman writes; this audio book certainly is helping out on my own. Recommended.
"Wish I would have heard this 25 years ago"
Health, Diet, and Exercise advice is out there in abundance. Knowing what is believable or not is always tough. Dr. Goodman's lecture was clear, to the point, and makes perfect sense.
Very comprehensive and practical.
Easy to listen to, it's a long lecture, but never got old.
"Eat mostly plants, and not too much" is a great quote he used in the lecture.
If you step back from this subject in general, it's all about common sense and moderation. Eat wholesome, exercise more, get plenty of rest. But the how's and why's are clearly presented with common sense approach to achieving all of this. Everything from prostate exam options to menopause and children's health or allergies. Loved it!
This is a very enjoyable listen as well as so informative and to the point.
One of the best in the great course series.
"Super comprehensive course!"
Fantastic course pitched at just the right level and packed full of helpful advice, anecdotes to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Goodman has organised every topic logically, illustrates with exaples and hard earned experience whilst narrating with a warm friendly tone. Highly recommended indeed!
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