Whole Living Gal

The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick {a book review}

I was asked to review New York Times Bestselling Author Gene Stone’s new book The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick.

He asks the question: Why do people get sick?

“Despite centuries of lifesaving advances in medicine and public health, medical professionals still can’t tell us how to stay well. The common cold is just as common as it was eons ago, and sickness itself shows no sign of abating.” (from the Introduction)

This book takes a stab at answering this age-old question from a personal angle on science and wades through the waters of up-to-date research from a story-driven perspective.

Stone is a journalist and he interviewed people who are healthy and swear by a certain remedy. Some of these are old remedies you’ve heard from your grandma – like eating garlic – and some are more modern (like lifting weights).

All, however, are not just far-fetched tales of the never-sick. Stone tells the stories by backing them up with the latest research and science to explain why these remedies may in fact keep these people from being sick.

The book covers 25 remedies over a wide spectrum – from blue zones and brewers yeast to yoga. Each chapter is written as a stand-alone article, so it’s easy to pick up the book and read a chapter of interest, skipping around. For me, it wasn’t a cover-to-cover read, but I’m keeping the book around the house and I continue to pick it up from time to time.

The aspect I loved most about the book is that it looks at health (and healthy living and disease prevention) from a holistic perspective. It recognizes food remedies (such as brewers yeast and garlic) as preventions, but also non-food nourishment, too. Such chapters include: positive attitude (I know how much this plays a role in my own health!), spirituality, and friends.

Not many science-y books are recognizing the importance of paying attention to non-food aspects of life in order to prevent disease. I love that this book is.

It’s an interesting read – especially if you are more science-minded. I recommend it (and am passing it on to a health counseling client this very afternoon).

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  1. * darci says:

    Great review! I’m going to add it to my amazon list. 🙂

    | Reply Posted 7 years ago
  2. * Luanne says:

    Sounds like I know where to spend my BN gift card! Glad to hear you are still seeing clients…yea!

    | Reply Posted 7 years ago

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