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The Okinawa Program

How the World's Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health—and How You Can Too
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Paperback Book
March, 2002
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Based on the landmark, scientifically rigorous 25-year Okinawa Centenarian Study, The Okinawa Program shares the dietary and lifestyle practices of the world’s healthiest and longest-lived people, showing clearly the lifestyle factors that foster a long life of health, energy, and independence.

This book tells how and why the Okinawans’ diet and lifestyle result in them having 80 percent less risk of heart disease, 50 percent less risk of ovarian and colon cancer, and 90 percent less risk of prostate and breast cancer than North Americans. While summarizing eye-opening scientific studies, it also provides an easy-to-follow plan for eating and living, “The Four-Week Turnaround Plan.”

Andrew Weil, M.D., author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and other books, writes in his foreword:

As you will learn from this scientifically factual and highly readable book (which is not about magic potions or age-erasing supplements), the general principles of living the Okinawa way are not foreign. Indeed, they are highly accessible to everyone and quite consistent with the latest medical research on healthy lifestyles and healthy aging. They include getting lifelong, regular physical activity, eating a mostly plant-based diet that includes fish and soy foods with a great variety of vegetables and moderate amounts of the right kinds of fat, and enjoying strong social and community support as well as a sense of independence and self-responsibility for health.

Clearly putting fad diets such as Zone, Carbo Addicts, Protein Power, and Atkins in perspective, this book highlights sensible, life-giving, and evidence-based health practices, including many charts, self-assessment exercises, discussions of healing foods and herbs, 70 pages of recipes using ingredients familiar to all of us, stress-relieving tips, and movement, bodywork and breathing suggestions. It also skillfully addresses the question of whether the Okinawans’ legendary health is due to genetics or their lifestyle practices. The answer? Lifestyle!

The Okinawa Program is a fine example of “integrative medicine” in practice: a clear, accessible amalgam of useful traditional health practices and current scientific research. Bravo!

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If Americans lived more like the Okinawans, 80 percent of the nations coronary care units, one-third of the cancer wards, and a lot of the nursing homes would be shut down. From The Okinawa Program

The Okinawa Program, authored by a team of internationally renowned experts, is based on the landmark scientifically documented twenty-five-year Okinawa Centenarian Study, a Japanese Ministry of healthsponsored study. This breakthrough book reveals the diet, exercise, and lifestyle practices that make the Okinawans the healthiest and longest-lived population in the world. With an easy-to-follow Four-Week Turnaround Plan, nearly one hundred fast, delicious recipes, and a moderate exercise plan, The Okinawa Program can dramatically increase your chances for a long, healthy life

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