Book review

The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move, Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life

by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

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So many good ideas in this book – little ways you can improve your life, each supporting one of Dr Chatterjee’s four pillars of Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep. The author is a GP in the UK National Health Service, as well as an author and occasionally a TV doctor, and one of the nice elements of the book for me was the little stories of how he has used some of these practices to improve the lives of his patients, often without having to resort to additional medication. He is a strong believer in looking at the whole person and their lifestyle, rather than just the set of symptoms, and it’s clear that this is the way forward for health across an aging population serviced by a limited set of resources. So much more effective in the end, and the interventions seem likely to be both longer-lasting and less expensive. It’s great to see a well-researched, practical book with everyday, accessible, changes that can really make a difference to how you live.

My wife read this book first and although we are both fit and eat well, we have already adopted some of his suggestions, and I now I have been through it as well we have solid list of more things that we can try!

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