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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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Anticancer: A New Way of Life

Anticancer: A New Way of Life
Read date: September 2017

Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Clear and compelling view of how you might make changes in the way you live your life to minimise your risk of cancer. Written by a research MD and cancer sufferer, who clearly knows exactly what he’s talking about, it has become the most heavily bookmarked book I’ve ever read, and has changed my diet (which was already fairly healthy) quite significantly.

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