The Okinawa Program
How the World's Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health, and How You Can Too
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There is nothing more universal than the desire to slow down the aging process, to live a long, full life with health, energy, and independence. The Okinawa Program presents the first evidence-based program to make this possible. By the lead investigators of the 25 year Okinawa Centenarian Study, this breakthrough book documents the diet, exercise, and lifestyle practices of the world's healthiest, longest-lived people and reveals how readers can apply these practices to their own lives.

In Okinawa, the occurrence of heart disease is only one fifth that of American levels. The rate of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers is less than a quarter of American levels. And the number of centenarians per hundred thousand is six times that of the United States. Most important, Okinawans have the world's longest disability-free life expectancy.

The Okinawa Program clearly and expertly explains the reasons for this remarkable successful aging phenomenon. With a realistic four-week Turnaround Plan for diet, fitness, and psychological well-being, this book offers nearly one hundred easy, fast, and delicious recipes, as well as a moderate exercise routine derived from the former island kingdom's unique martial arts. The authors introduce the cognitive and spiritual practices that have emerged as crucial to the overall health of Okinawan elders and also include resources and an extensive reference section for further information.

Accessible, authoritative, and comprehensive, The Okinawa Program can help readers minimize their risk for heart disease, breast, ovarian, prostate, and colon cancers, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's disease, as well as maintain healthy body weight, reduce stress, and develop more satisfying personal relationships. The Okinawa Program is a life-changing guide to increased health and youthful vigor at any age.

From the Foreword by Andrew Weil:

"You will learn in this scientifically factual and highly readable book, 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... In reading the book, I was happy to discover that I already practice many of the Okinawans' "secrets" of health and longevity. I am highly motivated to include more of them in my own life."

Andrew Weil MD
Author of Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health
Professor of Medicine and Director of the National Institutes of Health Fellowship Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, University of Arizona

What the experts are saying...

"I think the book is spectacular. I have learned a number of useful things and it is full of useful references...this is the best advice on all aspects of lifestyle in one book that can be found anywhere. It is not only well researched and well written, but the amount of ground covered is immense. It makes the science understandable to the lay person and the large bibliography makes it a valuable reference for health professionals and scientists. I agree with everything and only wish that I could have written it!"

Thomas Wolever MD PhD
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Medical Staff, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Dept of Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital
Co-discover of the Glycemic Index and co-author of The Glucose Revolution. The Authoritative Guide to the Glycemic Index
"The Okinawa Program is a very significant contribution to the science of longevity. Read this book carefully and follow the recommendations and you will add years to your life and life to your years."

Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind
Director of Education, The Chopra Center for Well Being, La Jolla, CA
"The Okinawa Program is a groundbreaking analysis of the Okinawan wellness and longevity phenomenon. It provides much useful advice for those wishing to minimize their risk for cancer, heart disease, stroke and the chronic diseases of aging. Following the Okinawa Way could save your life."

Hidemi Todoriki PhD
Former Research Scientist, Japan National Cancer Center
Associate Professor and Nutritional Epidemiologist, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan
"The Okinawa Program is a highly readable balance of prescriptive health advice and a wonderful introduction to the history, culture and health habits of the world's longest-living people. Highly recommended reading not only for those interested in better health but also for those who are interested in history and culture. I couldn't put it down!"

Prof. Eitetsu Yamaguchi (retired)
Yale University
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Historian and author of Foreign Encounters in the Ryukyus
"In modern Japan you can see a longer life expectancy and more centenarians than ever. For some time Okinawa has been acknowledged as an area of exceptional longevity and the longest-lived prefecture of Japan. Dr. Makoto Suzuki and his collaborators Drs. Bradley and Craig Willcox in The Okinawa Program do an outstanding job of presenting the results of the Okinawa Centenarian Study from many different aspects but mainly centered on lifestyle. This book has excellent prescriptive suggestions including tasty meal plans which should be very helpful for readers who wish to obtain a healthy long life. I strongly recommend this book for all people who wish to be as healthy as the Okinawans."

Hisashi Tauchi M.D.
Dean Emeritus
Institute for Medical Science of Aging
Aichi Medical University
"The Okinawa Program", written by Bradley J. Willcox M.D., Craig Willcox Ph.D., and Makoto Suzuki M.D. ... is an important work and the first book that introduces the healthy Okinawan lifestyle to the West. It outlines the methods used by the Okinawan people to get the world's greatest longevity including their dietary habits, exercise habits (including martial arts), and traditional rituals. These are very important findings and this is without a doubt the most important book to help people all over understand Okinawan health and longevity and to find out how they can best achieve it too."

Yuichiro Gotoh M.D.
Professor Emeritus, Former Dean of Tohkai University Medical School
"The 'healing web of life' - as so beautifully illustrated in this book - can offer Western wellness practitioners important clues in addressing lifestyle-related diseases. The spiritual inheritance of our soulful connectedness with all of Creation is a healing dynamic that is both genesis and sustenance of wellness in Okinawa, and one we can no longer afford to be without!"

Rebecca Bell, RN, Wellness Educator
Bangor, Maine.
"The Okinawan Program draws on a wealth of ethnographic, ethnomedical and current dietary theory to make available to non-Okinawans some of the secrets of Okinawan longevity and long-term health. Cleverly incorporating medical practice with detailed ethnographic observation, the authors have produced a book that will provide a guide for those serious about improving their health over the long term. It is full of sensible, scientifically-supported advice on eating, exercise, and relaxation. Most importantly, a leader does not have to be either Okinawan or a scientist to apply the techniques the authors have identified as contributing to longevity and long-term health among Okinawans."

Dr. Matthew Allen
Anthropologist and Former Dean
School of Asian Studies, University of Auckland
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