Guide to the art of aging well


November 04, 2005|By MARY BETH REGAN

Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being, by Andrew Weil (Knopf, $27.95)

This is one health book worth reading, especially if you're among the country's millions of baby boomers.

Andrew Weil, a complementary care physician and author of 10 other books, sets forth his optimistic view of growing older.

In this informative, easy-to-read volume, he tackles the science and philosophy of aging, urging readers to consider whether immortality is a desirable goal. Then, he describes a process for graceful aging that includes an anti-inflammatory diet to help the body's immune system stay strong and fight disease.

But this is hardly a diet book. The most valuable sections are Weil's perspectives on personal and spiritual growth. His underlying point: Your body eventually will wither, but your spiritual essence can continue to flourish.

Bottom Line: This book doesn't contain a magic pill to prevent aging. Instead, it suggests ways to stay spiritually young.

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