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Why We All Must Read “Healthy at 100” by John Robbins


Many of us have been touched and inspired by the work of John Robbins, beginning with “Diet for a New America”. However, his newest book, “Healthy at 100,” may be his most important yet.

The concepts of aging, wellness, health and longevity are hot topics right now, circulating through the media and numerous publications. However, Robbins has a very special approach. He has been able to weave together the key elements in an eloquent and humane manner: the many facets of healthy aging, where we fall short as a culture, and why there is indeed hope after all. “Healthy at 100” is truly revolutionary, presenting us with a bold new paradigm of aging, showing us how we can increase not only our life span but also our health span.

Through the example of four very different cultures that have the distinction of producing some of the world’s healthiest, oldest people, John shares the secrets for living an extended and fulfilling life in which our later years become a period of wisdom, vitality, and happiness. From Abkhasia in the Caucasus south of Russia, and Vilcabamba in the Andes of South America, to Hunza in Central Asia, and finally the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa, he examines how the unique lifestyles of these peoples can influence and improve our own.

Bringing the traditions of these ancient and vibrantly healthy cultures together with the latest breakthroughs in medical science, John reveals that, remarkably, they both point in the same direction. The result is an inspirational synthesis of years of research into healthy aging in which he has isolated the characteristics that enable us to live long—and most important—joyous lives. With an emphasis on simple, wholesome, but satisfying fare and the addition of a manageable daily exercise routine, nearly everyone can experience great improvement in the quality of their lives now—and for many years to come.

What really adds the heart to the message is John’s reminder that diet and exercise are by no means the only variables. There is clearly a strong beneficial power to love and connection in our personal relationships. In one of the greatest quotes of all time, John says, “I believe that the real news on this planet is love—why it exists, where it came from, and where it is going. I believe that ultimately it is the love in our lives that underlies and makes possible our greatest healing and longevity.”

I could not agree more with another health hero and author of the much acclaimed China Study, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, who says, “John Robbins, once again, as in his brilliantly written earlier books, makes a strong connection between personal health and social consequences. Written by an author already famed for his courageous and well-researched writing, “Healthy at 100” is a must read for anyone concerned about health, be it planetary or personal.”

Kiki Powers is CEO of Natural Health Solutions, a health writer and professional Speaker. Learn more at