According to the authors, Secrets of Staying Young (from the inside out), the revised edition of Over 50 Looking 30,
is for those who think they're too old to change. The book tries to
answer a pragmatic question rampant in our society: "Are you confused about the
road to take for better health?" Authors Nina Anderson and Dr. Howard Peiper introduce the basics of food, nutrition,
and possible longevity, starting from the table to the body's cells -- that is, what goes
into the body. One recommendation made for proper eating and supplement utilization:
check to assure the stomach stays slightly alkaline with a urine Ph level above 6.2.
The authors discuss how far and how many ways the colon can be cleansed through
various fasting and purging regimes with foods, teas, herbs, and supplements.
The authors briefly highlight some essentials about minerals, enzymes, fatty acids,
green, "live" foods, natural treatments, and homeopathic medicines that may contribute
to our body's "internal pharmacy" and probable longevity. One of the side effects of
detoxifying the body can be emotional instability. The authors make the astonishing
claim that when "toxins are released [from the body], they may have memories attached
to them that have been stored in the cells..." (p. 29) which can contribute to expressions
of grief, fear, and anger.
A discussion of trace minerals, enzymes, and essential fatty acids broadens into speculation
on the respective roles of garlic, bioflavonoids, and various other plants and chemical substances. The authors suggest these materials function synergistically within the body
to combat aging while stimulating vitality and positive growth processes. These chemical functions may play a large, small, or no significant role in the prevention and reduction
of symptoms in chronic diseases like hypertension, heart and circulatory conditions, eye disorders, hormonal imbalances, post-menopausal symptoms (e.g., "hot flashes"), impotence, panic attacks, pain, insomnia, depression, diabetes, Parkinson's, and arthritis
to varicose veins, and a growing list of stressful, burdensome maladies. The discussion of how fats are formed and may be deposited in the circulatory system through plaque formation and attachment, and some pros and cons regarding the national debate over
the use of estrogen and hormonal supplements in women, and men, are two informative parts of the book. However, the absolute health and nutritional prescription against the
use of excitotoxins like aspartame is presented without any qualification or exception.
When discussing grasses and leafy green vegetables, the authors insert
a paragraph about an old scientist's search for an electrolyte formula based on his perception
that grasses contained a unique, electrical magnetic energy. The authors' conclude that "The relatively high level of the electrical energy force, transferred from the earth's magnetic
field is sent via these same live grasses." (pp. 66-67) Later, the authors appear to say
that depression, like other emotional problems, can be learned, and is not just a reaction
to physical disease processes.
For a much earlier point-of-view, readers may want to see the works of
Sigmund Freud. We know that in each of us there can be self-fulfilling beliefs,
aspirations, and goals which function together over time to shape, direct, and
interpret behavioral consequences in positive, esteem-building,
socially-approved ways or in negative, persistent, habitual, self-defeating
ways. The use of visual imagery to help people heal themselves is not a new
concept or treatment, irrespective of the constructs used (e.g., imagine Disney
cartoons in "good tourist" roles and "bad terrorist" roles) to reduce allergic
Readers are left to wonder if some of these methods and strong, unequivocal conclusions
are The Secrets of Staying Young and living longer, like the title and introduction suggest, or just hype and product promotion? The Appendix offers a two-page disclaimer
on the nutrient values of foods and supplements, but asks us to discriminate between ones
which may, or may not, help with a specific illness, disease, health condition, wellness or
fitness goal. Doesn't it seem reasonable that a book on nutrition, multiple supplements, herbs,
and plants would help us choose between them, reduce confusion, and offer a set of criteria
for decision-making? Forty-one businesses listed in the Resource Directory sell many, if not
all, the supplements referenced in the book and apparently have supported in some material
ways to the authors' research and publishing activities.