Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review: Super Genes by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.

The authors of the New York Times bestseller Super Brain present a bold new understanding of our genes and how simple changes in lifestyle can boost genetic activity. The leap into "radical well-being" is a promise waiting to be fulfilled.

"You are not simply the sum total of the genes you were born with," writes Deepak Chopra and Rudy Tanzi. "You are the user and controller of your genes, the author of your biological story. No prospect in self-care is more exciting."

Learning how to shape your gene activity is at the heart of this exciting and eagerly-anticipated book from the bestselling duo behind Super Brain, which became a nationwide hit on public television.

For decades medical science has believed that genes determined our biological destiny. Now the new genetics has changed that assumption forever. You will always have the genes you were born with, but genes are dynamic, responding to everything we think, say, and do. Suddenly they've become our strongest allies for personal transformation. When you make lifestyle choices that optimize how your genes behave, you can reach for a state of health and fulfillment undreamed of even a decade ago. The impact on prevention, immunity, diet, aging, and chronic disorders is unparalleled.



Received for review

I love Deepak Chopra and have read almost all of his books so I was thrilled to snap this up.

As with most of Dr. Chopra's books this is certainly not light reading. There is a great deal of medical information but the authors do a very good job of explaining everything very well so that laymen can understand.

I was almost hopeful at the beginning of the book, wondering if there were ways that I could change my health but by the end of the book my hopes had been dashed.  Sure, if you eat well and exercise and everything else every other book (and common sense) recommends then you'll be fine.  However, you can't truly change your genes and if you are born without the genes that make you a supermodel or prodigy you obviously can't develop them later in life.  So, sure, you can become a bit healthier and perhaps a bit happier after and certainly more informed after reading this but will you become a whole new you?  Probably not.

Overall, this was an interesting read and certainly has plenty of educational value.  If the reader goes into it having reasonable expectations then this could very well be a positive read for them and I certainly recommend it to those who can take the recommendations with a grain of salt.

★★★★ = Really Liked It




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