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The scientific evidence behind why maintaining a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors will restore our health and well-being. In GO WILD, Harvard Medical School Professor John Ratey, MD, and journalist Richard Manning reveal that although civilization has rapidly evolved, our bodies have not kept pace. This mismatch affects every area of our lives, from our general phThe scientific evidence behind why maintaining a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors will restore our health and well-being. In GO WILD, Harvard Medical School Professor John Ratey, MD, and journalist Richard Manning reveal that although civilization has rapidly evolved, our bodies have not kept pace. This mismatch affects every area of our lives, from our general physical health to our emotional wellbeing. Investigating the power of living according to our genes in the areas of diet, exercise, sleep, nature, mindfulness and more, GO WILD examines how tapping into our core DNA combats modern disease and psychological afflictions, from Autism and Depression to Diabetes and Heart Disease. By focusing on the ways of the past, it is possible to secure a healthier and happier future, and GO WILD will show you how....

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Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization Reviews

  • Emily Crow
    2019-05-10 02:33

    I won a free copy of this book as a First Reads giveaway. My opinion, as always, is entirely my own.I was quite excited to get my copy of Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization; in fact, I opened it immediately and read it in two sittings (with a dog walk between the two.) Overall, I found this book to be both fascinating and frustrating, and some chapters were definitely better than others.The authors discuss different aspects of modern life that are out of sync with the way traditional hunter-gatherers, and presumably our paleolithic ancestors, seem to live. Diet, exercise, sleep, community, mindfulness and affinity to nature are some of the topics discussed. Many of the studies and researchers they mention are quite thought-provoking, and I will probably track down more information on them in the future. I especially liked the chapters on sleep, which pointed out that people often sleep in groups in tribal societies, so our modern habit of sleeping alone in an isolated room isn't "normal." (Giving me an argument for why I sleep with my dogs!) "Aware" and "Biophilia," about meditation and nature, were also quite interesting. I was a bit peevish about the lack of endnotes or references, however, especially as a lot of what was mentioned is hardly definitive. The words "argues," "suggests" and "may" appear again and again as the authors draw conclusions, because these seem like intriguing, preliminary studies for the most part. The information seemed a bit rushed or jumbled at times, too, everything from the joys of trail running to PTSD to monogamous voles to whether or not injecting birthing mothers with Picotin might be harmful and on and on. At times, I felt the writers were a bit sloppy as they waded through this deluge. I'm not saying it wasn't interesting--most of it is--but I wasn't that convinced of their scholarship.The two weakest chapters, in my opinion, were about food and exercise. Their advice on food is basically to follow a low-carb diet, period. (Don't eat sugar. Don't eat grains. Eat low-carb.) While the huge volume of processed sugar and junk food carbs inundating the modern diet are clearly unhealthy, I wasn't convinced that we should therefore all avoid grains. All of them. Just cause they said so and referenced Gary Taubes a few times. First of all, scary language like "glucose is toxic" tends to get my dander up. Really? Toxic? Hmmm, the Okinanwans seem to thrive on their diet full of white rice. And people can nitpick Ancel Keys' conclusions all they want, but I never read that the Mediterranean diet was unhealthy, just that he ran too far with it. They eat carbs and live to tell the tale.I'm sure that low-carb eating works for many people, but I know from experience that it does not work for me. (I eat a largely paleo-type diet with lots of veggies, eggs and moderate portions of meat, but I also include white potatoes, white rice and the occasional serving of beans in there, too. Eating this way keeps me thin, fit and active. If I cut carbs beyond that, I feel like crap.) I honestly believe there are many variations on a healthy diet, so reading such didactic, one-size-fits-all advice made me crabby.I would certainly recommend this book as a collection of food for thought about what might (or might not) be involved in the healthiest lifestyle. If you're a stickler for citations, though, you'll be frustrated.

  • Malin Friess
    2019-05-12 03:04

    John Ratey (Harvard Medical School Professor) wants us to "Go Wild" to find a healthier/happier lifestyle. But what does "Go Wild" mean?- sleep 8.5 hours per day and go to bed at 10:00- Eat no refined sugar. Eat less than 50 carbs per day. And absolutly no fruit juices. If there is one take away from this book--stop drinking any type of "sugar water." Sugar is a toxin that starts the insulin cascade and eventually more fat storage. Get your calories from fat, cheese, meet, nuts..and eat as much of that as you want. Don't diet--just eat differently.- Get outside & Get moving. Trail running-or hiking is exercise squared! Make it simple. Miminal shoes. Short gate--with no heal strike. But do try this on pavement. - Get out in the Sun for 30 minutes to get your needed Vitamin D.- We should stop calling Hypertension and Type II Diabetes diseases...they are self inflicted injuries due to sedentary lifestyle and poor diets. These "diseases" don't exist in African and South American tribes that have not adopted Western Lifestyles- Anthropology shows we were born to run..and far. Our arches of our feet and long achilles tendons are made for this. Early humans averaged at least 10 k of running per day.- Be around nature even if in the city. Patient's in hopsitals heal 40% faster if they have a window that can see a tree or a plant inside their room.- We are designed to be meat eaters. We don't have the long extended guts that cattle have that can digest and utilize grass. 4 Stars. Very readable!

  • Sam Torode
    2019-05-06 01:27

    "Go Wild" gets my award for the best mind/body/spirit book of 2014 (so far). I previously enjoyed John Ratey's "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain." Then, after hearing both authors on a podcast, I picked up Richard Manning's "Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization," which was absolutely mind-blowing (simultaeously depressing and inspiring)."Go Wild" combines the best elements of those previous books and exceeds them, providing practical guidance on diet, exercise, mindfulness, and more.Of the many great anecdotes, one stands out to me: earlier in their evolutionary history, koala bears ate a diverse diet and had larger brains. Later, they specialized on one food source and took up a sedentary lifestyle munching on eucalyptus leaves. Without the need to move around and search for food, their brains were a waste of metabolic energy, so they began to shrink. Today, koalas have tiny brains rattling around in oversized craniums.Don't be a koala. Read this book.

  • Lesley
    2019-04-28 20:34

    This book should be required reading for everyone on the planet who thinks the way we live is okay. That being said, I really liked this book on it's own merits and not just because I already believe in it's message. It wasn't preachy or gimmicky... it's not trying to sell a workout or accompanying recipe book. It uses actual science to show what we are doing to ourselves on a daily basis and then suggests we may do something to help ourselves. Definitely thought provoking and a kick in my ass to keep trying to do better.

  • Jillian
    2019-05-07 20:25

    I'm a vegetarian who prefers the barre method over cross-fit, and while I agreed with the advice about connecting to nature, endurance running IS hard on the back, knees, joints, etc. My father does hip and knee replacements for runners all the time and I understand that there may be a way to run that's lower impact--it's not for everyone. Also, you can be totally healthy on a plant based diet. Anyone who doesn't agree should read Crazy Sexy Kitchen or Radical Remission.

  • Rick
    2019-05-21 23:14

    As always, John Ratey gives fascinating insight into the brain. In this case, he and journalist Richard Manning provide a valuable overview of how civilization has altered the way we eat, think and move. He presents a compelling argument for returning to a more natural way of living, and provides scientific-based reasons to do so. Great read!

  • Chris
    2019-05-19 03:04

    Another nearly useless self help book. Really enjoyed the first chapter which introduced some new (to me) thoughts and ideas on evolution and food. The authors refer to many books then don't include a bibliography, that just seems disrespectful and lazy.

  • Kristan
    2019-05-18 00:14

    First Reads Giveaway. Given that my husband is a devout Paleo/ Robb Wolf fan (and has indoctrinated me), and I've read the referenced "Born to Run," I didn't learn anything particularly enlightening. Ratey provides solid advice on how to eat, sleep, manage stress, and exercise. No fads or self-help garbage; it's simply a compelling case to get back to a more natural holistic state.

  • Richard Reese
    2019-05-20 21:20

    Go Wild was written by Dr. John Ratey and Richard Manning. I’m a Manning fan, and I was hoping for a book with rhythms similar to the writing of Tom Brown, Richard Nelson, or Jay Griffiths — work rooted in a spiritual connection to the family of life. Our current path is a dead end. If Big Mama Nature decides to let two-legged animals have a future, the key to survival is returning to a path of reverence, respect, and balance, like our ancient African ancestors lived.Be aware that Go Wild does not take you on a fascinating tour of wild cultures. The authors did not live with wild people, or interview any. The book will not thoroughly erase your cultural programming and make you wild and free, nor will it transform you into a wild hunter-gatherer, shaman, sorcerer, or medicine woman.The book’s subtitle is “Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization.” But most of the major afflictions of civilization are not targeted — automobiles, television, cell phones, computers, education, wage slavery, materialism, submitting to masters. Despite this omission, the book does provide interesting discussions about a variety of lesser-known afflictions.Go Wild is a self-help book that offers many suggestions for eating better and living better. Sugar is poison. Shun grains, including whole grains, and avoid all other foods rich in carbohydrates — bananas, honey, potatoes, organic fruit juice, and so on. It’s far healthier to get your calories from fats. Run regularly, outdoors, not on a treadmill. Sleep 8.5 hours every night. Avoid artificial light. Forge tribe-like bonds with your marathon-running buddies. Practice meditation to revive your mindfulness, contentment, and joy.Go Wild is primarily a science book, based on a Cartesian mindset that perceives living beings to be amazingly complex biochemical machines. Two-legged animals raised in civilizations are severely damaged biochemical machines, and this book is an up-to-date shop manual for do-it-yourself backyard mechanics. It’s about tuning up your brain and body for maximum performance, so you’ll remain happy, sharp, and fit well beyond 100, maybe 200.Readers are introduced to a parade of medical doctors, biologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, paleoanthropologists, and other assorted researchers who discuss their big discoveries. Hot topics include oxytocin, vasopressin, cortisol, phytoncides, telomeres, neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, homeostasis, allostasis, dopamine, dyslipidemia, epigenics, and lipoproteins.Folks who seriously follow some or all of the suggestions in this book will have a decent chance of experiencing genuine benefits. Being raised in civilization causes many injuries, some of which can be healed, and many that cannot. This book is likely to appeal to millions of pudgy, unhappy, poorly nourished, sleep deprived, stressed out, walking dead, well-educated professionals who are looking for ways to improve their health and wellbeing.

  • Benjamin Torres
    2019-05-21 20:19

    I know there are many things wrong with the way we eat and live in our society, but I just couldn't help but feel that the whole "Civilization disease" argument was an easy and flat one, to try to sell the idea of a fad diet (Paleo) and a fitness regime (Crossfit) and an endurance activity (Trail running). I recently did a trail ultramarathon, so I did like the part, but I know that activity is not for everybody, and I think it is a different experience for eveveryone,, to some people it could (as the book says) make them more aware of our surroundings and connected with their primal instincts, but for others it may be boring, stressful or an exhausting activity.I do think people should eat less processed food, be more phisically active and have a generally less stressful lifestyle by being more in contact with nature. But the central argument is that you should do so, because we need to be more like our hunters/gatherers ancestors in the paleolithic era, before agriculture had somehow spoiled our perfect lives, and that we should only eat the things they ate, even when we are not even sure what that was and it is simply impossible to do so because those foods have evolved through agriculture and domestication into much richer and adapted sources of nutrients for humans, let alone the changes in ideology, morality and ethics that have made people like me become vegetarian not for health issues, but issues that paleolithic humans wouldn't ever be able to understand (it is hard to understand for people even in this era).Although I found most things in this book a little bogus I will try to take some advise from it, like eat less processed foods, specially products with added sugar, maybe I will try meditation although I have tried it before and it does little for me, and I will continue practicing long distance running in the woods.

  • Adele
    2019-05-14 21:29

    This book recommends a philosophy or approach to life rather than a particular diet or exercise regimen. The theory makes sense and is backed by lots of good scientific research. The book also manages to be an enjoyable read with interesting bits of evolutionary history and just a few personal anecdotes for each topic. The book did have some flaws of course. I was annoyed by some stylistic choices, especially the multiple instances of words to the effect of, "More on that later!" There was also quite a bit of repetition in the book, some by design, but far more than necessary in my opinion. I thought the chapter on Central Nerves was the weakest, both in terms of quantity and quality of content and also clarity of writing, so it is unfortunate that is the last chapter before the final Person Implications chapter tying everything together.Still, lots of great, useful information here. I should definitely make changes in my own life, and I will. Really. Any day now. Seriously . . .

  • Derek
    2019-05-22 02:32

    THIS BOOK IS GREAT.I recommend this book for everyone who lives in a first-world country. We often fail to take our biological history into account when we consider health and wellness. This guy has written a well-researched and fantastically-presented piece here, most of which is so obvious that it is hidden from us in plain sight.Seriously, anyone who takes medication for anything, has body pain, has cancer, depression, fatigue, feels burnt out, obesity, and a plethora of other problems should read this book. There's a good chance your problem is addressed between these covers.The road to wellness starts with one step. Read this book.

  • Lissa
    2019-05-12 00:17

    Great integration of lifestyle health factors and why they work backed by recent science from many different fields. Top book of 100 that I've read this year. That said, I don't agree with everything and it is a bit disjointed in a few places. However, the enthusiasm of the authors and their ability to integrate many different aspects, sometimes in unique ways is inspiring. Many people are offering health recommendations but I am not aware of anyone else who has been able to integrate as many pieces, supporting it with research. Thanks for broadening and connecting my horizons!

  • Katie
    2019-05-20 04:08

    I enjoyed this book. Its too soon to say but I think it will change my life.

  • Josie
    2019-04-28 04:26

    Simple. Scientific but not dense. Easy Read. Highly Recommend. Great book for health, well-being, and avoiding depression.

  • Hamideh Mohammadi
    2019-05-17 22:04

    I think my expectation for this book was high, having read John Ratey’s other works on brain and exercise. Although I accept and agree with the general message of this book, I have to admit that some of the arguments weren’t as strong or as scientific as I would have wanted them to be. The only reason I don’t give it 5 stars is that I believe it could have been backed up with much stronger scientific arguments than just introducing case studies with a popular language.

  • Eric
    2019-05-10 02:06

    I feel like this is the type of book I'm going to get a comment about, someone telling me its total bullshit (looking at you Marilyn) but I though it was interesting and made sense. If your interested in being healthier and potentially happier I would recommend this book. I can't say I will make any changes currently because of this book but will try to long term.Notes:Stop eating carbsCrossfit better than straight runningSleep 8.5 hrs a dayBe in natureFind a tribe to do life

  • Warren
    2019-05-19 20:13

    A good anthology of things that workThis book brought together the best current thinking on a number of things I believe to be true about living an optimally healthy life. Don’t eat sugar. Don’t eat grains. Get off your backside and move around. Try new things and hang out with your tribe. Great advice and well worth the read.

  • Shawn
    2019-05-02 21:24

    This is a groundbreaking book on nutrition that offers life-changing ways to approach diet and exercise. The author begins with a detailed explanation of the myriad composition of the human body, as essentially an eco system within itself, consisting of cooperative and mutually dependent cells and organisms. The human body is inhabited by billions of bacteria. Our mouths alone host over four hundred identified species of bacteria. Bacteria in the gut aid digestion and generate vitamins for us. The billions of bacteria that we possess inside us are an ecological community. Things we ingest into this habitat can be beneficial to this ecological community. Conversely, things we ingest can also harm or create havoc in this ecological balance, making us sick, fat, and stupid. This book is about doing those things that keep us healthy, lean, and intelligent. One revelation that occurred to me from reading this book is that the mind, the brain, or whatever word you use to refer to your conscious self, sits in total dominant control of everything and anything that might enter into your bodily ecosystem. Being something of a sociology buff, this book made me realize that the conscious self is much like the dictator of a country or social system, except that the self holds an even greater domineering role and the number of inhabitants under its control greatly exceeds the population of any country. Too often we sit in criticism of the leaders and dictators of countries, while we ourselves are being a much worst manager of the communities within our own body. The leaders of countries are criticized for impoverishing the people, while relishing in luxuries for themselves. Similarly, the mind of the self often luxuriates on sugar, intoxicants, alcohol, and other detriments, at the expense of the ecological community within, creating havoc and impoverishment that leads to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other ailments. Understanding the vital role of the domineering self in this way totally changes ones perspective when it comes to diet and exercise. Clearly, if we are the kind of person that embraces altruism in our actions in the world, we should similarly be concerned about the billions of living things within us. It is hypocritical for an atheist to curse God for bringing a hurricane or flood upon our world when the atheist is simultaneously bringing similar disaster upon billions of organisms within his body by ingesting alcohol, big gulp soda’s, and other forms of refined sugar. This author gives a frightening overview of how refined sugars, carbohydrates, processed foods, and domesticated grains are much like poison to the bodily ecosystem. If you read this book, you will most likely never ever drink another soda or any type of sugar water again, because the author graphically describes the horror this inflicts into your body, ultimately leading toward death. Similarly, the author relates how agriculture has changed the way people eat, over-flooding the body with high concentrations of carbohydrates that are processed into sugars. It seems quite clear that over doses of sugar acts as a virtual poison.But the radical nature of this book goes much further. The author explores the deep impacts that living in cities and indoors has on people. The author contends that most people have a vitamin D deficiency because they don’t get enough sunlight. The author contends that the smells, sounds, dirt, temperatures, and foliage of the wilderness deeply influence our wellbeing, and when we deprive ourselves of these things we begin to get depressed, ill, or otherwise suffer.I can deeply relate to this author. I know exactly what the author means when he explains what it feels like to be outside and immersed in nature. There is nothing quite like the intensity of feeling that comes over me when I head off for a three day backpacking trip, knowing of the forthcoming freedom, challenges, and exertion that lies ahead. Something is triggered inside us that comes alive with sitting cross legged, in front of a blazing fire, being in the deep dark forest, kayaking along a remote river, emerging into a beautiful clearing after traversing a mountain trail, or just sleeping beneath the stars. Yes, being active in nature is hard work, but the author emphasizes how our reflexes are challenged by outdoor activities in ways they never are in civilized life. In a nutshell, this author offers us valuable medicine in the form of a return to our more primitive activities and diets. The author encourages us to eat only grass-fed beef, wild caught fish, wild game, berries, nuts, and vegetables, incorporating as much variety into the diet as possible. The author supports the total elimination of processed foods from the diet, including all forms of grains, pasta, breads, sugars, and grain-fed meats.This is a great book that can change your life. It will give you a whole new perspective on diet and exercise. Also, the audio version is very well done.

  • Katie
    2019-05-15 21:04

    I have read many different books, about mental health, health, self help, exercise, eating regimes and this book has taken a completely raw approach and has simplified how we should be taking life on.I will be recommending this book endlessly.Great read.

  • Troy Lee
    2019-05-08 22:34

    Something that people take for granted. Being nimble, moving around, eating healthy. it has been a cliche, a matter of convenience but we do not what we are missing out until it is reinforced again. Go Wild is amazing. I will improve the way I live.

  • Nikolay
    2019-05-26 01:33

    AwesomeThe best self-help book that will change your life RADICALLY. Try it and watch alive how good you gonna feel just in a few weeks.

  • Phillip C. Shirah
    2019-05-06 00:17

    Great book. Absolutely on pointGreat book. Provides steps needed to allow your body to heal itself and function as it was intended to. Everyone should follow this advice.

  • Susan
    2019-05-05 03:06

    Would've given it 5 stars except for the lack of references/footnotes. Also a list of resources at the end would've been much welcomed. I checked the book out of the library, and need to go through it and make my own list of references and resources before I return it!The first few chapters covered material I was already quite familiar with, having been into the paleo movement for several years now. It makes so much intuitive sense that many of our modern diseases are due to not honoring our hunter gatherer heritage. I'm still working on how to incorporate more natural movement into my life, rather than relying on a gym for exercise.The chapter on sleep blew my mind, as someone who relishes sleeping alone with white noise on and total darkness. From what the authors have said, it is more natural to sleep in groups, with exposure to natural outdoor sounds and firelight. They also mention that is is normal to sleep in stages during the night. Not very doable for most of us in modern society with day jobs!I loved the chapter "Aware", which is about the wild mind. I've never hunted (was a vegetarian for many years in fact), but have spent enough time in the wilderness to have a glimpse of the attunement with nature that the authors are referring to. They discuss meditation as a way to deliberately shape our brains.The last few chapters go into more detail about the importance of spending time in nature, and finding a "tribe" to move and play with. Both things for me to work on! They also discuss the vagus nerve, this was very interesting to me, and sparked a desire to learn more.In the final chapter the authors discuss changes they have made in their personal lives to incorporate all of the information presented in the book.I definitely recommend this book, and am looking forward to reading it again, and delving deeper into the various topics discussed.

  • Joe Maggiore
    2019-05-21 02:16

    If you are reading this book and are about 3/4 of the way through, doubting it all, not buying any of it, pissed at the "bullshit" and wanting to stop, I encourage you to just push through it and keep reading. Coming from a strong science background, I was extremely skeptical about the evidence proposed by Ratey. It goes against most things I learned as a child about nutrition, and talks about concepts I've only read in passing. The evidence proposed is very situational and relies heavily on case studies as supporting argument. But what I didn't realize, was that's the whole point. That's the point that is made at the end of the book that I wish was made a little sooner. There are all these tenants to live by that are proposed in the first 75% of the book. It sounds preachy and sometimes unreasonable. But by the end, you realize that these truly are just strong recommendations that have been proven to work with other people. The best way to live that is argued toward the end of the book is one by self assessment and exploration of what works for you and you specifically. It's a philosophy I have grown to accept and hope to continue to live by. While I will say that these case study examples are perfect pieces of supporting evidence for personalized action plans to conquer your own life, it does break down the credibility of the hard science that is presented. Personally, I wish the sections that attempted to address the hard science behind these tenants to live by were a little more technical, however, it's understandable that in order to make this information readily available for the public, it does need to be put into Leyman's terms. Overall, a great read that was also super easy to understand. Would highly recommend it for someone who is looking to find ways to live a healthier lifestyle.

  • Liz
    2019-05-05 04:09

    I really enjoyed the book. I previously read Ratey's book Spark - which I also really enjoyed. This book included some of the same ideas, but was a little more well rounded by fully encompassing environments, food, sleep & health. It brought up a lot of really good points in regards to society's current physical and mental health and what is actually causing our "diseased of civilization". (Heart disease, asthma, stroke, depression, high blood pressure, obesity, to name a few) Agriculture and the domestication of grains has us overdosing on glucose - which is a toxin. (Sugar is the root of many of our problem because it's literally in everything in everything, and what our body produces when is breaks down grains - rice, corn & wheat). Add that to sedentary, indoor, fast paced business model, concrete city lifestyles and we are setting ourselves up for miserable lives full of depression (and mental health disorders), sickness (auto-immune disorders) and obesity. Not to mention our sleep problems - because restful sleep is actually when the brain works and re-boots; our over cleansing of our environments (and fear of the outdoors) that wipe out natural gut microbes and bacteria that would help us digest foods - which are instead causing food allergies/sensitivities and digestive problems today; and finally the consumption of a man made creation and another toxin - trans fat, that only adds to the problems already mentioned.Daily exercise, cutting grains and sugar consumption (and no processed foods!), proper sleep habits and connecting with nature (greenery helps our brains!) can only help the human condition as it's proven to increase brain functions. Overall I found lots of great tips to help manage mental and physical health, all by going back to our "Wild" roots.

  • Roxanne
    2019-05-12 21:30

    Maybe not the best, but the first book I've read on living a lifestyle that humans evolved to live. Easy easy read, you could bang it out in a couple of hours. It discusses very basically, why the diet we eat as humans may be wrong for us, as well as other ways to throw off the constraints of modern life insofar as they affect our health negatively. In general you might describe this as a "Paleo lifestyle book", but the author does actually do a bit to dispel the crazy-go-nuts labels that sometimes surround things with a "Paleo" label. Studies are mentioned that help give credit to the author's ideas. The what to eat/avoid eating chapter was my favorite, because he mentions a person who lets themselves go a bit sometimes, eating ice cream and grains occasionally. I also like his flexibility on dairy and fermented dairy. This is the chapter that so many people will find difficult to swallow, literally and metaphorically. It's really difficult to break the grain/sugar habit as I well know. This grain and sugar-free type of lifestyle was recommended to me by my doctor, and I'm still struggling with it, though I will admit it has made me feel immensely better.Chapter 4, Nimble, gives us a good argument why exercise and physical activity are good for not only our bodies, but our brains. This is a 'no-brainer' to me because this is already something I live by. I need to stop the bad jokes in this review.I have to admit, some of the sections I speed-read, but I really do love the ideas put forth in this book. Anyone with some of the conditions outlined in Chapter 2 will probably benefit, even a teensy bit, from reading this book. I do recommend it for those interested in living a paleo lifestyle, and for people who are simply curious about that subject.

  • Anastasia Kalyuzhnaya
    2019-05-13 03:19

    I am in love with this book.The book is very good. It contains many latest researches which is priceless. I finished it for a couple of days and will reread it in the future.

  • Robert Vlach
    2019-05-02 20:05

    Knihu Spark o posilování mozku jsem v roce 2011 vybral jako knihu roku a dodnes ji bez zaváhání doporučuji všem, kteří pracují hlavou. Její autor, profesor psychiatrie na Harvardu John Ratey se nyní vrací s ambiciózní novinku Go Wild (Zdivočte) o změně životního stylu po vzoru našich předků. Začnu tím horším: Ratey si tentokrát přizval spoluautora, což se bohužel odrazilo v kvalitě textu. Je to slepenec více méně autonomních kapitol, sice rádoby soudržný, ale pořád slepenec. Ještě větší otázkou je důvěryhodnost. Tam, kde Ratey ve Sparku stavěl na solidním vědeckém základě, se dnes pouští do vědeckých spekulací a jakkoli se snaží držet racionálních mantinelů, celkově jsem nabyl dojmu, že tento text je mnohem více spekulativní než ten předchozí, což u lifestylové publikace komplikuje přenositelnost do praxe. Pozitiva nicméně převažují: Ratey tvrdí, že našemu zdraví nejvíce prospívá životní styl, pro který jsme předurčeni evolucí. Zdůrazňuje stravu (v paleo stylu), pohyb, spánek, bdělost a sounáležitost. V zásadě jde o velmi odvážnou syntézu poznatků z nesouvisejících oborů do neostrého, ale stále jednolitého ideálu lidského zdraví. Pro mne inspirativní kniha, kterou vnímám jako čitvý pokus o zmapování nově objevené vědecké divočiny.

  • Santiago
    2019-05-20 02:15

    John Ratey's previous book "Spark" is one of my favorite books and one of the main reasons I run, so I went into this one biased and expecting to like it a lot. A lot of what they cover is common sense, but the value of the book isn't in the recommendations: it lies in explaining why and how running/sleep/nutrition/nature/etc. is good for us. I've been trying to read about all these subjects recently, so this book was a nice compilation. The authors covered their main points in these topics well and the book doesn't come across as overly preachy or too scientific. Instead, it's motivating.I need to re-read this to better absorb the info and decide how to make changes in my own life. As an example, I was sad at the recommendation to lower carb and sugar consumption, but I'm looking to learn more about this and am considering implementing this because I value Ratey's writings and recommendations. This says a lot, as anyone who knows me can attest.So check back with me in a few months to see what changes I've made and how I feel. Until then, I would still recommend it. You'll get something different out of it than I did.