Monday, September 05, 2016

NatGeo's "Blue Zones: The Science of Living Longer"

National Geographic has published a coffee-table-sized paperback, “Blue Zones: The Science of Living Longer”, by Dab Buettner, 112 pages, gloss, heavily illustrated (professional photographs).

The book comprises three parts: Discovering the Blue Zones, Build Your Own Blue Zone, and Cooking in Blue Zones.

The Blue Zones include Nicoya, Costa Rica, Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan, Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, California, where the Seventh Day Adventist denomination is active.

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta has covered the zones before.

A lot of attention has been given to Blue Zone diets, with are not completely vegan (salmon and some fish is eaten and considered healthful), and which stresses lots of natural oils and nuts, and even wine.
But it is the social lifestyle that catches attention.  Blue zone people are heavily socialized in layers, putting families first.  They are not very interested in public or global recognition as “accomplished” or “esteemed”.  They live for the moment.

Of course, there are notable individualistic outliers, of people (scientists and inventors, and sometimes musicians) who accomplish a lot on their own, while remaining strong and healthy despite less than the usual amount of social interaction.

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