SPRING CHICKEN: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying) is a full-throttle, high-energy ride through the latest research, popular mythology, and ancient wisdom on mankind’s oldest obsession: How can we live longer? And better?

He’ll reveal why some people live past 100 without even trying, what has happened with resveratrol, the “red wine pill” that made headlines a few years ago, how your fat tissue is trying to kill you, and how it’s possible to unlock longevity-promoting pathways that are programmed into our very genes. Gifford separates the wheat from the chaff as he exposes hoaxes and scams foisted upon an aging society, and arms readers with the best possible advice on what to do, what not to do, and what life-changing treatments may be right around the corner.

You need this book. I grabbed it like a life preserver, and that’s exactly what it is. Spring Chicken demolishes the worst hoaxes in anti-aging treatments — like crushed dog testicles, human growth hormone, and Suzanne Somers — and leaves you with the good news: by adopting a few easy-to-understand, easy-to-follow discoveries, you might just deactivate the time bombs in your fat cells and learn to follow in the springy, ‘successfully aging’ footsteps of a 92-year-old pole vaulter.”

-Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run and Natural Born Heroes

In his funny, self-deprecating voice, veteran reporter Bill Gifford takes readers on a fascinating journey through the science of aging, from the obvious signs like wrinkles and baldness right down into the innermost workings of cells. We visit cutting-edge labs where scientists are working to “hack” the aging process, like purging “senescent” cells from mice to reverse the effects of aging.

An intoxicating mixture of deep reporting, fascinating science, and prescriptive takeaway, SPRING CHICKEN will reveal the extraordinary breakthroughs that may yet bring us eternal youth, while exposing dangerous deceptions that prey on the innocent and ignorant.


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  1. David Kmetz
    October 26, 2015

    Mr. Gifford, enjoying the book, now that you are getting into the heart of the problem, etc. In addition to the issues you and your doctor brought up about red meat, there is the potentially more insidious culprit of iron or feratin stores. We need some iron in our diet, granted, particularly for children and pregnant women, but the typical western diet is overloaded with iron. Women lose much of their stored iron every month through menstruation, men – nope. It can build up and like iron exposed to oxygen, it rusts and eventually becomes toxic.

    Heart issues, cancers and such rate much higher in men than women for the ~ 50 years and then guess what? After menopause, women’s rate of these same killing diseases starts to climb to match that of men. Best way to address it is donating blood a few times a year. There is a good deal of discussion and argument on this topic, initially raised by Dr. Jerome Sullivan of the UN. of Florida, back in the 80’s. Dr. Sullivan is no longer with us, but it wasn’t the feratin that did him in!
    Thanks for writing this book. David Kmetz (age 60, BMI 24)

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