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Book Review: The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner

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The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner sets forth the author’s painstaking research into longevity in a number of areas of the world noted to have the highest concentration of the oldest people. Examples of communities with centenarians include Loma Linda, California, the Barbagia region of Sardinia, Okinawa, and Costa Rica.

Explorer and author, Dan Buettner has led teams of researchers throughout the world to uncover the Blue Zones’ secrets. These are geographic regions where high percentages of centenarians are enjoying remarkably long lives to ages over 100 in some cases.

Buettner found important ingredients to living longer. These ingredients include a plant-based diet, minimal meat, seeds, and–in the case of the Seventh Day Adventists–a diet which follows what the Bible teaches people to eat.

Other important characteristics of centenarians include a daily routine of exercise, food gathering, living within close proximity of family, and a definitive purpose in life. Some were avid church goers and have been so for decades. In some cases, pictures of deceased relatives are posted prominently to remind the living of their familial heritage.

The author explains that life expectancy for humans was 30 years of age for over 99% of human history. Modern medicine has increased our life expectancy to nearly 80 years. The world’s longest-living human beings tend to do regular physical activity each day. This activity includes walking, squatting to gather food, general gardening, and playing with young people, friends, and family.

In the Blue Zones, people thrive in places where walking is the preferred mode of travel. The sun shines strong each day. In addition, people tend to have important membership ties to a family, church organization, or both. A number of centenarians nap each day as part of their routine. The centenarians have lower levels of stress in their lives perhaps due to the hard work which helps them burn off whatever residual stress they may accumulate.

The Blue Zones has profound implications for future generations of people. In addition, the book cites important health tips that could lower the cost of health care throughout the world by simply eating better, finding a constructive purpose in life, and exercising as a part of the daily routine.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.