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On aging and health – two books


I write about these two books together because they are rather similar: none of them is vegan, but both of them underline that you should keep low the intake of your meat and animal protheins; both of them focus on several tips, without deepening none of them.

As for the first one, Super Salute (= Super health): the author, Massimo Gualerzi,┬áis a cardiologist, expert in cardiovascular illnesses, who founded a sort of medical gym in the city of Parma. But I must remind myself never to buy a book when its price is lower than 10 euros. First of all, because the cardiologist was not able to write the book alone, but he needed the help of Claudio Rinaldi, a journalist: in my opinion, if you want to write a book, you must strive to write it alone. Secondly, I do not like books about health when the include recipes. For God’s sake: give the information, deepen the topic, and then let people invent their own recipes following your suggestions, we do not need Accademia Barilla to give us recipes… but this is perhaps just my opinion and a myriad of ladies out there is willing to read and try them, nobody knows.

He suggests a sort of revised Zone diet and give other tips about stress, overweight, sleeping, salt, relaxing, exercise. I believe that none of these points says anything new to me, but in the last years I really read a lot of this sort of books, therefore if you are struggling with fat and diabetes, yes, do read this book, because this book is – for sure – better than a stop by McDonald.

The second book – Till 100 years old – is Filippo Ongaro’s, the first Italian to get the Board Certification in Medicine of Anti-Aging by American Board of Regenerative & Anti-Aging Medicine. He worked for European Space Agency (ESA) on nutrition and fisical preparation of space crews. I liked this book more than the first one, although it is also not deepening a single topic. It teached me, for instance, that aging is very linked to muscle mass. Moreover, albeit not vegan, he stresses that daily intake of vegetables should be around 400-500 gr and that we should count more on spices (and he prefers fish instead of meat, not far away from Dr. Berrino’s position).

Considering my last readings on oils, I do not fully agree with him when he says that extra virgin olive oil and avocado are not harmful at all. I believe that such a sentence could push people to exagerate with fats: yes, they are not dangerous like saturated and animal fats, but it is better not to take a glass of olive oil per day first thing in the morning, just because it it mono-saturated fat:-)

He then add some other information about willpower, nutrigenomic, exercise, character, habits, spirituality, but I felt less annoyed than the Gualerzi’s book, because I follow Ongaro’s blog and I maybe I think he is more inspiring in his assertions. Yes, maybe mine is just a subjective feeling…

After all, you know that I am a grumber and my final suggestion is always the same: please do read both ones and put them into practice. I am myself not 100% vegan, I allow myself some exceptions, and these two books’ tips are still better than a couch potato meat eater life!


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Pharmacy for the soul, Osho


In the list of Osho’s book that I liked the most, this is at the last place.

It is a list of different kinds of meditations, but at the beginning of the book the author warns you not to apply them all: you have to take one, that you feel the most suitable for your issue, and go on with that for the time indicated (or more, if you want/can).

But the meditations are a lot… and each of us has more than one issue to heal. As a result: either I chose one meditation and go on with it (but in this case it is useless to go on reading the book) or I try to apply them all, one after one. After one. After one. After one…. till I will become 70 years old and I will understand the one that was most suitable for me.

No problem, in each book there is always something to save. In this case, it is the chapter about the moods.

I try to translate some sentences:

Unhappiness makes you special. Happiness is a universal phenomenom, has nothing special. Nobody like a happy person (…). If you are happy, you are individual, if you are unhappy, you are part of the mass. (…) When you are unhappy, you are conformist and society loves conformity. (…) If someone is unhappy, help him but do not get on with him; Do not give him the impression that unhappiness is something worthy.

This is 100% true. If you are happy, you authomatically become envied, as if there would not be enough happiness for everyone in this world, as if you had stolen something that is available only in little quantity on this earth.

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