Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age

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Dr. Anthony A. Goodman, M.D.
Montana State University
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Course Overview

A long and healthy life is a universal desire. So how can you achieve this goal? There's a whirlwind of advice on how to optimize your health and well-being. The only problem is that much of it is contradictory and scientifically unsound. In reality, the key to achieving a long and healthy life lies in having a solid foundation of healthy living habits. A thorough knowledge of personal wellness—as well as the tools, tips, and insights that come from such knowledge—is essential to helping you live the longest and healthiest life possible. And the secrets of personal wellness don't have to be a burden; rather, they can be enjoyable and easy to incorporate into the unique demands of your own schedule—whether you're in adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, or advancing age.

Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age is your essential reference guide to healthy living, packed with information and sound advice rooted in the latest scientific understanding of nutrition, physiology, and other related fields. In 36 lectures that have the feel of a personal chat with a knowledgeable and compassionate family physician, Professor of Medicine Dr. Anthony A. Goodman—whose professional experiences have equipped him with a powerful understanding of the human body and the secrets of optimum health—gives you a wealth of knowledge on which you can rely even as the science around it continues to evolve.

More important, he guides you on a fascinating journey through all levels of optimum health and well-being, presenting medical information and expert advice in a way that allows you to make your own personalized choices. And with the knowledge you get from this comprehensive course and the ways you can apply them to your lifestyle, you'll nourish your body, strengthen your mind, and forever change the way you think about and live your life.

Explore the Fundamentals of Lifelong Health

As a subject, lifelong health is undeniably dynamic, changing as more and more scientific information comes to light. But according to Dr. Goodman, while the details may evolve over time, the fundamentals will always remain the same:

  • Eating right, which involves knowing the effect of food on your body, creating a way of eating designed to give you the greatest possible amount of nutrition, and avoiding foods that may negatively affect your health
  • Moving your body frequently, which enhances your personal fitness and prevents or reduces the effects of chronic illnesses
  • Strengthening mental health, which helps you become more prepared to deal with the stresses of life, helps keep your mind sharp into advancing age, and leads you on the path to achieving emotional balance
  • Making smart lifestyle choices, which include avoiding harmful habits such as smoking and excessive drinking, and practicing healthy ones, such as getting the right amount of sleep and maximizing relationships with others, including your professional healthcare team.

Only by learning how these fundamentals work can you then build upon them, crafting a personal plan for achieving lifelong health.

This idea is central to Dr. Goodman's approach in Lifelong Health, and like any caring and concerned physician, he explains these cornerstones clearly and thoughtfully. He structures the lectures of the course around six major themes:

  • Aging: It's a part of life most of us don't look forward to, but knowing what to expect as you get older is critical to maintaining lifelong health. Learn how to age with wisdom and grace by taking an in-depth look at the physiology and psychology of this process, as well as at some popular concepts and misconceptions.
  • Nutrition and whole foods: The messages we hear about what to eat and what not to eat can often be confusing or misleading. These lectures focus on the merits of eating whole foods, avoiding fad diets, crafting a nutritious way of eating, and developing practical eating habits that will last you a lifetime.
  • Movement: There are so many ways you can incorporate physical activity into your life—and they can be enjoyable. How can you get more enjoyment out of moving and exercising? What sports or activities are right for you?
  • Mental health: A body is only as fit as the mind that directs it, which makes mental health essential to your overall well-being. Explore ways to handle stress, methods for meditation and mindfulness, and techniques for keeping your mind razor sharp.
  • Specific health issues: Concerns about health differ depending on your age and gender, which is why Dr. Goodman spends part of the course addressing some common health issues for women, men, and children. Topics you explore include menopause, prostate cancer, acne, and the importance of cultivating good nutritional and exercise habits early in children's lives.
  • General health choices: The decisions you make every day have a direct impact on how successful your life is. Dr. Goodman gives you expert advice on smart lifestyle choices to make regarding sleep, interpersonal relationships, and more.

Taken together, these themes offer a well-rounded and engaging survey of the concepts, issues, and lessons in lifelong health. And while these lectures do touch on our latest scientific understanding about health issues, they're never bogged down in arcane terminology or complex scientific theories. These 36 lectures are designed to appeal to, and be understood by, everyone.

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In Lifelong Health, Dr. Goodman speaks with a conviction and authority backed by his decades of experience in medicine, both as a practitioner and as a professor. Every one of his lectures is backed by scientific information and proven results. More important, they're flavored with common sense tips, in-studio demonstrations, helpful advice, and inspirational stories that make lifelong health an appealing and achievable goal.

Consider some of the advice Dr. Goodman gives you throughout the course:

  • Take the "Goldilocks" approach: When it comes to lifelong health, we're all different in terms of what resources we need and what advice works for us; some tips may work for you while others may not. So don't compare your progress against the abilities and successes of others—what's important is that you craft the healthy lifestyle that works just right for you.
  • Do everything in moderation: Our bodies are designed to meet the natural, central state of balance known as homeostasis. While it may seem tempting to overdo it when it comes to health practices, it's important to practice moderation. If you go to severe extremes in the ways you eat and exercise, your body will perpetually be fighting to return to homeostasis and will produce no measurable or lasting results.
  • Realize there is no magic cure: Constantly be aware of any and all health claims made by products and diets that seem to offer you an easy, magical cure. Be skeptical and demand real, scientific proof.
  • Start with small changes: When making changes to your daily lifestyle, it's critical to start with small changes, not drastic ones. If you start small, you're more likely to maintain healthier habits over time. What's more, small changes have a cumulative effect, meaning as time goes on they'll lead to bigger and better results.

As you see, the keys to lifelong health you get in this course always emphasize how enjoyable the pursuit and rewards of optimum living can be. Dr. Goodman proves that healthy ways of eating and moving and lifestyle modifications can actually be enjoyable and long lasting.

Lifelong Health—Well within Your Reach

As Dr. Goodman continually emphasizes throughout his course, lifelong health is well within your reach. In addition to being an invaluable source of information, Dr. Goodman is a fountain of inspiration. One of our most popular professors, he is never harsh, judgmental, or impersonal. Throughout his career, he's treated patients as human beings with unique needs, not as statistics, and it's this same approach that he brings to instructing you on the merits of and paths to optimum health.

Crafted with the concerns of individual lives and experiences like yours in mind, Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age is a wonderful resource that you can turn to time and time again. In short, this course is the perfect way for you to take those first, all-important steps on the road to becoming a better and healthier you.

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36 lectures
 |  Average 30 minutes each
  • 1
    A Personal Path to Lifelong Health
    Dr. Goodman welcomes you with an engaging overview of the critical importance of lifelong health. Here, he teaches you how to recognize sound medical advice on healthy living, reveals his personal approach to well-being, and charts the major themes of the course. x
  • 2
    The Cellular Biology of Aging
    There's no avoiding the fact that your body ages over time. But how it ages is something you can try to control. In this first lecture on aging, explore the science behind this inevitable process with a look at how common aging factors—both internal and external—all begin at the cellular level. x
  • 3
    The Physiology of Aging
    Continue your exploration of the aging process by examining what causes cells, tissues, and organ systems to lose some of their function over time. In addition, study the external stresses that cause aging, and learn a few tips on ways to slow this progression over time. x
  • 4
    Myths of Aging—Magical Times and Places
    For thousands of years, the quest for eternal youth has captivated human society. Learn the difference between your chronological age and your biological age, explore two fascinating legends about immortality, and discover some cultural lifestyles that promote longevity. x
  • 5
    Myths of Aging—Magical Substances
    Dispel the myths behind medicines and procedures widely promoted to prolong life or stave off the aging process. As you investigate the uses of human growth hormones, anabolic steroids, cell therapy, and other methods, you uncover both the risks behind these "cures" and the ways they fall short on their promises. x
  • 6
    Optimizing Health—Tests and Procedures
    What health tests, screenings, and examinations can help you stay ahead of the curve? Discover the answers in this lecture, which teaches you the best times to consider mammograms, colonoscopies, exercise stress tests, and more—as well as routine blood tests and blood-pressure screenings. x
  • 7
    Optimizing Health—Prevention
    Preventing a disease is always better than trying to cure it. Here, look at some important measures you can take to prevent serious illnesses before they start, including quitting smoking, reducing high blood pressure, and immunizing yourself from the flu and other preventable diseases. x
  • 8
    How We Look—Surgery and Skin-Care
    Examine the realities of reconstructive surgery (which primarily restores or improves function) and cosmetic surgery (designed to improve appearance to reflect cultural norms). Also, focus on ways to prevent sunburn, skin cancer, acne, and other dermatological conditions. x
  • 9
    The End of the Journey—Death and Dying
    Dr. Goodman candidly discusses the topic of death and dying, the awareness and acceptance of which is essential to optimum living. He discusses two programs that have shed new light on this difficult subject for the dying and their families: meaning-centered therapy and hospice and palliative care. x
  • 10
    Health Advances on the Horizon
    Cast your gaze onto the future of medical care with a study of current and future advances in medicine designed to prolong our lives, such as genetic research and immunotherapy. x
  • 11
    Nutrition—Choices for a Healthy Life
    Turn now to a focus on guidelines for good nutrition. Here, Dr. Goodman introduces you to some of the major themes he'll discuss in following lectures, including the role of food in our culture, the value of eating whole foods, and the search for nutritional balance. x
  • 12
    The Physiology of Nutrition
    To best understand nutrition, it's necessary to break down the components of food into manageable pieces. Examine the important nutritional roles of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and end with a close look at how to read the USDA's revised food pyramid. x
  • 13
    The Role of Vitamins
    Learn more about vitamins, those essential nutrients that your body requires from external sources for normal growth and development. Among the vitamins covered in this lecture are Vitamins A, D, E, C, and K. Also, learn why you should always use vitamins to supplement—not substitute for—a well-balanced diet. x
  • 14
    The Role of Supplements
    Investigate antioxidants, fiber, herbs, and other supplements that may lower your risk of health problems and improve your body's overall function. In addition, learn how to distinguish supplements that can serve a valuable role in your diet from those that serve no benefit—or that can even be harmful. x
  • 15
    Whole Foods for Optimum Health
    How can you get the benefit of vitamins and supplements without going into areas of unproven benefits and possible risks? The answer: whole foods. Here, discover the amazing benefits of "power foods," such as berries, apples, garlic, teas, and turmeric. x
  • 16
    The Good Fats
    Good fats such as omega-3 fatty acids and monosaturated fatty acids are greatly misunderstood and have the potential to maximize your health and well-being. Clear up the myths surrounding this group of whole foods and learn how to best integrate them into your daily diet. x
  • 17
    Sugar, Salt, Allergies, and Additives
    Some foods can evoke unpleasant and unhealthy responses in different people. Dr. Goodman examines the risks of eating too much salt, sugar, and additives; offers you commonsense tips on how to control your intake of these foods; and discusses the differences between food allergies and sensitivities. x
  • 18
    The Physiology of Weight Management
    Obesity is one of the fastest-growing epidemics in the United States. This lecture covers a host of topics about obesity and weight management, including the differences between being "overweight" and "obese," the roles played by genetics and the environment, and practical eating and dieting advice for managing your weight. x
  • 19
    Healthful Eating versus Fad Diets
    Learn how to view your way of eating as a way of living. As you debunk the myths of popular low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets, you discover why a Mediterranean-style diet (with its emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats) is the perfect template on which to craft your own whole-food diet. x
  • 20
    Movement and Recreation—a.k.a. Exercise
    What are the physical benefits of moving your body? How can you create an exercise plan that is optimum for your lifestyle? Discover the answers to these and other questions about physical activity. x
  • 21
    The Physiology of Muscle
    Delve into the physiology of muscles and weight training, including a closer look at the three basic kinds of muscle (skeletal, cardiac, and smooth), the differences between isotonic and isometric exercises, and why it's never too late or too early to start moving your body. x
  • 22
    Resistance Training and Weight Training
    Discover why weight training doesn't have to be uncomfortable or intimidating. Dr. Goodman reveals how to get the most effective (and safe) workout from the muscles in your body through resistance training, free weights, calisthenics, and more—at any age. x
  • 23
    Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise
    Any well-rounded workout involves the use of aerobic and anaerobic activities as well as weight lifting. Examine the benefits of moderate and high-intensity exercises, learn how to draft a basic workout plan, investigate reasons that walking might be just as good for you as running, and more. x
  • 24
    Exercise in Dealing with Injury and Disease
    Contrary to popular belief, exercising can be extremely beneficial for people with diseases such as diabetes, emotional disorders, and osteoarthritis—but only if done properly. Find out how in this lecture, which also offers you tips on preventing and recovering from common exercising injuries. x
  • 25
    Joy in Movement—Sports and Exercise Options
    Moving your body is an essential part of overall health and wellness. But with all the exercises and activities out there, how do you know which ones are right for you? Study the pros and cons of popular exercise options, including biking, hiking, dancing, and ball sports. x
  • 26
    Martial Arts and Yoga
    Finish up your study of exercise by investigating two appealing options you might not have considered: martial arts and yoga. The different styles of these two workouts can be practiced at all ages and stages of life, with multiple benefits for enhancing the health of your joints, muscles, and mind. x
  • 27
    Mental Health and Stress Reduction
    Start taking control of the stress in your life with this lecture, which introduces you to the profound benefits of mental well-being on all aspects of your life and teaches you how to realistically reduce stress through three powerful techniques: relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness. x
  • 28
    Brain Physiology, Alzheimer's, and Dementia
    Peer inside the physiology of the human brain and uncover ways to increase cognitive function and slow its decline. Then, move on to look at the challenges, warning signs, and myths behind Alzheimer's disease, which accounts for about 60% to 80% of all dementias in the United States. x
  • 29
    Maintaining Your Mental Edge
    Explore the three pillars for optimizing your mental edge as you age: frequently exercising; maintaining strong interactions with family and friends; and stimulating your brain through learning. The lecture concludes with a brief discussion of the invaluable power of laughter on your mental health. x
  • 30
    Focus on Women's Health
    In the first of two lectures on women's health, focus on the risk factors, symptoms, effects, and possible preventive measures of three critical health issues for women: osteoporosis, depression, and heart disease. x
  • 31
    Focus on Menopause
    Take a close look at the three major kinds of menopause, as well as the contentious debate over using hormone replacement therapy to lessen the unpleasant symptoms of this normal part of the aging process. x
  • 32
    Focus on Men's Health
    Examine some of the health issues common to men, including prostate health (and the importance of testing for prostate-specific antigens), central obesity (or "belly fat"), erectile dysfunction, and andropause (the gradual decline in testosterone sometimes referred to as "male menopause"). x
  • 33
    Focus on Children's and Adolescents' Health
    Childhood eating habits tend to stay with people throughout their lives; these habits are also very hard to change later. Using his insight as a doctor, a parent, and a grandparent, Dr. Goodman gives you advice on establishing and maintaining healthy eating habits in children and adolescents. x
  • 34
    Healthy Choices in Your Daily Life
    This lecture emphasizes the importance of choices you make every day that affect your health and well-being. Get invaluable tips on sleeping adequately, staying well hydrated, and controlling your consumption of alcohol—especially during periods of high stress. x
  • 35
    Becoming an Educated Patient
    Maximize the effectiveness of your relationship with your healthcare professional by learning how to ask the right questions, what to bring to a doctor's appointment, and more. Also, delve deeper into ways to balance conventional and proven alternative medical therapies while keeping your best interests at heart. x
  • 36
    Here's to Your Healthy Life!
    Conclude with a review of the ground you covered, a look at a compelling 72-year study on human longevity that cements the benefits of healthy living, and some powerful words of practical advice that will help guide you through the dynamic world of optimum well-being. x

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Anthony A. Goodman, M.D.
Montana State University
Dr. Anthony A. Goodman is Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Montana State University and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He earned his B.A. from Harvard College and his M.D. from Cornell Medical College and trained as a surgical intern and resident at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. He completed his surgical training and...
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Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 53.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Overview on Health Maintenance I bought this course some time ago and it took me awhile to get into it. I'm so happy that I finally did. Dr. Goodman is an excellent presenter with an engaging style. He provides common sense health care information, both somewhat familiar and very new, coupled with a scientific foundation and a caring approach. This course covers a wide range of more common health related topics with timely reminders on nutrition, exercise and health care maintenance. It also explores other unique areas including such subjects as how to establish a relationship with your physician to ensure that you receive the best possible care and the mind-body connection. I went through this course while working out on my treadmill and it was time doubly well spent. Thank you.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course for those aging up. This is a really excellent course but it needs up dating to 2017.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not new, but thorough Success with this course depends on your standing experience with nutrition, exercise, cognitive processes, etc. If you don't feel comfortable with these topics, this course is a very fine background in all the major issues of personal health. If you have some experience in them, though, it is mostly review, although there are still many details that are introduced, and much good content to learn in the larger context.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am thoroughly enjoying this course. Dr. Goodman gives valuable, common sense information that I will apply and pass on. I do wish that the accompanying book was a little more detailed. Please thank Dr. Goodman for his effort and concern for others to live a productive and healthy life.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Purchase, Worth Your Time & Money This course was, for me, a thorough review of health details and generalities that helped me gain more confidence, was engaging for me to listen to (I bought the cd's), and showed how very common sense most of it can be from the patient's standpoint. I enjoyed his examples, which were great illustrations and to which he referred from time to time throughout his other lectures to reinforce or clarify other points as well. I appreciated his emphasis that fitness can be made fun and a part of our lives and not a nuisance or a tough thing to swallow.
Date published: 2014-11-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointing I was very disappointed with this course. My first Great Course and it wasn't great. It's all sensible, down to earth advice that I already know, even as a complete lay person. There was nothing new for me to learn here. Exercise, eat whole organic foods, stay away from fad diets or diets of any kind other than healthy foods, etc. I kept hoping with each subject that I would find something more than absolute basics, but never did. Not worth the money, and a waste of time. I intend to return it.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Basics of Health "This course contains basic information on a broad variety of health topics. The overall point of the series would be to eat organic fruits and vegetables and do activities you enjoy. I lent the series to a friend who is not a healthcare professional and she really enjoyed it. As a doctor who has a strong interest in prevention and wellness, I would have liked more depth to the content. The professor acknowledges that some of the information given is his opinion. This was true and in addition to this caveat, you should know that the topics and information he shares is also according to his experience, interests and knowledge. For example, he has an allergy or sensitivity to artificial food colorings so he emphasizes the negative aspects of these chemicals. But there is a very long list of other chemicals added to food that consumers should avoid that are not mentioned. I would imagine these are not mentioned because it doesn't personally affect him; therefore he has not looked into these other things. The professor grows his own organic garden; therefore he talks quite a bit about the benefits of organic fruits and vegetables. My point is that the information presented is biased based on his personal interests. Unfortunately there is a whole world information on prevention and natural health care that is not discussed because it is not within the professor's interest, so he is not aware of it. The one thing that I disagreed with him is that he wrongly claims there is no science to the benefits of several things including vitamin and natural therapies. It would be more accurate to state that he is unaware in these areas because he has not studied it. It is true of all of us that we don't know the things we don't know. I would not recommend this series for anyone that has a strong interest or background in health. Most of the information is valuable and accurate, I just didn't find much that I didn't already know.
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Timeless, Practical Wisdom My objective in listening to this course was to gain an understanding of the science underpinning the best regimen to adopt to help secure consistent improving health. This course has delivered the ideal platform for me in that it offers practical advice and the professor offers clear accessible explanations for all his recommendations. The Professor provides a foundation/framework for specific topics by suggesting principles to follow ie that everything in moderation, no attempt to fool nature and that small changes can over time lead to significant results. Above all the Professor's obvious empathy and passion to help and guide is something that instils confidence and trust. I was particularly enlightened by the advice to avoid fad diets, that exercise really is profoundly important to wellbeing for life. I have incorporated specific advice on nutrition and exercise already into my daily/weekly routines. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from full of realistic advice Very personal account of health issues, which concern everybody. Dr. Goodman achieves great balance between referencing scientific sources and plain-language explanatory style. Full of realistic practical advice.
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Best Course so Far This has been my best course so far. Professor Goodman has a good presentation style and was able to sustain my interest through out the course. He shares scientific evidence as well as and his personal experiences to help you achieve lifelong health. I was so determined and still determined to live a healthy life during and after this course. I intend to relisten to the whole course again as it has been of immense help to me.
Date published: 2013-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from If you know basic health, don't buy this course This course is for the individual who knows nothing about basic health. The presentation is lackluster. Don't expect to learn anything new. It was surprising that disc after disc so little was said. A great disappointment...
Date published: 2013-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Course Is Improving My Health! I am a fan of Dr. Goodman's courses, but this one is really improving my health. I'm middle-aged and I've been following his food buying guidelines as well as activity suggestions. My cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight are lower. My doctor is very pleased as am I! It has given me a new way to look at food and activity for health no matter my age. Thank you, Dr. Goodman!
Date published: 2013-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great General Course This is a great general course about a variety of health topics. It is beneficial not only for education, but for motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Date published: 2012-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Big Picture on Health I've Heard I loved this but was surprised to see the broad range of ratings. If you want a cutting edge, in-depth look at a small, specific area for health issues, I can see how you would not like this. However, if you want someone to look at things from the 50,000 foot view to give you the big picture of the most important things to focus on for great life long health you will be very pleased. Too many miss the common sense big picture things one should do to have great health and focus on side issues. The doctor shows both great knowledge and much common sense. Having all Americans listen to this course and follow its the recommendations would likely do more than all 2,000 pages of the healthcare reform bill to cut our healthcare costs (although there are many good items as well as some bad in the bill). I highly recommend this as my 5 star rating shows.
Date published: 2012-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lifelong Health is excellent. I found this series excellent, both in terms of delivery and content. Dr Goodman is a surgeon that has a great grasp on nutrition and exercise, as related to the aging process. His series on Human Anatomy is great too, but he really shines here. To find an MD who knows his way around "proactive" lifestyle changes is rare. We need more like him.
Date published: 2012-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor Video, Bad Sound So far as I and my wife could tell, given the poor video and bad sound, this course is designed for those who have little or no knowledge of health issues. We listened to four or five lectures. When we could understand what the doctor was saying, we learned nothing new. We returned it.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from time well spent The course is well described and accurately delivered. Much of what is covered is common sense or even common knowledge if you have studied anything of similar ilk. The fact is there are 18 hours of valuable lectures explaining how to keep or maintain your health, a small investment for a worthwhile outcome!
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Skip it This is very simplistic course taught by someone who presents material in a very dry way. I found the style repetitious and the presentation very elementary. I even called the Teaching Company to complain about the quality of this course.
Date published: 2012-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Here’s to your good health! Time well spent listening to Dr Goodman. This course complements Nutrition Made Clear. Together they make a really good investment in your health and well being. Dr Goodman spends the whole time behind his desk offering equal doses of anecdote and scientific reports to either bolster or debunk an issue. This approach worked well for me. And you can’t help but feel really comfortable in his presence. A number of lectures were simple introductions and broad overviews of exercise programs or the aging process. But others were typical TGC lectures on the science of cellular biology, physiology, vitamins & minerals, etc. Those were the best. Whenever possible you get the most recent scientific reports cited, along with a disclaimer about what’s likely going to change in the future because science and medicine are evolving at such a quick pace. I enjoyed the video download and would opt for that route again.
Date published: 2012-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course Dr. Goodman does and excellent job with presenting his information in a very layman's manner. Got a lot out of this course. Only negative is his obvious bias (non Scientific) towards organic foods. I would recommend that everyone hears this one.
Date published: 2011-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First principles DVD review. Death is inevitable for everyone. But a physical sense of well-being up to that point is far from certain. Too many people waste their final years tied to a bed or a room because of living habits they thoughtlessly adopted in happier times. This is a course that identifies most of these habits and proposes tiny changes in daily routine that have a huge positive influence on our final decade of life. Of course, there are no guarantees. We may harbour a genetic predisposition for dementia or cancer, or we may die in an accident despite our best precautions. Still, our lives are mostly predictable. As the title implies, LIFELONG HEALTH: ACHIEVING OPTIMUM WELL-BEING AT ANY AGE is a practical course that focuses almost exclusively on prevention rather than treatment. Dr Goodman is a strong believer in the effectiveness of proper nutrition and regular, unspectacular physical activity. He also feels we have a tendency to fall for certain fantasy dead ends: miracle cures, quick solutions and the belief that if something is good in small doses, it must be great in large quantities. It’s all common sense, but it’s also advice routinely ignored until the day when our body “betrays” us. And therein lays the strength and weakness of this course. Before their 40s, most people feel so immortal that general health advice leaves them cold. If anything, they want specific tips on this or that cosmetic imperfection. Watch a Dr Oz episode to see what appeals to them. As for the truly old, their fears are so tied to specific ailments that this lecture series will seem useless and unrealistic. This is not a course with much to say for heart patients or for people struggling with dementia in the family. The TTC clients most likely to benefit from this course are middle-aged people healthy enough to change their ways and smart enough to realise that the lifestyle they drifted into during the first half of life may ultimately be self-destructive. There are no quick results, just step-by-step, small alterations that ultimately make big differences. Realizations like this hit us with particular force after the death of someone close. As for PRESENTATION, Dr Goodman is seated behind a desk, keeps eye contact with the camera and speaks with a good clear voice. Your doctor probably gives you 10 minutes at the most during routine checkups. This course feels as if an experienced MD devoted 36 half hours (18 hours) to cover all the common sense, yet crucial basics. See it as YOUR HEALTH, THE SEEKERS FIRST PRINCIPLES.
Date published: 2011-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Health Good material and knowledge. Presentation needs some excitement.
Date published: 2011-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worthwhile Prof Goodman has a traditional lecture style. He speaks simply and concisely and is easy to understand. He gets to the point using a lot of scientific evidence to back up. The organization of the material was good and there was a lot of repetition which helped my memory. I would have liked him to use more graphics, particularly of the studies he mentions. This just breaks up the talking. As such, you could purchase the audio format and not miss too much. Also, i would have liked more time spent on Men's health as this lecture was very brief. Overall though, he made some excellent recommendations about lifestyle, diet and exercise that i will try to do.
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hello, This Course Can Change and Save Your Life! [Audio Version] Over the years I have found that most TTC courses (and other classes and seminars) usually have at least one or two major ideas, points, or tips that I will remember for the rest of my life. This is abundantly true of Doctor Goodman’s excellent course. I am about the same age as the lecturer, and he taught this old dog (me) some new tricks. I now fully realize that my ability to cope with extreme heat is greatly diminished with age. I am more vulnerable to heat stroke and I will be more attentive about proper hydration and knowing my limitations. I picked up many other tips too numerous to mention here. Almost all the info is cutting-edge and empirical. I’m going to discontinue several of my supplements as there is no scientific evidence to support their advertised benefits. My criticisms of the course are minor and subjective. Perhaps the course could have been even better if the doctor had given us more specific and dramatic examples. I found the lectures on dieting somewhat tedious, but the information is vitally important for optimum health. Dr. Goodman has a pleasant, strong and clear voice, and a smooth delivery style. His creds are mighty impressive. He can be deadly serious at times, but also had me laughing many times. He pretty much held my attention all the way. As Dr. Goodman says, life is a journey. The trip can be a lot more fun and happy if we possess good health -- and this goal can be achieved by following fairly simple and easy guidelines. I feel that most students, like me, will learn a lot of new tricks regarding healthy habits. And we are never too old to start cleaning up our acts! Bottom line: Get this course! The tips and ideas are crucial to your well-being, and will likely lengthen if not save your life. Peak or optimum health is now a reachable goal, and I can’t imagine a more important destination.
Date published: 2011-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this professor! Dr. Goodman loves his topic, is very wise about it and makes me wish he could be my personal doctor. He comes across as so sincere and kind. At times the material was a bit too heavy on theory for me but overall I am so impressed with the topics he covered and his teaching skills. Please have him do more. How about an entire course on mindfulness/meditation?
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starting over at 60 This was my fourth course using “The Great Courses” materials and I thought it was the best one yet. Dr. Goodman’s topics, delivery and examples are outstanding. The subjects are important to improving ones health and something you can start applying now. I’m nearing 60 years and was starting to have health issues, mostly related to my personal choices. While I’ve lost 50 pounds and continue to make changes to my diet, exercise and life style choices, I wish I had these CD’s a year ago. Would have done several things differently and would have saved myself a lot of money in the process. There were some areas I skipped over, such as Cosmetic Procedures, where I have no interest. But, there were other areas I listen to twice, such as Vitamins, Minerals and Food Choices. I really appreciated the stories and real world examples provided by Dr. Goodman, which brought the “clinical” topics back to “human” impacts. His style and delivery is easy to follow, although some of the chemistry and molecular structure was more detail than I needed. Very worthwhile, you won’t be disappointed.
Date published: 2011-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the money Very interesting course. Lots of great information in a format that was easy to learn from. I wish all my professors in high school and college were this interesting!
Date published: 2011-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great inspiration for everyday life The course was interesting with relevant topics presented in an interesting manner. I have just started with some life style changes and this course gave me inspiration to continue. Thank you very much!
Date published: 2011-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practical advice for skillful health I was impressed with the value of this course. Dr. Goodman presented excellent general and specific hints for developing and maintaining health (including exercise, "good stress," sound nutrition, relaxation, and hints for using the existing medical system). I thought his presentation style was good and heartfelt. Even better, he notes unless we manage our preferences, health will always be something we plan to start tomorrow -- we need to WANT health, and to enjoy the journey as best as we can. Downsides? Not many. He could have given more about the daunting task of staying current, and given better material on evaluating "scientific studies" to help us critically and realistically manage conflicting information. Some biases were evident, but generally quite obvious. Some advice was vague (such as how to choose a good physician) and others (such as a chapter on cosmetic procedures) were a bit long. Still, I found this was a most useful, enjoyable, and practical course, which reinforced existing "good habits" and added several new skills. This is a good opportunity to listen to a reasonably good mentor discuss a very relevant subject.
Date published: 2011-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A GIFT FOR EVERYONE & EVERY AGE As an eighty-one-year-old dealing with the customary annoyances of physical deterioration associated with living a full life, I found this series useful and helpful. It's framed as if you are in a doctor's office, and Dr. Goodman is sitting across from you behind his desk. In a relaxed manner within this setting, he talks about almost all the questions one may have about general health issues. I have all his DVD series, and they are impressive. As other reviewers have pointed out, this series is not at the high technical level of his other TTC series, but it doesn't have to be in my opinion. He's sharing his experience after seventy years with the viewer. He makes practical points based on his own life just as a good, mature doctor will, in most cases, if he knows you well enough. He hits again and again on the importance of appropriate diet, and proper lifestyle choices such as enough sleep, exercise, careful alcohol consumption and so on. His practical suggestions about eating techniques I found immediately useful. Throughout the lectures he emphasizes how critical it is to have fun with what one is doing, particularly in physical activity. He even induced me to get off the treadmill and walk at the same speed for the same distance in a local, nearby park which is far more pleasurable. I'm not sure I follow his generalized lecture on free weight usage except his warning about heavy lifting without someone else nearby. There are so many programs available on TV and at gyms perhaps he felt it would be redundant to spend more time on it. (Lord, the equipment sates on the NFL channel alone could give one overload symptoms) There are specific lectures for women, men, and young people. I only looked at the one for men and found it interesting. All in all, I believe this series is a useful addition to the TTC inventory and could be helpful to anyone, even us old geezers.
Date published: 2010-12-13
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