Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age

Course No. 1970
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.

Get a Wealth of Doctor Recommendations—in a Single Package!

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 54.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Continues to Shine This is my 3rd course from The Great Courses, and Prof. Goodman is as good as they come. Not only was this course informative, it's applicable. Thanks.
Date published: 2010-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good course, don't expect miracles Don't expect very definitive answers from this course. The instructor gives common guidelines about the subject. He includes scientific data whenever possible. However, there are lots of unknowns in this field, thus you cannot learn those from a course like this. Good thing is the instructor does not pretend that he knows all. I liked the presentation and supporting materials presented. Instructor frequently used clinical data as examples. If you have the slightest motivation to improve your health, I suggest you to buy this course. After all if what you learn extends your productive life for even a few days, the cost of the course will be paid.
Date published: 2010-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Practical Information This is a very basic course with lots of practical advice on living a healthy lifestyle. I agree with many of the prior reviewers who describe Professor Goodman as a trusted family physician who's giving you a lot of information you won't get from your own doctor. The best lectures are the ones covering nutrition and diet. Some of the lectures on sports and exercise are too basic and simplistic, and could have been reduced to a few comments. I'd recommend the course to people of all ages.
Date published: 2010-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If It Appeals, Buy It! This is clearly a "how to" course, rather than the typical academic course the TC typically offers. You can see it in the advertised topics covered as well as in the other promotional features of the course. But, if you're looking to learn about healthy living, this is a good place to go. It's far more thorough than what you'll find in the short articles available in the general media. The professor is solid and experienced. And, best of all, he is grounded in, and generally refers to, solid scientific studies to support his assertions. I would add another, rather small point on the positive side: the format, the layout of the materials, and the interlude music between lectures are fresh and appealing. Now, there are downsides, too. As I mentioned, the professor knows the difference between scientific research on the one hand and correlational studies and opinion on the other. He acknowledges it in many places, giving the listeners fair warning when he resorts to one and the other. But, sometimes, he does not, which undercuts the value of the course. For example, he cites the lack of truly scientific research to debunk recent studies showing the positive effects of moderate alcohol use. He goes to great lengths to make the case that such findings are likely purely correlational, that is, that the better health of moderate drinkers may be due to the fact that they're healthier people, not they they have an occasional drink. This could be so. But, when he wants to bash too much TV viewing (which, by the way, concerns me as well), he implies this bad habit is actually a cause of obesity and other bad health. Yet, while this may or may not be so, the good professor does not cite scientific proof that watching too much TV is causal. One wonders, therefore, if the people who over-watch TV are simply correlationally more likely to have these problems. The distinction is an important one. Likewise, the professor goes to great lengths to debunk most vitamin supplements with pretty convincing scientific research, yet he praises the use of fiber, for example, without citing any research at all. Don't get me wrong. I find great value in the professor's advice and intend to do better at following what he recommends. I am just warning that he plays a little fast and loose in the area of proof/opinion. Finally, as an audio customer, I found the sessions on the martial arts and other rather exotic sports to be unsatisfying. I have nothing whatsoever against these sports but thought their coverage too long and, importantly, the rather detailed accounts of the particular moves of each sport to be of little value, especially, say, to the listener who may be driving a car!
Date published: 2010-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a great idea for a TTC course -- a 360 degree view of all the major health issues, given by the perfect instructor (I wish my doctor could explain these topics the way that Anthony Goodman was my doctor), and filled with actionable advice. I don't think any other TTC course could appeal to as many people as this course. To those that complain this course isn't intellectually rigorous enough, it's clear that TTC's new "Better Living" category deliberately aims at greater practicality and accessibility. Whereas the "Better Living" courses aren't taught on a college level, they nonetheless meet an important need. Those seeking more in-depth and scientific treatment of the topics covered this course should look to Dr. Goodman's other TTC courses the human body and health. I have some observations on this course based on my experience of watching it with a group of friends. Dr. Goodman's overall approach is grounded foremost in exercise and physical activity. As an avid lifetime athlete, the youthful 70 year old Goodman is himself a great example, and I personally share his thinking on this matter. But several of the middle-aged and older folks in my viewing group took issue with Dr. Goodman's constant refrain that it was never too late, no matter how old, to become athletic or take up challenging physical activity. If you're not up to adopting vigorous physical activity as a central part of your lifestyle in middle and old age, you may not accept Dr. Goodman's broader platform. Although Goodman's lectures are superb, my group found the supporting Guidebook materials lacking. For those that are not aware, with its new packaging TTC has jettisoned its old-style class notes and replaced them with a small set of excerpts from the narrative of the lecture, represented in multi-sentence paragraph form. In the case of this most practical course, that format is particularly inappropriate. I found that all viewers of the lectures, myself concluded, instinctively reached for the Guidebook to find the small set of recommendations offered by the professor in each lecture. But the Guidebooks fail to list these. In addition, the Guidebooks often fail to record the definitions of the critical technical terms and concepts offered by Professor Goodman. Here is an example. In the first lecture, Goodman teaches that laymen should only take seriously medical studies that are all three of, one, prospective, two, double-blind, and, three, randomized. Goodman then defines each of these three terms in technical context. Throughout the 36 lecture course, Goodman returns to the importance of these three definitions repeatedly, but never defines them again...all of which wouldn't be a problem were it not for the fact that the Guidebooks NOWHERE list these definitions --not at the end of the first lecture, not in the glossary at the back, nowhere. The Guidebooks similarly fail throughout the course to capture basic but critical definitions. I watched a group of viewers continue to pick up the Guidebooks in search of such definitions, and then toss them in frustration. MESSAGE TO TEACHING COMPANY: GO BACK TO THE OLD FORMAT OF GUIDEBOOKS. THE NEW FORMAT IS MUCH LESS VALUABLE TO YOUR READERS AND REFLECTS BADLY ON THE PROFESSOR, WHO HAS DONE HIS JOB TO CREATE SUPERB LECTURES. Lastly, I'd add that i enjoyed Dr. Goodman's efforts to keep the course on the "cutting edge" of medical research, mentioning promising studies very recently created, as well as upcoming medical products that could have great impact on our health. It was interesting to note that much of the lecture on Alzheimer's was made obsolete within only weeks of release of this course. Whereas Goodman's June, 2010 lecture teaches that Alzheimer's can't be reliably detected in advance of its impact, in August 2010, the signature for Alzheimer's was found in spinal fluid, permitting 90% accuracy of predicting Alzheimer's 5 years from its onset. This is not a criticism of Goodman, but rather an indication of the contemporary nature of the topics under discussion. I expect that this fine course will become one of TTC's most popular and hope that Dr. Goodman will be around to update in coming years.
Date published: 2010-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dr Welby returns! After an initial rather negative review, the reviews of this course have been very positive. I agree with the latter. I was interested in this course because I had just turned 60, and as physician (OB/Gyn) for some thirty years I wanted new help in steering patients thru the very changeable and complex new recommendations for personal health. I was not disappointed. Dr Goodman, (thought a surgeon by trade) has the mien of a sincere and concerned family physician. Hence the Dr Welby reference (see 1970's TV show). HIs material is also quite up to date. Many of the studies he quotes are form 2009-even early 2010. As a gynecologist, I was particularly impressed with his discussion of mammograms for women in their 40's and an excellent overview of the very complex topic of hormone replacement therapy. Negative for the course for me were: A. the section on vitamins and the one on meditation were slow. B. HIs view of moderate alcohol use, was I felt too negative. Whether this difference of outlook represents my bias or his, I am uncertain. Overall this is excellent. A strong recommended buy, and share with friends and family.
Date published: 2010-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Course Dr. Goodman provided many interesting new ideas about healthy aging that I will incorporate into my daily life. As a 65 year old overweight person I needed help and this course provided it. I feel it will do so for many other older and not so old learners.
Date published: 2010-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fireside Chats Doctors are as a rule, notoriously rushed and too busy to explain things slowly and carefully. If you want heavy medical facts, TC has a course. If you want disease and healing, TC has a course. If you want nutrition and supplementation, TC has a course. I commend them all to you. I don't believe this course was intended to compete with those. Rather one has 36 half-hour chats with a Doctor we would all want to be there for us. These are like fireside chats sans the fire. No high pressure, no unpronounceable medical terms, just spending 18 hours with a very well-informed friend. I don't agree with everything Dr Goodman says, and who knows, I could be right. But overall. I believe these would be 18 very well spent hours for anyone. You cannot help but learn something that will improve your life. Do it for someone you love, even if that is you.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and Worthwhile Course! I initially wrote this review after watching only lesson one. In light of the first review posted on line I wanted to disagree with some of that review, subject to revisiting this course when I completed it. Since this is a new course I thought it only fair that I submit my very different impression than that expressed in the first review posted on the course. I have now completed the course and wish to update my review. After finishing the course I feel even more strongly that, except perhaps for those who are already deeply versed in the various issues that Dr. Goodman discusses, there is much to be gained from this course. I am quite knowledgeable about food issues, exercise and aspects of aging and various medical issues he addresses. So I was unsure how much use this course would be for me but I wanted to see if it could be of use for my adult children, even though they too are knowledgeable, including one being married to a geriatric PA. Having finished the course I am now very enthusiastic about it for my children and want to go back through several lessons myself. With respect to the first posted review, I certainly did not get the impression of Dr. Goodman talking down to me at all and I found the content to be very useful and well presented. True, some of the material is basic but on the whole there is a lot here worth hearing. In the last year I have spent far too much time with doctors due to my wife's illnesses. I am also one who is very questioning of medical advice and not one to take a doctor at their word as I am well aware medicine is very much art as well as science. I am respectful of their training but will make up my own mind when I have the facts and advice and tests in front of me. I am not afraid of disagreeing with a doctor if not satisfied with what I am hearing. It was with this skepticism that I approached this course and was very pleasantly surprised and pleased. I did not expect to learn a lot, but I did. Having now finished the first time through the course I have decided to purchase copies of the course for each of my children and encourage them to watch it. I have sent messages to other family and friends urging them to consider this as well. My beloved wife of nearly 45 years died in December of heart disease and cancer and while I can no longer help her I can make sure that our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews are aware of the issues that Dr. Goodman discusses while it can help them. I only wish my wife and I had this information 20 or 30 years ago. It might have made a difference. Since the Teaching Company offers its lifetime guarantee there is very little risk for those who might feel this course could be useful to them. I honestly thought this might be one I would return but instead am keeping it and buying additional copies.
Date published: 2010-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Initial Presentation Excellent I am writing this review after watching lesson one only. In light of the first review posted on line I wanted to disagree with some of that review, subject to revisiting this course when I complete it. Since this is a new course I think it only fair that I submit a different impression and I have suggested to the Teaching Company that they consider sending lesson one ,as they recently sent out one lesson on weather, to let buyers get a feel for the course before deciding if they want to buy it. My own impression of the first lecture was quite favorable. I thought it was well done and is probably one of the best lectures I have listened to. I have finished two courses (Louver and Wine) so far and a fourth of the way through a third (Metropolitan Museum). I have bought 13 courses in total. I bought this course mainly to share with my 30 year old children. Unfortunately we lost their mother and my wife of 45 years to cancer in December. Retired, I spent all of last year doing research on her heart condition and then terminal cancer diagnosis. I am a lawyer, trained in research both from college where I was Phi Beta Kappa and at Duke law where I was second in my class, law review and assistant to a Rhodes Scholar heading an institute there. I chose Duke to be a research assistant as I wanted to reapply for the Rhodes having gotten to regional level as my college representative. Alas the Vietnam War interfered with those plans. I mention this only to give background that I am a skeptical researcher so if someone's presentation impresses me it has to have had some substance. Whether my initial impression of this course will continue I do not know but will revisit this with a second review when I finish. I certainly did not get the impression of talking down to me at all. And in the last year I have spent far too much time with doctors including my neighbor and friend of 30 years who is chief of staff of one of our local hospitals and our family physician. I am also one who is very questioning of medical advice and not one to take a doctor at their word as I am well aware medicine is very much art as well as science. I am respectful of their training but will make up my own mind when I have the facts and advice and tests in front of me. I am not afraid of disagreeing with a doctor if not satisfied with what I am hearing. My purpose in writing this early review is to urge those who think this course might be of use to them to make up their own minds and take any commentary here, including mine, with a grain of salt. Everyone is different as to their background, knowledge and what they want out of a course like this one. But I would hate to see someone who might find this course valuable to have been turned away without actually considering the course in person. With the Teaching Company guarantee of satisfaction there is very little risk other than your time in trying a course like this one.
Date published: 2010-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little too lightweight I was looking forward to this course and the range of topics it covers. However, the actual product was disappointing to me. I think it depends on what your previous knowledge may be. I am a fairly informed consumer looking for some new health tips; I found this course a little too simplified. It is a very basic course on "leading a healthy lifestyle" with too many anecdotes and too little science for me. In my opinion, the instructor talks down to his audience, like a physician who knows his material but doesn't think the "public" can understand, so tries to make it "accessible" in a way that sounded condescending. For example, it took to halfway thru the second lecture (45 min) before I learned anything, since it is more a pep talk on being healthy. This course resembles the TC course on nutrition in this way and in fact covers a lot of the same material. This is yet another of the "newer" TC courses that has less intellectual content. But if you want an intro course and need it presented in "easy" format, with lots of stories about the instructor, his family, his patients, etc. you might like it.
Date published: 2010-07-03
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