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The Perricone Promise
By Nicholas Perricone
Read by Lloyd Sherr

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The Perricone Promise
Look Younger, Live Longer in Three Easy Steps
By Nicholas Perricone, M.D.
Read by Lloyd Sherr
With a Special Introduction by the Author
Time Warner AudioBooks, (2005)
A Recording on 2 CDs
ISBN: 1-59483-070-3
Genre: Health, Diet

Reviewed by Angela Evans - March 9, 2005

In our modern society, the quest for youth and beauty is an almost universal endeavor, except for the very young. The wrinkles that come with age are feared like some ancient plague. For those embarking on the quest for eternal youth and beauty, Dr. Nicholas Perricone has some advice that you might find worthwhile to listen to. This audio recoding of Dr. Perricone's new book, The Perricone Promise: Look Younger, Live Longer in Three Easy Steps is read by Lloyd Sherr, and includes an introduction by the author himself. Best of all, included on the second CD in this set is a PDF file with a printable version of Perricone's 28-Day Program, as well as an assortment of recipes. In total, this PDF file is more than 70 pages long, making it almost a book in and of itself. To open this file you will need to have a program called Adobe Reader installed on your computer. If you don't already have a copy, it can be downloaded for free over the Internet.

Perricone's theory in regard to how to look younger and feel better is primarily geared toward making dietary changes in your life and by minimizing stress. Perricone's theory is based on how peptides can cause inflammatory damage to the body's cells. He shows how by eating certain foods, we can eliminate these inflammatory peptides while encouraging the production of anti-inflammatory peptides. As part of his plan he recommends eliminating bad habits such as smoking or not sleeping enough, and consuming 'bad' foods like coffee and high fat foods. He also advocates the eating of a healthy diet, as outlined in the plan, and exercising regularly.

In The Perricone Promise the author explains the basis of the plan - that inflammation at the cellular level is the primary cause of the signs of aging and numerous diseases such as cancer, stroke, and diabetes. He explains the science behind his theory and how peptides and neuropeptides can cause or retard the aging process. He also shows how you can decrease the negative peptides while increase the positive peptides, by means of dietary changes. By following this program, Perricone says that you can not only slow the aging process, but actually turn the clock back - making you look and feel better, both physically and mentally.

Following the Perricone plan requires following a strict diet that includes regular use of dietary supplements and vitamins. Perricone also encourages you to use his brand of cosmetics. I did a quick search on the Internet, and his topical creams and line of supplements seemed a bit pricey for my wallet - but if the system works for you, they could be well worth the expense.

Does this plan work? I followed the diet for about a week, and I did notice an increase in energy levels, but nothing in my physical appearance - however I did not follow the diet for the period suggested, nor did I try any of Perricone's cosmetics. There are many people, however, who follow the Perricone Plan religiously and swear that his system is effective. In fact, he has a large following among some well known actors such as Courtney Cox.

The Perricone Promise offers an intriguing plan that promises a great deal while never claiming to be a magic fix. I'm not a scientist, so I cannot attest to the soundness of Perricone's medical theories, I'd tend to take them with a grain of salt. If his research was so groundbreaking and credible, I would think that there would be a great deal more coverage of this theory than there has been. But you never know. He might have really stumbled upon the cure of the century - time will tell. Either way, there are a lot of people out there that swear by the Perricone plan, and anything that gets people to exercise and eat a healthy diet gets my vote.


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