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I love this book!

"Younger Next Year" really is one of those books that can change your life. I love this book! One of the co-authors of "Younger Next Year," Dr. Henry Lodge, will be talking about the book this coming Saturday, 6/4/2011, from 2-3 p.m. on KSPS.My (younger) brother gave me a copy when I was in Boston last month. I had asked him why on earth he was taking "hot yoga" classes. If you've heard anything about hot yoga, you know it's not for the faint of heart. So I was curious what had caused the major lifestyle switch.

Apparently someone had given him a copy (yes, it's also one of those kinds of books) several months ago.

The thing is, this book is compelling! And it contains new information - not rehashing of what we already know.

The book was co-written by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry Lodge, M.D. and they alternate chapters. Crowley gives the "regular guy" approach with an easy, funny approach and Lodge spells out the biology behind their approach.Lodge explains that more than two thirds of what we call aging is decay rather than real aging, AND decay is optional. "It's not real aging at all, it's a biology we choose," Lodge says. "more than two thirds of illnesses we accept with aging are decay too."Much of what the author's talk about is exercise as Lodge says, "When you start to move your muscles … the chemistry inside of them changes and it changes profoundly."

They say our bodies are constantly rebuilding and growing as we age ... it turns out there are chemicals in our bodies which Lodge refers to as C6 and C10.Associated with stress, processed food, a sedentary lifestyle and a limited social life, C6 is what they call the "demolition crew."On the other hand, C10 is about exercise, a healthy diet and a good social life. Hence C10 is called the "construction" crew. When you stress your body (jogging, treadmill etc. etc. ) it releases a a bunch of C6, but not enough to trigger the construction crew (C10) to come on and repair the damage. So we end up with decay.

Lodge says exercise changes the cells throughout our bodies at the genetic level. And it's not just exercise that does it. Caring or emotion works the same way. It turns out that isolation hurts us and connection heals us, through the same basic, physical mechanisms as exercise and diet.Check out a preview on the KSPS website home page.

Then tune in on Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m. to learn about the tools in "Younger Next Year: The New Science of Aging."

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