'20 Years Younger': Bob Greene's Advice for Living Well, Eating Healthy and Looking Great As You Age


By the time I met Harold A. Lancer, MD, I'd already talked to a few different doctors and tried their plans, but with less than stellar results. When I went in to see Dr. Lancer, both his knowledge and his demeanor immediately impressed me. During my appointment, he had me take off my shirt so he could assess the skin below my chin, and then he proceeded to call in his staff of assistants and nurses. There I was, with a group of women looking at me as if I were in a petri dish, when Dr. Lancer said, "Look at him. He has the body of someone decades younger." Just when I was starting to feel a little puffed up, he added, "His skin, though -- that's just about right for his age." He started to point out all my sun damage and age spots. I was hoping for a better report, but given that I have the kind of skin that wrinkles if you look at it too long, I wasn't surprised. And Dr. Lancer, as you'll see when you read his chapter, tells it like it is.

What I like most about Dr. Lancer's approach (and I think you will, too) is that he has shown that you can get your skin to behave younger -- not just look younger, but actually be younger -- with three simple skin care steps. To his mind, all the popular cosmetic procedures, ranging from lasers and fillers to neurotoxins, are really beautifiers of the last resort. He sees the trend starting to go away from these more invasive interventions and toward a more cost-effective, natural, do-it-yourself approach to skin maintenance. I can say from personal experience that it really works.

Another expert whose contribution to this book offers great benefits is Ronald L. Kotler, MD. Dr. Kotler and I met when we happened to be appearing on "Good Morning America" on the same day. I watched his segment on sleep and admired his approach to getting a good night's slumber and the user-friendly way he conveyed the information. In his chapter, Dr. Kotler, who is also the coauthor, with Maryann Karinch, of "365 Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep," explains how sleep changes as you get older and how you can offset those changes with some simple strategies. It turns out that adequate sleep not only affects the way you look and feel but is also connected to lowering the risk of many life-shortening diseases.

I like to keep my website updated with the latest information about health, exercise, skin care, and nutrition, including vitamin, mineral, and other dietary supplements. But I'd been feeling frustrated by the quality of the supplements on the market as well as the information supporting them. They always seemed to have too much of one thing and too little of something else. I was so disappointed by what I found out there that I started thinking about developing my own line. That's when I met Diane L. McKay, PhD, to whom I turned for advice on both the efficacy and safety of supplements. Dr. McKay has done extensive research on vitamin and mineral supplementation, is up on the latest studies, and brings a bit of sanity to a topic that can be confusing and somewhat controversial. Her contributions to the book have been invaluable. In chapter 3, Dr. McKay helps separate the supplements that have true anti-aging and overall health benefits from the ones that are a waste of money, and she provides a guide to safely adding supplements to your diet.

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