How to live a happier, healthier and longer life

Feb 20, 2019 | Tony Byrne's View

Regular readers of my blogs will be aware that if you are financially comfortably off there are 3 major benefits to you:

  1. You live longer;
  2. You live healthier;
  3. You have less relationship breakdowns.

Most of our clients are baby boomers aged 55 plus. Some are in their eighties and even nineties. I’ve often thought that our clients seem to live a long time. That got me thinking, which led me to finding out about the 3 main benefits of our advice as summarised above.

I have been keen to live a healthy life for many years. I became a vegetarian 27 years ago and only became a pescatarian 2 years ago. I have kept myself very fit especially for the last 20 years. So, when I was bought a book called How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger at Christmas by my young colleague Chloe as a Secret Santa gift, it was treated a bit as a joke at the time. This is because I talk a lot about the benefits of a good diet and fitness in the office and I probably bore my team silly.

However, once I started reading the book I was astounded by what I learnt. I already knew the benefits of a healthier diet and my diet has been a predominantly plant food and whole food one for the last 27 years anyway. Dr. Michael Greger examines the top 15 causes of death in the US such as heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s and high blood pressure for example. He explains how nutritional and lifestyle choices can sometimes overcome prescription drugs and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches. These choices also help to prevent and reverse these diseases thereby freeing us to live healthier lives.

Dr. Greger is a nutrition expert, a doctor and the founder of When he studied at medical school he despaired at how little nutrition was taught to trainee doctors, if at all. This is in spite of the fact that the diet and lifestyle he preaches has been proven by extensive medical research and trials to be the healthiest way to live your life. In fact the more plant food and whole food based your diet is, the better. It turns out that veganism is the healthiest diet of all.

How Not To Die is an extremely interesting read, which reveals fascinating insights and educates the reader in how seemingly miraculous medical cures emanate from eating the right food and drinking the right liquid. Many of these nutritional cures have better results than drugs and with no side effects.

Take diabetes as an example. 95% of diabetes cases are type 2 diabetes which is the version that is self-induced. In other words, the Western diet, which is dominated by processed foods, meat, fish and poultry is literally killing us. In particular the high amount of sugar in Western diets is causing an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes. After just a few weeks or months of conversion to a predominantly plant and whole food based diet the symptoms of sufferers completely disappeared and they were able to stop taking diabetes drugs. What’s more, the new diet meant that the side effects of the drugs disappeared too.

This type 2 diabetes example is one of many such examples peppered throughout the book and all backed up by extensive medical research involving tens of thousands of people over decades. The results are beyond dispute.

The profits from Dr. Greger’s book all go to charity, as do the profits from his website. The very fact that this book is written by a nutritional expert who is not personally benefiting from his own educational material makes his expert advice even more convincing. This man has no axe to grind other than to make us all live healthier, happier and longer lives. 

I recommend the book to you. Even if you don’t follow through on all of his tips and advice, you will find How Not To Die a truly interesting and insightful read.

So, if you would like to find out how to become financially free and live a long and happy retirement, why not get in touch with us for a financial review? You know it makes sense.

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