Have you ever found yourself glued to television commercials that promise miracle fat fighting for 40 plus persons, P90X abs or creams that make you look better at 48 than you did at 28, and wondered, “Should I buy it?” You might want to stop at the bookstore first.
Journalist Lauren Kessler took a yearlong journey, making herself a guinea pig to all those claims. Her book Counter Clockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging attempts to shine a light on the anti-aging movement and the billion-dollar industry that it feeds, stripping away fiction from fact and interviewing experts in every field.
She laughs a lot at herself and dares to ask the hard questions we’re afraid to ask — in an attempt to prolong our years and make them healthy and vital.
She started by opting for a thorough examination to determine her biological age, testing the function of her heart, lungs, arteries, etc., at some of the most cutting-edge labs where elite athletes and scientists collide to uncover what makes those bodies tick. At year’s end, she had more testing, to see if she had turned back the clock and by how much.