The big 5 by Dr Sanjiv Chopra

The Big 5 by Dr Sanjiv Chopra

The Big 5, by Dr Sanjiv Chopra with David Fisher
PUBLISH DATE 10.05.2016
Health and Personal Development

Dr Sanjiv Chopra, Professor of Medicine & Faculty Dean, Director of Clinical Hepatology and Author

David Fisher , Author


Pan Macmillan sent me this book a couple weeks ago, it is a proof copy and will be published in May.

The big 5 things that Chopra says will enable you to live a longer and healthier life are:

Vitamin D
Nuts and

This book explains why each of the above is good for you and also provides many examples of studies to prove the point.

I used to be concerned with drinking a lot of coffee, only because other people kept telling me it wasn't good for me. However, thanks to Chopra and his research, I will be drinking coffee happily without any concern whatsoever.

After reading even just the first chapter, it felt like this switch in my mind flicked on to 'activate' and my focus became much sharper. This book gave me the foundation and inspiration I needed to make simple adjustments to live a healthier, longer life.


Notes and Quotes:

  • "Worldwide, an estimated 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day"
  • According to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos "you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running."
  • "If it wasn't for coffee, I'd have no identifiable personality whatsoever." David Letterman
  • "As Honore Balzac wrote almost two centuries ago, 'As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move...similes arise, the paper is covered. Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to struggle.'"
  • "The best time to produce vitamin D is when your shadow is shorter than your height."
  • "...during prehistoric times if a person couldn't move quickly and wasn't strong, that person died."
  • "In 2838BC Chinese scholars listed the hazelnut as one of the five sacred foods that the gods had bestowed upon human beings."
  • "The goal of meditation isn't to control your thoughts, it's to stop letting them control you."
  • "Let me leave you with an ancient aphorism. You should meditate once a day, and if you don't have time for that, you should meditate twice a day."
  • "Popular diets today are designed and marketed for profit."