TN50#110, Peter Attia Made Me Tear Up, 03 April 2023

Hi Team,

Happy Monday and welcome to The Next 50 #110.  I like to think of personal performance in 3 buckets: physical, mental and emotional.  This blog is my playground or sandbox for sharing little tidbits of information that you might find useful regarding those 3 domains.

For many years I have appreciated all of the content Dr. Peter Attia has been sharing with the world in 2 of those domains: physical and mental.  Now every once and awhile Peter has featured guests who focus more on that 3 bucket, emotional performance, but this is the exception and not the norm and why the title of this blog is so surprising.

Dr. Attia wrote a book, Outlive, the book was released about a week ago.

It’s good.

You should read it.

Here’s why:

  1. You’ll get introduced to the concept of Medicine 3.0 and with it an introduction to all the things we currently think we know about how human’s work and how they should be cared for that won’t make it into the common systems and discussions of healthcare and selfcare for another 10 years or more (if ever).
  2. If you have traded your “health for wealth” and have no idea how to reverse or balance that trade this book will give you a path forward, including strategy and tactics.
  3. If you use Audible, listening to this book will replace over 17 hours of other useless news you might listen to.

The book is broken out into 3 sections:

  1. Section 1 sets up the book and how Dr. Attia thinks about health and longevity from strategic to tactical.
  2. Section 2 offers you a front row seat to the 4 horsemen of modern (western) diseases of death; those are metabolic diseases, cardiovascular diseases, cancers and neurodegenerative diseases.
  3. Section 3 offers up a summation of the frameworks and tactics that Peter Attia uses personally and with his clients, he is the founder of a longevity focused medical practice called Early Medical.

In my opinion the chapters on the 4 horsemen are worth the price of the book for those who haven’t been paying attention to what we really know about the diseases of modernity that are killing most Westerners the last few decades!

Also, in my opinion chapter 17, prioritizing emotional health, should have been at the front of the book.  In fact, I recommend you read this chapter first then read it again when you get back to it.  This is the chapter that made me tear up, kids always get me.  I recognize a lot of Attia’s emotional health issues in many of the people I served with in the military, not myself of course, wink, wink, nod, nod.  The idea of little t traumas vs. big T traumas resonates with me; kinda like having a few TBIs vs. thousands of micro-TBI’s.

Ok then, buy Peter Attia’s book Outlive, read the last chapter first, enjoy.

As always share the post with your team or anyone who might find it useful and let me know what you think!

Have a good one, Alex

PS. If you need help with implementation on this book, or know someone who does, let me know. I’ve been a guide in this space for many years.