August 5th, 2011
01:49 PM ET

Becoming the 'healthiest man alive'

Author A.J. Jacobs has made a name for himself by self-imposing extreme challenges on his lifestyle, and then writing about them.

Recently, he decided he would try to live as healthy a life as possible, and that means following whatever health advice is out there. He once also tried to live according to all of the many hundreds of rules in the Bible for an entire year.

He discussed these projects at TEDMED, an annual gathering of innovative thinkers in San Diego, California, in October.

Jacobs is apparently working on a new book, too, but its subject is top secret until the spring, his publicist said.

Also, check out CNN's interview with A.J. last year here.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Paul

    Surprisingly funny.

    August 6, 2011 at 01:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Emelia Kanson

    Was this meant to be an article, or an advertisement?

    August 6, 2011 at 02:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Larry

    In America the problem is the food. If it's been processed it might not be food, any more. What they do in the name of processing is often secret and not disclosed. If you put this processed stuff in your mouth you are making one big leap of faith.

    August 6, 2011 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • anemone

      You got it. It's almost impossible to eat completely healthy, or I should say, as we were intended to eat, here in America. But at least we have many options available to us that other countries don't. You can find almost all kids of foods here.

      August 7, 2011 at 13:08 | Report abuse |
  4. buffalo

    "This just in: A.J. Jacobs, the quote, healthiest man alive, was struck and killed by a beer truck as he was crossing the street!"

    August 7, 2011 at 22:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. wisdom4u2

    This guy is hilarious and brilliant!! I can wait to read his book!

    August 7, 2011 at 23:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. almxx

    This will be another case of good advice completely ignored by most, because after all.......our lives are totally programmed by our creator. That is the reason for compulsive behavior. It's also the reason our life paths turn out the way they do. Our emotional reactions are our controlling factors, along with our mental and physical gifts and our genes.

    August 8, 2011 at 04:22 | Report abuse | Reply
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