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After 30 years of pioneering research with NASA, Joan Vernikos has written the first book to focus on the fundamental importance of gravity in maintaining youthful vigor. In it, she applies lessons learned from the experiences of U.S. astronauts and Soviet/Russian cosmonauts in space to ordinary people here on Earth. Highly practical, the "What You Can Do about It" section in each chapter is a comprehensive guide that will help young people, baby boomers, the elderly, and professionals make smart lifestyle choices.

The G-Connection is written in down-to-earth and understandable language. Peppered with firsthand anecdotes from astronauts and interesting stories of Vernikos's own voyage of discovery, this book is both a fun and credible resource. The excitement for her work and ideas comes across clearly and is contagious. The reader finishes the book knowing what to do differently in his or her daily life to slow down or even reverse the aging process.

"It is a treasure trove of ideas to a geriatrician"-Harold J. Guy, M.D., Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of California San Diego Medical School, San Diego, California

"The premise is plausible and the contents thoroughly referenced and well documented. It is written in a flowing style with humor and self-assurance and with language that never patronizes the reader."-Ralph Pelligra, M.D., NASA Ames Chief Medical Officer Moffett Field, California.

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Joan Vernikos, Ph.D., former director of NASA's Life Sciences, is a recognized leader in the field of stress management and coping . Her research in this field led to "Stress Fitness for Seniors" published in 2009. She is a pioneer of space medicine. Her extensive research led to her discovery of a revolutionary link between gravity and healthy aging and the publication of "The G-Connection: Harness Gravity and Reverse Aging" in 2004. There are now versions in Greek (2004), Japanese (2007) and Portuguese (Brazil 2009). Recipient of numerous awards of which the latest ins the Boynton Award by the American Astronautical Society in 2009. The G-Connection received the Book Award of the International Academy of Astronautics in 2009. She is a writer, speaker, coach and consultant on all issues dealing with staying fit and healthy. She lives in Culpeper, VA. Read more about her on .

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