Nonfiction Book Award Status: Bronze
What if getting older didn’t have to mean experiencing joint pain, insomnia, or frequently feeling tired and worn out? For Dr. Matthew Ehrlich, it doesn’t. His guidebook offers a compilation of the best health advice from the most trusted sources, drawing from his training in anti-aging medicine and his work in the exercise physiology lab. Aging doesn’t have to mean losing the strength, mobility, energy and vitality of your younger mind and body.
“The Vail Method: Getting Better Not Just Older” (Advantage Press, January 2020) is Dr. Matthew Ehrlich’s comprehensive lifestyle guide for readers of all ages to begin working towards healthier aging. Dr. Ehrlich covers the latest science behind improving a person’s fitness. Utilizing a technique called “lactate threshold testing” – often used in training professional athletes such as Tour de France bikers – Dr. Ehrlich demonstrates how these tests can also help weekend warriors improve their cardio fitness and performance. In addition, Dr. Ehrlich filters through the disinformation of “fad diets” and reviews the many health benefits of a plant-based diet, providing readers with studied evidence and easy recipes he has used to thrive in a meat-eating household. He also covers mindfulness, hormone replacement therapy, the importance of rest and recovery for athletes, and the sleep disorders many experience as they age.
Matt Ehrlich, M.D. is a lifelong distance runner and cyclist who is passionate about maintaining wellness through nutrition and exercise, and helping others to do so. He is fellowship trained in anti-aging medicine from the Cenegenics Medical Institute. In the last five years he has studied with the exercise physiologists, sports nutritionists, and trainers at the Human Performance Lab at the UC Boulder Sports Medicine facility. His greatest education, however, has come from 25 years in caring for patients and learning the problems that detract from aging well.
Dr. Ehrlich completed college and medical school in a combined six-year program at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. and Albany Medical College, in Albany, NY. He graduated summa cum laude and was honored with membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. His internship in internal medicine was at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by his residency in ophthalmology at the world-renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, and fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at UCLA. His book on LASIK, How to See Like a Hawk When You’re Blind as a Bat was a national success.