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Reading for Health, Longevity and Wellbeing. Bedside Books of Health Professionals. Singapore, May 2024.

Updated: May 30

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May 2024

We thought to ask a handful of key professionals in Singapore's health space to share their current reading, as well as recommendations from the past. I thank everyone who has shared their selections with us.

Some of the books currently being read are newly released, others not. In six months time perhaps they will be remembered, perhaps not. Other books in the list are those that have remained in the readers' headspace, influencing them over time. Longevity on the bookshelf.

Scroll down and discover. Click on the image and you will be directed to a relevant online retailer page or our own review. What books have you enjoyed reading? Make your suggestion at the bottom of page and perhaps we can enjoy and share them in the future.

Stay Healthy,



Dr. Arun Jayaraj, medical doctor and health coach (his website), provides us with a couple of selections. The first is a constant go-to and re-read...

Thich Naht Hanh Singapore
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment
Thich Nhat Hanh

And the second, an all time favourite,

on the creation of the world's first Blue Zone version 2.0

Lee Kuan Yew Singapore health
From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000
Lee Kuan Yew, foreward by Henry Kissinger

Ross Stewart Campbell, Founder & CEO at Beyond Activ health events, is currently reading...

Don't Sweat Richard Carlson Singapore
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and it's All Small Stuff
Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking over Your Life
Richard Carlson

Timothy Ferris Singapore
Tools Of Titans
The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Timothy Ferriss

Ross, wishing you every success for your upcoming Beyond Activ World event,

Singapore June 11-13.


On Shantanu Kumar's, CEO at Xandro Labs, beside table is...

Why we sleep Matthew Walker Singapore
Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Shan's book recommendation is...

Gut Julia Enders Singapore
The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
(Revised Edition)
Giulia Enders

If your interest is gut health, you might also enjoy our book review of “Fiber Fueled" Dr. Will Bulsiewicz.


Jeremy Lim, CEO of AMILI and master of all things microbiome, is currently reading...

Venki Ramikrishnan Singapore
Why We Die
The New Science of Aging and the Quest for Immortality
Venki Ramakrishnan

Jeremy's recommendation is also the ever popular...

Why we sleep Matthew Wlaker
Why We Sleep

Now open on Kamil Pabis' bedside table, longevity PhD researcher at NUS Centre of Healthy Longevity...

Methuselah Zoo Austad Singapore
Methuselah's Zoo
What Nature Can Teach Us about Living Longer, Healthier Lives
Steven Austad

Kamil recommends our first textbook in this series of articles...

Handbook of the Biology of Aging
(Handbooks of Aging)
Nicolas Musi (Editor), Peter Hornsby (Editor)

Ivan Vatchkov, founder and CEO at Ivan is reading one of the most popular longevity books of the moment... (the other is Michael Greger's How Not to Age)

Outlive Attia Singapore
The Science and Art of Longevity 
Peter Attia MD, Bill Gifford  

And his recommended book...

Atomic Habits Clear Singapore
Atomic Habits
An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
James Clear
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Related Resources

What is health literacy? CDC website

Magnus JR, Peresetsky AA. A Statistical Explanation of the Dunning-Kruger Effect. Front Psychol. 2022 Mar 25;13:840180. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.840180. PMID: 35401341; PMCID: PMC8992690.

Huang LY, Lin YP, Glass GF Jr, Chan EY. Health literacy and patient activation among adults with chronic diseases in Singapore: A cross-sectional study. Nurs Open. 2021 Sep;8(5):2857-2865. doi: 10.1002/nop2.873. Epub 2021 May 4. PMID: 33942559; PMCID: PMC8363362.

Liu C, Wang D, Liu C, Jiang J, Wang X, Chen H, Ju X, Zhang X. What is the meaning of health literacy? A systematic review and qualitative synthesis. Fam Med Community Health. 2020 May;8(2):e000351. doi: 10.1136/fmch-2020-000351. PMID: 32414834; PMCID: PMC7239702.


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