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Next Avenue: Trying to live longer just might be killing us

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

Barbara Ehrenreich has written or co-authored 20 books — and that was after earning her doctorate in cellular immunology. Her most well-known book may be the best-selling “Nickel and Dimed,” for which she went undercover for three months working at minimum-wage jobs around the country, revealing how difficult it was to make a living that way.

Ehrenreich is known for her dedication to issues of social justice, accompanied by extensive research and a biting wit. In her latest book, “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer,” she takes on society’s attitude toward aging and death and finds that many of us are working too hard to prolong our lives at any cost.

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