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Caveman Bodies In a Corporate Jungle

What You Need to Know About Caveman Bodies in a Corporate Jungle

Caveman Bodies in a Corporate Jungle: How to stay healthy while excelling in a work environment, is a culmination of my two careers, one as a corporate consultant and the other as a medical consultant. As a corporate consultant I developed and trained people on the skills necessary to excel in a work environment. As a medical consultant I learned that humans did not evolve for the corporate environment which can deplete our inner “human” resources and sense of wellness. The book is divided into 3 parts as follows:

  1. Part 1. explains how we can become depleted.
  2. Part 2. explains simple lifestyle changes to prevent being depleted and enhance wellness and productivity.
  3. Part 3. explains practical workstyle methods to to adjunctively prevent depletion, enhance wellness and productivity.

In light of the above , the book makes a highly effective framework upon which to base your own Individual Wellness Track™ or for an organization to organically cultivate a wellness culture with a Corporate Wellness Track™.

A Framework For Your Individual Wellness Track™

For an individual plan you can start by purchasing the book on Amazon in a paperback, Kindle or Audible version. As you read or listen, take notes of what areas you would like to improve upon and set some short term and long term goals for a continuous improvement program. As you progress you may wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Barrett for some coaching or wellness enhancements. The methodologies of the book are designed to be self sustaining with a long term goal of continuous improvements. As you will learn, wellness is a journey, not a destination.

A Framework for Organically Cultivating a Corporate Wellness Track™

Plant the seeds of wellness and engage employees by buying books for all.  This will spark each individual to begin their own wellness plan and simultaneously spawn wellness conversations over lunch and breaks.  As interest grows and you may wish to schedule presentations and workshops to enhance furhter growth of a wellness culture.  As you notice employee motivation will surge, while costs of sick pay, worker injuries, disabilities, and healthcare will sink. You may then wish to focus growth toward continuous improvement with a Corporate Wellness Track™.

Amazon Reviews of Caveman Bodies in a Corporate Jungle

“Peter Bertucci, Ed.D

5.0 out of 5 starsI highly recommend this book
July 26, 2018
Format: Paperback
Humans are on an evolutionary trajectory that is coupled with unprecedented and rapid technological advances. Dr. Barrett’s book, Caveman Bodies in a Corporate Jungle: How to stay healthy while excelling in a work environment provides a significant scholarly and timely review of the opportunities and challenges associated with our associated circumstances. Moreover, Dr. Barrett’s corporate jungle features reflects conditions inherent to other organization such as public education. High teacher turnover rates are noteworthy in public education. Implementation of Dr. Barrett’s strategies would positively impact student and educator experiences. Finally, Dr. Barrett’s recommendations are supported by current neuroeducational research and reflect brain-compatible practices. I highly recommend this book. I could not put it down.
Peter Bertucci, Ed.D. School Psychologist”

“Michael Albrecht

5.0 out of 5 starsAn eye opener…
July 4, 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
In this very informative book, Dr. Barrett discusses self improvement from every angle possible. Meditation, proper eating habits, time management and so on. It all culminates in living a life in what Dr. Barrett classifies as the Optimal Health, Living and Longevity zone. I read the book when I could get my hands on it, as whenever I put it down, my wife would sneak off with it. If you are seeking a blueprint for how to manage your life, both personally and professionally, I highly recommend this book.
4 people found this helpful“

“James Hutchins

5.0 out of 5 starsControl your environement!
January 8, 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Dr. Barrett is spot on identifying the modern day conundrum society has created for itself. His problem definition is clear and concise and his solutions are simple to follow. As an executive, who must navigate myself and others to achieve a life balance at work, I strongly suggest “Caveman Bodies” as required reading for any manager looking to create a healthy environment in a competitive world.
2 people found this helpful“

“Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 starsSpecific/Concrete techniques that work & you can implement immediately!
January 15, 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Once you get beyond the catchy title, you’ll find “Caveman” is chock full of very applicable techniques and strategies to excel in today’s busy work world. As a professional who’s often on the road, I was helped by the author’s Time Management techniques of recognizing your Critical Success Factors. Additionally & candidly, a weakness I’ve struggled with for years is eating my way through stressful situations. While I’ve been able to overcome poor diet choices with regular exercise, it’s been more difficult as my metabolism has changed with age. Therefore, I was encouraged to find concrete ideas and a game plan in Chapter 7 with diet/lifestyle changes that I can and have followed since reading the book. Spend some time with “Caveman”, it’s worth your time! “

“Bill mahony

5.0 out of 5 starsgreat book- very informative as far as the steps you …
July 21, 2017
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great book- very informative as far as the steps you can take to minimize your stress level at work- most of America is stressed out these days and any tips you can get to relieve some of the stress is helpful- this books explains the techniques in a very organized manner which gives the reader a road map to follow. different from a lot of the self help books as it explains the why behind each recommended action
2 people found this helpful“

“Ebound

5.0 out of 5 starsI liked the book
July 22, 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I liked the book. It’s an easy read. It has good info about what we should be doing to live a more balanced, healthy life. A big plus for me is that the book explains why certain eating and working habits cause stress in our bodies. (Knowing the “why” always helps me grasp new concepts better and gives me more incentive to make changes.) Most importantly, and unlike many self-improvement books, this book offers constructive info and plans for how to make the necessary adaptations in your life. I’m going to hang onto it as a reference book.“

“AM

5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Book. Uniquely dicusses several aspects of health and productivity.
January 21, 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Loved this book. It is a game changer, and ultimately life changer. The book is unique in that is touches on several aspects of health and productivity that are not normally discussed in the same book. Dr. Barrett has crafted a great framework to optimizing mind and body to modern day work and life. Well written and informative. Dr. Barrett expertly discusses elements to success including maintaining health, managing stress reactions, time management, balanced diet, focused mind, organized workplace and developing passion.“

“F. Damian

5.0 out of 5 starsInsightful and quintessential
March 21, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
An excellent read. I stumbled upon this book by accident. As a health conscious person, I found this to be insightful and could see how “corporate personnel” who live sedentary lives, can benefit from the Dr’s advice“

“Kristen Smith

5.0 out of 5 starsAn easy to read and highly informative guide to a healthy …
September 16, 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
An easy to read and highly informative guide to a healthy life, both inside and outside of work life. I keep this book on my desk and enjoy my “coffee break” digesting chapters and re-reading as reminders of what is really important. Thank you Dr. Barrett! I have recommended this book to my work colleagues and family members alike. Who wouldn’t benefit?!
One person found this helpful“

“D. Dow

5.0 out of 5 starsA Definite Must Read
February 18, 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book is a DEFINITE must read. Wish it were published years ago. Do not waste time – I recommend that you read Caveman Bodies In A Corporate Jungle now!!!
Caveman Bodies in a Corporate Jungle: How to Stay Healthy While Excelling in a Work Environment

5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
September 5, 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Makes a great gift! Excellent seller! Fast shipping! A+++++++
One person found this helpful“

“John Caughey

5.0 out of 5 starsGreat advice and fun to read!
January 13, 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Very well written and fun to read! Dr. Barrett balances humor and science to provide a daily guide to living a healthier and happier life. I appreciated the practical examples and logical advice from one chapter to the next. I plan to keep this book handy for reference. Enjoyed the artwork as well! “

“A. Peterson

5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent tips on coping with the ebb and flow of …
January 14, 2018
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Excellent tips on coping with the ebb and flow of every aspect of life, maintaining equilibrium during uncertainty, and how to adopt more positive thoughts. This book offers valuable insight, the illustrations are humorous and witty. “

“Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 starsStay Positive!!
February 4, 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I particularly liked Chapter 15 – Maintaining a Positive and Winning Attitude. It stressed staying positive and happy no matter what obstacles may be in front of you both in work and life. Always keep smiling!! “

“Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
March 21, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Highly recommended, definitely worth taking the time to read! “

“Brian

5.0 out of 5 starsMuch Needed Guide on Staying Healthy While Navigating the Workplace
May 30, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
I love the fact that I can read the chapters in random order if I’m looking for answers to specific questions. However, I do recommend reading the whole book as it’s chock full of brilliant information. The writing is fluent and easy to comprehend. No fancy medical jargon or air of pretentiousness, although with Dr. Barrett’s credentials, talent and medical know-how, it’s pretty amazing how down-to-earth he is. I read the book because I am a former patient — I was barely 24 when I was rear-ended and left with debilitating pain that cost me my job and prevented me from walking without excruciating pain. I tried physical therapy, massage, chiropractic adjustments but nothing worked until I started acupuncture treatments with Dr. Barrett. He gave me my life and freedom back and I haven’t had any pain related to the accident since then. If you’re blessed to live in L.A., do yourself a favor and book a session with him. He’s the funniest guy I know and will put you in a better mood with his humor and his needles. If you’re not in L.A., do the next best thing and read his book. It combines the best of East and West healing practices and gives you an excellent guide on how to navigate life in the corporate world, or any field of work, to be honest. I may have picked up his book because I was his patient but I’m reviewing and referring others to his book because of how great and helpful it is. Read it, you won’t regret it.“

“Craig Harada

5.0 out of 5 starsI mostly liked section 2 on the 3 Steps to Optimal Health
February 2, 2018
Format: Paperback
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover but this one lived up to its catchy title and clever artwork. I mostly liked section 2 on the 3 Steps to Optimal Health, Productivity and Longevity. I have heard a lot about how important a good diet and stress management are, but Dr. Barrett really spells it out in a way that is easy understand and follow. Also, the chapter on the importance of a positive attitude really hit home. Dr. Barrett has a great method of benchmarking how positive you are and how to constantly improve. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in gaining an edge over their career and enjoyment of life.“

“ed sheehy

5.0 out of 5 starsReads Like a Cliff Notes for Health, Well-Being, and Success!
January 17, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
It has been some time since I was sucked in to reading a book by the promised of cartoons inside, but I am so glad that I was! This book is effortless to read as it flows logically, succinctly, and intuitively through each topic discussed. Dr. Barrett, given his long years in the corporate jungle before finding his true path as a practitioner of Eastern Medicine, is uniquely qualified to share advice in this well-written book. He provides many excellent examples of why we react to things the way we do, how to avoid that behavior going forward, and how to make the most of our innate skills for success while reducing the accompanying stress caused by chasing our goals along the way. One unexpected side-benefit of the book for me is the Qi Gong exercises, which Dr Barret introduces and demonstrates in photos. Rare is the day that I do not begin with this routine for stretching aging joints while allowing my mind to focus on the work ahead. Great Read! “

“Devinder

5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing and Enlightening Book
October 21, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
i really enjoyed reading this book and have repeatedly referred back to it for ideas to resolve stressful situations. Dr. Barrette’s knowledge and discussions cover a wide variety of stress management techniques that i had never seen addressed in one book before. But it makes sense that a good diet in addition to time management are two key factors to minimize stress. These are just 2 pearls of knowledge i found enlightening. There is so much more and i highly recommend this to anyone who wishes to have less stress, more success, and more time to enjoy life.
~ Tara Chadda“

“Edward T. Humphreville

5.0 out of 5 starsLots of good advice in different areas
September 15, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
John has a love of learning. He loved learning in Beijing-quite an experience.
Lots of useful stuff in the book.
Take a chapter and work through it.
What’s it mean to you? Have fun with it.
Apply it.
Take from it what you want.
Next chapter.

Ok, when’s he going on YouTube?“

“Rita V.

5.0 out of 5 starsSuch a good, fun and informative read!
June 5, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
I really love how easy to read and well put together this book is. The author did a great job at explaining the origin of a lot of our health issues in today’s society and explaining what we could do to fix them! Strongly recommend this read“!

“michael roth

5.0 out of 5 starsReading this book made me realize how simple steps toward self awareness can easily lead to the creation of and adherence to constructive …
January 16, 2018
Format: Paperback
Having a background in both Corporate America and Eastern Medicine, Dr Barrett speaks from experience and is a very relatable author. Reading this book made me realize how simple steps toward self awareness can easily lead to the creation of and adherence to constructive habits. His process feels both manageable and natural and I can see myself continuing to apply it over the long term.

This book is a pleasure to read. I highly recommend it anyone who has a desire to break the monotony of the daily grind.“

Kirkus Independent Review of Caveman Bodies in a Corporate Jungle

Dr. John Barrett “knows that busy corporate lifestyles and tight schedules can lead to illness, stress, sedentary habits, and a plethora of negative emotions. However, he argues that humans, despite their primal instincts, don’t have to be held hostage by ever changing work environments or the anxieties of traffic, family obligations, and a hectic work life. The book outlines his strategies to help readers become more aware of stressors, time-wasters, and familiar ruts that lead to bad habits. For example, he points out that deadlines and warnings at work are often designed to instill fear in order to encourage efficiency and focus. However, this can cause a fight-or-flight response, which he says can “compromise your health” if left uncontrolled. Barrett explains the various parts of the nervous system and how they work together to read one’s environment and send signals to the brain to react. He suggests daily practices that he says can result in calm, focused decision-making as well as ways to minimize stress through diet and various exercises. These practices, he says, are key to navigating an inevitably stressful world. Throughout the book, Barrett effectively emphasizes that a sense of peace is crucial to maintaining one’s focus and well-being. In one section, for example, Barrett suggests the “PAD” approach: naming a “Problem,” formulating an “Action” in response, and setting a “Date” or time span to complete that action. In this way, he says, a person can feel relief by taking a step toward resolution, thus reducing stress. Overall, the book is well-organized and conversational in tone, making it almost effortless to understand the theories and practices at hand. Whether readers have corporate positions or demanding roles as caregivers, this manual will offer them practical ways to work toward inner peace.

A successful guide to maintaining one’s passion, peace, and happiness in a demanding environment.”

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