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With all the news coverage of the US government “shutdown” you would think the sky is falling. In truth about 85% of the US Federal government is still operating normally. I think we would do well to remember that private citizens are what keep everything going, and that government should serve our needs, not the other way around.

We still have to get up and go to work in the morning, pay our bills, take care of our families, and all the other things that life involves on a daily basis. So it goes with health as well. We are the stewards of our own health, and if we do not take care of ourselves, no “healthcare plan” whether private or government run will matter.

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Our health is in OUR hands. Always remember that, and you will go a long way towards making sure that you have the health to enjoy your life fully and for a long time! One of the most important aspects of health is how your colon (also called the gut) functions.

Since certain neurotransmitters are actually made in your intestinal tract, “gut health” can affect your emotions, and thinking as well as how you physically feel. So as you can see it’s vitally important to have it functioning optimally!

There are several things we need to get this right. One is the right type and amount of fiber, and the other is probiotic bacteria.  Click on the links below to check out my web pages on these two topics.

Fiber:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/dietary-fiber.html

Soluble Fiber and Cholesterol

http://www.cholesteroltutor.com/soluble-fiber-for-cholesterol/

Probiotics:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/probiotics.html

Health of your stomach and colon is the key to overall health for several reasons. You need to absorb and assimilate your food for the nutrients your body needs. If your GI tract isn’t healthy, you can get needed nutrients from your foods.

The longer the “transit time” it takes for waste to exit the colon, the longer you are exposed to toxins that can create cancerous conditions in the body. Think about it, you wouldn’t keep your garbage in your kitchen for months, you would throw it out as soon as possible, because keeping it around is unsanitary.

The same can be said for eliminating waste from your body. It needs to happen every day, and be as complete as possible. An adequate amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber is essential to this process.

An example of insoluble fiber is Psyllium seed husks. These absorb water and provide a “bulking” effect to waste in the colon.

An example of soluble fiber is fruit like apples which also assist in elimination though stimulation of peristalsis (the process of moving the bowels). By the way, the bowels should be moved at least once per day if not more.

I have heard doctors tell their patients that this is not important. In the case of one gentleman I know, his doctor told him that a bowel movement every few days was “normal” for him. This is incredibly bad medical advice.

I have had good luck with just plain Psyllium husks in water, but of course your experience may be different. Whole grains like oat groats, quinoa, or ground flaxseeds can help provide the fiber that’s beneficial to the colon.

Another factor that’s important is the bacteria that is found in the colon. If it’s the normal beneficial bacteria then you will have normal bowel function, and neither be constipated or suffer from diarrhea.

You can get this beneficial bacteria either from probiotic supplements or dairy products like yogurt or kefir. Commercial yogurts and kefirs lose much of their benefit from pasteurization.  While I think the dangers of unpasteurized products are overblown, I can’t advise you to consume them for reasons of liability.

It’s safest to use a probiotic supplement or fermented dairy products as your probiotic source. Those of you who get my newsletter know that I am an advocate of the blood type diet.

When you buy these fermented dairy products, look for ones that advertise that they contain “live cultures.” This indicates they will have sufficient bacteria to be of help to you. Avoid products that contain a lot of sugar, or artificial sweeteners for obvious reasons.

Look for a live-cultured plain yogurt, preferably made from goat milk or a pasture raised cow’s milk. For kefir, the same rules follow. Plain and unsweetened is best, and you can add some berries for natural sweetening to the yogurt or kefir.

Probiotic bacteria is specific to blood type and in the near future I will be delving int that with some specific recommendations. Let’s suffice it to say that for all intents and purposes, the right probiotic foods and supplements for your blood type will result in a normally functioning colon and regular bowel movements.

So if what you are doing results in normal function, then you pretty much have it right!

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Now I have something very cool to share with all of you…

Barbara Streisand is possibly the most talented performer that ever graced a stage in any time period. Yes I know that is quite an accolade, but I believe it is well earned.

There is a full concert by the incomparable Barbara Streisand on Youtube, and here is the link:

Enjoy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upFtYYpgb3A

I had forgotten how gorgeous her voice is and how romantic her delivery is. She is truly a once in a lifetime performer, and I’m glad I live in a time when I get to hear her perform.

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“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

Plato

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“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There’s no time like the present! I know you have heard that before, but until something really hits you you don’t fully understand the meaning of that phrase. I recently got word that a friend of mine who was 52 years of age died suddenly of a heart attack.

The was someone I had not seen for some years, but from the pictures I have seen he looked to be in good health and good spirits. He leaves behind a wife and daughter and many friends who are I am sure just as perplexed as I am by this turn of events.

Life is short, and sometimes unfairly short. It reminds us that we should not let time go by without doing the things we want to do, and making the most of the time we have. This applies in all areas of life, from your work, to your family and social life.

It is always the right time to make positive changes in your health and well being. There are many new tools available to help you, some of which I will be reviewing here.
However don’t be afraid to get out there and start, because you will never learn until you take the first steps. You have to make mistakes before you can correct them and learn from them.

Success if nothing more than a process of doing things, learning, and making corrections when needed. You continually refine the processes you use until you get to the point where you are producing consistent results time after time. Promoting good health is a series of corrections you make to your diet, exercise and approach to stress.

Eventually you will learn exactly what your body and mind need to be in optimal health. You can be moving toward better health even as you age, if you are willing to learn and apply what you learn in real time.

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Every weightlifter, bodybuilder, and powerlifter knows and understands the value of squats. The squat exercise is hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years old. Humans have been squatting both as exercise and as a functional movement pattern as long as there have been humans on the Earth.

The exercise is probably the single most effective for building strength and health. Why would this be? Well, it’s partly because the legs are the foundation of the body and of our overall body strength.

The other reason is that squats positively affect the autonomic nervous system, which is the part of our nervous system that is involved with digestion, elimination, rest, and regeneration. This is probably the reason they are such effective muscle builders.

But they have benefits for everyone young and old alike. I began doing squats when I was 14 years old and still continue to do them to this day! As a result, I can maintain a stable weight and flat stomach at age 58 with very little effort.

The muscle I have built using squats and other functional exercises allows me to easily keep excess weight off and maintain a foundation of strength without long or frequent workouts.

Hindu wrestlers in India did hundreds of squats a day which they called Hindu squats or “bethaks.” The tremendous conditioning effect of this exercise allowed the Hindu wrestlers to easily defeat the best wrestlers in Europe and the world over.

This video clip will show you how to do “freehand” squats (without weights).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDdSZmWNYQI

I would suggest that you do this exercise 2-3 times per week to start, and perform 3 sets of 5-10 repetitions. Always start very conservatively with these because they are VERY demanding on your system.

As you go along, you will get a feel for how often you can do them and how much is too much.  I can tell you from experience that no other exercise will give you the benefits that the Hindu squat will.

They will help everything from weight control to health enhancement. You may even find they are helpful if you have a problem with regularity because again, they affect the “parasympathetic nervous system” which controls the bowels.

As you progress, you can add weight in the form of a light kettlebell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af_N4T7wtMM

or even a dumbbell or barbell plate held in your hands. There are lots of variations of the basic squat movement that you can explore but start with the simple basic squat first and master that.

Then you can improvise and be as creative as you want with how often you do them, how many repetitions, ect. You can even combine them with other exercises in a circuit type routine because they will make ANY exercise routine more demanding and effective.

Add squats in some form to your exercise routine and you will be amazed at the benefits you will get from this simple and ancient exercise!

Lee Haney

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OK…on a more relaxing note…

This weeks musical clip features Lea Salonga in a medley of songs”

“Something Wonderful”  and  “Being Alive”

Lea Salonga is a Filipina singer that I just discovered. Honestly, I had not heard of her before, but I am absolutely blown away by her beauty and artistic talent!

Enjoy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04Mq-YuCVyE

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This quote about exercise is from 8 time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney:

“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.”

 

 

Dehydration is self sabotage! Yeah I know that’s a strong statement to make, but it’s very true. Let me explain…

Sometimes when it comes to health, the simple things are THE most profound! I have been dealing with some issue around energy and strength levels for many weeks. I tried everything to fix this, but to no avail.

The problems I have been having in the gym with muscle soreness and lack of strength seemed intractable. I don’t wish to use age as an excuse because that becomes self defeating, but the idea seeps into your mind that maybe this is just age related decline.

What I didn’t realize was that I was “chronically” dehydrated, and once I started drinking more water throughout the day, things began to change for the better. Hydration is one of those things we pay lip service to but often don’t take as seriously as we should.

I am as guilty of this as anyone! Part of the problem is that when we don’t understand the reasons for doing certain things, we don’t attach as much importance to them. This was certainly the case with my hydration issues.

I do pay attention to it when I am out in the heat, but when I am home, (and I have access to whatever beverages I want) I tend to forget that I need to be drinking water on an ongoing basis. Just having access to water is not enough…you actually have to drink it!

As my understanding of the electrical nature of the body increases, I begin to connect the dots and realize not just that proper hydration is important, but also WHY it’s important! Getting enough water is critical to your health, and here is why.

We are electrical beings, that depend on having the right balance of electrical energy for our organs and tissues to function properly. Let’s call this “cell capacitance.” In order for electrical energy to flow smoothly through the body we need to have enough water.

Water and minerals in our bodies conduct electricity. The minerals involved in this are called “electrolytes.” These electrolytes require water to function properly and efficiently conduct electrical energy throughout your body.

Cells communicate with each other via the watery medium of the body. When we are lacking in water, our body cells can’t communicate properly and the body can’t work as it should. The nervous system especially needs water to function properly.

This is more of an issue during the summer months because of the heat, but you can also be dehydrated in the winter. You tend not to be as thirsty in winter, and thus can become dehydrated without knowing it.

My suggestion is to keep water that is the ideal temperature for drinking with you at all times. Sip it throughout the day, and make sure it’s not too cold, because you can drink and absorb more water if it is not uncomfortably cold to drink.

How much water should you drink? I’m not convinced there is an absolute rule on this. When you are properly hydrated, your urine should be pretty much clear and not have a yellow color to it.

But I would also say you should gauge it by how you feel. When you are well hydrated you should feel energetic and relaxed. Avoid drinking so much water at one time that you feel bloated. A little at a time is best.

I like bottled water because tap water is often contaminated with chemicals and even prescription drugs. This is something you want to avoid if possible. Chlorine and fluoride are toxins that are not healthy. Avoid them if you possibly can.

There are products that you can add to water that contain nutrients and flavorings. If this is what it takes to get you to drink more water than that’s fine. There is one product that I have tried and really liked. I wrote about it in another newsletter, but I will mention it again.

The product is called “Nuun Optimal Hydration” tablets. These are effervescent tablets added to 16 ounces of water to make a flavored hydrating drink. These tablets contain the necessary electrolytes to replace those that are lost when you sweat.

Here is the link:

http://nuun.com/products

I recommend it because I have used it and it seems to work well for me. There is no affiliate program so I don’t get a commission for doing so, but I do like to share what I find that works well.

Remember that water has a “ph” level and should be slightly alkaline. PH stand for potential hydrogen. When you drink water you are putting more electrons into your body. This is a good thing, because once again… your body is electrical by nature.

Water is used by the body for so many critical biochemical and electrochemical processes that you can’t afford to be dehydrated. So keep this in mind and make sure you drink enough clean pure water during the course of your day.

So…remember that water is liquid energy. I consider good hydration to be one of the keys to “performance enhancement.” By keeping yourself hydrated you will be at your physical and mental best. It really IS that simple!

Read the article at this link for more information:

http://kokopellisearcandling.com/DehydrationHiddenSymptoms.pdf

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I recently ran into one of my readers who was visiting colleges in the area with her daughter trying to help her decide which university she will be attending next year. She asked me to write about the cholesterol test that measures particle size.

When it comes to having your cholesterol tested, here are the two tests that are the most valuable:

This test is called “LP(a)” or Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) test. This test breaks down your LDL and tells you if it is made up of mostly small, dangerous particles, or the larger, less dangerous ones.

It also indicates how much Lp(a) is circulating in your bloodstream. The test also analyzes your HDL cholesterol subtypes, and tells you if you have more of the HDL2 subtype, which is the beneficial form of HDL.

You can find out more about this test at:  http://www.atherotech.com

The LPP test also called the Lipoprotein Particle Profile also breaks down cholesterol into its sub fraction particles, but can also measure something called (RLP) or “remnant lipoprotein,” which is a dangerous particle that is not measured by other types of cholesterol tests.

You can find out more at:  http://www.sprectracell.com

Either of these tests is a vast improvement over the older cholesterol tests and will really zero in on your actual risk. Remember it’s not the cholesterol numbers that matter, but the actual particle size and type, and the level of inflammation in your blood stream.

An integrative cardiologist will help you reduce your risk of heart disease without the use of drugs that have dangerous side effects.

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Whatever your health issues, music is something that will bring positive energy to you. There is so much great stuff out there to be discovered around the world and so it is with the Metripole Orchestra in Amsterdam Holland, under the direction of Vince Mendoza!

This orchestra is a Dutch national treasure and you will see why in this wonderful clip!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNEMKoE5cIY

Vince Mendoza worked with Joni Mitchell on two cds “Travelogue” and “Both Sides Now.” If you are a Joni Mitchell fan or just love great music, you owe it to yourself to check out these wonderful cds.

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This newsletter is read by people all over the world, so if you have something that you would like me to share such as music from your country or culture with the other readers, please let me know.

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“Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.”

Khalil Gibran

Age Better #28 – What are bad estrogens?

The Affordable Care Act is in the news again, and it looks like this
health care law has still has quite a rocky road ahead of it. It is shaping
up to be far more expensive than it’s backers claimed, AND it may be headed
for another Supreme Court challenge as well.

Personally I don’t want to see it implemented, because I see it for what it
really is, a massive new entitlement based on “pharmaceutical medicine”
not real health care reform. With that said, my advice would be to learn to
optimize your own health.

Government involvement in health care is always problematic, because
everything that government does it first and foremost politically
motivated. That’s just the nature of government bureaucracy, but it does
not lead to good health for us as individuals.

But your health, shouldn’t be a matter of politics or the profits of
giant corporations. It should be about what’s in YOUR best interests, and
that’s the reason I urge you to learn about your own body and seek ways to
better your own health, not depend on so called “government health
authorities” for the answers.

Our health care system is based on a “one size fits all” mass produced
solution that treats everyone the same and refuses to recognize the
validity of anything other than “drug base d medicine.”  We can do
better than that. We MUST do better than that.

Do your own research! There are many great resources out there for health
and wellness, that will help you get and stay healthy. I try in this
newsletter to expose you to some of these antiaging and wellness concepts
but you need to explore them on your own as well.

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On of the biggest threats to your health today are something called
“xenoestrogens” or “endocrine disruptors.” These are man made
chemicals that are similar to estrogens, but that have harmful effects on
your body.

These environmental estrogens can cause breast cancer in women and prostate
cancer in men. They can cause weight gain in both men and women, and they
can also cause depression and impotence in men by lowering
testosterone.

If you want to look and feel good, and be healthy, you have to rid yourself
of these chemicals. You can do this by avoiding foods and household
products that contain estrogens, and by using nutritional supplements that
support estrogen clearing through the liver.

Israeli author Ori Hoffmeckler has written an excellent guide to estrogen
detoxification called “The Anti-Estrogenic Diet.” This excellent book
covers exercise, diet, nutritional supplements, and has meal plans and
recipes to help you avoid bad estrogens in your diet.

http://www.age-better.info/anti-estrogenic-diet

Environmental estrogens can cause many problems in your body, some
eventually life threatening. Start protecting your health from the threat
of xenoestrogens with “The Anti-Estrogenic Diet!”

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For those of you who like “Westerns” you might want to check out a film
called “Tombstone.” This is the story of Wyatt Earp and the famous
gunfight at the OK Corral.

What’s interesting is that the gunfight started over a town ordinance
against wearing guns in town, that the Earp brothers and Doc Holiday tried
to enforce.

“Tombstone” was well acted and shot, and I really loved the musical
score. Great performances by Kurt Russell, and great supporting roles by
Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday, and Isabella Rossellini as “big nosed
Kate,” Doc Holliday’s common law wife.

If you like the Western action genre, check out this film in it’s entirely
on Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t-nWlQNefQ&NR=1&feature=endscreen

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This week’s musical performance is by Tori Amos. She is not exactly a
household word, but she IS an electrifying performer, as this Youtube clip
will show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWmETxWM0h0

Being a piano player myself, I am just blown away by her keyboard artistry
in addition to her vocal style. The combination of seductive darkness and
delicate beauty in her piano playing has always captivated me.

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This newsletter is read by people all over the world, so if you have
something that you would like me to share such as music from your country
or culture with the other readers, please let me know.

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Great people often had to struggle sometimes to get through adversity. We
mistakenly think that they were always successful or that their success
came easy because they are somehow “different” than us.

The “difference”is that when they hit an obstacle that would stop other
people they keep going. This is the REAL “secret” to success, found in
this quote by Michael Jordan.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn
around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work
around it.” – Michael Jordan

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Age Better Newsletter #7:  The Best Product on the Planet for Under
Forty Dollars…

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Age Better Newsletter – Issue #7 – November 30th, 2012
Published by George Parigian Jr. for Opted-in Subscribers
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Hello again,

I trust everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and survived
Black Friday! Personally I avoid the rush and shop during off hours, but to
each his own.  I have a couple of product recommendations for you.

First I want to remind you that there is a way you can neutralize those
cravings for sweets that surface during the holidays. I think lots of people
avoid making the commitment to eat healthier because they think it means
giving up everything they enjoy eating.

Not true….. In reality, when you can undercut the “cravings” for certain
foods, you regain control over what you put in your mouth and can begin
to get a handle on your weight issues.

You can still have and enjoy those delicious foods and deserts, but you
won’t “crave,” them. That is, you won’t be a slave to sweets, and will be
able to enjoy your them from time to time without binging on them, or
feeling compelled to eat them.

For instance, I LOVE cheesecake! However I probably only eat it once a
year. I thoroughly enjoy it when I do eat it, but I don’t crave it, and don’t
miss it during the year. It tastes just as good to me as it ever did, but I
don’t HAVE to have it, if that makes sense.

One trick I will share with you is to use an amino acid called “glutamine,”
to trick your body into thinking it’s getting sugar. You can find glutamine in
any health food store and lots of online vitamin websites.

Take a tablespoon of glutamine mixed in about 4 ounces of water. That
should do the trick. It has a mildly sweet taste, but it otherwise bland. It
should definitely help you lessen those sweet cravings and allow you to
keep sugar consumption to a minimum.

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Ok, now for the recommendation I promised you. Maybe I exaggerated a
bit, but this product IS probably the best money I ever spent for a kitchen
item. It’s a the Oster Electronic Vegetable Steamer. A great product for
short money!

I like to steam my vegetables. It’s an easy and convenient way to cook
them and still keep the nutritional value in them. Since I do all my own
cooking, I want something fast and easy.

Here are the steps with this device:

1) Fill with water
2) Put vegetables in the container
3) set the timer
4) Push the button

That it! The unit steams the veggies and beeps when they are done! I
have been using this thing for over 5 years, pretty much EVERY DAY, and
it has worked flawlessly every time!

It even beeps to warn you if you forget to put the water in.
(It won’t start without water) and yes…I HAVE forgotten the water once or
twice.

It was worth every penny I paid, and it makes preparing meals so much
easier.

Here is the Amazon link: http://amzn.to/10XZpPP

It would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who enjoys cooking, or
actually even for those who don’t, as the convenience factor is huge here.
Check it out on Amazon. I know it’s one purchase you will definitely be
glad you made.

I did a review of this product on my website. You can read it here:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/electric-vegetable-steamer.html

Please do let me know how you like it!

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I have a movie suggestion to share with you now. Being a romantic at
heart, I love movies that pull you into the storyline emotionally.
“First Knight,” starring Sean Connery Richard Gere, and Julia Ormand is
just such a film.

I watched it again recently and enjoyed it every bit as much as the first
time. This is a variation of the story of “Camelot.” This tale known and
loved over the ages, has all the elements of a classic story of love,
tragedy, betrayal and forgiveness.

It is as timeless as the day it was written and “First Knight” is in my mind
the best rendering of this story and the most enjoyable. Great
performances by Connery (who was born to play Arthur).

Julia Ormand is wonderful as Guinevere, Richard Gere is equally so as
Lancelot, and Ben Cross is convincingly evil as the rouge knight
“Prince Malagant.”

It tells the story of a woman (Guinevere), in love with two men
(Arthur and Lancelot) though in different ways. Torn by her feelings, she
struggles to remain true to her vows to Arthur, as the kingdom is
threatened by a rouge army led by the evil Malagant.

The sword fight between the evil knight Malagant and Lancelot
(played by Gere) is a stunner. It is perhaps the most electrifying sword
fight on film (my opinion).

The sword fighting scenes while nor particularly gory are perhaps a bit
rough for younger viewers, so use your discretion.

Here is a clip from the film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofb_xRG8k3E

Do yourself a favor during the holidays….rent “First Knight” and enjoy it
with family and friends. I know you won’t be disappointed! Just remember
to keep the Kleenex handy…you are going to need it! _:)

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In the next newsletter I will have a suggestion for those of you who are
looking to create a little extra income to help pay the bills or just to be
able to afford the little extras like taking a trip, or buying something you
have wanted for some time.

Although this newsletter is about “anti-aging” please understand that we
are talking about a lifestyle change, not just popping a pill here and there.
“Aging Better” is about desiring and planning for better health AND better
quality of life in all areas.

To the best of my ability I will share what I know and what I have discover
with all of you! Health and success are the most satisfying when you can
share them with others!

I will leave you now with a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

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Thanks for reading “Age Better.” Look for the upcoming issue of the
newsletter next Friday!

Your in Health,

George