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For some reason the aftermath of Labor Day seems to be a time when we get back to work (metaphorically speaking) after the lazy days of summer. Yeah I know, most of us work year round, but there is a sense of “getting back to normal” that characterizes the end of summer.

With that said, I have vowed to resurrect two of my blogs which were decimated by Google’s Panda and Penguin algorithms. My cholesterol blog will need a major re-write because new information about cholesterol and heart disease needs to be incorporated into the blog.

The simplistic “cholesterol causes heart disease” story just does not wash anymore and thus I have to change things to reflect this new knowledge. To be honest, the topic of human lipid biochemistry is very complex and beyond my understanding on a deep level.

I am going to try and boil it down to it’s essence and present simple strategies to cut the risk of heart disease across the board. This will involve a lot of research and rethinking what I thought I knew, but of course it is well worth it.

I always want to give people the read my articles the best most up to date information I can. I can however give you a few simple rules of thumb that will always be valid and effective, even as new information about cholesterol makes it’s way to the public.

These five things will reduce your risk of heart disease:

Limit sugar intake: (this includes simple sugars, alcoholic beverages, AND processed carbohydrates from grains)

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

Do not cook with or otherwise consume poly unsaturated oils like canola, corn, ect. The only oils safe for cooking are olive oil (for low heat) and coconut oil (for high heat)

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

Get some kind of regular exercise at least three times per week. This can be “power walking”, pushups or situps, circuit resistance training ect. This is because building and maintain lean muscle mass helps blood sugar control which protects against heart disease.

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

Get a grounding pad and use it!
http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/body-grounding.html

Try making your diet more alkaline by including more vegetables, a little bit of fruit, and plenty of clean pure water.

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

Doing these five things will go a long way toward protect you from heart disease, because they address all the underlying causes. Notice that I didn’t suggest avoiding foods that are high in cholesterol.

That’s because cholesterol does not “cause” heart disease, and the amount of cholesterol in your diet is really not an important factor in heart health. Besides, cholesterol is a vital substance that your body cannot do without.

Too low a cholesterol level leaves you vulnerable to heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease to mention a few!

So the bottom line is, don’t restrict cholesterol, DO eat healthy foods, reduce stress, and lower your blood sugar and you will be doing 80% of the things that are needed to prevent heart disease!

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I just watched the new Tom Cruise sci-fi film called “Oblivion” and don’t quite know why it didn’t do that well at the box office. While I thought the plot had more than it’s share of twists and was a bit convoluted, it was (to me) an enjoyable film and delivered in the action and “coolness” department.

I admit that I love sci-fi, and so found it enjoyable. If there was one thing that I could fault in this film it was that you never quite find yourself emotionally invested in the characters and storyline.

Contrast that with “Avatar” which for me WAS an emotionally engaging story! In any case, I think you will find “Oblivion” enjoyable to watch if not compelling. I think this is the look and feel of sci-fi films to come.

However what I am really looking forward to is the network TV series “Agents of Shield,” as the characters and concept are familiar to me because I read Marvel Comics as a kid!

The first episode is September 24th and I will be critiquing it at that time. Bear McCreary the man behind Battlestar Gallactica’s soundtrack will be doing the music for the show which is exciting. Well have to wait and see how it all turns out…

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This week’s clip is called “Diaspora Oratorio” from the popular TV series “Battlestar Gallactica.” Hauntingly sad and foreboding it is none the less beautiful and captivating. It captures the essence of the show which tells the story of the “diaspora” of humanity in escaping from a genocide at the hands of the artificial lifeforms they created.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UgXIf9jhF4

Bear McCreary in writing the sountrack for the show featured an instrument called the “Duduk” which is a 3000 year old Armenian wind instrument constructed of apricot wood, which according to legend grew in the Garden of Eden.

As you know I am a sci-fi fan, but truthfully the show was during it’s run one of the most acclaimed dramatic series on television, and one of the few things I watched on a regular basis.

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Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Miguel Angel Ruiz

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“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.”

Khalil Gibran

There are things that remind you that time is passing and seemingly quicker than it used to. My niece just turned 23 and is a married mom of 2. I remember babysitting her one evening many years ago so her mom and dad could get a rare night out.

She was months old and pretty much cried all of the evening until her mom came home, and then she was perfectly content again. Now she she has a 4 year old and a months old infant son of her own to care for. It’s hard to believe those years passed so quickly.

Fortunately for me, I keep learning and discovering new things that I believe can retain the quality of our health and give us many more years of enjoyable life. I promised that in this newsletter I would share cutting edge stuff with you and here’s an interesting item I just discovered.

I think I talked about the MTHFR gene defect in one of my past newsletters. It’s pretty common in North Americans. About 55% of the population have some variant of this gene, and it can cause a lot of health problems.

The cheap and easy way to tell if you have this gene defect is to eat asparagus and note whether your urine has a strong odor after about an hour or so. If it does, then you have the gene defect.

The MTHFR gene is responsible for converting folic acid into a form that the human body can actually use called “Methylenetetrahydrofolate” This is known as the “reduced” or “methylated” form of folic acid.

Since your body cannot use ordinary folic acid, this gene must be working correctly in order to convert folic acid into the methylated form. What happens when the gene is defective?

Well…your risk for things like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke, depression, migraines, birth defects, miscarriage, mental illness, ect. Are greatly increased! Methylation is also how your body repairs your DNA (and protects you from cancer).

That’s the bad news!  The “good news” is that I have stumbled on a cheap nutritional supplement that can help anyone with this gene defect. That may sound like quite a claim, but it has a very sound basis in science.

Here are some abstracts from Pubmed:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22102928

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23212058

By using the “reduced” or “methylated” form of folic acid, you can bypass the problems these gene defect causes. This product is called “methylfolate.”  It’s probably made by a number of companies, but I like Jarrow Formulas for both quality and price.

I just picked up a bottle and do notice quite a difference, mainly the mental aspects of this gene problem being alleviated. I feel more relaxed, less tense and anxious. That is the outward sign that the product is working.

Now please understand that I am not claiming that this supplement cures or prevents any disease. I am only saying that since the MTHFR defect causes you not to be able to utilize folic acid, you can take a form of folic acid that your body CAN utilize.

You will be hearing more about this as time goes on, but right now I believe that “methylfolate” is one of THE most valuable nutritional supplements you can take. Here is a link to it on Amazon:

http://www.age-better.info/methylfolate

If you try this nutritional supplement, please let me know how it works for you. Dosage requirements would vary from person to person, but the rule of thumb I go by is to start with the smallest dose, and see how that works for you.

Start with one capsule (400 mcg) and you can take this 3-4 times per week or every other day. If you have the MTHFR gene defect, you should notice a feeling of calmness and well being.

You can tell if you have this defect by eating asparagus and noticing of yoiur urine has a strong odor afterward. If the odor is present, this is an indication that you have this gene defect, and would benefit by taking methyl donors like methylfolate, SAM-E, or trimethylglicine.

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Do you have a disease, or other medical condition that you or someone close to you is suffering from that you would like me to research and write about? Then please let me know. I can’t give medical advice because I am not a doctor.

But I CAN research things for you and look for the most cutting edge information on that topic and present it to you and everyone who reads this newsletter. Our knowledge is advancing rapidly, and I am here to report on the very latest on health, wellness, and anti-aging for everyone who reads “Age Better.”

So if you have questions, or comments, please share them with me. I love hearing from you!

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Call me infantile…BUT I ‘ve always been a comic book aficionado. I grew up reading Marvel Comics and to a lesser extent DC as well. With that said, it’s way cool to see the characters I read so many years ago, being recreated on the big screen.

Thor 2 “The Dark World” will be out in November, as will Captain America “The Winter Soldier.” Captain America is played by actor Chris Evans who grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts, about 30 minutes from where I live.

I can’t wait for these films and will review them when they are out. “Agents of Shield” is coming to television in the fall, I believe the first episode will be September 24th.  Due to demand by fans, Agent Phil Coulson will be resurrected from the dead (he died in The Avengers). He plays “director Fury’s” right hand man.

This series should be great fun!

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This weeks musical clip is a Bruce Hornsby number called “White Wheeled Limousine”
that features one of my favorite guitarists Pat Metheny, who incidentally attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston (about 3 miles from my house!).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqNdp1SLC4g

There is also an excellent trumpet solo by John D’Earth as well. Hornsby’s piano meshes well with Matheny’s guitar, and I wish the clip did not end when it did, but it’s still a treat!

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“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Benjamin Franklin

As I write this a parade, our local  “Memorial Day Parade” is passing right by my doorstep. It’s a reminder that we honor those who have made sacrifices for our country, for it’s liberty and sovereignty.

That spirit of self sacrifice is absolutely essential for ANY free society to survive and prosper. It seems to be sadly lacking in our present day, and we would be wise to understand that without it, we can’t survive as a nation or as a civilization.

At the end of the day, it’s not about parades, cookouts, or fireworks, but about the commitment each of us has to act with integrity and honor in everything we do. That’s the only thing that can turn this country around. It’s what we owe not only to our veterans, but to each other as well!

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Sometimes we think we KNOW things because we have heard them so many times we reason that they MUST be true! This is the case with the myth of “cholesterol and heart disease.” I call it a myth, because it rests on a foundation of faulty science and dangerous half-truths.

Dr. Stephen Sinatra M.D. FACC, CCN, has co-authored a book with Dr. Johnny Bowden PhD about the “cholesterol myth, that will explain how and why medical science got it wrong about cholesterol and what you need to do to protect yourself from heart disease.

Here are a just few things revealed in the book:

Cholesterol is an absolutely vital substance that your body needs and can’t live without.

Cholesterol is manufactured in your body and used to make hormones, and other things your body needs

The idea of “good” and “bad” cholesterol is overly simplistic and inaccurate

LDL is not necessarily “bad”

HDL is not necessarily “good”

Inflammation is the real cause of heart disease not cholesterol

There is NO scientific evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease.

Intrigued? The you need to read the book!

This book received 5 stars across 272 customer reviews, and after having read it myself, I can see why! When you finish reading this book, you will know more about how to prevent heart disease than most doctors do!

http://www.age-better.info/The-Great-Cholesterol-Myth

This link is for the Kindle version of the book for those of you who live outside the US. To read it all you need to do is download and install the Desktop Kindle application from Amazon’s website. You can also order the book in hardcover if you prefer.

You can download the free Kindle application from the link below:

http://www.age-better.info/Kindle-Desktop-Reading-Application

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Do you have a disease, or other medical condition you or someone close to you is suffering from that you would like me to research and write about? Then please let me know. I can’t give medical advice because I am not a doctor.

But I CAN research things and look for the most cutting edge information and research on that topic and present it to you and everyone who reads this newsletter. Our knowledge is advancing rapidly, and I am here to report on the very latest on health, wellness, and anti-aging for everyone who reads this newsletter!

So if you have questions, or comments, please share them with me. I love hearing from you!

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When I was young (around 10 years old), there was a television series called “One Step Beyond” which was about the supernatural that scared me quite a bit. I remember that the music and the narrator seemed very creepy to me, and the stories were said to be true!

In fact even now at age 58, when I hear the music, I still get goosebumps.  There was no blood and gore in this program, but it managed to get under my skin in a big way. It scared you not with violence, blood or monsters, but by suggestion and mystery.

Here is one of the episodes that I found really unsettling. It’s on Youtube at the links below:

(“One Step Beyond – The Image of Death” Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k94CeN-XZxA

(“One Step Beyond – The Image of Death” Part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKek_iS-WzY

Let me know if you find it as scary as I did. There are many of these old episodes on Youtube, and they are still enjoyable to watch!

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I enjoy sharing the musical artists I have found online with you. There’s so much awesome talent out there that has yet to be “mainstreamed” and discovered by a wider audience. So many gems to be found, and enjoyed.

Also, music is a form of sound, which has positive energy and is healthy for the body. Did you know for instance that conductors of orchestras have the longest life spans of ANY profession?

Part of the reason is the way they use their arms which is a very healthy way to exercise, and reduce their risk of heart disease. The other is that they work doing something they absolutely love each and every day…MUSIC!

In honor of Memorial Day, I present this beautiful tribute to our fallen veterans sung by America’s angel of song Jackie Evancho.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=VSSMl8uJ11Q&feature=fvwp

It is my hope, and I am sure also the hope of  all of us, that some day, there will be no more wars, and all of our soldiers can come home to their families forever.

It’s 51 degrees in Boston as I write this, and although I keep reading these articles about the planet warming, I remain skeptical. It’s going down to 40…yes that’s right “40 degrees” in the middle of May! I call that unseasonably cold for this time of year.

Some scientists are actually predicting a cooling cycle based on lower solar activity in the next few decades. This would be a severe problem for food production and energy usage. Hopefully this is not the case, but only time will tell.

Mother nature is teasing us with these warm days followed by these cold spells. I just wish the weather would stay warm. After the long winter, we are all tired of the cold.

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I saw something on Facebook recently that really made me angry! Angelina Jolie had both her breasts removed supposedly to protect against cancer and was being applauded as courageous and a role model to women. To me this is absolute insanity!

Removing perfectly healthy breasts to prevent the possibility of breast cancer is wrong on so many levels. This will do nothing to prevent other forms of cancer, and could even increase the chances of contracting some other type of cancer as well.

This woman (Angelina Jolie) did NOT have breast cancer, and it’s sad and disturbing that doctors actually agreed to remove her breasts even though she was perfectly healthy. Now I fully acknowledge that it’s her body and she has every right to do this if she wants.

But the message this sends to women all over the world is a dangerous and false one, that they should think about removing their healthy breasts to “protect against breast cancer” when we already know what causes these cancers and how to prevent them.

It’s important for women to have all the facts about breast cancer and to know that they can do a lot to prevent it if they understand why it happens.

There is also a non-invasive, safe test that can detect possible breast cancer years before a tumor actually develops. It’s called “infrared thermograpy.” It uses infrared imaging to detect a developing mass of blood vessels that grow to feed a tumor.

I am not saying this replaces mammograms, but that thermography uses no radiation so it’s completely safe. If it shows a developing vascular mass (concentration of blood vessels), then mammograms can be used to verify if a tumor exists or not.

Here is my page on thermograpy:
http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/infra-red-thermography.html

Ladies, DO NOT believe that radical actions like having your breasts removed are necessary to protect yourselves. We know why cancer develops and we know what steps to take to prevent it.

My webpage on this topic will give you some good information as a starting point and a basis for doing your own research. Here is the link:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/what-causes-breast-cancer.html

In addition, I believe that Suzanne Somer’s books on antiaging are also a good source of information, because she is a breast cancer survivor. She’s been through it and speaks from personal experience.

This is a link to Suzanne Somers book “Knockout”

http://age-better.info/knockout-cancer

It’s about the story of her recovery from breast cancer, and what the best doctors out there are doing for prevention and cure. I would urge every woman to get as much information as she can before she makes decisions on how to prevent or cure this disease.

Don’t be misled and let your decisions be driven by fear and lack of knowledge. Breast cancer is both preventable and curable, IF you understand it and have the right information! Take responsibility for your own health and be informed!

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I finally saw Iron Man 3 this past weekend, and it was for me totally enjoyable. I love Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark, and the hi-tech sci-fi stuff is what I really like. That said, this film didn’t engage me on an emotional level, so it was just light entertainment.

Nothing wrong with that, but if you are looking for anything deep or profound you won’t find it in films like this. For the $10.00 plus ticket price you are guaranteed lots of action, cool gadgets, and larger than life characters.

If this is your thing, you will really like Iron Man 3. Even if it’s not, I doubt you will be bored. Check it out. Marvel has a custom of having an additional scene after the film credits. I won’t spoil it and reveal what it is. You’ll just have to see the film to find out.

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I love the GRP All Stars! This group of super talented musicians who record for GRP Records make some amazing music. Thank God their stuff is posted on Youtube, which gives a whole new generation of people access to their music.

Lee Ritenhour is a great guitarist in his own right, and he teams up with Dave Grusin, who has written the soundtracks for films like “The Firm” and Mulholland Falls.” He also did the theme from St. Elsewhere, a hospital drama filmed at Boston City Hospital.

Here is a clip called “Mountain Dance.”  I think you will enjoy it!

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

There is an entire one hour concert they did at the Record Plant at the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6itdmZUzFHM

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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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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Age Better #27 – The 3 Golden Rules of Exercise and a Great New Hydration Product!

Things in the Boston area have finally quieted down now, and the Boston
Marathon bombing story has come to a close. It appears as though two young
Chechen brothers were responsible. I say “appears” because I doubt we
will ever know the real truth!

Several communities in the greater Boston area were locked down as police
searched for the suspects. I have a feeling that we will never know the
full story about why these two individuals did what they are alleged to
have done.

Life is returning back to normal, but the lingering fears, and emotions
over the bombing, and the impact on our community will be there for a long
time to come. I hope that we will never see another tragedy like this one,
but only time will tell.

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Since spring has officially sprung, many people have taken to exercise in
hopes of losing their winter fat and looking good for the beach. Many
people get exercise wrong because they assume that more is better, and that
is definitely NOT the case.

Another mistake is doing long slow cardio exercise. This causes your stress
hormone levels to increase and actually works against you when you are
trying to lose fat and build muscle.

When it comes to exercise for fitness and health, there are several rules
to keep in mind for safe and effective exercise.

1. ) Exercise should be intense and brief. Interval training, Heavyhands,
and kettlebell work are all examples of healthy exercise, that will burn
fat and get you fitter and stronger. Long slow cardio and marathon workouts
are out. The long slow approach can actually cause your stress hormone
levels to go up, which will make it more difficult to drop fat.

2.)  Exercise should be progressive, meaning your performance should
improve over the weeks and months that you do your exercise program. You
should very gradually increase the intensity of your workout, but always at
a pace that you can comfortably sustain.

3. ) Exercise should never be overdone. Always finish your exercise program
with strength and energy to spare, and keep those gradual improvements
coming over time. This will ensure that you stay healthy and injury free.

Forget all the hype about insane workouts that leave you exhausted on the
floor, nauseous, or incredibly sore the next day. If you are not a world
class or elite level athlete, you have no business exercising at that
ultra-intensity. It’s just not healthy!

Exercise sessions should be between 10 minutes to no longer than 45 minutes
for non-athletes. For general health and fitness I would say that 15-30
minutes would be best. It depends on your level of fitness, your age,
medical condition ect.

Always play it safe with exercise, because there is no advantage to
training too hard. You only increase your chances of injury, and burning
out physically and mentally. If you are over 40 or have a medical
condition, check with your doctors to make sure you can exercise at a
reasonable intensity.

Remember that a good exercise program will allow you to gradually improve
your level of fitness, while avoiding injury, and not making you feel bad
in the process!

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I have been using a new product recently to help with hydration, and I must
say I am really impressed by it. It’s called “Nuun Optimal Hydration”
tablets. These are effervescent tablets that you add to 16 ounces of water
to make a flavored hydrating drink.

This product in my experience, seems to make it easier to drink more water,
because of the flavors and vitamins/minerals that it contains. It helps
replenish electrolyte levels in your body, when you are thirsty and active.

Here is the link:     Nunn Hydration Products

They don’t have an affiliate program, so I don’t get a commission, but I am
recommending it anyway just because I think it’s really good product and it
does exactly what it says it does, helps keep you hydrated when you are
active.

The website will give you more information and tell you where you can buy
it! If you try this product, let me know what you think.

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For those of you into movies set in a particular time period, check out
“Mullholland Falls,” starring Nick Nolte and Chaz Palminteri. This film
set in the early 1950′s Los Angeles is a murder mystery that spawned a
short lived TV show called “The Hat Squad”

Here is a clip from the film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeDUBK-Sc_4

The film is well shot and acted, and the music although not really accurate
for this time period is hauntingly beautiful. You can watch the entire film
on Youtube, here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSfkRHLhK30

The film features Nick Nolte as Max Hoover, the head of an LA police unit
investigating a murder and coverup that involves the US Atomic Energy
commission. It also stars John Malcovich as an ARMY general, and Melanie
Griffith as Hoover’s wife.

I loved the look and feel of this film, and Nolte is perfect as the
“tough as nails” detective Max Hoover. Check it out…I think you will
really enjoy it.

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Mary Fahl is probably my favorite singer in the popular/folk music genre.
Formerly with the group “October Project” she has one of the best
voices in popular music today, and it’s always a treat to see her perform.

Here’s a Youtube clip of her singing at a “house concert” probably
somewhere in upstate NY.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0jC19eFx5c

Enjoy…

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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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Remember that time and life are precious things. Enjoy them and make the
most of them as best you can. This quote pretty much says it all…

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to
be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Marcus Aurelius

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Age Better #25 – When healthcare really isn’t healthy

When I first started to write this newsletter, I vowed NOT to make it
political, but I do want to say some things about our healthcare system,
why I feel it’s going in the wrong direction, and what you can do to
protect YOUR health from the healthcare system.

The American healthcare system is based first on profit! Now there’s
nothing wrong with profit. We are a capitalist system, and the object of
any private business is to make money. But there are ethical and moral
standards that I believe should always apply.

Our healthcare system is based on treating symptoms of disease with
patented drugs, rather than identifying the causes of disease and
eliminating them. The government subsidizes junk food companies that make
the products that contribute to disease.

This is why I am always dubious of the idea that government can improve the
health of citizens, when in fact it promotes the very things that make us
unhealthy. The good news is that you don’t have to be a victim of the
medical system.

You can keep yourself out of the medical system, and safeguard your health
for many years to come, if you do these three things:

Get 15 minutes of vigorous exercise at least 3 times per week

Get 8 hours of sound sleep every night (preferably getting to bed before
midnight)

Keep sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fats to an absolute minimum
in your diet

There is a fourth thing that you can add and that is “grounding” which
I talked about in an earlier newsletter. You can learn more about grounding
at the web-page on this link:

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

Most health problems and chronic diseases have the same underlying cause,
and that’s inflammation. All the strategies I mentioned above will help
decrease inflammation and lead to better health. It’s not rocket science,
but lots of people still over-think it.

Don’t avoid or put off doing these things because you can’t do them
perfectly or you can’t ALWAYS do them. Nothing people do is perfect, but
just do the best you can, and you will be miles ahead of where most people
are!

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Vaccines are a big business these days and they are currently being
“pushed” on the public at every turn. This is because they are a huge
moneymaker for the drug industry, but there is very little evidence that
they actually protect your health.

Also, the US Supreme Court has rules that vaccine companies are immune from
lawsuits for any damages their vaccines cause to your health. So you have
no legal protections from these vaccines and their effects.

What protects you from disease is a strong immune system, but some of the
ingredients in these vaccines actually weaken the immune system which
leaves you vulnerable to diseases.

My late mother used to get “flu shots” every year, and every year she
got the flu. They never prevented the flu in her case because her immune
system was weak. She trusted the doctors who pushed the flu shot, but sadly
they were wrong and her trust was misplaced.

If you are being urged to get “vaccinated” push back on these medical
people and demand they show you real scientifically documented evidence
that the vaccine is safe and effective. My guess is that they will not be
able to because the evidence isn’t there.

This is especially true where vaccination of children is concerned. The
autism rate for children at one time was 1 in 10,000. Now it is 1 in 88,
and is actually more like 1 in 55 or so among males children.

Autism rates have pretty much paralleled the increase in vaccinations given
children, and while that’s not proof that autism is caused by vaccines, it
is a very suspicious “co-incidence!”

The bottom line is that you should be very cautious about ANYTHING a
medical person wants to inject into your body OR your child’s body. You are
ultimately responsible for your health and the health of your children.

For this reason you should always “do your research” on vaccines or any
other drug that doctors want to give you! Don’t let the “system” profit
at the expense of your health!

You can find more information about vaccination at this link:

http://www.nvic.org/

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On a lighter note, the new Iron Man film is coming out on May 3rd.
Interestingly, they are showing a different version in China, perhaps in
part because the “The Mandarin” (the villain in the film), is Chinese,
but is being played by British actor Ben Kingsly.

I love the sci-fi/techno aspects of the film, and of course Robert Downey
Jr. is perfect to play Tony Stark! I read the comics when I was a kid, and
it’s kind of exciting to be seeing these stories adapted to the big screen,
using modern special effects that make it all seem so real!

I will do a review on this film when it comes out and i’ve seen it, but it will
probably be the sci-fi hit of the year.

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This weeks musical clip is one of my very favorites, and has a special
meaning for me. This song called “Sweet Baby” by George Duke and
Stanley Clark came out in 1981. It was the year that I won the US nationals
in Powerlifting.

I had a hard training cycle for that contest and had to lose over 20 pounds
in a weeks time to make weight for the contest. When I arrived in Boise
Idaho for the championships this beautiful and upbeat song was the first
thing I heard playing as I rode in the limo to my hotel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vz-qArxJv0

It was a nice June Idaho evening, and all my fears and uncertainty about
the upcoming contest, just evaporated in the cool night air. I just knew
greats things would happen for me that weekend…and they did!

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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.

If it’s on Youtube or another online site that other people can access, I
will gladly share the link to it.

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What is life about? What is it’s meaning? Why are we here?

These two quotes taken together really tell us what life should be all
about. We were created to be happy, to elevate ourselves to a higher level
spiritually and emotionally. When we are happy and inspired, we do our best
work, even when the work is hard and difficult. When we strive to create,
and to make ourselves better we are living in the way we were intended.

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of
human existence” – Aristotle

“It is pleasing to God whenever thou rejoicest or laughest from the bottom
of thy heart.”  – Martin Luther

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Age Better #24 – Beating Cancer With Nutrition, Pandora, and Enjoying Joni Mitchell

This newsletter is late as I was on the road for the past few days. Yes, I
could write it from my hotel room, but really would rather be at home and
not rushed when I write so, here it is, better late than never.

I got a call from an old friend of my Dad’s who informed me that his wife
has ovarian cancer. I am not sure why he called to tell me, but I get the
feeling he was kind of asking for help, or at least some good advice.

I fought the temptation to inundate him with information and just gave him
some simple strategies to help her feel better. As time goes on, I will
share with him some of what I am writing about today.

Cancer is on the rise in our current times due to toxins in our
environment, and lack of nutrition in our diets. Cancer is a sign of bad
cellular metabolism, so to prevent it, we need to promote healthy cell
energy. Sounds simple, and for the most part…it is.

What are the steps to prevent this disease?

Logically, here is what I would do:

Eat for your blood type, and eat an anti-inflammatory diet.  There’s more
information on my website about this…

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/anti-inflammatory-diet.html

Keep insulin LOW! I can’t say this enough. Insulin is to cancer what
gasoline is to fire. Got it? If you have elevated insulin because you are
eating too much sugar/simple carbs, you run a greater risk of cancer.

Insulin is tremendously inflammatory, and also causes accelerated cell
division. Two things you DON’T want if you want to avoid the “BIG-C.”
If you already have cancer, sugar will feed it. So you MUST keep sugar in
your diet as low as possible.

Keep cell energy high by using what Dr. Stephen Sinatra calls “the
awesome foursome” nutrients that are part of his “Metabolic
Cardiology” protocol.

These are:

magnesium, d-ribose, coenzyme-q10, and carnitine

Here Dr. Sinatra talks about these nutrients and their importance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7sh7wFZe6M

Why cardio nutrition for cancer you ask? Because cancer is a disease that
involves low cell energy, and Dr. Sinatra’s nutrition protocol is designed
to boost cell energy by giving the cells the nutrients they need to make
energy which is called “ATP.”

As well as helping make energy and keeping cell voltage high, this approach
also helps the cells detoxify, which in turn enhances their energy
production. So simple, and yet it took me 58 years to learn and understand
this!

There is also a great nutrition reference for anyone who has cancer, or
knows someone who does. It was written by Patrick Quillin Ph.D., the chief
nutritionist for “Cancer Treatment Centers of America.”

It will tell you all you need to know about using nutrition to fight cancer
and support your recovery. Here is the link:

http://www.age-better.info/Beating-Cancer-With-Nutrition

Four and a half stars cross 172 customer reviews! This is a great book. It
covers:

Section one covers the reasons people get cancer

Section two is about aggressive nutrition to aid conventional therapies and
also provide significant benefits of it’s own.

Section three covers the specific foods, vitamins, supplements, herbs, ect.
That can be used to fight cancer.

Section four is about improving general health and preventing cancer with
optimal nutrition.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, this is THE book you
should read! The author Patrick Quillen PhD, RD. CNS, has crammed this book
full of information that will guide your nutritional choices and help give
you the best shot at full recovery!

Get a copy today and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to fight and
prevent cancer!

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Ever heard of Pandora? No…not the mythical jungle planet from the movie
Avatar. I’m talking about the music site where you can get channels based
upon the music that you like.

This is called “The Music Genome Project.”

http://www.pandora.com/

It’s free, and you can listen to some wonderful music. I have channels for
choral music, movies soundtracks, pop, new age, ect.  Music which is of
course made up of sounds has beneficial effects on your brain and possibly
even your DNA.

Russian scientists recently found that the “DNA” that western
scientists call “junk DNA” because it seemingly had no purpose can
actually be “programmed!” This is positively amazing, and suggests to
me that we have far more control over our destiny than we previously
imagined.

I believe that music can help “reprogram” our DNA so to speak and lead
to greater health and well being. All we need to do is listen…

Music is a form of coherent sound energy. It is organized rather than
chaotic, and thus has positive effects on your body and mind. I would
suggest that you listen to both popular and classical, and include music
from when you were in the prime of your life.

I have an Ipod that contains some music I listened to when in my twenties.
I notice that every time I listen to those older songs, I seem to feel more
relaxed, and just better all around. It’s hard to explain, but I feel
“younger.”

Is it all in my head? Possibly, but who can say. Besides, since the brain
controls the body, you could very well say it IS all in your head,
literally!

I think your body responds to all kinds of “cues” and some of them are
in the form of sound. Music is a totally passive way to get those benefits.
Everyone enjoys listening to music, so make it a regular part of your day.
Bet you will feel the difference!

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Speaking of music, one of my all time favorites is Joni Mitchell. This
Canadian born singer/songwriter/artist, has shown her mastery of pop music
across several decades. She is such an immense talent.

In her later years she had lost her previous vocal range due to smoking,
but much like Frank Sinatra, it gave a certain maturity and character to
her singing. Again, like Sinatra, she has evolved in her sound and style.

Two albums come to mind.

“Travelogue” and “Both Sides Now.”

Travelogue is a compilation of her work that has been re-done with the
backing of Vince Mendoza’s orchestra. It features Joni’s smoky voice with
lush orchestral arrangements that give her songs a more majestic and
timeless feel.

“Both Sides Now,” is Joni’s tribute to the great standards of the 30′s
and 40”s  This is very special to me because both my parents loved the
music of this era, and I find that over time, I have developed a greater
appreciation for what they shared with me.

Both Sides Now which is the title track for the album is I feel is for Joni
Mitchell what “My Way” was for Frank Sinatra. Both of them put so much
feeling into their music. They didn’t just sing songs, they shared stories
of their life!

Here is a video clip of Joni performing “Both Sides Now.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKQSlH-LLTQ

If you ask me she is one of the all time greats. I think you will agree
too!

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Age Better #18: The “Killer Gene” and how you can stop it

We just got hammered here in Boston with over 2 feet of snow, and we’re
still digging out. If there’s a silver lining about big snowstorms it’s that
everything closes down and there’s not much else to do but relax and
spend time with your family and friends.

The storm hit us Friday and we are still under a snow emergency because
I’ve heard there is more on the way. Fortunately the groundhog predicted
an early spring this year, so I know warmer weather is just around the
corner.

As we head into spring, there will be a new addition to my extended family.
My oldest nephew Andrew and his wife are having a baby boy, so I will be
a “great uncle” once again! It wasn’t so long ago that he was just a
baby himself.

Maybe it’s just my imagination, but the time seems to be rushing by faster
and faster. It makes me hope that the world becomes a better place for the
generation that’s just  coming into it.

I guess it’s up to all of us to make it so…

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I was doing some updates to my website and happened on my page about
the MTHFR gene. I thought this was a good time to talk about this gene
defect that can wreak so much havoc in the body, and how it can be tamed!

This is probably THE most important health issue I have written about so
far!

MTHFR is short for “Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase.” In the
subject line for this weeks newsletter I called it the “killer gene” and that’s
exactly what it can do if it’s not controlled!

This gene regulates a process in the body called “methylation” that
converts certain amino acids to their “reduced” forms. This process is
necessary to detoxify your body and protect your DNA from damage.

When this gene is malfunctioning, this “methylation” process does not
complete properly so toxic levels of homocysteine can build up which
causes increased inflammation.

It also prevents you from detoxifying heavy metals like mercury and lead,
which is a huge issue for your health.

Here are some of the problems this gene defect can contribute to:

Heart attacks
Strokes
Fibromyalgia
Autoimmune disease
Alzheimer’s
Cancer
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Depression
Migraines
Miscarriage

The list goes on, but you get the picture that this is a huge problem, and
medical science has only recently become aware of it since the human
genome was mapped. The good news is that it is relatively simple to fix.

There is a medical test you can get for around $150.00 that can tell if you
have this gene defect, but the easiest and cheapest way to tell is to
notice whether your urine has a strong odor after you eat asparagus.

Changes to your diet and the use of a type of nutritional supplement called
a “methyl donor” can actually change how this gene is expressed and
dramatically lower your risk of these diseases, not to mention a big
improvement in how you feel.

The methyl donor supplement I recommend is called “Methylator Support
PX” and it is made by “Poliquin Performance.”

I have used this supplement and found it effective:

http://www.age-better.info/methylator-support-px

I have NO affiliate relationship with Charles Poliquin, so I don’t get any
commissions for recommending it. I do so only because I believe in it’s
quality and I know from personal experience that it works.

Below is a link to my page on the MTHFR gene defect:

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

Here is an excellent page of resources on MTHFR gene issues by Dr.
Benjamin Lynch:

http://mthfr.net

As always, I am here if you have questions on this stuff…

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I LOVE Youtube! Google acquired this site a couple of years ago, and it’s
one of my favorite resources. There’s just so much great stuff on there.
Lots of educational videos, tutorials, ect.

I enjoy the music videos that people post on it too. I’d like to share one
of my favorite musical artists with you. I think I mentioned last time that
music therapy can be very beneficial, especially if it’s music you loved at
a younger age.

This is a video of Julia Fordham, a British singer performing a song called
“Towerblock.” I love the piano playing on this song (being a pianist myself)
and the elegant and classy way she performs it.

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

I have been a fan of this woman ever since I saw her videos on VH1 during
the 1980′s. Her style is so unique and her voice is just so expressive. I
could listen to her for hours.

There are a number of songs on Youtube she performs. I think you will
enjoy discovering this wonderful artist.

Let me know what you think…

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I think one of the most demotivating ideas is that people successful, are
superior to the rest of us. That’s not the case. We see their successes but
we don’t see the failures they had to go through to get where they are.

Yes some may be smarter or tougher, but for the most part they succeed
because they just keep at it, and refuse to give up. Whatever your dream
or goal, move toward it and don’t stop until you have what you want!

If you just hang in there, you will be successful!

This clip from one of the Rocky films illustrates this wonderfully. In it
he tells his young son that “going that one more round” when you didn’t
think you could, makes all the difference in life!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQB3uebwyMQ

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Age Better Newsletter #17:  How Stress Kills…

I wish I had a dollar for each time I’ve heard that “stress kills.” But
very few people actually understand how and why this is true and what can
be done about it.

We’ve all experienced being under stress, but now I’m going to explain just
how it does damage!

When you are under stress your body pumps out a hormone called
“cortisol,” that is your body’s natural form of  the anti-inflammatory cortisone.

For a short period of time this is not a problem, but if it lasts and is chronic,
it causes big problems.

What kind of problems? How about:

Diabetes
Heart Disease
Cancer
Alzheimer’s Disease
Strokes

All these result from inflammation and something called “oxidative
stress.” You get a double whammy here. Damage from cortisol and also
damage from inflammation well as oxidative stress.

Cortisol is a response by your body to stress which in pre-historic times
meant physical danger. It prepares your body to fight or flee, by raising
your blood sugar to supply the necessary energy to cope with the danger.

Over time if cortisol stays high, it starts breaking down your tissues to
convert them into glucose (sugar.)  It can break down muscle tissue, bone,
and even shrink your brain!

Oxidative stress interferes with energy production in mitochondria which
damages your DNA. This can lead to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and
cancer.

OK, we know it’s bad, but what do we do?  Stress management has 3 parts:

Eliminate the stressor (the thing causing the stress) – I would suggest
trying the “speed trace” which is mentioned on my page about stress.
The link is on my stress page.

Restore balance to the autonomic nervous system – “body grounding” is
great for this, and is also mentioned on my stress page

Protect against inflammation – eat a low or no grain diet, get omega 3
fats, and antioxidants in your food and in supplement form

Here is a link to my web page, where you will find several ways of
alleviating stress:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/how-to-reduce-stress.html

This is a really important topic and probably needs an ebook to deal with
it adequately. This is something I will be writing at some point in the
future.

The good news is that a few simple strategies will put you on the path to
less stress and more health and happiness!

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I have a couple of cool products to recommend for a bit more energy and
focus. However if you have any heart health issues, I would check with your
doctor before taking them.

These products affect something called the “cholinergic system” which
is involved with all aspects of your mental performance like thinking and
memory.

The links below are just for your convenience. I don’t have any affiliate
relationship with either product, that is…I don’t make any money
recommending either of them.

I just think they are great products based on my personal experience.

The first is called “Fast Brain” and helps with mental clarity, focus,
drive, and memory

http://us.cpoliquin.com/product_p/fast%20brain%202.0.htm

The second is called “Brain Quicken” and does essentially the same thing.
Since it’s good to rotate supplements from time to time, I alternate
between these two.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/bq/body.html

I have used both these products and I really think they are worthwhile for
the increased focus, mental drive, and clarity they produce. I also noticed
more energy and increased strength in workouts.

Neither product contains caffeine or other stimulants. But again…you
should check with your doctor if you are older, have a medical condition,
or are on any medications, just to be on the safe side.

Let me know if you have a question on either of them…

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I watched a great film on Youtube this week called “Seven Days in May.”
It’s loosely based on an allegedly true story of an attempted overthrow of
the United States government.

You can watch the entire film at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sFj7b1c60U

The film was released in1964, and starred Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster,
Ava Gardner, and Fredrick March. Rod Serling wrote the excellent
screenplay and John Frankenheimer directed it.

It’s alleged that the Pentagon didn’t want the film made, but JFK actually
believed that such a scenario was possible given the same circumstances,
and actually allowed the film company to shoot outside the White House.

Whether you believe a scenario like this is far fetched or not, it’s a great
film with great performances by these legendary actors. Do yourself a
favor and watch “Seven Days in May.” I know you will enjoy it!

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It’s taken me all of my adult life to figure out that happiness comes from the
knowledge that I am moving forward, and that the future can be better than
the past if only I have the courage to press on to achieve my dreams.

I feel that we are living through some scary and difficult times. It’s easy
to get caught up in the cycle of negativity and I have been guilty of this
myself.

I think the key is to focus on what you want to accomplish and
continually move towards it no matter what!

I wanted to leave you with a quote that will put this in perspective.

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still
plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther

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It feels like winter is here with a vengeance, and the temps are now
“seasonable,” for this time of year. So far so good for lack of colds and flu,
and I attribute it to keeping my energy levels up.

I also scale down my workouts in the cold, as it seems I get rundown if I do
too much intensity in workouts. What’s “too much intensity?” Well, for me
that something like a 300 pound squat for 20 repetitions,

That would be ok in the warm weather, but in the dead of winter it just
seems to suck too much energy from me, and knocks my immune system
for a loop.

Even if you exercise less in the winter, you burn more calories due to the
cold. So, do what you can comfortably manage, and when the weather
gets warmer you can always ramp it up a bit.

This is what I have learned (from overdoing it and getting sick) and so I
pass it on, and hope that you can avoid the mistakes that I made. I have
gradually developed a model of health around the concept of cell energy.

I will be talking a lot more about this in the near future and reviewing some
products I think can help. Remember that when you raise cell energy you
automatically lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

So the “health model” I advocate will give you more energy and prevent
disease. This is the essence of what “anti-aging” is all about, and the only
issue for me is how to do it cheaply and conveniently.

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I wanted to say a few things about magnesium, because magnesium
deficiency is VERY widespread in our society. Magnesium is used by your
body in over 300 vital chemical reactions and processes.

It’s a major factor in the “Crebs cycle” which is the process your body uses
to make energy. If you are deficient in it, your risk for things like, cancer,
heart disease, and stroke increase significantly.

You can find more information about it on my page here:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/benefits-of-magnesium.html

When your magnesium levels are low, your risk of chronic disease goes
up. Cancer and heart disease are the two biggest causes of death in this
country, so you can help protect yourself by getting sufficient  magnesium.

One thing you can do is to spray transdermal magnesium oil on your skin
after your shower or bath. You can also try a high quality magnesium
supplement that contains several forms of magnesium.

I recommend a good magnesium supplement because it’s really hard to
get enough in your diet, even if you eat the foods that are supposedly rich
in magnesium.

Our soils are depleted, so even a good diet doesn’t ensure that you will
get enough.

Also, stress burns up magnesium and so unless you live in a monastery
and eat organically grown vegetables all the time, you are most likely
deficient in this critically important mineral.

There are a number of good magnesium supplements on the market.
Here is one formulated by renowned cardiologist Stephen Sinatra:

http://www.age-better.info/full-spectrum-magnesium

Dr. Sinatra is among other things an expert on cell bio-energetics and has
created a high quality supplement line. His full spectrum magnesium
supplement is actually part of his metabolic cardiology protocol, which I will
be discussing in a future newsletter.

Current official recommendations for daily magnesium intake are 320mg
for women and 420 mg for men. This is probably on the low side in reality,
BUT it’s a good starting place.

I would suggest taken 200mg first thing in the morning, and again before
bed on an empty stomach. The night time dose should be at least 3 hours
after your last meal of the day. This should help your sleep, and also help
keep you “regular.”

As always, if you are on any medications, check with your doctor before
starting magnesium supplementation. There could be adverse interactions
with certain medication and so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If your doctor is unfamiliar with magnesium or seems hostile to the concept
of nutritional supplementation, you should consider finding a doctor that at
least understands nutritional interventions in medicine.

Your health depends on it!

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Now I have something beautiful to share with you. I won’t say too much
about it, because words are not adequate to describe it. I have a friend
who is not easily impressed, and this rendered him speechless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WhWDCw3Mng

Here is a quote that comes to mind:

“You are made or unmade by yourself; in the inventory of thought you
create by mental act, the instruments by which you destroy yourself; you
also fashion the tools with which you build for yourself heavenly mansions
of harmony, joy, strength and peace.”

“By the right choice and true application of thought, you ascend to Divine
Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, you descend
below the level of the assaulter. Between these two extremes are all the
grades of character, and you are the maker and ruler of them. Hail to the
making and maintaining of the best part of you, right here, right now.”

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Love, happiness, health, success, are all things for which we supposedly
strive. What keeps us from attaining these things is our lack of worth.
We simply cannot believe deep down that we are deserving of all that.

As you go about dealing with the challenges of daily life, please remember
that what we ultimately become depends on ourselves. Think about your
parents, children, spouses, relatives, friends and all others who love you,
care about you and support you.

Their only wish is for you to be successful, healthy, and happy. However,
to be all those things, YOU must feel your own worth, and decide that you
will accept no other fate, than to become the person you were meant to be.

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