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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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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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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

Age Better #20 – A Diet Secret, Sweet Potatoes, and a Sad Goodbye

They say all good things must come to an end…but for the life of me, I
can’t understand why! I just got news today that my tenants of five years
are moving out at the end of the month. I am sorry to see them go, but
happy for the opportunities they will have.

Shannon and her husband Russ have been great tenants, and have brought a
spark of life and humor into this grand old house. Shannon has gotten a
great job offer in San Francisco, and so these two native New Englanders
are West Coast bound!

I wish them all the luck in the world, but this address will seem that much
emptier in their absence. But at the same time, I am lucky to have had them
as tenants for five good years.

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I’ve discovered “sweet potatoes” which actually are not potatoes at all
but something called  “tubers,” which is a form of root I believe. The
cool thing about sweet potatoes is their effect on blood sugar, and this
was news to me.

In a previous newsletter I wrote about green coffee extract, which can help
lower blood sugar and aid in weight loss. Apparently the key ingredient
that makes it so effective is “chlorogenic acid,” which is also
contained in sweet potatoes.

I tend to get somewhat addicted to certain foods and then eat them until I
get tired of them. One night I decided to try something different and
steamed a sweet potato with my vegetables.

It tasted pretty darn good, but I was afraid that like all potatoes, the
starch in them would result in weight gain. Surprisingly the opposite
happened! It seems that I’ve gotten leaner since I have been eating them.

I researched this a bit and found that they are high in fiber, they are
actually not a potato, and they contain the same blood sugar lowering
compound that is found in green coffee extract. The chlorogenic acid in
them prevents blood sugar spikes.

When blood sugar doesn’t spike, insulin levels aren’t elevated, and as you
know…insulin is a fat storage hormone. So the bottom line is that you can
include sweet potatoes (not yams) in your diet often and will actually get
a bit of a weight loss benefit as well.

This is providing you don’t put tons of butter or sugar on them when you
cook them. Oh and while we are on the subject of cooking them, I’ve found
the best way to enjoy them is steamed.

Another great benefit of sweet potatoes are their content of beta-carotene
which is the effective form of vitamin-A. Below is the link to my web page
on vitamin-A

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

I mentioned my favorite vegetable steamer in a previous newsletter a while
ago, and here is the link:

http://www.age-better.info/electric-vegetable-steamer

This is my favorite way to prepare vegetables including the sweet potato.
Give it a shot…I’m betting you will really like it. This works great
because it’s so easy and simple to prepare.

I bought mine something like five years ago and it’s still going strong. It
works perfectly every time! Let me know how it works for you and also how
you enjoy the potatoes!

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The “diet secret” I mentioned really isn’t a secret, it’s just that
it’s not well known. Insulin is the key to weight loss. It’s the most
anabolic hormone in the body, and when it’s high, you will store fat and
put on weight.

When you keep it low, you will be able to burn fat and lose weight. Is it
really that simple? YES! Unless you have some medical condition that makes
you gain weight, you can lose by keeping insulin low.

This works whether you exercise or not, but of course it works better when
you do. The trick is to keep your daily carbs under 150 grams, or even
better under 100!  Do this for a while and you will begin to lose the
cravings for sugar and carbs.

Combining foods during your meals is another important thing. Eat some
quality protein with EVERY meal. This helps prevent blood sugar (and
insulin) from spiking. Keeping your insulin low will also extend your
lifespan and prevent chronic diseases.

Some tips on doing this will be found on my webpage at this link:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/diet-for-insulin-resistance.html

I am evaluating a diet that can help you do this, but not yet ready to make
a recommendation for it. I will share it very soon, once I am satisfied
that it’s workable and safe.

My goal is to share things with you that are easy to use and really WORK!
Anti-aging and wellness should be easy to do, and be things that you can
seamlessly insert into your lifestyle.

I am investigating some really cool stuff, and I’m so tempted to tell you
about it right now, but I know I need to wait until I have investigated it
fully before I share and recommend these things to you. Please be patient
with me, great things are coming!

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I want to share a musical video clip with you. It’s Eric Whitacre
conducting “Water Night,” another virtual choir of voices from 73
countries!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3rRaL-Czxw

Voices from all over the world combine to create something truly beautiful.
What could be better?  I really like Eric Whitacres stuff, and this is one
of his best!

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Is it me or are we seeing a lack of real leadership these days? It seems
that we have many people positions of authority that lack the values that
it takes to really lead by example. With that said, I will leave you with
this very simple but profound quote…

“Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.”

Horace Mann

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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