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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 #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 #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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Hello,

It’s Friday, and we all made it through another week after Hurricane Sandy
and the minor Nor’easter we had in New England, it’s nice to have some
sunshine and warmer temperatures, even if it’s only temporary.

I’m looking forward to the holidays, spending time with my family and
friends, good food, and good times.

As we approach the holidays beginning with Thanksgiving, I will share some
simple tips to help manage
your diet and minimize packing on those pounds that
usually come with
holiday eating.

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I wanted to mention the election and relate it to our “personal healthcare.”
The re-election of Barack Obama, likely means that the “Affordable Health
Care Act” is here to stay.

My personal feeling is that this won’t necessarily be a good thing for our
health because it props up a system focused on using dangerous toxic
drugs to attain health.  This is going in the wrong direction.

Drugs can be helpful in certain special cases, illnesses, and emergencies,
but they can’t promote real health. Only nutritious food, proper exercise,
and stress management can!

Ultimately it’s up to us as individuals to promote our own health. The
“system” can’t do it for us. We spend 50% more on healthcare than any
other country, yet we are something like 30th in longevity!

This suggests our healthcare system isn’t working, if the goal is real
“health” and not just treating symptoms of illness with drugs. So what can
we do to take control of our own health and improve it?

What if I told you that one of the most effective ways you can start
becoming healthier did not require a special diet or exercise routine, but
instead was as simple as putting your bare feet on the ground?

 Sound good?

Well, let me introduce you to “grounding!”

First understand that all of our body functions are powered by something
called ATP, which is the primary energy source not only for humans but all
life on Earth! When our ATP levels are down, we suffer not only from low
energy levels but also chronic disease.

Health problems like congestive heart failure, immune dysfunction,
dementia, etc. are all related to the failure of our cells to produce enough
ATP.  

Oxidative stress from “free radicals” also undermines ATP
production and helps bring on diseases like cancer, heart disease,
diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

What can we do? The first thing I recommend is simple, inexpensive, and
100% safe! It’s called grounding, and it can help boost your energy, lower
your stress levels, and improve your quality of life.

It consists of establishing an electrical ground with the Earth. Yes that’s
right! Just grounding yourself with the Earth will de-stress and energize
you. You simply allow your bare feet to be in contact with the ground,
which can be grass, sand, or even unpainted cement.

What happens is that you absorb what are called “negative ions”
(electrons) into your body from the Earth. These free electrons
(millions of them) act just like an anti-oxidant in your body, to neutralize
 free radicals and boost your energy levels.

When indoors you can use what is called a “grounding pad” or “grounding
mat” which connects to the round port on your wall socket to establish the
electrical ground.

Shoes and other aspects of modern life have insulted us from the energy
of the Earth. By reconnecting with that energy we can start taking back
control over our health in a perfectly natural and effective way.  Check out
my web page on grounding here:

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

and by all means email me with your questions if you have them.

I do not have an affiliate relationship with the company that makes these
pads, so I do not make money promoting it. It’s just that I find it so
effective, I wanted to share it with you!

Here is a link to the specific pad I bought.

http://www.grounded.com/earthing-mat/earthing-universal-mat-and-cover

I am very happy with it and use it while sleeping, working at my desk and
even driving. I don’t feel the need to use any of the more expensive
products they offer. The one at the above link works just fine for me.

This might well make a great Christmas gift for someone you love!

What do I feel when I use it? Just more calm, relaxed, and comfortable
with no tension or stress. It seems to help with being “regular” which
because of the relaxation effect. I notice more energy and less joint pain.  

I am really impressed that something so simple can be that effective.
When I first hear Dr. Stephen Sinatra speak about it, I thought…”this
sounds too good to be true,” but it worked as well as he claimed.

In future newsletters I will share more information with you on how you can
improve the quality of your life with something called “metabolic
cardiology.”

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That’s about it for this issue, but stay with me because I have lots more
amazing stuff to share with you in upcoming issues of this newsletter.

Stay well and be safe!

George

Hello! 

For all of you on the East coast that were in the path of Hurricane
Sandy, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

Being located in the Boston area, we did not see the kind of devastation
experiences in other areas like New York and New jersey.

My city did declare a state of emergency, but all we experienced was high
 winds, a few downed trees, and some heavy rain.

By nightfall all was calm again, and the cleanup began.  Prayers go out to
the many who were seriously impacted by the storm, and hope that life
 gets back to normal as quickly as possible for them.

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I have a product recommendation for you. For those of you that live in
areas where you have a cold winter, with dry air you may want to check
out this product. It’s made by Twinlab and called “NaPCA”

Here is a link about it:

http://www.twinlab.com/product/na-pca-non-oily-0

I have been using this stuff for many years and think it’s one of the best
products out there for the money. NaPCA is a natural moisturizing factor
in human skin, and when you use it, it actually attracts water to your skin
keeping it moist and hydrated.

This is especially important during the winter months when not only cold
but dryness is a problem. I especially like the version with Aloe Vera as it
seems to be even more beneficial to the skin.

I find that shaving is a lot more comfortable and I don’t get cut when I use
this product. Women will like it because it is pleasant smelling and not at
all greasy.

This link will tell you where you can buy it:

http://www.twinlab.com/twinlab-store-locator

Let me know how you like it!

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I can’t believe that the election is just days away. Finally an end to
campaign season! I have made a vow not to discuss political issues in
this newsletter and will stick to that. All I want to say is whatever your
feelings about the candidates, take the time and opportunity to vote.

Many have sacrificed everything for our freedom to cast a ballot. Our men
and women in uniform are putting their lives on the line even as I type this
, so I don’t think it is asking too much of us to make the effort to vote. So
please let YOUR vote be counted!

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Another issue to keep in mind is that with winter we get less sunlight and
run the risk of vitamin-d deficiency.  I’m not sure why vitamin-d is called a
 “vitamin” because it’s actually a hormone called collectable (vitamin D3)
or ergocalciferol (vitamin D2).

Those of you with dark skin are especially susceptible to vitamin-d
deficiency in winter. Vitamin-d deficiency can even cause your cholesterol
levels to rise, because your body uses cholesterol to synthesize vitamin-d
when you don’t get enough from sunlight.

Lack of vitamin-d is related to many chronic diseases like heart disease,
and cancer. It’s also a factor in depression. There’s probably no one thing
you can do that will have as much benefit to your health as getting
adequate vitamin-d.

Have your doctor test your levels so that you know how much to
supplement. There are many good formulas on the market. For my
money, I like companies like Life Extension, Jarrow Formulas, Thorne, and
Pure Encapsulations.

Dosages will be anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 units per day. I will in the
near future have some more specific recommendations for vitamin-d
testing and supplements.

Well, that’s about it for this week.  Thanks for reading, and please don’t
hesitate to give me feedback on these newsletters. I want what I write to
reflect your needs and interests so email away!

Until next time…stay healthy.

George