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The Boston Red Sox have won the World Series! I guess that’s about the most popular news story in these parts.  My father was a huge Red Sox fan and I only wish he could be here to savor this victory by his beloved baseball team!

Part of the reason they won the World Series is that they kept injuries to a minimum and went in to the post season will a physically intact team. Speaking of physically intact, I could use a lesson in remaining so.

I don’t quite know what I did, but it appears to have been a deep strain of the abdominal muscles due to doing an exercise I have not done in ages. Naturally I went too heavy on it and paid the price.

I have yet to figure out if it’s just a bad pull or worse, like a breach of the abdominal wall. In any case, it precludes any direct work to that area as I let it heal. With this news in mind, I would make a case for easing into ANY exercise program.

As I have mentioned many times, the real value of exercise is in the quality of the exercise NOT the quantity. It’s easy to overdo things, and the result is never positive when you do that, as evidenced by my latest injury issue.

Don’t get me wrong, exercise is one of the most important components in staying healthy, but understand that there is good exercise and not so good exercise. Always start very conservatively and don’t push too fast too soon.

Professional athletes and movies stars often embark on rigorous exercise routines because they have a limited amount of time to get into shape and millions of dollars are invested in what they are doing.

We however, being ordinary people are not forced by circumstance to rush this process and so should go slow and easy. If you are middle aged and don’t have a history of intense exercise, you should get checked out by a doctor prior to starting an exercise program.

Stress tests can indicate cardiac abnormalities that might give you a problem, and so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even people with heart conditions can and should exercise, BUT they should also start very conservatively and build up their duration and intensity slowly.

Your beginning routine might be so easy that you doubt it’s helping you at all, but in truth you are being smart and setting the stage for future improvements. Even simple stretches to start and end your day might be all you need for a beginning routine until you feel that you want to bring things up a notch. At that point you can begin to build on a solid foundation.

Click on the link below to check out my page on “antiaging exercise”

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

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For those of you who may be fibromyalgia sufferers or know someone who is, you might like to know that there are several products that can be of help. These products do not address the root cause of Fibro, BUT they can potentially offer some relief from the symptoms.

The first is called “methylfolate” and is a form of folic acid that can be absorbed and utilized by people with the MTHFR gene defect. Since 55% of the North American population carries that gene, lots of people out there cannot properly absorb folic acid.

Without the ability to properly absorb folic acid, the toxic amino acid homocysteine can build up in the blood causing increased inflammation which exacerbates Fibromyalgia. Using methylfolate can help lower homocystiene levels and thus help Fibro, not to mention lowering your risk of heart disease as well!

Here is a link to Jarrow Formula’s production

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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The other two items I will mention are magnesium, and malic acid. It’s quite possible that you could combine the two in the form of magnesium malate, and although I have never used this form of magnesium it would be logical that it might be effective.

Malic acid is low in Fibromyalgia sufferers and so it makes logical sense to try supplementing these two nutrients to see if they offer relief. You can read an interesting paper about malic acid and Fibromyalgia at the link below:

http://healingpoints.com/Fibromyalgia.PDF

If you try this approach please write and tell me about your experiences with it, as well as asking any questions you have, and I will try my best to find the answers for you.

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I am half Armenian, well actually since I was adopted it’s more accurate to say that my father was of Armenian extraction, and I find that after his passing, I have an interest in learning more about the language and culture. It makes me feel closer to my father.

There is an instrument, a very ancient instrument from Armenia called the “Duduk.” It’s a wind instrument played with a reed that is appearing more often in Hollywood and other venues due to it’s mystical and enchanting sound.

The Armenians make this instrument from apricot wood and the legend is that this wood originally grew in the Garden of Eden which some scholars say was adjacent to Ancient Armenia, in the valley of the Zagros mountains in what is now Iran.

The Duduk has been described by some as sounding almost like a human voice and is not played all over the world by musicians, many of whom are not Armenian but were drawn to the instrument because of it’s soulful sound.

Here is a clip that I hope will enchant all who listen to it… The song is called “Nostalgia” and it is masterfully played by Kamil Radzimowski.

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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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Being a huge Star Trek fan, this clip is a favorite of mine. In it, the character of Spock explains to fellow Vulcan Lt. Valeris, that there is much more to wisdom than just logic. It is interesting because it is an example of the way the character of Spock evolved in the films and learns to come to terms with his human half.

He learns that his Vulcan logic needs to be complimented by his human feelings and perspective. He understand the shortcomings of denying his true self and knows that he cannot achieve wisdom without fully embracing who and what he is.

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“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”

Wilhelm von Humboldt

 

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

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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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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“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Benjamin Franklin

It’s the 4th of July! As we celebrate our country’s birth, we should remember that the challenges to our freedom are from within rather than from external enemies. There will always be those who want to control others and take away their rights and freedoms.

This is an unfortunately part of human nature, and it’s something that we need to oppose at every turn. We are at our very best when we are free! Freedom to choose how we remain healthy, to worship, to travel, work, and associate are all rights that we must protect, against those who want to take these freedoms away in the guise of helping us!

The Founding Fathers gave us a country that was designed to function as a free society with minimal government, that allowed each individual to pursue his or her destiny and reach their maximum potential.

Those in the generations before us that have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could remain free can best be honored by our continued vigilance and resistance to any efforts to undermine our freedoms!

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Do you think your sunscreen is protecting you? Well maybe you better think again! What you thought you knew doesn’t quite match up to the reality of the sun protection product market.

Remember that these products are marketed to sell to you, not necessarily to ensure quality and safety.  You do need sunlight in order for your body to make vitamin-d, but you have to use caution when it comes to sun exposure.

Here is a link to the Environmental Working Group’s page on sunscreens.

http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/

This will give you some solid information that will make choosing a safe and effective sunscreen a whole lot easier! Remember also that the nutrients you take in via your diet also factor into protecting your skin from sun exposure.

Colorful foods that get their pigmentation from their antioxidant compounds are your best bet. These are foods like:

red and orange peppers
dark colored berries
green tea
ripe red tomatoes
cacao
tumeric (circumin)

Omega 3 fatty acids are also necessary for the health of your skin, so be sure to consume fatty cold water fish on a regular basis, and/or use a good pharmaceutical grade fish oil to get your omega 3 fats.

The standard nutrients like vitamin-c, vitamin-e, also help protect your skin from free radical damage due to sun exposure.

All the strategies you might use from grounding, to drinking alkaline water, or using an air ionizer will also help protect your skin. The key is to avoid prolonged exposure especially around noon when the sun is highest in the sky.

You might also want to wear a cap with a visor to protect your head and eyes as well.

Remember that you can even get too much sun exposure when the weather is overcast, because you don’t notice the heat of the sun on your skin and may spend a longer period of time outdoors, thinking you are safe.

If you do get overexposed and end up with a burn, there is an excellent product that will help your skin heal. It’s made with Willard’s Water and is available at the Nutrition Coalition.

Here is the link: https://www.willardswater.com/store/index.php?ccat=22&item=40

I have no financial interest in this product. I just like it and feel that it works well for minor burns and skin irritations.

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Some time ago I shared a link to something called “PubMed” which is a site where you can get abstracts of medical research from many sources.

Here is the link:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

It’s a great place to start to do some of your own medical research. I know that sounds intimidating, but the Internet makes gathering information so much easier. Don’t be afraid to get out there and search for answers. The information has been put out there for you to help you find answers and solve problems.

The home page of PubMed will have information on how to use this valuable resource. Check it out when you have the chance!

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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 this “Age Better!”

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

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Into Darkness is the second Star Trek film by J.J. Abrams, and it rocks! I don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t seen it, but let me just say the action is non-stop and there are several plot twists, including an old Star Trek villain AND icon!

I wasn’t sure that I would like it, as the trailers really didn’t give a good idea of how the plot would unfold. Abrams has definitely put his own unique stamp on the Star Trek films, and they really deliver in the action and special effects department.

Great performances by the main cast in their iconic roles, although they are not quite able to capture the charm of the original series. But this is, after all, a “reboot” of the original, with vastly scaled up action and intensity. Go see it, I don’t think you will be disappointed!

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I stumbled yet again on another cool music video clip. I had not heard of Lara Fabian, but she sings in French and has quite a voice. What was really different about this video clip is that the audience really gets into the song, and this has a very emotional effect on her, as you can see.

Enjoy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf-uChZXptw

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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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“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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.

Age Better #26 – Custom Gourmet Protein Powder

When I started this week’s newsletter, it was before the terrible events at
the Boston Marathon. I was actually in Cambridge, a couple of miles from
the site of the bombing, and heard the subway was diverted around the
affected area.

What’s there to say other than this was a terrible tragedy, and that our
hearts go out to all the people and families that have been affected by
this senseless violence.

People gathered peacefully for an athletic event, were subject to
unspeakable evil. My young cousin and her mother were at the site of the
bombing and thankfully left ten minutes prior to when the bomb when off.

Our family is thankful they missed the bomb’s detonation by mere minutes.
It really makes you stop and think about how fragile and precious life
really is. It reminds us that we should all have the take opportunity to do
the things we have been putting off.

Life is really a series of opportunities taken and acted upon. Whatever
your passion, don’t wait to act upon your desires and goals. Move forward,
because you never know just how much time you!

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Well it’s finally getting warmer around here. Somebody must have reminded
Mother Nature than it’s spring already, time for some nice weather for us
winter weary New Englanders.

I have a brand new tenant, and really lucked out on this one. His name is
Devon, he’s a marketing manager, musician, and craft beer aficionado. He
appreciates being so close to Boston, and all the great restaurants and
clubs in our area.

Since my neighborhood is minutes from one of the hippest spots in greater
Boston “Davis Square,” it’s the idea location from which to enjoy the
local flavor. I feel lucky to live where I do, with everything I need just
minutes from my doorstep!

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I recently changed my diet up a bit and overall am eating somewhat less
protein. I wanted to get away from protein supplementation and more to real
foods, but what I found is that my energy suffered.

I found this a bit confusing, because we’ve always been told by
“nutritionists” that protein is not the preferred energy source for
your body. This may be true, but I find that when I eat more protein, I
have more energy, and seem to need less sleep. What gives?

Well, I did some research and found that ATP synthesis requires protein,
because enzymes (which are made of protein) are needed to bio-synthesize
ATP. This makes sense to me, because I always felt more energy when my
protein intake was higher.

How high? Well I would say 1 gram of protein for every pound of
body-weight, make that lean body-weight. So for instance if you weight 200
lbs, at 20% bodyweight, then your lean bodyweight is about 160 lbs. Your
protein intake should be about 160 grams.

While you can certainly get that much protein just eating solid foods,
getting the required amount of protein becomes an issue of convenience.
That’s where protein powders come in. Good protein powder is not cheap, but
if you are exercising a lot, it’s probably a good idea to supplement with
extra protein.

True Nutrition has the best selection of protein powders on the market for
the physically active person. They are great to deal with, and the quality
of their products is very high.

The link to visit True Nutrition is on my webpage:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/best-protein-powders.html

Their selection, service, and quality are first rate, and they are great to
deal with. Check them out today if you feel you might want to add a bit of
quality protein to your daily diet!

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This musical clip from Youtube has a special significance for me. I
sometimes jokingly refer to it as my “theme song.” Ok, let me explain.
The song is actually the theme song from the TV hospital show St.
Elsewhere.

The show was partly filmed at the old Boston City Hospital (where I was
born) thus, it’s the unofficial theme of my birth hospital. Actually it’s a
nice catchy and upbeat tune…

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

It was composed by Dave Grusin who has done so many excellent movie
soundtracks, and preformed by the GRP All Stars! If you ever get a chance
to see these guys play, don’t miss it!

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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 #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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Is it my imagination or are we getting hammered by more and more dire predictions
of doom than ever before? The fiscal cliff, the Mayan prophecy, peak oil, global
warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. The media seems determined to convince
us that we are about to “fall off the cliff” so to speak.

Hey, I’m not saying we don’t have a lot of problems, but that the media tends to
focus on the negative, and that makes everything seem much worse. So with that
said, let me share a few tidbits of positive and uplifting news with you.

The EIA (Energy Information Administration) is projecting that the US will produce
more energy than we need through the year 2040 (the next 28 years!)

The knowledge doubling rate for science is now 18 months, which means every 18
months we as a society increase our net knowledge by 100%, and this rate is STILL
INCREASING!

In the very near future we will have solar cells that we can paint on our roofs, cars
will run on non polluting natural gas, we will be able to get a college eduction over
the Internet, and miniature robots will effectively repair our bodies from the inside.

To be sure, w have some serious problems to deal with, but every day our ability to
solve these problems gets better with the development of new technologies. I
believe our best days are still ahead of us, if we move forward with confidence not
fear!

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Do you know anyone who is interested in health and loves to read? If so, you might
want to get them a copy of this book: “The Four Hour Body,” by Tim Ferris. I know it
sounds gimmicky, but in reality this is an excellent book!

I have been into nutrition and exercise for a very long time, and I can tell right off
the bat if an author knows what he or she is talking about when they write about
these topics.

Tim Ferris absolutely nails it!

The book is a big one (it could probably stop a bullet), but it’s not a book you read
from cover to cover. You will go directly to the sections that specifically interest
you and pick out what is relevant and useful to you.

There are chapters on:

losing fat

gaining muscle

improving your sex life

getting better sleep

healing injuries

getting stronger

running farther and faster

swimming better

living a longer and better life

There is also bonus material on body fat reduction, heavy metal detox, and the use
of “nootropics” which are substances that improve memory, creativity, and focus!

The book is VERY well researched with Tim Ferris becoming the guinea pig for his
own performance experiments. There are also many valuable online references
included where you can do further research into these topics.

It’s been a long time since I have seen anything this complete and well researched
for the money, and it covers so many subtopics of exercise, nutrition, and health,
that there’s bound to be something useful and interesting for every reader.

Here is my Amazon link: http://www.age-better.info/Four-Hour-Body

This book received 4.4 stars over 1,800 customer reviews!

At $17.00 (new hardcover) on Amazon, you would be hard put to find a better buy
for your money than “The Four Hour Body!”

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For those of you who live in cold climates, this time of year is a challenge. Although
I can’t prove it, I believe that one of the reasons why winter is cold and flu season is
that we lose vital energy due to the cold temperatures both indoor and out.

Your body burns calories and uses up energy keeping you warm in the winter, and
this takes energy away from other things like your immune system. I think this is
one of the reasons why you seem to get more colds in the winter.

I recommend that you dress VERY warmly in wintertime, even indoors, so that you
don’t lose heat and thus spare the energy your body needs for vital functions like
maintaining your immune system.

There are new lightweight thermal insulating fabrics that you can wear indoors as
well as out of doors. Keep this in mind and dress warmly wherever you are. You will
feel much better through the winter and keep colds at bay.

I do this all winter and it makes quite a difference in my energy levels, and ability to
stay healthy. I haven’t had the flu in over ten years, and of course I do not get flu
shots. You can find “thermals” online at Amazon, LL Beans, Land’s End, Eddie Bauer,
etc.

For outdoor protection in more extreme cold, do what the US military does and use
100% polypropylene. This fabric retains more body heat than any other fabric in
use! You can find it on the web by typing “military thermals” into the Google Search.

You can also check out this site: http://militarythermals.com which I have no
affiliation with. It’s just one of the first ones that come up in search.

I use thermals on both upper and lower body. They are also relatively cheap, and
you will find that you stay a lot more comfortable during the winter months.
Remember, that when you lose body heat you lose energy and when you lose
energy you lose your health!

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Inspiration can come in many forms, from seeing someone achieve great success,
or having someone that you respect describe the difficulties they had to overcome
to be successful. My dad used to tell me the following:

“Whatever you do, make a decision. Don’t fail to act because you are afraid to be
wrong or make a mistake. Never be afraid to try!”

I think we tend to look at others who are very successful and think they must be
better than we are. Perhaps some are, but I think in many cases, the difference
between them and the average person is that they were not afraid of failure, or
making mistakes.

If there is something you want to try, just go for it. Don’t ever let the fear of failure
stop you from doing what you really want to do. You are more talented and
competent than you know!

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In the next newsletter I will talk about what I feel is the best form of vitamin-c for
warding off colds and keeping healthy during the winter months. I will also have a
movie review for you, so look for the next issue of “Age Better” in your in box.

I welcome your questions and comments, and you can reach me at:
george362@comcast.net

Thank you for reading.

Yours in Health,

George Parigian Jr.

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