Tag Archives: Exercise

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lee Haney

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OK…on a more relaxing note…

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

“Something Wonderful”  and  “Being Alive”

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

Enjoy…

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

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

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

 

 

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

Where did our summer go? Seems like we are in the fall already! While I won’t complain about the mild weather, I remember that years ago it stayed hot through the first couple of weeks in September. We called it “Indian Summer, but it seems we don’t get that anymore.

I spent the weekend helping my young cousin Remy Anne move into her new student apartment in Boston. She will be taking courses at Northeastern University (my Alma Mater). Time passes very quickly these days. It seems like only yesterday when she arrived in Boston with her folks for the first time, ready to begin studying dance at Boston Ballet!

Now I get prime seats along with her parents to watch her perform on the stage, which is
Very cool!

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After one of her performances at the Boston Ballet, I noticed my cousin Remy had this long plastic cylinder under her arm. When I asked her what it was, she told me it was a “foam roller.”

I know what they are, in fact I have one myself, but her’s was hollow unlike my own. I hadn’t seen the newer ones so it kinda threw me off a bit. Anyway…seeing her reminded me that I needed to use mine more often. Foam rollers are cylinders made of hard plastic foam that you literately roll over to loosen tight muscles.

For those of you who cannot afford frequent massage therapy treatments,  foam roller can be just the thing to keep you more flexible and supple. You can get them online and they are relatively cheap.

I would recommend them highly as one of the most cost effective therapies available to the average person. The link below is to the model that I bought, and one I found works really well for me.

http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Nothing special about this one, pretty plain, but as I say relatively inexpensive for the benefits you can get from it. You don’t have to purchase any particular model, just so long as it is hard foam.

There are newer designs with knobs and protrusions on the surface. I can’t say whether these are better, because I have never used them, but they might be worth a shot. The idea is to put pressure on the tender areas because those are where the adhesions in the muscle are.

Adhesions are the result of scar tissue from what we call “micro traumas.” These are little tears in the muscle that when they heal, they often adhere to what’s called the “fascia.” Fascia is the protective sleeve or sheath around your muscles.

The muscles need to move smoothly beneath the fascia, and if they don’t because if these adhesions, then you get pain and restriction of movement. The foam roller tends to break up this scar tissue and free the adhesions, thus making you more supple.

You just basically get on the floor with the muscle you want to work resting on the foam roller. You roll over the roller until you find a spot that really hurts when you roll over it. At that point you just keep rolling back and forth across that sore spot until the pain subsides. When the pain subsides, that would be an indication that the adhesion has been freed.

Please keep in mind that this is NOT a substitute for proper medical care! If you have acute (really sharp) pain in an area that does not go away, your safest bet is to see a doctor, such as an orthopedic practitioner. They can either confirm or rule out anything serious.

The foam roller is really for long term stiffness or tenderness in an area that is the result of accumulated micro trauma from sports or exercise that happens over time. As far as learning HOW to use the foam roller, go to Youtube and search on foam roller, or foam roller exercise and you can choose any one of a number of instructional video clips.

Use of a foam roller is one of THE BEST things you can do to feel more flexible, supple, and lose that constant tightness that you may be feeling as a result of age, exercise, or trauma!

Here is the Amazon link again:    http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Happy rolling!

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For my money, Tori Amos is one of THE most electrifying performers in popular music. Her vocal performances are always captivating. I think for many people, including myself, her music is an acquired taste, but well worth trying.

Combine her darkly beautiful piano playing with the wonderful backing of the Metropole Orchestra of Amsterdam Holland and you have one truly magical performance as this Youtube video will attest!

The song is “Winter Winter”

Enjoy…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvUlPozYhg8

This concert was apparently videotaped in Rotterdam Netherlands. There’s a whole lot of wonderful pop music being made all over the world, not just in the USA.

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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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“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Audrey Hepburn

Where did our summer go? Seems like we are in the fall already! While I won’t complain about the mild weather, I remember that years ago it stayed hot through the first couple of weeks in September. We called it “Indian Summer, but it seems we don’t get that anymore.

I spent the weekend helping my young cousin Remy Anne move into her new student apartment in Boston. She will be taking courses at Northeastern University (my Alma Mater). Time passes very quickly these days. It seems like only yesterday when she arrived in Boston with her folks for the first time, ready to begin studying dance at Boston Ballet!

Now I get prime seats along with her parents to watch her perform on the stage, which is
Very cool!

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After one of her performances at the Boston Ballet, I noticed my cousin Remy had this long plastic cylinder under her arm. When I asked her what it was, she told me it was a “foam roller.”

I know what they are, in fact I have one myself, but her’s was hollow unlike my own. I hadn’t seen the newer ones so it kinda threw me off a bit. Anyway…seeing her reminded me that I needed to use mine more often. Foam rollers are cylinders made of hard plastic foam that you literately roll over to loosen tight muscles.

For those of you who cannot afford frequent massage therapy treatments,  foam roller can be just the thing to keep you more flexible and supple. You can get them online and they are relatively cheap.

I would recommend them highly as one of the most cost effective therapies available to the average person. The link below is to the model that I bought, and one I found works really well for me.

http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Nothing special about this one, pretty plain, but as I say relatively inexpensive for the benefits you can get from it. You don’t have to purchase any particular model, just so long as it is hard foam.

There are newer designs with knobs and protrusions on the surface. I can’t say whether these are better, because I have never used them, but they might be worth a shot. The idea is to put pressure on the tender areas because those are where the adhesions in the muscle are.

Adhesions are the result of scar tissue from what we call “micro traumas.” These are little tears in the muscle that when they heal, they often adhere to what’s called the “fascia.” Fascia is the protective sleeve or sheath around your muscles.

The muscles need to move smoothly beneath the fascia, and if they don’t because if these adhesions, then you get pain and restriction of movement. The foam roller tends to break up this scar tissue and free the adhesions, thus making you more supple.

You just basically get on the floor with the muscle you want to work resting on the foam roller. You roll over the roller until you find a spot that really hurts when you roll over it. At that point you just keep rolling back and forth across that sore spot until the pain subsides. When the pain subsides, that would be an indication that the adhesion has been freed.

Please keep in mind that this is NOT a substitute for proper medical care! If you have acute (really sharp) pain in an area that does not go away, your safest bet is to see a doctor, such as an orthopedic practitioner. They can either confirm or rule out anything serious.

The foam roller is really for long term stiffness or tenderness in an area that is the result of accumulated micro trauma from sports or exercise that happens over time. As far as learning HOW to use the foam roller, go to Youtube and search on foam roller, or foam roller exercise and you can choose any one of a number of instructional video clips.

Use of a foam roller is one of THE BEST things you can do to feel more flexible, supple, and lose that constant tightness that you may be feeling as a result of age, exercise, or trauma!

Here is the Amazon link again:  http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Happy rolling!

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For my money, Tori Amos is one of THE most electrifying performers in popular music. Her vocal performances are always captivating. I think for many people, including myself, her music is an acquired taste, but well worth trying.

Combine her darkly beautiful piano playing with the wonderful backing of the Metropole Orchestra of Amsterdam Holland and you have one truly magical performance as this Youtube video will attest!

The song is “Winter Winter”

Enjoy…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvUlPozYhg8

This concert was apparently videotaped in Rotterdam Netherlands. There’s a whole lot of wonderful pop music being made all over the world, not just in the USA.

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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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“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Audrey Hepburn

As I sit here in the middle of June,  it is a comfortable 65 degrees in Somerville, and while I am not complaining, I don’t remember it being this cool so late in the season when I was a kid.

I honestly think we are entering an era of cooler weather, but then again, it’s hard to tell. I like the fact that I haven’t even put my air conditioners in yet…it’s been that comfortable. I do hope it continues, although I am sure we will be in for some sweltering days soon.

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I’d like to mention a few things I think are important in the area of health and wellness. These are things that if you do them, you will have 80-90% of the health issues covered. For those that want to do 100%, that’s great, but start with the basics.

With that said here are three things you should do to live longer, and healthier.

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Get enough vitamin-d in winter and summer. Vitamin-d is not really a vitamin, it’s a hormone called cholcalciferol. It’s used in many critical processes in your body, and if you don’t get enough of it your risk for things like cancer and heart disease go up!

As I sit here in the middle of June, it is a comfortable 65 degrees in Somerville, and while I am not complaining, I don’t remember it being this cool so late in the season when I was a kid.

I honestly think we are entering an era of cooler weather, but then again, it’s hard to tell. I like the fact that I haven’t even put my air conditioners in yet…it’s been that comfortable. I do hope it continues, although I am sure we will be in for some sweltering days soon.

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I’d like to mention a few things I think are important in the area of health and wellness. These are things that if you do them, you will have 80-90% of the health issues covered. For those that want to do 100%, that’s great, but start with the basics.

With that said here are three things you should do to live longer, and healthier.

Get enough vitamin-d in winter and summer. Vitamin-d is not really a vitamin, it’s a hormone called cholcalciferol. It’s used in many critical processes in your body, and if you don’t get enough of it your risk for things like cancer and heart disease go up!

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

People of African ancestry that live in cooler climates are especially vulnerable to deficiencies in vitamin-d because their darker skin filters out the UV light the body needs to bio-synthesize this critical hormone.

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Avoid refined sugar in all forms. This includes high fructose corn syrup, Agave nectar, maltodextrin, ect. Sugar raises blood glucose levels, which in turn raise insulin levels. Insulin is a “pro-inflammatory” hormone that significantly raises your risk for cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/normal-blood-sugar-levels.html

Processed foods are largely a form of refined sugar, since they are mostly grain products that break down rapidly in your blood stream, spiking your blood sugar and insulin levels which in turn aggravate inflammation and promote chronic disease.

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I think that grounding or “Earthing” should be a very important part of your daily routine. Think of grounding as receiving antioxidants from the Earth all of the time you are grounded, and you will see why this practice is so important.

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

Grounding helps you establish the proper electromagnetic balance in your body, which protects you from free radical damage and slows down the aging process. There is probably no single thing that is more beneficial to you than grounding.

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You might wonder why I didn’t mention things like getting enough sleep, and exercise, but truthfully, if you do the above 3 things, you will likely be able to sleep a lot better. As far as exercise, most people do it incorrectly and that can have negative results.

Exercise has two real benefits, that it controls blood sugar, and helps maintain muscle and bone density. If you avoid sugar, and get into the habit of grounding every day, this will go a long way toward controlling blood sugar.

It will also help maintain the function of your endocrine glands, which produce the anabolic hormones that maintain your muscle tissue. So all exercise really does is to signal your hormonal system to produce certain hormones.

Don’t get me wrong, exercise (if done right) is still valuable, but if you do the other things mentioned, you will remain HEALTHY and ACTIVE for all of your life, and thus will be getting your exercise in the process, and that’s the key!

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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 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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Oleta Adams is an amazing singer. Her sultry voice and soaring vocals will leave you breathless in this live performance of her hit song “Get Here,” with Eric Marienthal on saxaphone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5i14s0uWWk

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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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I gave some serious thought to this weeks quote, and in light of the recent revelations about the US government spying on it’s own citizens, I thought this quote from John F. Kennedy fit perfectly.

“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.”

John F. Kennedy

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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 #29: The Dangers of WiFi

It seems like “mother nature” finally figured out that it was time for
some genuine spring weather. Just a couple of days ago I was out at night
and could see my breath in the 50 degree temperatures we had.

Now it actually feels like spring and I’m looking forward to much more of
it. It’s been a long winter…

Wednesday evening I attended the Boston Ballet production called “Next
Generation” to watch my cousin Remy grace the stage at the Boston Opera
House. It was a very wonderful performance by Remy and the Boston Ballet
Company and the best way I could have imagined to spend my 58th birthday!

The ballet world is an interesting one and the men and women that perform
in it are really “artist athletes,” who are on an elite level physically. As my
cousin Remy advances into the professional phase of her dancing career,
she will benefit from some of the very same nutrition and exercise concepts
that I have shared with you!

Things like bioenergetic nutrients, grounding, micro-current, and interval
training, are all things that you can use to optimize your health at any
age! The more we know and apply, the better off we are, and we are
literally learning more each and every day!

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I recently stumbled on to a Youtube video by Dr. Stephen Sinatra about cell
phone signals being an increased heart disease risk. This really piqued my
interest because I have a feeling that this will become a big health issue
in the next few years.

If you have been reading my newsletter you will have seen me mention how
important electrical signaling is to your body and it’s functions. When
electrical signals from our environment interact with our bodies, bad
things can be the result.

Once again the action of the cell membrane is the key. It is designed to
let nutrients in and toxins out, and also to keep toxins from entering the
cell. WiFi signals cause the cell membrane to close the cell off and not
allow nutrients to go in or waste to go out.

If you use a cell phone, use it on speakerphone or use one of those
adapters that use a hollow tube to transmit the sounds so that you don’t
get radiation hear your brain. This is called a “Bluetube,” and you can
find them on Amazon.com

DO NOT hold the phone up to your ear, and DO NOT EVER use a Bluetooth
(which is a cell phone earpiece that fits into your ear. This is absolutely
asking for trouble, because the microwave signal can penetrate into your
brain, something you do not want!

Minimize your cell phone use to only what is absolutely necessary. Remember
that although you can’t see, hear, or feel cellular signals, they are all
around you and doing damage to your health.

I know I’m not going to make any fans with this advice, but if you have
WiFi at home, get rid of it, and use either Homeplug wall plug adapters, or
run ethernet cable to whatever rooms you are using your computer in.

What is “Homeplug”? It’s a technology that uses the electrical wiring
in your home to function as a broadband Internet connection.

https://www.homeplug.org/home/

I use “Homeplug” myself and it works pretty well. I can just take the
module and plug it into pretty much any electrical outlet, and it works
fine. You can get these modules in electronics stores, or if you prefer
online.

Here is the Amazon link:

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

You can also find ethernet cable at electronics stores, although it’s a bit
expensive to run any distance. I do suggest very strongly that if you have
babies or young children in your home that you DO NOT use WiFi (wireless),
as they are especially vulnerable to it’s effects.

Yes wireless is convenient and everybody out there is pushing it as the
next big thing, but it is probably one of the worst health hazards in our
environment. Sadly, I think that by the time society realizes this, many
people will have suffered from the ill effects.

Please don’t be one of them!

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On a lighter note, here is a clip from Youtube that showcases a choral
performance in Riverdance.  The performance is by the Irish choral group
called Anuna.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8VCx3KZxo8

Interestingly, I found out that Ireland has no historical choral tradition.
Anuna’s director Michael McGlynn explains that he pieced together fragments
of traditional medieval Irish chamber music, to come up with the
compositions that Anuna performs today.

The choral harmonies this groups performs are absolutely breathtaking!
Check them out on the web, and be sure to see them if they are performing
in your area. I guarantee you will be absolutely amazed.

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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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This weeks quote is from the wonderful and courageous actor who played
Superman!

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere
and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. “ – Christopher Reeve

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Age Better #28 – What are bad estrogens?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the link:     Nunn Hydration Products

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

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

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

Here is a clip from the film:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy…

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

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

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

Marcus Aurelius

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