Tag Archives: Experiences

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

 

I read something interesting the other day to the effect that the country with the most Nobel Prize winners (Sweden) also has the highest per capita milk consumption. This may seem strange because of all the negative press that milk drinking has gotten lately.

But consider that most of the problems with commercial milk are due to pasteurization. When you heat milk you denature the proteins and destroy the beneficial enzymes and bacteria in it.

This bacteria is said to be beneficial to your digestive system, which in turn has a direct affect on your brain. Researchers on the cutting edge of nutrition and health have discovered that having the right balance of healthy bacteria in the colon is essential to making your brain work properly.

One of the best ways of doing this is drinking raw milk! This is controversial because so called “health authorities” have convinced people that raw milk is unhealthy and dangerous, which is completely untrue.

However it must come from clean dairy farms with healthy clean cows, and not from factory farms where overcrowding of animals and use of hormones and antibiotics contribute to an unhealthy environment for dairy cows.

Check out my web page on raw milk at the link below:

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

I am going to purchase raw milk and report back to you on my experiences with it. Many adults are supposedly lactose intolerant, but my guess is that part of this problem stems from the pasteurization process and it’s effect on the milk.

There is so much focus on probiotics now that they are being mainstreamed and sol in supermarkets in the form of products like Activia and promoted in commercial yogurt, which unfortunately is also pasteurized.

Raw unpasteurized (and unhomogenized) milk is the real deal and if we ever are able to turn back the laws and regulations that are being used to stamp out raw milk, I think we will see a new super food available to the public once more.

Mark McAafee of Organic Pastures explains why organic dairy farming and raw milk are the way to go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUG-4uUbjbY

You won’t look at regular pasteurized milk and other dairy products the same way again. Pasteurization is heat treatment that damages and denatures the milk. This kills ALL of the bacteria, good and bad.

This explains why so many people seem to show allergic reactions to pasteurized milk products.

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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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If you have never heard Bruce Hornsby play or seen him in person, I urge you to do so. I think he is the most unique and expressive pianist on popular music today. He would never be considered a great vocalist, but his music will inspire and delight anyone lucky enough to hear it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8h4S0aOI10

This is a 36 minute set at the Stone Mountain Performance Center in Brownfield, Maine. He excels at these smaller venues. There are elements of country music, pop, jazz, classical, bluegrass, swing, ect. in his playing. Although he is considered a pop musician there’s a strong country feel to his music.

His piano solos are legendary and often encompass several musical styles (classical, jazz, country) all in the same musical piece. The lyrics of the songs are often about people, places, and things he grew up around in his native Virginia. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

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If you don’t have integrity, you have nothing. You can’t buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.

Henry Kravis

Age Better #22 – Effortless Stress Management with HPP!

We are well into March, and although spring is right around the corner,
somebody forgot to tell mother nature! I can’t wait for the warmer weather,
and it’s taking it’s time getting here.

My oldest nephew Andrew is enjoying being a new father. He says that it
hasn’t completely hit him yet, but he seems to be fitting comfortably into
this new role, and really excited about his new son “Tyler James!”

Two new babies were added to the family this winter and will be
experiencing their first Easter Sunday. Easter comes early this year, and
I’m hoping that the weather is at least somewhat mild so that we can enjoy
the holiday.

They are still way too young for their first “Easter egg hunt,” but I
am a bit excited for them as Easter was so very special for me, and I
believe will be for them when they are a bit older.

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They say stress is a killer…which is literally true, but nobody ever
explains why. Until you understand what it’s really about, you can’t
effectively control it, much less eliminate it.

So here’s my “two cents” on stress…

Your autonomic nervous system is divided into two branches, the
“sympathetic” branch which essentially gets you ready to deal with
crisis and emergencies by preparing you for “fight or flight.” This is
really useful in life threatening situation, but not otherwise.

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/autonomic-nervous-system.html

The other branch is called the “parasympathetic.” It deals with
digestion, elimination, and restoring your energy. It’s engaged while you
are at rest and there is no danger or crisis to react to.

The sympathetic nervous system evolved when early humans were subject to
constant danger in their environment from attacks by wild animals. In
modern life we are not subject to the same danger, but react as if we were.

We respond to emotional stress that triggers the same reactions from our
sympathetic nervous system. Our body reacts by producing cortisol which is
a stress hormone, and  also raises blood sugar to provide energy for
whatever our emergency requires.

When we are stressed we spend way too much time in “sympathetic” mode,
and this lays the foundation for chronic illness. Since our body’s response
to stress is hard wired by evolution, we need to change how we perceive and
react to various situations.

I’ve always believed the best way to solve problems is the way that
requires the least effort, because you are more likely to follow through
and do it. You have heard about relaxation tapes, and so now I will share
with you what I think are the best ones.

I have used these products for over 20 years. They are top quality and they
work IF you use them. This audio technology is called HPP which stands for
hypno peripheral processing.” It is a gentle “sensory overload”
technology, and it’s fun to use!

Created by Dr. Lloyd Glauberman Ph.D. this sound technology uses the
therapeutic patterns of famous psychotherapist Milton Erikson, and are
scripted stories that are relaxing and contain suggestions for your
subconscious mind.

What these suggestions do is to change your “internal dialogue” so that
you don’t respond to potentially stressful situations the way you normally
do. It’s like getting new programming so that you react much more calmly
and logically to the same situations that “used” to stress you out.

Here is the link:

http://age-better.info/hpp-stress-management

There is a video on the page by Dr. Glauberman explaining the principle
behind HPP.  It is a gentle “sensory overload” system that is relaxing
and effortless to use.

There are digital versions of these programs that can be instantly
downloaded eliminating the need for shipping.

There are also HPP products covering all kinds of issues, so explore the
site and check them out!

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While on the subject of how to relax, I want to share with you one of my
favorite musical artists. Her name is Basia, and she is a Polish lady who
sings in a style that’s best described as Brazilian Jazz!

She has such a beautiful voice and unique style. She is an example of a
real international pop star!

Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvVEBz8z82I

She was in her heyday in the 1980′s and kind of faded from sight. I think
she became a mother a that time and was focused on that role, but
resurfaced in 2011. She is currently working on a new CD, and presumably
after that she will resume touring.

If you ever get the chance to see one of her shows, don’t miss it!

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There’s always hope for a better tomorrow! That’s something I sometimes
forget myself, and daily experiences remind me of.  I remember something
that happened years ago in regards to the mother of a good friend.

My friend Tom’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and got
progressively worse until the point where they had to carry her from room
to room, as she was permanently in a fetal position.

She did not remember anything, nor recognize anyone. I felt bad for Tom as
he had just recently lost his father and now his mom was so seriously ill.
Then one day I was at the gym and noticed this older woman at the counter.

She was just leaving and got into her car and drove away. Since I did not
recognize her, I asked Tom who she was. He replied that it was his mom, and
then proceeded to tell me how this apparent miracle occurred.

She had taken a turn for the worse and was rushed to the hospital where
when examined one of the doctors suspected that she did not have
Alzheimer’s, but rather another medical condition which could be treated
successfully.

The necessary treatment was given and she actually recovered completely!
She was now able to recognize her family, remember things, and actually was
able to resume driving her car! This to me is proof positive that miracles
do happen.

So NEVER give up. You never know when fate can turn in your favor and
things will work out for you. In many ways we create our own reality. Stay
positive and focus on the joy in life!

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“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will
turn.”
~Harriet Stowe~

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Hello! 

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a link about it:

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

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

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

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

This link will tell you where you can buy it:

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

Let me know how you like it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time…stay healthy.

George