Tag Archives: Fall

I got a message from a young woman who had written to me years ago after visiting my antiaging website and asking me for advice for a health problem she was having. She was told she had a thyroid problem but through her own research found out she was misdiagnosed!

She had been put on Omprazole, which is a “proton pump inhibitor” which decreases stomach acid. This can cause malabsorption of food, and she had to fight her doctor to get the tests that indicated that she had vitamin deficiencies.

She was on Omeprazoe for years, and she learned this drug should only be taken for several weeks. She was misdiagnosed and improperly prescribed medication. It was only  through her own research and efforts that she is now on the road to recovery.

It’s a sad state of affairs when you have to do your own medical research to make sure your doctors diagnosis and advice is valid, but in many cases that’s what it comes down to. Nobody has as much interest in your health as YOU do!

Don’t assume that you are incapable of understanding things about your health. That’s the biggest mistake you can make! This is how the pharmaceutical industry has become so powerful and abusive. You can and MUST take an active role in protecting your health!

Ordinary people don’t trust in their own intelligence and intuitive wisdom to take control of their own health decisions. It’s always about the newest wonder drug or prescription they see peddled on TV , and they mistakenly assume this is the way to be healthier.

There are a few prescription drugs that are actually helpful in the short term because they control symptoms and allow people to function on a day to day basis. However the vast majority of these drugs are both dangerous and unnecessary, and more and more practicing physicians are coming to the same conclusion.

If your doctor refuses to listen to your concerns or chastises you for trying to learn more about your body and how it functions, then it’s time to find another physician. A good doctor will welcome a patient that is actively engaged in their own health decisions!

The Internet can be a great place to find information, but of course you have to use your head and sort out the bad information from the good. There are a number of good websites where you can find accurate and up to date information. I will list a few of these below:

http://www.age-better.com

http://www.lef.org

http://www.charlespoliquin.com

http://www.pubmed.com

These are just a few sites that provide useful information about a range of health topics, but of course there are others out there. At some point I will be doing a review of online information sources that I will post a link to in this newsletter.

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I was about to say that fall is approaching, but in fact, it’s already here! Temperatures are dropping and it’s that time of year when people often get colds because they forget to dress warmly enough.

Yes I know about all the “scientific evidence” that supposedly disproves the idea that people “catch cold” because they don’t dress warmly enough, but my own personal experience seems to suggest otherwise.

The body is very sensitive to changes in it’s environment and this can have effects that you are not aware of. Take some time to evaluate your clothing going into fall and winter. Make sure you dress warmly and comfortably at all times.

Body heat is body energy…remember that! When you lose body heat you lose the energy your body needs for vital functions like your immune system and your hormonal system. Energy in the form of ATP is the “currency” of your day to day health. Preserve it!

Remember, ALWAYS dress warmly, preserve your precious energy for needed body functions, not warming the outside environment! The Earth has plenty of energy, it doesn’t need more from your body!

I can’t give a specific recommendation for thermal and cold weather wear because I am not an expert, but from what I have found online rial polypropylene is considered the best for outdoors.

Do some research on the web and get some good quality winter wear for both outside and inside. You will feel better and stay healthier!

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For people who are into musical theater, Steven Sondheim is a magical name! This is one of Sonheim’s best songs sung by none other than Bernadette Peters. She becomes emotionally overwhelmed during the performance.

I believe this is because some years ago she lost her husband in a helicopter accident. It almost seemed like the orchestra kind of marked time a bit to allow her to recover her composure and finish the song. This is truly a heartfelt performance.

Here’s the Youtube link to her touching performance of “Not a Day Goes By”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kMlQgyz834

For those of you who are Sondheim aficionados here’s the link to “Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnagie Hall”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E9CwofuHTk
If you are a lover of musical theater you will relish this performance!  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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“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

Buddha

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“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

Helen Keller

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

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

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

Is it me or is our government becoming more and more corrupt? Every day we turn on the news there seems to be another scandal, and more government officials claiming they know nothing about it, and refusing to be held accountable for what they do.

At the same time ordinary citizens know that certain things that are wrong and if we do them, we are held responsible for it and will be punished. We should demand the same kind of accountability from our political leadership, no matter what their party affiliation.

Sadly, there isn’t much we can do to alter this behavior when “leaders” choose not to lead by example. So each of us must step up and be the change that we want in our society. This starts with a commitment to honest and ethical behavior in everything we do.

I still believe that honesty is the best policy, and that the level of personal responsibility and integrity we have is the best path to a happy and successful life. We can’t change the world if we are unwilling to change ourselves.

The good news is that when we do the right things in the right way, we create a path for ourselves and those we love that leads to success and happiness. It’s kind of a universal truth and has always been this way.

We can create the reality we choose, and “creating” is what life is really about. There is a quote that says “It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” What this means is that only by doing good ourselves can we change what’s bad.

We can’t change everything outside of our own lives, but we don’t have to. The positive changes we make in ourselves have a ripple effect that goes far beyond our personal lives. This is how we change things for the better…starting with ourselves!

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Alkalize your body to help prevent cancer!

I wanted to mention a few things about acid/alkaline balance in the body and why it’s critically important to your health. Our bodies are supposed to be somewhat alkaline on the PH scale, and I think the optimal numbers are between approximately 7.3 and 7.5

PH stands for “potential of hydrogen” which affects energy production (ATP) and the entire “electromagnetic balance” of the body. Simply stated, when we are acidic, the blood carries less oxygen and our cells are not able to make as much energy.

This sets the stage for all kinds of problems from congestive heart failure to cancer. All of these are really disturbances in cell energy levels. ATP levels drop and cell voltage also goes down.

The simple equation:

higher cell voltage=good health

lowered cell voltage=poor health

What to do?

The advice to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet is a good one, and what this actually does is to “alkalize” your body. Being more alkaline means more oxygen in your blood, more energy made in your cells, and all around better health.

This is really about maintaining an electromagnetic balance in your body, reducing oxidative stress, and elevating cell energy. All of this increases your health, vitality, and sense of well being. It also lowers your risk of inflammation and chronic disease.

Here’s three things you can do to keep yourself more alkaline:

Eat more fruits and vegetables. You can do this in the form of juicing, OR using something like the “Nutribullet” which I will be reviewing in the near future. Fruit and vegetable juices have an alkalizing effect on the body.

Using a water additive like “Willard’s Water” that will increase the ph of any water you add it to. It’s a great antioxidant that actually allows you to better absorb the water you drink, and the nutrients in your food.

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/benefits-of-willard-water.html

Ground yourself as much as you can during the day and when you sleep. Whenever you can, put your bare feet on grass or unpainted concrete. During the evening or in the winter, use a grounding pad that plugs into the ground hole on your electrical sockets.

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

You will absorb negative ions from the Earth which will actually thin your blood and reduce inflammation and stress. Grounding has a calming effect on your nervous system that you can really feel.

These simple strategies are things you can fit into your daily life without any real inconvenience and they will go a long way toward making you healthier. Any doctor who is knowledgeable about health will tell you that inflammation is the cause of chronic disease.

Whenever you can reduce inflammation but making your body less acidic, that’s a step in the right direction. This is especially important for diabetics, as the above strategies will lower blood sugar!

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There are a number of movies coming out in this summer season that I have put on my list to see. Iron Man 3 was a blast, and being a Trekker from way back, I am planning to see the latest Star Trek film “Into Darkness.”

This is an exciting time if you are a fan of the Marvel Universe. I just heard there will be a SHIELD TV series starting this fall with Clark Gregg reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulsen.

Agent Coulsen died in “The Avengers” movie, but as you know in the world of science fiction, dead isn’t really dead, it’s just that weird state that a character is in before the scriptwriters figure a way to bring him back.

The fan outcry to bring back Agent Coulsen was so great that Marvel decided to resurrect this great character, much to my delight.

This is the official trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3T-evQZiQo

The TV series will tie in to the upcoming Avengers film and perhaps other films as well. If you like the SciFi/superhero genre, you will eat this stuff up!

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I stumbled upon a really cool music video today! It was by a Filipino singer named Christian Bautista. What really impressed me was the wonderful romantic innocence of this video, where he meets a woman and begins to fall in love with her.

I had never heard of Christan Bautista guy before, (I guess I need to get our more) but he has a great voice, and is apparently a big pop star in Asia. I can see why! The song is called “Love Moves in Mysterious Ways.”

Click the link below to watch it.   Enjoy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSi0ma96RJA

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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 can just imagine what Thomas Jefferson  would think about our government if were alive today. Here is one of his quotes that really seems to fit our troubled times.

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

Thomas Jefferson

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Right now we seem to be experiencing a mid winter thaw here Is Boston. I
know it won't last, but I'll take it anyway. It feels good not to have the
normal winter chill in the air, and It's better sleeping weather as well.

Speaking of sleep, one thing that can keep you awake as you get older is
prostate issues.

The prostate tends to get larger as we get older. When that happens it
interrupts normal bladder function and that can have a negative effect on
the quality of sleep you get. 

What's interesting is that the same thing that helps the prostate also helps
fight baldness. It's called “saw palmetto extract.” It's not expensive at all, 
but you need to get the genuine article when buying saw palmetto.

Here is a page I wrote some time ago on this amazing substance:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/saw-palmetto-benefits.html

What it does is to prevent testosterone in your body from converting to DHT
which can aggravate the prostate and also cause male pattern baldness. This
supplement comes in small dark brown oval shaped gel caps.

It's always in 160 mg per gel cap strength (that's how you know you have
the real thing). You need 1-3 gel caps taken a couple of times per day with
meals. You will need to experiment with the dose to find what works best
for you.

What you should notice is the appearance of your hair improves and seems
thicker and more dense. As for prostate issues, it would be not having to
get up at night to go to the bathroom. That would tell you that it's
working.

Please understand that I don't promote this as a cure or remedy for these
issues. If you are on medication, I am NOT telling you to take saw palmetto
instead...

BUT...I can tell you that Proscar which is the prescription medicine for
prostate enlargement works by inhibiting DHT, and that saw palmetto will do
the same thing minus the side effects of the drug.

If you know anyone who is having prostate or hair loss issues, please tell
them about this. As always, I am available via email for questions about this
stuff, and yes...I do use it myself!

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I just wanted to say a word about purpose and motivation. It's easy to get
so wrapped up in day to day survival, that we are “living for the
weekend,” so to speak.  I like to kick back and relax too, but sometimes
find myself getting “too comfortable.”

Happiness comes when we move forward toward our goals and can tell that we
are making progress. Whether it's learning a new skill, solving a
longstanding problem, or having a totally new experience that gets you
really excited about life again.

Don't fall into the trap of just coasting through life. Find something that
gets you motivated to do more, to be more, and you will be on the path to
being fulfilled. It occurred to me that as human beings we are moved into
action by inspiration.

If we thought everything through to the last excruciating detail we would
likely never have the passion to move ahead, but we are set into motion by
ideas, by inspiration, and by the thoughts of what we could achieve if only
we commit to our goal. 

I haven't forgotten that this is an “anti-aging” newsletter, but think
about it, in order to hold the aging process at bay, we have to think
young, and strive to “stay in the game.” 
Here is a quote :

“We all have inner demons to fight, we call these demons, fear and hatred
and anger. If you do not conquer them then a life of one hundred years is a
tragedy. If you do, then a life of a single day can be a triumph.”

Yip Mann – Bruce Lee's teacher

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If you wonder why I review older movies, it's because the newer ones seem
to be lacking in substance. Seems like Hollywood is just pumping them out
to make money, and so many films are lacking in that quality that makes you
feel compelled to watch them.

Now that doesn't mean they can't be light entertainment IF it's done well!
With that, comes my latest recommendation for a more recent film in the
action adventure (superhero) genre. Yep...I'm talking about “The
Avengers.”

Josh Whedon has really pulled it off, combining Marvel's characters into
one huge feature film. If you love sci-fi and action, this is your film. It
is not darkly violent and disturbing like the Batman films.

If you love the superhero genre it will absolutely satisfy you. Great
performances from an ensemble cast, as Josh Whedon manages to develop each
character and mesh them into a team for this film.

I especially loved how Scarlett Johansen as Black Widow tricked Loki into
giving her the information she was after. Just when Loki thinks he that
because she is a woman, he has broken her down and intimidated her, she
completely fakes him out. That was brilliant!

If you grew up reading Marvel comics like I did, or just love action
adventure and sci-fi stuff, then rent “The Avengers,” you will
thoroughly enjoy it!

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Age Better Newsletter – Issue #12- January 3rd, 2013
Published by George Parigian Jr. for Opted-in Subscribers
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Hello,

Happy New Year!  This weeks topic is heavyhands, exercise, and weight loss…

For some odd reason I’m optimistic about the coming year despite the unlucky “13” aspect of it. I have some things I really want to accomplish this year and I know you do too.

My hope is that I can share some things with you that will help you move forward with your goals and plans whatever they may be. Health is key in all of this, and I will have some really cool stuff to share with you during the coming year.

Exercise resolutions are usually part of the New Year, but I am going to share some revelations with you about exercise that may really surprise you. Just remember in all this that in order to make it effective, you need to know just what you are trying to achieve.

To be effective, exercise should be intense and brief. The way exercise affects your hormonal system is the key. Long slow exercise raises levels of the stress hormone (cortisol) that tends to make you fatter. Hard to believe, but it’s true.

Brief and intense exercise has a positive effect on your hormone system, which results in fat burning and building of lean muscle tissue. For weight loss purposes all you need is about 15 minutes 3 times per week of brief intense exercise.

“Heavyhands” is a book that will show you how you can accomplish this and why it will work for you. It’s been out for a few years but still a great book and just as current as the day it was written!

Using this concept and following an “interval training protocol” I lost 10 lbs in two weeks with no dieting, and about 11.25 minutes of actual exercise (when you subtract rest periods) per session. This equals about 33.75 minutes of actual exercise per week!

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

 

“Heavyhands” will explain how having your hands weighted allows you to burn a lot more calories than you otherwise would. But it’s not just the calories you burn while exercising, it’s the boost in your metabolic rate that will have you burning more calories even when you are sacking out on the couch!

All the information you need to make this happen is in the book. Sound good? Then pick up a copy and start losing those pounds you have wanted to shed so badly!

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Now…I have some bragging to do. I attended the Boston Ballet production of the “Nutcracker” last week for the very first time and had the pleasure of watching my cousin Remy Anne in this time honored performance.

This was a very enjoyable show that seemed amazingly short to me, perhaps because it immerses you in that holiday fantasy world of dancing toy soldiers, princes and princesses, and of course “The Nutcracker.”

Remy is a pre-professional student at the Boston Ballet and she graced the stage as one of the Marzipan Shepherds. Although only time will tell, I believe she has the talent, passion, and perseverance to become a prima ballerina!

Remy comes from an artistic family, as her dad is an actor and her grandfather was a former professor at the Mass College of Art. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I am proud of my cousin and it’s wonderful to see her develop into a great dancer.

If you have a chance to catch this wonderful show in your location, don’t hesitate, and of course it goes without saying that this is 100% OK for the youngest kids out there. They will love it for sure!

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After attending the afternoon performance of the Nutcracker, we caught “The Hobbit” in IMAX.  I have never read any of Tolkien’s books, but have seen the ring trilogy and now the Hobbit.

This is a very enjoyable film, as it really immerses you in the fantasy world of “Middle Earth.” For me a good movie should draw you into the story and cause you to make an emotional connection to the characters.

“The Hobbit” did that for me and left me wanting more, just what a feature film should do. This is a film for all ages, although some scenes may be a bit rough for really young children.

Directed by Peter Jackson, and featuring a number of great actors like Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchette, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, and Ian McKellan as Gandalf reprised their roles.

This film ran nearly 3 hours, but seemed short to me. It was THAT engaging, and for me, this is what it’s all abut, that when  film ends you very much want the story to go on, and it does, but that will be left to the sequels!

This film scored at rating of 8.4 from IMDb.com, which pretty much says it all!

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Winter can be tough on skin, with drying, windburn, and cold temperatures if you live in the northern latitudes. Remember that hydration is also important, and often you don’t get as thirsty as in summer, but you still need to drink plenty of water.

Use lip balms, and face creams to prevent against windburn and chapping. NaPCA by Twinlab is a great choice especially with added aloe to keep your skin hydrated. Remember to dress extra warmly as well, because:

heat loss=energy loss=lowered immunity from colds and flu!

I am working on what I call a “cold weather solution” but frankly there is not much research in this area for me to draw on. I will however have a recommendation for winter stress in the next newsletter, I just have to do some digging though before I can actually suggest something I am comfortable recommending to you, so stay tuned…

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Once again, thank you for listening, and there will be another newsletter heading your
way next Thursday. Look for it in your inbox, and please don’t hesitate to
write with your questions or comments.

You can reach me at:  george362@comcast.net

Yours in health,

George Parigian Jr.
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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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