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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a link to Jarrow Formula’s production

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

If you try this nutritional supplement, please let me know how it works for you. Dosage requirements would vary from person to person, but the rule of thumb I go by is to start with the smallest dose, and see how that works for you.

Start with one capsule (400 mcg) and you can take this 3-4 times per week or every other day. If you have the MTHFR gene defect, you should notice a feeling of calmness and well being.

You can tell if you have this defect by eating asparagus and noticing of yoiur urine has a strong odor afterward. If the odor is present, this is an indication that you have this gene defect, and would benefit by taking methyl donors like methylfolate, SAM-E, or trimethylglicine.

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

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

http://healingpoints.com/Fibromyalgia.PDF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilhelm von Humboldt

 

For some reason the aftermath of Labor Day seems to be a time when we get back to work (metaphorically speaking) after the lazy days of summer. Yeah I know, most of us work year round, but there is a sense of “getting back to normal” that characterizes the end of summer.

With that said, I have vowed to resurrect two of my blogs which were decimated by Google’s Panda and Penguin algorithms. My cholesterol blog will need a major re-write because new information about cholesterol and heart disease needs to be incorporated into the blog.

The simplistic “cholesterol causes heart disease” story just does not wash anymore and thus I have to change things to reflect this new knowledge. To be honest, the topic of human lipid biochemistry is very complex and beyond my understanding on a deep level.

I am going to try and boil it down to it’s essence and present simple strategies to cut the risk of heart disease across the board. This will involve a lot of research and rethinking what I thought I knew, but of course it is well worth it.

I always want to give people the read my articles the best most up to date information I can. I can however give you a few simple rules of thumb that will always be valid and effective, even as new information about cholesterol makes it’s way to the public.

These five things will reduce your risk of heart disease:

Limit sugar intake: (this includes simple sugars, alcoholic beverages, AND processed carbohydrates from grains)

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

Do not cook with or otherwise consume poly unsaturated oils like canola, corn, ect. The only oils safe for cooking are olive oil (for low heat) and coconut oil (for high heat)

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

Get some kind of regular exercise at least three times per week. This can be “power walking”, pushups or situps, circuit resistance training ect. This is because building and maintain lean muscle mass helps blood sugar control which protects against heart disease.

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

Get a grounding pad and use it!
http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/body-grounding.html

Try making your diet more alkaline by including more vegetables, a little bit of fruit, and plenty of clean pure water.

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

Doing these five things will go a long way toward protect you from heart disease, because they address all the underlying causes. Notice that I didn’t suggest avoiding foods that are high in cholesterol.

That’s because cholesterol does not “cause” heart disease, and the amount of cholesterol in your diet is really not an important factor in heart health. Besides, cholesterol is a vital substance that your body cannot do without.

Too low a cholesterol level leaves you vulnerable to heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease to mention a few!

So the bottom line is, don’t restrict cholesterol, DO eat healthy foods, reduce stress, and lower your blood sugar and you will be doing 80% of the things that are needed to prevent heart disease!

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I just watched the new Tom Cruise sci-fi film called “Oblivion” and don’t quite know why it didn’t do that well at the box office. While I thought the plot had more than it’s share of twists and was a bit convoluted, it was (to me) an enjoyable film and delivered in the action and “coolness” department.

I admit that I love sci-fi, and so found it enjoyable. If there was one thing that I could fault in this film it was that you never quite find yourself emotionally invested in the characters and storyline.

Contrast that with “Avatar” which for me WAS an emotionally engaging story! In any case, I think you will find “Oblivion” enjoyable to watch if not compelling. I think this is the look and feel of sci-fi films to come.

However what I am really looking forward to is the network TV series “Agents of Shield,” as the characters and concept are familiar to me because I read Marvel Comics as a kid!

The first episode is September 24th and I will be critiquing it at that time. Bear McCreary the man behind Battlestar Gallactica’s soundtrack will be doing the music for the show which is exciting. Well have to wait and see how it all turns out…

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This week’s clip is called “Diaspora Oratorio” from the popular TV series “Battlestar Gallactica.” Hauntingly sad and foreboding it is none the less beautiful and captivating. It captures the essence of the show which tells the story of the “diaspora” of humanity in escaping from a genocide at the hands of the artificial lifeforms they created.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UgXIf9jhF4

Bear McCreary in writing the sountrack for the show featured an instrument called the “Duduk” which is a 3000 year old Armenian wind instrument constructed of apricot wood, which according to legend grew in the Garden of Eden.

As you know I am a sci-fi fan, but truthfully the show was during it’s run one of the most acclaimed dramatic series on television, and one of the few things I watched on a regular basis.

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

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Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Miguel Angel Ruiz

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“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.”

Khalil Gibran

Dehydration is self sabotage! Yeah I know that’s a strong statement to make, but it’s very true. Let me explain…

Sometimes when it comes to health, the simple things are THE most profound! I have been dealing with some issue around energy and strength levels for many weeks. I tried everything to fix this, but to no avail.

The problems I have been having in the gym with muscle soreness and lack of strength seemed intractable. I don’t wish to use age as an excuse because that becomes self defeating, but the idea seeps into your mind that maybe this is just age related decline.

What I didn’t realize was that I was “chronically” dehydrated, and once I started drinking more water throughout the day, things began to change for the better. Hydration is one of those things we pay lip service to but often don’t take as seriously as we should.

I am as guilty of this as anyone! Part of the problem is that when we don’t understand the reasons for doing certain things, we don’t attach as much importance to them. This was certainly the case with my hydration issues.

I do pay attention to it when I am out in the heat, but when I am home, (and I have access to whatever beverages I want) I tend to forget that I need to be drinking water on an ongoing basis. Just having access to water is not enough…you actually have to drink it!

As my understanding of the electrical nature of the body increases, I begin to connect the dots and realize not just that proper hydration is important, but also WHY it’s important! Getting enough water is critical to your health, and here is why.

We are electrical beings, that depend on having the right balance of electrical energy for our organs and tissues to function properly. Let’s call this “cell capacitance.” In order for electrical energy to flow smoothly through the body we need to have enough water.

Water and minerals in our bodies conduct electricity. The minerals involved in this are called “electrolytes.” These electrolytes require water to function properly and efficiently conduct electrical energy throughout your body.

Cells communicate with each other via the watery medium of the body. When we are lacking in water, our body cells can’t communicate properly and the body can’t work as it should. The nervous system especially needs water to function properly.

This is more of an issue during the summer months because of the heat, but you can also be dehydrated in the winter. You tend not to be as thirsty in winter, and thus can become dehydrated without knowing it.

My suggestion is to keep water that is the ideal temperature for drinking with you at all times. Sip it throughout the day, and make sure it’s not too cold, because you can drink and absorb more water if it is not uncomfortably cold to drink.

How much water should you drink? I’m not convinced there is an absolute rule on this. When you are properly hydrated, your urine should be pretty much clear and not have a yellow color to it.

But I would also say you should gauge it by how you feel. When you are well hydrated you should feel energetic and relaxed. Avoid drinking so much water at one time that you feel bloated. A little at a time is best.

I like bottled water because tap water is often contaminated with chemicals and even prescription drugs. This is something you want to avoid if possible. Chlorine and fluoride are toxins that are not healthy. Avoid them if you possibly can.

There are products that you can add to water that contain nutrients and flavorings. If this is what it takes to get you to drink more water than that’s fine. There is one product that I have tried and really liked. I wrote about it in another newsletter, but I will mention it again.

The product is called “Nuun Optimal Hydration” tablets. These are effervescent tablets added to 16 ounces of water to make a flavored hydrating drink. These tablets contain the necessary electrolytes to replace those that are lost when you sweat.

Here is the link:

http://nuun.com/products

I recommend it because I have used it and it seems to work well for me. There is no affiliate program so I don’t get a commission for doing so, but I do like to share what I find that works well.

Remember that water has a “ph” level and should be slightly alkaline. PH stand for potential hydrogen. When you drink water you are putting more electrons into your body. This is a good thing, because once again… your body is electrical by nature.

Water is used by the body for so many critical biochemical and electrochemical processes that you can’t afford to be dehydrated. So keep this in mind and make sure you drink enough clean pure water during the course of your day.

So…remember that water is liquid energy. I consider good hydration to be one of the keys to “performance enhancement.” By keeping yourself hydrated you will be at your physical and mental best. It really IS that simple!

Read the article at this link for more information:

http://kokopellisearcandling.com/DehydrationHiddenSymptoms.pdf

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I recently ran into one of my readers who was visiting colleges in the area with her daughter trying to help her decide which university she will be attending next year. She asked me to write about the cholesterol test that measures particle size.

When it comes to having your cholesterol tested, here are the two tests that are the most valuable:

This test is called “LP(a)” or Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) test. This test breaks down your LDL and tells you if it is made up of mostly small, dangerous particles, or the larger, less dangerous ones.

It also indicates how much Lp(a) is circulating in your bloodstream. The test also analyzes your HDL cholesterol subtypes, and tells you if you have more of the HDL2 subtype, which is the beneficial form of HDL.

You can find out more about this test at:  http://www.atherotech.com

The LPP test also called the Lipoprotein Particle Profile also breaks down cholesterol into its sub fraction particles, but can also measure something called (RLP) or “remnant lipoprotein,” which is a dangerous particle that is not measured by other types of cholesterol tests.

You can find out more at:  http://www.sprectracell.com

Either of these tests is a vast improvement over the older cholesterol tests and will really zero in on your actual risk. Remember it’s not the cholesterol numbers that matter, but the actual particle size and type, and the level of inflammation in your blood stream.

An integrative cardiologist will help you reduce your risk of heart disease without the use of drugs that have dangerous side effects.

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Whatever your health issues, music is something that will bring positive energy to you. There is so much great stuff out there to be discovered around the world and so it is with the Metripole Orchestra in Amsterdam Holland, under the direction of Vince Mendoza!

This orchestra is a Dutch national treasure and you will see why in this wonderful clip!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNEMKoE5cIY

Vince Mendoza worked with Joni Mitchell on two cds “Travelogue” and “Both Sides Now.” If you are a Joni Mitchell fan or just love great music, you owe it to yourself to check out these wonderful cds.

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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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“Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.”

Khalil Gibran

Follow the money! That’s the advice my lawyer used to give me for trying to make sense out of the actions of government and politicians. Always question the policies that are being advocated, and try to find who benefits and why.

You can apply this to everything that happens in society, but in our case we need to apply it to  an understanding of public health policy and what really drives it. I see thing almost daily in the media that I know instinctively are wrong.

For instance that fish oil is supposedly dangerous, vitamin supplements are worthless, vaccines are safe, cholesterol drugs make you healthier ect.  There is an agenda that underlies all these statements, that involves powerful corporate interests and money.

Usually these issues are brought to light by what we call “muckrakers” which are people who expose corporate wrongdoing and public malfeasance. There is always an element of doubt in their claims because they are usually outsiders who are not part of the industries they are criticizing.

Every once in a while someone comes along who has inside knowledge of an industry and it’s abuses, and steps up to blow the whistle on the corruption they witness around them. Such an individual is Dr. John Abramson M.D.

Dr. Abramson estimates that approximately 80% of prescription drug use in the United States is unnecessary! Yes…that’s right…80%! Dr. Abramson took a year off from his medical practice to research and write a book about this.

The book is called:   “Overdosed America – The Broken Promise of American Medicine.”

Here is the link to the Amazon Kindle version:

http://www.age-better.info/Overdosed-America

This book was rated 5 stars over 82 reader reviews, some of those five star reviews were from other doctors! Pretty impressive. It lays bare the dirty secrets of the pharmaceutical industry, how it unduly influences medicine, misinforms doctors, and needlessly puts patients at risk.

In this book you will learn how drug companies hid some of the facts about the side effects of their drugs as “trade secrets.” This means that your doctor could potentially prescribe a drug to you that has side effects that he or she does not even know about!

You will also learn how the drug industry funds the very research being done to determine whether their products are safe and effective. This is a clear conflict of interest that Dr. Abramson exposes in his book!

Doctor Abramson is a family practice physician from Massachusetts, who is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and has solid mainstream medical credentials. This fact makes the revelations in the book all the more convincing.

You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to read this book. Armed with facts and the truth, you can make better decisions about your health care and the role of prescription medications in it.

Don’t be a victim of the drug industry’s deception and dangerous products, read “Overdosed America.”

http://www.age-better.info/Overdosed-America

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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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Now to share something a bit lighter and more pleasant with you. Music never fails to illicit enjoyment and happiness with people. I really enjoy sharing some of the unique artists I have found over the years with you.

I have been a fan of American rocker Tod Rundgren for many years, but I was not aware of this amazing concert he did with the Metropole Orchestra in Amsterdam. This is a duet he did with Dutch singer Mathilde Santing (who is new to me).

The two songs are “Love in Disguise” and “Wailing Wall.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Zb9S7f3_0

Todd described Mathilde as a Dutch national treasure, and you will see why in this wonderful clip from Youtube! The entire concert is available on Youtube at the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS-64ce_bqE

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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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“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”

Thomas Jefferson

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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Age Better #18: The “Killer Gene” and how you can stop it

We just got hammered here in Boston with over 2 feet of snow, and we’re
still digging out. If there’s a silver lining about big snowstorms it’s that
everything closes down and there’s not much else to do but relax and
spend time with your family and friends.

The storm hit us Friday and we are still under a snow emergency because
I’ve heard there is more on the way. Fortunately the groundhog predicted
an early spring this year, so I know warmer weather is just around the
corner.

As we head into spring, there will be a new addition to my extended family.
My oldest nephew Andrew and his wife are having a baby boy, so I will be
a “great uncle” once again! It wasn’t so long ago that he was just a
baby himself.

Maybe it’s just my imagination, but the time seems to be rushing by faster
and faster. It makes me hope that the world becomes a better place for the
generation that’s just  coming into it.

I guess it’s up to all of us to make it so…

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I was doing some updates to my website and happened on my page about
the MTHFR gene. I thought this was a good time to talk about this gene
defect that can wreak so much havoc in the body, and how it can be tamed!

This is probably THE most important health issue I have written about so
far!

MTHFR is short for “Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase.” In the
subject line for this weeks newsletter I called it the “killer gene” and that’s
exactly what it can do if it’s not controlled!

This gene regulates a process in the body called “methylation” that
converts certain amino acids to their “reduced” forms. This process is
necessary to detoxify your body and protect your DNA from damage.

When this gene is malfunctioning, this “methylation” process does not
complete properly so toxic levels of homocysteine can build up which
causes increased inflammation.

It also prevents you from detoxifying heavy metals like mercury and lead,
which is a huge issue for your health.

Here are some of the problems this gene defect can contribute to:

Heart attacks
Strokes
Fibromyalgia
Autoimmune disease
Alzheimer’s
Cancer
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Depression
Migraines
Miscarriage

The list goes on, but you get the picture that this is a huge problem, and
medical science has only recently become aware of it since the human
genome was mapped. The good news is that it is relatively simple to fix.

There is a medical test you can get for around $150.00 that can tell if you
have this gene defect, but the easiest and cheapest way to tell is to
notice whether your urine has a strong odor after you eat asparagus.

Changes to your diet and the use of a type of nutritional supplement called
a “methyl donor” can actually change how this gene is expressed and
dramatically lower your risk of these diseases, not to mention a big
improvement in how you feel.

The methyl donor supplement I recommend is called “Methylator Support
PX” and it is made by “Poliquin Performance.”

I have used this supplement and found it effective:

http://www.age-better.info/methylator-support-px

I have NO affiliate relationship with Charles Poliquin, so I don’t get any
commissions for recommending it. I do so only because I believe in it’s
quality and I know from personal experience that it works.

Below is a link to my page on the MTHFR gene defect:

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

Here is an excellent page of resources on MTHFR gene issues by Dr.
Benjamin Lynch:

http://mthfr.net

As always, I am here if you have questions on this stuff…

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I LOVE Youtube! Google acquired this site a couple of years ago, and it’s
one of my favorite resources. There’s just so much great stuff on there.
Lots of educational videos, tutorials, ect.

I enjoy the music videos that people post on it too. I’d like to share one
of my favorite musical artists with you. I think I mentioned last time that
music therapy can be very beneficial, especially if it’s music you loved at
a younger age.

This is a video of Julia Fordham, a British singer performing a song called
“Towerblock.” I love the piano playing on this song (being a pianist myself)
and the elegant and classy way she performs it.

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

I have been a fan of this woman ever since I saw her videos on VH1 during
the 1980′s. Her style is so unique and her voice is just so expressive. I
could listen to her for hours.

There are a number of songs on Youtube she performs. I think you will
enjoy discovering this wonderful artist.

Let me know what you think…

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I think one of the most demotivating ideas is that people successful, are
superior to the rest of us. That’s not the case. We see their successes but
we don’t see the failures they had to go through to get where they are.

Yes some may be smarter or tougher, but for the most part they succeed
because they just keep at it, and refuse to give up. Whatever your dream
or goal, move toward it and don’t stop until you have what you want!

If you just hang in there, you will be successful!

This clip from one of the Rocky films illustrates this wonderfully. In it
he tells his young son that “going that one more round” when you didn’t
think you could, makes all the difference in life!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQB3uebwyMQ

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Age Better #14: Fight Colds and Flu with Hydrogen Peroxide

We are half way through January and the winter has been mild so far. Six
weeks and we are looking at spring just around the corner. However flu
season is upon us and we are being told to get that “flu shot.”

You might want to take some time to think about that before you do. The
flu vaccine incorporates last year’s strains because this years are just
hitting us. It’s therefore debatable whether these shots help at all.

I’ve never gotten flu shots, and have only had the flu once in the last 15
years. I felt a bit run down one Sunday evening but instead of resting, I
went to the gym and trained VERY hard.

Well as you can imagine, my immune system took a hit and I got sick.

I’ve since learned not to repeat that mistake.  So…when you are feeling
not quite 100%, don’t exercise intensely, especially in the winter. While
exercise is generally good, it does weaken your immune system and leave
you open to colds and flu.

If you feel something “coming on” there is something you can do. Get
some food grade hydrogen peroxide and put a few drops in each ear. This
does not hurt. It will just make a bubbling sound as the peroxide reacts.

Do one ear at a time, and lay down on each side so the peroxide does not
leak out. Hold it in there for several minutes and then let it leak out onto
a tissue.

Repeat this for each ear. You can do this one or twice a week when
you notice signs of a cold or flu coming on. You can even do this once per
week during flu season as a preventative strategy.

You can find hydrogen peroxide at any drugstore, but just don’t ever take
hydrogen peroxide internally though.

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I have a policy with my newsletter not to get involved with political topics,
because as you can imagine people have strong feelings about them and
it’s easy to alienate others this way.

However I would just like to say a few words about our current issues.

We are living in very uncertain times and face many difficult issues and
choices. Just remember that the media tends to focus on the bad news
and tragic events, as good news just doesn’t sell the way bad news does.

However there is plenty of good news out there. America’s energy future
looks much brighter, online education, lead by Harvard and M.I.T. promises
to make higher education available to vastly more people.

We are starting to get a handle on our obesity problems as a nation, and I
think we have the information we need to turn the corner and start living
healthier lifestyles. It’s not all bad….not by a longshot!

The problem is that the rapid advancements in all areas of science don’t
get reported on a daily basis to the public. I see some of it because I
research a lot of online sources, but most people don’t.

Even I am amazed at how fast we are progressing!

If you want to look up short abstracts (research reports) on particular
topics in health and medicine, there is a site you should go to called
“PubMed”

“PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature
from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may
include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher
web sites.”

Here is the link…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

Take heart, we can and will solve our problems as a society. We just need
to have faith in ourselves, in our own intelligence, and determination to
make the world a better place for us and our children.

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NaPCA……..

I talked about this product in an earlier newsletter, and wanted to mention
it again. It’s called NaPCA, and it’s made by Twinlab.  I have used this stuff
for over 25 years, and it rocks!

It puts back the natural moisture that age and weather takes out of your
skin. It’s also acts as a “humectant” which means it draws moisture to your
skin from the air around you…pretty cool!

Using this stuff I can shave without getting cut, and it seems to give the
skin a nice glow. It comes in two forms, plain and with added Aloe Vera.
Either will work well, but I like the Aloe version the best.

It’s especially helpful in winter as the cold dry air tends to deplete the
natural moisture from your skin.

Check it out here…    http://www.age-better.info/NaPCA

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Curiosity got the better of me and I finally rented “The Dark Knight Rises.”
To be honest it was nowhere near as violent as I had anticipated, although
it has some intense moments.

The Batman trilogy is dark as this is the way the character of Batman was
written in the comics. The storyline was massively implausible, even for the
sci-fi/superhero genre. I felt the plot was a bit convoluted and some things
in the movie just didn’t fit in.

Christian Bale reprises his role as the Dark Knight (Batman) and squares
off against his ultra nemesis, a drug fueled psychopathic anarchist named
“Bain,” who beats Batman to a pulp and seriously injures him.

The way Batman comes back from this injury to face Bain once again just
isn’t believable, even for a science fiction film! I won’t reveal the ending,
but for me, the film falls short of the other two for the above reasons.

However, if you are a fan of the superhero genre and Batman in particular,
you will still want to see this film. The action, sets, and pace still deliver,
even if I felt the plot had some shortcomings.

The Dark Night Rises is not suitable for younger viewers though.

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Let me leave you with the inspiring words of a very brave and wonderful
woman.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even
touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

Helen Keller

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