Tag Archives: Hormone

Last issue I talked about how I “rediscovered” hydration and how important it was to how your body functions. Upon further research I found that it can take weeks to fully rehydrate yourself if you are chronically dehydrated.

I can’t believe how much of a difference it makes as I am still feeling the benefits of drinking more water. What are the benefits I notice? More fullness to the muscles, more energy, clearer thinking and less stress.

Those of you who are concerned about the health and appearance of your skin (and who isn’t) take note as well. Water is critical for skin health, in terms of maintaining the firmness and elasticity of your skin. Drinking more clean water will help your skin more than any other single thing!

Not bad for something as simple and available as clean water!

The summer is flying by and it’s hard to believe that Labor Day is just around the corner. My newest project will be to investigate ionic air cleaners. I had a positive experience with one many years ago, and want to see if I get the same result again.

I visited a friend and she had one in her home. I remembered thinking that it couldn’t be all that effective and was kind of a gimmick that “health nuts” were into, but lo and behold, when I got home I slept like a log that night!

It made me feel the same way as I do when I use a grounding pad. I had no way of knowing at that time about the benefits of negative ions, so I did not make the connection. However when I look back on it now, it makes perfect sense.

My thinking is that if you can create an environment in your home that is abundant in negative ions, you would have a less stressful more health supporting living space. I am looking at ionizers now and in the coming weeks will hopefully have a recommendation for a unit that is reasonable priced and of course is a good quality one, so stay tuned.

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Diabetes is a disease that is reaching epidemic proportions especially in the US. We are now seeing it in children, something that was unheard of years ago. There is no question that all of the processed foods we eat are a factor in this disease.

Now you may be asking what diabetes has to do with antiaging. Well, keep in mind that inflammation is a huge factor in aging, and insulin is the most PRO-INFLAMMATORY hormone in the human body! Use of insulin will cause you to age faster, so you will want to minimize it by keeping blood sugar under control.

Even though insulin is necessary for life, chronically high levels of insulin can wreak havoc with your body, and contribute to all kinds of health problems. Insulin dependent diabetics thus have additional health problems due to their use if insulin.

Even if you are not a diabetic, you should try and keep your fasting blood sugar reading no higher than 70! Fasting glucose test measures your blood sugar when you arise in the morning. For every point above 70 your risk of heart disease goes up!

If you have diabetes or know anyone that does, I would recommend that you read this excellent book by Dr. Peter D’Adamo on using the blood type diet to treat diabetes. The book is called:

“Diabetes – Fight It With The Blood Type diet”

http://www.age-better.info/Diabetes-Blood-Type-Diet

Written by the doctor who developed the concept of blood typing in nutrition, it is packed with valuable information that will help you make better food choices and help you keep blood sugar under control more effectively.

Most diabetes education programs emphasize low glycemic eating, but do not differentiate between the different blood types and their specific responses to certain foods.

Dr. D’Adamo addresses this critical factor and presents a plan for preventing and treating both type 1 and type 2 diabetes that is specific to each blood type. If you or a loved one is dealing with diabetes, you can’t afford to pass up the information in this book!

Check it out:   http://www.age-better.info/Diabetes-Blood-Type-Diet

The link that I have posted is to the Kindle version for people who don’t live in the US.  It is very easy to use Kindle books on your computer. All you need to do is to download the Kindle application.

Here is the link: http://www.age-better.info/Kindle-Desktop-Reading-Application

The software installs on your computer and then you can buy and read Amazon Kindle books immediately. It’s very easy and convenient, and of course it saves you shipping charges, and having to wait for your book to arrive.

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“He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”

Thomas Jefferson

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Loreena McKennitt is one of my favorite performers of what you would call “Celtic” music. Here she performs a musical adaptation of Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott.”  The poem was based on the legend of Camelot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i52e-BKgrYk

If you ever get the chance to see this amazing artist perform live, don’t miss it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do you have a disease, or other medical condition that you or someone close to you is suffering from that you would like me to research and write about? Then please let me know. I can’t give medical advice because I am not a doctor.

But I CAN research things and look for the most cutting edge information and research on that topic and present it to you and everyone who reads this newsletter. Our knowledge is advancing rapidly, and I am here to report on the very latest on health, wellness, and anti-aging for everyone who reads this newsletter!

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

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

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

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

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

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

John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the link:     Nunn Hydration Products

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

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

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

Here is a clip from the film:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy…

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

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

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

Marcus Aurelius

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Age Better #23 – The 4 Hour Workweek, vitamin-D3, and Victor Victoria

know this is an antiaging and wellness newsletter, but at times I like to
delve into other areas that I know are important to you, because health and
success go hand in hand. You CAN be healthy on a budget, but financial
success makes living life much easier, and certainly far less stressful.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  You have
probably heard this quote a number of times, but I wanted to reflect on it
a bit, because the main reason why people find success difficult is that
they can’t bring themselves to get started.

I have a name for this, that I call “foot of the mountain syndrome.”
It’s like standing at the bottom of a mountain you have to climb, looking
up at the towering mountain, and thinking about how difficult it will be to
climb.

The goal or task seems overwhelming to you and so there is procrastination,
and just a hesitancy to begin. Many people (myself included) face this
problem, and to be truly successful in any area of your life, you have to
find a way to overcome this problem.

You will find your tasks and projects much easier to cope with, when you
can get yourself to start, to take that first step, and develop some
momentum toward your goal.

If you have a large project, then break it down into small tasks that you
can handle and focus on each one until you have finished it. Then move on
to the next task. Don’t feel you have to tackle everything at once, just
start and take each part to completion.

Another problem is the feeling that you cannot do something because you are
not an “expert” or you feel you are not good enough because you compare
yourself to others, and they seem so much better than you.

This is another idea that sabotages our success. If you have the desire to
achieve something but don’t have the necessary expertise, there are many
people out there that will teach or train you in the necessary skills.

The most successful people are not necessarily the ones who are ultimate
experts, but rather they are experts on how to get themselves to start and
follow through. In many cases they outsource part of their project to
others who ARE experts.

This is how many people handle complex tasks, and move forward towards
their goals. With that said, there is a book I recommend you read that
describes this process of outsourcing.

It’s called “The Four Hour Work Week.” and it got 4.5 out of 5 stars
with over 1500 reviews!

http://www.age-better.info/4-hour-workweek

This is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read, and really…it’s
not about only working four hours per week, but rather making the most of
your time so that you can work less but actually achieve more.

Written by Tim Ferris (author of The Four Hour Body) it’s chock full of
ideas and resources that can help you be more efficient and productive,
whether you are a CEO, a small business owner, or an individual just
wanting to do more with less effort.

This is definitely well worth reading!

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I got  pleasant surprise this week. Seems like my testosterone levels got
kicked up a notch (always a good thing!) I was at a loss to explain this,
but the most likely candidate is the new vitamin-d supplement I am taking.

It’s made by Jarrow Formulas, and you know from past newsletters that I
think highly of their supplement line as far as potency and quality.  With
that said here is the link to the  product I am using now…

http://www.age-better.info/Jarrow-vitamin-D3

Vitamin-D3  (it’s actually a hormone called Cholecalciferol, not a vitamin)
is essential for your body for the following reasons:

promotes better bone density

used to make other important hormones like testosterone

important for a healthy immune system

important in preventing diabetes

deficiency of vitamin-d raises cholesterol levels

If you are deficient, it takes weeks to get the levels up to where they
should be, but it’s critically important for your overall health and
longevity. In the summer if you are getting at least 20 minutes per day of
full body sun exposure, you likely won’t need to supplement your
vitamin-D3, because your body will bio-synthesize it from the effect of
sunlight on your skin.

In the colder months, one to two gelcaps per day with meals should be
adequate for your needs, but as always, check with your doctor first if you
are being treated with any medication or have any serious health problem.

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One of my favorite romantic comedies is a film called “Victor
Victoria.” Years ago my mother urged me to see this film, and I basically
showed little interest but eventually got around to seeing it, and I was
blown away!

This movie gets everything right, the plot, the humor, great performances
from great actors and actresses ect. It received 7 Oscar nominations and
won best musical score!

Here is a trailer on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APuLUq1k4Rs

It stars the iconic Julie Andrews, James Garner, theater legend Robert
Preston, with strong supporting performances by Alex Karras and Ann
Margaret. If you can manage to rent it online or find it on DVD, you will
thoroughly enjoy it!

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I just want to close this newsletter by talking about the innate creative
power that we all have, and why it’s so important for us to use it. I
believe that or purpose on this Earth is to find happiness by creating the
things that give us the most joy.

When the founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, this is
what they meant by “inalienable rights” and the freedom of expression
they wrote into the Constitution.

We all have such diverse and unique talents and potentials, and when we
develop these, society benefits in the form of new ideas, new solutions to
problems, and more wealth (financial, spiritual, cultural, ect.) that
springs from this creative force in all of us.

Whatever it is that you desire to do, whatever dreams you have, find a way
to take that step, to move forward and accomplish your goals. Remember that
when you dream, plan, and create, you are fulfilling your true destiny.

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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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Age Better #20 – A Diet Secret, Sweet Potatoes, and a Sad Goodbye

They say all good things must come to an end…but for the life of me, I
can’t understand why! I just got news today that my tenants of five years
are moving out at the end of the month. I am sorry to see them go, but
happy for the opportunities they will have.

Shannon and her husband Russ have been great tenants, and have brought a
spark of life and humor into this grand old house. Shannon has gotten a
great job offer in San Francisco, and so these two native New Englanders
are West Coast bound!

I wish them all the luck in the world, but this address will seem that much
emptier in their absence. But at the same time, I am lucky to have had them
as tenants for five good years.

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I’ve discovered “sweet potatoes” which actually are not potatoes at all
but something called  “tubers,” which is a form of root I believe. The
cool thing about sweet potatoes is their effect on blood sugar, and this
was news to me.

In a previous newsletter I wrote about green coffee extract, which can help
lower blood sugar and aid in weight loss. Apparently the key ingredient
that makes it so effective is “chlorogenic acid,” which is also
contained in sweet potatoes.

I tend to get somewhat addicted to certain foods and then eat them until I
get tired of them. One night I decided to try something different and
steamed a sweet potato with my vegetables.

It tasted pretty darn good, but I was afraid that like all potatoes, the
starch in them would result in weight gain. Surprisingly the opposite
happened! It seems that I’ve gotten leaner since I have been eating them.

I researched this a bit and found that they are high in fiber, they are
actually not a potato, and they contain the same blood sugar lowering
compound that is found in green coffee extract. The chlorogenic acid in
them prevents blood sugar spikes.

When blood sugar doesn’t spike, insulin levels aren’t elevated, and as you
know…insulin is a fat storage hormone. So the bottom line is that you can
include sweet potatoes (not yams) in your diet often and will actually get
a bit of a weight loss benefit as well.

This is providing you don’t put tons of butter or sugar on them when you
cook them. Oh and while we are on the subject of cooking them, I’ve found
the best way to enjoy them is steamed.

Another great benefit of sweet potatoes are their content of beta-carotene
which is the effective form of vitamin-A. Below is the link to my web page
on vitamin-A

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

I mentioned my favorite vegetable steamer in a previous newsletter a while
ago, and here is the link:

http://www.age-better.info/electric-vegetable-steamer

This is my favorite way to prepare vegetables including the sweet potato.
Give it a shot…I’m betting you will really like it. This works great
because it’s so easy and simple to prepare.

I bought mine something like five years ago and it’s still going strong. It
works perfectly every time! Let me know how it works for you and also how
you enjoy the potatoes!

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The “diet secret” I mentioned really isn’t a secret, it’s just that
it’s not well known. Insulin is the key to weight loss. It’s the most
anabolic hormone in the body, and when it’s high, you will store fat and
put on weight.

When you keep it low, you will be able to burn fat and lose weight. Is it
really that simple? YES! Unless you have some medical condition that makes
you gain weight, you can lose by keeping insulin low.

This works whether you exercise or not, but of course it works better when
you do. The trick is to keep your daily carbs under 150 grams, or even
better under 100!  Do this for a while and you will begin to lose the
cravings for sugar and carbs.

Combining foods during your meals is another important thing. Eat some
quality protein with EVERY meal. This helps prevent blood sugar (and
insulin) from spiking. Keeping your insulin low will also extend your
lifespan and prevent chronic diseases.

Some tips on doing this will be found on my webpage at this link:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/diet-for-insulin-resistance.html

I am evaluating a diet that can help you do this, but not yet ready to make
a recommendation for it. I will share it very soon, once I am satisfied
that it’s workable and safe.

My goal is to share things with you that are easy to use and really WORK!
Anti-aging and wellness should be easy to do, and be things that you can
seamlessly insert into your lifestyle.

I am investigating some really cool stuff, and I’m so tempted to tell you
about it right now, but I know I need to wait until I have investigated it
fully before I share and recommend these things to you. Please be patient
with me, great things are coming!

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I want to share a musical video clip with you. It’s Eric Whitacre
conducting “Water Night,” another virtual choir of voices from 73
countries!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3rRaL-Czxw

Voices from all over the world combine to create something truly beautiful.
What could be better?  I really like Eric Whitacres stuff, and this is one
of his best!

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Is it me or are we seeing a lack of real leadership these days? It seems
that we have many people positions of authority that lack the values that
it takes to really lead by example. With that said, I will leave you with
this very simple but profound quote…

“Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.”

Horace Mann

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Age Better #19 – The sugar that’s good for your teeth

It’s a good thing that spring is just around the corner. I’ve had enough of
snow and sub freezing temperatures for the year thank you! I know my cats
feel the same way, because they love basking in the sun on my indoor porch
whenever they can.

I’ve managed to stay healthy this winter, thanks to eating well, staying
grounded and my RIFE therapy setup (which I will be explaining in an
upcoming newsletter. ) My thinking about how to stay healthy has changed.

I have become aware that cell energy really is the key to health. When your
cell energy is low, health suffers. When it’s high, you  health soars. I’m
learning  more about this every day and will be sharing what I discover
with you very soon.

The one thing you should always do is to “think outside the box,”
because this is where you will find the answers you are looking for. I just
wish someone had taught me this when I was young, as it would have
saved me quite a bit of trouble!

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I just got finished watching the Oscars and realized that I haven’t seen
ANY of the pictures that were nominated for awards. I guess I need to get
out more. I also realized how many famous actors and actresses no longer
with us, which is sad.

I know that today’s actors and actresses are just as good as those of times
past, but they don’t seem to be the iconic “movie stars” like those
legendary Hollywood actors of the golden era.

I’m old enough to remember actors like Clark Gable, Betty Davis, Jimmy
Stewart and Liz Taylor when they were in their heyday. That was the golden
era of Hollywood and as far as I am concerned will never be equaled.

However it also seems that the Oscars are now more representative of actors
from all over the world, which I think is pretty awesome. Actors from other
countries and cultures are doing some exciting things in film and I  think
we will all be treated to many great performances in the years to come.

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Now I want to tell you about a sugar that is actually GOOD for you! Yeah,
you heard that right. It’s called “Xylitol,” and it’s something you will be
hearing more about in the near future. It’s safe, natural, and does some
really good things in the body.

Xylitol is actually a sugar alcohol, which is extracted from plants, mostly
trees and corn. Native American’s used to used to chew tree bark to keep
their teeth and gums healthy. I don’t think the taste was very good, but we
know that the bark contained the sugar we call Xylitol.

It’s a safe sugar substitute, but it also has health benefits as well.
Here are the stats on this amazing sugar:

Can prevent cavities
Can lower risk of heart disease
40% fewer calories than table sugar
75% less carbohydrates than table sugar
Inhibits plaque formation on teeth
Helps re-mineralize damaged tooth enamel
Prevents demineralization of healthy teeth
Maintains healthy PH levels / inhibits acidty
Does not spike insulin levels
Does not cause elevations in blood sugar
Safe for diabetics
Looks, cooks, and tastes just like sugar

I highly recommend that you check out and use Xylitol. Since I have a corn
allergy, I used the kind that’s extracted from trees. The only problem it
has a “laxative” effect if you use large amounts of it. So go easy on
the amounts you use.

http://www.xylitolusa.com/

The product I use is called “Xyla” and it’s extracted from hardwood
trees grown in the US. I like this because again…I don’t react well to
corn, or any products extracted from corn. Thus “Xyla” works well for
me.

You can find a list of stores that carry Xyla at this link:

http://www.xylitolcanada.com/store-listing

With all the good things Xylitol does, it’s definitely something that
belongs in your health and wellness toolbox!

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I just wanted to mention something about diet and weight issues. I don’t
want to trivialize this subject because I know it’s difficult for lots of people,
but really…it’s all about how many carbs your metabolism can cope with on
a daily basis.

If you get this right, everything else falls into place. Carbs (processed
and high glycemic) cause elevations in insulin. Insulin is a fat storing
hormone. When you lower the processed carbs you are eating, your insulin
levels are lower and you lose weight!

I will write about this more in a future newsletter, but a good rule of
thumb is to keep carbohydrates to 150 grams per day or less. That will help
you lose weight and keep it off. It will work even without exercise,
although exercise makes it work much better.

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Last time I shared one of my favorite singers (Julia Fordham) with you.
This time I would like you to check out “Anuna,” which is a great
choral group from Ireland.

What’s interesting is that according to Michael McGlynn (Anuna’s musical
director) Ireland has no native historic choral tradition, which really
surprised me!

McGlynn took fragments of Medieval Irish music and created arrangements
for the group. The effect is stunning. Anuna first came to public attention
when they toured with Riverdance. They are still together and making
great music!

Here is a video clip of one of my favorites:

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

Let me know how you like it…

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This week’s quote is from Gail Devers:

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith
and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication.
Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”

Gail Devers

Rememer that you create what you believe and think about, good or bad.
Every great achievement begins with a thought…a vision, and only
becomes reality when we act on it!

Age Better Newsletter #17:  How Stress Kills…

I wish I had a dollar for each time I’ve heard that “stress kills.” But
very few people actually understand how and why this is true and what can
be done about it.

We’ve all experienced being under stress, but now I’m going to explain just
how it does damage!

When you are under stress your body pumps out a hormone called
“cortisol,” that is your body’s natural form of  the anti-inflammatory cortisone.

For a short period of time this is not a problem, but if it lasts and is chronic,
it causes big problems.

What kind of problems? How about:

Diabetes
Heart Disease
Cancer
Alzheimer’s Disease
Strokes

All these result from inflammation and something called “oxidative
stress.” You get a double whammy here. Damage from cortisol and also
damage from inflammation well as oxidative stress.

Cortisol is a response by your body to stress which in pre-historic times
meant physical danger. It prepares your body to fight or flee, by raising
your blood sugar to supply the necessary energy to cope with the danger.

Over time if cortisol stays high, it starts breaking down your tissues to
convert them into glucose (sugar.)  It can break down muscle tissue, bone,
and even shrink your brain!

Oxidative stress interferes with energy production in mitochondria which
damages your DNA. This can lead to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and
cancer.

OK, we know it’s bad, but what do we do?  Stress management has 3 parts:

Eliminate the stressor (the thing causing the stress) – I would suggest
trying the “speed trace” which is mentioned on my page about stress.
The link is on my stress page.

Restore balance to the autonomic nervous system – “body grounding” is
great for this, and is also mentioned on my stress page

Protect against inflammation – eat a low or no grain diet, get omega 3
fats, and antioxidants in your food and in supplement form

Here is a link to my web page, where you will find several ways of
alleviating stress:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/how-to-reduce-stress.html

This is a really important topic and probably needs an ebook to deal with
it adequately. This is something I will be writing at some point in the
future.

The good news is that a few simple strategies will put you on the path to
less stress and more health and happiness!

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I have a couple of cool products to recommend for a bit more energy and
focus. However if you have any heart health issues, I would check with your
doctor before taking them.

These products affect something called the “cholinergic system” which
is involved with all aspects of your mental performance like thinking and
memory.

The links below are just for your convenience. I don’t have any affiliate
relationship with either product, that is…I don’t make any money
recommending either of them.

I just think they are great products based on my personal experience.

The first is called “Fast Brain” and helps with mental clarity, focus,
drive, and memory

http://us.cpoliquin.com/product_p/fast%20brain%202.0.htm

The second is called “Brain Quicken” and does essentially the same thing.
Since it’s good to rotate supplements from time to time, I alternate
between these two.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/bq/body.html

I have used both these products and I really think they are worthwhile for
the increased focus, mental drive, and clarity they produce. I also noticed
more energy and increased strength in workouts.

Neither product contains caffeine or other stimulants. But again…you
should check with your doctor if you are older, have a medical condition,
or are on any medications, just to be on the safe side.

Let me know if you have a question on either of them…

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I watched a great film on Youtube this week called “Seven Days in May.”
It’s loosely based on an allegedly true story of an attempted overthrow of
the United States government.

You can watch the entire film at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sFj7b1c60U

The film was released in1964, and starred Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster,
Ava Gardner, and Fredrick March. Rod Serling wrote the excellent
screenplay and John Frankenheimer directed it.

It’s alleged that the Pentagon didn’t want the film made, but JFK actually
believed that such a scenario was possible given the same circumstances,
and actually allowed the film company to shoot outside the White House.

Whether you believe a scenario like this is far fetched or not, it’s a great
film with great performances by these legendary actors. Do yourself a
favor and watch “Seven Days in May.” I know you will enjoy it!

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It’s taken me all of my adult life to figure out that happiness comes from the
knowledge that I am moving forward, and that the future can be better than
the past if only I have the courage to press on to achieve my dreams.

I feel that we are living through some scary and difficult times. It’s easy
to get caught up in the cycle of negativity and I have been guilty of this
myself.

I think the key is to focus on what you want to accomplish and
continually move towards it no matter what!

I wanted to leave you with a quote that will put this in perspective.

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still
plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther

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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.
Age Better Newsletter

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