Tag Archives: Imagination

With all the news coverage of the US government “shutdown” you would think the sky is falling. In truth about 85% of the US Federal government is still operating normally. I think we would do well to remember that private citizens are what keep everything going, and that government should serve our needs, not the other way around.

We still have to get up and go to work in the morning, pay our bills, take care of our families, and all the other things that life involves on a daily basis. So it goes with health as well. We are the stewards of our own health, and if we do not take care of ourselves, no “healthcare plan” whether private or government run will matter.

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Our health is in OUR hands. Always remember that, and you will go a long way towards making sure that you have the health to enjoy your life fully and for a long time! One of the most important aspects of health is how your colon (also called the gut) functions.

Since certain neurotransmitters are actually made in your intestinal tract, “gut health” can affect your emotions, and thinking as well as how you physically feel. So as you can see it’s vitally important to have it functioning optimally!

There are several things we need to get this right. One is the right type and amount of fiber, and the other is probiotic bacteria.  Click on the links below to check out my web pages on these two topics.

Fiber:

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

Soluble Fiber and Cholesterol

http://www.cholesteroltutor.com/soluble-fiber-for-cholesterol/

Probiotics:

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

Health of your stomach and colon is the key to overall health for several reasons. You need to absorb and assimilate your food for the nutrients your body needs. If your GI tract isn’t healthy, you can get needed nutrients from your foods.

The longer the “transit time” it takes for waste to exit the colon, the longer you are exposed to toxins that can create cancerous conditions in the body. Think about it, you wouldn’t keep your garbage in your kitchen for months, you would throw it out as soon as possible, because keeping it around is unsanitary.

The same can be said for eliminating waste from your body. It needs to happen every day, and be as complete as possible. An adequate amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber is essential to this process.

An example of insoluble fiber is Psyllium seed husks. These absorb water and provide a “bulking” effect to waste in the colon.

An example of soluble fiber is fruit like apples which also assist in elimination though stimulation of peristalsis (the process of moving the bowels). By the way, the bowels should be moved at least once per day if not more.

I have heard doctors tell their patients that this is not important. In the case of one gentleman I know, his doctor told him that a bowel movement every few days was “normal” for him. This is incredibly bad medical advice.

I have had good luck with just plain Psyllium husks in water, but of course your experience may be different. Whole grains like oat groats, quinoa, or ground flaxseeds can help provide the fiber that’s beneficial to the colon.

Another factor that’s important is the bacteria that is found in the colon. If it’s the normal beneficial bacteria then you will have normal bowel function, and neither be constipated or suffer from diarrhea.

You can get this beneficial bacteria either from probiotic supplements or dairy products like yogurt or kefir. Commercial yogurts and kefirs lose much of their benefit from pasteurization.  While I think the dangers of unpasteurized products are overblown, I can’t advise you to consume them for reasons of liability.

It’s safest to use a probiotic supplement or fermented dairy products as your probiotic source. Those of you who get my newsletter know that I am an advocate of the blood type diet.

When you buy these fermented dairy products, look for ones that advertise that they contain “live cultures.” This indicates they will have sufficient bacteria to be of help to you. Avoid products that contain a lot of sugar, or artificial sweeteners for obvious reasons.

Look for a live-cultured plain yogurt, preferably made from goat milk or a pasture raised cow’s milk. For kefir, the same rules follow. Plain and unsweetened is best, and you can add some berries for natural sweetening to the yogurt or kefir.

Probiotic bacteria is specific to blood type and in the near future I will be delving int that with some specific recommendations. Let’s suffice it to say that for all intents and purposes, the right probiotic foods and supplements for your blood type will result in a normally functioning colon and regular bowel movements.

So if what you are doing results in normal function, then you pretty much have it right!

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Now I have something very cool to share with all of you…

Barbara Streisand is possibly the most talented performer that ever graced a stage in any time period. Yes I know that is quite an accolade, but I believe it is well earned.

There is a full concert by the incomparable Barbara Streisand on Youtube, and here is the link:

Enjoy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upFtYYpgb3A

I had forgotten how gorgeous her voice is and how romantic her delivery is. She is truly a once in a lifetime performer, and I’m glad I live in a time when I get to hear her perform.

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“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

Plato

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“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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Is it my imagination or are we getting hammered by more and more dire predictions
of doom than ever before? The fiscal cliff, the Mayan prophecy, peak oil, global
warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. The media seems determined to convince
us that we are about to “fall off the cliff” so to speak.

Hey, I’m not saying we don’t have a lot of problems, but that the media tends to
focus on the negative, and that makes everything seem much worse. So with that
said, let me share a few tidbits of positive and uplifting news with you.

The EIA (Energy Information Administration) is projecting that the US will produce
more energy than we need through the year 2040 (the next 28 years!)

The knowledge doubling rate for science is now 18 months, which means every 18
months we as a society increase our net knowledge by 100%, and this rate is STILL
INCREASING!

In the very near future we will have solar cells that we can paint on our roofs, cars
will run on non polluting natural gas, we will be able to get a college eduction over
the Internet, and miniature robots will effectively repair our bodies from the inside.

To be sure, w have some serious problems to deal with, but every day our ability to
solve these problems gets better with the development of new technologies. I
believe our best days are still ahead of us, if we move forward with confidence not
fear!

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Do you know anyone who is interested in health and loves to read? If so, you might
want to get them a copy of this book: “The Four Hour Body,” by Tim Ferris. I know it
sounds gimmicky, but in reality this is an excellent book!

I have been into nutrition and exercise for a very long time, and I can tell right off
the bat if an author knows what he or she is talking about when they write about
these topics.

Tim Ferris absolutely nails it!

The book is a big one (it could probably stop a bullet), but it’s not a book you read
from cover to cover. You will go directly to the sections that specifically interest
you and pick out what is relevant and useful to you.

There are chapters on:

losing fat

gaining muscle

improving your sex life

getting better sleep

healing injuries

getting stronger

running farther and faster

swimming better

living a longer and better life

There is also bonus material on body fat reduction, heavy metal detox, and the use
of “nootropics” which are substances that improve memory, creativity, and focus!

The book is VERY well researched with Tim Ferris becoming the guinea pig for his
own performance experiments. There are also many valuable online references
included where you can do further research into these topics.

It’s been a long time since I have seen anything this complete and well researched
for the money, and it covers so many subtopics of exercise, nutrition, and health,
that there’s bound to be something useful and interesting for every reader.

Here is my Amazon link: http://www.age-better.info/Four-Hour-Body

This book received 4.4 stars over 1,800 customer reviews!

At $17.00 (new hardcover) on Amazon, you would be hard put to find a better buy
for your money than “The Four Hour Body!”

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For those of you who live in cold climates, this time of year is a challenge. Although
I can’t prove it, I believe that one of the reasons why winter is cold and flu season is
that we lose vital energy due to the cold temperatures both indoor and out.

Your body burns calories and uses up energy keeping you warm in the winter, and
this takes energy away from other things like your immune system. I think this is
one of the reasons why you seem to get more colds in the winter.

I recommend that you dress VERY warmly in wintertime, even indoors, so that you
don’t lose heat and thus spare the energy your body needs for vital functions like
maintaining your immune system.

There are new lightweight thermal insulating fabrics that you can wear indoors as
well as out of doors. Keep this in mind and dress warmly wherever you are. You will
feel much better through the winter and keep colds at bay.

I do this all winter and it makes quite a difference in my energy levels, and ability to
stay healthy. I haven’t had the flu in over ten years, and of course I do not get flu
shots. You can find “thermals” online at Amazon, LL Beans, Land’s End, Eddie Bauer,
etc.

For outdoor protection in more extreme cold, do what the US military does and use
100% polypropylene. This fabric retains more body heat than any other fabric in
use! You can find it on the web by typing “military thermals” into the Google Search.

You can also check out this site: http://militarythermals.com which I have no
affiliation with. It’s just one of the first ones that come up in search.

I use thermals on both upper and lower body. They are also relatively cheap, and
you will find that you stay a lot more comfortable during the winter months.
Remember, that when you lose body heat you lose energy and when you lose
energy you lose your health!

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Inspiration can come in many forms, from seeing someone achieve great success,
or having someone that you respect describe the difficulties they had to overcome
to be successful. My dad used to tell me the following:

“Whatever you do, make a decision. Don’t fail to act because you are afraid to be
wrong or make a mistake. Never be afraid to try!”

I think we tend to look at others who are very successful and think they must be
better than we are. Perhaps some are, but I think in many cases, the difference
between them and the average person is that they were not afraid of failure, or
making mistakes.

If there is something you want to try, just go for it. Don’t ever let the fear of failure
stop you from doing what you really want to do. You are more talented and
competent than you know!

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In the next newsletter I will talk about what I feel is the best form of vitamin-c for
warding off colds and keeping healthy during the winter months. I will also have a
movie review for you, so look for the next issue of “Age Better” in your in box.

I welcome your questions and comments, and you can reach me at:
george362@comcast.net

Thank you for reading.

Yours in Health,

George Parigian Jr.

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