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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

 

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 #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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