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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.age-better.com

http://www.lef.org

http://www.charlespoliquin.com

http://www.pubmed.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E9CwofuHTk
If you are a lover of musical theater you will relish this performance!  ENJOY!!!

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

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“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

Buddha

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

Helen Keller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alkalize your body to help prevent cancer!

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

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

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

The simple equation:

higher cell voltage=good health

lowered cell voltage=poor health

What to do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click the link below to watch it.   Enjoy…

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

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

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

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

Thomas Jefferson

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Age Better #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 #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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