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

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

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

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

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

These five things will reduce your risk of heart disease:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miguel Angel Ruiz

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“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.”

Khalil Gibran

There are things that remind you that time is passing and seemingly quicker than it used to. My niece just turned 23 and is a married mom of 2. I remember babysitting her one evening many years ago so her mom and dad could get a rare night out.

She was months old and pretty much cried all of the evening until her mom came home, and then she was perfectly content again. Now she she has a 4 year old and a months old infant son of her own to care for. It’s hard to believe those years passed so quickly.

Fortunately for me, I keep learning and discovering new things that I believe can retain the quality of our health and give us many more years of enjoyable life. I promised that in this newsletter I would share cutting edge stuff with you and here’s an interesting item I just discovered.

I think I talked about the MTHFR gene defect in one of my past newsletters. It’s pretty common in North Americans. About 55% of the population have some variant of this gene, and it can cause a lot of health problems.

The cheap and easy way to tell if you have this gene defect is to eat asparagus and note whether your urine has a strong odor after about an hour or so. If it does, then you have the gene defect.

The MTHFR gene is responsible for converting folic acid into a form that the human body can actually use called “Methylenetetrahydrofolate” This is known as the “reduced” or “methylated” form of folic acid.

Since your body cannot use ordinary folic acid, this gene must be working correctly in order to convert folic acid into the methylated form. What happens when the gene is defective?

Well…your risk for things like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke, depression, migraines, birth defects, miscarriage, mental illness, ect. Are greatly increased! Methylation is also how your body repairs your DNA (and protects you from cancer).

That’s the bad news!  The “good news” is that I have stumbled on a cheap nutritional supplement that can help anyone with this gene defect. That may sound like quite a claim, but it has a very sound basis in science.

Here are some abstracts from Pubmed:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22102928

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23212058

By using the “reduced” or “methylated” form of folic acid, you can bypass the problems these gene defect causes. This product is called “methylfolate.”  It’s probably made by a number of companies, but I like Jarrow Formulas for both quality and price.

I just picked up a bottle and do notice quite a difference, mainly the mental aspects of this gene problem being alleviated. I feel more relaxed, less tense and anxious. That is the outward sign that the product is working.

Now please understand that I am not claiming that this supplement cures or prevents any disease. I am only saying that since the MTHFR defect causes you not to be able to utilize folic acid, you can take a form of folic acid that your body CAN utilize.

You will be hearing more about this as time goes on, but right now I believe that “methylfolate” is one of THE most valuable nutritional supplements you can take. Here is a link to it on Amazon:

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

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

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

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Call me infantile…BUT I ‘ve always been a comic book aficionado. I grew up reading Marvel Comics and to a lesser extent DC as well. With that said, it’s way cool to see the characters I read so many years ago, being recreated on the big screen.

Thor 2 “The Dark World” will be out in November, as will Captain America “The Winter Soldier.” Captain America is played by actor Chris Evans who grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts, about 30 minutes from where I live.

I can’t wait for these films and will review them when they are out. “Agents of Shield” is coming to television in the fall, I believe the first episode will be September 24th.  Due to demand by fans, Agent Phil Coulson will be resurrected from the dead (he died in The Avengers). He plays “director Fury’s” right hand man.

This series should be great fun!

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This weeks musical clip is a Bruce Hornsby number called “White Wheeled Limousine”
that features one of my favorite guitarists Pat Metheny, who incidentally attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston (about 3 miles from my house!).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqNdp1SLC4g

There is also an excellent trumpet solo by John D’Earth as well. Hornsby’s piano meshes well with Matheny’s guitar, and I wish the clip did not end when it did, but it’s still a treat!

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“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Benjamin Franklin

Right now we seem to be experiencing a mid winter thaw here Is Boston. I
know it won't last, but I'll take it anyway. It feels good not to have the
normal winter chill in the air, and It's better sleeping weather as well.

Speaking of sleep, one thing that can keep you awake as you get older is
prostate issues.

The prostate tends to get larger as we get older. When that happens it
interrupts normal bladder function and that can have a negative effect on
the quality of sleep you get. 

What's interesting is that the same thing that helps the prostate also helps
fight baldness. It's called “saw palmetto extract.” It's not expensive at all, 
but you need to get the genuine article when buying saw palmetto.

Here is a page I wrote some time ago on this amazing substance:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/saw-palmetto-benefits.html

What it does is to prevent testosterone in your body from converting to DHT
which can aggravate the prostate and also cause male pattern baldness. This
supplement comes in small dark brown oval shaped gel caps.

It's always in 160 mg per gel cap strength (that's how you know you have
the real thing). You need 1-3 gel caps taken a couple of times per day with
meals. You will need to experiment with the dose to find what works best
for you.

What you should notice is the appearance of your hair improves and seems
thicker and more dense. As for prostate issues, it would be not having to
get up at night to go to the bathroom. That would tell you that it's
working.

Please understand that I don't promote this as a cure or remedy for these
issues. If you are on medication, I am NOT telling you to take saw palmetto
instead...

BUT...I can tell you that Proscar which is the prescription medicine for
prostate enlargement works by inhibiting DHT, and that saw palmetto will do
the same thing minus the side effects of the drug.

If you know anyone who is having prostate or hair loss issues, please tell
them about this. As always, I am available via email for questions about this
stuff, and yes...I do use it myself!

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I just wanted to say a word about purpose and motivation. It's easy to get
so wrapped up in day to day survival, that we are “living for the
weekend,” so to speak.  I like to kick back and relax too, but sometimes
find myself getting “too comfortable.”

Happiness comes when we move forward toward our goals and can tell that we
are making progress. Whether it's learning a new skill, solving a
longstanding problem, or having a totally new experience that gets you
really excited about life again.

Don't fall into the trap of just coasting through life. Find something that
gets you motivated to do more, to be more, and you will be on the path to
being fulfilled. It occurred to me that as human beings we are moved into
action by inspiration.

If we thought everything through to the last excruciating detail we would
likely never have the passion to move ahead, but we are set into motion by
ideas, by inspiration, and by the thoughts of what we could achieve if only
we commit to our goal. 

I haven't forgotten that this is an “anti-aging” newsletter, but think
about it, in order to hold the aging process at bay, we have to think
young, and strive to “stay in the game.” 
Here is a quote :

“We all have inner demons to fight, we call these demons, fear and hatred
and anger. If you do not conquer them then a life of one hundred years is a
tragedy. If you do, then a life of a single day can be a triumph.”

Yip Mann – Bruce Lee's teacher

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If you wonder why I review older movies, it's because the newer ones seem
to be lacking in substance. Seems like Hollywood is just pumping them out
to make money, and so many films are lacking in that quality that makes you
feel compelled to watch them.

Now that doesn't mean they can't be light entertainment IF it's done well!
With that, comes my latest recommendation for a more recent film in the
action adventure (superhero) genre. Yep...I'm talking about “The
Avengers.”

Josh Whedon has really pulled it off, combining Marvel's characters into
one huge feature film. If you love sci-fi and action, this is your film. It
is not darkly violent and disturbing like the Batman films.

If you love the superhero genre it will absolutely satisfy you. Great
performances from an ensemble cast, as Josh Whedon manages to develop each
character and mesh them into a team for this film.

I especially loved how Scarlett Johansen as Black Widow tricked Loki into
giving her the information she was after. Just when Loki thinks he that
because she is a woman, he has broken her down and intimidated her, she
completely fakes him out. That was brilliant!

If you grew up reading Marvel comics like I did, or just love action
adventure and sci-fi stuff, then rent “The Avengers,” you will
thoroughly enjoy it!

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