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There’s no time like the present! I know you have heard that before, but until something really hits you you don’t fully understand the meaning of that phrase. I recently got word that a friend of mine who was 52 years of age died suddenly of a heart attack.

The was someone I had not seen for some years, but from the pictures I have seen he looked to be in good health and good spirits. He leaves behind a wife and daughter and many friends who are I am sure just as perplexed as I am by this turn of events.

Life is short, and sometimes unfairly short. It reminds us that we should not let time go by without doing the things we want to do, and making the most of the time we have. This applies in all areas of life, from your work, to your family and social life.

It is always the right time to make positive changes in your health and well being. There are many new tools available to help you, some of which I will be reviewing here.
However don’t be afraid to get out there and start, because you will never learn until you take the first steps. You have to make mistakes before you can correct them and learn from them.

Success if nothing more than a process of doing things, learning, and making corrections when needed. You continually refine the processes you use until you get to the point where you are producing consistent results time after time. Promoting good health is a series of corrections you make to your diet, exercise and approach to stress.

Eventually you will learn exactly what your body and mind need to be in optimal health. You can be moving toward better health even as you age, if you are willing to learn and apply what you learn in real time.

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Every weightlifter, bodybuilder, and powerlifter knows and understands the value of squats. The squat exercise is hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years old. Humans have been squatting both as exercise and as a functional movement pattern as long as there have been humans on the Earth.

The exercise is probably the single most effective for building strength and health. Why would this be? Well, it’s partly because the legs are the foundation of the body and of our overall body strength.

The other reason is that squats positively affect the autonomic nervous system, which is the part of our nervous system that is involved with digestion, elimination, rest, and regeneration. This is probably the reason they are such effective muscle builders.

But they have benefits for everyone young and old alike. I began doing squats when I was 14 years old and still continue to do them to this day! As a result, I can maintain a stable weight and flat stomach at age 58 with very little effort.

The muscle I have built using squats and other functional exercises allows me to easily keep excess weight off and maintain a foundation of strength without long or frequent workouts.

Hindu wrestlers in India did hundreds of squats a day which they called Hindu squats or “bethaks.” The tremendous conditioning effect of this exercise allowed the Hindu wrestlers to easily defeat the best wrestlers in Europe and the world over.

This video clip will show you how to do “freehand” squats (without weights).

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

I would suggest that you do this exercise 2-3 times per week to start, and perform 3 sets of 5-10 repetitions. Always start very conservatively with these because they are VERY demanding on your system.

As you go along, you will get a feel for how often you can do them and how much is too much.  I can tell you from experience that no other exercise will give you the benefits that the Hindu squat will.

They will help everything from weight control to health enhancement. You may even find they are helpful if you have a problem with regularity because again, they affect the “parasympathetic nervous system” which controls the bowels.

As you progress, you can add weight in the form of a light kettlebell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af_N4T7wtMM

or even a dumbbell or barbell plate held in your hands. There are lots of variations of the basic squat movement that you can explore but start with the simple basic squat first and master that.

Then you can improvise and be as creative as you want with how often you do them, how many repetitions, ect. You can even combine them with other exercises in a circuit type routine because they will make ANY exercise routine more demanding and effective.

Add squats in some form to your exercise routine and you will be amazed at the benefits you will get from this simple and ancient exercise!

Lee Haney

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OK…on a more relaxing note…

This weeks musical clip features Lea Salonga in a medley of songs”

“Something Wonderful”  and  “Being Alive”

Lea Salonga is a Filipina singer that I just discovered. Honestly, I had not heard of her before, but I am absolutely blown away by her beauty and artistic talent!

Enjoy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04Mq-YuCVyE

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This quote about exercise is from 8 time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney:

“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.”

 

 

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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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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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

Where did our summer go? Seems like we are in the fall already! While I won’t complain about the mild weather, I remember that years ago it stayed hot through the first couple of weeks in September. We called it “Indian Summer, but it seems we don’t get that anymore.

I spent the weekend helping my young cousin Remy Anne move into her new student apartment in Boston. She will be taking courses at Northeastern University (my Alma Mater). Time passes very quickly these days. It seems like only yesterday when she arrived in Boston with her folks for the first time, ready to begin studying dance at Boston Ballet!

Now I get prime seats along with her parents to watch her perform on the stage, which is
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After one of her performances at the Boston Ballet, I noticed my cousin Remy had this long plastic cylinder under her arm. When I asked her what it was, she told me it was a “foam roller.”

I know what they are, in fact I have one myself, but her’s was hollow unlike my own. I hadn’t seen the newer ones so it kinda threw me off a bit. Anyway…seeing her reminded me that I needed to use mine more often. Foam rollers are cylinders made of hard plastic foam that you literately roll over to loosen tight muscles.

For those of you who cannot afford frequent massage therapy treatments,  foam roller can be just the thing to keep you more flexible and supple. You can get them online and they are relatively cheap.

I would recommend them highly as one of the most cost effective therapies available to the average person. The link below is to the model that I bought, and one I found works really well for me.

http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Nothing special about this one, pretty plain, but as I say relatively inexpensive for the benefits you can get from it. You don’t have to purchase any particular model, just so long as it is hard foam.

There are newer designs with knobs and protrusions on the surface. I can’t say whether these are better, because I have never used them, but they might be worth a shot. The idea is to put pressure on the tender areas because those are where the adhesions in the muscle are.

Adhesions are the result of scar tissue from what we call “micro traumas.” These are little tears in the muscle that when they heal, they often adhere to what’s called the “fascia.” Fascia is the protective sleeve or sheath around your muscles.

The muscles need to move smoothly beneath the fascia, and if they don’t because if these adhesions, then you get pain and restriction of movement. The foam roller tends to break up this scar tissue and free the adhesions, thus making you more supple.

You just basically get on the floor with the muscle you want to work resting on the foam roller. You roll over the roller until you find a spot that really hurts when you roll over it. At that point you just keep rolling back and forth across that sore spot until the pain subsides. When the pain subsides, that would be an indication that the adhesion has been freed.

Please keep in mind that this is NOT a substitute for proper medical care! If you have acute (really sharp) pain in an area that does not go away, your safest bet is to see a doctor, such as an orthopedic practitioner. They can either confirm or rule out anything serious.

The foam roller is really for long term stiffness or tenderness in an area that is the result of accumulated micro trauma from sports or exercise that happens over time. As far as learning HOW to use the foam roller, go to Youtube and search on foam roller, or foam roller exercise and you can choose any one of a number of instructional video clips.

Use of a foam roller is one of THE BEST things you can do to feel more flexible, supple, and lose that constant tightness that you may be feeling as a result of age, exercise, or trauma!

Here is the Amazon link again:    http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Happy rolling!

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For my money, Tori Amos is one of THE most electrifying performers in popular music. Her vocal performances are always captivating. I think for many people, including myself, her music is an acquired taste, but well worth trying.

Combine her darkly beautiful piano playing with the wonderful backing of the Metropole Orchestra of Amsterdam Holland and you have one truly magical performance as this Youtube video will attest!

The song is “Winter Winter”

Enjoy…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvUlPozYhg8

This concert was apparently videotaped in Rotterdam Netherlands. There’s a whole lot of wonderful pop music being made all over the world, not just in the USA.

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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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“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Audrey Hepburn

Dehydration is self sabotage! Yeah I know that’s a strong statement to make, but it’s very true. Let me explain…

Sometimes when it comes to health, the simple things are THE most profound! I have been dealing with some issue around energy and strength levels for many weeks. I tried everything to fix this, but to no avail.

The problems I have been having in the gym with muscle soreness and lack of strength seemed intractable. I don’t wish to use age as an excuse because that becomes self defeating, but the idea seeps into your mind that maybe this is just age related decline.

What I didn’t realize was that I was “chronically” dehydrated, and once I started drinking more water throughout the day, things began to change for the better. Hydration is one of those things we pay lip service to but often don’t take as seriously as we should.

I am as guilty of this as anyone! Part of the problem is that when we don’t understand the reasons for doing certain things, we don’t attach as much importance to them. This was certainly the case with my hydration issues.

I do pay attention to it when I am out in the heat, but when I am home, (and I have access to whatever beverages I want) I tend to forget that I need to be drinking water on an ongoing basis. Just having access to water is not enough…you actually have to drink it!

As my understanding of the electrical nature of the body increases, I begin to connect the dots and realize not just that proper hydration is important, but also WHY it’s important! Getting enough water is critical to your health, and here is why.

We are electrical beings, that depend on having the right balance of electrical energy for our organs and tissues to function properly. Let’s call this “cell capacitance.” In order for electrical energy to flow smoothly through the body we need to have enough water.

Water and minerals in our bodies conduct electricity. The minerals involved in this are called “electrolytes.” These electrolytes require water to function properly and efficiently conduct electrical energy throughout your body.

Cells communicate with each other via the watery medium of the body. When we are lacking in water, our body cells can’t communicate properly and the body can’t work as it should. The nervous system especially needs water to function properly.

This is more of an issue during the summer months because of the heat, but you can also be dehydrated in the winter. You tend not to be as thirsty in winter, and thus can become dehydrated without knowing it.

My suggestion is to keep water that is the ideal temperature for drinking with you at all times. Sip it throughout the day, and make sure it’s not too cold, because you can drink and absorb more water if it is not uncomfortably cold to drink.

How much water should you drink? I’m not convinced there is an absolute rule on this. When you are properly hydrated, your urine should be pretty much clear and not have a yellow color to it.

But I would also say you should gauge it by how you feel. When you are well hydrated you should feel energetic and relaxed. Avoid drinking so much water at one time that you feel bloated. A little at a time is best.

I like bottled water because tap water is often contaminated with chemicals and even prescription drugs. This is something you want to avoid if possible. Chlorine and fluoride are toxins that are not healthy. Avoid them if you possibly can.

There are products that you can add to water that contain nutrients and flavorings. If this is what it takes to get you to drink more water than that’s fine. There is one product that I have tried and really liked. I wrote about it in another newsletter, but I will mention it again.

The product is called “Nuun Optimal Hydration” tablets. These are effervescent tablets added to 16 ounces of water to make a flavored hydrating drink. These tablets contain the necessary electrolytes to replace those that are lost when you sweat.

Here is the link:

http://nuun.com/products

I recommend it because I have used it and it seems to work well for me. There is no affiliate program so I don’t get a commission for doing so, but I do like to share what I find that works well.

Remember that water has a “ph” level and should be slightly alkaline. PH stand for potential hydrogen. When you drink water you are putting more electrons into your body. This is a good thing, because once again… your body is electrical by nature.

Water is used by the body for so many critical biochemical and electrochemical processes that you can’t afford to be dehydrated. So keep this in mind and make sure you drink enough clean pure water during the course of your day.

So…remember that water is liquid energy. I consider good hydration to be one of the keys to “performance enhancement.” By keeping yourself hydrated you will be at your physical and mental best. It really IS that simple!

Read the article at this link for more information:

http://kokopellisearcandling.com/DehydrationHiddenSymptoms.pdf

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I recently ran into one of my readers who was visiting colleges in the area with her daughter trying to help her decide which university she will be attending next year. She asked me to write about the cholesterol test that measures particle size.

When it comes to having your cholesterol tested, here are the two tests that are the most valuable:

This test is called “LP(a)” or Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) test. This test breaks down your LDL and tells you if it is made up of mostly small, dangerous particles, or the larger, less dangerous ones.

It also indicates how much Lp(a) is circulating in your bloodstream. The test also analyzes your HDL cholesterol subtypes, and tells you if you have more of the HDL2 subtype, which is the beneficial form of HDL.

You can find out more about this test at:  http://www.atherotech.com

The LPP test also called the Lipoprotein Particle Profile also breaks down cholesterol into its sub fraction particles, but can also measure something called (RLP) or “remnant lipoprotein,” which is a dangerous particle that is not measured by other types of cholesterol tests.

You can find out more at:  http://www.sprectracell.com

Either of these tests is a vast improvement over the older cholesterol tests and will really zero in on your actual risk. Remember it’s not the cholesterol numbers that matter, but the actual particle size and type, and the level of inflammation in your blood stream.

An integrative cardiologist will help you reduce your risk of heart disease without the use of drugs that have dangerous side effects.

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Whatever your health issues, music is something that will bring positive energy to you. There is so much great stuff out there to be discovered around the world and so it is with the Metripole Orchestra in Amsterdam Holland, under the direction of Vince Mendoza!

This orchestra is a Dutch national treasure and you will see why in this wonderful clip!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNEMKoE5cIY

Vince Mendoza worked with Joni Mitchell on two cds “Travelogue” and “Both Sides Now.” If you are a Joni Mitchell fan or just love great music, you owe it to yourself to check out these wonderful cds.

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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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“Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.”

Khalil Gibran

Where did our summer go? Seems like we are in the fall already! While I won’t complain about the mild weather, I remember that years ago it stayed hot through the first couple of weeks in September. We called it “Indian Summer, but it seems we don’t get that anymore.

I spent the weekend helping my young cousin Remy Anne move into her new student apartment in Boston. She will be taking courses at Northeastern University (my Alma Mater). Time passes very quickly these days. It seems like only yesterday when she arrived in Boston with her folks for the first time, ready to begin studying dance at Boston Ballet!

Now I get prime seats along with her parents to watch her perform on the stage, which is
Very cool!

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After one of her performances at the Boston Ballet, I noticed my cousin Remy had this long plastic cylinder under her arm. When I asked her what it was, she told me it was a “foam roller.”

I know what they are, in fact I have one myself, but her’s was hollow unlike my own. I hadn’t seen the newer ones so it kinda threw me off a bit. Anyway…seeing her reminded me that I needed to use mine more often. Foam rollers are cylinders made of hard plastic foam that you literately roll over to loosen tight muscles.

For those of you who cannot afford frequent massage therapy treatments,  foam roller can be just the thing to keep you more flexible and supple. You can get them online and they are relatively cheap.

I would recommend them highly as one of the most cost effective therapies available to the average person. The link below is to the model that I bought, and one I found works really well for me.

http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Nothing special about this one, pretty plain, but as I say relatively inexpensive for the benefits you can get from it. You don’t have to purchase any particular model, just so long as it is hard foam.

There are newer designs with knobs and protrusions on the surface. I can’t say whether these are better, because I have never used them, but they might be worth a shot. The idea is to put pressure on the tender areas because those are where the adhesions in the muscle are.

Adhesions are the result of scar tissue from what we call “micro traumas.” These are little tears in the muscle that when they heal, they often adhere to what’s called the “fascia.” Fascia is the protective sleeve or sheath around your muscles.

The muscles need to move smoothly beneath the fascia, and if they don’t because if these adhesions, then you get pain and restriction of movement. The foam roller tends to break up this scar tissue and free the adhesions, thus making you more supple.

You just basically get on the floor with the muscle you want to work resting on the foam roller. You roll over the roller until you find a spot that really hurts when you roll over it. At that point you just keep rolling back and forth across that sore spot until the pain subsides. When the pain subsides, that would be an indication that the adhesion has been freed.

Please keep in mind that this is NOT a substitute for proper medical care! If you have acute (really sharp) pain in an area that does not go away, your safest bet is to see a doctor, such as an orthopedic practitioner. They can either confirm or rule out anything serious.

The foam roller is really for long term stiffness or tenderness in an area that is the result of accumulated micro trauma from sports or exercise that happens over time. As far as learning HOW to use the foam roller, go to Youtube and search on foam roller, or foam roller exercise and you can choose any one of a number of instructional video clips.

Use of a foam roller is one of THE BEST things you can do to feel more flexible, supple, and lose that constant tightness that you may be feeling as a result of age, exercise, or trauma!

Here is the Amazon link again:  http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Happy rolling!

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For my money, Tori Amos is one of THE most electrifying performers in popular music. Her vocal performances are always captivating. I think for many people, including myself, her music is an acquired taste, but well worth trying.

Combine her darkly beautiful piano playing with the wonderful backing of the Metropole Orchestra of Amsterdam Holland and you have one truly magical performance as this Youtube video will attest!

The song is “Winter Winter”

Enjoy…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvUlPozYhg8

This concert was apparently videotaped in Rotterdam Netherlands. There’s a whole lot of wonderful pop music being made all over the world, not just in the USA.

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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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“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Audrey Hepburn

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 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.
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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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