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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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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

It’s the 4th of July! As we celebrate our country’s birth, we should remember that the challenges to our freedom are from within rather than from external enemies. There will always be those who want to control others and take away their rights and freedoms.

This is an unfortunately part of human nature, and it’s something that we need to oppose at every turn. We are at our very best when we are free! Freedom to choose how we remain healthy, to worship, to travel, work, and associate are all rights that we must protect, against those who want to take these freedoms away in the guise of helping us!

The Founding Fathers gave us a country that was designed to function as a free society with minimal government, that allowed each individual to pursue his or her destiny and reach their maximum potential.

Those in the generations before us that have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could remain free can best be honored by our continued vigilance and resistance to any efforts to undermine our freedoms!

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Do you think your sunscreen is protecting you? Well maybe you better think again! What you thought you knew doesn’t quite match up to the reality of the sun protection product market.

Remember that these products are marketed to sell to you, not necessarily to ensure quality and safety.  You do need sunlight in order for your body to make vitamin-d, but you have to use caution when it comes to sun exposure.

Here is a link to the Environmental Working Group’s page on sunscreens.

http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/

This will give you some solid information that will make choosing a safe and effective sunscreen a whole lot easier! Remember also that the nutrients you take in via your diet also factor into protecting your skin from sun exposure.

Colorful foods that get their pigmentation from their antioxidant compounds are your best bet. These are foods like:

red and orange peppers
dark colored berries
green tea
ripe red tomatoes
cacao
tumeric (circumin)

Omega 3 fatty acids are also necessary for the health of your skin, so be sure to consume fatty cold water fish on a regular basis, and/or use a good pharmaceutical grade fish oil to get your omega 3 fats.

The standard nutrients like vitamin-c, vitamin-e, also help protect your skin from free radical damage due to sun exposure.

All the strategies you might use from grounding, to drinking alkaline water, or using an air ionizer will also help protect your skin. The key is to avoid prolonged exposure especially around noon when the sun is highest in the sky.

You might also want to wear a cap with a visor to protect your head and eyes as well.

Remember that you can even get too much sun exposure when the weather is overcast, because you don’t notice the heat of the sun on your skin and may spend a longer period of time outdoors, thinking you are safe.

If you do get overexposed and end up with a burn, there is an excellent product that will help your skin heal. It’s made with Willard’s Water and is available at the Nutrition Coalition.

Here is the link: https://www.willardswater.com/store/index.php?ccat=22&item=40

I have no financial interest in this product. I just like it and feel that it works well for minor burns and skin irritations.

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Some time ago I shared a link to something called “PubMed” which is a site where you can get abstracts of medical research from many sources.

Here is the link:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

It’s a great place to start to do some of your own medical research. I know that sounds intimidating, but the Internet makes gathering information so much easier. Don’t be afraid to get out there and search for answers. The information has been put out there for you to help you find answers and solve problems.

The home page of PubMed will have information on how to use this valuable resource. Check it out when you have the chance!

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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 this “Age Better!”

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

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Into Darkness is the second Star Trek film by J.J. Abrams, and it rocks! I don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t seen it, but let me just say the action is non-stop and there are several plot twists, including an old Star Trek villain AND icon!

I wasn’t sure that I would like it, as the trailers really didn’t give a good idea of how the plot would unfold. Abrams has definitely put his own unique stamp on the Star Trek films, and they really deliver in the action and special effects department.

Great performances by the main cast in their iconic roles, although they are not quite able to capture the charm of the original series. But this is, after all, a “reboot” of the original, with vastly scaled up action and intensity. Go see it, I don’t think you will be disappointed!

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I stumbled yet again on another cool music video clip. I had not heard of Lara Fabian, but she sings in French and has quite a voice. What was really different about this video clip is that the audience really gets into the song, and this has a very emotional effect on her, as you can see.

Enjoy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf-uChZXptw

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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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“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Age Better #23 – The 4 Hour Workweek, vitamin-D3, and Victor Victoria

know this is an antiaging and wellness newsletter, but at times I like to
delve into other areas that I know are important to you, because health and
success go hand in hand. You CAN be healthy on a budget, but financial
success makes living life much easier, and certainly far less stressful.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  You have
probably heard this quote a number of times, but I wanted to reflect on it
a bit, because the main reason why people find success difficult is that
they can’t bring themselves to get started.

I have a name for this, that I call “foot of the mountain syndrome.”
It’s like standing at the bottom of a mountain you have to climb, looking
up at the towering mountain, and thinking about how difficult it will be to
climb.

The goal or task seems overwhelming to you and so there is procrastination,
and just a hesitancy to begin. Many people (myself included) face this
problem, and to be truly successful in any area of your life, you have to
find a way to overcome this problem.

You will find your tasks and projects much easier to cope with, when you
can get yourself to start, to take that first step, and develop some
momentum toward your goal.

If you have a large project, then break it down into small tasks that you
can handle and focus on each one until you have finished it. Then move on
to the next task. Don’t feel you have to tackle everything at once, just
start and take each part to completion.

Another problem is the feeling that you cannot do something because you are
not an “expert” or you feel you are not good enough because you compare
yourself to others, and they seem so much better than you.

This is another idea that sabotages our success. If you have the desire to
achieve something but don’t have the necessary expertise, there are many
people out there that will teach or train you in the necessary skills.

The most successful people are not necessarily the ones who are ultimate
experts, but rather they are experts on how to get themselves to start and
follow through. In many cases they outsource part of their project to
others who ARE experts.

This is how many people handle complex tasks, and move forward towards
their goals. With that said, there is a book I recommend you read that
describes this process of outsourcing.

It’s called “The Four Hour Work Week.” and it got 4.5 out of 5 stars
with over 1500 reviews!

http://www.age-better.info/4-hour-workweek

This is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read, and really…it’s
not about only working four hours per week, but rather making the most of
your time so that you can work less but actually achieve more.

Written by Tim Ferris (author of The Four Hour Body) it’s chock full of
ideas and resources that can help you be more efficient and productive,
whether you are a CEO, a small business owner, or an individual just
wanting to do more with less effort.

This is definitely well worth reading!

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I got  pleasant surprise this week. Seems like my testosterone levels got
kicked up a notch (always a good thing!) I was at a loss to explain this,
but the most likely candidate is the new vitamin-d supplement I am taking.

It’s made by Jarrow Formulas, and you know from past newsletters that I
think highly of their supplement line as far as potency and quality.  With
that said here is the link to the  product I am using now…

http://www.age-better.info/Jarrow-vitamin-D3

Vitamin-D3  (it’s actually a hormone called Cholecalciferol, not a vitamin)
is essential for your body for the following reasons:

promotes better bone density

used to make other important hormones like testosterone

important for a healthy immune system

important in preventing diabetes

deficiency of vitamin-d raises cholesterol levels

If you are deficient, it takes weeks to get the levels up to where they
should be, but it’s critically important for your overall health and
longevity. In the summer if you are getting at least 20 minutes per day of
full body sun exposure, you likely won’t need to supplement your
vitamin-D3, because your body will bio-synthesize it from the effect of
sunlight on your skin.

In the colder months, one to two gelcaps per day with meals should be
adequate for your needs, but as always, check with your doctor first if you
are being treated with any medication or have any serious health problem.

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One of my favorite romantic comedies is a film called “Victor
Victoria.” Years ago my mother urged me to see this film, and I basically
showed little interest but eventually got around to seeing it, and I was
blown away!

This movie gets everything right, the plot, the humor, great performances
from great actors and actresses ect. It received 7 Oscar nominations and
won best musical score!

Here is a trailer on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APuLUq1k4Rs

It stars the iconic Julie Andrews, James Garner, theater legend Robert
Preston, with strong supporting performances by Alex Karras and Ann
Margaret. If you can manage to rent it online or find it on DVD, you will
thoroughly enjoy it!

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I just want to close this newsletter by talking about the innate creative
power that we all have, and why it’s so important for us to use it. I
believe that or purpose on this Earth is to find happiness by creating the
things that give us the most joy.

When the founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, this is
what they meant by “inalienable rights” and the freedom of expression
they wrote into the Constitution.

We all have such diverse and unique talents and potentials, and when we
develop these, society benefits in the form of new ideas, new solutions to
problems, and more wealth (financial, spiritual, cultural, ect.) that
springs from this creative force in all of us.

Whatever it is that you desire to do, whatever dreams you have, find a way
to take that step, to move forward and accomplish your goals. Remember that
when you dream, plan, and create, you are fulfilling your true destiny.

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Age Better #14: Fight Colds and Flu with Hydrogen Peroxide

We are half way through January and the winter has been mild so far. Six
weeks and we are looking at spring just around the corner. However flu
season is upon us and we are being told to get that “flu shot.”

You might want to take some time to think about that before you do. The
flu vaccine incorporates last year’s strains because this years are just
hitting us. It’s therefore debatable whether these shots help at all.

I’ve never gotten flu shots, and have only had the flu once in the last 15
years. I felt a bit run down one Sunday evening but instead of resting, I
went to the gym and trained VERY hard.

Well as you can imagine, my immune system took a hit and I got sick.

I’ve since learned not to repeat that mistake.  So…when you are feeling
not quite 100%, don’t exercise intensely, especially in the winter. While
exercise is generally good, it does weaken your immune system and leave
you open to colds and flu.

If you feel something “coming on” there is something you can do. Get
some food grade hydrogen peroxide and put a few drops in each ear. This
does not hurt. It will just make a bubbling sound as the peroxide reacts.

Do one ear at a time, and lay down on each side so the peroxide does not
leak out. Hold it in there for several minutes and then let it leak out onto
a tissue.

Repeat this for each ear. You can do this one or twice a week when
you notice signs of a cold or flu coming on. You can even do this once per
week during flu season as a preventative strategy.

You can find hydrogen peroxide at any drugstore, but just don’t ever take
hydrogen peroxide internally though.

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I have a policy with my newsletter not to get involved with political topics,
because as you can imagine people have strong feelings about them and
it’s easy to alienate others this way.

However I would just like to say a few words about our current issues.

We are living in very uncertain times and face many difficult issues and
choices. Just remember that the media tends to focus on the bad news
and tragic events, as good news just doesn’t sell the way bad news does.

However there is plenty of good news out there. America’s energy future
looks much brighter, online education, lead by Harvard and M.I.T. promises
to make higher education available to vastly more people.

We are starting to get a handle on our obesity problems as a nation, and I
think we have the information we need to turn the corner and start living
healthier lifestyles. It’s not all bad….not by a longshot!

The problem is that the rapid advancements in all areas of science don’t
get reported on a daily basis to the public. I see some of it because I
research a lot of online sources, but most people don’t.

Even I am amazed at how fast we are progressing!

If you want to look up short abstracts (research reports) on particular
topics in health and medicine, there is a site you should go to called
“PubMed”

“PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature
from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may
include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher
web sites.”

Here is the link…

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

Take heart, we can and will solve our problems as a society. We just need
to have faith in ourselves, in our own intelligence, and determination to
make the world a better place for us and our children.

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NaPCA……..

I talked about this product in an earlier newsletter, and wanted to mention
it again. It’s called NaPCA, and it’s made by Twinlab.  I have used this stuff
for over 25 years, and it rocks!

It puts back the natural moisture that age and weather takes out of your
skin. It’s also acts as a “humectant” which means it draws moisture to your
skin from the air around you…pretty cool!

Using this stuff I can shave without getting cut, and it seems to give the
skin a nice glow. It comes in two forms, plain and with added Aloe Vera.
Either will work well, but I like the Aloe version the best.

It’s especially helpful in winter as the cold dry air tends to deplete the
natural moisture from your skin.

Check it out here…    http://www.age-better.info/NaPCA

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Curiosity got the better of me and I finally rented “The Dark Knight Rises.”
To be honest it was nowhere near as violent as I had anticipated, although
it has some intense moments.

The Batman trilogy is dark as this is the way the character of Batman was
written in the comics. The storyline was massively implausible, even for the
sci-fi/superhero genre. I felt the plot was a bit convoluted and some things
in the movie just didn’t fit in.

Christian Bale reprises his role as the Dark Knight (Batman) and squares
off against his ultra nemesis, a drug fueled psychopathic anarchist named
“Bain,” who beats Batman to a pulp and seriously injures him.

The way Batman comes back from this injury to face Bain once again just
isn’t believable, even for a science fiction film! I won’t reveal the ending,
but for me, the film falls short of the other two for the above reasons.

However, if you are a fan of the superhero genre and Batman in particular,
you will still want to see this film. The action, sets, and pace still deliver,
even if I felt the plot had some shortcomings.

The Dark Night Rises is not suitable for younger viewers though.

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Let me leave you with the inspiring words of a very brave and wonderful
woman.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even
touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

Helen Keller

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