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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.”

 

 

Age Better #22 – Effortless Stress Management with HPP!

We are well into March, and although spring is right around the corner,
somebody forgot to tell mother nature! I can’t wait for the warmer weather,
and it’s taking it’s time getting here.

My oldest nephew Andrew is enjoying being a new father. He says that it
hasn’t completely hit him yet, but he seems to be fitting comfortably into
this new role, and really excited about his new son “Tyler James!”

Two new babies were added to the family this winter and will be
experiencing their first Easter Sunday. Easter comes early this year, and
I’m hoping that the weather is at least somewhat mild so that we can enjoy
the holiday.

They are still way too young for their first “Easter egg hunt,” but I
am a bit excited for them as Easter was so very special for me, and I
believe will be for them when they are a bit older.

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They say stress is a killer…which is literally true, but nobody ever
explains why. Until you understand what it’s really about, you can’t
effectively control it, much less eliminate it.

So here’s my “two cents” on stress…

Your autonomic nervous system is divided into two branches, the
“sympathetic” branch which essentially gets you ready to deal with
crisis and emergencies by preparing you for “fight or flight.” This is
really useful in life threatening situation, but not otherwise.

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/autonomic-nervous-system.html

The other branch is called the “parasympathetic.” It deals with
digestion, elimination, and restoring your energy. It’s engaged while you
are at rest and there is no danger or crisis to react to.

The sympathetic nervous system evolved when early humans were subject to
constant danger in their environment from attacks by wild animals. In
modern life we are not subject to the same danger, but react as if we were.

We respond to emotional stress that triggers the same reactions from our
sympathetic nervous system. Our body reacts by producing cortisol which is
a stress hormone, and  also raises blood sugar to provide energy for
whatever our emergency requires.

When we are stressed we spend way too much time in “sympathetic” mode,
and this lays the foundation for chronic illness. Since our body’s response
to stress is hard wired by evolution, we need to change how we perceive and
react to various situations.

I’ve always believed the best way to solve problems is the way that
requires the least effort, because you are more likely to follow through
and do it. You have heard about relaxation tapes, and so now I will share
with you what I think are the best ones.

I have used these products for over 20 years. They are top quality and they
work IF you use them. This audio technology is called HPP which stands for
hypno peripheral processing.” It is a gentle “sensory overload”
technology, and it’s fun to use!

Created by Dr. Lloyd Glauberman Ph.D. this sound technology uses the
therapeutic patterns of famous psychotherapist Milton Erikson, and are
scripted stories that are relaxing and contain suggestions for your
subconscious mind.

What these suggestions do is to change your “internal dialogue” so that
you don’t respond to potentially stressful situations the way you normally
do. It’s like getting new programming so that you react much more calmly
and logically to the same situations that “used” to stress you out.

Here is the link:

http://age-better.info/hpp-stress-management

There is a video on the page by Dr. Glauberman explaining the principle
behind HPP.  It is a gentle “sensory overload” system that is relaxing
and effortless to use.

There are digital versions of these programs that can be instantly
downloaded eliminating the need for shipping.

There are also HPP products covering all kinds of issues, so explore the
site and check them out!

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While on the subject of how to relax, I want to share with you one of my
favorite musical artists. Her name is Basia, and she is a Polish lady who
sings in a style that’s best described as Brazilian Jazz!

She has such a beautiful voice and unique style. She is an example of a
real international pop star!

Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvVEBz8z82I

She was in her heyday in the 1980′s and kind of faded from sight. I think
she became a mother a that time and was focused on that role, but
resurfaced in 2011. She is currently working on a new CD, and presumably
after that she will resume touring.

If you ever get the chance to see one of her shows, don’t miss it!

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There’s always hope for a better tomorrow! That’s something I sometimes
forget myself, and daily experiences remind me of.  I remember something
that happened years ago in regards to the mother of a good friend.

My friend Tom’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and got
progressively worse until the point where they had to carry her from room
to room, as she was permanently in a fetal position.

She did not remember anything, nor recognize anyone. I felt bad for Tom as
he had just recently lost his father and now his mom was so seriously ill.
Then one day I was at the gym and noticed this older woman at the counter.

She was just leaving and got into her car and drove away. Since I did not
recognize her, I asked Tom who she was. He replied that it was his mom, and
then proceeded to tell me how this apparent miracle occurred.

She had taken a turn for the worse and was rushed to the hospital where
when examined one of the doctors suspected that she did not have
Alzheimer’s, but rather another medical condition which could be treated
successfully.

The necessary treatment was given and she actually recovered completely!
She was now able to recognize her family, remember things, and actually was
able to resume driving her car! This to me is proof positive that miracles
do happen.

So NEVER give up. You never know when fate can turn in your favor and
things will work out for you. In many ways we create our own reality. Stay
positive and focus on the joy in life!

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“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will
turn.”
~Harriet Stowe~

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Age Better #18: The “Killer Gene” and how you can stop it

We just got hammered here in Boston with over 2 feet of snow, and we’re
still digging out. If there’s a silver lining about big snowstorms it’s that
everything closes down and there’s not much else to do but relax and
spend time with your family and friends.

The storm hit us Friday and we are still under a snow emergency because
I’ve heard there is more on the way. Fortunately the groundhog predicted
an early spring this year, so I know warmer weather is just around the
corner.

As we head into spring, there will be a new addition to my extended family.
My oldest nephew Andrew and his wife are having a baby boy, so I will be
a “great uncle” once again! It wasn’t so long ago that he was just a
baby himself.

Maybe it’s just my imagination, but the time seems to be rushing by faster
and faster. It makes me hope that the world becomes a better place for the
generation that’s just  coming into it.

I guess it’s up to all of us to make it so…

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I was doing some updates to my website and happened on my page about
the MTHFR gene. I thought this was a good time to talk about this gene
defect that can wreak so much havoc in the body, and how it can be tamed!

This is probably THE most important health issue I have written about so
far!

MTHFR is short for “Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase.” In the
subject line for this weeks newsletter I called it the “killer gene” and that’s
exactly what it can do if it’s not controlled!

This gene regulates a process in the body called “methylation” that
converts certain amino acids to their “reduced” forms. This process is
necessary to detoxify your body and protect your DNA from damage.

When this gene is malfunctioning, this “methylation” process does not
complete properly so toxic levels of homocysteine can build up which
causes increased inflammation.

It also prevents you from detoxifying heavy metals like mercury and lead,
which is a huge issue for your health.

Here are some of the problems this gene defect can contribute to:

Heart attacks
Strokes
Fibromyalgia
Autoimmune disease
Alzheimer’s
Cancer
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Depression
Migraines
Miscarriage

The list goes on, but you get the picture that this is a huge problem, and
medical science has only recently become aware of it since the human
genome was mapped. The good news is that it is relatively simple to fix.

There is a medical test you can get for around $150.00 that can tell if you
have this gene defect, but the easiest and cheapest way to tell is to
notice whether your urine has a strong odor after you eat asparagus.

Changes to your diet and the use of a type of nutritional supplement called
a “methyl donor” can actually change how this gene is expressed and
dramatically lower your risk of these diseases, not to mention a big
improvement in how you feel.

The methyl donor supplement I recommend is called “Methylator Support
PX” and it is made by “Poliquin Performance.”

I have used this supplement and found it effective:

http://www.age-better.info/methylator-support-px

I have NO affiliate relationship with Charles Poliquin, so I don’t get any
commissions for recommending it. I do so only because I believe in it’s
quality and I know from personal experience that it works.

Below is a link to my page on the MTHFR gene defect:

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

Here is an excellent page of resources on MTHFR gene issues by Dr.
Benjamin Lynch:

http://mthfr.net

As always, I am here if you have questions on this stuff…

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I LOVE Youtube! Google acquired this site a couple of years ago, and it’s
one of my favorite resources. There’s just so much great stuff on there.
Lots of educational videos, tutorials, ect.

I enjoy the music videos that people post on it too. I’d like to share one
of my favorite musical artists with you. I think I mentioned last time that
music therapy can be very beneficial, especially if it’s music you loved at
a younger age.

This is a video of Julia Fordham, a British singer performing a song called
“Towerblock.” I love the piano playing on this song (being a pianist myself)
and the elegant and classy way she performs it.

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

I have been a fan of this woman ever since I saw her videos on VH1 during
the 1980′s. Her style is so unique and her voice is just so expressive. I
could listen to her for hours.

There are a number of songs on Youtube she performs. I think you will
enjoy discovering this wonderful artist.

Let me know what you think…

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I think one of the most demotivating ideas is that people successful, are
superior to the rest of us. That’s not the case. We see their successes but
we don’t see the failures they had to go through to get where they are.

Yes some may be smarter or tougher, but for the most part they succeed
because they just keep at it, and refuse to give up. Whatever your dream
or goal, move toward it and don’t stop until you have what you want!

If you just hang in there, you will be successful!

This clip from one of the Rocky films illustrates this wonderfully. In it
he tells his young son that “going that one more round” when you didn’t
think you could, makes all the difference in life!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQB3uebwyMQ

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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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