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With all the news coverage of the US government “shutdown” you would think the sky is falling. In truth about 85% of the US Federal government is still operating normally. I think we would do well to remember that private citizens are what keep everything going, and that government should serve our needs, not the other way around.

We still have to get up and go to work in the morning, pay our bills, take care of our families, and all the other things that life involves on a daily basis. So it goes with health as well. We are the stewards of our own health, and if we do not take care of ourselves, no “healthcare plan” whether private or government run will matter.

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Our health is in OUR hands. Always remember that, and you will go a long way towards making sure that you have the health to enjoy your life fully and for a long time! One of the most important aspects of health is how your colon (also called the gut) functions.

Since certain neurotransmitters are actually made in your intestinal tract, “gut health” can affect your emotions, and thinking as well as how you physically feel. So as you can see it’s vitally important to have it functioning optimally!

There are several things we need to get this right. One is the right type and amount of fiber, and the other is probiotic bacteria.  Click on the links below to check out my web pages on these two topics.

Fiber:

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

Soluble Fiber and Cholesterol

http://www.cholesteroltutor.com/soluble-fiber-for-cholesterol/

Probiotics:

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

Health of your stomach and colon is the key to overall health for several reasons. You need to absorb and assimilate your food for the nutrients your body needs. If your GI tract isn’t healthy, you can get needed nutrients from your foods.

The longer the “transit time” it takes for waste to exit the colon, the longer you are exposed to toxins that can create cancerous conditions in the body. Think about it, you wouldn’t keep your garbage in your kitchen for months, you would throw it out as soon as possible, because keeping it around is unsanitary.

The same can be said for eliminating waste from your body. It needs to happen every day, and be as complete as possible. An adequate amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber is essential to this process.

An example of insoluble fiber is Psyllium seed husks. These absorb water and provide a “bulking” effect to waste in the colon.

An example of soluble fiber is fruit like apples which also assist in elimination though stimulation of peristalsis (the process of moving the bowels). By the way, the bowels should be moved at least once per day if not more.

I have heard doctors tell their patients that this is not important. In the case of one gentleman I know, his doctor told him that a bowel movement every few days was “normal” for him. This is incredibly bad medical advice.

I have had good luck with just plain Psyllium husks in water, but of course your experience may be different. Whole grains like oat groats, quinoa, or ground flaxseeds can help provide the fiber that’s beneficial to the colon.

Another factor that’s important is the bacteria that is found in the colon. If it’s the normal beneficial bacteria then you will have normal bowel function, and neither be constipated or suffer from diarrhea.

You can get this beneficial bacteria either from probiotic supplements or dairy products like yogurt or kefir. Commercial yogurts and kefirs lose much of their benefit from pasteurization.  While I think the dangers of unpasteurized products are overblown, I can’t advise you to consume them for reasons of liability.

It’s safest to use a probiotic supplement or fermented dairy products as your probiotic source. Those of you who get my newsletter know that I am an advocate of the blood type diet.

When you buy these fermented dairy products, look for ones that advertise that they contain “live cultures.” This indicates they will have sufficient bacteria to be of help to you. Avoid products that contain a lot of sugar, or artificial sweeteners for obvious reasons.

Look for a live-cultured plain yogurt, preferably made from goat milk or a pasture raised cow’s milk. For kefir, the same rules follow. Plain and unsweetened is best, and you can add some berries for natural sweetening to the yogurt or kefir.

Probiotic bacteria is specific to blood type and in the near future I will be delving int that with some specific recommendations. Let’s suffice it to say that for all intents and purposes, the right probiotic foods and supplements for your blood type will result in a normally functioning colon and regular bowel movements.

So if what you are doing results in normal function, then you pretty much have it right!

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Now I have something very cool to share with all of you…

Barbara Streisand is possibly the most talented performer that ever graced a stage in any time period. Yes I know that is quite an accolade, but I believe it is well earned.

There is a full concert by the incomparable Barbara Streisand on Youtube, and here is the link:

Enjoy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upFtYYpgb3A

I had forgotten how gorgeous her voice is and how romantic her delivery is. She is truly a once in a lifetime performer, and I’m glad I live in a time when I get to hear her perform.

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“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

Plato

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“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Boston Red Sox have won the World Series! I guess that’s about the most popular news story in these parts.  My father was a huge Red Sox fan and I only wish he could be here to savor this victory by his beloved baseball team!

Part of the reason they won the World Series is that they kept injuries to a minimum and went in to the post season will a physically intact team. Speaking of physically intact, I could use a lesson in remaining so.

I don’t quite know what I did, but it appears to have been a deep strain of the abdominal muscles due to doing an exercise I have not done in ages. Naturally I went too heavy on it and paid the price.

I have yet to figure out if it’s just a bad pull or worse, like a breach of the abdominal wall. In any case, it precludes any direct work to that area as I let it heal. With this news in mind, I would make a case for easing into ANY exercise program.

As I have mentioned many times, the real value of exercise is in the quality of the exercise NOT the quantity. It’s easy to overdo things, and the result is never positive when you do that, as evidenced by my latest injury issue.

Don’t get me wrong, exercise is one of the most important components in staying healthy, but understand that there is good exercise and not so good exercise. Always start very conservatively and don’t push too fast too soon.

Professional athletes and movies stars often embark on rigorous exercise routines because they have a limited amount of time to get into shape and millions of dollars are invested in what they are doing.

We however, being ordinary people are not forced by circumstance to rush this process and so should go slow and easy. If you are middle aged and don’t have a history of intense exercise, you should get checked out by a doctor prior to starting an exercise program.

Stress tests can indicate cardiac abnormalities that might give you a problem, and so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even people with heart conditions can and should exercise, BUT they should also start very conservatively and build up their duration and intensity slowly.

Your beginning routine might be so easy that you doubt it’s helping you at all, but in truth you are being smart and setting the stage for future improvements. Even simple stretches to start and end your day might be all you need for a beginning routine until you feel that you want to bring things up a notch. At that point you can begin to build on a solid foundation.

Click on the link below to check out my page on “antiaging exercise”

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

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For those of you who may be fibromyalgia sufferers or know someone who is, you might like to know that there are several products that can be of help. These products do not address the root cause of Fibro, BUT they can potentially offer some relief from the symptoms.

The first is called “methylfolate” and is a form of folic acid that can be absorbed and utilized by people with the MTHFR gene defect. Since 55% of the North American population carries that gene, lots of people out there cannot properly absorb folic acid.

Without the ability to properly absorb folic acid, the toxic amino acid homocysteine can build up in the blood causing increased inflammation which exacerbates Fibromyalgia. Using methylfolate can help lower homocystiene levels and thus help Fibro, not to mention lowering your risk of heart disease as well!

Here is a link to Jarrow Formula’s production

http://www.age-better.info/methylfolate

If you try this nutritional supplement, please let me know how it works for you. Dosage requirements would vary from person to person, but the rule of thumb I go by is to start with the smallest dose, and see how that works for you.

Start with one capsule (400 mcg) and you can take this 3-4 times per week or every other day. If you have the MTHFR gene defect, you should notice a feeling of calmness and well being.

You can tell if you have this defect by eating asparagus and noticing of yoiur urine has a strong odor afterward. If the odor is present, this is an indication that you have this gene defect, and would benefit by taking methyl donors like methylfolate, SAM-E, or trimethylglicine.

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The other two items I will mention are magnesium, and malic acid. It’s quite possible that you could combine the two in the form of magnesium malate, and although I have never used this form of magnesium it would be logical that it might be effective.

Malic acid is low in Fibromyalgia sufferers and so it makes logical sense to try supplementing these two nutrients to see if they offer relief. You can read an interesting paper about malic acid and Fibromyalgia at the link below:

http://healingpoints.com/Fibromyalgia.PDF

If you try this approach please write and tell me about your experiences with it, as well as asking any questions you have, and I will try my best to find the answers for you.

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I am half Armenian, well actually since I was adopted it’s more accurate to say that my father was of Armenian extraction, and I find that after his passing, I have an interest in learning more about the language and culture. It makes me feel closer to my father.

There is an instrument, a very ancient instrument from Armenia called the “Duduk.” It’s a wind instrument played with a reed that is appearing more often in Hollywood and other venues due to it’s mystical and enchanting sound.

The Armenians make this instrument from apricot wood and the legend is that this wood originally grew in the Garden of Eden which some scholars say was adjacent to Ancient Armenia, in the valley of the Zagros mountains in what is now Iran.

The Duduk has been described by some as sounding almost like a human voice and is not played all over the world by musicians, many of whom are not Armenian but were drawn to the instrument because of it’s soulful sound.

Here is a clip that I hope will enchant all who listen to it… The song is called “Nostalgia” and it is masterfully played by Kamil Radzimowski.

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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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Being a huge Star Trek fan, this clip is a favorite of mine. In it, the character of Spock explains to fellow Vulcan Lt. Valeris, that there is much more to wisdom than just logic. It is interesting because it is an example of the way the character of Spock evolved in the films and learns to come to terms with his human half.

He learns that his Vulcan logic needs to be complimented by his human feelings and perspective. He understand the shortcomings of denying his true self and knows that he cannot achieve wisdom without fully embracing who and what he is.

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“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”

Wilhelm von Humboldt

 

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.”

 

 

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

Last issue I talked about how I “rediscovered” hydration and how important it was to how your body functions. Upon further research I found that it can take weeks to fully rehydrate yourself if you are chronically dehydrated.

I can’t believe how much of a difference it makes as I am still feeling the benefits of drinking more water. What are the benefits I notice? More fullness to the muscles, more energy, clearer thinking and less stress.

Those of you who are concerned about the health and appearance of your skin (and who isn’t) take note as well. Water is critical for skin health, in terms of maintaining the firmness and elasticity of your skin. Drinking more clean water will help your skin more than any other single thing!

Not bad for something as simple and available as clean water!

The summer is flying by and it’s hard to believe that Labor Day is just around the corner. My newest project will be to investigate ionic air cleaners. I had a positive experience with one many years ago, and want to see if I get the same result again.

I visited a friend and she had one in her home. I remembered thinking that it couldn’t be all that effective and was kind of a gimmick that “health nuts” were into, but lo and behold, when I got home I slept like a log that night!

It made me feel the same way as I do when I use a grounding pad. I had no way of knowing at that time about the benefits of negative ions, so I did not make the connection. However when I look back on it now, it makes perfect sense.

My thinking is that if you can create an environment in your home that is abundant in negative ions, you would have a less stressful more health supporting living space. I am looking at ionizers now and in the coming weeks will hopefully have a recommendation for a unit that is reasonable priced and of course is a good quality one, so stay tuned.

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Diabetes is a disease that is reaching epidemic proportions especially in the US. We are now seeing it in children, something that was unheard of years ago. There is no question that all of the processed foods we eat are a factor in this disease.

Now you may be asking what diabetes has to do with antiaging. Well, keep in mind that inflammation is a huge factor in aging, and insulin is the most PRO-INFLAMMATORY hormone in the human body! Use of insulin will cause you to age faster, so you will want to minimize it by keeping blood sugar under control.

Even though insulin is necessary for life, chronically high levels of insulin can wreak havoc with your body, and contribute to all kinds of health problems. Insulin dependent diabetics thus have additional health problems due to their use if insulin.

Even if you are not a diabetic, you should try and keep your fasting blood sugar reading no higher than 70! Fasting glucose test measures your blood sugar when you arise in the morning. For every point above 70 your risk of heart disease goes up!

If you have diabetes or know anyone that does, I would recommend that you read this excellent book by Dr. Peter D’Adamo on using the blood type diet to treat diabetes. The book is called:

“Diabetes – Fight It With The Blood Type diet”

http://www.age-better.info/Diabetes-Blood-Type-Diet

Written by the doctor who developed the concept of blood typing in nutrition, it is packed with valuable information that will help you make better food choices and help you keep blood sugar under control more effectively.

Most diabetes education programs emphasize low glycemic eating, but do not differentiate between the different blood types and their specific responses to certain foods.

Dr. D’Adamo addresses this critical factor and presents a plan for preventing and treating both type 1 and type 2 diabetes that is specific to each blood type. If you or a loved one is dealing with diabetes, you can’t afford to pass up the information in this book!

Check it out:   http://www.age-better.info/Diabetes-Blood-Type-Diet

The link that I have posted is to the Kindle version for people who don’t live in the US.  It is very easy to use Kindle books on your computer. All you need to do is to download the Kindle application.

Here is the link: http://www.age-better.info/Kindle-Desktop-Reading-Application

The software installs on your computer and then you can buy and read Amazon Kindle books immediately. It’s very easy and convenient, and of course it saves you shipping charges, and having to wait for your book to arrive.

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“He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”

Thomas Jefferson

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Loreena McKennitt is one of my favorite performers of what you would call “Celtic” music. Here she performs a musical adaptation of Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott.”  The poem was based on the legend of Camelot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i52e-BKgrYk

If you ever get the chance to see this amazing artist perform live, don’t miss it!

Follow the money! That’s the advice my lawyer used to give me for trying to make sense out of the actions of government and politicians. Always question the policies that are being advocated, and try to find who benefits and why.

You can apply this to everything that happens in society, but in our case we need to apply it to  an understanding of public health policy and what really drives it. I see thing almost daily in the media that I know instinctively are wrong.

For instance that fish oil is supposedly dangerous, vitamin supplements are worthless, vaccines are safe, cholesterol drugs make you healthier ect.  There is an agenda that underlies all these statements, that involves powerful corporate interests and money.

Usually these issues are brought to light by what we call “muckrakers” which are people who expose corporate wrongdoing and public malfeasance. There is always an element of doubt in their claims because they are usually outsiders who are not part of the industries they are criticizing.

Every once in a while someone comes along who has inside knowledge of an industry and it’s abuses, and steps up to blow the whistle on the corruption they witness around them. Such an individual is Dr. John Abramson M.D.

Dr. Abramson estimates that approximately 80% of prescription drug use in the United States is unnecessary! Yes…that’s right…80%! Dr. Abramson took a year off from his medical practice to research and write a book about this.

The book is called:   “Overdosed America – The Broken Promise of American Medicine.”

Here is the link to the Amazon Kindle version:

http://www.age-better.info/Overdosed-America

This book was rated 5 stars over 82 reader reviews, some of those five star reviews were from other doctors! Pretty impressive. It lays bare the dirty secrets of the pharmaceutical industry, how it unduly influences medicine, misinforms doctors, and needlessly puts patients at risk.

In this book you will learn how drug companies hid some of the facts about the side effects of their drugs as “trade secrets.” This means that your doctor could potentially prescribe a drug to you that has side effects that he or she does not even know about!

You will also learn how the drug industry funds the very research being done to determine whether their products are safe and effective. This is a clear conflict of interest that Dr. Abramson exposes in his book!

Doctor Abramson is a family practice physician from Massachusetts, who is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and has solid mainstream medical credentials. This fact makes the revelations in the book all the more convincing.

You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to read this book. Armed with facts and the truth, you can make better decisions about your health care and the role of prescription medications in it.

Don’t be a victim of the drug industry’s deception and dangerous products, read “Overdosed America.”

http://www.age-better.info/Overdosed-America

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

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

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

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Now to share something a bit lighter and more pleasant with you. Music never fails to illicit enjoyment and happiness with people. I really enjoy sharing some of the unique artists I have found over the years with you.

I have been a fan of American rocker Tod Rundgren for many years, but I was not aware of this amazing concert he did with the Metropole Orchestra in Amsterdam. This is a duet he did with Dutch singer Mathilde Santing (who is new to me).

The two songs are “Love in Disguise” and “Wailing Wall.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Zb9S7f3_0

Todd described Mathilde as a Dutch national treasure, and you will see why in this wonderful clip from Youtube! The entire concert is available on Youtube at the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS-64ce_bqE

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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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“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”

Thomas Jefferson

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

Age Better #29: The Dangers of WiFi

It seems like “mother nature” finally figured out that it was time for
some genuine spring weather. Just a couple of days ago I was out at night
and could see my breath in the 50 degree temperatures we had.

Now it actually feels like spring and I’m looking forward to much more of
it. It’s been a long winter…

Wednesday evening I attended the Boston Ballet production called “Next
Generation” to watch my cousin Remy grace the stage at the Boston Opera
House. It was a very wonderful performance by Remy and the Boston Ballet
Company and the best way I could have imagined to spend my 58th birthday!

The ballet world is an interesting one and the men and women that perform
in it are really “artist athletes,” who are on an elite level physically. As my
cousin Remy advances into the professional phase of her dancing career,
she will benefit from some of the very same nutrition and exercise concepts
that I have shared with you!

Things like bioenergetic nutrients, grounding, micro-current, and interval
training, are all things that you can use to optimize your health at any
age! The more we know and apply, the better off we are, and we are
literally learning more each and every day!

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I recently stumbled on to a Youtube video by Dr. Stephen Sinatra about cell
phone signals being an increased heart disease risk. This really piqued my
interest because I have a feeling that this will become a big health issue
in the next few years.

If you have been reading my newsletter you will have seen me mention how
important electrical signaling is to your body and it’s functions. When
electrical signals from our environment interact with our bodies, bad
things can be the result.

Once again the action of the cell membrane is the key. It is designed to
let nutrients in and toxins out, and also to keep toxins from entering the
cell. WiFi signals cause the cell membrane to close the cell off and not
allow nutrients to go in or waste to go out.

If you use a cell phone, use it on speakerphone or use one of those
adapters that use a hollow tube to transmit the sounds so that you don’t
get radiation hear your brain. This is called a “Bluetube,” and you can
find them on Amazon.com

DO NOT hold the phone up to your ear, and DO NOT EVER use a Bluetooth
(which is a cell phone earpiece that fits into your ear. This is absolutely
asking for trouble, because the microwave signal can penetrate into your
brain, something you do not want!

Minimize your cell phone use to only what is absolutely necessary. Remember
that although you can’t see, hear, or feel cellular signals, they are all
around you and doing damage to your health.

I know I’m not going to make any fans with this advice, but if you have
WiFi at home, get rid of it, and use either Homeplug wall plug adapters, or
run ethernet cable to whatever rooms you are using your computer in.

What is “Homeplug”? It’s a technology that uses the electrical wiring
in your home to function as a broadband Internet connection.

https://www.homeplug.org/home/

I use “Homeplug” myself and it works pretty well. I can just take the
module and plug it into pretty much any electrical outlet, and it works
fine. You can get these modules in electronics stores, or if you prefer
online.

Here is the Amazon link:

http://www.age-better.info/Homeplug

You can also find ethernet cable at electronics stores, although it’s a bit
expensive to run any distance. I do suggest very strongly that if you have
babies or young children in your home that you DO NOT use WiFi (wireless),
as they are especially vulnerable to it’s effects.

Yes wireless is convenient and everybody out there is pushing it as the
next big thing, but it is probably one of the worst health hazards in our
environment. Sadly, I think that by the time society realizes this, many
people will have suffered from the ill effects.

Please don’t be one of them!

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On a lighter note, here is a clip from Youtube that showcases a choral
performance in Riverdance.  The performance is by the Irish choral group
called Anuna.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8VCx3KZxo8

Interestingly, I found out that Ireland has no historical choral tradition.
Anuna’s director Michael McGlynn explains that he pieced together fragments
of traditional medieval Irish chamber music, to come up with the
compositions that Anuna performs today.

The choral harmonies this groups performs are absolutely breathtaking!
Check them out on the web, and be sure to see them if they are performing
in your area. I guarantee you will be absolutely amazed.

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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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This weeks quote is from the wonderful and courageous actor who played
Superman!

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere
and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. “ – Christopher Reeve

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Age Better #20 – A Diet Secret, Sweet Potatoes, and a Sad Goodbye

They say all good things must come to an end…but for the life of me, I
can’t understand why! I just got news today that my tenants of five years
are moving out at the end of the month. I am sorry to see them go, but
happy for the opportunities they will have.

Shannon and her husband Russ have been great tenants, and have brought a
spark of life and humor into this grand old house. Shannon has gotten a
great job offer in San Francisco, and so these two native New Englanders
are West Coast bound!

I wish them all the luck in the world, but this address will seem that much
emptier in their absence. But at the same time, I am lucky to have had them
as tenants for five good years.

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I’ve discovered “sweet potatoes” which actually are not potatoes at all
but something called  “tubers,” which is a form of root I believe. The
cool thing about sweet potatoes is their effect on blood sugar, and this
was news to me.

In a previous newsletter I wrote about green coffee extract, which can help
lower blood sugar and aid in weight loss. Apparently the key ingredient
that makes it so effective is “chlorogenic acid,” which is also
contained in sweet potatoes.

I tend to get somewhat addicted to certain foods and then eat them until I
get tired of them. One night I decided to try something different and
steamed a sweet potato with my vegetables.

It tasted pretty darn good, but I was afraid that like all potatoes, the
starch in them would result in weight gain. Surprisingly the opposite
happened! It seems that I’ve gotten leaner since I have been eating them.

I researched this a bit and found that they are high in fiber, they are
actually not a potato, and they contain the same blood sugar lowering
compound that is found in green coffee extract. The chlorogenic acid in
them prevents blood sugar spikes.

When blood sugar doesn’t spike, insulin levels aren’t elevated, and as you
know…insulin is a fat storage hormone. So the bottom line is that you can
include sweet potatoes (not yams) in your diet often and will actually get
a bit of a weight loss benefit as well.

This is providing you don’t put tons of butter or sugar on them when you
cook them. Oh and while we are on the subject of cooking them, I’ve found
the best way to enjoy them is steamed.

Another great benefit of sweet potatoes are their content of beta-carotene
which is the effective form of vitamin-A. Below is the link to my web page
on vitamin-A

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/benefits-of-vitamin-a.html

I mentioned my favorite vegetable steamer in a previous newsletter a while
ago, and here is the link:

http://www.age-better.info/electric-vegetable-steamer

This is my favorite way to prepare vegetables including the sweet potato.
Give it a shot…I’m betting you will really like it. This works great
because it’s so easy and simple to prepare.

I bought mine something like five years ago and it’s still going strong. It
works perfectly every time! Let me know how it works for you and also how
you enjoy the potatoes!

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The “diet secret” I mentioned really isn’t a secret, it’s just that
it’s not well known. Insulin is the key to weight loss. It’s the most
anabolic hormone in the body, and when it’s high, you will store fat and
put on weight.

When you keep it low, you will be able to burn fat and lose weight. Is it
really that simple? YES! Unless you have some medical condition that makes
you gain weight, you can lose by keeping insulin low.

This works whether you exercise or not, but of course it works better when
you do. The trick is to keep your daily carbs under 150 grams, or even
better under 100!  Do this for a while and you will begin to lose the
cravings for sugar and carbs.

Combining foods during your meals is another important thing. Eat some
quality protein with EVERY meal. This helps prevent blood sugar (and
insulin) from spiking. Keeping your insulin low will also extend your
lifespan and prevent chronic diseases.

Some tips on doing this will be found on my webpage at this link:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/diet-for-insulin-resistance.html

I am evaluating a diet that can help you do this, but not yet ready to make
a recommendation for it. I will share it very soon, once I am satisfied
that it’s workable and safe.

My goal is to share things with you that are easy to use and really WORK!
Anti-aging and wellness should be easy to do, and be things that you can
seamlessly insert into your lifestyle.

I am investigating some really cool stuff, and I’m so tempted to tell you
about it right now, but I know I need to wait until I have investigated it
fully before I share and recommend these things to you. Please be patient
with me, great things are coming!

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I want to share a musical video clip with you. It’s Eric Whitacre
conducting “Water Night,” another virtual choir of voices from 73
countries!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3rRaL-Czxw

Voices from all over the world combine to create something truly beautiful.
What could be better?  I really like Eric Whitacres stuff, and this is one
of his best!

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Is it me or are we seeing a lack of real leadership these days? It seems
that we have many people positions of authority that lack the values that
it takes to really lead by example. With that said, I will leave you with
this very simple but profound quote…

“Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.”

Horace Mann

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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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