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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

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 #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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