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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 Newsletter #17:  How Stress Kills…

I wish I had a dollar for each time I’ve heard that “stress kills.” But
very few people actually understand how and why this is true and what can
be done about it.

We’ve all experienced being under stress, but now I’m going to explain just
how it does damage!

When you are under stress your body pumps out a hormone called
“cortisol,” that is your body’s natural form of  the anti-inflammatory cortisone.

For a short period of time this is not a problem, but if it lasts and is chronic,
it causes big problems.

What kind of problems? How about:

Diabetes
Heart Disease
Cancer
Alzheimer’s Disease
Strokes

All these result from inflammation and something called “oxidative
stress.” You get a double whammy here. Damage from cortisol and also
damage from inflammation well as oxidative stress.

Cortisol is a response by your body to stress which in pre-historic times
meant physical danger. It prepares your body to fight or flee, by raising
your blood sugar to supply the necessary energy to cope with the danger.

Over time if cortisol stays high, it starts breaking down your tissues to
convert them into glucose (sugar.)  It can break down muscle tissue, bone,
and even shrink your brain!

Oxidative stress interferes with energy production in mitochondria which
damages your DNA. This can lead to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and
cancer.

OK, we know it’s bad, but what do we do?  Stress management has 3 parts:

Eliminate the stressor (the thing causing the stress) – I would suggest
trying the “speed trace” which is mentioned on my page about stress.
The link is on my stress page.

Restore balance to the autonomic nervous system – “body grounding” is
great for this, and is also mentioned on my stress page

Protect against inflammation – eat a low or no grain diet, get omega 3
fats, and antioxidants in your food and in supplement form

Here is a link to my web page, where you will find several ways of
alleviating stress:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/how-to-reduce-stress.html

This is a really important topic and probably needs an ebook to deal with
it adequately. This is something I will be writing at some point in the
future.

The good news is that a few simple strategies will put you on the path to
less stress and more health and happiness!

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I have a couple of cool products to recommend for a bit more energy and
focus. However if you have any heart health issues, I would check with your
doctor before taking them.

These products affect something called the “cholinergic system” which
is involved with all aspects of your mental performance like thinking and
memory.

The links below are just for your convenience. I don’t have any affiliate
relationship with either product, that is…I don’t make any money
recommending either of them.

I just think they are great products based on my personal experience.

The first is called “Fast Brain” and helps with mental clarity, focus,
drive, and memory

http://us.cpoliquin.com/product_p/fast%20brain%202.0.htm

The second is called “Brain Quicken” and does essentially the same thing.
Since it’s good to rotate supplements from time to time, I alternate
between these two.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/bq/body.html

I have used both these products and I really think they are worthwhile for
the increased focus, mental drive, and clarity they produce. I also noticed
more energy and increased strength in workouts.

Neither product contains caffeine or other stimulants. But again…you
should check with your doctor if you are older, have a medical condition,
or are on any medications, just to be on the safe side.

Let me know if you have a question on either of them…

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I watched a great film on Youtube this week called “Seven Days in May.”
It’s loosely based on an allegedly true story of an attempted overthrow of
the United States government.

You can watch the entire film at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sFj7b1c60U

The film was released in1964, and starred Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster,
Ava Gardner, and Fredrick March. Rod Serling wrote the excellent
screenplay and John Frankenheimer directed it.

It’s alleged that the Pentagon didn’t want the film made, but JFK actually
believed that such a scenario was possible given the same circumstances,
and actually allowed the film company to shoot outside the White House.

Whether you believe a scenario like this is far fetched or not, it’s a great
film with great performances by these legendary actors. Do yourself a
favor and watch “Seven Days in May.” I know you will enjoy it!

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It’s taken me all of my adult life to figure out that happiness comes from the
knowledge that I am moving forward, and that the future can be better than
the past if only I have the courage to press on to achieve my dreams.

I feel that we are living through some scary and difficult times. It’s easy
to get caught up in the cycle of negativity and I have been guilty of this
myself.

I think the key is to focus on what you want to accomplish and
continually move towards it no matter what!

I wanted to leave you with a quote that will put this in perspective.

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still
plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther

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Age Better Newsletter #6:  Another Great Product Reccomendation – Just
in Time for Winter!
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Age Better Newsletter – Issue #6 – November 23rd, 2012
Published by George Parigian Jr. for Opted-in Subscribers
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Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, relaxing with family and friends. I
gathered with my extended family including my brand new 2 month old
grand nephew Morgan Joseph in New Hampshire, for a good old fashioned
Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

Morgan being just 2 months old has no idea of the culinary delights that
await him when he gets old enough to enjoy a real Thanksgiving dinner,
but I’m sure he will make up for it once he starts eating solid foods.

As usual I scrounged all the dark meat, and other fatty parts of the turkey
nobody else eats, but didn’t gain any weight, as I skipped the sugary
desserts. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, because it revolves
around eating (something I love to do!)

When I was very young my parents would actually let my sister and I have
some wine with the meal because it was a “special occasion.” To this day
although I enjoy a drink now and again, I don’t overindulge because my
folks never made alcohol a mysterious and alluring thing “for adults only.”

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Ok, now I am about to share another little secret that you will love, and it’s
called “Aqua Gel!”  First let me tell you about Willard’s Water, from which
Aqua Gel is made. Years ago (I think it was in the 1930′s) old Doc Willard
was in his lab trying to come up with a better solvent for his workshop.

What he stumbled onto was a way of chemically making water…well….
”wetter” for lack of a better term. This was an additive (the exact formula
is a trade secret) which when mixed with water or other substances tended
to make them more effective.

A host of products were developed using the Willard’s Water additive and
one of them was Aqua Gel. This is great for dry skin, burns, chapping, and
any other skin problem that involve loss of moisture, as it also contains
aloe vera extract.

Willard’s Water works great on burns as well, so “Aqua Gel” can be used
for minor burns (major ones require a doctors care obviously). I don’t have
an affiliate relationship with the makers of the product so I don’t make any
money recommending it.

I just love the product and use it for a variety of things, especially when the
cold weather comes as the cold tends to dry your skin out. Here is the link
that you can copy and paste into your browser:

https://www.willardswater.com/store/index.php?ccat=22

The folks at the Nutrition Coalition (Kolleen and Charlie Sunde) out in
Fargo North Dakota are a real down to Earth mom and pop operation. I’ve
bought products from them for years and they are great to deal with.

Although you can buy right from their website, you can also call them on
their 800 number (1-800-447-4793) and order the old fashioned way!
Prices are competitive and their service is first rate!

I like the fact that I am dealing with real people who will take your order
over the phone and answer your questions rather than some huge
business where you are just a number. Personal and friendly service is
what you will get from The Nutrition Coalition.

If you talk to Charlie or Kolleen tell them George Parigian referred you.

I just wish they had an affiliate program……-:)

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When I started this newsletter I promised to include things of an
inspirational nature. What I want to share with you now is a scene from the
last “Rocky” film that Sylvester Stallone made. Yeah it’s a “guy film” but the
lessons are valid for anyone.

In the scene he explains to his son the secret of success and winning in
life. He does it in a very profound way using boxing as a metaphor for life’s
battles telling the son that “It’s not how hard you can hit, it’s how hard you
can get hit and still keep moving forward.” “That’s how winning is done!”

Here is the link to the clip on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_Vg4uyYwEk

That lesson is something my own father tried to instill in me over the years.
I wish I had learned that when he was still alive. I spent so much of my life
believing that to succeed you had to be perfect. That belief that I had was
all wrong!

All you really need is a goal and the willingness to work toward it no matter
what the obstacles are. All people that achieve success do that….without
exception.

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Let me wrap this up by mentioning a couple of issues that people tend to
have as they get older, which is low energy and lack of cold tolerance.  
There are several products that I will be reviewing in the near future to
address these issues.

I will soon have some recommendations for nutritional products that will
boost your energy levels safely and effectively. Cold tolerance is related
to changes that occur to your nervous system with age.

That will take a bit more research on my part because I want to be certain
that what I recommend is both effective and safe. I promise the wait will be
worth it!

Thanks for reading “Age Better” and I will have another one out to you
next week, so look for it in your inbox!

Your in Health,

George

Age Better Newsletter #5: Prevent Holiday Weight Gain and Still Enjoy
Yourself…

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Age Better Newsletter – Issue #5 – November 16th, 2012
Published by George Parigian Jr. for Opted-in Subscribers
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Prevent Holiday Weight Gain and Still Enjoy Yourself…

Hello,

Here is my promised issue about avoiding the weight gaining
(although tasty) traps of holiday eating.

First though I’d like to reflect on something that happened to me during
my day and caused me to stop and reflect on something of importance.

I was very busy working on the PC, and one of my two beloved cats
“Tosca” a small brown tabby tried to jump on my lap. I quickly shooed her
away, and she just sat on the floor dejectedly looking at me with those big
sad eyes.

I looked at her and thought to myself” what am I doing that is so important
that I reject the love this little animal is trying to give me?” She is SO worth
my time and attention and so I put aside what I was doing to devote some
time to her.

As I beckoned to her, she was hesitant, but then she proceeded to jump
onto my lap. This was followed by much purring and adoration from her
little eyes, and I spent the next 15 minutes or so giving her the attention
she craved.  

She was a shelter cat, and I drove 8 hours each way to rescue her from
being “put down” as they call it. She shows her gratitude every day and I
am thankful to have her and my other cat “Tyler” (also a shelter cat) in my
life. They give so much, and ask so little in return.

My point is that life is both fragile and fleeting. We see it in the disasters
like Hurricane Sandy that claim so many lives, and hear about the
tragedies that seem to dominate the news these days.  Heading into the
holiday season we should remember this and be thankful for the people
(and pets) in our lives.

Take every opportunity to spend that quality time with those you love, be
they human or animal. Life is way too short to miss out on that time spent
with those we care about.

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Ok, now about that holiday eating, there are a few rules that will help you
IF you follow them.

Here they are:

Avoid eating sugary deserts after fatty meals. This drives your insulin
levels through the roof and  will cause you to store calories in the form of
fat. It also contributes to heart disease by driving up inflammation.

Drink plenty of water before your meals, and you will find that it takes less
food to satisfy you.

Eat plenty of protein with your meals. Your digestive system has to work
harder to break down protein, so you will burn up to 30% of the calories in
that food just digesting it.

Protein also reduces the glycemic index (the rate at which sugar enters
your blood stream), thus preventing the rapid rise in insulin which causes
you to store fat.

There ARE a couple of supplements that you CAN use to avoid gaining
fat from the sugar in your meals, however please understand that these
are NOT a substitute for proper eating. They will help, but not if you go
overboard with sugary foods and don’t exercise.

One is called “hydroxycitric acid” and it is taken about 20 minutes prior to
a meal that has lots of simple carbs (sugar).  You can find out more about
it on my website at this link:

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

The other is called green coffee extract, and you can read about it at the
link below:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/green-coffee-bean-extract.html

Green coffee extract can be used on a regular basis. It is entirely natural
and quite safe!

If you have questions about these, just shoot me an email and I will
answer your questions as best I can. I generally do not gain any weight
during the holidays, and I would have to say it’s due to combining foods
properly, and avoiding problem combinations like fat with sugar.

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Well that’s about it for this issue. The next one will go out the day after
Thanksgiving and will have a new product recommendation for you,

Here’s wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy yourself,
stay safe and well.

George

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Contact Details:

George Parigian Jr: george362@comcast.net
362a Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02144