Archive for the ‘Aging’ Category

Lion’s Mane

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Dear Health-Conscious Friend,

In ancient China, the emperor was believed to be the son of heaven. And as you can imagine, the job came with some perks.

Not only did he enjoy supreme power to rule the entire nation, but he was the only one allowed to eat a certain medicinal mushroom that was said to give him “nerves of steel and the memory of a lion.”

This forbidden delicacy is called Lion’s Mane – or Hericium erinaceus. According to traditional Chinese medicine, it has the ability to stimulate the mind… soothe the stomach… and even cure ulcers of the digestive tract.

Lion’s Mane was highly prized as a medicinal cure in the Far East for centuries, but it was virtually unknown in Western medicine. That all changed in an instant when Japanese researchers made a startling discovery…
The Emperor’s Secret Protects Your Brain and Can Even Reverse Memory Loss
 No wonder ancient China’s head honcho wanted to keep Lion’s Mane all to himself!
 Scientists found that this strange-looking mushroom with the long, flowing white tendrils protects your brain and nervous system – and even relieves existing nerve damage.

That means… you now have a powerful weapon straight from Nature to help you battle the onset of age-related mental decline – and help restore youthful thinking, concentration and memory.
from Breakthroughs in Health and Medicine
Medical Research Associates
P.O. Box 55725
Shoreline, WA

First Do No Harm

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

This is the oldest rule for medicine, “First do no harm”. Unfortunately our dietary suppliers don’t follow this rule.

The chief villains are processed fats. Finally we are getting rid of trans fats, formed when liquid oils are transformed into solid fats by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil. But some 20 years ago manufacturers started added trans fats to their processed foods to prolong shelf life and stabilize flavor. Thanks to trans fats, crackers, cookies, and snack foods will stay fresh for years.

Then when you eat these hydrogenated fats they clog your arteries in both the brain and heart. This in turn leads to decreased memory and heart attacks.

So you want to avoid foods that are labeled “hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated”. You also want to avoid most fried foods. I know they taste good but would you rather have a functioning brain are a wasted individual? We have a choice and we can make a difference. The food manufacturers are finally getting away from trans fats – so can you.

The Western Diet

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Did you know that four of the top ten causes of death today are chronic diseases linked to diet: coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

The “Western Diet” is the elephant in the room when it comes to health and diet.

The chronic diseases that now kill most of us can be traced directly to the industrialization of our food. The culprits are: highly processed foods, refined grains, chemicals on and in our plants and animals, and plants and animals in monocultures. Add to that cheap sugar products, pop, soda, candy, etc. And we narrow our choices to  a tiny handful of staple products, namely wheat, corn and soy. What’s missing is vegetables, fruits and whole grains (which by the way are recently making a comeback).

When a group of doctors and medical workers, early in the 20th century, were stationed overseas, they saw people of the world with their diverse diets become sick with the “Western Diet”. With that followed the Western diseases: obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer.

There is a solution!

Eat plant based foods, fruits and vegetables, range fed animals without all the pharmaceutical medicines pumped in them to make them fatter, faster and less healthy. Stay away from processed foods and sugars.

Today we have a choice to eat healthy. Use your freedom of choice to be healthy.

Obese, Overweight, vs Healthy

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Obese individuals (body mass 30 and above) make up over one-third of Americans today. Another one-third is overweight (body mass 25 – 29). This very fact makes Americans subject to degenerative diseases, a position which our healthcare system cannot afford. [Life Extension, October 2010, p.8]

According to the US Department of Agriculture Americans consumed an extra 331 calories a day in 2006 compared to 1978. That amounts to 2,317 calories each week or 120,000 extra calories a year. This translates to about 34 pounds of stored body fat.

A young person can eat a reasonable amount of food and efficiently convert these calories into energy with minimal residual fat storage. As this same person ages there are many body changes. This means if we don’t consume a single calorie more at age 45 than we did at 25 our aging physiology will have us gain weight.

The encouraging news is that science has shown us many ways to change that. Our problem is we don’t want to give up those morning donuts or that extremely fat dessert after dinner. Being a couch potato has become addictive in our society.

So if we want to return to maximum health we need to change. And believe me it’s not easy. When I had my cardiac arrest at age 71 I had recently started exercising again, I had lost 35 t0 40 pounds, and still my heart stopped. But with proper exercise and a change in diet my wife and I were climbing mountains in China three and a half months after my cardiac arrest.

It’s never too late to change your lifestyle and eating habits. You’ll live longer.


Friday, July 23rd, 2010

A panel of 10 luminaries in the field of gerontology, including Aubrey de Grey, Caleb Finch and Jan Vijg, convened to urge the translation of recent findings in the field of aging into therapeutic agents that can benefit the world’s growing population of older individuals. Their report was published in the July 14, 2010 issue of the American Association for the Advancement of Science journal Science Translational Medicine.

Effects of Poor Nutrition

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

As reported in Sunday’s Star Tribune, August 23, 2009, by Stephen Ohlemacher, AP, millions of older people will face shrinking Social Security checks next year, the first time since 1975. The reason, the government will deduct more for the Medicare prescription drug program. Recipients will receive the same dollar amount this year than they last year but the government will take more dollars out for Medicare so their checks will be smaller.

Older people need more medical help because they haven’t been getting proper nutrition as a rule. The lack of proper nutrition brings more disease and larger medical bills. If the pharmaceutical companies would push food supplements with the money they spend on advertising Americans would be healthier and not need their drugs. A catch 22.

Scientific studies have shown that most diseases come from lack of proper nutrition. Our bodies need the nutrients that are not in processed food. Therefore the need of supplementation is of vital importance.

Just to name a couple – we know that the majority of people do not get enough vitamin D. In Minnesota we only get enough vitamin D for three months out of the year. If we put on sunscreen then we don’t get enough even then. If we don’t put on sunscreen we could get skin cancer. Vitamin D3 is very inexpensive.

Coenzyme Q10 works in every cell of our body. As we get older out bodies don’t produce as much, so supplementation is necessary.

Omega-3, basically from fish oil, is an anti-inflammatory supplement. It lowers inflammation and reduces cholesterol.

The list goes on but I hope you get the idea, there are many ways you can reduce diseases like cardiac arrest, fibromyalgia, dementia, etc.

Red wine, red grapes, dark chocolate, green tea, more fiber all work to bring better health. Processed foods have too many pesticides, herbicides, salt, and that list goes on as well.

Remember, it’s never too late to improve your health.

Amazing Polyphenols

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

“Dramatic new scientific discoveries have unlocked the genetic secrets to a longer healthier life.” (1) So begins Dr Joseph Maroon’s chapter on polyphenols compounds among them resveratrol in his book The Longevity Factor.

The story of resveratrol is unfolding dramatically as we find out more of its benefits as a life lengthening polyphenol.

Dr Maroon outlines in his book four ways to access the secrets of genetics to live longer and healthier.

1.      Eat and drink natural foods with the highest polyphenol antioxidant content, such as red wine, grape juice, green tea, dark chocolate, and apples.

2.      Take supplements containing superconcentrated polyphenol and resveratrol from natural sources.

3.      Take resveratrol with or without additional polyphenols, as a dietary supplement.

4.      Use a prescription resveratrol-like drug. ( p.168)

Some people feel that this is “new age” alternative medicine. But the earliest recorded use of polyphenols to cure disease dates back to the French explorer Jacques Cartier when he was in North America in 1534. The Native Americans revived him and his crew who were near death with a concoction of pine bark and needles that were extremely rich in a particular polyphenol called procyanidin. Today this potent antioxidant is marketed as pycnogenol for its effect on the heart and blood vessels. This belongs to the family of polyphenols that provide health benefits that are found in red wine, chocolate, blueberries, cranberries and more.

 1) Dr. Joseph Maroon, The Longevity Factor

The Role of Genes in Aging

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

As Dr. Joseph Maroon points out it is crucial that we understand the role of genes and aging and longevity: two different processes. Genes govern the cellular repair of damaged cells and regulates new cell growth. In this way they determine the longevity of life. If we lose our ability to repair damaged cells we age prematurely. When we exercise, diet and reduce our stress levels, our genes maintain healthy repair mechanisms and ensure longevity.

It sounds simple enough but it is very important to our overall health.

For more on this subject check out Dr. Maroon’s book THE LONGEVITY FACTOR.

Did you know?

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

      1.      When our immune system is strong, we have few colds or infections and our energy level is high.

2.      When we use positive thinking, meditation, and prayer and have a strong family support system, we are much more effective at warding off disease.

3.      The trillions of cells which make up our body for the most part live only a few weeks and then are replaced. Some organs like the brain and the heart replace their cells about every three months.

4.      Free radicals are produced when oxygen and glucose produce energy.

5.      Exposure to the sun produces free radicals.

6.      Radiation therapy to treat cancer depends on free radicals generated by the radiation to kill the cancer cells.

7.      Between the ages of twenty and seventy, maximum breathing capacity declines approximately 40 percent.

8.      The average life of an American born today is 77.9 years.

(Facts taken from the book The Longevity Factor, Dr. Joseph Maroon)