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Ten Ways to Live Longer: Let's hear it straight from the Centenarian's mouths, who, I think we could agree, know a thing or two about living a long time. (This is from a study by Arizona State University last year.) 1) Keeping a positive attitude 2) Eating good food 3) Participating in moderate exercise, like walking, gardening, swimming, etc 4) Living clean (not smoking or drinking excessively) 5) Living independently 6) Having family to interact with 7) Having a circle of friends 8) Being born with "good" genes 9) Having faith and spirituality 10) Staying mentally active and continually learning.

Hopefulness and positivity affect the heart (see #1) and this means not just experiencing an absence of negativity but living in the ongoing presence of the positive. "Factors such as optimism, life satisfaction and happiness are associated with reduced risk of CVD regardless of such factors as a person's age, socioeconomic status, smoking and/or body weight." (Julie Boehm, Harvard Sociology Dept). So I guess what we can glean from this is that as long as you are an optimist and happy and satisfied with your life, you could be overweight, smoke a bit, have a martini every now and again and let that daily walk go if you feel like reading instead.

The Importance of Sleep: "Disruption of the circadian cycle is strongly associated with metabolic imbalance and reduced longevity in humans." (Italian Journal, Glia). Telomeres - those little snippets that are the difference between life and death for us - are controlled by circadian rhythm. " In a 2007 study involving 21,268 adult twins, Finnish researchers found that adults who slept more than 8 hours per night or less than seven, showed an increased risk of death." Now that surprised me a lot: We have all been drilled with the information that you MUST get your 8 hours of sleep every night. So, now I guess the takeaway from the Finnish twins is that 8 hours is verging on dangerous, and 7 hours is actually better.

"When we find ourselves in a state of discord, it serves to remember that it isn't so much what shows up in our path, as what we choose to do with it."

Several Supplements that might prevent cognitive decline: From Science News, 9-27-19, choline "may hold the answer to combating Alzheimer's disease." I have a wonderful choline on my shelves, from Xymogen called Phosphaline. Each gel cap has 1 gram of polyenylphosphadytylcholine (say this 3 times, fast!) which is an enhanced and super absorbable kind of choline. It's part of my personal Super Aging program.

Another wonderful supplement for the health and protection of your brain mitochondria is PQQ which I have discussed at length in other newsletters. This helps protect you from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It works synergistically with CoQ 10 and the two should be taken together. These are part of my personal Super Aging program as well.

Astaxanthin and it's cousins lutein and zeaxanthin are wonderful antioxidants, and are not only good for getting toxins out of our bodies (esp. out of our eyes) but are excellent for reducing the effects of blue light from our ever-present i-PADs and computers. I use Bullet Proof's Eye Armour to get these goodies. I don't carry it but you can find it for about $40 at Whole Foods.

"The spiritual heart knows that it has never been harmed by anything that has happened. To realize That which is unharmed is transformative." Adyashanti

Flu Vaccines are Ineffective: Regardless of how well-matched the yearly flu vaccine is to circulating strains, your chances of getting the flu after vaccination are still greater than 50/50 in any given year according to the CDC data updated in September, 2019. The flu vaccine for 2018/2019 had an effectiveness rate of 29% for all ages, 49% for children 6 months through 8 years, 6% for children 9 through 17, 25% for adults between the ages of 18 and 49, 12% for those over 50 and anywhere from minus 41% (quite harmful) to plus 12% (almost negligible) for those of us over 65. Pregnant women should not have the flu shot and by the looks of the values for those of us over 65, neither should we. As you know, I don't get the flu shot, but I did have the pneumonia shot this year and the shingles shot 2 years ago.

Apple Porridge: Here's a wonderful addition to breakfast, snacks or even dessert - the following feeds about 4: 3 apples, sliced, 1t. cinnamon, 2 dates (take the pits out!), the juice of ½ lemon, 1t. honey, vanilla to taste. Roughly chop all these in your food processor and put in a big bowl. Then stir in ¼ C. chopped walnuts, ¼ C. shredded coconut and ½ C. raisins or dried cranberries. This ambrosia won't keep a long time in the fridge since the apples will brown - maybe a day or two - so eat up!

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