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Do you want to live a really long, healthy life?

We are pioneers to a new way of thinking, a revolutionary way of viewing aging.  As researchers are finding new ways to extent your health span and lifespan, first and foremost, you’ve got to answer this question for yourself: “Do I really want to live a really long life?” Do you really want to?  What are you afraid of, running out of money, being a burden on your loved ones, dementia, cancer, deterioration?  Here’s some common arguments against living longer (the CONS): You need to make way for the next generation and not “suck up” scarce resources. The world is changing too rapidly and with your diminishing brain, you can’t keep up. You’ve outlived your usefulness and have nothing to...

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Viva la Vigilant

Never mind set backs and hardships, hardworking, goal oriented people tend to live longer, healthier lives.  Makes sense, doesn’t it?  They’re the ones who take their vitamins, manage their carbs, exercise, sleep enough, work hard, volunteer and maintain social connections, and it works!  All of these habits show an ability to focus and delay gratification, for the sake of long-term plans. It’s that “eye on the prize” mentality. The Longevity Project, conducted by Friedman and Martin showed that vigilance, an admirable quality, is a definite predictor of long life. Resilience and flexibility are also facets of this personality trait. Things don’t go their way?  Move on!  Efforts fail?  They analyze why, don’t make the same mistakes twice and try again,...

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The Fountain Of Youth?

In our communities, if one property is not well maintained, it affects the rest of the neighbors on the block and across the street.  If one home doesn’t keep up their lawn, next thing you know you’ve all got dandelions and grubs. Or, if somebody’s “storing” old rusted out cars, refrigerators and burned out Christmas lights, hanging by a thread, it affects the value of your property, by proximity and association.  So it goes in your cellular neighborhoods, as well.  In this case, the “bad neighbors” are toxic, senescent cells.  They start out as normal tissue cells, capable of reproducing, but not dividing once they mature. This has been demonstrated in a petri dish, where these cells seem normal for...

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Frazzled nerves, frazzled telomeres

It starts out as a single thought and if you’re the “worrying type”, next thing you know you’ve died a thousand deaths, over something that never even happened, yet. If you’re not careful, this becomes a daily habit, deepening the groves in your brain, so you become so talented at imagining devastating scenarios, that you may start to wonder why you even get out of bed in the morning.  Extreme?  Maybe, but nothing has ever been accomplished by worrying about it and it’s BAD for your telomeres!  Normal, healthy, non-worriers focus on the present and don’t catastrophize to the nth degree.  Just because you’re boss wants to talk to you, doesn’t mean he’s going to fire you!  It may be...

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Don’t act your age

More precisely, you don’t HAVE to act your age.  You have influence over your chronological numbers. Age is not your destiny, a life sentence etc. etc. Actually, you can change your DNA to create a healthier you. You REALLY can alter your genetic code. You are not at the mercy of your ancestral genetics, behaviorily, emotionally or physically.  In fact, your DNA double helix is not a fixed, unchanging structure, as scientists erroneously thought in the past. DNA can morph in various ways, through positive mental states and the power of intention. In a study by HeartMath, human DNA, contained in a sealed test tube, was influenced by test subjects trained in generating focused feelings. The DNA actually reshaped, unwinding...

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