Does this sound familiar?
You work like an animal your whole life just to make it in a society and an economy that demands more and more of your time and energy.
As a result you neglect your health — not because you want to — simply because you don’t have the time or energy left after working all day to pay attention to what you eat and how you live.
The years slowly roll by and soon enough the effects of age begin to show themselves. The wrinkles and gray hair stand out, your skin loses its luster, and you see a layer of fat show up around your belly and hips.
The older you get, the more your waist line starts to expand. And, despite the increasing discomfort you experience as you gain, it seems like there is nothing you can do to reverse the spiral of increasing heaviness.
You try dietary approach after approach. You might lose a little, but it comes back in no time… and it is usually accompanied by a additional heaviness you didn’t have BEFORE you went on yet-another-diet.
Eventually you may even start getting sick.
It starts out slowly, so slowly you might not even realize you are getting ill. You have minor symptoms like increasing fatigue and brain fog… forgetting where you put the keys. In fact, you think this is “just what it is like to get old.” After all, that’s what we were all taught.
More years pass and you begin to approach retirement. As you do, more and more health problems creep up on you. You visit your doctor when you develop these problems and you are prescribed pharmaceutical medications you don’t want to take, often because they have side effects you don’t wish to endure.
Finally you retire — hoping for some relaxation from this whole unhealthy process.
But the health problems you’ve acquired over a lifetime of living take too much of a toll, so instead of happily playing with your grandkids and traveling to all the places you never had time to see when you were working, you now have so little energy and are so sick that you are either at the doctor’s office or in bed. And you have to take so many medications you carry around a pill box just to keep them organized.
Your remaining years go by in a frantic fight to improve your health, and you live the hard elder life that too many people suffer from in their last few years.
Then that’s it…
I know, it sounds a bit depressing to think about. But the truth is this is how too many Americans live today.
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In a study, published in the March 31 2008 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers studied the effects of starvation on cancerous and normal cells. First, they induced a starvation-related response in yeast cells, which made them 1,000 times more protected than untreated cells.
Then, they tested the effects of fasting on human and cancer cells in a test tube and in mice. The results showed starvation produced between a twofold and fivefold difference in stress resistance between the normal, starvation-treated cells and normal cells. In tests with live mice, of 28 mice starved for 48-60 hours before chemotherapy, only 1 died (less than 4%). Of 37 mice that were not starved prior to treatment, 20 mice died from chemotherapy toxicity (over 50%).
This is another study clearly demonstrating the fact that “the less you eat, the longer you live.” Any natural approach to recover from cancerous tumors must begin with a fasting and detox routine. Then only put good stuff in. Cancer cells love corn syrup.
According to the US Surgeon General’s report, regular physical activity:
- Improves your chances of living longer and living healthier
- Protects against heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
- Helps protects against certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer
- Helps prevent or control type 2 diabetes
- Helps prevent arthritis and may help relieve pain and stiffness in people with this condition
- Helps prevent the insidious loss of bone known as osteoporosis
- Reduces the risk of falling among older adults
- Relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety and improves mood
Exercise is about making your body’s well being a priority in your life. The hardest part is finding the time right? Well, time is a funny thing, there is always enough of it for the truely important stuff. So if you find yourself saying “I just didn’t have time to do that.” Please be honest with your self and restate this as “That just wasn’t important enough for me to spend the time doing it.” This can be difficult at first, but being honest with yourself will take you several steps towards a happier healthier life.
Commit to 30 minutes each day to stretching and strengtheing your body. This time a A+ priority, and nothing can replace it. In a few short weeks you will begin to reep the rewards of a vibrant body and the the joyous life that comes with it.
Happy Easter everyone
Rage Against the Dying of the Light:
- The sooner in life you begin “staying young” the more effective the effort is. After the age of 40 your lifestyle choices add up quickly. The longer you wait to begin an anti-aging lifestyle the more difficult (but not impossible!) it becomes to acheive the desired improvements. It’s easier to keep what you have than to try to get back what’s been lost.
- Educate yourself about all aspects of an anti-aging diet and lifestyle. Flexibility in mind and body is important. Use your traditionally trained doctor’s wisdom as suggestions only. He or she is very well trained to treat diseases, but has very little education about how to stay healthy and young. These are two entirely different subjects.
- Don’t expect your health insurance to be of any help. They are in the crisis management business and are not interested in investing in your good health.
- Be aware of your thinking and speech. Negative self-talk about your age, mental or physical condition is not cute or funny but damaging. Avoid saying, “I must be getting old,” when you forget something. Don’t ever admit to having a “senior moment.” (Young people forget things all the time and they don’t blame memory lapses on having a “junior moment.”) If you are getting the right nutrition and exercising your brain with productive, challenging work or projects, you shouldn’t experience “senior moments.”
- Engage in some kind of physical exercise daily. As little as 20 minutes each day will make an amazing difference in how you feel and look.
- Be responsible for how you look and feel. Don’t “live with it”. If your body is in pain, investigate it. Find the cause, and correct it.
- “The very worse course of action is to do nothing. Most people do nothing – they just let life happen, and as a result, life does happen with the usual signs and symptoms of decline. If you assume there is nothing one can do to control the aging process, that’s when the aging game is lost,” says Morris. “As long as you live and breathe, positive change and improvement is always possible.”
“Live long and prosper”
The seven Tenets of the Plastic Brain
- Change can occur only when the brain is in the mood. Chemical on and off switches that allow learning to occur are turned on by your attention to novelty, and turned off by repeating already learned non-challenging behaviors or an intentional refusal to accept new experiences to be recorded. The brain is in constant flux, always either rearranging or reinforcing its pathways and patterns. Your point of attention is the key to what disectable physical formation the brain will soon be in.
- Change strengthens connection between neurons engaged at the same time. Learning is accomplished by testing combinations of connections then comparing observed outcome vs what the brain wants or doesn’t want. Changing hardwire connections selectively as the behavior approximates the desired outcome, previously formulated by the brain.
- Neurons that fire together wire together. Your sensory input is rich and complex. The brain strengthens its connections between that things that reliably occur in serial time and from that makes predictions of possible outcomes. By saving these connections it has the capacity to make continuous adjustable predictions about what goes with what, and what will happen next. The point of attention, where learning occurs is not compartmentalized; past memories, present sensory stimulation, and imagination all constantly blend as your brain weaves its own explanation of reality, and from that developes memories, skills and dreams.
- Initial changes are temporary. If the brain judges the experience to be interesting, exciting, or somehow novel and relates to either a desirable or undesireable outcome it will releases a chemical that makes these connections permanent. The brain is constantly making decisions on which thought or experience needs to be recorded. Permanent wiring change occurrs in an over and over incremental layering system. The boundries of conscienceness will either expand or contract directly according to what the point of attention is focused on.
- Brain Plasticity is a two way street – The point of attention drives physical brain change just as easily positively as negatively. Many identified mental disorders can be explained with the plastic brain. Chronic pain syndromes occur when the electrical signal from a pain sensory cell is overstimulated for a long time, like riding a bike, the brain gets really good at using these connections. So that, any associated stimulation (a smell, someone you don’t like) will fire the whole wire and further attract the point of attention into a viscious cycle. Unwanted bad habits continue to pester us because through years of repeated behavior the brain has hard wired itself into that set of connections. Then by repreated timeline association of this behavior (set of connections) with other experiences, it becomes entrenched into our entire understanding of ourself. Obsessive compulsive disorders are treated by teaching the person that those obsessive fears are not real, they are just old wires repeating an incorrect message. As they learn to ignore that incorrect wire, the brain begins to unravel it, and all the while is connecting and reinforcing more rewarding behaviors. A word of caution, a maliable brain is also a vulnerable brain. Sensory bombardment is changing our brains as much as any other experience. Our brain is always changing towards the point of attention. That is why television is such a problem. Marketers know this information, and by holding your point of attention they are modifying the physical structure of your brain to include thier teachings.
- Memory is crucial for learning. The brain is continually setting up models about where it thinks it is headed. Constantly evaluating everything going on in the now, with similar past memories and imagined outcomes. Playing golf involves millions of nerve signals from the muscles of the body and commands to these muscles. To learn such a complex behavior the brain formulates a mental image of how it wants the effort to turn out. It actually stores desired outcome in memory. Then it fires the muscles, and at the same time, released “remember this” chemicals. Then like a picture it locks in this pattern, then weighs the observed outcome against the desired outcome, makes corrections by physically disconnecting and reconnecting synapses and trys again. Try by try it lays down the neuronal patterns until the behavior becomes literally hard wired into the brain and second nature to you.
- Motivation is a key factor in brain plasticity. The brain is far more plyable than we ever imagined. This knowledge is part of an amazing awakening to who we are and why we are here. Life is meant to be lived with enthusiasm passion and joy. Be careful of ruts, take up new challenges, constantly push the boundries back. The plastic brain will unwire old habits and begin laying down new hardwire circuits to increase your skills at new tasks. When something becomes second nature, it is time to find a new interest. Along with these new skills you regain your sparkle, your zeal for life. You become a part of the solution.
As a wise man once said, life is a jouney, not a destination, enjoy the ride!
Some tips to optimize the plasticity of your brain.
Cardiovascular exercise is needed to supply the oxygen to the brain to help it grow. Manual therapies like chiropractic and Skill training like Yoga are important because they cause the brain to grow in the area of body coordination.
Always challenge yourself, expand your capabilities, if a task is rountine find a way to do it better, or a better way to do it!
The ultimate goal is to get our brain span to outlive out lifespan. Exercise your brain and joy, vitality and enthusiasm for life returns.