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In my grandparents' day, there were no phones, computers or TVs. And 70-years-old was considered OLD. Well, times certainly have changed. Now we have phones that ARE computers! (And you can watch TV on them, too!)
Likewise, aging in the 21st century is very different from aging at any other time in human history. Why is that? Because nowadays each of us faces unique health challenges — and opportunities. For example:
- There are 85,000 new chemicals in our environment.
- Food processing has stripped half the vitamins and minerals from our diet.
- We've lost 30% of our sleep — a drop from an average of 9 to only 6 3/4 hours a night.
- While our grandparents were physically active (they actually walked to local markets!), the most exercise many of us get is just pushing buttons on our remote controls. Our bodies are made to move!
To offset these challenges, there are many remarkable advances in health, including antibiotics and, perhaps most importantly, toilets! We forget that for most of human history people used to fling their chamber pot poo out the window!
Bottom line: We're facing challenges and resulting immune stresses and chronic diseases that people in previous generations never experienced. We also have more resources to help health than ever. Personally, I think this is the best time ever in human history (at least until next month ;-), if we simply use the tools available to us.
Today's goal should be YOUTHFUL AGING — living a long life while staying healthy into your golden years and, well, dying very young, but very late in life!
One way to reach that goal is with 21st century natural medicine. The ways that we use vitamins and herbs to improve our health continues to evolve and improve through our scientific progress in understanding their roles in supporting the different structures and processes in our body (resulting in side benefits rather than the side effects of medications.)
For example, studies show that a combination of the herbs curcumin and boswellia can be very effective in keeping your joints healthy and pain free — a natural alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs. Curcumin is also associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease — a modern scourge for which there is no effective medical treatment. (In fact, the anti-psychotics often given to "treat" behavioral problems in Alzheimer's double the risk of death, according to one study.) To help this issue, we've just begun a study through our new PAN organization to explore a highly effective integrative approach we call the MIND Protocol (we want the "MIND protocol" to be to Alzheimer's and dementia what the "S.H.I.N.E. Protocol" is to CFS and fibromyalgia!) — in fact, if you know someone with Alzheimer's or dementia, invite their family to call 410-562-7409 for information on being in the study!
To me, natural medicine is often the best way to treat health problems. And a "tune-up" to repair, refresh and reenergize your body and mind, so that you feel and look younger right now, is one of the best ways to use natural medicine. This is what I mean when I say I want to help you live a long life — but die very "young"!
Imagine if you had 70,000 miles on your car without ever having gone in for a tune-up. No matter the make and model, the car would run as if it were old.
A tune-up optimizes function, so that your body…
- …purrs instead of sputters (think good digestion vs. constipation),
- …has a lot of pick up instead of stalling out (think energy vs. fatigue),
- …has fluids and oil that are topped off (think good nutrition vs. empty calories).
And I'm not talking about a checkup to see if you have "it" yet ("it" being cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc). I'm talking about easy, natural ways to improve everyday functioning.
Have you ever had such a tune-up? My guess is, probably not. No wonder you feel old!
The 10-Point Tune-Up
I recommend a 10-point tune-up to re-calibrate every organ and system in your body. This tune-up optimizes…
- Digestion and elimination
- Medications (eliminating the unnecessary and keeping the needed)
- Pain relief
- Weight loss (if you're overweight)
- Exercise and physical activity
- Emotional wellbeing (I'm talking joy)
As a bonus, my tune-up also includes optimizing brain function. Do you have a family history of Alzheimer's disease, or a family member with the condition? If so, you probably know that all most doctors do is throw two nearly useless, minimally helpful (but very profitable) medications at them with Alzheimer's — and then send them out the door. There's a better way! And in an upcoming blog post I'll show you how!
New Study on Alzheimer's
This week our PAN organization is starting our study on "Effective Treatment of Alzheimer's & Dementia." If you'd like information on participating in the study, you can call 410-573-5389. The study is open to anyone in the U.S. who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia by a neurologist. But back to the tune-up…
Over the next few months, I'll discuss each area of my 10-point tune-up, giving you simple, easy-to-implement and effective tips and techniques to optimize your function in each of the 10 health areas (plus your brain). You'll find yourself energized, healthy and happy — feeling young, no matter what your numerical age. Yes, 70 really can be the new 45!
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.