We have never been big fans of former President Bill Clinton, but he did say one thing in office that was perceptive and ahead of the curve. It was a simple observation that advances in medical technology will ultimately overshadow the leaps we have seen in electronic technology over the past 150 years.
Think about the implications of that for a moment.
Advancements in technology are speeding up, now doubling in capacity every five or six years. It’s as though someone doubled a penny every day for a month – which would make that person a millionaire. It’s easy to forget that the way people lived 150 years ago had essentially been unchanged since the start of recorded history. And compared to today, their lives really were nasty, brutish, and short.
The Big Picture for Improving Your Health
and Quality of Life Is Astonishing!
Today, a person of average means can be a world traveller, with access to the full sum of human knowledge at their fingertips. (They can even become significant publishers of self-reliance material using technology to tie together talented and insightful teams of key people located all over the globe!)
The populations of advanced nations no longer die of old age issues in their 40s and 50s, and afflictions such as appendicitis are no longer life-threatening episodes.
Even our nation’s poor have a huge quality-of-life advantage than existed for even the most wealthy individuals who lived more than 150 years ago.
Of course, future quantum leaps in medical advances are threatened by the destructive and mindless momentum of politics. Which is why we have been urging Independent Living News readers to take greater charge of their health and to pay attention to new options for making themselves less susceptible to Obamacare. Those who don’t ultimately face a total hat-in-hand, grinding dependence on a bureaucratically rationed, piddly, publicly administered, and politically dominated medical scene.
You Have Many Options to Take Charge of Your Health
People who pay attention can benefit from medical advances long before those innovations ever reach the general public. Many pieces of the 100+ aging puzzle have already been found, and today we want to share with you some of the ways you can put them to use to potentially add many healthy years to your own life. We’ve even included a specific list of delicious, age-erasing foods.
America already has the largest population of centenarians in the world according to the Census Bureau. With new medical advances coming rapidly, the number has doubled in the past 20 years and in nine short years the centenarians’ population is projected to double again! Life-extension (or longevity) science, once populated with quacks, is gaining a large body of promising scientific research:
Molecular biologist Dr. Cynthia Kenyon, director of the Hillblom Center for the Biology of Aging at the University of San Francisco, and a Ph.D. graduate of MIT, rocked the mostly-closed scientific world by doubling the life span of a tiny roundworm known as caenorhabditis elegans through the alteration of a single gene.
Then she refined the process and extended the worms’ average life span by a factor of six, from 20 days to 126 days (in human terms, this is the equivalent of 500 years). The most promising aspect of her research is Kenyon’s worms remained active and healthy for most of their extended lives – diseases associated with aging were delayed or curtailed.
In 2009, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to three Americans for their discovery of telomeres and their enzyme telomerase.
Telomeres (in red) protect your DNA from
What is a telomere? It’s the genetic code that protects the ends of chromosomes. Think of it as the plastic end of a shoelace. If you lost that end, what would happen to the shoelace? It would come undone, unravel, and you’d have to throw it away.
Telomeres have a similar function in protecting your chromosomal DNA from deteriorating and unraveling, which scientists believe leads to premature aging and a host of diseases.
The cells in your body are constantly dividing and making new copies of your DNA. However, with each division, the telomere becomes shorter until it can no longer do its job. This is known as cell senescence (the point at which a cell can no longer replicate), and scientists believe this is a cause of aging.
The push in telomere research is discovering how to reverse and repair damaged telomeres or stop and slow down telomere shortening. (Interestingly, it seems cancer cells replicate WITHOUT damaging their telomeres allowing them to easily replicate and grow.)
One Promising Life Extending Technique:
Eat Fewer Calories
with a Calorie Restricted Diet
This is a special diet where you reduce your calorie intake by 20-40%, while still maintaining high nutrition. Traditionally, very strict health fanatics followed this practice.
However, recent research may encourage more people to give it a try:
At a conference of British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA), scientists showed how restricting calories actually affects the aging mechanisms even when adopted later in life.
They found the telomeres of mice on restricted calorie diets were better maintained despite their aging, which demonstrates it may not be necessary to follow a very low calorie diet for an entire lifetime to gain the benefits.
Another study of adult rhesus macaques showed the monkeys were one-third as likely to die from age-related diseases if they consumed 30 percent fewer calories than they did in their regular diet.
Geriatrics expert Richard Weindruch at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center says, “Slowing the aging process through calorie restriction spills over to primates and probably people.”
If consuming 20-40% less calories per day sounds like a tough sacrifice, you can incorporate the following produce into your diet instead – because of their noted health enhancing benefits:
Blue and Purple Produce: Blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, plums, raisins, and eggplant help keep your memory sharp while reducing cancer risks, including prostate cancer.
Green Produce: Kiwi, honeydew, spinach, broccoli, romaine lettuce, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage help protect bones, teeth, and eyesight.
White Produce: Pears, bananas, mushrooms, cauliflower, onions, and garlic lower LDL cholesterol and reduce heart-attack risk.
Red Produce: Watermelon, strawberries, cranberries, cherries, tomatoes, radishes, and red apples improve blood flow to the heart and have properties studies suggest prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Yellow and Orange Produce: Oranges, grapefruit, peaches, cantaloupe, mangoes, pineapple, squash, carrots, and corn all help boost the body’s immune system and head off eye disease.
Following a healthy diet is already part of our own daily efforts toward self-reliant living, and you can bet we’ll be adding more of the foods from this easy, “color-coordinated” list.
As scientists decode the fountain of youth, you can accomplish a lot on your own, now, by eating a healthy well balanced diet, consuming fewer calories, taking quality supplements, keeping a healthy weight, exercising, and avoiding stress.