Think Yourself Young

Do you believe that your brain function declines over the years? If you do, you are unconsciously affecting how your mind ages. Our attitudes and beliefs about aging have a major influence on how fast we age, and how we age.

A 2002 Yale study of over-50 year olds showed that those with a positive perception of aging lived on average more than seven years longer than those with a negative perception. It also found that being exposed to others’ negative perceptions of aging increases stress levels in older people. Words expressing age stereotypes such as ‘fragile’, ‘feeble’, ‘forgetful’, and treating older people that way can actually result in higher stress, poor memory, poor balance and a shorter life.

Negative perceptions about aging often emerge in the way we talk to and about the elderly, including using words like ‘dear’, ‘dearie’ or ‘sweetie’ in the same tone that we speak to a child, and talking about the person as though they weren’t there. According to researchers at the University of Kansas, this can lead to lower confidence and self-esteem, depression, decreased independence, and withdrawal in older people.

An aging or even a frail body does not necessarily imply mental decline. In fact, cognition often improves with age as we learn to use our brains more efficiently, and become more reflective and less distracted by ego, and research shows that we actually do become wiser.

The ancient Greek dramatist Sophocles wrote his most famous play, Oedipus Coloneus, in extreme old age. Plato was still writing philosophy in his eighties, and in his 94th year Isocrates wrote a treatise on literature that is still studied today. Many of today’s greatest minds are also well into their 70’s and 80’s.

So keep that brain active, and if anyone tells you to act your age, tell them to get lost!

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Heart Based Practice with Purpose Clarity Series – Tele Class

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Does this sound like you? …. Your practice is a reflection of YOU and your ability to focus attention on a lot of different areas simultaneously – everything from marketing to systems, to service delivery to customer follow-through, to […]

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Do You Feel Tired All the Time No Matter How Much You Sleep?

It could be your thyroid gland. Over the years, I have treated many patients with low thyroid states as well as those whose thyroid is underactive due to Hashimoto’s disease. Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition where the immune system has become confused and begins to attack the thyroid causing the inflammation which disrupts thyroid activity.

Like all health conditions, thyroid dysfunction is usually the culmination and result of a combination of factors including toxic load, deficiencies in magnesium, iodine, iron and vitamin A; stress; hormonal imbalances, lack of sleep, depression, overwork, chronic infections, heavy metals, petrochemicals and solvent exposure.

In my experience, hypothyroidism commonly escapes detection by standard thyroid tests. However, it can sometimes be detected by a low basal body temperature. Â First thing in the morning before you get up, take your temperature with an oral mercury thermometer in the armpit. Â Do this for three days in a row.

For menstruating women, take your temperature at day 2 to day 4 of your periods. If your temperature stays below 36.3 degrees C, your thyroid may be underactive, and you should consult your health practitioner.

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Statin Drugs for Women?

I read an article in Time magazine that says around 12 million women in America are prescribed statin drugs. Most of them don’t have heart disease, just high cholesterol.

But are these drugs really beneficial? Not so much for women, researchers say.

Research shows that women do not get the same protective benefits from statins that men do. They are also more likely to experience serious side effects than men, including severe muscle pain, diabetes and memory loss.

So why are so many women taking these drugs? Because they’re afraid of dying of heart disease.

Yet high cholesterol is not a blueprint for heart disease. It’s one possible risk factor. What’s more, in most cases, cholesterol can be reduced with a combination of diet, exercise and fish oil. These same factors strengthen and tone the heart, improve circulation and reduce inflammation.

And learning to de-stress regularly with Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Meditation or deep relaxation removes the real major cause of heart disease and emotional stress.

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Protecting against Prostate Cancer

Years of accumulated toxins such as chemicals, infectants and heavy metals can cause glands such as the prostate gland to prematurely deteriorate as if from advanced age. One way toxins do this is by changing the body’s environment, making it more acidic, which creates an ideal environment for free radicals and the growth of cancerous […]

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Vit C Helps Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

A U.S. study found that Eating just one more serving of green leafy vegetables or three more servings of fruit a day reduces the risk of developing Type II diabetes. Dark green lettuce, silverbeet, spinach, kale and whole fresh fruits are our best sources of vitamin C and natural fibre. According to more recent research, […]

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Secret of Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis

A new study confirms that a vegetarian and gluten-free diet (no animal products, wheat, rye, or barley) significantly improves rheumatoid arthritis.

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