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"Mythbusting" Old Age...

What are the "normal" symptoms of aging? All kinds of aches & pains, not able to get around as easily, losing memory/mental function, getting health conditions like high blood pressure..... and so on. I would wager that at least once a day in the pharmacy, I have someone make a comment about how getting old is terrible (always after discussing whatever medications they're getting to "fix" said old body).

Here's another commonly held belief: Having a disease or health condition like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis.... (insert pretty much any disease here) is just the luck of the draw. Sure, some lifestyle choices make a person more likely to get some, but for the most part, there's not a whole lot that can be done to avoid them.

We're all in agreement at this point, right?

Well, I am happy to inform you that that is complete and total hogwash!

The fact is that all the symptoms we normally associate with aging, as well as just about every disease there is, can all be prevented with optimal nutrition. Yes, there's that optimal nutrition again- told you it was important.

That's because the symptoms of aging and diseases are actually caused by the result of years of damage from free radicals on our cells. Wherever most of the damage happens is where the symptoms or disease shows itself. And how young you are when it happens depends on the amount of cumulative damage you've had.

Free radicals are everywhere- it's impossible to avoid them. All you can do is minimize your exposure as much as possible and make sure you get enough antioxidants in your system to stop the free radicals.

To find out more about how free radicals and antioxidants work and the Free Radical Theory of Aging and Disease, click here.

There are hundreds of good quality clinical studies that show how people with increased antioxidant levels have much less disease and aging symptoms. One study that illustrates the anti-aging effects of antioxidants is one that compared people over the age of 100 with "average" people. People that live to be over 100 tend to be extremely healthy right up until just before they die, rather than going downhill for the last 10-20 years of their life like the "average" person. The only difference that scientists could find in all of their tests is that those over 100 years old had a much higher antioxidant level in their blood than the average person. Your body does make some antioxidants, so the speculation is that these people have some genetic trait that gives them naturally higher antioxidant levels. That would mean that over their lifetime, they would have had much less free radical damage to their cells because their higher antioxidant levels would have prevented it. That's why they don't have to suffer with all the "normal" symptoms of aging and diseases.

See, told you there's no such thing as "normal" symptoms of aging.

Here's the thing: there's no way of knowing if you have this gene or not. And it's blatantly obvious that MOST people don't. The FACT is that the odds of you making it through your life without developing some kind of health problem are slim to none unless you proactively do something to protect yourself.

That something is OPTIMAL NUTRITION.

You need enough antioxidants in your body to neutralize all those free radicals that are attacking you everyday. Why aren't we getting enough even after half a century of research to back up these findings? Because people are still trying to get them from their diet alone- impossible! As I discussed two issues ago, it can't physically be done.

Unfortunately, the only way to get the amounts of nutrients and antioxidants you need to seriously prevent aging symptoms and disease is by supplementing. Remember that you need to pick a high-quality supplement too. To find the #1-rated supplement, click here.

So you need to decide now whether you want to be healthy in your old age or just slowly die for the last 20 years of your life, like the rest of the population. It's not inevitable, it's your choice.

Click here if you chose healthy...

Because Laughter Really IS Good Medicine...

Signs You're Getting Older...

(unless you're taking your antioxidants, of course)

1. Everything hurts and what doesn't hurt doesn't work.

2. The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your bi-focals.

3. You feel like the morning after and you haven't been anywhere.

4. Your little black book contains only names that end in M.D.

5. Your children begin to look middle aged.

6. You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.

7. Your mind makes contracts your body can't meet.

8. You look forward to a dull evening.

9. Your favorite part of the newspaper is "20 Years Ago Today."

10. You turn out the lights for economic rather than romantic reasons.

11. You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going.

12. Your knees buckle, and your belt won't.

13. You get into a heated argument about pension plans.

14. You're 17 around the neck, 42 around the waist, and 95 around the golf course.

15. Your back goes out more than you do.

16. You wear black socks with sandals.

17. Your Pacemaker makes the garage door go up when you see a pretty girl.

18. The little old gray haired lady you helped across the street is your wife.

19. You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there.

20. You have too much room in the house and not enough in the medicine cabinet.

21. You get your exercise acting as a pallbearer for your friends who exercise.

22. You know all the answers, but nobody asks you the questions.

23. You're asleep, but others worry that you're dead.

24. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

25. You buy a compass for the dash of your car.

26. You are proud of your lawn mower.

27. Your best friend is dating someone half their age...and isn't breaking any laws.

28. You take a metal detector to the beach.

29. The end of your tie doesn't come anywhere near the top of your pants.

30. You sing along with the elevator music.

31. You would rather go to work than stay home sick.

32. You constantly talk about the price of gasoline.

33. You enjoy hearing about other people's operations.

34. You answer a question with, "because I said so."

35. You have a dream about prunes.

36. Neighbors borrow your tools.

37. You can't remember the last time you laid on the floor to watch TV.

38. You no longer think of speed limits as a challange.

39. Your ears are hairier than your head.

40. People call at 9 p.m. and ask, "Did I wake you?"

What's New at

Last month, the new pages had some technical glitches and they didn't make a whole lot of sense at times. If you went there and got confused, try again- the problem should be fixed. Sorry!

1) Heart Health and Nutrition

Do you (or someone you care about) have heart disease? Even if you don't, this is an important read! Heart disease is the #1 killer in the world, so your odds of being affected are pretty good (or bad, I suppose ;-) Don't wait to get diagnosed- for over half of those affected, the first symptom is a fatal heart attack!

Find out how you can easily prevent (or improve) the underlying problem today!

Click here to read Heart Health and Nutrition.

2) Natural Cholesterol Lowering

The second most commonly prescribed drug is a cholesterol lowering medication. Once you need these medications, you're pretty much on them for life to keep your cholesterol where it's supposed to be. The problem is they're expensive and have side effects, so you want to be off them right?

Here's a controversial statement: Your cholesterol level isn't that important.

Click here to find out why.

3) Antioxidant Discussion Forums

Create your very own webpage on my site! (Don't worry- you don't need to know anything about how to do it. If you can type, done!) If you have an interesting story to share or have a comment or question about a topic on the site, you can post it right onto the website. Read about how others have been affected by antioxidants, make a comment on someone else's submission or post your own.

It's fun. It's free. And you don't have to register for anything.

Click here to post your own story, comment or question.

Nutrition News

Here are links to informative and/or interesting news articles on nutrition...

Dietary Fat And Heart Disease: Time For A Paradigm Shift?

Cholesterol Levels Are A Telling Indicator Of Diet And Exercise

Blood Pressure May Be Lowered By Reducing Consumption Of Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

Daily Ginger Consumption Found To Ease Muscle Pain

A Handful Of Pistachios A Day May Keep The Cardiologist Away

Asthma Worse After High Fat High Energy Meals

Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this zine and tell me what you think!

See you next month...

Good Health to You,

Kristy Russ, BScPharm Pharmacist and Health Consultant