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Twelve Point Plan for Healthy Aging

Twelve Point Plan for Healthy Aging
Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. recommends the following general guidelines for aging gracefully, or compression of morbidity:

  • Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
    • Olive oil and omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil (sockeye salmon), instead of trans fat acids and hydrogenated oils (i.e. fried foods, margarine)
    • Lots of fruits and vegetables broad-spectrum of all colored types such as green peppers to yellow peppers.
  • Use a dietary supplement wisely
    • Multivitamin including: folic acid, vitamin D, helps prevent prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer
  • Use preventive medicine wisely
    • Routine physicals by your doctor
  • Get regular physical activity
      • Several components
        • Aerobic: walking (done throughout most of our lives) requires nor equipment can do in the mall indoors, uphill for improved physical capability
        • Strength training resistance: for bone density, muscle also is active tissue burning more calories to prevent excessive weight gain
        • Health hazards associated with being over-weight appears to be more associated with younger age groups and not older adult
        • Flexibility: Yoga
        • Balance: Tai Chi
  • Adequate rest and sleep
    • Napping 10 to 15 min.
  • Practice stress management
    • Breathing: steady regular exhalation
  • Exercise your mind
    • Example learning a new language
  • Stay connected socially and intellectually
          • Isolation: flight being isolated to only your own age peers
          • Remain flexible in mind and body
            • Aging: many changes in life and style for one loses close ones
            • Cover the benefits of aging
              • Celebrate: you gain wisdom and experience such as a violin will play better with aging
              • Do not try to deny aging
                • Botox, belief in getting younger
                • Think about your legacy
                  • The worst idea: our personal worth declines with age but rather it is only enhanced
  • Remember, these are only guidelines which should always be discussed with your healthcare provider before applying

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Benefit of Aging: Ethical Will

Andrew Weil, MD recommends that every person, especially someone who is aging with years of experience should write:

An Ethical will (Hebrew “Zevaoth”) is a document designed to pass ethical values from one generation to the next. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethical_will)

This is one reason I have always admired and respected my elders: My grandmother and great grandmother were people who passed on their accumulated knowledge of 80+ years of experience to me. I would sit with them in the evening and just listen to “life” they experienced.

My great grandmother, Helen, would exercise everyday! This example has carried over in my life. She would say: “we are moving beings…not just human beings!”

 

Napoleon Hill’s Essay: A Challenge to Life

 

Napoleon Hill in His Own Voice, read his essay, A Challenge to Life. He wrote this essay after he has the worst defeat in his entire career! The following essay demonstrates how to interpret difficult things in life in a positive way:

 

“Life, you can’t subdue me because I refused to take your discipline too seriously. When you try to hurt me I laugh-and the laughter knows no pain. I appreciate your joys wherever I find them; your sorrows neither discourage nor frighten me, for there is laughter in my soul.

Temporary defeat does not make me sad. I simply set to music to the words of defeat and turn it into a song. Your tears are not for me, I like laughter much better, because I like it, I use it as a substitute for grief and sorrow and pain and disappointment.

Life, you are a fickle trickster, don’t deny it. Use that this emotion of love into my heart so that you might use it as a thorn with which to prick my soul, but I learned to dodge your trap with laughter. You tried to lure me with the desire for gold, but I have fooled you are following the trail which leads to knowledge instead. You induced me to build beautiful friendships, then converted my friends to enemies so you may harden my heart, but I sidestepped your fickleness by laughing off your attempts in selecting new friends in my own way.

You caused men to cheat me at trade so I will become distrustful, but I win again because I possess one precious asset which no man can steal, it is the power to think my own thoughts and be myself. You threaten me with death, but to me death is nothing worse than a long peaceful sleep, and sleep is the sweetest of human experiences, excepting laughter. You build a fire of hope in my heart, then sprinkle water on the flames, but I can go you one better by rekindling the fire, and I laugh at you once more.

Life, you are licked as far as I am concerned because you have nothing with which to lure me away from laughter, and you are powerless to scare me into submission. To a life of laughter then, I raise my cup of cheer.”

— Napoleon Hill, 1954 Chicago Illinois

 

How Could You Start Being Health Conscious?

Napoleon Hill, In His Own Voice, a lecture I have been listening to from audible.com, states that “If if there were cessation of natural laws in our universe the colliding of planets would make the H-Bomb look like a firecracker!”

So how does this relate to health consciousness? In context of natural law, if we do not give orders to our subconscious mind, then we neglected to use natural law. The consequences of not giving orders to subconscious every night before we sleep, Mr. Hill asserts that you leave your mind open to automatic negative influence. Just the simple habit of focusing your thoughts on your body repairing itself as you sleep sets forth feeling revitalized when you awake!

To put it another way, I will quote Brian Tracy “We become what we think about most of the time.” If you think about nothing…well you will get just that! However, Napoleon Hill explains that if you don’t think about what you want, the you will automatically get what you don’t want. His prime example is a garden. If you don’t keep after it, naturally weeds grow in the space without doing anything.

To bring this idea full-circle: health begins with a state of mind. If the mind is not directed to healthy thoughts it tends to draw attention to unhealthiness.

The natural law of disorder without work (i.e. second law thermodynamics) by daily focusing on health will easily spiral into “dis-ease.” So, along with your nightly prayers, kissing your loved ones goodnight, do yourself a favor and repeat a healthy idea before sleeping.

Aging

I have just finished watching a seminar on the topic of aging by Andrew Weil, MD.

He explained our media portrays getting old is bad. It fictitiously promises ineffective anti-aging products and new scientific technologies that will drastically delay the aging process. However, he logically concludes using the laws of physics: entropy.

Decrease of Entropy in Biological Systems
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/thermo/bioentropy.html#c1

This basically means within an isolated system , such as our bodies, there is a natural tendency for disorder. Beginning with an orderly system, over time, naturally will become disorderly. Hence, the DNA in our cells overtime have disorder resulting in age related disease.

I quote the bumper sticker: “Growing old is inevitable but growing up is optional”

There are twelve specific points that can be applied to our specific lives. These have nothing to do with avoiding the natural physical aging process. Rather, doctor Andrew Weil suggests we, including the media, need to embrace growing old.

The shift in societal consciousness should focus on “compression of morbidity.” Dr. Weil describes this medical term as an ideal scene for all who live to a ripe old age. It means we live an active, productive, and healthy lifestyle all-the-way-up until perhaps the last year of our life. Then rapidly dwindle to a peaceful death from natural causes.

I will soon paraphrase Dr. Weil’s key points to increase the likelihood of compression of morbidity.