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Archive for September, 2013

Happy, Healthy Old – IT’S POSSIBLE!

Written by xrizantema on . Posted in Body, Food, Mind

old-age-quotes_largeIn my quest to find an answer to the question “ How can I keep from, getting old?”  I stumbled upon the book “Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples” by John Robbins.  The core of this book is the study of four cultures that have a history of producing long-lived people. Specifically, it looks at the Abkhasia of the Caucasus, the Vilcabamba or Ecuador, the Hunza and the centenarians of Japan.  It also discusses the China Study in some detail, which was the largest anti-cancer prevention study ever undertaken.  In short, the book discusses what these cultures have in common and provides informed opinions about the reasons they are able to achieve extraordinary longevity.

It was interesting reading and experiencing a kind of change of perspective about getting old as something to be avoided at all cost.  This book explores aging in a healthy and natural way, and we see intimately into the lives of people who experience aging as an exchange: of wisdom for innocence, and valued experience for muscle tone.

I’d like to share what I took away from this book.

Long-lived people:

  •    Have a positive attitude toward aging that is lacking in our society. People in these societies cherish their old folks.  There is a preservation of the social role of older people in the family and the village community.  The psychological comfort of the elderly, due to the higher rate of inclusion in the affairs of the family and village, is greatly increased. People of this age are respected. Old people are invited to family celebrations, where they are given a place of honor.  These societies are trying to protect their older citizens from stress, and are committed to providing better living conditions, nutrition, and care than those societies with lower rates of longevity.
  •    Are in denial. Centenarians have very low level of anxiety, and are often “in denial” about the fact of aging.  80% of centenarians surveyed believe that they are not very old.   Centenarians seem to have triggered a defense against awareness of the fact of aging and the inevitability of death; they think they will live forever!

Butt cream for the face?! Preparation H: Canada

Written by xrizantema on . Posted in Face, Interesting

puffyeyesThe first time I discovered margaritas (and enjoying quite a few), I woke up the next morning without eyes!  Who knew simply enjoying a tasty alcoholic beverage would make you wake up without eyes?!  I mean, the “windows to my soul” were swollen shut – well, almost; I could see that I looked like a cartoon character, and when I went to get up, I almost tripped on the bags under my eyes – no kidding!

Completely freaked out, I put a cucumber slice on each eye and started googling “puffy eyes” – not an easy thing to do, mind you, googling and trying to keep cucumber slices on swollen eyes – and the first thing that came up in the search was Preparation H, calling it “the best kept Hollywood secret,” a miracle product with immediate results!  Being Russian and unfamiliar with the product, I thought it was an extravagant eye cream.  Ok, so I was in a hurry and didn’t read the product description, AND it’s  not exactly easy to read with swollen eyes with cucumber slices on top!  I was desperate, and I ordered my American husband to get me some – stat!  He looked at me slightly glassy eyes, then asked me in a concerned voice why I needed it.  When I explained that I was going to put it on my eyes, he gingerly said “Honey, I don’t think it’s a good idea to put hemorrhoid cream on your eyes.”  It took me a few seconds to process “hemorrhoid” and connect it with ass, during which time my husband contemplated whether I had gone mad or if this was just another cultural difference between him and his exotic Russian wife.

Being kind of educated in the area of topical treatments, and remembering that painful hemorrhoids needed to be shrunk to reduce pain and inflammation, I connected the dots and proceeded without fear – I was going to put butt cream on my face!  If it could work on your butt, why not on your face?  And besides, celebrities were using it, why shouldn’t I?  I’ve always loved multi-purpose products – shampoo/conditioners, cheek/lip stain, Swiss Army knives – butt/eye cream sounded a like a great addition!

Facts about Sunshine hormone : Vitamin D

Written by xrizantema on . Posted in Body, Food, Mind

VitaminD-sun1. The nutrient molecule cholecalciferol, designated as Vitamin D3 in 1922, is considered a “conditional nutrient” by experts, and a hormone precursor, not a vitamin.

 2. Essentially every organ and cell in the body has a vitamin D receptor. More than 200 genes, and some have estimated up to 2,000 genes, are directly or indirectly regulated by it.

3.  A deficiency of this hormone is related to poor calcium regulation and a variety of diseases, including osteoporosis, osteomalacia, poor cardiovascular function, muscle weakness and spasm, depression, various types of arthritis, various types of cancer, especially breast cancer with calcified precancerous lesions, inflammatory bowel disease, tooth and gum disease, chronic fatique syndromes, and various autoimmune disorders, including diabetes type 1, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Three-quarters of U.S. teens and adults are deficient in vitamin D.  Medical doctors are routinely testing for deficiency in circulation.

5. In doctor’s office   the D3 measured in circulation is the prehormone 25-dihydroxy-cholecalciferol, called calcidiol, and not the cholecalciferol or ergocalciferol that we take as a supplement, the actual effective hormone is 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol, or calcitriol, which is not routinely tested to determine Vitamin D3 deficiency.

6. Long-term use of common medications are producing nutrient deficiencies associated with many common disease processes. Cholesterol lowering drugs called statins are now the most widely prescribed drug in the world. Cholesterol is required to make Vitamin D. Therefore, anyone taking statins can be expected to have a deficiency in it. Other commonly prescribed drugs that may cause nutritional deficiencies and vit D deficiencies are oral contraceptives, estrogen replacement drugs, anticonvulsants, diabetic medications, high blood pressure medications, anti-inflammatory NSAIDS, beta-blockers (hypertension and asthma), antidepressants, and anti-anxiety benzodiazepines.

Pale is new tan. Crispy tanned is old age.

Written by xrizantema on . Posted in Body, Face

tanning_crispyI lived near the Black Sea my whole life until I moved to Texas. All of my summers were spent on the beach. I was working on my tan very hard from May until August.  Pale and pink was avery bad look in my circle.  Tan lines were a bad thing too – that’s why I didn’t have a swimming suit!  You could call me and my friends nudists, but we weren’t part of a  cultural and political movement  advocating and defending social  nudity in private and in  public . It was simply vanity – to have bronze skin everywhere, no white spot allowed.

Every year, every summer, I did it again and again. I liked my tanned, golden-bronze look. It was so disappointing when it started to fade every fall – I hated being pale, so not pretty. When I got lucky and started to work at a very fancy fitness club for very rich people, I saw this big shiny silver thingy, my first tanning bed. It was a miracle!  I could be pretty, bronze and without tan lines, all year round. And, it was free; employees had to be tanned to advertise the new service, as it was the first tanning bed in the whole city. We were saying that tanning beds were very safe and good for the skin;  that they had filters to remove dangerous UVB/UVA rays and were therefore much better than the sun.  People loved it, and it was working non-stop.

At that time there wasn’t a lot of information about the connection between premature aging, skin cancer and ultraviolet rays. We heard something, we read something, but really didn’t believe it.  How could something that makes you look and feel good be dangerous?  No way!!!!!

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