Four Secrets to Living Longer

Oct. 4, 2017 at 11:38am

You can not depend on good genes to carry you past the century mark. Research into older people has revealed that certain lifestyle habits are connected to a long life. Everyone knows that eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight works for longevity.
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Three Strings

Sep. 26, 2017 at 12:14pm

There is a story told about Itzhak Perlman, the famous violinist, who was playing in New York. Stricken with polio as a child, he always crossed the stage on crutches, moving painfully and laboriously. On this particular night, he reached the chair, sat down, slowly put his crutches on the floor, and undid the clasps on his legs. Then he bent to pick up the violin, put it under his chin, nodded to the conductor, and began to play.


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Mickey Mantle

Sep. 7, 2017 at 12:32pm

"If I knew I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself."

--Mickey Mantle

As a great baseball player as Mickey Mantle was, he could not reach his full potential because of injuries. He did not train in the off-season; he did not cut down on late-night parties during the regular season. All the men in his family had died young, and knowing that, he was somewhat fatalistic about his own health.

But genetic history is not predestination. I have seen people offset bad genes with healthy lifestyles. And I have seen people offset good genes with poor lifestyle choices. You can not do much about your genetic makeup, but you can do a lot about the way you live. Just think what Mickey could have accomplished if he had understood that.

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Visualize for Success

Jul. 25, 2017 at 4:03pm

I grew up a die-hard New York Yankees fan. I followed the team religiously, knew players and managers from their earliest history, celebrated World Series victories, hated the Red Sox, and lived for those trips with my father and brother to Yankee Stadium. Like most fans of that era, I was crazy for Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, and Bobby Richardson—the guys who played exceptionally well but also looked the part of Yankee “supermen” in the tradition of Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio. But I always had a special place in my heart for Yogi Berra.


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Avoid Social Isolation

Jul. 19, 2017 at 9:45am

Stress may be the single greatest contributor to illness in the industrialized world. Indeed, it is estimated that 75% of all diseases and illnesses are stress related. Of particular importance is the impact of stress on cardiovascular health and overweight/obesity. On the surface level, stress produces direct, deleterious effects: it injures artery walls, raises blood pressure, elevates cholesterol, causes coronary inflammation, and causes coronary artery spasms that can lead to sudden cardiac death. But stress also works on an indirect, insidious level to produce disastrous health consequences. People under chronic stress often make poor lifestyle choices. In trying to cope, they smoke, neglect exercise, eat too much and too often, make poor food choices and abuse alcohol and drugs.


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Do Not Be a Fool for Fraud

Jun. 21, 2017 at 1:41pm

Quick-fix weight-loss gadgets and gimmicks have skyrocketed. Sales of diet pills and supplements have risen to more than $5 billion a year. Do not be mislead. Many of these products are not only ineffective but potentially dangerous.


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Thoughts on Bypass Surgery

Jun. 1, 2017 at 1:49pm

Coronary bypass surgery probably saved my life, but people considering this procedure should be aware of four things. To start with, it takes away the pain (angina), but does not remove the underlying cause - coronary heart disease.
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Can Optimism Make A Difference in Your Life?

May. 25, 2017 at 11:03am

An article from the Verdant Health Commission:

If you’re a person who always has a rosy outlook and sees the glass as half-full rather than half-empty, your positive attitude may have even more benefits than you think.

A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people.


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Men Drink, Women Think

Apr. 28, 2017 at 10:53am

Chronic stress is part and parcel of modern life in the U.S. It is often the underlying reason for much of the depression in the country. For many years scientists assumed that the behavioral response to depression were similar for both sexes. New studies, however, show that this is not the case.
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Get Your Calories Early in the Day

Apr. 21, 2017 at 11:03am

Many people skip breakfast and lunch altogether. And those who do eat these meals often have a Danish for breakfast and fast food for lunch. When these people get home in the evening and relax, they tend to eat much more at dinner than they need. The American Dietary Association estimates that over half of overweight women eat 70% of their daily calories after 7:00 P.M.


A better way is to take in the majority of calories at breakfast and lunch so that they can be burned in the course of the day. If you are going on a road trip, do you fill up at your destination or before you leave?

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