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When to say no to your doctor – article in Mens Journal September 21, 2014

Posted by jeffrooney in Aging, Brain Health/Body Health, Medical reform, Preventive health.
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Here is a great resource for the question of when to say yes and when to say no to a doctor. There are really good resources mentioned in the article as well as analysis of how our med system stacks up to other wealthy nations. I suggest tucking it away and using the resources mentioned for those thorny times (that we will all have) when you have to ponder the efficacy of your doctors advice or prescriptions.

http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/when-to-say-no-to-your-doctor-20140919?mc_cid=41edea1b7e&mc_eid=137cdaa26b

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Things Centenarians Have In Common August 16, 2013

Posted by jeffrooney in Aging.
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My friend Alexandra recently sent me notes from the studies of Mario Martinez about centenarians. This is a quick sketch of his research based on many interviews in different parts of the world. If you google him you will find his many resources. Below is a youtube interview with him that is about 20 minutes in length. An area I am presently exploring is the difference between simply aging and elderhood. There are many emerging resources on this topic that are encouraging. Let me know what you think when you look these over!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnMdrzoHqLc

MYTHS ABOUT LIVING TO A VERY OLD AGE:

 (None of these holds true)

Genetics determine longevity

Vegans live longer (there are NO vegan centenarians)

Vegetarians live longer (there are only a few)

Alzheimer’s is inevitable

Teetotalers and non-smokers live longer (find moderate use of alcohol and tobacco)

Anger should be avoided (expression of emotions rather than bottling up is better)

You’ll die of cancer if you live long enough (most don’t die of prolonged illness)

Aging means a deteriorating mind (mind and brain are quite different and you can stay sharp even if your brain wouldn’t hold up well under an autopsy)

Socio-economic factors determine lifespan

Failing capacities are inevitable

PROBLEMATIC BEHAVIORS/CONDITIONS:

Withholding joy

Obesity

Fear-based assumptions

Atheism (there are no atheists – vs. a belief in something transcendent — a benign spirit; they tend to be spiritual more than religious)

Lamenting and complaining

Your belief in cultural attitudes will kill you before your  genes do

HELPFUL BEHAVIORS:

Consciousness, awareness and ceremony or personal rituals vs. addictive and avoidant behaviors are more effective and immunologically effective

Negotiate rather than have blind faith in authorities; most don’t see doctors and outlive their docs

An absence of envy

Not future-oriented

Optimistic about future and plans – based in joy

Ageless identification and self-regulation; at peace with themselves

Forgiveness at mind-body level

Feel in control of their lives and are committed to their community

Feel they have something to offer: connection brings meaning

Fearless about challenges

Expect to be loved

Self-determined (where do you put the control)

Self-esteem, confidence, valuing the self

Centenarians are rebellious

Balance vs. obsessions

GENERAL NOTES:

Most don’t go to doctors

We become what we believe

Illness is the cultural belief, disease is the attack on the body/mind; often the cultural belief determines the outcome; culture shapes, biology follows. Even with clogging of arteries, etc.

Buying into the cultural belief system is bad idea; Cultural portals where you might examine your beliefs:  youth, middle-age, retirement, senior citizenship — what do you believe about these?

Lynn Andler is a Centenarians researcher

Not about genetics or food

Rituals such as eating meals together

Sense of belonging

Resilience, optimism are good stress buffers; it isn’t stress but how one responds

 

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