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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Eight (8) Principles for Finding the Fountain of Youth-Part 12

"Choices are the hinges of destiny."– Pythagoras

Placebo experiments illustrate mind- body nicely. Likely, most of you have heard of research, incorporating placebos. Typically, when testing the efficiency of a drug to combat symptoms, the patient or guinea pig was put into one of three trials. In one trial, a real drug was used with a group of patients, while in the other group of patients; they were given a placebo or an inert sugar pill. The researchers then evaluated the efficiency of the real drug comparing it to the placebo. The manufacturers, of course, hoped that the “real drug” statistically outperformed the placebo. Let us take a look at a few studies.

*In one study, patients with irritable bowel syndrome were given a placebo. They were told that the pill was inert but they were part of a mind- body process experiment. Guess what? Even these placebo patients reported feelings of relief, a reduction in symptoms and an improved quality of life. How was that for mind power?

In another study, hotel room attendants were told, by the experimenters, that their jobs provided a good workout. These subjects not only reduced their weight, but reduced their blood pressure and body fat as well. Did you believe that? Is that all you need is for someone in a white coat to tell you?

To be continued:


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