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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.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Brilliant Chris Christie and Magic Pills

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."
– Lao Tzu

Brilliant Chris Christie and Magic Pills

As we all know, we continue to live in the age of the “Pill.” In fact, I remember when “The Pill” came into being, and was the savior as far as birth control was concerned. Well, today the pill remains even more powerful. Just look or listen to all the TV and radio commercials regarding the various benefits that the pill is supposed to provide; follow the advice of that TV or radio celebrity about the advantage of this or that product; visit any number of available health food stores in your community or online; go to the states where any form of marijuana is legalized; or visit your favorite physician to receive that prized prescription. Does that mean that the pill has become one of the commandments regarding better health and that’s all we have to do in order to remain healthy?

We would all agree that Chris Christie is one smart politician, and is just plain brilliant. However, Christie, like many worship the mighty pill. In a recent New York Times Magazine interview, Christie told the interviewer that he is healthy because he takes vitamins. Doesn’t this smart man look into the mirror and see a grossly obese man? We all know or should know that obesity and BMI index is associated with diabetes, premature aging, risk of heart disease and other related illnesses, etc. etc. etc.

Unfortunately, Christie, like others, rely on the distortion and rationalization that’s all they need is a pill and they will be healthy. Let me add that while Christie was doing this interview, he was grazing on a large bowl of Nachos that he loves. This brings to mind a conversation I overheard during a recent Thanksgiving dinner. One  member commented  that she does not understand why she doesn’t lose weight because she exercises. Oh yeah, she brought yummy desserts (there were too many calories to count).

If there is a magic pill, as far as aging is concerned, that would be exercise. Of course, that’s only part of the story. In the book “Stopping the Clock” there’s a chapter on the “Pioneers of Antiaging Medicine and Their Personal Secrets of Longevity. Not one of these pioneers limited their secrets to medication and/or vitamin supplements. I totally agree with the pioneers that we require more than a pill as far as our health is concerned.

If you want my advice, keep moving, laughing, smiling, bonding and appreciating. I am cognizant that I left out dieting or eating properly, as well as eating in moderation.


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