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ANTI-AGINGby MYRA MICHELLE EBY
and SUSAN A. MESKO
Copyright 2010 by Myra Michelle Eby, Susan A. Mesko, and Active Interest Media, Inc.
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CONTENTSIntroduction: Self Empowerment Through Knowledge ......................................................... 4
Chapter One: The Science of Aging ........................... 7
Chapter Two: Why Do We Age? ................................... 12
Chapter Three: Where to Look For Answers .........18
Chapter Four: Dietary and Lifestyle Considerations ....................................................................23
Selected References .............................................................31
4 A N T I - A G I N G
Self Empowerment Through Knowledge
Author and Philosopher, Sir Francis Bacon (15611626) coined the phrase knowledge is power. Indeed it is. For instance, if you were schooled in nutrition, you may not only have a discriminat-ing palate, you may also have the power to influence your loved ones to choose healthier foods. The effects of the advancement of knowledge in society have been evident since the beginning of time. Taking on much longer voyages in the 15th century during the Age of Discovery, sea-farers were often plagued by scurvy, and many ultimately died from the condition because their journeys far outlasted the perishable fruit they stored. First written about by Greek physician Hippocrates (c.460 BC c.377 BC), it was known throughout the ages that citrus fruit and cer-tain vegetables provided protection from scurvy as long as you had access to them. To prevent the disastrous conditions of scurvy, the British navy started administering lime juice to its sailors in 1795. Finally, in 1932, ascorbic acid was identified and isolated from citrus and has since been known commonly as vitamin C. This advancement in knowledge became powerful as vitamin C could now be used in an isolated form to prevent and treat scurvy in many parts of the world.
Peter F. Drucker (19092005), the late writer and management consul-tant, noted that Today, knowledge has power. It controls access to oppor-tunity and advancement. His remark about access to opportunity is not only accurate, it is, by its very meaning, quite inspiring. For instance, you may live in an area plagued by seasonal storms. TV, radio, Internet, and word of mouth are all providers of critical information about an impend-ing and potentially disastrous event. Knowledge of an oncoming tornado via these sources provides you the opportunity to seek shelter.
Further, his quote is inspiring because of the growing accessibility to all sources of information. This gives virtually anyone the ability to create countless opportunities in many aspects of their life. Taking the above example of vitamin C and scurvy a step further, once it had been identi-fied and isolated, people had the opportunity to supplement their diets with it in the form of pills, powders, and liquids. As knowledge about other vitamins and their applications grew, so did a little grassroots trade
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now known as the health food industry. In the last 50 years, the health food industry has blossomed into a mammoth entity. Much of that growth has come from a broad base of self-educated consumers that have availed themselves of the knowledge about nutrition available through word of mouth, books, articles and, more recently, the Internet. They have empowered themselves with opportunities to make their own decisions about their health, their lifestyles, and how they wish to age.
The fact is that you not only have the prerogative, you have opportunities to
take charge of your individual aging process.
The knowledge imparted in this booklet is intended to help you do just thatto empower you with wisdom to recognize greater opportu-nities and make the right decisions for your aging body. You may have found it an unusual choice of words when we wrote how they wish to age. The fact is that you not only have the prerogative, you have oppor-tunities to take charge of your individual aging process. Lets be clear, though, that aging itself is inevitable: As you age, your body may have increasingly diminished capacities to renew itself on a cellular level and this may ultimately cause the wearing and aging of our tissues, including our organs. Now add the external and internal influences in our world today, and aging predominantly comes with a host of diseases and debil-itations, and this has sadly become the definition of the human condi-tion. Yet, whether aging occurs earlier or later in life it can be influenced, for the most part, by our diet and lifestyle choices. Yes, we will all age eventually, but it is the quality of aging that is in everybodys own hands. Take the example of the tornado. If you dont seek information to keep abreast of the storms track, you may get blown over. Conversely, if you get the proper information you can find shelter and avoid a possible tragedy. We are drawing a heavy parallel here, but the consequences of a lack of knowledge when it comes to forging your path of aging may be catastrophic as welland in this case, you potentially have a long road of needless suffering to travel.
6 A N T I - A G I N G
We know today that you can ease many of the signs and discomforts of aging through proper prevention and maintenance. Are you armed with this knowledge? Are you incorporating that information into your daily lifestyle? Are you aware of your bodys physical challenges, if any, and do you have a personal plan for aging? The scientific research and the availability of information are now more abundant than ever. The words on the following pages are intended to illuminate processes of aging, empower you with the knowledge of cutting edge research and provide you with an opportunity to create your individual plan and succeed in healthy aging.
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Chapter OneThe Science of Aging
Aging. What images came to your mind when you read that word? A hunched person with the diminished capacity to walk? A per-son with arthritic hands and joints? How about a person with thin, wrinkled skin riddled with age spots and protruding veins? Or a person with Alzheimers Disease staring blankly from a wheelchair in the austere environment of an old folks home? Everybody will surely have their own model exemplifying the word aging. These examples are prob-ably very common images conjured in the minds of those who have not yet reached this state of physical change and impairment. Although these images are frightening and may seem hopeless, one thing we would like to point out is that those impressions are static pictures of conditions that were not developed overnight. Aging is defined as A progressive deterio-ration of physiological function; an intrinsic age-related process of loss of viability and increase in vulnerability. The process of aging starts when we are fully grown and doesnt stop until we die.
Cell TurnoverThere are approximately 200 variations of cells in the human body. In
total, we posses somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 trillion cells! Most cells have a predetermined life span, after which they are replaced by new cells. The longest life span of regularly dividing cells in the human body are bone cells, which enjoy a relatively long life of 10 years before their demise. Some cells turn over more rapidly than others, but in general, we may lose billions of cells each day. These are then replaced by new cells. The continual digestion of this dead tissue and the ongoing recycling of usable partsnot to mention the creation of new cellsare actions that go on regardless of what we are doing at any given moment. Its a cycle that persists throughout our live