Monthly Archives: May 2011

Solving the Problem of Dying

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein There is something plainly obvious about Einstein’s observation and another element that is more subtle and valuable. The first and most … Continue reading

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Is Your Time Up?

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. Richard Bach This is a key ingredient to both living fully now and life extension: realizing that your mission on Earth is … Continue reading

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Players in the Death Industry

No one healthy gets up in the morning and decides to plan for their funeral arrangements. I would think this is a sign of health. We all have a strong survival instinct and our death is not a thought we … Continue reading

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Death Is Kind?

I want to thank the author of “The Red Badge of Courage,” Stephen Crane, for the following poem. The irony is deep and it reminds me of those that tell me about their loved one that died, “He passed away … Continue reading

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Dying of Heart Disease 50% Chance

What if you got up this morning and heard that there was a fifty per cent chance of rain? Would you take measures to protect your clothes? I would. Or what if the word on the street was that because … Continue reading

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Medical Care System Is Broken

According to a study published by the American Journal of Medicine, the majority of US bankruptcies (62.1%) are not caused by credit card debt, but medical debt. These were not necessarily the uninsured or the poor. “Three quarters had health … Continue reading

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Preserve Life

“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” Henry David Thoreau

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Impossible? Think Again.

People keep telling me that to “live forever” is impossible. They can understand “live fully now” but doing that forever seems impossible. Apparently, they have not read some of our most inspirational artists, philosophers, scientists and achievers. Here are a … Continue reading

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Be Wary of Absolutism

We live in a scientific age. Science is bringing new insights into technologies, medicine, lifestyle options, business… everywhere we look. And so, we have answers, based on science, that our parents and grandparents did not. With those new advances, we … Continue reading

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Disrupting the Diagnosis

Here is a video by Dr. Mark Hyman, an MD practicing “Functional Medicine.” He introduces the approach at TEDMED of looking for causes rather than symptoms or diagnoses.

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Centenarians share secret of long life

According to a recent accounting, the number of centenarians are doubling. How do they do it? One doctor says that a positive attitude may be a significant factor.

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Buddha’s Wise Advice

The Buddha is reported to have said, “Don’t blindly believe what I say. Don’t believe me because others convince you of my words. Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or texts. … Continue reading

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No Ending of the World May 21st

The ending of the world as we know it has been announced to happen May 21st, 2011, by a man most of us do not know, Harold Camping. But because he owns a number of radio stations, and because the … Continue reading

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What Would You Do to Live Longer?

Cenegenics is at the center of the aging controversy. Not because people don’t want to slow aging, but because of the use of steroids and hormone replacement sometimes prescribed by Dr. Alan Mintz. Read the transcript. See the video. What … Continue reading

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Living Past 100

The United States currently has the greatest number of centenarians in the world, estimated at 70,490 on September 1, 2010. (Article on centenarians on Wikipedia.) And, although it is not proven, it is not unreasonable to think that talking to … Continue reading

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Amortality, Staying Young for Life

If you are like some of my readers, you take exception to my stance that we can potentially live forever on earth. Yet almost all of us have accepted a trend to not look old. We use creams, exercise, diet … Continue reading

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Links added to Life Links page

This is just a heads-up for those that wish to do more research on anti-aging and longevity. I have posted more links on the Life Links page. This is an exciting place to launch your research and check in with … Continue reading

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Longevity (Life Forever), Amen

There are two things that are vital to both longevity and living fully. (Well, there are many, it’s true, but there are two on my ‘favorites’ list.) One is brain health and the other is sexual vitality. If you don’t … Continue reading

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Be Living

“Living fully” can be interpreted in every way a person can live. Yet it is about living in the body rather than ascribing to a theory or giving mental assent to the concept of living to the full. That is … Continue reading

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Ultimate Irony

My generation stands at a watershed lifespan. Some of us just may make the cut, that is, live long enough to live hundreds of years with the life extension technologies now being developed. And some of us won’t “make the … Continue reading

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Coasting through Life

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” Emily Dickenson Feeling passionate about life, it amazes me now to see people coasting through life, accepting their fate as they struggle to make ends meet. Believe me, … Continue reading

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Meaning of Life and Death

Our brains are predisposed to find meaning in our lives. We are so invested in it that we will do unreasonable things to create meaning where it is not, such as jump to conclusions, believe without facts, exercise faith in … Continue reading

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Dreams of our Wisest

Imagine life sitting at the feet of Aristotle because he hadn’t yet died of old age. Or the Virgin Mary. Or a great writer like Emily Dickenson or a thinker like William James. What would our country be like if … Continue reading

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Condolences, But

After the passing of my father, I have received many kind comments, many from Facebook friends. Thanks to everyone for their concern. And here it gets kind of funny… My father, the editor and studious thinker, always, always, always had … Continue reading

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Shortage of Wisdom

I do not call myself wise. But I think I can recognize wisdom. Often the wise ones are in their 70’s and 80’s or older. The problem is, people of that age are not that numerous and the ones that … Continue reading

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Cancer Prevention Information Blocked

Since 1983, the Life Extension Foundation has been telling people to use aspirin to reduce their risk of cancer. What did the FDA do? Threaten criminal charges- in spite of the evidence. Read the article.

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Life and Passion

So, what is your passion? What is it that makes you feel fully alive, in love or connected with your ultimate purpose for being here on this earth? Living fully is often equated with being passionate about doing what you … Continue reading

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Life Compared with Death

Religious leaders of several faiths have told us that we live in a world of contrasts. Light/dark. Good/evil. Day/night. Peace/war. Man/woman. Included in this “wisdom” is the “life/death contrast.” Excuse me. Life as a human being has nothing to do … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference?

When I talk to many Bible-based believers, they find my concept of life forever here on earth unlike anything they hear at church. And I like to point out that according to the book of Genesis, God’s original plan did … Continue reading

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How to Live Forever- at theatres in May

Mark Wexler’s “amusing and eye-opening documentary,” How to Live Forever is coming. Here is a great review. Here is the site. Yes, there’s a lot of us that want to live forever. It doesn’t start at the theaters in May. … Continue reading

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The Gung Ho Approach to Immortality

I don’t believe anything of real consequence was accomplished by sitting around and waiting for things to change. So, I have adopted the “Gung Ho” approach. Yes, some will recoil, but the concept of longevity is radical and tip-toeing will … Continue reading

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After Death, Part Three

In parts one and two, I wrote briefly about commitment and laughter as healthy responses to death. What I didn’t write was what we can commit to in order to stop the ultimate enemy. Firstly, we can commit to living … Continue reading

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Aubrey de Grey speaks on defeating aging

This video of Geneticist Aubrey de Grey was recorded at a July 2005 TED conference. TED is a forum for some of the most advanced thinkers of our time. The challenge is for them to distill these advances into a … Continue reading

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Late again

Due to my father’s passing, I had to ask the IRS for an extension to file. And since that, I have noticed that I continue to be late. I was late to pay the State Board of Equalization for retail … Continue reading

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After Death, Part Two

In my previous post I wrote about responses to death and suggested that there are two that are ultimately healthy, that is, life affirming responses. The second response to death is so powerful that it is feared as inappropriate. It … Continue reading

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Fight Aging Website

For another view, much of it well researched, visit the Fight Aging! blog.

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After Death, What? Part One

After death, or in the face of it, many reactions can be observed. Thanks to popular media, we are familiar with reactions like panic, shock and depression. But those clearly are not the only or the best responses to death. … Continue reading

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In the Face of Death

Why would anyone tell someone that has had a death in the family, “Take care, now. We all have to die sometime?” It sounds preposterous and insensitive, yet it happens all the time. I postulate that the reason behind this … Continue reading

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Precious about Time

I have said it and you probably have, too. If not, you have heard it said because it is common to our psyche. “Life’s too short to…” Though often said in a humorous way, this phrase now seems all wrong. … Continue reading

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Psalm of Life

American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a husband of two wives whose lives ended tragically. In his recovery, he wrote “A Psalm of Life,” urging his readers to live fully now. Not in any future or in the romantic or … Continue reading

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Stop time, or aging, simply

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. – Will Rogers

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Keeping Life Together

A recent acquaintance was talking to me about his work last week. He is a psychologist of thirty years working with the armed forces. Of one of these branches he quipped, “They are very good at taking things apart, but … Continue reading

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10 actions for 100 years

Not all agree on ways to achieve longevity, but About.com has an article worth reading. I would switch out two or three actions, but I believe this simple information can help. While I’d love to be a (or your) resource … Continue reading

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Keeping Family Together

Who makes up your family? How has it changed over time? What would you do to have the elders still alive instead of quietly inhabiting a gravesite? What would you ask them? What would you both laugh about? How would … Continue reading

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Did I Hear a Complaint?

I heard myself complain today. No, I don’t want to hear my complaints. Complaints are lies. Complaints come from the wounded ego. The proof is in the content. Aren’t all complaints about not being served according to one’s realistic and … Continue reading

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Let the Dead Bury the Dead

“Let the dead bury their own dead,” said Jesus, “but you go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:60 (New International Version of the Holy Bible) How could Jesus tell his disciples that the dead should be left to … Continue reading

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Too Spiritual

A friend asked me this morning how my father’s death has changed my religious and spiritual beliefs. One thing is that I realized that my spiritual practice was too spiritual. It is good to balance the physical with the spiritual, … Continue reading

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We will have eternal life here on earth

A gentleman trying to help me get past my recent pain of my father’s passing, was explaining to me that everything has timeline, a season, a beginning and ending. I think this might be how he dealt with the passing … Continue reading

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