YOUTHFUL AGING: SECRET OF THE FOUNTAIN

YOUTHFUL AGING: SECRET OF THE FOUNTAIN?
HOW LONG DO YOU WANT TO LIVE?

One of Sigmund Freud's most accurate and startling discoveries about the human psyche was the pervasiveness of the ''death wish.'' Eric Berne took this idea further with his concept that we set the age and cause of death at an early age. For over 10 years before his death, he told colleagues that his life contract called for him to die at age of 60 of a heart attack. And he did just that!

Elvis Pressley apparently believed that he would die at age 42, the age at which his mother died. And he fulfilled his expectation.

In working with over 30,000 chronically ill patients, I observed depression and poor self-esteem at the root of most problems. I was shocked, in 2002, to hear from ordinary audiences ''Oh, no'' when I began discussing my concept of living healthily to age 140.

Clinically, we know that at least 40% of Americans are depressed enough to need therapy; I now suspect that another 40% are at lest depressed enough that Freud's idea of a ''death wish'' is alive and well.

While these concepts may not appeal to those with few emotional reserves, or to those who have set a life contract to die early, I believe that significant numbers of energetic, enthusiastic individuals are ready to redefine old age, providing a new concept of longevity. These may live healthily to a minimum of 100 years, some to 120. And if they embrace the essential activities encouraged by my research, they may live healthily 120 to 160 years, just by adding a few simple activities. These individuals may truly set the stage for Homo Noeticus, as defined by Caroline Myss. They will not consider themselves elderly until at lest 120 years of age.

There are on the internet several ''games'' and tests of longevity, some by insurance companies. According to one of these, my life expectancy is 100, while another gives me 116 years. At least that one is approaching my belief!

Consider the current life expectancy in the U.S. of an average of 76.9 years. Now you may increase your expectancy in the following ways :

THE YOUTHFUL AGING CHART

Average Expectancy

76.9 years

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ADD, FOR…

Being a woman

2.6 years

No smoking

6.0 years

Body Mass Index between 19 and 24

6.0 years

No street drugs

1.5 years

Average alcohol intake of one drink per day

3.0 years

Exercise at least 7 hours per week

6.0 years

No smoking

6.0 years

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THE YOUTHFUL AGING CHART

Average for a woman

101 years

Average for a man

98.4 years

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But if you are a married man, add 2.6

For an average male life of

101 years

Marriage does not help women live longer!

These simple common-sense habits give you a potential of living well to 101 years.

Now, how do you add another 39 years?

Keep your DHEA level healthy

13 years

Keep your calcitonin level optimal

13 years

Keep your free radicals low

13 years

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THE YOUTHFUL AGING CHART

AVERAGE EXPECTANCY

140 YEARS

There is, of course, a genetic component, which may add or subtract about 20 years.

Thus, all health conscious individuals should live at least 120 years, while those with the best genetic potential could live to be 160. Last fall DISCOVER magazine featured an article by a geneticist who believed that 150 years is quite feasible. Perhaps future discoveries will extend this potential even further. I will address each of the ''over 100 year'' essentials in coming issues.

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