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Longer, and Stronger
By James Kojian M.D.
As a longevity
specialist, I invite you to improve your way of thinking regarding your own
health. Because of certain advances in medicine, particularly in the
fields of prevention and anti-aging medicine, there is now enough documented
medical proof to start thinking about preventing many illnesses, reversing many
diseases, and pushing the life span envelope more and more. This may require a
total paradigm shift for most people and their physicians. Just as
communication, computers, building safety, car safety, and everything else has
improved in the last thirty years, so has our ability to prevent and treat many
illnesses; thus allowing us to all live longer and stronger. The key to
the coveted prize of living longer and stronger is the knowledge to do so. The
United States spends the most per capita on health care and yet is ranked in the
bottom 25 percentile of other industrialized countries of the world, according
to a recent study done by Johns Hopkins University. So we are spending the
most, and the vast majority of the countries are still living longer and
healthier than we are, and our ranking has been getting worse every year.
This is more than just a statistic. This study represents millions of hard
working men and women who pay the highest health care premiums in the world,
only to succumb to illness and death faster and earlier than most people in the
industrialized world. This tragedy is played out every day in this country.
A hardworking mother or father, who is getting ready to finally retire, finds
out that he or she has some type of major disease, because their doctor had
never educated them on preventive medicine. So instead of taking trips
around the country, most Americans over the age of 65 take trips to the hospital
and pharmacies to ameliorate their preventable illnesses.
Moreover, many medical treatments can be dangerous: a recent study found open
heart surgery to be deleterious to ones short and long term mental performance,
many patients who break their hip die of pneumonia in the hospital, many
medication errors are made in the hospital, etc. With this in mind, an ounce of
prevention is better than even one and a half ounces of treatment.
Preventive medicine is extremely effective because it combats the villain of
entropy. Entropy is the root of all evil (and you thought money was). Entropy is
a force in nature that pushes for disorganization, for randomness, for the
lowest possible energy state. Entropy is why we age, as it wants your
organized body to dissolve, break apart and for your cells to become more
random. Entropy is why you have to clean your room, comb your hair, and brush
your teeth. Entropy is the cause of all the Hollywood and non -Hollywood
marriage breakups. Since a family is the union of many people, this goes
against the basic concept of entropy, as it loves disunion. This force of nature
slowly picks apart this union and if you don’t counter it on a regular basis,
So if the bad news is entropy, is there any good news? Is there a hero to
this tragic story? Actually there is a hero- the turtle. Not the ninja turtles,
but just your everyday turtle. Any turtle will do, but for the sake of this
article we will use the turtle in the famous Aesops fable “The Turtle and The
Hare”. By now, you should be asking what does a turtle have to do with
combating entropy? Well, as you remember the story, the hare, a wily
rabbit, challenged the turtle to a race. As they were racing, the turtle just
put his head down and SLOWLY, CONSISTENTLY, METHODICALLY, ran his race, while
the rabbit thinking he would easily win, went off on did his silly rabbit
things, only to return to the race to find out that the turtle had already
crossed the finished line and won.
There are no short cuts in life. The prize of good health, of a good marriage,
of a good life goes to the SLOW, CONSIST ANT, METHODICAL turtlesque individual.
This type of person ALWAYS WINS. This is how we combat aging and entropy:
slowly, daily, consistently and methodically. We fight aging using the
principles of longevity, anti-aging and preventive medicine. Doesn’t sound too
exciting or glamorous? Well, when you are 70 and have enjoyed being in
great shape physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially and are ready to
party for the next twenty years, traveling the world and living it up, while
most of your friends are not, then you will see the power of the turtle. You
say,” wow, my doctor never told me stuff like this. He just says, ‘
Here take this pill ‘”. I suggest you go buy your doctor a pet turtle.
If you are already 65 or over, there are ways to even REVERSE many chronic
illnesses? How? You guessed it, slowly, consistently and methodically. We
have the scientific evidence now to be able to address these issues
methodically, and I will in these series of columns. We will learn how to
slowly and consistently battle aging, disease, obesity, wrinkles, hair loss (so
I am a little vain, I admit it) and much more. If you’re not careful,
you may even have some fun. I know I am.
Your first step in this
race is to try to drink at least one to two cups of green tea a day. You may
replace your morning coffee with green tea. Green tea is one of the most
powerful anti-oxidants in the world. It is a little bitter, and the only company
I have found that makes a good tasting green tea is The Tea of Republic. They
have very good tasting green teas flavored with all kind of spices. They have a
web site, and are sold only in health food stores. Cheers.
Kojian may be reached via:
James Kojian, M. D.
527 W. Los Altos Ave.
Arcadia Ca. 91007
or email firstname.lastname@example.org