How did They Live Past 116

22 12 2018

Healthy relationships contribute to long life spans

Updated:  22 December 2018

How do average people live well past 100 years of age and significantly longer with a  95 year average lifespan? Does it have anything to do with genetics, environment, habit, diet, exercise or something more or absent thereof?

First let’s examine some of the longest living centurion biographies on record. And after reviewing these biographies, we’ll connect the dots to make a correlation to their longevity lifestyle secrets.

During the 19th – late 20th Century – interviews before death relevant to  lifestyle and culture to include biography and genealogy was not captured through a scientific or epidemiological process. Therefor I’ll render an opinion based on assumptions extracted from the limited amount of biographical data of deceased subjects; and references at the end of the article.

Super Centenarian – Deceased Subjects of Observation,

Jeanne Calment (21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997) she lived 122 years, 164 days, place of residence Arles, France.   Jeanne Louise Calment surpassed previous Guinness Book of Record holders as the longest living confirmed human.  It was said Jeanne smoked more than 2 cigarettes per day and after an operation in 1994 she weighed 99 pounds where she became dependent on a wheelchair for mobility.  She attributed her long life and youthful appearance to olive oil which she used religiously in her food and on her skin. Included within her diet she drank port wine and consumed ~2lbs of chocolate weekly.  In total she outlived 329 undisputedly-verified super centenarians

Sarah Knauss-Clark (24 September 1880 – 30 December 1999) she lived 119 years, 97 days, place of residence, Hollywood and Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Sarah had a career as an insurance office manager and upon her marriage to Abraham Lincoln Knauss (December 19, 1878 – March 1, 1965) she spent her time as a home maker and was a skilled seamstress. Mrs.  Knauss was known as an extraordinary woman that pushed the envelope of longevity.  It was said, the reason for her longevity stemmed from the fact she was a very tranquil person and nothing fazed her. Also it is known that she enjoyed life because she had her health and could do what she wanted. Her interests and foods included: viewing golf tournaments, needlepoint and nibbling on chocolate turtles, cashews and potato chips. Her only child Kathryn Knauss Sullivan (November 17, 1903 – January 21, 2005) lived to be 101 and was 96 at the time of her mother’s death.

Lucy Hannah (16 July 1875 – 21 March 1993) she lived 117 years, 248 days, place of residence Born in Linden, Alabama and died in Detroit.  She moved in the great migration to escape the racial tensions that were prominent of the times in the Deep South.  Her parents survived slavery for which it is noted they were whipped daily until their freedom and thereafter suffered from trauma as a result of the physical and mental scars. Lucy married John Hannah in 1901 and had 8 children together. Two of her children were still living at the time of her death. The two sisters lived to be 100 years of age. And Hannah’s mother lived to the age of 99.

Marie-Louise Meileur (29 August 1880 – 16 April 1998) She lived 117 years, 230 days, place of residence Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada. It is known that Marie was married twice and between the two marriages had 4 children with first husband Etienne Leclerc from 1900 and where he died in 1911.  And then the super centenarian had six other children through her second marriage with Hector Meileur whom she married in 1915 until his death in 1972.  She had 85 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 57 great-great- grandchildren and 4 (3 x great grandchildren). Marie’s death was the result of a blood clot.

Maria Capovilla (14 September 1889 – 27 August 2006) She lived 116 years, 347 days and was recognized by Guinness World Records during her reign as the world’s oldest living person ever in South America and the southern hemisphere in Guayaquil. Ecuador. It is also interesting to note she is also the oldest human that had a life span living within three centuries. Born as Maria Esther Heredia Lecaro; she married a military officer, Antonio Capovill after his first wife died.  They had five children together, three (Hilda, 81, Irma, 80 and Anibal 78) of which were at Maria’s side prior to death.  Antonio passed in 1949.  She had 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.  She enjoyed watching TV, reading and walked without the assistance of a cane, but helped by an aide prior to the day of her passing. She also never smoked or drank hard liquor.

Although home bound for the last two years of life, she shared her home with eldest daughter Hilda and son-in-law. In an interview her traditional view of men and women stated her dislike, about how women today are permitted to court men, rather than men courting women.

During 2006 near time of death Maria’s health took a turn for the worse.  She could no longer read, she nearly stopped talking and no longer could walk without the assistance of two people. Just prior to her death she was able to sit comfortably in her chair and fan herself. She died just 18 days before her 117th birthday. Cause of death Pneumonia.

Tane Ikai (18 January 1879 – 12 July 1995) She lived 116 years, 175 days, place of birth Kansei, Japan.  She is the only fully verified person within Asia to reach 116 years of age. She married at the age of 20 had 3 sons and one daughter. At the age of 38 she left her husband. At the age of 89 she entered a nursing home. At the age of 109 she had a stroke where she remained bed ridden in a hospital until her death.  Cause of death kidney failure.

Besse Cooper (26 August 1896 – 4 December 2012) 116 years and surpassing Elizabeth Bolden’s 116 years, 118 days. Besse Berry Brown-Cooper of Sullivan County, Tennessee was married to Luther Cooper and had 4 children and widowed after 39 years of marriage. Luther was 68 at the time of his death. Mrs. Cooper lived on her farm and moved into a nursing facility at the age of 105. Recently, Cooper reached her 116th birthday in August 2012, the second-oldest verified person from Tennessee and surpassing Elizabeth Bolden who died in December 2006, at the age of 116 years and 118 days. When asked what the secret to her super centurion lifespan, she stated, “minding my own business” working outdoors and avoiding most junk foods and ate lots of vegetables.  Occupation: retired teacher.   Cause of Death: Respiratory Failure.

Elizabeth Bolden (15 August 1890 – 11 December 2006) She lived 116 Years, 118 days and at the time of her death recognized by Guinness as the oldest living person.  She was born in Somerville, Tennessee, the daughter of freed slaves.  She had 7 children, only two of which were alive at the time of her death (Esther, 89 and Mamie 86). Elizabeth had 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great grandchildren and 220 (3 x great grandchildren) and an amazing 75 (4 x great grandchildren). And in her final days of life she resided within a Memphis Tennessee nursing facility.  Elizabeth also lived a life spanning within three centuries.

Maggie Barnes (6 March 1882 – 19 January 1998) She lived 115 years, 319 days, place of residence, Johnston County, North Carolina.  She was born to a slave and married a tenant farmer. Eleven of her children preceded her in death, while 4 of her other children survived her after death. Mrs. Barnes died of a complication from a minor foot infection.

Christian Mortensen (16 August 1882 – 25 April 1998) He lived 115 years, 252 days, last place of residence San Rafael, California. Born in a village near the city of Skanderborg, Denmark, he then settled in Chicago and worked various trades: tailor, milkman, and restaurateur and factory worker. He was married 10 years, had no children and never remarried. Retiring near Galveston Bay, Texas; 28 years later it was claimed at the age of 96 he rode his bike to the Aldersly Retirement Community in San Rafael where he stayed until his death. He’s the oldest living male to date.

When asked for advice on his long life; he stated, “stay away from alcohol; drink lots of water, keep a positive attitude, keep good friends and singing” will help you live a long time. His diet preferences were mainly a vegetarian diet and he also drank a lot of boiled water. He smoked cigars believing if in moderation, it was not unhealthy.

In order to find out how these 10 individuals lived so long – we’ll compare environment, lifestyle, diet, behaviors and habits with the online data available. In this way we may understand what common denominators may have contributed to their long life spans.

Centenarian interview statements revealed prior to death [in bold – represents a healthy habit or behavior of moderation], were claimed by each individual to contribute to their long lives spans.

Centurion Replies,

Use olive oil religiously in foods

Port “Red” Wine

Chocolate

Cashews

Potato chips

Drink lots of water

Mainly vegetarian

Drink boiled water

Junk foods

Hard Liquor

Rub olive oil on skin

Smoke Cigarettes and/or Cigars

Alcohol

Red wine

Very tranquil person

Mind my own business, stress reduction

Keep a positive attitude and sense of humor

Perceived overall Good health

Needlepoint

Ability to be mobile

Singing

Watch TV

Listen to Radio

Watch Sports

Walking-mobility

Communication

Socialization

Working Outdoors

Good Family and friend relationships

Social gatherings

One has purpose in life

Interactive life

High Cancer Statisic- Environment (Reference article #11, 12, 13, 14)

California, Florida, Texas and New York (High Cancer States)

Centurions lived most of their life – on average in low cancer per Capita States

Cause of death,

Mobility loss

Blood clot

Pneumonia

Kidney Failure

Infection

No cause listed, “respiratory failure”

Conclusion,

All but one of ten centenarians lived in a statistically low cancer state(s) [excluding those that lived outside of the United States]. And all but one of the 10 was male. Christian Mortensen lived in Texas 28 years and then moved to a California nursing home at the age of 96.  He lived ~48 years in a statistically high cancer state and where it appears he spent the majority of his first ~68 years of life in Skanderborg, Denmark.  He lived ~116 years of age beating all other fellow men in longevity.

It looks like all 10 of these individuals lived within large families; most were married and/or had large circles of various interactive social-family relationships. It also appears mobility, stress reduction and positive mood was important contributors to overall wellbeing. As far as their habits and diets – it appeared they moderated the good with a “little” bad.  For the most part, their diets appeared healthy and most consumed very little if any alcohol.

Recall, 9 out of 10 of these super centenarians where female.  It is a fact that women live longer than men. This has a lot to do with metabolism, genetics, diet, body weight, habits and lifestyle. What specifically separates men from women? Men are greatly driven by hormones (read importance of testosterone on men’s health, Ref #8) which tend to cause more risky behavior and mood-stress characteristics. Also when testosterone levels drop, or become unbalanced in men during the aging process, this change tends to have a significant impact on men’s health and longevity. Male hormone replacement therapy monitored by a physician can help with low testosterone production, which may help support vitality and longevity while reducing health risk.

These centenarians shows us they lived relatively balanced lifestyles. They were physically and mentally active throughout their life span; they enjoyed personal and social gatherings and relationships mostly within large circles of friends and family. And for those residing in the United States lived mostly within low statistical cancer states (Ref #11).

They lived purposeful and mobile lifestyles, had positive attitudes, maintained low levels of stress, had good sense of humor, enjoyed selfless endeavors and shared their life experiences and stories with others. They also lived life to the fullest and without the crutch of habitual vices and little need of medications.

Reference,

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Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2018 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Pill Extends Life to 100 Years and Beyond

23 05 2018

Forever ageless like Face Rock, Bandon Beach, OR. Do you see the face?

Last Updated:  23 May 2018

A substance taken as a pill has been studied over the last decade now shows further promise of extending life well over the centurion mark.  Whereas the “average” life span could exceed 100 years of age.

“That would be something considering the average life span today is 79.”  This doesn’t seem so impossible to believe simply based on the fact the oldest living person recorded to date was Jeanne Calment who lived 122 years and 164 days .

       Science has experimented with resveratrol concentrates in mice studies over the last decade where positive results show extended longevity, weight loss and decreased disease occurrences.  However to receive similar benefits in humans relative to the animal studies would require the consumption of 1000 glasses of red wine [resveratrol resides in wine] daily equivalent dose.  And no, “I don’t recommend consuming a lot of wine based on the study.”   However a high concentrate of resveratrol, or other phenol (plant) pill found in the marketplace may provide longevity benefits animal studies currently purport.

The questions than become 1) Do high resveratrol concentrate in supplement form exist?  2) Would it be safe to consume in high concentrate.  3)  Are those healthy-longevity results seen in animal studies relative to human metabolism and health?

“So what exactly is resveratrol?”

1-2 glasses of 6-8oz red wine per day is said to be heart health.

It’s the trace phenol substance found in the likes of grape skin, seeds and vine that is the healthy component after harvesting and processing of red grapes to wine. That’s why nutritionists and health experts agree red wine is heart healthy if not exceeding two 6-8oz glasses per day.  Alcohol volume is the health risk here.  Whereas the heart healthy phenol [resveratrol] found in red wines is present in low concentrate.

Science also tells us this particular phenol (plant) substance is known to defend against harmful bacteria and fungi pathogens.

The most abundant source of resveratrol comes from vitis vinifera, labrusca, and muscadine grape sources used to make red wines.  The highest concentrate source is from the skin of these grapes.  There is ~50-100 micrograms (millionth/gram)/red grape source and by volume ~.30 – 1.07 milligrams (thousandths/gm)/resveratrol in a 5oz glass of wine.

Resveratrol  is a secondary [stilbenoid] product which occurs naturally in a variety of plants (red grape, hops,  peanuts, Japanese Knotweed, melinjo fruit, mulberries, eucalyptus, spruce and lily).   The phenol substance from the grape stilbenoid falls under the classification of flavonoids.

3-4 fruits and vegetable servings per day are recommended to sustain optimal health.

Flavonoids are found in fruits and vegetables which provide anti-oxidant benefits.  High concentrate flavonoids also reside in seeds, nuts, green tea, buckwheat and pine bark.  The best sources of anti-oxidant flavonoids are found in onions, tea and apples and of course red wines.

It appears through scientific animal studies a high concentrate of phenol substance daily also has the potential to reduce risk against cardiovascular, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, etc.

A 2006 study show mice served an over saturated fatty diet while taking 22mg resveratrol/kg of body weight/daily had a 30% lower risk of death as opposed to mice consuming the same high fat or restricted diet without concentrate.  “Here we show that resveratrol shifts the physiology of middle-aged mice on a high-calorie diet towards that of mice on a standard diet and significantly increases their survival [Wade/Baur, et al. 2006].  Disagreement of transferable health benefits to human metabolism continued to be met with skepticism by the scientific community on topic.

However the scientific and anti-aging community may finally be more in lock-step based on the latest genomic medicine research related to this resveratrol-based 2006 longevity study.

Closest thing I had to a mouse on file for visual impact.. but I think much cuter than a mouse.

    As of early 2013, there were no published clinical trials for resveratrol animal efficiency studies based in genomic medicine with regard to human age related disease.

However on 7 March 2013,

– Efficiencies relative to reservatrol and longevity connection was recognized possible through a target group of encoded gene known as a sirtuin.  Or [SIRT1] appears to encode a member of the family of proteins that establish the human efficiency-benefit connection.   To this date, “the science of aging has increasingly focused on sirtuins, a group of genes that are believed to protect many organisms, including mammals, against diseases of aging.”

Mounting evidence has demonstrated that resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of grapes as well as in peanuts and berries, increases the activity of a specific sirtuin, SIRT1, that protects the body from diseases by revving up the mitochondria, a kind of cellular battery that slowly runs down as we age. By recharging the batteries, SIRT1 can have profound effects on health [Cameron 2013].

This is good news for the Anti-aging, medical and scientific community if these connections can be scientifically proven for human efficiency benefit.  But what is a safe resveratrol concentrate dose today until SIRT1 trials can provide further data relative to anti-aging and longevity?

Body weight, activities, environmental stress and overall lifestyle differ with each one of us. Nutritional requirements vary with each person.

In 2006, an average daily concentrate was determined based on animal studies relative to a 175lb person.  It would actually take 400mg resveratrol/kg of body weight/daily or 30,000mg/day to achieve the same efficiency claims made in the mouse studies using 22mg resveratrol/kg of mouse weight/daily.

This difference in dose adjustment for the human metabolism is necessary because ours is much slower than a mouse.  Therefore the studies using 22mg resveratrol/kg of mouse weight/daily was not relevant to human efficiency benefits.

Here’s the adjustment dose difference from those trials. Instead of 22mg resveratrol/kg of mouse weight/day, the subject (mouse) would have to be fed a diet concentrate equivalent of 30,000mg’s resveratrol/kg body weight/daily for the study to be relevant for a 175lb person!  And If a person weighing 175lbs consumed ~400mg resveratrol/kg of human weight/daily it would “likely” present a toxicity problem [Wade/Baur, et al. 2006].

    There have been no studies on mice using anywhere near a 30,000mg’s resveratrol/daily concentrate equivalent.  But past studies on mice using concentrates as high as 300 mg resveratrol/kg of mouse weight/daily for up to 4 weeks had no adverse effect.  However that’s not even close to the adjusted daily dosage for human efficiency studies.   To understand the efficiencies on humans a metabolic dosage and/or sirtuins [group of genes] must be an adjusted dose on mice relative to human weight and metabolism.

Maybe the Pacific NW Nutria would be willing to volunteer in one of the animal studies.

It will be interesting to see further animal studies that closely resemble the 30,000mg resveratrol human dose equivalent and what efficiencies/inefficiencies will be revealed in coordination with genetically coded research on humans.

Currently moderate resveratrol dosed supplements can be purchased in the marketplace.  “Those who choose to consume 20 mg of resveratrol a day can take comfort in the BioMarker research showing that this potency exerted impressive changes in critically important genes involved in various aging processes and degenerative diseases.”  However this statement is likely backed by the anti-aging research and marketers and not accepted by the scientific community until efficiency tests are proven in a controlled lab environment.

“Those who choose to consume higher doses of resveratrol can look at the media-reported studies that also showed very impressive results. The good news for consumers is that they can obtain standardized resveratrol and other grape constituents in 20 mg and 100 mg capsules, at a very moderate cost  [Life Extension 2007].”

Do your own research with longevity and anti-aging products. – the marketplace makes claims with little proof of benefits compared to research from the scientific community.

My advisement to the consumer, “Beware!  Science truly has not proven the potential side effects and health risks when consuming a high dosage resveratrol (phenol) type, or like supplemental-herb diet product(s).”

To this date the efficiencies seen in animal studies do not equate to similar human benefits.  If interested in taking resveratrol concentrate  – 20-100mg resveratrol concentrate appear safe.  However it is not clear whether or not a significant health or longevity benefit would result.

Investing in a HIGH phenol concentrate without scientific proof of efficiencies could be akin to throwing money down the drain.  The off-set… lower dosages may be of health benefit.

 Recommendation:  There are two ways to make a consumer decision on topic:

Save your money on high concentrate phenol-herb supplements until science figures out an efficiency concentrate backed by the scientific community.

Taking a 20-100mg daily dose does not appear to present a health risk.  It seems more likely than not resveratrol supplements at these dosages would improve metabolic efficiencies as opposed to increase health risk.

The decision to supplement diet with resveratrol at this point in time appears more likely a health benefit than not.

 References,

 Barrett, Stephen, M.D.  Resveratrol: Don’t Buy the Hype.  Quackwatch.org http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/DSH/resveratrol.html

 Baur JA, Pearson KJ, Price NL, Jamieson HA, Lerin C, Kalra A, Prabhu VV, Allard JS, Lopez-Lluch G, Lewis K, Pistell PJ, Poosala S, Becker KG, Boss O, Gwinn D, Wang M, Ramaswamy S, Fishbein KW, Spencer RG, Lakatta EG, Le Couteur D, Shaw RJ, Navas P, Puigserver P, Ingram DK, de Cabo R, Sinclair DA (November 2006). “Resveratrol improves health and survival of mice on a high-calorie diet”. Nature 444 (7117): 337–42.

Cameron, David.  New Study Validates Longevity Pathway. Harvard Medical School. President and Fellows of Harvard College.  7 March 2013. https://hms.harvard.edu/news/new-study-validates-longevity-pathway-3-7-13

Life Extension.  What Dose of Resveratrol Should Humans Take? Life Extension. March 2007.  http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2007/3/report_resveratrol/Page-04

 Linus Pauling Institute.  Micronutrient Information Center.  Resveratrol. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/phytochemicals/resveratrol/

 Peris, Richard.  Dr. Could We Live Forever? Or Even Come Close.  CBS news, 11 February 09.  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-3475140.html

 Roizman, Tracey.  Plant Sources of Resveratrol.  LiveStrong.com. 7 February 2011.  http://www.livestrong.com/article/376085-plant-sources-of-resveratrol/

 Wade, Nicholas (November 16, 2006). “Red Wine Ingredient Increases Endurance, Study Shows”. New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/17/health/17iht-web.1117wine.3582746.html

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 Woodard, Marc.  Was the Viking Culture Healthy?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets!  23 September 2010.  http://www.mirrorathlete.com/2012/09/22/10-super-centenarians-howd-they-live-over-116/

 Woodard, Marc.  Epidemiology Provides Ill-Health Prevention and Centurion Wisdom.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets!  23 June 2010.  http://www.mirrorathlete.com/2010/06/23/epidemiology-provides-ill-health-prevention-centurion-wisdom/

 Woodard, Marc.  Alcohol Consumption Good, or Bad for your Body?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets!  25 September 2008.  http://www.mirrorathlete.com/2008/09/25/mirror-athlete-enterprises-healthblog-alcohol-consumption/

 Woodard, Marc.  Why We Need Super Foods.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets! 23 December 2008.  http://www.mirrorathlete.com/2008/12/23/mae-healthblog-why-we-need-super-foods/

 Wikipedia.  Resveratrol. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resveratrol

 Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2017 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Emerging Science Extending Life Past 200 years

23 04 2015

Extending life hundreds of years and likely to see rural areas develop dramatically. How emerging technologies are taking SciFI and turning fountain of youth technologies into reality.

Last Updated:  23 April 2015

Biologically our bodies are able to live 120 years.  And that lifespan appears to be dependent upon many factors including our environment, culture and lifestyle.

Many now believe a 120 year life span average is not so impossible to achieve because of scientific advancements in emerging medical, genomic, and micro-Nano processing technologies.  I know this all sounds like Sci-Fi to many of you, but I assure you this emerging technology is real and occurring at warp speed

One only need to make a comparison from the early 1800’s to see that the average life span increased from ~37 to 47 years of age by the end of the 19th century.  And by the mid-1950’s one could expect to live an average life span of 68 years.  Today, that average has now reached 79 years of age.  Simply by viewing a window of time (~200 years) our average life span has increased 225%, or 44 additional years.  And to be fair, most of that 225% increase occurred during the mid-20th century due to the quickening advancement of science. In order to achieve an average 100-120 year life span for a major portion of our population, something other than lifestyle, environment and conventional medical practices needs to change.

Today the likelihood of living to the age of 120 years is reserved for a few.  Yes, there are recorded individuals that lived 122 years. And unrecorded and/or uncertified ages from birth records or hometown claims of older ages before death.  Now the 120 year lifespan may be possible for a majority rather than reserved for a few. So let’s take a look at a couple of the anti-aging experiments going on today.  And in doing so we can better understand how one could live a super centurion lifestyle in good health due to advancements in multi-science disciplines.  In this light also grasp the ideal how a safe anti-aging treatment could soon be available to live well beyond 100 years of age in good health. Could diet be part of the anti-aging solution? Let’s examine this notion.

Recent studies show us in the rhesus monkey experiment at the University of Wisconsin, restricted diets slow down the bodies aging process.  Although it is not understood exactly what mechanisms cause this, these studies show restricted calories simultaneously slow down the progression of disease as we age.  So what do scientists take away from animal studies like this?  By reducing your daily intake 20-30% “but not starvation dieting” It is said the CR (Calorie Restricted) diet could allow a human being to live maybe 135 to 140 years.  Members of the Delaney’s group (Brian Delany is the president of Calorie Restriction Society) generally consumes fewer than 2000 calories a day.  However, it is also acknowledged by other restricted diet practitioners, it is not practical for a majority of population to endure a CR diet in hopes of achieving a 135-140 age result.

Also, in San Francisco there was a gene altering experiment on microscopic worms where their average life span is 13 days.  Professor Cynthia Kenyon was able to increase some of their life spans by 6 times, simply by altering one specific gene and where the worms live a healthy productive life throughout the duration.  This validates the genes that cause us to age “are not fixed.”  And where the aging gene can be slowed down considerably through various genome treatments yet to be discovered.

The answers to fountain of youth solutions are being studied through a new millennial set of eyes.  And these new age scientists believe it is now possible to extend human life by hundreds of years, not just decades or a century! So let’s look into their thought process and vision of how 100 or 200 years additional life span could naturally progress to reality within our lifetime. The method to this madness is fueled by emerging sciences and technology.

What if science could genetically “turn-off” the feeling of hunger without the subject feeling any sense of starvation?  It could be accomplished simply by swallowing a nanobot pill that could switch on-off a DNA-gene string sequence that tells the brain 2000 calories of food per day is enough subsistence.  Would this be of value to someone that is challenged with diabetes, overweight condition and/or other ill-health complexities due to obesity, or food obsessions, etc.? Or how about a pill that was able to target a diseased gene string, recode and repair its DNA sequence.  In essence remove or short circuit a bad switch to cure disease, curve appetite and extend life!

Let’s take a closer examination of bio-genome discipline and you’ll soon realize it’s not quackery, it’s a revolutionary medical science. A science that makes it possible to turn on-off gene switches that can reset wellbeing, remove disease and extend life.  But in order to fully appreciate this potential I must define, relate and apply my understanding of these disciplines through analogies in order to express this revolutionary and life altering potential. And in some instances make some presumptions to wrap up my conclusions.

There are approximately 30,000 genes that influence our growth and development throughout our lifecycle.  Now imagine how many combinations of DNA genetic code sequences could be made out of all of these genes that influence our metabolism and immune systems for example.  And your 30,000 gene combinations are completely different and unique than any other individual.  That means no two people could ever have the same DNA gene code string sequences within a chromosome nucleus. However, we all have 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up human attributes and sequenced in the same order of decreasing size. So at the 100,000 foot ceiling we can identify chromosome and some cellular genetic structures connected to a limited number of abnormalities. It’s what we’ll soon see at ground level that’s revolutionary.

A good analogy in which to relate to chromosomes and DNA gene code sequences follows.

Our chromosomes are aligned in order like a library of encyclopedia books.  That is, we can determine when a book is missing in our chromosome library.  When a chromosome book in the library is out of order it is easy to identify that missing or out of place book.  However DNA genetic code strings bound onto a chromosomes nucleus is much harder to decode and reverse cellular mutation.

This is where understanding of genetics gets way more complicated.

Next we’ll define the emerging science of genomics.  A genome is the sum total of all of an individual organism’s genes.  And these genes reside within the structure of “any” animal’s chromosome cell’s nucleus, where there are threadlike linear strands of DNA circled and bound to associated cell proteins.  Humans have the same 46 types of chromosomes in number and order with the exception when it comes to sex determination.  That is, the 23rd pair of chromosomes is different. XX chromosome (female) and the distinctive XY chromosome (male).

Our unique genetic code resides within each chromosome [book].  And the DNA gene strings within each cells chromosomes are uniquely color coded with the genetic transcription of both parents.  Therefore our genetic code sequence reads more like a story or words used within a books chapters and as unique as a finger print, or snow flake. No two people could ever have the same DNA coded story.

Now imagine a super-tiny micro bio-factory that could be introduced into the blood or immune circulatory system, target, re-code and reset aging or diseased chromosome gene code sequences. Just like updating a sentence within a books chapter. Recall, no two people have the same chapter stories. However we do have the same book titles. It’s the individual story that reads wrong and hopefully made to read right and reverse disease and slow down aging.

Genomics has advanced greatly over the last decade and better known as Genome Technology.  The Genome Technology Branch (GTB) is a specialized group of research scientists that have developed world-class scientific control standards in innovative technology studies on gene isolation.  This science allows gene isolation research to occur on a segment of a chromosome DNA molecule that codes and sequences, to include computational analysis of chromosome protein and linear DNA sequencing, etc. It is known through these studies that the color coding of our genes occupy certain space on a DNA gene string and on any one of 23 pairs of chromosomes in nearly every cell of our body.  A blood sample is now the most common method to determine a biological DNA match.  The same confirmation of genetic match can be found within the saliva, other bio-fluids, skin, hair and exoskeleton.

If the chromosomes are the books that make up our library, then once opened the words and sentences are like the 30,000 gene combinations of off-on switches that influence our unique growth, development and disease risk.  Now you can better understand how gene sequencing at the molecular level has unique DNA code per individual and why illness and disease (cancer) can challenging to treat with todays limited medical technologies.

One day science will be able to target a genetic defect(s) within a singular chromosome DNA string to cure cancer without second guessing treatment alternatives.  And this will be accomplished by re-sequencing (and/or) turn on/off DNA gene strand connections as treatment protocol.  And the pathogen cure will “likely” be accomplished through a bio-nanobot-factory processor that targets DNA defects within a chromosomes nucleus.

What is a nanobot and how does it relate to these “super tiny” processor bio-factories better known as Nano robotics.

Nanobot is a “new conceptual” nanoscale “organic like” robot (0.1 – 10 micrometers with ~1.5 nanometer switches). Its factory platform functions like a biochemical-medical repair center who’s processing size and speeds far exceed current computer processing technology. For example, our computer processers function in micro seconds (1 millionth of a second) on relative processor scale and platform.   Where we’re heading in genome science is a super charged Nano-robotic processing time (1 billionth of a second) on a biochemical-compatible sized organic switching relay platform.

In the future these tiny bio-repair factories will be ideal to inject or consume as medicine that targets and makes the necessary cellular repairs.  But we’re still too big to operate on a Nano-processing platform and don’t have a working prototype yet. However, the micro-processing scalability already exists and it just a matter of time before Nano processing technology becomes available for medical genome treatment.   As micro and Nano-processing technologies merge and advance, so does the microbiology and genomic mapping coordination and identify chromosome nucleus defects and recode a target site.

Using computer processer technology to advance genome science is possible because our body’s cellular structures function a lot like a computer processor. And our electrical-chemical cells of the body is like a software code that makes electrical switches when chemical reactions occur. Therefore it is more likely than not this technology at some point will be able to extend life, cure cancer and where Western medicine as we know it becomes dated and obsolete.

It is possible within our lifetime we’d visit a medical doctor and be injected or swallow a pill that contains super-tiny organic bio-processor factories that circulate throughout the blood stream and make necessary repairs, cure disease and slow down the aging process. Although many of you will shrug your shoulders and think this is impossible, not in my lifetime, or morally unthinkable. These objectives and goals is emerging at an accelerated rate.

Regardless of how you feel about the science and the morality of it; anti-aging and advanced medical science are emerging industries I’d literally take stock in.

References,

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Wikipedia.  Genomics.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genomics

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Woodard, Marc.  A Pill That Could Extend Life beyond 100 Years.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  23 November 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2012/11/23/a-pill-that-could-extend-life-beyond-100-years/

Woodard, Marc.  10 Super Centenarians how’d They Live over 116?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  22 September 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2012/09/22/10-super-centenarians-howd-they-live-over-116/

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What is Nanotechnology?  http://crnano.org/whatis.htm

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ANG, CPT, RET.  2015 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com, sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





10 Super Centenarians, How did They Live over 116?

18 06 2014

Healthy relationships contribute to long life spans

Updated:  18 June 2014

I wrote an article titled “How Did These Well Known Celebrities Live so Long?”  I thought it interesting next to look at the longest living “super” centenarians on record to better understand the similarities of the longest living celebrities (Ref #4 below).

How did average people live well past 100 years of age and significantly longer than the longest living celebrities on record with a  95 year average lifespan?

First let’s examine some of the longest living centurion biographies on record.   And after reviewing these biographies, I’ll attempt to make a correlation to their lifestyle secrets.

I’ll then render an opinion as to why I think they lived so long.  It should also be pointed out some of these biographies are rather thin in background.  This is because during the 1800’s, interviews before death and recording of this information was challenging, unlike our current time celebrity longevity data.

Jeanne Calment (21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997) she lived 122 years, 164 days, place of residence Arles, France.   Jeanne Louise Calment surpassed previous Guinness Book of Record holders as the longest living confirmed human.   It was said Jeanne smoked more than 2 cigarettes per day and after an operation in 1994 she weighed 99 pounds where she became dependent on a wheelchair for mobility.  She attributed her long life and youthful appearance to olive oil which she used religiously in her food and on her skin.  Included within her diet she drank port wine and consumed ~2lbs of chocolate weekly.  In total she outlived 329 undisputedly-verified super centenarians

Sarah Knauss-Clark (24 September 1880 – 30 December 1999) she lived 119 years, 97 days, place of residence, Hollywood and Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Sarah had a career as an insurance office manager and upon her marriage to Abraham Lincoln Knauss (December 19, 1878 – March 1, 1965) she spent her time as a home maker and was a skilled seamstress.  Mrs.  Knauss was known as an extraordinary woman that pushed the envelope of longevity.  It was said, the reason for her longevity stemmed from the fact she was a very tranquil person and nothing fazed her.  Also it is known that she enjoyed life because she had her health and could do what she wanted.  Her interests and foods included: viewing golf tournaments, needlepoint and nibbling on chocolate turtles, cashews and potato chips.  Her only child Kathryn Knauss Sullivan (November 17, 1903 – January 21, 2005) lived to be 101 and was 96 at the time of her mother’s death.

Lucy Hannah (16 July 1875 – 21 March 1993) she lived 117 years, 248 days, place of residence Born in Linden, Alabama and died in Detroit.  She moved in the great migration to escape the racial tensions that where prominent of the times in the Deep South.   Her parents survived slavery for which it is noted they were whipped daily until their freedom and thereafter suffered from trauma as a result of the physical and mental scars.   Lucy married John Hannah in 1901 and had 8 children together.  Two of her children were still living at the time of her death.  The two sisters lived to be 100 years of age.  And Hannah’s mother lived to the age of 99.

Marie-Louise Meileur (29 August 1880 – 16 April 1998) She lived 117 years, 230 days, place of residence Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada.  It is known that Marie was married twice and between the two marriages had 4 children with first husband Etienne Leclerc from 1900 and where he died in 1911.  And then the super centenarian had six other children through her second marriage with Hector Meileur whom she married in 1915 until his death in 1972.  She had 85 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 57 great-great- grandchildren and 4 (3 x great grandchildren).  Marie’s death was the result of a blood clot.

Maria Capovilla (14 September 1889 – 27 August 2006) She lived 116 years, 347 days and was recognized by Guinness World Records during her reign as the world’s oldest living person ever in South America and the southern hemisphere in Guayaquil. Ecuador.  It is also interesting to note she is also the oldest human that had a life span living within three centuries.  Born as Maria Esther Heredia Lecaro; she married a military officer, Antonio Capovill after his first wife died.  They had five children together, three (Hilda, 81, Irma, 80 and Anibal 78) of which were at Maria’s side prior to death.  Antonio passed in 1949.  She had 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.  She enjoyed watching TV, reading and walked without the assistance of a cane, but helped by an aide prior to the day of her passing.  She also never smoked or drank hard liquor.

Although home bound for the last two years of life, she shared her home with eldest daughter Hilda and son-in-law.  In an interview her traditional view of men and women stated her dislike, about how women today are permitted to court men, rather than men courting women.

During 2006 near time of death Maria’s health took a turn for the worse.  She could no longer read, she nearly stopped talking and no longer could walk without the assistance of two people.  Just prior to her death she was able to sit comfortably in her chair and fan herself.  She died just 18 days before her 117th birthday.  Cause of death Pneumonia.

Tane Ikai (18 January 1879 – 12 July 1995) She lived 116 years, 175 days, place of birth Kansei, Japan.  She is the only fully verified person within Asia to reach 116 years of age.  She married at the age of 20 had 3 sons and one daughter.  At the age of 38 she left her husband.  At the age of 89 she entered a nursing home.  At the age of 109 she had a stroke where she remained bed ridden in a hospital until her death.   Cause of death kidney failure.

Besse Cooper (26 August 1896 – 4 December 2012) 116 years and surpassing Elizabeth Bolden’s 116 years, 118 days.  Besse Berry Brown-Cooper of Sullivan County, Tennessee was married to Luther Cooper and had 4 children and widowed after 39 years of marriage.  Luther was 68 at the time of his death.  Mrs. Cooper lived on her farm and moved into a nursing facility at the age of 105.   Recently, Cooper reached her 116th birthday in August 2012, the second-oldest verified person from Tennessee and surpassing Elizabeth Bolden who died in December 2006, at the age of 116 years and 118 days.  When asked what the secret to her super centurion lifespan, she stated, “minding my own business” working outdoors and avoiding most junk foods and ate lots of vegetables.  Occupation: retired teacher.   Cause of Death: Respiratory Failure.

Elizabeth Bolden (15 August 1890 – 11 December 2006) She lived 116 Years, 118 days and at the time of her death recognized by Guinness as the oldest living person.  She was born in Somerville, Tennessee, the daughter of freed slaves.  She had 7 children, only two of which were alive at the time of her death (Esther, 89 and Mamie 86).   Elizabeth had 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great grandchildren and 220 (3 x great grandchildren) and an amazing 75 (4 x great grandchildren).  And in her final days of life she resided within a Memphis Tennessee nursing facility.  Elizabeth also lived a life spanning within three centuries.

Maggie Barnes (6 March 1882 – 19 January 1998) She lived 115 years, 319 days, place of residence, Johnston County, North Carolina.  She was born to a slave and married a tenant farmer.  Eleven of her children preceded her in death, while 4 of her other children survived her after death.  Mrs. Barnes died of a complication from a minor foot infection.

Christian Mortensen (16 August 1882 – 25 April 1998) He lived 115 years, 252 days, last place of residence San Rafael, California.  Born in a village near the city of Skanderborg, Denmark, he then settled in Chicago and worked various trades: tailor, milkman, and restaurateur and factory worker.  He was married 10 years, had no children and never remarried.  Retiring near Galveston Bay, Texas; 28 years later it was claimed at the age of 96 he rode his bike to the Aldersly Retirement Community in San Rafael where he stayed until his death.  He’s the oldest living male to date.

When asked for advice on his long life; he stated, “stay away from alcohol; drink lots of water, keep a positive attitude, keep good friends and singing” will help you live a long time.  His diet preferences were mainly a vegetarian diet and he also drank a lot of boiled water.  He also smoked cigars believing if in moderation, it was not unhealthy.

In order to find these 10 centurions longevity secrets, we’ll compare their lifestyles, diet, behaviors and habits to compare common lifestyle habits and behavioral denominators that may have led to their long life spans.

Centenarian biographical and interview statements below: “in bold” are some of the lifestyle habits and behaviors claimed to contribute to their long lives.

Centurion Replies,

Use olive oil religiously in foods

Port “Red” Wine

Chocolate

Cashews

Potato chips

Drink lots of water

Mainly vegetarian

Drink boiled water

Junk foods

Hard Liquor

Rub olive oil on skin

Smoke Cigarettes and/or Cigars

Alcohol

Red wine

Very tranquil person

Mind my own business, stress reduction

Keep a positive attitude and sense of humor

Perceived and overall Good health

Needlepoint

Ability to be mobile

Singing

Watch TV

Listen to Radio

Watch Sports

Walking-mobility

Communication

Socialization

Working Outdoors

Good Family and friend relationships

Social gatherings

One has purpose in life

Interactive life

High Cancer Statisic- Environment (Reference article #11, 12, 13, 14)

California, Florida, Texas and New York (High Cancer States)

Centurions live mostly in Low Cancer States

Cause of death,

Mobility loss

Blood clot

Pneumonia

Kidney Failure

Infection

No cause listed, “respiratory failure”

Conclusion,

All but one of ten centenarians lived in a statistically low cancer state(s) [excluding those that lived outside of the United States].  And all but one of the 10 was male.  Christian Mortensen lived in Texas 28 years and then moved to a California nursing home at the age of 96.  He lived ~48 years in a statistically high cancer state(s), and where it appears he spent the majority of his first ~68 years of life in Skanderborg, Denmark.  He lived ~116 years of age beating all other fellow men in longevity.

It looks like all 10 of these individuals lived within large families; most were married and/or had large circles of various interactive social-family relationships.  It also appears mobility, stress reduction and positive mood disposition was important contributors to overall wellbeing.  As far as their habits and diets it appeared they moderated the good with “little” bad.  For the most part, their diets appeared healthy and most did not consume any or very little alcohol.

Recall, 9 out of 10 of these super centenarians where female.  It is a fact that women live longer than men.  This has a lot to do with genetics, diet, body weight, hormones, immune systems, habits and lifestyle.   What specifically separates men from women?  Men are greatly driven by hormones (read importance of testosterone on men’s health, Ref #8) that tend to cause more risky behavior and mood-stress characteristics.  Also when testosterone levels drop, or become unbalanced in men during the aging process, this change tends to have a significant impact on men’s health and longevity.

These centenarians shows us they lived relatively balanced lifestyles.  They were physically and mentally active throughout their life span; they enjoyed personal and social gatherings and relationships mostly within large circles of friends and family. And for those residing in the United States lived mostly within low statistical cancer states (Ref #11).

They lived purposeful and mobile lifestyles, had positive attitudes, maintained low levels of stress, had good sense of humor, enjoyed selfless endeavors and shared their life experiences and stories with others.  They also lived life to the fullest and without the crutch of habitual vices and little need of medications.

Reference,

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  12. Woodard, Marc.  Is Pancreatic Cancer on the Rise?  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  24 October 2009.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2009/10/24/mae-health-blog-is-pancreatic-cancer-on-the-rise-part-1/
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Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2014 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Fountain of Youth Found Through Nano-Biological Factories

2 12 2012

The Fountain of Youth will be Found in the advancement of biological and emerging technology solutions

    Biologically our bodies are designed to live 120 years.  And that lifespan appears to be dependent upon many factors including our environment, diet, genes, habits, behaviors, physical activities and mental disposition, etc.   Many now believe a 120 year life span average is not so impossible because of scientific advancements in emerging medical, genomic, and micro-nano processing technologies.  I know this all sounds like Sci-Fi to many of you, but I assure you this scientific advancement is real and is occurring at warp speed.

     One only need to make a comparison from the early 1800’s to see that the average life span increased from ~37 to 47 years of age by the end of the 19th century.  And by the mid-1950’s one could expect to live an average life span of 68 years.  Today, that average has now reached 79 years of age.  Simply by viewing a window of time (~200 years) our average life span has increased 225%, or 44 additional years.  And to be fair, most of that 225% increase occurred during the mid-20th century due to the quickening advancement of science.

     In order to achieve an average 100-120 year life span for a major portion of our population, something other than lifestyle, diet and conventional medical practices will need to be added to the equation.  Today the ability to achieve the 120 year mark is reserved for a few.  Yes, there are a few [see referenced links below] recorded individuals that have lived ~122 years, believe it or not.  Now the 120 year lifespan may be possible for a majority of us to achieve as advancements of new emerging sciences endeavor to unlock the fountain of youth.

     So let’s take a look at a couple of the anti-aging experiments going on today.  And in doing so we can better understand how we get to the 120 year milestone for the majority.  In this light we can also begin to grasp on to the ideal that a safe anti-aging product could be available within our lifetime to extend our average life well beyond 79 years of age.

     For example, experiments of rhesus monkeys at the University of Wisconsin show through restricted diets the bodies aging process slows down.  Although it is not understood exactly what mechanisms cause this, these studies also show restricted calories simultaneously slow down the progression of disease as we age.  So what do scientists take away from animal studies like these to advance to the next level of anti-aging solutions?  Let’s review insight and results based on these types of experiments to see if we can connect the dots.

     By reducing your daily intake 20-30% “but not starvation dieting” It is said the CR (Calorie Restricted) diet could allow a human being to live maybe 135 to 140 years.  Members of the Delaney’s group (Brian Delany is the president of Calorie Restriction Society) generally consumes fewer than 2000 calories a day.  However, it is also acknowledged by other restricted diet practitioners, it is not practical for the mass to endure a CR diet in hopes of achieving a 135-140 year life span.

     Also, in San Francisco there is a gene altering experiment on microscopic worms where their average life span is 13 days.  Professor Cynthia Kenyon has been able to increase some of their life spans by 6 times, simply by altering one specific gene and where the worms live a healthy productive life throughout the duration.  This experiment validates the genes that cause us to age “are not fixed.”  Instead, these types of experiments show us that the aging gene can be slowed down considerably.

     Its experiments like these that puts us closer to understanding what turns on and off the genetic aging and disease switches within our bodies.  Although these experiments are only a few of many that could have been shared within this article to make a point, they are examples of many similar studies occurring abroad.  The answers to longevity solutions are now being studied through a new generation of scientists.  And these new age scientists believe it is now possible to extend human life by hundreds of years, not just decades!  So let’s look into this new age mindset and emerging technologies so we can better understand how science will get there.

   What if science could genetically “turn-off” the feeling of hunger without the subject feeling any sense of starving?  And it could be accomplished simply by swallowing a nanobot pill that could switch on-off a DNA-gene string sequence that tells the brain 2000 calories of food per day is enough subsistence.  Would this be of value to someone that is challenged with diabetes and/or other ill-health complexities due to obesity, or food obsessions?  Or how about a pill that was able to target a diseased gene string and fix it by recoding its DNA sequence to maintain a healthy structure for the next 100 years!

     In all likelihood, I believe longevity science will be applied to extend life beyond a 120 year timeline within the 21st century using genomic and bio-nanobot medical sciences and technologies.  Let’s take a better look at these futuristic biological science technologies and how they “could” possibly turn on-off these gene switches to extend life and remove disease.  But in order to fully understand this potential prospect we first must define, relate and apply the basic elements of these advanced emerging sciences.

     There are approximately 30,000 genes that influence our growth and development.  Now imagine how many combinations of DNA genetic code sequences could be made out of all of these genes.  Your 30,000 gene combinations are completely different and unique than any other individual.  That means no two people would ever have the same DNA gene code string within a chromosome nucleus.  But what genetic commonality do all humans share?  We all have 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up our human attributes and where they are sequenced in the same order of decreasing size. 

    Here is a good anology in which to relate to a chromosome and DNA gene sequences.  Our chromosomes are aligned in order like a library of encyclopedia books.  That is, we can determine when a book is missing in our chromosome library.  When our chromosome library in out of order it is not so hard to identify known diseases.  However DNA genetic code strings bound onto our chromosomes nucleus are what makes each one of us uniquely different as human beings.  This is where understanding of genetics get’s way more complicated.  By understanding where we’re at and where we’re going on this nano-scale, we can see how science will one day unlock the fountain of youth and disease free secrets.

     Next we’ll define the emerging science of genomics.  A genome is the sum total of all of an individual organism’s genes.  And these genes reside within the structure of “any” animal’s chromosome cell’s nucleus, where there are threadlike linear strands of DNA circled and bound to associated cell proteins.  Humans have the same 46 types of chromosomes in number and order with the exception when it comes to sex determination.  That is, the 23rd pair of chromosomes is different: XX chromosome (female) and the distinctive XY chromosome (male).  However, our genetic code resides within each chromosome.  And the DNA gene strings within each chromosome are uniquely color coded with the genetic transcription of both parents.  Therefore our genetic code sequence is as unique as a finger print, or snow flake.

     Now imagine a super-tiny micro bio-factory that could be introduced into the blood circulation; target and re-code ailing or diseased chromosome or gene strings!

     The merging of advanced medical science has evolved within Genomics and within the last 10 years, or better known as Genome Technologies.  The Genome Technology Branch (GTB) is a specialized group of research scientists that have developed world-class scientific control standards in innovative technology studies of gene isolation.  This science allows gene isolation research to occur on a segment of a chromosome DNA molecule that codes and sequences, to include computational analysis of chromosome protein and linear DNA sequencing, etc.

     It is known through these studies that the color coding of these genes occupy certain space on the DNA gene strings of all  23 pairs of chromosomes within nearly every cell of our body.  A blood sample is now the most common method to determine a biological match after DNA analysis.  The same confirmation of genetic match can be found within the saliva, bio-fluids, skin, hair, exoskeleton etc.

     If the chromosomes are the books that make up our libraries, then once opened the words and sentences are like the 30,000 gene combinations of off-on switches that influence our unique growth and developmental standards.  And now you can better understand how gene sequencing at the molecular level has unique variances within each of us; and why our metabolic and gene chemistries are so complicated, but with similar genetic and uniform “platform [library] design.”  And by this understanding you can also appreciate how our DNA can be greatly influenced by our environment, diet, physical activities and emerging science technologies.

     One day science will easily be able to target a genetic defect(s) within a singular chromosome to cure untreatable rare diseases and disorders.  And this will be accomplished by understanding how to re-sequence (and/or) turn on/off DNA gene strands to cure us.  And this will “likely” be accomplished by a bio-nanobot-factory processor that can target these defect strands within a chromosome nucleus to achieve the desired medical result.   Cures will include, but not limited to repair of organs, skin, bone, cartilage, brain, ligament, glands, metabolic function, growing new tissue and nerves, etc., and extend life span!

     Now we’ll briefly jump into what are nanobots, and how does this correlate with these “super tiny” processor bio-factories, or better known as nanorobotics.  This is a “new conceptual” ideal where a nanoscale “organic like” robot (0.1 – 10 micrometers with ~1.5 nanometer switches) acts like a bio-processing medical repair factory. 

     For example, our computer processing time is now into the micro (1 millionth of a second) processing speed capacity and platform size.   And where we’re heading is toward a nano-robotic processing time (1 billionth of a second) on a biocompatible “scaled” platform.  Today tiny bio-repair factories are conceptually possible to induce into the body and make ill-health repairs.  But we’re still too big to operate on a nano-processing speed and don’t have a working prototype platform yet. 

     However, this processor platform and “near” scalability already exists within our computer technologies.   As the micro to nano-processing technologies advance, so does the microbiology and genomic mapping coordination to target and identify defective chromosome nucleus and genetic DNA color code strings.  And as emerging sciences continue to figure out new ways to increase logic speeds and shrink compatible platforms this is all possible.  The computer nuts and bolts of speeding up process logic on scaled platforms continue to accelerate and have an influence in all industries dependent upon advancement of these sciences.

     Transitioning from our computer processor technology to biological genome world is possible because once concept is mapped toward design, then a bio-medical platform agent is the next logical step.  Therefore it should not be thought of as impossible for these technologies to merge where life extension and disease is removed.  Just the opposite appears to be coming true.  It is possible within our lifetime to see a day where a customer would visit a physician and be injected, absorb and/or swallow a pill that contains super-tiny organic bio-processor factories that circulate throughout the blood stream to make medical repairs and cure disease.

     Although many of you will shrug your shoulders and think impossible or morally unthinkable, these emerging science technologies are occurring.  Regardless of how you feel about where science is heading, these are industries I would take stock in “literally.”  It truly is possible to achieve a commercial medical application within our lifetime where nano-organic processing factories will be able to cure us from all that ails us.  And this include life extension, or better known as the fountain of youth!

 References,

 About.com. What is Binary?  http://php.about.com/od/programingglossary/qt/binary.htm

 Bionet.  How Long Can we Live? www.bionetonline.orghttp://www.bionetonline.org/english/content/ll_cont1.htm

 National Human Genome Research Institute.  Genome Technology Branch.  http://www.genome.gov/10000016

 Peris, Richard. Dr. Could We Live Forever? Or Even Come Close. 11 February 09. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-3475140.html

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 Wikipedia.  Genomics.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genomics

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 Woodard, Marc.  A Pill That Could Extend Life beyond 100 Years.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  23 November 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2012/11/23/a-pill-that-could-extend-life-beyond-100-years/

 Woodard, Marc.  10 Super Centenarians how’d They Live over 116?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  22 September 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2012/09/22/10-super-centenarians-howd-they-live-over-116/

 CRNano.org.  Center for Responsible Nanotechnology.  What is Nanotechnology?  http://crnano.org/whatis.htm

 Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2012 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





10 Super Centenarians, How did They Live over 116?

22 09 2012

Healthy relationships contribute to long life spans

Recently I wrote an article titled “How Did These Well Known Celebrities Live so Long?”  I thought it interesting next to look at the longest living “super” centenarians on record to better understand the similarities and comparisons to the longest living celebrities (“How these Well Known Celebrities Lived So Long).  How did average people live well past 100 years of age and significantly longer than the longest living celebrities that had an average life span of 95 years?

First let’s examine some of the longest living centurion biographies on record starting from the oldest.   And after reviewing these biographies, I’ll attempt to make a correlation as to their longevity secrets.  I’ll then render an opinion as to why I think they lived so long.  It should also be pointed out some of these biographies are rather thin in substance.  This is because in the 1800’s interviews before death and biographical information was difficult to find, unlike our celebrities biographies.

Jeanne Calment (21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997) she lived 122 years, 164 days, place of residence Arles, France.   Jeanne Louise Calment surpassed previous Guinness Book of Record holders as the longest living confirmed human.   It was said Jeanne smoked more than 2 cigarettes per day and after an operation in 1994 she weighed 99 pounds where she became dependent on a wheelchair for mobility.  She attributed her long life and youthful appearance to olive oil which she used religiously in her food and on her skin.  Included within her diet she drank port wine and consumed ~2lbs of chocolate weekly.  In total she outlived 329 undisputedly-verified super centenarians

Sarah Knauss-Clark (24 September 1880 – 30 December 1999) she lived 119 years, 97 days, place of residence, Hollywood and Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Sarah had a career as an insurance office manager and upon her marriage to Abraham Lincoln Knauss (December 19, 1878 – March 1, 1965) she spent her time as a home maker and was a skilled seamstress.  Mrs.  Knauss was known as an extraordinary woman that pushed the envelope of longevity.  It was said, the reason for her longevity stemmed from the fact she was a very tranquil person and nothing fazed her.  Also it is known that she enjoyed life because she had her health and could do what she wanted.  Her interests and foods included: viewing golf tournaments, needlepoint and nibbling on chocolate turtles, cashews and potato chips.  Her only child Kathryn Knauss Sullivan (November 17, 1903 – January 21, 2005) lived to be 101 and was 96 at the time of her mother’s death.

Lucy Hannah (16 July 1875 – 21 March 1993) she lived 117 years, 248 days, place of residence Born in Linden, Alabama and died in Detroit.  She moved in the great migration to escape the racial tensions that where prominent of the times in the Deep South.   Her parents survived slavery for which it is noted they were whipped daily until their freedom and thereafter suffered from trauma as a result of the physical and mental scars.   Lucy married John Hannah in 1901 and had 8 children together.  Two of her children were still living at the time of her death.  The two sisters lived to be 100 years of age.  And Hannah’s mother lived to the age of 99.

Marie-Louise Meileur (29 August 1880 – 16 April 1998) She lived 117 years, 230 days, place of residence Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada.  It is known that Marie was married twice and between the two marriages had 4 children with first husband Etienne Leclerc from 1900 and where he died in 1911.  And then the super centenarian had six other children through her second marriage with Hector Meileur whom she married in 1915 until his death in 1972.  She had 85 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 57 great-great- grandchildren and 4 (3 x great grandchildren).  Marie’s death was the result of a blood clot.

Maria Capovilla (14 September 1889 – 27 August 2006) She lived 116 years, 347 days and was recognized by Guinness World Records during her reign as the world’s oldest living person ever in South America and the southern hemisphere in Guayaquil. Ecuador.  It is also interesting to note she is also the oldest human that had a life span living within three centuries.  Born as Maria Esther Heredia Lecaro; she married a military officer, Antonio Capovill after his first wife died.  They had five children together, three (Hilda, 81, Irma, 80 and Anibal 78) of which were at Maria’s side prior to death.  Antonio passed in 1949.  She had 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.  She enjoyed watching TV, reading and walked without the assistance of a cane, but helped by an aide prior to the day of her passing.  She also never smoked or drank hard liquor.

Although home bound for the last two years of life, she shared her home with eldest daughter Hilda and son-in-law.  In an interview her traditional view of men and women stated her dislike, about how women today are permitted to court men, rather than men courting women.

During 2006 near time of death Maria’s health took a turn for the worse.  She could no longer read, she nearly stopped talking and no longer could walk without the assistance of two people.  Just prior to her death she was able to sit comfortably in her chair and fan herself.  She died just 18 days before her 117th birthday.  Cause of death Pneumonia.

Tane Ikai (18 January 1879 – 12 July 1995) She lived 116 years, 175 days, place of birth Kansei, Japan.  She is the only fully verified person within Asia to reach 116 years of age.  She married at the age of 20 had 3 sons and one daughter.  At the age of 38 she left her husband.  At the age of 89 she entered a nursing home.  At the age of 109 she had a stroke where she remained bed ridden in a hospital until her death.   Cause of death kidney failure.

Besse Cooper (26 August 1896 – Living) 116 years and surpassing Elizabeth Bolden’s 116 years, 118 days.  Besse Berry Brown-Cooper of Sullivan County, Tennessee was married to Luther Cooper and had 4 children and widowed after 39 years of marriage.  Luther was 68 at the time of his death.  Mrs. Cooper lived on her farm and moved into a nursing facility at the age of 105.   Recently, Cooper reached her 116th birthday in August 2012, the second-oldest verified person from Tennessee and surpassing Elizabeth Bolden who died in December 2006, at the age of 116 years and 118 days.  When asked what the secret to her super centurion lifespan, she stated, “minding my own business” working outdoors and avoiding most junk foods and ate lots of vegetables.  Occupation: retired teacher.   See recent living update on Besse Cooper:  by Miller, Andy. At Georgia health News link.  http://www.georgiahealthnews.com/2012/08/healthy-life-georgia-besse-coopers-world-beating-longevity/

Elizabeth Bolden (15 August 1890 – 11 December 2006) She lived 116 Years, 118 days and at the time of her death recognized by Guinness as the oldest living person.  She was born in Somerville, Tennessee, the daughter of freed slaves.  She had 7 children, only two of which were alive at the time of her death (Esther, 89 and Mamie 86).   Elizabeth had 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great grandchildren and 220 (3 x great grandchildren) and an amazing 75 (4 x great grandchildren).  And in her final days of life she resided within a Memphis Tennessee nursing facility.  Elizabeth also lived a life spanning within three centuries.

Maggie Barnes (6 March 1882 – 19 January 1998) She lived 115 years, 319 days, place of residence, Johnston County, North Carolina.  She was born to a slave and married a tenant farmer.  Eleven of her children preceded her in death, while 4 of her other children survived her after death.  Mrs. Barnes died of a complication from a minor foot infection.

Christian Mortensen (16 August 1882 – 25 April 1998) He lived 115 years, 252 days, last place of residence San Rafael, California.  Born in a village near the city of Skanderborg, Denmark, he then settled in Chicago and worked various trades: tailor, milkman, and restaurateur and factory worker.  He was married 10 years, had no children and never remarried.  Retiring near Galveston Bay, Texas; 28 years later it was claimed at the age of 96 he rode his bike to the Aldersly Retirement Community in San Rafael where he stayed until his death.  He’s the oldest living male to date.

When asked for advice on his long life; he stated, “stay away from alcohol; drink lots of water, keep a positive attitude, keep good friends and singing” will help you live a long time.  His diet preferences were mainly a vegetarian diet and he also drank a lot of boiled water.  He also smoked cigars believing if in moderation, it was not unhealthy.

In order to find these 10 centurions longevity secrets, we’ll compare their lifestyles, diet, behaviors and habits to determine common denominators that may have led to their long life spans.  Then through “connecting of the dots,” we may have some answers as to “how they did it.”

Centenarian biographical and interview statements below: “in bold” means there was lifestyle habits, diet and behaviors in common with other centurions.

Centurion Replies,

Use olive oil religiously in foods

Port “Red” Wine

Chocolate

Cashews

Potato chips

Drink lots of water

Mainly vegetarian

Drink boiled water

Junk foods

Hard Liquor

Rub olive oil on skin

Smoke Cigarettes and/or Cigars

Alcohol

Red wine

Very tranquil person

Mind my own business, stress reduction

Keep a positive attitude and sense of humor

Perceived and overall Good health

Needlepoint

Ability to be mobile

Singing

Watch TV

Listen to Radio

Watch Sports

Walking-mobility

Communication

Socialization

Working Outdoors

Good Family and friend relationships

Social gatherings

One has purpose in life

Interactive life

High Cancer Statisic- Environment (Reference article #11, 12, 13, 14)

California, Florida, Texas and New York (High Cancer States)

Centurions live mostly in Low Cancer States

Cause of death,

Mobility loss

Blood clot

Pneumonia

Kidney Failure

Infection

No cause listed, “respiratory failure”

Conclusion,

All but one of ten centenarians lived in a statistically low cancer state(s) [excluding those that lived outside of the United States].  And all but one of the 10 was male.  Christian Mortensen lived in Texas 28 years and then moved to a California nursing home at the age of 96.  He lived ~48 years in a statistically high cancer state(s), and where it appears he spent the majority of his first ~68 years of life in Skanderborg, Denmark.  He lived ~116 years of age beating all other fellow men in longevity.

It looks like all 10 of these individuals lived within large families; most were married and/or had large circles of various interactive social-family relationships.  And it appears mobility, stress reduction and positive mood disposition was important and major contributors for quality of life and healthy longevity results.  As far as their habits and diets it appeared they moderated the good with “little” bad.  For the most part, their diets appeared healthy and most did not consume any or little alcohol.

Recall, 9 out of 10 of these super centenarians where female.  It is a fact that women live longer than men.  This has a lot to do with genetics, diet, body weight, hormones, immune systems, habits and lifestyle risks.   What specifically separates men from women?  Men are greatly driven by hormones (read importance of testosterone on men’s health, Ref #8) that tend to cause more risky behavior and mood-stress characteristic difference between the two sexes.  Also when testosterone levels drop, or become unbalanced in men during the aging process, this change tends to have a significant impact on men’s health and longevity.

These centenarians shows us they lived relatively balanced lifestyles.  They were physically and mentally active throughout their life span; they enjoyed personal and social gatherings and relationships mostly within large circles of friends and family. And for those residing in the United States lived mostly within low statistical cancer states (Ref #11).

The absolute lifestyle commonalities they all seemed to share regardless of geography:  they lived purposeful and mobile lifestyles, had positive attitudes, maintained low levels of stress, had good sense of humor, enjoyed selfless endeavors and sharing their lives and wisdom with others.  And lived life to the fullest and without the crutch of habitual vices and little use for medications.

Reference,

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  12. Woodard, Marc.  Is Pancreatic Cancer on the Rise?  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  24 October 2009.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2009/10/24/mae-health-blog-is-pancreatic-cancer-on-the-rise-part-1/
  13. Woodard, Marc.  Can You Prevent Cancer?  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  1 May 2008.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2008/05/01/mirror-athlete-enterprises-health-blog-can-you-prevent-cancer/
  14. Woodard, Marc.  Toxins in Every House Hold Consumer Product, What!  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  5 December 2007.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2007/12/05/mirror-athlete-enterprises-healthblog-is-cancer-in-your-tub/

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2012 Copyright, All rights reserved, MirrorAthlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Epidemiology Provides Ill-Health Prevention & Centurion Wisdom

23 06 2010

    In a nut shell, epidemiology is the study of illness and disease affecting a population’s health.  It is also an applied science specific to the incidence of disease in populations as opposed to the individual.  I believe basic knowledge of this highly specialized job can provide individuals with a better understanding in prevention of disease and relative-timely medical referrals for ill-health conditions.  My point is if we could learn how to use specific data to our advantage in seeking to identify and treat our ill-health, we would be much more successful at alleviating pain-illness and maintaining better overall health and happiness.  This does not mean you need a degree in epidemiology to apply a common sense approach to find resolve to a specific ill-health problem.  What it does mean, by understanding how science identifies and treats epidemics in populations; the basic principles of this knowledge can provide the individual a better ill-health troubleshooting skill set that many centurions use to improve upon quality living experiences as they age!

     The work of epidemiologists includes researching risk factors in environment that cause illness and disease, clinical identification/study of illness agent, data collection, etc., of infected people and treatment of environmental out breaks on population.  What most don’t understand, epidemiologists rely on a vast array of disciplines in order to “best” identify an ill-health outbreak.  In order to understand how ill-health is disseminated on a population requires an understanding and mastery by these experts; and those specialized in the fields of biology, sociology, mathematics, statistics, anthropology, psychology and policy (research policy and bureaucracy impact data results and interpretation).  So the “one cause-one effect” to illness and death rarely is a single contributor of ill-health on a population.   Instead, multiple factors, circumstances and opportunity within environment typically lead to an epidemic that would create the lethal agent outbreak impacting an entire population.  If pain alleviation and ill-health prevention wisdom is the result of knowing how to apply some of this basic knowledge; than living to be a healthy centurion is a “more likely than not” goal scenario, is it not?

     With a broad range of potential bio-agents and psychosocial cause factors, ill-health agents can attack the physical mind-body from many internal and external cause fronts.  Understand that each one of us is a 3-part being that requires a healthy environment which caters to the mind, body and spirit.  Also recall, the internal biological neural highways, mind-body (psychosomatic) connection can depress the body’s physical biology and spirit.  The same is true of body-spirit pain which can depress the bio-mind making any part of being sick through the psychosomatic connection.  We are a 360 degree feedback “being” mechanism.  In other words, to make it simple, we all have the ability to think ourselves into ill-health conditions when our internal and external environments depress us through infection worsening a condition for example.  We do not become ill due to only biological external environmental agents!  And when our “being” is depressed, we are more susceptible to illness and disease agents from multiple environmental cause agents!

     Now let’s look at one example where epidemiologists have used their specialized data collection techniques to determine agent cause, treat and save lives in populations, than use this as a model to apply to self. 

     Before water and food sanitation practices evolved many people got extremely sick from the cholera bacteria.  This bacterium dispersed within a population from feces, or other effluents (vomit, diarrhea, etc.) that contaminated their living space; water and food sources, etc.    Cholera would not only be in the water source but would then spread to coastal water ways for example and attach itself to shellfish contaminating those whose diet in part was dependent on them.  Through consumption of shellfish the bacteria would continue its assault on distant coastal populations.   This chain of events could then infect local and distant water/food supplies, dwellings, etc., which infected the body, mind and spirit of individuals, also families in multiple communities.

     By “collecting data points” from various near and distant infected social-cultural environments, people, animals, soil samples, water, food, etc., scientist where able to find the common contributing denominator(s) to an epidemic that wiped out huge populations in the past before the Cholera bacteria agent was identified.  Once this agent was identified, preventative sanitation and treatment practices were put into effect and outbreaks in civilized populations became nonexistent.  Today these specialists collect data and provide consumers and other interest groups risk data and advisement on poor diet, smoking (second hand smoke), sewage-sanitation systems/practices, food preparation/storage, various environmental impact studies, toxic product identification, pandemic containment advisement etc., and the list goes on.

     So what can you as an individual take away from this wisdom to apply to self?  After all most of us aren’t statistical analysts that have participated in illness and disease epidemic studies.  Regardless, there are lessons to be learned and tools that can be used on self, much like the epidemiologist approach in discovery to rid a population of ill-health environmental conditions.  So the basic skill set you can improve upon when seeking relative and timely treatment to ill-health signs and symptoms will require you to provide historical and daily data to a treating physician, or specialist.    Regardless of whether an illness is acute (infrequent occurrence), or chronic (frequent-consistent occurrence), you must learn to track specific data much like the epidemiologist seeks the cause and effect in finding an ill-health agent afflicting a population.  By learning how to target the cause agent a likely solution can be applied to the internal/external threat before it causes further damage to being.  What kind of data you ask?

     You must begin collecting data on your daily habits, time/day of pain, and frequency of event, duration, signs-symptoms, products/food you consume; identify risky behaviors-habits and things that cause stress in your life.  Now you are collecting data that can be shared with those of specific medical knowledge disciplines.  Remember a “one cause-one effect” that creates illness in a population is seldom the case.  That is, the Cholera a bacterium was born and spread from multiple cause agent carriers; starting through poor sanitation practices.  This infected people, food, rodents and water; impacted social activities, wellbeing (quarantined/death) which impacted social/family dynamics in local and distant communities for years thereafter.   So where did science start looking first for this culprit?  Good question, a process of elimination through data collection and other scientific means of the times.  The same is basically true when any patient has complex illness and pain symptoms.  By collecting data on your daily habits, signs and symptoms you are providing biological, psychological, diet, physical, statistical and social environmental information that will provide a more likely inference on the cause agent(s) origin to your discomfort and ill-health.

     Below are 12 data points of interest you can track for self to share with a physician before consultations; much like an epidemiologist would collect to increase probability of targeting harmful agents by sharing collected data with other specialists to rid a population of a likely cause agent.  You too must also do some homework by providing suspected cause agent data to your physician for the best treatment outcome. 

     Information and Data Cause Agent Source Example/Ideals for the individual:  1) Use the Internet to research your symptoms/treatment solutions and visit chat rooms-forums to learn more about suspected illness and disease.  2)  If diagnosed with substantiated illness-disease buy self-help books from experts, or visit your local library for successful treatment solutions/ideals.  3) Talk to parents, siblings and blood relatives to see if there is a genetic ill-health connection, cause and what was the treatment… Did the illness worsen, or improve with treatment?  4) Are your symptoms caused from poor diet?  5) Do you engage in unhealthy habits, i.e., smoking, drinking, poor diet?  6) Are you active, or do you live a sedentary lifestyle?  7)  Do you socialize, practice spiritualism, or are you a recluse?  8)  Do you encounter daily environmental/product toxins at work/home hobbies, living area etc.?  9)  Are you involved in a stressful relationship, job and/or family?   10)  Do you take prescription medications, if so what kind & how long?  11) Are you generally depressed?  If so, do you understand why?  12) Have you had a past injury, allergy, infection that remains problematic, untreated, causes pain and/or depression?

     A process of environmental cause agent elimination can benefit your ill-health quest by collecting these daily data points and plotting them on a graph for example.  Simply list your data point suspicions horizontally.  Next list each column by the day with a 3 category code in bold: Worse, No Change, or Better.  This way you begin to plot data where status change of condition can easily be noted and shared with your treating physician(s).

     By becoming knowledgeable of symptoms caused per unique environment, one can begin the process of removing potential cause agent sources out of the equation that may be impacting, or depressing the mind, body and spirit.  For example, if you suspect something in your diet is the source of your problem; remove the potential suspect source agent for a couple of weeks to see if this improves your condition(s) plot and code the data points daily.  This can easily be done in between consultations which can be shared with treating physician(s).  Note: Do not put off seeing a physician before you start this process.  Instead, seek medical attention as soon as possible if you feel you have a serious medical condition and chart your medical condition suspicion study simultaneously.

     There are many other ways an ill-health cause agent can catch you off guard.  But this data collection insight will provide a starting point of suspected agent(s) data when consulting with physicians and specialists.  Then again, this is important why?  Because all too often we seek medical attention without providing valuable historical, recent signs/symptoms data during the physician consult.  This my friend’s leads all too often to untimely and non relative treatment!

     You don’t have to have the expertise of an epidemiologist, but only understand the importance of data collection to share with your physicians to better analyze your ill-health conditions.  Because in too many cases, we the patient depend too heavily on our doctors to fix, or treat us with a prescription and follow up based on if our signs and symptoms have not improved.  This all-too-often quick results treatment removes signs and symptoms temporarily.  But it does not address the underlying environmental and habitual cause agents of our ill-health.  As you’ve seen, we are much more complicated beings that require a multidiscipline approach to treat and keep us healthy.  And in order to determine ill health causal relationships, requires us to also be honest with ourselves by identifying our bad habits, risky behaviors and environmental stressors while taking preventative action to keep our 3-part being healthy.  To do otherwise not only risk your good health but also can impact a whole lot of other people.

     And through preventative knowledge and timely self advocacy action much pain and suffering in one’s life and family can be mitigated.  Many centurion benefits are possible through understanding the epidemiologist’s wisdom of data collection in sharing with various disciplines to rule out the “one cause, one effect” causing illness.  If a one cause, one effect is substantiated through medical exam than one knows what one must do to get well.  But for a good majority of patients, medical exams “do not” substantiate symptom(s), nor do they correlate well with conventional medical treatment.  Often non-substantiated cases of illness, pain, or just feeling bad are treated subjectively as opposed to objectively for lack of medical findings and then prescribed pharmaceuticals.  Here lies the problem for many that accept the conventional outpatient consultation protocol.  Without self advocacy for relative and timely treatment, data collection-sharing skill sets during physician consultation; insidious illness and disease agents can go unchecked for years.

     If you want to experience healthy life benefits, such as quality living conditions, personal comfort, happiness and other quality life experiences with family as you age, there is much to be learned and applied from an epidemiologist wisdom.  For the individual and centurion this skill set wisdom is invaluable as a prevention and problem solving tool that you can put to use immediately.  This wisdom teaches us to take accountability in keeping our 3-part being healthy by collecting, sharing data, while identifying-advocating for timely and relative treatment when working with our physicians for the “best possible health outcome!”

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET2010 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.