You Can Live Healthily Until 120 If...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug
used by mankind." -- Rudyard Kipling

Recently my friend J.S. asked: "Ted, what is the
most important and exciting thing that's happened
to you during this past year?"

Perhaps he was expecting me to describe a
breakthrough marketing campaign. Or an exciting
new business venture.

My answer surprised him. I said, "A terrific
result from my annual physical. Plus, getting
the great news about the only age factor that
counts--my biological age is 48."

Bethany and I go to perhaps the world's most
technically advanced anti-aging clinic in
Switzerland.

We both get an annual determination of our
biological age. But our biological age is not
merely a doctor's opinion. It's as scientific
as you can get.

Our biological age is determined by a series of
complex tests and evaluations. The tests were
developed in 7 countries, including the U.S.,
Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy
and Spain. It's as close as you can come to
objective accuracy.

Knowing my biological age also gives me an
annual target to surpass. Of course, I'm
working on bringing that age down!

To me, health is by far the most important
aspect of life and I work diligently to preserve
and improve it.

I submit you cannot achieve the highest levels
of personal and business success without good
health.

Business realities at times require extra
efforts. These activities often rest upon your
level of energy and vitality.

To maximize your level of success, your energy
reserves can give you that all-important margin.

That's why I consider health a vitally important
topic for The Success Margin. (Plus, since this
e-zine is free, long-suffering subscribers must
tolerate my scribbles about anything I'd like to
sound off about!)

The experts tell us within the next 10 years,
all of us will have the opportunity to live to
age 120 and beyond. And I don't mean just
surviving. I'm talking about a vigorous, active
life. Do you want to be among this group? I
sure do.

The good news is that becoming a centenarian
is soon to be within your grasp.

I'm not a doctor. So what qualifies me to
discuss health?

First, since it fascinates me, I've been studying
alternative and preventative medicine and nutrition
all my adult life.

I also write a lot of copy for health publishers.
So I must keep in touch with cutting-edge health
information and breakthroughs as part of my
homework.

Plus, I'm an advisor to two successful companies in
the health field. One in natural vitamin supplements
and another involved with natural herbs.

Based on my research over the years, here are the
main conclusions to which I've come about the
subject of health.

1. Health is the result mostly of lifestyle. Those
actions you take towards your health are primarily
responsible for perhaps 85% of your health level
and longevity. Genetics, once thought to be
enormously important, usually play a much smaller
role. Perhaps 10-15%.

2. Most doctors know little about nutrition. Or
preventative medicine. However, doctors tend to be
excellent at practicing crisis medicine. They are
experts and they help many suffering patients. But
nurses actually get more training in nutrition than
do doctors.

3. Practitioners of preventative and alternative
medicine must learn these skills not in medical
school but afterwards. They must discover on their
own the remarkable success of numerous proven
alternative treatment techniques.

Many natural remedies are better and safer than
prescription drugs.

Those doctors who advocate successful alternative
medicine solutions are great heroes. And they save
many lives.

But to practice unconventional medicine they often
have to undergo harassment by many parties. These
include pharmaceutical companies as well as
government agencies, local and federal.

4. Natural food supplements are necessary if you
wish to achieve optimum health. You simply cannot
get all the nutrition you need from today's foods
alone, even if you consume a so-called "balanced
diet."

Of course, I've never met anyone who consumed a
so-called balanced diet. Have you?

Since it's almost impossible to consume a diet
which sufficiently partakes daily from all food
groups, I doubt such a person even exists except
in mythology.

Also, I'm not aware of a single conventional doctor
who asked the important questions about their
patient's diet. (This should be part of any routine
physical examination in my view.)

Foods grown in today's mineral-depleted soils
simply do not contain the minerals and vitamins
they once did. Plus, they are sprayed with
insecticides and other poisons which accumulate in
the body.

To improve your diet and nutritional health you
need to be evaluated by a physician who practices
alternative medicine and get his/her
recommendations.

5. You've heard it a million times before. But it is
worth repeating. Thirty minutes to an hour of
vigorous exercise is crucially important at least 5
days a week. There is no substitute.

You've got to move your body. I favor fast walking,
jogging, swimming and weight resistance as the
preferred exercise choices.

I've saved the best for last, dear reader. I can also
assure you of this. You won't see what you are
about to read anywhere else on this beautiful
planet.

6. The mental food your feed yourself is at least
as important as the physical food you eat.

I believe that over 90% of all illness and disease is
psychosomatically induced. Get your thinking on
the right track and good health usually follows.

Your body will actually heal itself when it feasts on
positive mental food.

Both Bethany and I are cancer survivors. I'm
convinced both of us beat the big C mostly through
the power of visualization. Thinking positive
thoughts and visualizing the cancer cells dying and
flowing out of our bodies actually helped this result
to manifest itself in reality.

While science can't prove this healing yet, it's only
a question of time. And there are enough case
histories and empirical evidence to make a believer
of almost anyone.

There is no question, to maintain health your self-
talk is crucially important. You are silently saying
around 1,000 words each minute. If the words you
use are positive, studies confirm you can actually
lower blood pressure, build your immune system,
and increase healing entirely by the words you
choose to use when you talk to yourself.

Since most self-talk is extremely negative, it
takes a major effort to change this pattern. But
it's definitely worth it!

If you get a chance to hear him speak, I highly
recommend listening to Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D.,
perhaps the world's leading anti-aging expert. If
there are any doubts in your mind, I'm sure you
will soon be convinced that a long, healthy life
is within your reach.

Two books that are also helpful are "New Anti
Aging Revolution" by Dr. Ronald Klatz and
"Quest for Immortality" by S. Jay Olshansky.

Yours in good health,

Ted Nicholas

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