The great muscian, Eubie Blake, once stated that “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” He said this on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Seems like people are aging more, living to older ages in better health. Thanks to our medical system, our better nutrition and better drugs for staving off disease we are living longer. Essentially our better ways of living. A study having taken place since 1975 or thereabouts, in Okinowa, Japan and has illuminated a great many secrets about aging successfully. The people on this tiny island are far outliving other’s anywhere else and have a greater amount of 100 year olds and above, than any other country in the world. This is all attributed to diet, exercise, their way of life, eating fresh food-nutritious food such as fresh grains, fruits and vegetables.
The other aspects to long-life here are the practice of a religion, constant exercise, no alchohol consumption, and keeping active and social. We know through logistics and statistics that if we keep up this kind of lifestyle there will be over 600,000 centenarians world-wide by 2025. Where this will happen is a direct response to our ways of living and how we function diet wise and keeping our general health.
When my dad was dying I tried to get him on a macrobiotic diet; however he was not interested in my lecturing him about what he could or should eat. It seems that he just wanted to eat what he could. Many people with cancer and life-threatening diseases have altered their diets and have sustained life in better health than before the disease. We must remember that “we have a disease when this occurs, it does not have us!” We can help to eliminate it by adhering to strict nutrition standards, keeping active, allowing our minds to generate positive thoughts and staying social. We must live life to it’s fullest to be able to experience the joys and the pains that accompany it; each allowing us to know that we are living life. Live long and prosper….Dr Eric Shapira