Five people hospitalized after firewalking at Tony Robbins event in Dallas

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I agree!


All I want to know is did Tony walk the coals with the others ... or is this a case of do as I say, not as I do?

In firewalking your feet have to be covered with a lotion to protect you and you have to walk quickly as well as not too far. There is nothing magic about it and nothing involving mind power.

What will Tony have them do next? Jump off buildings.

Actually, native peoples have been firewalking probably for centuries. The primary trick is the maintenance of the fire pit itself and how it is prepared. If the fire is not exposed but mostly submerged coals below the surface, person can walk on it in bare feet so long as they keep moving!  I suspect Tony Robbins knows as much about firewalking as he does about Saturn.

People paid $650 for a three day conference with Tony Robbins. Out here Deepak Chopra gets $6000 for a week long conference at the Omni La Costa Resort where he has his international headquarters. He peddles "quantum medicine" which he claims can extend your life and cure disease.Chopra believes that aging is learned behavior and that you can tell your body to stop aging. He expects to live to be well over 100 himself.

Many of those who attend these programs are not rich, in fact they are often relatively poor people in hope of a miracle to change their lives. It is terribly sad that they fall so easily, but just as many Christians go for Rick Warren and Joel Osteen and the gospel of prosperity.

"Quantum medicine?!?"  Good Night, Irene!!!

Wiki says it actually wasn't P.T. Barnum, but a banker named David Hanum who said "There's a sucker born every minute." It's kind of pointless to condemn the turpitude of the grifters when there's an apparently limitless supply of people dimwitted enough to fall for their scams, religious or otherwise. As the current election cycle shows, the appeal of easy answers is every bit as fetching as the appeal of easy money. The distinction between politics and circuses is rapidly waning. (Circuses at least got rid of the elephants.)

Why would most anyone want to live to 100 years old? Frankly, 80 was a dreadful year, full of aches and pains like no other decade. I have no intention of reaching 90. 

Sorry to hear you've had so much pain. It's certainly no fun, that's for sure. I'm just finishing my 80th year now and for the most part it has been fine. I have been lucky to escape serious illness to this point. I've never had major surgery, but of course I am keenly aware that tomorrow is never guaranteed.I've lived to see my three sons grown up and to enjoy some grandchildren. Reading, music, and travel keep me interested in going on.

My father lived to almost 96 and was ill only the last few months of his life with congestive heart failure. The last week he was alive he was doing exercises in his hospital bed in hopes of getting out. He did, but not the way he hoped. His mother made it to 98. One of my undergraduate professors at M.I.T. lived to 106, because, as he said, he just hadn't gotten around to dying. After 80 it is mostly genetics that calls the shots. For some it's good and for some it's not.

Heart, lungs, and legs are what you need to keep going. Mobility is absolutely crucial. I do have arthritis, but swimming helps a lot. One of my friends at the gym is 60, but he has been an exercise fanatic since he was a teenager. If you only saw him from the neck down, you would think he was 30, in perfect form, but he has had both knees scoped and is looking forward to shoulder surgery in a few weeks. His doctor asked him to stop doing so much exercise—older bodies don't take it as well—but he is addicted and finds it hard to stop.

Joan, I agree with that.


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