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Comment by Randall Smith on January 8, 2020 at 6:42am

I was reminded yesterday why I'll never have another colonoscopy. I took a friend of mine to the hospital to have his done. Everything he had to go through was hell. I remember it well 5 years ago.

I'm supposed to have one next year, but I already told my doctor I won't. He offered an alternative: a "poop" analysis. Cheap and easy. Now that I can accept!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 20, 2019 at 7:27am

Finishing up on an interesting book: Lifespan (Why We Age and Why We Don't Have To), by David A. Sinclair, PhD.

Sinclair maintains (with much evidence) the aging is a disease and that disease is treatable. Aging is not inevitable!

It can be be difficult to grasp the genetic science, but it's necessary to prove the concepts. The basis is genomics--reading genes to detect potential ailments which can be pre-treated. 

Even without gene sampling, one can do something about aging. Simply stated: Eat less and fast intermittently. Eat less meat. Exercise. Don't smoke.  (There are other suggestions like subjecting one's self to cold temperatures, drinking wine, taking certain supplements (NAD, NMN, metformin for example.) 

What is being discovered about aging is amazing and exciting--that is, if you want to live to be 100 and more. This is a real possibility! I, for one, am trying.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 13, 2018 at 10:16am

I don't let that horrible "daylight savings time" to hurt my sleep.  I just go to bed and get up at the same time, which is an hour later according to the clocks.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 13, 2018 at 7:48am

GC, the book did talk about different "phasics". There is no harm in dividing sleep times in blocks. In fact, if you do wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall back to sleep, get up, do something, then try again.

Daylight savings time doesn't help our natural circadian rhythms (melatonin output) either. I know mine has been screwed up the past 2 days.

There was so much good stuff in the book, I can't begin to mention them all.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 12, 2018 at 2:02pm

Ruth, that's unfortunate that the chocolate we eat doesn't have much flavonols. How about cocoa powder? Maybe making your own treats could be part of a healthier diet.

Randall, how effective are divided sleep schedules, biphasic or polyphasic sleep? I've read about some people claiming they do well sleeping in two blocks of time instead of one, or many smaller blocks throughout the day and night. I also saw an article saying that until industrial times, it was pretty common in the West for people to go to bed in the early evening, naturally wake up around midnight, do things such as meditating, reflecting, or making love, then go to bed again until the morning.

> Especially interesting to me was the information on teenager's biorhythm. They would do much better if school started later.

As a kid I always felt school started too #$%&!@#$ early in the morning! (But then I'm an inveterate night owl.)

Comment by Plinius on March 12, 2018 at 12:05pm

Sighing with you, Ruth! Walked three hours (with a tea-break) and my stupid knees hurt so much that I had to stay home the next day...  Randall must have a different build from us.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 12, 2018 at 10:54am

Thanks for the chocolate link, Idaho Spud.

" ... while specific compounds in chocolate are linked to improved health, these effects are less pronounced in studies that aren’t funded by the candy industry, and in any case, chocolate itself is not good for your health. Research on flavonols is promising, but those compounds are mostly processed out of the chocolate that we snack on."

Good work, Randall, walking 5 miles a day. <sigh> Wish I were that good at walking.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 12, 2018 at 7:20am

Just finished Why We Sleep (Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams), by Matthew Walker, PhD. Wow, I learned a lot.

It appears that the importance of sleep--quality and quantity-- is greatly underestimated. Our ability to function optimally requires a good nights sleep--8 hours worth for adults. There's no such thing as getting by on less than that (like some people claim).

Especially interesting to me was the information on teenager's biorhythm. They would do much better if school started later.

And, I liked the plug for taking naps! I know that I enjoy a good afternoon snooze!  Good book.  

Comment by Randall Smith on March 8, 2018 at 7:59am

Enjoyed reading your comments, Spud and Chris.

I'm a big believer in the benefits of walking. Like I've said before, I usually walk at least 5 miles a day--often up to 8. Plus, I do "high intensity" exercises (stationary bike and boxing) and lift weights for muscle and bone strength. Not only do I think it will increase my life span, but on a day to day basis, I feel great. I'm never depressed and my stress levels are decreased (and low BP).

Yes, genes have something to do with it. I'm lucky there. I wish both of you well and encourage you to get more exercise.

Comment by Plinius on March 8, 2018 at 6:06am

And there's your genetic inheritance... one by one I get the troubles my mother had; bad back, worn knees, a load of skin problems and allergies. I want to exercise and walk, but my body won't let me. So far I'm very lucky - all the women on mother's side of the family died from Alzheimer's disease, but I think I'm still free of brain trouble. Based on my parents' ages when they died I don't expect to last long after 80, but I can think about that in 2034.


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