By Dr. Frank Sievert
I would like you to ponder the following:
“Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.” (Dr. David Sinclair)
I share Dr. Sinclair’s vision of the not so distant future when this will become a reality.
In a basic biological sense, aging is the cumulative effect of oxidative stress on your body.
Oxidative stress is a mismatch between the amount of free radicals and the availability of anti-oxidants. When that happens your cells, including your DNA, quite literally “rust”. No breathing being can escape this process as this is the way your cells produce the energy to sustain life.
There are many factors that contribute to this “rusting”:
poor diet, sleep deprivation, both physical and emotional stress, specific nutritional deficiencies, over-exercising, leaky gut (you may have heard about it by now), pollutant exposure such as car exhaust when you are commuting or when your passenger is vaping, toxicity such as from the amalgam in your mouth, the aluminum in your cookware and in your flu vaccine, the BPA in your grocery receipt and your coffee cup, the glyphosate in RoundUp or for that matter in the irrigation water of the crops in California, unfortunately even from the organic farms (which isn’t to say you shouldn’t eat all organically) and last but not least the electro-smog from wireless devices which is about to get much worse because of 5G implementation. This list is by no means exhaustive.
Do you recognize a common denominator? Yes, all these factors are, more or less, under our control, if not individually, then at least when looking at humanity as a whole.
This is the reason why aging is “treatable.” Not because there will be a pill that people can take to undo their lifestyle choices.
A good example is movement. It is no coincidence that 4 out of 5 of the so-called Blue Zones (areas around the world known for a particularly high rate of centenarians) are located in mountainous regions. People in these areas habitually walk up and down inclines of various degrees all day long.
Therefore it is wrong for you to prepare for your “later years” by moving into a single level home. It actually becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: because you moved into a single level home you will move less against gravity and as a result become decrepit much earlier. For the same reason I am usually hesitant to sign an application for a disabled parking placard for my patients, unless they really are immobilized already. You should in fact park as far away from the grocery store as you possibly can as to build exercise into your daily routines.
As a closing thought, take the following with you:
Only 10% of your well being is estimated to be determined by your genetic makeup, 90% is in your lifestyle and environment.