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You Can Turn Back The Clock

        In a' recent Parade magazine, Diane Haler wrote an article about turning back the clock and she listed same basic life changes that can trim a decade or more from our biological age.   Most of us would enjoy that opportunity.  Some of the changes are as follows:

  •          Overcoming loneliness by being positive and reaching out is one suggestion.
  •          Quit smoking; keep tabs on blood pressure; exercise; watch your weight.  The strongest aging people walked faster and were more independent.
  •          Mental workouts such as crossword puzzles can strengthen cognitive muscles. Those who. walked regularly were less likely to report memory loss.
  •          Take appropriate vitamins.
  •          Protect yourself from infectious illnesses. Get vaccinations against flu and pneumonia. Get prompt treatment.
  •          Stay active and engaged in 'the world.  The happiest and healthiest seniors are those who stay young at heart.   Look around you.
  •          Eat well---eat fish and bright colored fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and pastas; dry roasted nuts, beans and brown rice.
  •          Avoid over exposure to the sun.
  •          Nothing adds more years to our lives or more joy to our years than other people. These ties keep us forever young.
During recent readings about cancer survival, more good reminders of how to be healthy and to live long appeared.

Bernie S. Siegel, M.D. has written a number of books about self-healing. He states that those who have learned to take on the challenge of their illness and share responsibility for their treatment have chosen the path that leads to peace of mind and healing on a spiritual level. This profoundly affects their ability to be cured physically as the energy formerly involved in conflict is set free, and the body's immune system receives a dramatic "live" message.

Siegel's primary message is NOT to turn one's back on the medical profession, but to supplement the profession by using self-healing. He points out that love, hope, joy and peace of mind have physiological consequences, just as depression and despair do. He emphasizes a science of mind-body communications. When he deals with the exceptional people who use self healing, he is interested in how they embrace life, not how they avoid death.'

Individuals who change their lives in response to their illnesses can exceed expectations or achieve results doctors consider miraculous .

What is your plan for turning back your clock an your aging process?

May you find the love, hope, joy and peace of mind that makes the difference in our lives to keep us healthy and young at least at heart.