Would You Like To Live To 100

How Difficult Is It To Live To 100 Years

The obvious answer to this is pretty difficult when you look at the figures, not many achieve it, but take heart from the fact that the

numbers of centenarians throughout the world is doubling about every decade, and no-one has

satisfactorily explained why. Jeanne Calment lived to 122 years and 164 days but no-one else has lived this long…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Calment

Jeanne’s father made 93 years, her mother 86 and her older brother lived to 97 years all above average lifespans. Researchers have now ruled out genetics as playing a huge role in most diseases finding instead that it is lifestyle that plays the biggest role in longevity. It is still comforting to have ages like this in your close family tree.

Longevity Pockets Keep Popping Up

The focus today is on these longevity pockets as researchers try to put the longevity puzzle together. Medicine has not given us any clues about acheiving longevity, their focus is on treatment. Dietitians have focussed on getting the required nutrients for a healthy body. Naturopaths are focussing on magic supplements. Sport/exercise leaders focus on exercise as the number one magic bullet which is clearly wrong, burning calories by exercising is very inefficient. None of these people have been able to supply the answer and a lot of them don’t practice what they preach..http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2008/12/02/bjsm.2008.051839?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=middlesex&andorexactfulltext=and&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=HWCIT.

There is no doubt that movement, a peasants diet, a loving connected family, a no rush stress free life and a can-do attitude will take you a long way towards that goal. These longevity pockets keep popping up in places that have not developed into thriving centres, in fact hardship appears to be a necessary ingredient. When food is scarce and hard work is in abundance people live longer and healthier as long as there is no stress.

The Time Is Now Late Thirty

In Okinawa, a longevity centre, no-one works to a time frame. When investigators went there for research into their extra-ordinary lifespan they found that they never turned up for an appointment on time, often they were many hours late, they don’t worry about time. In Ikaria, Greece the exact same thing happened. Whenever Ikarians are asked the time they reply it is late thirty, they start their day when they feel like it and finish when they feel like it. In Sardinia, Italy, another longevity pocket, when they were asked why the men lived to 100, as frequently as the women, which is an unusual


occurrence, they replied ‘ the men work and the women worry’ meaning the men did all of the hard physical work, gardens, wood getting, tending and slaughtering animals while the women cooked and worried about how you paid bills with very little money. Acciaroli is a small village in south west Italy that has an amazing number of men over 100 years of age, women live to this age also but it is a lot less common for men. Once again it is very isolated with very little stress. Here they eat anchovy and rosemary in abundance, every day. They grow their own vegetables, raise their own rabbits and chooks and drink a lot of coffee and red wine as do most of these longevity pockets…http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/diet/italian-village-where-one-in-10-residents-lives-to-100-reveals-the-key-to-a-long-life/news-story/52074ef248165c08a9d077d5ea9d6299  Ancel Keys the famous American nutritionist recognised this place as important for health and lived the last 30 years  of his life here, he died at 100 years. Ernest Hemingway holidayed there and wrote his book ‘The Old Man And The Sea’.


Modern vegetables have been grown for taste not health and market pressure dictates how sweet they need to be to sell. This has removed a lot of bitter vegetables and herbs from supermarket shelves. These bitter herbs that these long living people forage for may also be a key to this puzzle. Bitter herbs like dandelion are a powerhouse of nutrients and according to the US Department of Agriculture are one of the most nutritious plants around..http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2016-05-12/edible-weeds-and-how-you-can-use-them/7406004    Purslane (above left) is another wonder weed with more omega 3 fatty acids than a lot of fish, it has the most of any plant source.

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My health qualifications:
Psychology, Homoeopathy(Never Used),Herbal Medicine, Nutrition(HSA)
Swedish and Remedial Massage 1983,Homoeopathy 1993(Never Used), Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Science 1981, Naturopathy 1991(HSA)
Bachelor of Naturopathy 2003 (NIHS)
Master of Clinical Science - Lifestyle Medicine 2013 Southern Cross University (SCU).
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Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
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