Meet the 130 Year Old

Here’s some longevity secrets.

  • Health Secrets of the World
  • Olympic Runner Meets 130 Year Old
  • It’s in the Water
  • Tip on How to Look Better and Live Longer
  • Salamanders Crown Jewel
  • A Natural History Brief

Dear International Friend,


The January 1973 issue of National Geographic contains an article entitled, “Every Day Over 100 is a Gift” written by Dr. Alexander Leaf. This article was written about the three valleys-one in Georgia (Balkans), one in Pakistan (Hunza) and the valley of Vilcabamba (Ecuador), where 1,080 people per 100,000 lived on average to be 100.

The article compared this longevity to three per 100,000 in the United States. More important those who reached a ripe age (even over 100) remained vital, sexually active, continuing to work and participate regularly in the community.

These valleys offer ideal living conditions, but there is something else that is special. Learn what one of our health delegates discovered when he visited one of these valleys.

After our latest “Health Secrets of the World” course, (see one of the delegates, Dave Wharton, (a former Olympic athlete) visited Vilcabamba, the valley of longevity in Ecuador. Here are two pictures. the first of Artimidoro Gaona, a woodcutter, still working at the age of 110.

vilcabamba 130 year old

The oldest person Dave visited was Ramon Armijos who is 130, pictured here with his 94 year old wife.

vilcabamba 130 year old


Why do they live so long? The valley offers ideal living conditions, but there are two special factors, the first being special waters acclaimed to assist long life. These waters are very alkaline.So I was not surprised when I recently discovered that the waters here at our Merrily Farms are alkaline as well. Our son Jake works for the National Wildlife Federation and as a master researcher recently did a comprehensive study on the farm.

Part of that study covered the water alkalinity in this area and it turns out that our water is among the most alkaline in the world. You can see this on the water map here. Our farm is in the county at the most northwest position of the map. Note that this area is the deepest blue (most alkaline), at the very top of the scale (see this map)

No wonder the headstones on the family cemetery here show that the five old people buried were 86, 91, 95, 100 and 115. I suspect this is also the reason why readers who visit us here feel so wonderful after soaking in the healing 104 degree hot spring waters of the Indian’s Trough at the Little Woods Spa.

So here is a simple health tip. Drink and soak in alkaline waters. Last week we looked at the concept of as above, so below. We live in a fast moving, acid society, so it should not be surprising that excessive acidity in our system is a problem.

One Shaman we studied and lived with in a valley of mists explained that even the mists were alkaline and that the free hydrogen in alkaline waters acts like a mop to absorb free radicals. The mists in their belief clean from the outside in. He continually pinched our skin to show us how over the days we spent in the valley made our skin became tighter as it was being cleansed in this way.


Another reason Dr. Alexander Leaf believed that the residents of Vilcabamba live to such ripe ages is the nutrition that comes from the rich volcanic soils. The minerals and elements help sustain extraordinary longevity and health. These nutrients permeate everything in these valleys, the water, plants, every aspect of the food chain.

This is why Merri and I continually drink the spring waters here.So here is another health tip. Eat more alkaline foods! This is an important longevity secret and it will help you look younger too. Vegetables!!!

Acidity is a problem in our society. Neutralize acidity and you will not only feel better, but you will have more energy and potential for longevity as well.

Until next message, I wish you glowing health!


Essential Oil Deodorant for Natural Health

Here is why I am excited about the essential oil deodorant Merri and I use.

Merri and I lived and worked with this Ecuador Yatchak for seven years.

ecuador shamans

This photo was taken after a purification ceremony at a sacred spring.

One of the main ways this shaman helped restore our health was through purification.  He had us walk in mountain mists.  “The negative ions in the mists attach to free radicals and purify the skin to cleanse us from the inside out,” he said.  Another purification was of our blood.  He fed us herbs, minerals and a low calcium diet.  There was almost no dairy served.  We used watermelons, pineapple and sweats to purify.

One of the most important lessons gained is that the first rule of good purification is “Avoid getting impurities in your body in the first place!”

Everyday living bombards most of us with all types of toxicity, from the air we breath, to the water we drink, even the receipts at the supermarket may be toxic.  Merri and I compensate for this by taking care in what we eat, drink and especially breathe and put on our skin.  The fastest way for any element good or bad to get into the blood stream is via the lungs and the skin.

Now there is a better way to replace a toxin with a purifier.

Since it is difficult for most of us to avoid toxicity in the West, this message looks at a longevity alternative and begins by showing how in the early 2000s, due to strict FDA  regulations, the government has approved a product that may encourage cancer, create dementia, Alzheimer’s and complicate kidney problems.

The FDA issued a final rule which said “over-the-counter (OTC) antiperspirant drug products are generally recognized as safe and effective and not misbranded as part of FDA’s ongoing review of OTC drug products”.  I suspect that part of this ruling was influenced by scientists with the Personal Care Products Council, the trade association that represents the cosmetic and personal care products industry.  They have claimed that “antiperspirants can be used with high confidence of their safety. They’ve been used for many years, and there’s no evidence that suggests a problem“.

Many people use over-the-counter antiperspirant drug products every day because almost everyone does.  That’s the way its seems like it has always been.  Is this wise or simply the massive repetition of an error?  We assume that the FDA exists to protect us, but must ask this question, “How much should we trust?”

The FDA’s claims of safety are not entirely correct, because antiperspirants contain aluminum. 

An article at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment helps clarify the risks of placing aluminum under our arms every day. (2)  This article says of aluminum, a main ingredient in antiperspirants, “What’s it good for in humans? Simple answer: not very much.  Except for possible involvement in some enzymatic reactions, aluminum “has no known function in the human body.”   While there is little or no upside for aluminum in the body, there is a most definite downside: aluminum is a neurotoxin.

The Aluminum Downside

The Duke article (linked below) contains numerous links to a number of negative health effects, including impaired mental and motor function, Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, and bone diseases.  It points out a number of questions about aluminum’s impact on human health and explains there is not much study on aluminum antiperspirants.  Then it says: So, while the FDA regulates antiperspirants as over-the-counter drugs and deems them safe, it hasn’t based its decision on a large body of work specifically examining these products.  So rather than a stamp of approval, FDA’s aluminum regulation seems more an indication that, given the ubiquitous nature of aluminum, exposure from antiperspirants isn’t believed to be unsafe.”

Antiperspirants and Disease:  It’s the Pits

In other words there’s no definitive answer.  There are links between aluminum and disease, yes.  There is a link to Alzheimer’s, dementia, diminished thinking and cancer but, no study provides specific proof of a direct link between antiperspirants and these problems.

We can see the risks of aluminum more clearly at a different government source, the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry. (3)

This agency’s report on aluminum says: Workers who breathe large amounts of aluminum dusts can have lung problems, such as coughing or changes that show up in chest X-rays.  Some workers who breathe aluminum-containing dusts or aluminum fumes have decreased performance in some tests that measure functions of the nervous system.

Some people who have kidney disease store a lot of aluminum in their bodies.  Sometimes, these people developed bone or brain diseases that doctors think were caused by the excess aluminum.

Although aluminum-containing over the counter oral products are considered safe in healthy individuals at recommended doses, some adverse effects have been observed following long-term use in some individuals.

Studies in animals show that the nervous system is a sensitive target of aluminum toxicity.

Then there is the question of  parabens.

A health warning from (4) says:   99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum). Recent research found higher concentrations of parabens in the upper quadrants of the breast and axillary area, where antiperspirants are usually applied, suggesting they may contribute to the development of breast cancer.

The data from this latest study, the most extensive examination of parabens in human breast so far published, confirms previous work and raises a number of questions on the entire parabens, personal care product and human health debate, particularly relating to the source and toxicological significance of the paraben esters.

Merri and I have not used antiperspirants for decades.  We eliminate a potential toxicity and use purifying essential oils instead.  For years we have used a facial rejuvenation, Rose Otto essential oil formula, created by, Candace Newman. Essential oils help balance the body so it can eliminate impurities. Essential oils eliminate daily applications of numerous toxins that most Westerners are bombarded with from antiperspirants.

However, Candace has created a new, stronger deodorant based on Tea Tree Essential Oil.

Candace is one of the world’s experts on essential oils, developing formulas, writing, teaching and lecturing.  During this time she has spoken at hundreds of events and on radio and TV, at conventions, retreats, lectures and classes for the general public.  As a volunteer at Hospice, she taught hundreds of nurses, staff, caregivers and volunteers how to use essential oils.

I am using Candace’s new HealThy Essential Oil Deodorant and like it so much I decided to make it available to all my readers at a really special price, lower than I believe you can get a similar product anywhere.

This essential oil formula acts like a deodorant and helps improve rather than decrease natural health. 

Let me begin by saying that essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA as cures for any specific illness.  This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease.  It simply a common sense approach to assume that putting organic, all natural essential oils under your arms is better for you then chemical laden deodorants and antiperspirants.

Candace’s new essential oil blend is called the “OLA HealThy Deodorant” and it can be used as a healthy deodorant and underarm lymph massage oil.  The lymph area is close to the heart, lungs and breasts, a significant place to use this synergy of oils to support good health of the body and mind.  OLA HealThy Deodorant  can also be used for rashes, irritated skin, and healthy nails.

The OLA HealThy Deodorant contains essential oils specifically known for supporting a healthy immune system  antimicrobial effects and the ability to neutralize odors.

The OLA HealThy Deodorant  contains only pure essential oils and Organic Golden Jojoba, so it is safe and effective for underarm lymph massage and skin care.

The essential oils in the formula are:

Tea Tree  (Melaleuca alternifolia) – broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity against bacteria, viruses, fungi. (The #1 First Aid Oil for skin infections and tissue issues of all kinds.)

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) – antiseptic, antimicrobial, deodorant, anti-inflammatory. This #1 Balancing Oil for the central nervous system is highly antiseptic.  Great for balancing skin bacteria and combating odors.

Lemon (Citrus limonene) – antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, antibacterial, tonic. The Oil of Sunshine to cleanse our skin, lift our spirits, and combat negative smells. Lemon is an exceptional antiseptic with a joyful aroma.

Geranium (Pelargonium roseum) – deodorant, fungicidal, antiseptic, antibacterial. The Soothing Oil for calming down skin irritations and our nervous system. The rose element in this Geranium is nurturing to our physical and emotional state … our whole sense of well-being.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) – anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, anti-fungal. An Oil of Antiquity renown for skin and wound care. Used in healing unguents of Ancient Egypt. Also known to instill tranquility and peaceful effects on many levels.

Use a purifier rather than a toxin and save at the same time.

You save first because you can also throw away expensive colognes, perfumes and face cremes as well as deodorants.  You save money as you gain a chance for better health.  Only one or two drops are required so a bottle goes a long way. One bottle lasts for a couple of months for me.  If you use it for the face as well… obviously it will go faster.

The price is already low, but during the sale the price is less than half that charged for 3 ounces of  women’s DERMAdoctor Total NonScents Brightening Antiperspirant.

More importantly this could offer a lifesaving savings.  According to, the treatment cost for stage 3 non-hodgkin’s lymphoma can easily exceed $300,000 so cutting off  potential health problems at the pass can really make sense.


Merri and I love the refreshing smell and feel of this spray that eliminates the need for perfume, cologne and antiperspirants that may contain unhealthy chemicals.   I recommend you try The OLA HealThy Essential Oil Deodorant.

Find out more about OLA HealThy Essential Oil Deodorant or order here.

Candace has also added a OLA HealThy shampoo to replace shampoos that contain chemicals.

Find our more about OLA Essential Oil Shampoos here.


(1) Is Your Deodorant Drugging you Every Day


(3)  The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

(4)  Dr. Mercola article 99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum)


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