Posted on 22 December 2008.
One secret to more wealth is to live a long, healthy, productive life.
There are two scientifically proven ways to accomplish this as I explain below.
Biologist Siegfried Hekimi learned how to lengthen the average lifespan of tiny transparent worms from 15 to 20 days (the equivalent of increasing a human lifespan from 75 to 100) and confirmed what many scientific studies have found. There is a link between metabolism and lifespan. Eating less can slow the metabolism down. This is the only way that scientific research has shown to live a longer life. But there are some other secrets that help as well.
I have been an investment newsletter writer and publisher and seminar organizer working for nearly twenty years and am continually looking for new places to invest. But in this process I have come across an amazing array of healers and alternate health methods as well.
I have learned and used them and think that many have paid off. This shows up every time I talk about our two oldest daughters who are well into their mid thirties. People often look confused and when talking to them they acknowledge that they think Merri and I are in our mid forties. They are wrong by more than a decade. But more important we feel good and have not been to a Medical Doctor with illness in twenty years. Our energy and vitality is so good that often our kids have a tough time keeping up!
Now I have no way of knowing or proving that we aren’t just lucky at the gene pool, but I don’t think so. My Dad passed at barely sixty and Merri’s Dad even much younger.
So perhaps the cleansings, exercise, meditation and diet alteration, herbs, vitamins and botanicals we use have had an effect (the problem with this is we won’t really know).
One thing I can see is that most of the ones we have found best actually aim at altering the metabolism! So this would make sense.
Surprisingly one of my biggest health adventures began when I Was in the process of looking for business and investing opportunities in Ecuador. This tiny South American country contains such diversity that its Pacific coast to Andean peaks terrain has the same bio-diversity as all the territory ranging from the equator to the Arctic Circle. This and its equatorial location also means it is the closest source to North America of maximum daily direct sunlight and rainforests that produce amazing botanicals.
Merri and I visited this country looking for investments and never imagined how this journey would improve our health. After our first two journeys to Ecuador, I became fascinated with the fact that some of the valleys there have special qualities, which enhance longevity. Residents in these valleys reach extreme ages.
Further research brought us to an article written in the January 1973 National Geographic entitled, “Every Day Over 100 is a Gift” written by Dr. Alexander Leaf. This article was written about the three valleys-one in Georgia (then USSR), one in Pakistan (Hunza) and the valley of Vilcabamba, where 1,080 people per 100,000 lived on average to be 100. The article compared this to three per 100,000 in the United States. More important those who reached a ripe age (even over 100) remained vital, sexually active, still work and participate regularly in the community.
This National Geographic article shows pictures of some of the world’s oldest people. For example, a picture featured one of Vilcabamba’s patriarchs, Miguel Carpio, getting a haircut. Carpio was aged 123 and Said, “I would not like to be young again, but if I could take 15 years from my age (be 108 again)- wonderful!” Another picture showed Hermelinda Leon, aged 94, who labors at the Vilcabamba bakery. The cover picture was a trim Jose Roa who at 87 years slogs daily through Ecuadorian ooze to make adobe.
These valleys offered not only ideal living conditions, but also special waters acclaimed in many global scientific journals.
This greatly peaked our curiosity and we started looking for ways to visit this valley. We found one reason these people lived so long was because they were isolated from the rest of society. Few people knew neither where the valley actually was nor how to get there.
Finally we found a guide who could take us and during the trip met a great Andean healer. We were so impressed that two months later we returned by air (less than four hours from Miami) with 14 of our friends to Quito and bused to this wise man’s village.
There we learned how these healers begin their apprenticeship when they are still children and are sent for training throughout the region to Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Central America and Venezuela to train with the greatest healers in each country. They receive intensive training until they become Taita Yatchaks, (Father of Fathers). Taita Yatchaks are healers of great purity.
We met many of these healers across the country and spent nights in healing lodges, sharing in cleanings and balancing rituals and enjoying healthful Andean exercises and diets. Then we were asked by the Yatchaks to help pass this knowledge onto the Western world.
We began taking groups to stay in beautiful old haciendas in Ecuador where they could stay and meet with Andean healers. In these sessions we met under huge willow trees by the Paute River and listened to the Yatchkas share their secrets about health and longevity. Everyone was touched.
On one trip something very special happened as I was talking with one Taita Yatchak about the longevity valley of Vilcabamba and why people lived so long there. He explained there is a special energy in these valleys, which was put there by the old ones. (“Abuelos” is the word he used.)
So we spent over a year living and working with this Taita Yatchak to learn these secrets.
Here is one Andean Health Tip.
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.
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 Mercola.com (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 answers.yahoo, 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)