Originally posted by Flighty
reply to post by Skewed
Previous to the last century or so, most of us would have been dead by 40. (averages, of course there are exceptions).
Whether it was through mental illness making us vulnerable to all the plagues or other medical reasons.
Maybe modern medicine it keeping those of us alive, who, if we were living in a different time, would be dead by nor for one reason or another....
Maybe , according to the law of jungle as you put it, most of us would not live.
But who's to say that those who are currently healthy NOW might not be so, next year or the year after.
Health is a very vulnerable thing that isn't constant and can turn on a pin head.
To much maybe for me.
This is more clear for me
How to live longer --- Longevity Tips from the World's Oldest Person
By planetx, eHow User
updated: August 07, 2010
Li, Qing-yun is a Chinese taoist who, I believe, is the world's oldest person in history. Li died in 1933. He was believed to have lived 256 years.
He did not age very much during his lifespan.
Disputed records from the west suggest that he was born in 1734, which makes him 197 years old. However, according to records from Prof. Wu
Chung-chien, the Imperial Chinese Government officially congratulated him on his 150th and 200th birthdays, suggesting that he was born in 1677. In
fact, Li's life has been documented in a book entitled "A Factual Account of the 250 Year-Old Good-Luck Man", written by General Yang Sen in one
year after Li's death. This book was published by the Chinese and Foreign Literature Storehouse in Taipei, Taiwan.
In the year before his death, Li told his friends, "I have done all I have to do in this world. I will now go home." His comment apparently suggests
that he might have control over his life and death.
According to most Chinese websites, Li attributed to his longevity and youthfulness to the following secrets:
things you'll need:
Vegetarian diet without any animal product
Vegetarianism --- Li told his followers to get rid of livestock, and eat vegetables everyday, mostly ground up and boiled.
Peace of mind --- Li told his followers to attain peace of mind by focusing their attention inward. Li also told his Tai Chi students to a)
Keep a quiet heart; b) Sit like a tortoise; c) Walk sprightly like a pigeon and d) Sleep like a dog. According to Li, every one could live at least a
century by attaining inward calm.
Chinese wolfberries --- Li told his followers to regularly consume Chinese wolfberries.
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Many studies have independently observed that excessive build-up of iron is the cause of aging in fruit flies and other animals [3,4]. As the age
advances, the greatest iron buildup usually occurs in the liver and brain . One study confirmed that an iron-restricted diet minimized the
oxidation levels in the liver, kidney and brain with advancing age . The major source of dietary iron comes from the meat we consume. Perhaps, the
findings from these studies suffice to explain why Li told his followers to get rid of livestock, and eat vegetables everyday.
I have no idea what makes Chinese wolfberries so different from other plants, except for the fact that Chinese wolfberrries have a very high
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) . Scientists at the USDA suggest that eating high-ORAC foods may slow diseases associated with aging. It
is unclear whether the antioxidant performance of Chinese wolfberries is the key to their anti-aging benefits.
Oxidative stress is caused by production of free radicals. According to a study , the production of free radicals is largely proportional to
the level of iron accumulated in the body. Most of the iron in the body comes from the food we consume, with meat products being the major source of
dietary iron. Perhaps, there are good reasons why great mystics of the past prefer a meat-free lifestyle.
In an article about Li , Wikipedia said "the longest confirmed, documentable lifespan is of a French woman, Jeanne Louise Calment, who died in
1997 at the age of 122 years, less than half the lifespan of Yuen's alleged age". Wikipedia is probably wrong. I actually know a monk who is now
over 130 years' old.
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