posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 02:00 PM
In my younger years, I decided to do what some young people dream of doing: Travel the world. I did not have the money to travel the world, so I
decided instead to travel the country. I saved up a few thousand for expenses, and drove cross country for a few months. On week 5, I ended up in an
area of Montana, called Sun River. I had been running low on gas for my car, and couldn't quite make it to a gas station. I ran out gas in front of a
man's house. I was scared that I was almost in the middle of no where, and had to knock on someone's door, but I did it even though it was 1:00AM. A
younger, almost middle-aged gentleman with very long hair answered, and I explained my situation that I was traveling the country and ran out of gas.
He offered me some gas, and also offered me a room to stay in for the night as it was late. I accepted.
We got to talking, and I soon learned when he was my age he had similar passions of traveling the world. He told me he used to work as a freelance
photographer for National Geographic magazine, and used to adventure all over South America. I told him that I too wanted to work for National
Geographic when I was younger, but never got into photography enough to start a carreer. As we got on talking, I asked him how old he was and when he
worked for the magazine. He told me he started working for National Geographic in 1972 which astonished me. He didn't seem old enough to even be born
in 1972 let alone work for them in 1972. I asked when he was born, and he said 1946 which again shocked me. That would mean he was 56 or 57 years old
at the time. He looked like early 30's.
I complemented him and told him he looked very young for his age. He responded "Thanks, I've been trying my best." I asked him what he meant. He
explained that he had been trying to live what he called a "naturalist" lifestyle, something he picked up from the indigenious people of the
Peruvian rainforest. He went on to explain that they had certain beliefs on how to stay young and live as long as possible. He took their beliefes and
adapted it with his own research to create his own list of life choices to live by. He kindly shared his list with me. I didn't write it down, but
this is the best I can remember it:
1) Eat only natural foods that humans in the element of nature were meant to eat. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, and occasionally fresh-killed meat.
2) Grow the food yourself. Take as many hands out of the pot as possible. Every time you add a person or company to the mix (of getting you food) you
add more likelyhood of someone cutting corners to reduce cost and raise profit, which lowers quality of the food. Everyone from the farmer the grows
the food, to the plant that processes it, to the store that sells it to you has to make a profit and they may do thing to cut costs. Such as un-safe
herbicides, unnatural preservatives, or even keeping the food on the shelf in the store for too long until it sells.
3) Drink only water, or other natural water-based drinks such as tea. He said no to coffee, because he consideres it a drug due the the caffeine
content, which leads to number
4) Do not use drugs. Especially not illegal drugs, but even more so do not use prescription drugs. Unless you absolutely depend on them to live.
5) Do not smoke. He noted that some indian tribes did smoke but grew their own tobacco which he considers far safer than the stuff you buy in
6) Do not cut your hair. This one seemed far-fetched to me but he claimed that one tribe in particular believed the hair was not meant to be cut and
would not cut their hair. He said from a naturalist viewpoint this makes sense, as basic humans before tools would not be able to cut their own hair.
From a scientific standpoint and what we know about hair, I'm not too sure this one makes a difference. But he is convinced that it does.
7) Do not use cosmetics. He believes the chemicals in cosmetics is not safe for your skin and that your skin actually absorbs a lot of the
8) Grind up and take an herb called Guanabana, which calls the Peruvian rainforest home.
9) Stay far away from pollution of the big city.
10) Exercise frequently. He said there's no need to over-exert yourself but do exercise daily, even if it means taking a 2 mile walk.
11) Most importantly, live a stress-free, simple life. He told me he saved up what he could to buy his house, then stopped working and lived off the
land at his ranch. He keeps his old hobby of photography and does it every day, taking nature photos and the like to keep him entertained. He rid his
life of the stress of having a boss, making customers happy, keeping family happy, and he doesn't even have a cell phone.
I'm not asking anyone here to believe my story, I just want your input. Do you think this guy knew what he was talking about or just some crazy crack
pot? Can anyone verify any of this information with research or facts? He certainly did look very young for his age, maybe he was on to something. He
mentioned to me before we parted ways that he truly belives that the fountain of youth that Ponce de León was after was not an actual fountain, but
the knowledge that the Peruvian tribe elders had about delaying the aging process.
I've never tried anything on his list really, except the part about not wearing cosmetics. Heh. Unforunately I'm a smoker and haven't been able to
quit, and unfortuntaely only until recently I haven't been able to quit my job and have free time.