Every 7 seconds someone in the US turns 50. Would you like to extend your lifespan? Did you know that the Hunza people frequently live to between 120 and 140 years of age, and are HEALTHY for all that time? Some people say it is the water they drink, the minerals they consume, certain foods they eat, their non-toxic environment, or stress-free life. We address all of these issues on this web site. What we are suggesting is that those who follow the 8 step program to prevent cancer could easily live 40 – 60 more years than is presently the norm, and enjoy good health all that time. A longer, more active and healthier life is the carrot, and cancer and other disease is the stick to get people to adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle. Are you interested?
In 1900 life expectancy in the United States was less than 50 years. During the past 100 years life expectancy has increased by 60% due mostly to lower infant mortality, plus better diet (due to refrigeration and long distance shipping) and improved hygiene (due to sewers and clean drinking water) which together resulted in reduced infectious disease. If we can increase the present day lifespan of 80 years by 60% the result is nearly 130 years of life, which is in our target range. A 60% increase was achieved during the past century as an unexpected side benefit from other changes in society. Can we do it again by putting conscious attention on it?
Several studies of healthy people over age 50 indicate that the death rate from all causes (including cancer and heart disease) can be reduced by about 50% and longevity increased an average of eleven years by taking nutritional supplements. The higher intake of vitamin C is most important, and also valuable are two of the B vitamins (B6 and niacin), vitamin E and vitamin A.
Nutrient Dense Diet
In fruit flies and rats, a 30% reduction in calories eaten results in a 30% extension of life span, and the rats experienced a one third reduction in cancer tumors. The physiological changes in the rats on the reduced calorie diet are also seen in an ongoing (since 1987) study of monkeys on a reduced calorie diet, suggesting that systematic under eating (“under nutrition without malnutrition”) may be a useful part of an overall plan for human life extension.
People tend to over eat when the food they are consuming does not contain sufficient nutrients to satisfy the requirements of the body (“empty calorie foods”). Overeating depletes digestive enzymes and reduces the efficiency of the digestive system. What is needed is a nutrient-dense diet that provides abundant nutrients with fewer calories. Attaining such a diet for individuals and our whole society is the purpose of the nutritional supplements and superfoods we recommend, and the information on our fresh juices and agriculture pages.
“So far, there’s not much hard evidence on whether taking additional enzymes will extend lifespan. However, we do know that laboratory rats that eat raw foods will live about three years. Rats that eat enzyme-less chow diets will live only two years. Thus, we see diets deficient in enzymes caused a 30% reduction in lifespan.” – Dr. Edward Howell
Raw foods are fresh and filled with nutrients and enzymes. It is very difficult and probably impossible to get fat on raw foods. Some nutrients are destroyed by heat and are only available in raw foods. In addition to salads, try to drink some freshly made fruit or vegetables juices regularly. Put raw fruits or vegetables in a blender or VitaMix, cover them with water and blend them to create a delicious fruit smoothie or “veggie shake”. Add some organic, cold-processed whey powder for protein. Many people feel that for good health as much as half of your diet should be eaten raw.
The nutrient-dense diet promotes freedom from cancer and increased longevity. Other benefits from this reduced calorie diet include more “good” cholesterol, lower blood pressure, reduced triglycerides (bad cholesterol and triglycerides are risk factors for stroke and heart attack), 1 degree lower body temperature, more DHEA and DHEAS (hormones that decrease with age), improved glucose tolerance, improved insulin sensitivity, plus a favorable redistribution of fat away from the central regions. Rats on the calorie restricted diet continue to quickly learn mazes long after the more copiously fed controls lose the ability to learn.
“You don’t have to walk around hungry. If you change the quality of what you eat, you can be satisfied with lower calories. There have been experiments in both people and rats that if you give them the so-called “cafeteria diet” – a junky American diet – and let them eat as much as they want, they will eat about 3,000 calories. If you take the same people and give them a high-quality diet, and let them eat as much as they want, they’ll settle for about 2,500 calories. So right off, you can knock off 500-600 calories just by eating better food.” – Dr. Roy Walford.
Animals and humans eating unhealthy fats “eat six times as much fat and six times as much food. A lot of money is saved by buying the right kind of fat.” – Budwig pages 22, 33. See our page on healthy fats. Healthy fats include butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and flax oil. Unhealthy fats include all hydrogenated oils, all oils heated to high temperature, rancid oils, and most of the modern vegetable oils.
Lose weight by eating more? Eat foods with a high water content such as fruits, vegetables, cooked whole grains, soups, etc. Certain foods important to cancer prevention are also found to prevent and reverse obesity. To prevent obesity, two substances you MUST avoid are MSG and the liquid candy called high-fructose corn syrup.
The Hunza Diet
“The energy and endurance of the Hunzakuts can probably be credited as much to what they don’t eat as what they do eat. First of all, they don’t eat a great deal of anything. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that the average daily food intake for Americans of all ages amounts to 3,300 calories, with 100 grams of protein, 157 grams of fat and 380 grams of carbohydrates. In contrast, studies by Pakistani doctors show that adult males of Hunza consume a little more than 1,900 calories daily, with only 50 grams of protein, 36 grams of fat, and 354 grams of carbohydrates. Both the protein and fat are largely of vegetable origin (Dr. Alexander Leaf, National Geographic, January, 1973).
That amounts to just half the protein, one-third the fat, but about the same amount of carbohydrates that we Americans eat. Of course, the carbohydrate that the Hunzakuts eat is unrefined or complex carbohydrate found in fruits, vegetables and grains, while we Americans largely eat our carbohydrates in the form of nutritionless white sugar and refined flour.
Needless to say, the Hunzakuts eat no processed food. Everything is as fresh as it can possibly be, and in its original unsalted state. The only “processing” consists of drying some fresh fruits in the the sun, and making butter and cheese out of milk. No chemicals or artificial fertilizers are used in their gardens. In fact, it is against the law of Hunza to spray gardens with pesticides. Renee Taylor, in her book Hunza health secrets (Prentice-Hall 1964) says that the Mir, or ruler of Hunza, was recently instructed by Pakistani authorities to spray the orchards of Hunza with pesticide, to protect them from an expected invasion of insects. But the Hunzas would have none of it. They refused to use the toxic pesticide, and instead sprayed their trees with a mixture of water and ashes, which adequately protected the trees without poisoning the fruit and the entire environment. In a word, the Hunzas eat as they live – organically.” – Death Rides a Slow Bus in Hunza. You can read this article in our Library.
Fruit flies with more antioxidants in their body enjoy a life span extended 66% from 45 days to 75 days. Moreover, they have a higher level of oxygen consumption and are more active than controls, suggesting they get more out of life. Anti-oxidants neutralize molecules called “free radicals” that cause damage. In our opinion, Earthing is the best antioxidant. Also, purification techniques such as hyperthermia can prevent the build-up of toxic chemicals and free radicals in the body.
The ancient Ayurvedic herbal formula from India called Maharishi Amrit Kalash was specifically designed to promote longevity. The Sanskrit word “amrit” means “the golden cup of longevity”. Modern scientific research suggests that Maharishi Amrit Kalash (MAK) is the most powerful food antioxidant available and it is being used by many cancer patients.
“We’ve already found dozens of ways to live an extra decade or two – in good health. The easiest and surest way: Increase your body’s supply of glutathione, a natural compound that is a tripeptide (combination of three amino acids). Buy the tablets or just eat more cruciferous veggies (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc.) Of course, we recognize that some people would much prefer dying to eating Brussels sprouts.” – Dr. David Williams.
The anti-oxidant glutathione is composed of the amino acids glycine, glutamic acid, and cysteine. Foods that increase glutathione levels in the body include cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, bok choy, cress, mustard, horseradish, turnips, rutabagas, kohlrabi), avocados, ripe seeds of green beans, red beets, the herb rosemary, grape seed extract, bilberry extract, curcumin found in turmeric, whey protein powder, and Pycnogenol from pine bark. A food that is particularly high in glutathione precursers is whey made from milk.
Glutathione plays a role in removing various toxic chemicals from the body. As a result, glutathione levels in the body are reduced by exposure to heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and the chemicals used in chemotherapy. Maharishi Amrit Kalash maintains healthy glutathione levels in the body even during chemotherapy, resulting in improved survival and reduced side effects, without interfering with the tumor shrinking effect of the chemotherapy.
In animal experiments, increased glutathione consumption increases longevity by about 40%. Glutathione is an antioxidant. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) promotes the synthesis of glutathione in the body. As we saw on our Oxygen page, Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of five nutrients necessary to maintain healthy mitochondria for cellular respiration and energy production. Food sources of ALA include spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, peas, Brussels sprouts, and rice bran.
Diseases linked to free radical damage due to low levels of glutathione include cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, the destruction of immune cells associated with AIDS, and inflammatory bowel disease. Most diseases are preceded by glutathione deficiency.
Glutathione is depleted by toxic chemicals and drugs as it helps remove them from the body. In experimental animals, glutathione was reduced 70 to 80% within four hours after administering acetaminophen (Tylenol). – Drug Chem Toxicol 81;4(1):37-48.
DMG (Dimethylglycine), SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine) and B vitamins are precursers to glutathione.
This combination of DMG, SAMe and B vitamins works magic in many areas of the body, helping to prevent cancer and metastases, heal the arteries, cleanse the liver, strengthen the immune system, reverse the damaging effects of aging and much more. Many people may already have sufficient DMG and SAMe in their body, with their utilization hindered only by insufficient B vitamins (folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12). We would suggest starting with B vitamin supplementation, followed if needed by DMG supplementation because it is inexpensive. Some of the DMG will be converted by the body into SAMe. Save the more costly SAMe supplementation for last and only if necessary. Diagram of the metabolic pathways.
There is a direct relationship between longevity and the ability to repair DNA. Nucleotides are the sub-units from which the body creates DNA and RNA. Your body may or may not be able to create nucleotides (depending on your age and other factors), and so it is good to get nucleotides from your diet. Foods providing nucleotides include breast milk, sardines, brewer’s yeast, anchovies, mackerel, lentils, most beans, animal liver, oysters, chlorella algae and spirulina algae.
Benefits from eating nucleotides include:
aging process slows
skin more elastic
increased ability of body to heal, shorter healing time, shorter hospital stays
effect of antioxidants is enhanced
better response and efficiency of immune system, dramatically increased ability to fight infections
increased cellular metabolism and energy
better memory, reduced senility
Dr. David Williams (Alternatives newsletter June 2004) recommends eating at least two tins of sardines each week. This is because sardines are one of the richest sources of nucleotides, and because they are also a good source of omega-3 oils (such as DHA), vitamin D and calcium. Unlike larger and more long-lived fish, sardines are not likely to be contaminated with mercury. Plus, they are readily available, economical, and can be eaten directly from the can. Dr. Williams writes, “For about 1/10 the cost of most fast-food meals you can substitute a tasty tin of sardines a couple of times a week. And, it may be one of the least expensive and easiest ways I know of to put the brakes on the aging process and all the problems that accompany it.” Dr. Williams also recommends brewer’s yeast or nutritional yeast mixed in a cup of hot water with some seasoning, making a delicious “soup” offering lots of B vitamins and minerals.
For more information on nucleotides read the book No-Aging Diet by Dr. Benjamin Franks.
Mice who receive hydrogen peroxide in their drinking water grow much larger and live twice as long. – McCabe, page 34. Hydrogen peroxide is water with extra oxygen in it.
Rebounding is a zero-impact aerobic exercise that improves blood circulation, increases the capacity of both the heart and lungs, and improves physiological efficiency. With regular rebounding the resting heart rate can decline 10 beats per minute, which means 5,000 fewer heartbeats in a single night’s sleep.
“Years ago, exercise was rarely recommended for people who were sick. Patients with asthma, heart trouble, or cancer were advised to avoid physical exertion and rest as much as possible. While this may be appropriate for some individuals, a growing number of physicians have learned that most patients can participate safely in a wide variety of physical activities, including aerobic exercises, and that it is vital for good health.” – Altman, page 186.
Alkalinity and Aging
“Deficiency of K-base [potassium] in the diet increases the net systemic acid load imposed by the diet. We know that clinically-recognized chronic metabolic acidosis has deleterious effects on the body, including growth retardation in children, decreased muscle and bone mass in adults, and kidney stone formation, and that correction of acidosis can ameliorate those conditions. Is it possible that a lifetime of eating diets that deliver evolutionarily superphysiologic loads of acid to the body contribute to the decrease in bone and muscle mass, and growth hormone secretion, which occur normally with age? That is, are contemporary humans suffering from the consequences of chronic, diet induced low-grade systemic metabolic acidosis?
Our group has shown that contemporary net acid-producing diets do indeed characteristically produce a low-grade systemic metabolic acidosis in otherwise healthy adult subjects, and that the degree of acidosis increases with age, in relation to the normally occurring age-related decline in renal functional capacity. We also found that neutralization of the diet net acid load with dietary supplements of potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3) improved calcium and phosphorus balances, reduced bone resorption rates, improved nitrogen balance, and mitigated the normally occurring age-related decline in growth hormone secretion – all without restricting dietary NaCl. Moreover, we found that coadministration of an alkalinizing salt of potassium (potassium citrate) with NaCl prevented NaCl from increasing urinary calcium excretion and bone resorption, as occurred with NaCl administration alone.” – Diet, evolution and aging.
In Hunza, the drinking and irrigation water for farming flows from the melting glacial ice sheets. Clouded by the mineral rich glacial silt, it is revered as the “milk of the mountains” (38). On the average, a Hunzakut will drink 4 liters a day. A missionary chemist who was there some years ago analyzed this glacial water for cesium and found it to be abundant. The diet of the Hunzakuts appears to be rich in the minerals and transport enhancement nitriles which would be expected to reduce the incidence of cancer in accordance with the high pH theory. – Dr. A. Keith Brewer, High pH Cancer Therapy With Cesium, page 17.
There are five isolated areas in the world where people live to a great age. Dr. Henri Coanda concluded after studying them that the only factor they shared in common was the quality of their drinking water. This water has an abundance of alkaline minerals, a negative electrical charge (so it acts as an anti-oxidant), and a small cluster size which helps it to penetrate body tissues to rehydrate the body and transport nutrients.
Human Growth Hormone
The hormone called Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is associated with a youthful physiology, including reduced body fat, increased lean muscle mass, thicker and more youthful looking skin, improved energy and sex drive. Experiments with increasing the level of HGH in the body produced many damaging results. Recent research indicates that the body’s production of HGH does not decline with age. Rather, it is our ability to utilize HGH efficiently that is declining. Many of the dietary and lifestyle defects that help lead the way to cancer are also found to interfere with the body’s utilization of HGH. To maximize the beneficial effects of human growth hormone and increase your youthfulness:
Eat more grains, nuts and seeds. Eat less animal products – meat and milk.
Increase your dietary potassium relative to sodium. Processed foods almost always have more sodium than potassium (read the labels), so avoid them. Eat a diet of fresh whole foods. Supplement with potassium bicarbonate and potassium magnesium citrate.
Avoid sugar. Sugar interferes with the release of HGH. Eat low glycemic index foods.
Exercise induces the release of HGH.
Try to not eat much within two hours of going to bed.
“Juice fast” one day a week. This not only gives your HGH a boost, but also cuts down on your calories eaten.