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New Advances in Anti Aging Research

For a very, very long time, anti-aging drugs have been the bane of scammers, scoundrels and charlatans. Snake oil, if you will. Turns out, there are some anti-aging drugs and you may well be taking one of them? Have type 2 diabetes and on metformin? That’s one of them and FDA approval is being sought for its use as an anti-aging medication. The world’s population is aging, especially in parts of Asia, Europe and North America. Over the next 30 years it is projected that the number of over 65 year olds will double to 1.5 Billion. Only the continent of Africa is seeing significant growth in a younger population. Today, over 80% of adults aged 65 or over have at least one chronic illness with 68% having two or more. That’s a lot of illness and a lot of medications. From heart disease to diabetes, hypertension, dementia, arthritis and

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Health

Milk may increase prostate cancer risk

If you grew up in the 50’s to 70’s, chances are you heard the constant refrain of “drink your milk, it’s good for your bones.” Starting in the 1930’s, dairy companies started adding vitamins to milk as well as it began to become a morning breakfast staple. For those of us over 45, milk was always there. Along with Apple Jacks, SugarCrisp and all those other sugary cereals we wouldn’t go near today! Some new research indicates that milk can also increase the risk of prostate cancer. The new study comes out of Loma Linda University in California. They conducted a long-term study to investigate the links between diet, lifestyle and disease focused on members in the Seventh-day adventist church. And that’s not the only study. Another was done in 2016 by the American Cancer Association. The advantage with studying this particular group of men is that around 40% of

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Longevity

Olde English Words We Should Bring Back

Over time, languages change. Especially words that take on meaning in a cultural context and are usually relevant to a period in time. As trends change and time goes on, words fall out of favour. You may remember for example, back in the 1980’s when “freaky” was a popular word for all things “cool” which was from the 70’s. Remember that brief but oh so painful period in the early 1980’s when it was all Valley Girls lingo from California? Like “grody to the max” or “gag me with a spoon”? So in light of all that, we found some old English words that maybe we should bring back today. Fudgel (v): Basically, this means pretending to work when we’re really not doing any work at all…like maybe when we’re on video meeting calls…playing solitaire and no one can see us? Quomodocunquize (v): That’s a tongue twister! Simply put, it

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Travel

Top 5 reasons why travelling is good for your health

Going away on a trip and getting away from your daily routine can be a great way to escape stress and anxiety, especially as travel is opening up. Whether it is getting away for the weekend or taking a week or even several months off, it is probably one of the best medicines. Even if you’re uncomfortable with taking a major international trip, you can still travel within your region or province. Here are the top five reasons why traveling is beneficial for your health: 1. It has healing properties When you travel, you get to visit sites that contain modes of healing. For example, the natural hot springs of Turkey or Costa Rica. Getting immersed in these mineral-rich waters is great for your skin, relieves pain and stress and increases longevity. 2. It boosts creativity Anyone who suffers from stress, anxiety or a mental health issue knows it may

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Health

All the good grains!

It’s time to look at intact grains and incorporate them into your diet. These grains are nutrient dense and bring along many health benefits such as lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes and weight gain. These grains are less processed and that’s a good thing. So here’s what you need to know. Refined grains, such as rice or wheat when the husk is removed, are processed grains. Only the endosperm is left, or the kernel. Intact grains are when there is no processing, all parts are left “intact” hence the name. These are the grains that have all the nutrients left in them and thus bring the best benefit. Many refined grains, such as flour, have added nutrients because that is government mandated. But they’re overall less nutritious for us. Says Dr. Thomas Wolever in the department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, “The fibre in whole

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Longevity

Remove stains the natural way

Sponsored Content - Presented by Buncha Farmers Iggy Natoli, president of Buncha Farmers, likes the rural life, small towns, small farms, country stores, natural products. Ten years ago, he was semi-retired, volunteering at a local farmer’s market in Ontario. He created a co-op of vendors at a country store. The founders did the marketing and packaging to get the word out and kept improving the products. Manufacturing is done at home by contract workers. Then he and his partner Cory Besser, VP and Sales Director, saw their lives change when their core product, the All Natural Stain Remover, started to take off. Contracts with wholesalers followed, and they shut down the retail operation to focus on distributing products across Canada and the U.S. Today the natural products are available at chains such as Wal-Mart and Home Hardware. Buncha Farmers has been named one of the Top 10 Green Household Items
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Longevity

Best Podcasts for People Over 50

While it may seem most podcasts are for younger folks, you couldn’t be more wrong! So we decided to put together a list of of the best podcasts in 2022 for Canadians over 50. Check them out, have a listen on your smartphone, smart speaker, tablet or wherever. Listen to them at home in your car or out for a nice stroll. Stuff You Should Know Curious about how things work? One day it’s hang g;iding and the next it’s knife throwing! You never know what you’ll find but it’s an awesome podcast. Check it our here. The Better Health While Aging Podcast Hosted by practising geriatrics specialist Dr. Leslie Kernisan brings on a range of brilliant guests to discuss ailments and health issues affecting people over 60. Packed full of great insights and lots of episodes. Check it out here. Not Old – Better Award winning journalist Paul Vogelzang

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