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Science is quickly developing the technologies needed to radically extend the quality human lifespan. Meanwhile, we need to stay healthy long enough to take advantage of these scientific breakthroughs.
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Step 9 – Detoxification

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 2:11:36 PM America/New_York

Detoxification

You are constantly bombarded with toxins from inside and out, and there’s no way to avoid them all. But, you can greatly reduce your exposure, strengthen your defenses and remove accumulated toxins.

 

Air

The air we breathe is hazardous. Chemicals and toxins are pumped into the atmosphere every day from sources that range from your bottle of cleaning spray, to large factories.    

  • Use natural cleaners like lemon juice, vinegar, borax
  • Choose an air filter that removes large and microscopic particles
  • Houseplants remove toxins that air filters cannot
  • Avoid dry cleaning
  • Check for radon in your home
  • Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke

Skin

Did you know that your favorite perfume may contain cancer-causing chemicals that are not listed on the label? Minimizing your use of products such as dryer sheets, artificial scents, antibacterial soaps and more will also minimize your exposure to these dangerous chemicals. For optimal detoxification, consider the products that come in contact with your skin. 

Food

If you are concerned about using plastic water bottles, you should know that the same chemical that makes plastic bottles dangerous is also used in contact with food. Bisphenol A (BPA), which contains carcinogens, is found in the lining of cans used for food.  Choose frozen or dried foods instead of canned.

Avoid ingesting pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, antibiotics, and hormones-- eat organic foods when possible. Of course, organic is not always available or affordable, but be aware of the ‘dirty dozen,’ a list of twelve of the most contaminated foods.

Water

Tap water can contain microbes and bacteria, commercial chemicals, residues from other people’s prescription drugs, viruses, parasites, chlorine… the list is disturbing. What can you do? Filter, filter, filter. Use filtered water for cooking and drinking, and consider installing a filter on your water main so that chlorine does not absorb into your skin in the shower.

Radiation

Electromagnetic radiation comes from satellite transmitters, radios, radar, cell phones, electric razors and more. Take steps to reduce your exposure.

  • Use a Bluetooth earpiece for your cell phone
  • Choose thermography over mammography (Don’t forget to ‘T’alk to your doctor)
  • Replace tube-based screens with flat screens
  • Minimize use of hair dryers and electric shavers

For more information and product recommendations, visit ‘Pollution and your Health’ on our site.

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Step 8 – New Technologies

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 2:06:40 PM America/New_York

New Technologies

Cheating death might just be possible in the new millennium. It’s a fantastic statement; even more fantastic because there is evidence that we will soon significantly extend healthy human lifespan, maybe even during your own lifetime.

As we move into the new era in which health and medicine become information technologies, we are gaining tools to augment, repair, rebuild and improve upon the existing human design.

 

Bridge Two – Biotechnology

By manipulating genes and reprogramming cells, we can reduce or eliminate cancer, replace worn out organs, lengthen cellular life, and clean up damage that causes aging.

  • Stem cells can be used to replace aging cells in crucial body systems
  • Delete genes that cancer cells use to kill us
  • Enhance the immune response to remove toxic cells

Stem cell therapies are in serious development right now. Watch a video from the Manhattan Beach Project, in which Stephen Coles and Robert Bradbury discuss cutting edge stem cell techniques.

 

Bridge Three – Nanotechnology

Although biotechnology is powerful science, the true magic will happen when we start using nanotechnology to create materials and techniques even more intricate than biology.

  • Computerized DNA will be remotely reprogrammed
  • Nanobots the size of blood cells will traverse the body
  • Replacement parts created with technology will outperform biological counterparts
  • Back up your consciousness so you don’t need your biological form

What About Right Now?
There are breakthroughs happening all the time. Humans already have neural implants and the artificial pancreas; robotic hands can be connected to the brain; we have grown meat in a laboratory and cloned a sheep. See some of the recent highlights below.

What About Me?
You can already begin to benefit personally from these new technologies.

  • Save your stem cells
  • Look into your DNA
  • Get better testing

Live Long Enough… If we can start by slowly adding years to human lifespan, eventually we will reach a tipping point where we add more than a year to your life expectancy each year. Then you will truly have the chance… To Live Forever.

 

Go to Step 9 where we discuss"D"etoxification.

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Step 7 – Exercise

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 2:02:30 PM America/New_York

Exercise

One of the most important components of the TRANSCEND program, exercise is the closest thing we have to a magic bullet against aging. Fighting stroke, lowering cholesterol, strengthening the bones, toning the body and boosting the brain are just some of the benefits.

Ray & Terry recommend integrating three types of exercise into a complete regimen to help you live longer. By including all three types, you will build strength, endurance, tone, flexibility, and resistance to disease.

Aerobic

Virtually every cell in your body benefits from this type of exercise. Not only does aerobic exercise improve and maintain cardiovascular health, it is especially beneficial to get rid of abdominal fat and is also one of the best ways to increase your natural supply of endorphins to make you feel good.

Ray and Terry offer a number of tips, resources and a sample routine for including aerobics in your personal program. 

Strength

Individuals who don't include strength training will lose as much as 40 percent of their muscle mass between 20 and 80 years of age. To maintain hormonal balance, bone and muscle mass, protect joints, and allow you to eat more but weight less, strength training exercises are essential.

Tone more than your glamour muscles. Focus on functional exercises to keep yourself looking and feeling great, plus avoid those surprise injuries. You can have it all—good looks and good fitness.

Flexibility

Often overlooked, flexibility training should not be skipped. Stretching your muscles helps reduce your risk of arthritis and maintain full range of motion. Plus, stretching just feels good and calms the body after more strenuous exercise.

Check out our flexibility section for pictures and instructions on this important physical activity.

Resources

How many calories do you burn cleaning the house versus running a mile? Try these health calculators to get an estimate.

This exercise guide discusses the many benefits and options, and makes suggestions on starting an exercise regimen.

Quick Tip

Take a thirty minute walk today and then spend five minutes stretching out your legs. That will put you one step closer to greater fitness.

 

Go to Step 8 where we discuss"N"ew Technologies.

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Step 6 – Caloric Restriction

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:59:21 PM America/New_York

Calorie Reduction

The American “obesity epidemic” has received a lot of recent attention. And it’s no joke— two thirds of the country is overweight. Being just 20 percent overweight triples your risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes and more than doubles your risk of heart disease. So, losing 10-20% of your weight will reduce your risk significantly.

Even better, reducing calories has been shown to lengthen life span in over 2,000 animal studies.

Applying moderate caloric restriction will not only help you reach your optimal weight gradually and stay there, but it will help you live a longer (healthy) life.

 

Your Goal Weight

Find your maintenance calorie level and start eating that number of calories each day.

 

Calorie Reduction

Once you attain your goal weight, you can reduce calories by an additional 10 to 20 percent to maintain nutritional intake while benefiting from the strategy of caloric restriction.

  • Eat foods that are high in fiber but low in calories
  • Balance protein, fats and carbohydrates
  • Take appropriate nutritional supplements
  • Use software to track nutrients and calories

 

Fasting

If fasting sounds like starving, take heart. You can actually do an easy daily fast, without feeling the hunger pangs. Terry recommends a 12 hour fast each day to help reduce calories. If you stop eating at night, around 7 or 8:00, for example, you end up with a twelve hour fast until you eat breakfast the next morning. Easy!

 

Benefits

Damage to mitochondrial DNA greatly contributes to the aging process. Researchers are looking into way to stop, prevent and reverse this damage. One of the ways that caloric restriction benefits health and longevity may relate to CR's ability to clean out mitochondrial damage.

Imposition of calorie restriction in mice has been shown to extend life span by around 40% even when initiated comparatively late in life. Intermittent fasting, such as alternate day fasting, results in similarly low calorie intake and noteworthy extension of life span,

In Okinawa, the cultural habit of calorie control called hara hachi bu, which means eat only until you are 80% full, has helped their society achieve significant increases in both youthfulness and longevity.

Eating less costs less too. Could the solution be that simple?

Go to Step 7 where we discuss "E"xercise.

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Step 5 – Supplementation

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:52:43 PM America/New_York

Supplementation

The need for nutrients goes beyond the risk of deficiency. As research related to nutrition and disease continues to expand, so too does new evidence supporting the need for nutritional supplementation. To get started, consider these main topics.

 

Vitamins and Minerals

Your body needs raw materials to prompt proper enzymatic function. Current methods of farming and poor eating habits have resulted in as many as 90 percent of Americans having vitamin deficiencies.

Most of the RDAs (Recommended Daily Allowances) are simply too low. A daily multiple should contain optimal nutritional amounts instead. We do not recommend one-a-day formulas because they cannot contain enough nutrients in a single tablet.

  • Vitamin A and beta-carotene for healthy eyes, immunity and bones
  • B vitamins are needed for nerves, hair, skin, and digestion
  • Vitamin C is the best water-soluble antioxidant
  • Vitamin D regulates cell growth and function
  • Vitamin E protects your cells from toxins and carcinogens
  • Minerals are needed in smaller amounts

 

Fish Oil

Even many conventional doctors now agree that fish oil supplementation is important. Fish oil contains the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which help your body reduce inflammation. Make sure to choose a fish oil that has been filtered for heavy metals. Vegetarians can substitute flax seed oil or algae sources to get their daily dose of omega-3s.

 

Vitamin D

Lately, higher levels of vitamin D have been linked to the health of many body systems. Experts agree that the current RDA is too low for optimal health and that toxicity is unlikely with recommended use. Tips for vitamin D:

  • D3 form is the most bioavailable form
  • Moderate sun exposure without sunscreen allows your skin to produce D3
  • Northern climates don't get enough winter sun for D3 production

You may have noticed that even conventional doctors are now testing blood levels of this important vitamin. We recommend checking your levels prior to supplementing, because this is a fat-soluble vitamin.

 

Antioxidants

Free radicals cause cellular damage, which contributes to the aging process. Antioxidants help counteract the free radical damage. Since we cannot get enough vitamins and minerals through diet alone, supplements like these are recommended.

  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Ubiquinol
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid

 

What You Should Take

If you would like a personalized evaluation of the supplements we recommend for your needs, try our Transcend survey. The report explains which products might help you and why.

 

Go to Step 6 where we discuss "C"aloric Restriction.

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Step 4 – Nutrition

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:45:17 PM America/New_York

Nutrition

Food and drink can help heal you or hurt you. Making the right choices will help reduce your risk of serious conditions including cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

 

Carbohydrates

Not all carbs are bad. The key is the glycemic index of a carbohydrate food, which indicates how quickly the food is digested and releases glucose into your bloodstream.

Simple carbohydrates break down quickly and hit your system with a glucose rush, which triggers an insulin spike. Eventually, this spike (and subsequent sharp drop) can lead to insulin resistance, which is the main cause of metabolic syndrome.

Complex carbohydrates have a lower glycemic impact and break down slowly in your system. These tend to have more fiber and nutrient content and should be included in a healthy diet.

  • Aim for 33-40% daily calories from low-glycemic carbs*
  • Choose complex carbohydrates
  • Avoid sugar and try stevia instead
  • Pick foods high in fiber

*Note: If you are type 2 diabetic, trying to lose weight, have metabolic syndrome, are addicted to sweets, or have a high risk of heart disease, we suggest the Low-Carbohydrate Corrective Diet. For specific guidelines on this diet, please see Chapter 11 of Transcend.

 

Fat

Not all fats are bad. You need to ingest fat to keep your organs and body healthy. The key is the type of fat consumed and the balance between the types of fats.

Trans fats do not exist in nature, never a good sign, and are simply unsafe. They inhibit the body's natural detoxification and decrease testosterone levels.

Saturated fats, which come mainly from animal products, are rigid and can raise cholesterol and clog your arteries. You do need a little bit of these to maintain healthy cell membranes.

There are several types of unsaturated fats, including omega-3 and omega-6 fats. The typical Western diet contains too many omega-6 fats, which are essential to life, but contribute to inflammation. Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory and enhance overall health. Finding a balance between these is important to overall health.

  • Choose healthy fats (olive oil, nuts, fish)
  • Limit 3-7% daily calories from saturated fat
  • Avoid both whole and skim milk dairy
  • Favor skinless white meat poultry
  • Do not eat fried food
  • Supplement with EPA and DHA

Note that individuals with the lowest carbohydrate intake will necessarily have to consume a higher percentage of their calories from fats.

 

Protein

Not all protein is good. Over consumption of protein has been linked to kidney dysfunction, gout, osteoporosis and possibly cancer. These effects are particularly linked to animal proteins, although specific guidelines for vegetable proteins are still under review.

  • Emphasize plant proteins (tofu, miso, lentils, nuts)
  • Avoid whole milk and eggs
  • Eat more fish
  • Vegetarians should focus on variety for amino acid balance

The National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association state that most healthy adults should aim for at least 50-60 grams of protein daily. Note that this amount if affected by exercise frequency. Individuals who exercise regularly should increase this amount by 10 grams per 60 minutes of exercise.

 

Alcohol

Alcohol counts. Recent studies suggest that moderate alcohol consumption actually enhances cardiac health and lowers your risk of diabetes. However, alcohol consumption may increase the risk of some cancers. Moderate consumption is essential if you seek the health benefits of alcohol.
  • Two or less alcoholic drinks per day for men under 65
  • One or less alcoholic drinks for men over 65 and women
  • Red wine appears to offer additional health benefits
  • Beer may lower homocysteine levels

 

What to Eat

Check out Ray & Terry's tips on foods make eating healthy not only easier, but tastier too.

World's Healthiest Foods is a non profit organization that lists and details 100 of the best foods to eat for your health. Their weekly or daily newsletters include excellent recipes and nutrition tips.

Try our Nutrition Quiz and see how well you know your calories.

 

Go to Step 5 where we discuss "S"upplementation.

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Step 3 – Assessment

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:38:01 PM America/New_York

Assessment

The two pillars that will help you to live—and remain in optimal health—long enough to take full advantage of upcoming health technologies are Prevention and Early Detection of disease. There is a lot you can do yourself to uphold these two pillars.

 

Prevention

Lifestyle choices are the key to successful prevention. Making better choices will help you live in good condition for longer. The TRANSCEND program can help guide you through lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, sleep, brain health, and stress management.

Soon, we will have the means to reprogram our biological software and reach the point where the clock begins to tick longer with each passing year.

 

Early Detection

There are a number of tests that you can perform yourself to help identify disease very early on, thereby increasing your chances of recovery.

Breast self-exams (women)
Regular examination will make it easy for you to notice changes that should be addresses with your doctor. Essentially, you are looking for lumps, dimpling, changes or redness.

Testicular self-exams (men)
Testicular cancer is the leading cancer in younger men, but it is nearly 100% treatable when caught early. Look for lumps and consistency.

Heart Rate
The easiest place to check your pulse is at your wrist. Without pressing too hard, locate your pulse with the index and middle fingers of the other hand. Count the pulsations for 20 seconds and multiply by 3 for your heart rate. An optimal heart rate is less than 70 beats per minute.

Blood Pressure
You can check your blood pressure easily with an inexpensive device at home. Less than 120/80 mm Hg is an optimal level. Any elevation beyond this level constitutes a health risk. Readings over 140/90 mm Hg are too high and most doctors advise medication for individuals who consistently have readings in this range.

Body Composition
Your health can be affected by how much fat you have and how it is distributed on the body. Some fat is needed for reproductive function, while other fat is simply caloric storage. Body Fat can be estimated using a scale or a handheld device is fine. For a more accurate reading, an underwater tank is preferred (see your doctor or gym for more information). Men should maintain 10-17 percent body fat. Women should maintain 18 to 26 percent body fat. Higher levels of fat, particularly in the abdominal region, increase health risks significantly.

Fitness Testing
Exercise is absolutely necessary for optimal health. We recommend that you evaluate your core strength, upper body strength, aerobic fitness level, and flexibility.

A more complete description of these tests is included in Chapter 10 of Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever.

 

Go to Step 4 where we discuss "N"utrition.

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Step 2 – Relaxation

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:31:33 PM America/New_York

Relaxation

Life is stressful, even at its best, and stress is inextricably linked to disease and shorter lifespan. But you hold the keys to your stress level and can take conscious steps to deal constructively with stressors in order to make you feel better and give yourself a chance to live longer.

 

Stress Management

There is no way to eliminate all stress and avoid all future stress. Managing your stress boils down to lifestyle (the choices you make on a daily basis) and attitude (your outlook on life).

Seeking balance amongst the components of your life is a good start for a relaxed lifestyle.

Time management—maintain a plan to organize your time and avoid over commitment

Priorities—checking and resetting your priorities ensures you do what is important and allow yourself time for spontaneity and relaxation

Relationships—maintaining close interpersonal relationships are essential, providing an outlet for emotional energy and a network of understanding

Implementing the 4 C's into your daily life can help you develop and maintain a positive constructive attitude.

  1. Challenge—choosing a difficult objective worthy of your efforts
  2. Commitment—staying on task to meet the challenge
  3. Curiosity—cultivating an open mind and a desire to learn
  4. Creativity—using your imagination to innovate

 

Sleep

Without proper sleep, it is physically impossible to maintain a positive attitude, adequate energy level or a healthy body. Sleep allows us to recharge, heal, commit learned information to memory, and more.

To encourage better sleep quality, make sure to maintain a calm and quiet sleeping environment and try these seven steps to improve your rest: eat right, exercise regularly, manage your stress, relax before bed, cut down on caffeine, examine whether you have sleep apnea, and consider a natural supplement if you need help getting to sleep and staying there.

 

Tips for Relaxation

DO

  • Take breaks from your "have to" tasks (work, chores etc.)
  • Exercise regularly
  • Laugh and play often -- Laughter reduces pain, increases job performance, connects people emotionally, improves the flow of oxygen to the heart and brain, and reduces cortisol levels
  • Meditate or try yoga – A few basic poses help improve your balance and core strength, improving fitness level and promoting a feeling of ease.
  • Learn how to give a great massage… and then teach the recipient to give one back!
  • Breathe easier

DO NOT

  • Eat a poor diet – Junk food weighs down your cells, but good nutrition energizes the body and gives it the fuel needed for long term health
  • Overdo alcohol, caffeine or prescription drugs
  • Skimp on sleep – Catching up on your lost sleep can make you smarter and stronger
  • Internalize stress

 

Making a conscious effort to take care of your emotional health can obviously make you happier. It can also make your healthier and that means you're on the track to a longer and better life.

Go to Step 3 where we discuss "A"ssessment.

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Step 1 – Talk to your doctor

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:19:25 PM America/New_York

Talk to your doctor

Prevention and early detection of disease are essential to maintaining good health as long as possible. You should take an active role in developing your own preventive health program. Be informed and conduct open discussions with your healthcare provider.

 

The Conversation

The typical doctor-patient visit consists of three parts.

  1. Medical History
  2. Physical Exam
  3. Laboratory Testing

You can apply the TRANSCEND principles to "talk to your doctor" and make your healthcare experience more efficient and effective.

Medical History: Compile your personal and familial medical histories prior to your doctor's visit. Include personal information on your diet, sleep patterns, medications and supplements and exercise program. Include family information from your parents, children and siblings. Grand parents' histories are helpful, but not as essential.

Physical Exam: Several components can be done at home (e.g. breast self-exams and testicular self-exams) and you should get in the habit of performing these regularly. A comprehensive physician will also examine your head, lungs, heart, abdomen, spine and other body systems.

Laboratory Testing: Many tests (e.g. cholesterol, homocysteine levels) are routinely done by conventional physicians. Others (e.g. hormone levels, vitamin levels) are less routinely done, but you can request them during your visit. Still other useful testing needs to be done by complementary or holistic physicians. These include hair mineral analysis, stool microbiology, hepatic detox, and environmental pollutants.

 

Keeping Track

Having some of your records at one doctor’s office, some with another, others at the hospital and your self test records at home is not an optimal way to keep track of your health data. We recommend keeping track of all your test results yourself. There are online programs that can help you maintain a personal health record.

 

Where to go

You can guide the examination process if you do your homework, but note that most conventional physicians are not trained well in this regard. There are a few clinics and hospitals that specialize in the comprehensive approach.

The Grossman Wellness Center is Terry's clinic in Denver, CO, where patients from all over the world participate in comprehensive wellness and executive health evaluations based on the TRANSCEND program. grossmanwellness.com

The American College for Advancement in Medicine is dedicated to educating health professionals in integrative medicine. To find a complementary physician near you, search (ACAM) website. http://www.acamnet.org

For more information on Finding a Practitioner.

Once you initiate this conversation and create your own personal health record, you will have an excellent foundation for preventative care.

 

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