The Estrogen Dilemma Posted on May 31st, 2010
If you’re a post-menopausal woman like me you are interested in staying young, youthful and mentally sharp. I am delighted to know a brilliant researcher Dr Roberta Brinton whose seminal work involves the subject of estrogen and memory decline in post-menopausal women. You can imagine my surprise when I opened up the New York Times Magazine last weekend to find an article about estrogen featuring Dr Brinton’s work. Roberta Brinton has been a guest speaker at several of my “Anti-Aging Conferences.” Her information is spellbinding. Why just hearing her talk about ‘shooting mitochrondria’ can get anyone excited. Brinton is a brain scientist and her passion is estrogen and its relationship to brain health. Her work is important because, according to Brinton 68 percent of Alzheimer’s patients are women and 70 percent of women are “estrogen dependent.” I am one of them. At age 60 it was evident that I was not functioning well without estrogen. Now 6 years later I have energy, great mental clarity and a zest and enthusiasm enviable by many of my younger counterparts. Bio-identical, plant based hormones have improved my quality of life. Brinton and other scientists claim that estrogen improves brain function when it is added to healthy tissue, but according to the same researchers if it is added to cells that are sick or damaged, estrogen does not strengthen or repair. Therefore, according to Brinton, taking plant-based estrogen, post menopause, may be potentially useless or harmful to brain cells. Taking estrogen is every woman’s dilemma. Do you take it and feel better and weigh the cancer risk or do you not take it and decline into age-related dementia? The debate continues.
So You Want to Live to 100? Posted on March 5th, 2010
Time Magazine tackles longevity in a recent issue. According to 2009 data presented by the US Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in 1950 there were 14.5 octogenarians and in 2050, it is predicted that there will be 394.7 million age 80 or over. This is not good news for the health care system or communities and families with over-strained budgets. Do you want to live to 100? One look at the centenarians profiled in the time article – I’m not so sure. The Time article focused on gender, genes, low-calorie diets and even human sperm in the life-extender equation. Then it discussed the “Blue Zones” – areas of the world where people live the longest and why. Then costs were covered – be prepared for exorbitant. And then we heard from Dr Oz with his tips for living longer and better – sleep (easier said than done) exercise, vitamin D and eating right. In my latest book The Body knows … How to Stay Young, I tackle the aging question and at age 66 I think I am doing very well. I’ve got boundless energy, my waistline, my mental faculties, libido and passion – for everything I do. If you can come through the process of life pain-free and with your body intact – congratulations! If not, it’s time to get to work. If you are age 60 now, it is likely that the medical profession will keep you alive with drugs and surgery for another 30 years. But at what quality of life? There are 4 components to vibrant aging. 1: stop the body breakdown by reducing sugar and starch consumption, learn to de-stress and banish negative thoughts. 2: rebuild the body and blood sugars with the correct diet – a balance of protein, fat and starch in the form of vegetables, food based supplements, detoxification, exercise and positive thoughts. 3: balance hormones. Simply put, when hormone levels decline the body ages and falls prey to such diseases as cancer, fibromyalgia, lupus, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis . 4: live your passion. Do what you love to do. My sense of the future in the healthy aging process resides in early life style changes. Start making the necessary changes at age 40 (when I did) and this is the perfect recipe to age well at 60 and beyond.
Louise Hay – Success at 83 Posted on September 11th, 2009
Who says that success is the domain of the youth? Who says that to be successful you have to be wrinkle free, college educated and focused on making money – not me and apparently not best selling author Louise Hay who at age 83 has her own brand of success.
I call her the “grandmother of metaphysics” and she’s been dubbed the “Queen of the New Age” but my friend and mentor Louise Hay, pioneer of the personal development industry and founder of Hay House publishing, likes to describe herself as a simple woman with a simple message: Love is all you need.
“I find simple answers work the best: If we really love ourselves, everything in our lives works, she tells Success Magazine in this month’s issue” Love is the great miracle cure.” Louise pioneered the idea that your thoughts create your reality, so if you choose loving and supportive thoughts, every aspect of your life will improve. “We are 100 percent responsible for all our experiences. Every thought we think is creating our future,” she says.
I met Louise quite serendipitously in 1999 and we’ve been closely connected ever since. She encouraged me to write my first book The Body Knows ~ How to Tune into Your Body and Improve Your Health and my most recent book The Body Knows … How to Stay Young.
“I’ve been a Caroline Sutherland fan ever since the first moment I met her in the ’90s. In fact, she fulfilled a dream of mine. At our first meeting, Caroline looked at me, clearly saw my deficiencies and nutritional needs, and on the spot designed a special plan for my particular body. I felt understood for the first time.” Louise Hay, Author of You Can Heal Your Life
Tags: anti aging
Still Vital at Eighty-Four Posted on June 9th, 2009
Angela Lansbury just won a Tony Award for her performance in Blythe Spirit. She’s 84. Look around you. How many eighty-four-year-olds do you know who are winning awards let alone getting out of bed in the morning? We were in New York recently and thoroughly enjoyed Ms Lansburys performance in the Noel Coward comedy. She lent an air of “magic” to the part. The play would not be so popular without her. If you are in your 60’s and you’re not feeling vital and energetic, it may be time to take stock and make some changes – you’ll be 80 soon. Consider diet, lifestyle and having a reason to live. Angela Lansbury stays young by doing what she loves – lighting up the stage and screen. Are you doing what you love?
Jenny McCarthy Has Given Up Sugar Posted on May 13th, 2009
Jenny McCarthy has given up sugar. This feisty advocate for Autism announced that she has given up sugar, gluten, corn and a number of offending foods. Try it for yourself. I gave up these foods 25 years ago and it changed my life. No more pain and joint stiffness, better memory and concentration, lots of energy. Healthy aging – turn back the aging clock. People don’t realize that food is fuel. What you pout in to your body translates in to cell tissue and power. Rev up your power and eat what your body wants, not what you want. Mood and energy follows blood sugar. Good for Jenny.