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5 Ways Walking Can Change Your Life

In All Health Watch, Cancer, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, Longevity by Garry Messick

There was a time when walking was a standard medical treatment.

In her book Your Brain on Nature, Dr. Eva Selhub of Harvard Medical School notes that health resorts and “sanitariums” sprang up in newly urbanized America during the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s.[1]

There, doctors would treat patients with long nature walks. They saw walking as an antidote to sedentary city living. … Read More

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These 5 Healthy Habits Give You 7-10 Extra Years of Disease-Free Life

In All Health Watch, Cancer, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health, Heart and Cardiovascular, Longevity by Garry Messick

A major new Harvard study found that you can gain up to 10 years of lifespan, free of cancer, heart problems, and diabetes if you practice five healthy habits.[i] 

Researchers released their findings after tracking 111,000 people for up to 34 years. 

The scientists found that women can add 10 years of healthy life and men seven. 

The life-extending healthy habits are:

  1. Regular exercise.
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The Simple Secret to Living Longer

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Cognitive Health, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, General Health, Heart and Cardiovascular, Longevity, Weight Loss by Garry Messick

Here comes the New Year, with hordes of folks looking for ways to become healthier.

Some of us will resolve to exercise more. Others will go on diets. Or we’ll cut out guilty pleasures like fast food. 

Most of us will fail miserably.

One study found that 80% of New Year’s resolutions die by mid-February.[1]

New research shows there’s a better way.… Read More

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The Secret of the ‘Island Where People Forget to Die’

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Anti-Aging, Cognitive Health, Dementia, Featured Article, Longevity by Garry Messick

On the Greek island of Ikaria, a bigger percentage of the residents live past 90 than anywhere else in the world.

Many live well past 100.

That’s why it’s known as the “Island where people forget to die.” 

The old folks on Ikaria aren’t frail and feeble. If you visit the island, you’ll see centenarians riding bikes, hiking, and bragging about their love lives.… Read More

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One Surprising Factor Predicts How Long You’ll Live

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health, Longevity by Garry Messick

What single factor determines how much longer you have to live? 

The obvious one is age. After all, if you’re 80, it’s likely you have less time left than someone who is 60. 

Genetics are big factor, too. If your parents and grandparents lived long lives, chances are you will, too. 

Whether you smoke makes a big difference as well.

But it turns out that there is another longevity factor that is more powerful than any of these. … Read More

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5 Ways Your Dog Improves Your Health

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, Heart and Cardiovascular, Heart Disease, Immune Health, Longevity, Mental Health by Garry Messick

Dogs are America’s new children. 

Before you dismiss this statement as an exaggeration, consider this: America’s birth rate is now at a 32-year low. Dog ownership is at an all-time high.

There are now more dogs in the U.S. (90 million) than children (74 million). 

One of the reasons we love dogs so much is that they make us feel better.… Read More