Thursday, June 16, 2011

Elderly Population Exploding


The over-65 population has increased by 3.3 million or 10.6% since 1990 representing 12.7% of the U.S. population. The under-65 population increased at only 9.1% for the same period of time, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census and the National Center for Health Statistics.


Sex ratio favors women unless you’re an old guy on the hunt
If you’re a man over the age of 65 your chances of meeting an available woman is on the increase. In 1999, there were 20.2 million older women and 14.3 million older men, or a sex ratio of 141 women for every 100 men. The older you get the better it gets – as the sex ratio increases with age, ranging from 118 for the 65-69 group to a high of 237 for persons 85 and over. 


Geezer power!
Since 1900, the percentage of Americans 65+ has more than tripled (4.1% in 1900 to 12.7% in 1999), and the number has increased more than 1,100% (from 3.1 million to 34.5 million). 
The older population itself is getting older. In 1999 the 65-74 age group (18.2 million) was eight times larger than in 1900, but the 75-84 group (12.1 million) was 16 times larger and the 85+ group (4.2 million) was 34 times larger. 


What does the future hold?
The older population will burgeon between the years 2010 and 2030 when the "baby boom" generation reaches age 65. By 2030, there will be about 70 million older persons, more than twice their number in 1999. People 65+ will represent almost 13% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 20% of the population by 2030. 


Impact on health and health care.
This aging of society is a serious problem in light of the increasing cost of health care and the likelihood that that Medicare will go bankrupt soon. The only thing that you and I can do about this problem is to STAY HEALTHY. 


So if you’ve been neglecting your health and depending on your insurance company to pay your medical bills, and if you think ObamaCare will be around to take care of you and make things better, you will one day be sitting in a crowded hospital emergency room waiting for some doctor to be imported from India so you can get treatment.


Get healthy and start today. Tomorrow may be too late. 


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One way to stay healthy is to start taking PROTANDIM today.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Two good ways to deal with Obamacare and the only sure way



You don’t want socialized medicine. I know. For seven years I lived in a country where the government owned and operated nearly all the hospitals and you don’t want that to happen here.


My wife gave birth to our third child in a government hospital in Zambia. She delivered our son in a bare room on a table with a mid-wife in attendance. I was the only other assistant around – doing the only thing I knew now to do – hold my wife’s hand and offer words of encouragement.


Once the baby was born they offered her a cup of tea and then moved her to a ward on the second floor. The next day I visited her and our new son. While there I spent most of my time killing cockroaches and comforting my very unhappy wife. She begged me to take her home. 


“I can’t stay another night in this noisy, filthy place,” she pronounced. Later that day I told the nurse in charge we were leaving and the three of us went home.


I suppose I shouldn’t complain as they only charged me $10 to cover the hospital costs. But the experience made both of us appreciate the wonderful hospitals (one in Nebraska and the other in Kansas) where our other two children were born.


Now with Obamacare being implemented throughout the land, I predict our world-class health care system will “achieve” third-world mediocrity in less than five years.
So what to do about it?


Repeal it! The next congress and president might repeal it or the Supreme Court could find it unconstitutional (which it is). Unfortunately you cannot rely on any collection of politicians, either Republican or Democrat, to ever decrease the size of government. And the way the courts over the years have been stacked with Constitution-ignoring judges you cannot expect even the Supreme Court to make judgments in line with the mandates of the Constitution.


Get a waiver! To date the Obama administration has give over 1,300 waivers to their political allies. One in five waivers has been given to restaurants, night clubs and hotels in Nancy Pelosi’s district. This means that only poor suckers like you and me will ever have to fully comply with the law. And the chances that we could apply to the government and get a waiver is about the same as it is that Obama’s BFFs at General Electric will ever pay taxes on their billions of dollars of profits: slim to none. So forget that option.


The third and best way to deal with Obamacare, or whatever healthcare system we’ll end up with for the next decade or two, can be summarized in two words: STAY HEALTHY.


“How to do that?” you ask. 


I say, “Don’t get sick.”


But how do you “don’t get sick?” 
Here’s how: Think healthy, live healthy, exercise healthy, drink healthy and take the only anti-aging supplement that has scientific proof of its efficacy – Protandim


Protandim has been reported on by ABC, NBC and PBS. It has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and is described in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s book, "Chasing Life, The Quest for Immortality." 


You can watch Protandim’s creator and world-renowned scientist and pioneer in free-radical biology Dr. Joe McCord describe precisely what Protandim does. To see Dr. McCord, CLICK HERE.


For more information on Protandim and to view the ABC Primetime Live news report, CLICK HERE.


Here’s my point: there’s little you can do about the decreasing quality and availability of health care or its ever-increasing costs. But there are several things you can do that will increase the likelihood you will stay out of the health care system for as long as possible. Please - at least do that and start today.


SOME DOCTORS REFUSE
TO TREAT OVERWEIGHT PATIENTS!


From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: 


Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight limits for new patients. Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can't handle people over a certain weight, but at least six said heavy women run a higher risk of complications.
CLICK HERE for the full news report. 


LOOMING DOCTOR SHORTAGE CAUSED BY OBAMACARE


FROM NEWSMAX.COM:


The healthcare reform bill enacted last year will significantly increase the number of Americans with health insurance and exacerbate an already looming doctor shortage. 


The Association of American Medical Colleges reported in 2010 that the United States will need an additional 130,000 doctors — general-practice physicians and specialists — in 15 years, 20 percent more doctors than are currently practicing. But medical school enrollment has been essentially flat, and about a third of American physicians are over the age of 55 and likely to retire by 2020. 


Making matters worse, Congress in 1996 capped the number of new doctors Medicare would pay to train. And President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform proposed cutting Medicare funding for training even further, by $60 billion through 2020. “If this cut is enacted, the doctor shortage would get far worse,” The Wall Street Journal reported. 


At the same time, the number of patients is certain to increase. Baby boomers will be retiring at the rate of 10,000 per day, and they will require more medical care as they age. Plus, Obamacare will boost the number of Americans with health insurance or participating in Medicaid, which will mean greater demand for doctors’ services. 


At present, physicians are reimbursed at roughly 78 percent of costs under Medicare, and just 70 percent under Medicaid, according to Michael Tanner, a Cato Institute senior fellow. 
As a result, more and more physicians are choosing to opt out of the government programs altogether. Already, as many as a third of doctors will not participate in Medicaid, and 13 percent won’t accept Medicare patients. 


With cuts in reimbursements on the horizon with Obamacare, “retirement in Florida may begin to look like a very good option” for many older doctors, observes Tanner, whose article appeared in the New York Post. “Are they really going to want to stick it out for a few more years if all they have to look forward to is more red tape for less money?” 


A 2010 poll by IBD/TPP found that 45 percent of physicians would at least consider leaving their practice or taking early retirement as a result of Obamacare. 


These various factors will combine to produce a shortfall of more than 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. 
As a start in dealing with the problem, the Obama commission’s recommended cuts in training funds should be set aside, Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, writes in the Journal. “Secondly, the cap enacted in 1996 on training new doctors should finally be lifted. These two steps would go a long way to addressing our country’s medical needs.” 


Tanner concludes, “Promising universal health coverage is easy. But what does universal coverage mean if you can’t actually see a doctor?”

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Does Science Mean Anything When it Comes to Evaluating a Supplement?

Science is everything when it comes to evaluating a supplement. Here's why:


Testimonies are easy to get. "Cancer in Woman from Atlanta HEALED!" is not a scientific study; it is an unsubstantiated claim.

Corporate studies have some value but must be viewed with some skepticism. "Research studies show..." may sound good, but the question is, who paid for the research?

The best science is that which is done independent of the manufacturer and not paid for by the manufacturer.

Following is a press release from the manufacturers of Protandim. It refers to peer-reviewed independent scientific studies by Ohio State University, the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, all reputable sources. The results of their studies are stunning.

PROTANDIM® prevents the proliferation of cells that can cause re-blockage of vessels following coronary artery bypass surgery, stenting, and carotid enarterectomy
A new peer-reviewed study involving Protandim, sponsored by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, was published in the scientific journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine. 

The study, conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University, examined the biochemical mechanisms that underlie the ability of Protandim to suppress intimal hyperplasia (over-proliferation of cells that line the vessel wall), a common adverse event that limits the effectiveness of several types of vascular surgery.
Protandim has been shown in earlier studies to activate the transcription factor Nrf2, a signal to the cell's DNA to regulate a network of protective genes. This new study further investigates Protandim's ability to increase production of the body's Nrf2-regulated protective genes, sometimes referred to as "survival genes", which include most of the antioxidant enzymes.

The study, titled "Protandim attenuates intimal hyperplasia in human saphenous veins cultured ex vivo via a catalase-dependent pathway" by Binata Joddar, Rashmeet K. Reen, Michael S. Firstenberg, Saradhadevi Varadharaj, Joe M. McCord, Jay L. Zweier, and Keith J. Gooch is published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine and may be found at the following link.
To read the full report on the U.S. National Institutes of Health website, CLICK HERE. 

A third study, done by LSU, shows Protandim reduces the incidence of cancer, stating that Protandim is chemo-prevention.

20+ universities around the world continue to fund their own studies on benefits of Protandim.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Green' Light Bulbs Linked to Cancer

By Martin Gould

Spiral energy-saving light bulbs could cause cancer, German scientists have found.

They say the compact fluorescent lamp bulbs should not be left on for long as they send poison into the atmosphere when switched on, according to a report in Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

And in particular, the scientists warn, they should be kept away from people’s heads due to an “electrical smog” of phenol, naphthalene and styrene.

“For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment,” warned Peter Braun, who carried out research in Berlin.
Fellow researcher Andreas Kirchner added: “They should not be used in unventilated areas and definitely not in the proximity of the head.”

Earlier this year an Israeli report suggested CFL bulbs could trigger breast cancer and there have been fears about the environmental damage they could cause if dumped in landfills.

Despite those worries — and the fact they can cost up to six times as much as traditional incandescent bulbs — the CFL bulbs are in wide use worldwide. They are said to cut energy costs significantly and have a much longer lifespan.

Congress passed a measure in 2007 to phase out incandescent bulbs completely by 2014.

To read the entire Daily Telegraph report, Go Here Now.
Read more: 'Green' Light Bulbs Linked to Cancer

Sunday, April 17, 2011

GIGO or HIHO - You Decide


“Garbage in – garbage out” or GIGO is not one of Newton’s laws but a reliable axiom born in the computer age. In computer speak it refers to data – if you put bad data in, you are bound to have bad data come out. 


When it comes to your personal health the same law applies: Put garbage into your mouth and the net result will be garbage health. The sad fact is most Americans don’t have a healthy diet. We eat things that hurt us and some of the stuff we consume slowly kills us. 


The most common problem GIGO brings to your body is obesity. 


According to the World Health Organization, obesity has many dangerous consequences including heart disease, stroke, blood pressure problems, cholesterol, insulin resistance which leads to type 2 diabetes, a whole variety of cancers, sleep apnea (when breathing is interrupted during sleep), joint problems, gallbladder disease, respiratory difficulties, skin problems and even infertility.


Montel Williams, in his book Living Well nails it when he writes, “…it all starts with what you put into your body.” It’s as simple as this: put nutritious food into your body and good health will return. 


So let’s adopt a new, more positive axiom. Instead of GIGO let’s start talking about HIHO or “health in – health out.” Put healthy foods into your mouth while at the same time cease to consume unhealthy foods and guess what will happen to you? 


You will begin to look and feel better – no matter what your age.


You already know what healthy food is and what junk food is. The problem is not with what you know, it’s with what you do. 


So, is it GIGO or HIHO for you? It’s your mouth – it’s your body – only you can decide.

The World’s Oldest Man Dies at 114


Walter Bruening was the oldest man in the world. He lived to the ripe young age of 114 until April 15, 2011 when he died in Great Falls, Montana. 


Bruening is my hero. According to an AP interview done several months ago, he worked his entire life – it was what he did to get through the hard times and what he used to keep his mind active. According to Bruening, one of the worst things a person can do is retire young.


Here is the world’s oldest man’s secret to a long life:

  • Embrace change, even when the change slaps you in the face. (”Every change is good.”)
  • Eat two meals a day (”That’s all you need.”)
  • Work as long as you can (”That money’s going to come in handy.”)
  • Help others (”The more you do for others, the better shape you’re in.”)
Then there’s the hardest part. It’s a lesson Breuning said he learned from his grandfather: Accept death.


CLICK HERE to read the full story about Walter Bruening. You’ll be inspired.



Saturday, April 2, 2011

Longevity Calculators – How Long Will YOU Live?

A supercentenarian is someone who is 110-years old or older. I would love to be able to one day join that very elite club. 


The problem is only one in 6,000 people ever reach the century mark and just one in 7 million lives to be a supercentenarian, so it is a very elite club indeed. 


But how long am I likely to live? And what about you, is that something you would like to know?


There are a variety of longevity calculators available on the Internet and I found two that are quite interesting.


One of them is provided by Northwestern Mutual. It does not try to sell you anything and does not request your email address or other contact information so don’t be afraid to answer the 13 questions. It’s fun and fast to take.


To use their longevity calculator, CLICK HERE.


I took the test and it said I would live to be 93 - not the score I wanted or expected. I told my wife my score and then invited her to take the test. She came out better than I did. It told her that she would likely live to the ripe old age of 98. 


She screamed with delight, “Finally I’ll get all your money!” 


Honestly, I can’t imagine having much left over by age – well – by next week because of the price of gas here in California, but I digress.


Because I was disappointed by my longevity prediction of only 93, I looked for another perhaps more friendly longevity test. I found one on MoneyCentral.msn.com and it too does not try to sell you anything or request personal information so go ahead and try it.


It asks more questions than the first test which might mean it is more accurate. This one estimated I would live to age 99! (The full report of their estimates is below.)


“That’s more like it!” I said under my breath. “Now, I’ll get all of HER money.”

CLICK HERE link for this more thorough test.


Here is their full report about my estimated longevity with a few personal notes in parenthesis:


If you continue maintaining healthy habits, you’ll want to plan for a maximum life expectancy of 99-years or more.


Your “ideal” weight for maximum longevity is 170 lbs (I weigh 199 lbs. Probably would have scored over 100-years but for that fact)


The three biggest positive factors that you have going for you are:

  1. Age (I’m 67-years young)
  2. Age of parents (My dad died at age 87 and my mother turns 90 on April 10, 2011)
  3. Age of grandparents (Three of my grandparents lived well into their 80s)

The three biggest negative factors you have going for you

  1. Family health (My dad died of cancer but at age 87)
  2. Gender (Now what in the world can I do about that?)
  3. Cholesterol level (Slightly elevated) 

So that was my report. Fortunately no test can give you the exact answer as to how long you will live – or to put it negatively – when you will die. They all use age, gender, family history and personal lifestyle issues to make an educated guess. 


You can’t do much about your DNA or how your parents or grandparents lived and died. But you can do something about your lifestyle. Things like eating better foods, getting plenty of exercise and lowering your stress.


Or you can lie to the calculator. That’s another way to score higher but it won’t impact the ultimate outcome.