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Can Science Reverse Aging? -

Can Science Reverse Aging? - | Health & Life Extension |

"In 30 years, I will be younger than today, not older," says José Luis Cordeiro, who's a founding faculty member at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley-based think tank devoted to futurism. "Why? Because we are going to have rejuvenation techniques, and these experiments are beginning right now."

A mechanical engineer with a degree from MIT, Cordeiro has worked in fields ranging from monetary policy to petroleum engineering, and he created the first formal "future studies" course at the Austrian School of Economics in Venezuela, his birth country.

Cordeiro is an extreme optimist, who says technological progress will solve most of the world's problems. He sat down with Reason's Nick Gillespie at the annual libertarian conference Freedom Fest in Las Vegas to discuss immortality, artificial intelligence, and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

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Israeli Team Develops Method to Monitor Tumors Without Radiation

Israeli Team Develops Method to Monitor Tumors Without Radiation | Health & Life Extension |

Doctors at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center have developed a new method to monitor tumors without injecting patients with radioactive substances or exposing them to ionizing radiation.

The method, detailed in a study published Thursday in the Nature Communicationsjournal, was developed by the director of the Center for Hyperpolarized MRI Molecular Imaging, Rachel Katz-Brull, and her team at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Katz-Brull showed that by using magnetic resonance imaging, the nucleus of a phosphorous atom can alert doctors to suspicious acidity levels in the body, thereby revealing the possible existence of a tumor. The researchers used a special technique that allowed them to more easily identify the nucleus, enabling it to appear to “shine” 10,000 times brighter than normal.

“This diagnostic tool relates to the metabolic activity of the cells in a tumor or other tissue that may be suspicious,” Katz-Brull said. “It may provide a better way to determine whether tumors are malignant or benign, and help test the efficacy of treatment.”

The groundbreaking method makes it possible to avoid a biopsy or other invasive procedures to measure a tissue’s acidity levels, and also to determine whether a tumor is malignant or benign without having the patients undergo unnecessary radiation or be exposed to radioactive materials.

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States Where Alzheimer’s Is Soaring

States Where Alzheimer’s Is Soaring | Health & Life Extension |

8. Florida
> Increase in Alzheimer’s, 2017-2025: 38.5%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 13.2% (3rd highest)
> Population 65+: 19.5% (the highest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 77.1% (22nd highest)
> Avg. retirement income: $25,845 (17th highest)

Florida’s elderly population will grow by approximately 25% by 2025, about average. But the state already has the largest share of elderly population of all states — nearly 1 in every 5 Florida residents are 65 or older. The state’s older residents will continue to age for many years, and the risk of Alzheimer’s, which is considerably more common among the oldest members of the nation’s elderly population, will also inevitably increase.

There were 510,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease in Florida in 2017, and Medicaid costs for caring for people with the disease totaled $2.33 billion. Florida has 1.1 million caregivers, the third most in the nation.

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Five Predictions as Cities Learn to Address Wireless Health Risks

Five Predictions as Cities Learn to Address Wireless Health Risks | Health & Life Extension |

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, allowed none of his children to use a cellphone until age 14. Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, refused to allow his young children to play with the iPad, because: “We think it’s too dangerous for them.” 


We humans are today exposed to billions of times more electromagnetic radiation in the sub-infrared frequency ranges than our forebears were 100 years ago. Since the first use of radio waves and alternating current, exposures have increased exponentially. With the emergence of the Internet of Things, smart cities, and intelligent transportation, we face a very steep increase in coming years, particularly with the build-out of small cell networks providing “Wi-Fi everywhere.”

Almost universally, people have assumed that non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation is harmless unless energy intensity exposure levels are high enough to heat living tissue. However, there is growing consensus among scientists that this is a false assumption. Around the world, a growing number of governments, associations and other institutions are implementing policies to reduce electromagnetic radiation health risks from cellphones and other wireless devices...
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It is becoming clear that we need better communications technology. What we have is too unhealthy for long term use.

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New Resveratrol and NAD+ Suggestions - Life Extension

New Resveratrol and NAD+ Suggestions - Life Extension | Health & Life Extension |

NAD+ is a coenzyme found in all living cells. It is essential for energy production and DNA repair.1-3

In 2014, we introduced a NAD+ precursor called nicotinamide riboside.4 When you take nicotinamide riboside, it converts to NAD+ in your cells, where it facilitates regenerative processes.5

The most important NAD+ benefit is promoting rapid DNA repair and fueling beneficial longevity proteins.2,3,6,7

Resveratrol favorably enhances the activation of cellular sirtuin proteins.8 NAD+ is required for our sirtuins to function.7,9,10

As we age, NAD+ levels plummet, which impedes the ability of resveratrol to deliver its benefits.11-14

In 2003, we introduced resveratrol based on its ability to activate sirtuin longevity factors.15,16

Genetic research we conducted back then indicated that biologically meaningful resveratrol dosing for humans might be as low as 20 mg a day.16,17 Subsequent studies suggested higher resveratrol intake.18,19

Based on our interpretation of emerging evidence, we have reformulated our premium supplements to provide more NAD+ precursor (nicotinamide riboside) with lower resveratrol.

You’re going to learn about potential age-reversal benefits of boosting cellular NAD+ later this year. This article will provide a summary of what’s been uncovered in recent published studies.

NAD+ is required for healthy cellular functions including DNA repair.1-3

The amount of damage inflicted to cellular DNA is grossly underestimated. Be it background radiation or normal metabolic processes, our DNA is constantly “broken” and then “repaired” using specialized coenzymes like NAD+.

Failure to repair damaged DNA can result in cell death or transformation into malignant or senescent states.

NAD+ levels markedly decline with age.11-14 NAD+ deficit manifests clinically in the form of degenerative disorders of the brain,20-23 heart,24-26 and other tissues.27,28

In animal studies, regenerative effects have been observed in the brain when NAD+ is restored.29,30

Sleep quality deteriorates with normal aging in many people. Restoring youthful NAD+ levels in the brain may support a healthy circadian rhythm.31

Loss of NAD+ activity is linked to type II diabetes. In mice, administration of an NAD+ precursor restores insulin sensitivity and protects against the diabetic impact of a high-fat diet.6,32,33

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RAAD Fest Presents Breakthrough Anti-Aging Research

RAAD Fest Presents Breakthrough Anti-Aging Research | Health & Life Extension |

Scientists are pushing through human studies with the objective of biologically transforming older people into measurably younger individuals. Solid evidence indicates that many aspects of pathologic aging can be eradicated using these newly developed techniques.

The integrity of these findings prompted theLife Extension Foundation® to cosponsor the Revolution against Aging and Death conference, held in San Diego on August 4-7, 2016.

If it weren’t for the many physicians/scientists engaged in human age-reversal initiatives, Life Extension®would not have committed to this conference. In other words, if all attendees were going to learn was how to better prevent disease and slow aging, this conference would not have met the biomedical objectives that Life Extension is intent on advancing.

What distinguished RAADfest was the focus on human age reversal, group collaboration, and community building that can accelerate innovation so that we all benefit.

RAADfest was a high-energy interactive event featuring pioneering scientists and thought leaders seeking to induce meaningful reversal of degenerative aging processes in humans. It was the first event of its kind ever, and unveiled an abundance of rejuvenation techniques.

Rather than merely slowing aging, RAADfest presenters described systemic age reversal induced in laboratory mammals and in preliminary human studies.

Unlike typical scientific conferences where you often get lost in the crowd and can feel buried in technical jargon, this unique event was designed for a lay audience and brought like-minded individuals together at prepaid lunches and dinners, where they could meet others, including the presenters, and continue the conversation on a personal level.

RAADfest may go down in medical history as the first large scale event where multiple methods to reverse human aging were presented by credentialed individuals.

This article succinctly describes highlights of the 3-day RAADfest, how you can obtain a RAADfest video, and why you should make every attempt to attend RAADfest 2017 in San Diego on August 9-13, 2017.

The expectation for turnout at the first RAADfest conference was low. One expert said if the event attracted 500 attendees it would be an enormous success, but would result in a financial loss. Life Extension Foundation committed up to $200,000 to cover anticipated losses.

The professional “experts” got it wrong. At RAADfest 2016, a wildly enthusiastic group of 967 people packed the main hall. This enabled RAADfest to end with a small surplus that will pay upfront costs for RAADfest 2017.

RAADfest was presented by the nonprofit Coalition for Radical Life Extension, with the support of Life Extension Foundation, People Unlimited Inc. and other groups pursuing healthy longevity such as Dave Kekich’s Maximum Life Foundation and Aubrey de Grey’s SENS Research Foundation.

Speakers at RAADfest focused on an array of topics, including visions for the future, current research, as well as how society will adapt and transform to a shifting paradigm of radically extended lifespans. The event opened with a discussion surrounding the goals and purpose of the conference, focusing on how close we may be to living significantly longer and healthier lives. The main theme of the RAADfest was teamwork within the radical life extension community for realizing the goal of ending aging in our lifetime.

For the first time, findings from proof-of-concept studies revealed significant reversal of a number of aging biomarkers in human study subjects, with the potential to do more very soon. The audience was able to submit questions for the speakers, which provided an engaging and interactive experience throughout the event.

And, last, but not least, RAADfest was fun. Live entertainment, a planned party, and impromptu evening get-togethers on the resort property made this unique gathering a truly inspiring and heartwarming experience for all those interested in radical life extension.

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Functional Medicine - Healthcare's Missing Link

Functional Medicine - Healthcare's Missing Link | Health & Life Extension |

For the past ten plus years, messages have been arriving that the existing healthcare system is seriously broken and there is a scientifically and medically proven way to fix it. Consider the following series of events.

May 29, 2006 – The cover story in Business Week Magazine featured this headline; “Medical Guesswork: From heart surgery to prostate care the health industry knows little about which common treatments work”. Dr. David Eddy looked at every treatment used by conventional medicine and could only find good scientific evidence for 20 – 25 percent of what they do.

February 26, 2009 – Dr. Mark Hyman was giving testimony to a U.S. Senate hearing with the title, Integrative Care: A Pathway to a Healthier Nutrition. Dr. Hyman summarized the four hours of testimony with this one line summary; “You will not solve the current healthcare crisis if you simply continue to do the wrong things better.”

August 30, 2014– This headline appears in a small, well-respected medical journal Holistic Primary Care: “Cleveland Clinic Gets “Functional.” The article announced a decision by the prestigious Cleveland Clinic to begin focusing on functional medicine because it is safer, more effective and less costly. The clinic’s CEO, Delos Cosgrove, stated: “Functional Medicine is the medicine of the future.”

June 2, 2017 – The headline in Newsweek Magazine “The Doctor Will See You Now: How AI is going to cure our sick health care system.” The problem with the headline is that it completely ignored the previous three headlines. It harkens back to the Dr. Hyman quote about “doing the wrong things better.” Watson, the now famous IBM computer may indeed be the fastest and most comprehensive Artificial Intelligence system available, but what if it’s loaded with the wrong information?

Functional Medicine – The Missing Link

For the past seventy plus years’, medicine has been following two very separate paths, one based on allopathic, or conventional, medicine and the other based on natural, or functional medicine. Some of the pioneers of this natural movement have been Linus Pauling, Andrew Weil, Bernie Siegel, Joseph Pizzorno, Michael Murray, Mark Hyman, Dean Ornish, Jeffrey Bland, David Jones and Julian Whitaker. The National Institutes of Health even funded studies that clearly showed the superior ability of natural medicine to both prevent and reverse chronic disease. A good summary of these findings in available in the April 2015 issue of Life Extension Magazine entitled; The Beginning of the End of the War on Medicine. Consider some of the amazing outcomes from the application of natural or functional medicine.

Clinical Trial Example – In a small clinical trial with kidney disease patients, 50 percent of people already on dialysis were able to be removed from their blood cleansing equipment by taking 180mg of Coenzyme Q10 for three months. For more details on how this was possible go to Green Med Info and search Preventing Disease Before it Starts, April 11, 2017.

Medical Office Example – Dr. Julian Whitaker has been treating thousands of patients with Type 2 diabetes for over twenty years with a 90 percent success rate. His book, Reversing Diabetes, has a proven protocol based on nutrition and exercise which has allowed a vast majority of patients to get off of their medications. A similar experience has been documented in books on diabetes by Neal Barnard and Mark Hyman. A National Institute of Health study also validated the natural approach when diet and exercise outperformed the leading diabetes drug by nearly 100 percent. (Diabetes Prevention Program Feb 7, 2002). In spite of this experience, most conventional doctors still don’t get it.

Dean Ornish has had the same experience reversing heart disease with diet, exercise and stress reduction, but it took the insurance industry over 25 years to realize that Dr. Ornish was getting better results than anything being done by conventional medical doctors. Why did it take so long?

Workplace Experience – Employers represent the most logical place to take advantage of the safer, more effective and less expensive healthcare available from natural medicine. Consider the case of Allina Health in Minneapolis whose 10,000 employees were all provided supplemental vitamin D3 capsules for a year and realized a 24 to 1 return on investment in terms of reduced healthcare costs. And, in the most comprehensive experience of the use of functional medicine in the workplace, Dr. Joseph Pizzorno has used his Artificial Intelligence platform, based on functional medicine, to achieve an 18 percent reduction in healthcare costs for 20,000 employees over a five-year period.

Back to the Future and Back to the Senate – Practically every media outlet is now covering the current debate in the Senate about proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act. The senators are struggling with a financially bloated and unsustainable healthcare system and all they can think about is how to reduce costs. Not one word has been written about the flawed medical system and how functional medicine could save the country from the political nightmare we are experiencing. The Republicans will try to slash spending to save the system, regardless of the consequences, and Democrats will try to save expensive and often unscientific services. The public and voters are upset and confused by this inability to get this argument focused on the right topic, the improvement of health through the use of safer, more effective and less costly health care. The case has been made, but big pharma and big medicine are blocking this obvious solution with their political clout. Over 80 percent of chronic disease is preventable and yet we only spend 5 percent of all healthcare dollars on prevention. It’s time to change this debate and use the evidence available to correct this problem. Employers are the most logical place to make this change and they do not need the Senate, the drug companies or the AMA to help them. All they need is good leadership, a  commitment to employee health and the assistance of a progressive broker, insurance company or wellness provider to start them on the path to wellness based on Functional Medicine.

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The Fresh Toast Marijuana Legislative Roundup: July 10

The Fresh Toast Marijuana Legislative Roundup: July 10 | Health & Life Extension |
Marijuana reform slowed to a crawl last week in Massachusetts and Florida. Read all about this and more in our weekly marijuana legislative roundup,
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Patients as consumers: paradigm change required!

Presentation to healthcare executives about the evolving role of patients as empowered consumers.

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Targeted Blood-Sugar Control - Life Extension

Targeted Blood-Sugar Control - Life Extension | Health & Life Extension |

A staggering number of Americans suffer from a disorder called “metabolic syndrome” that is characterized by a combination of:1

  • High blood sugar
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Abdominal obesity
  • Abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels

Those with metabolic syndrome are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, type II diabetes and early death.2

A root cause of metabolic syndrome is insulin resistance.2,3

This article describes natural substances that work together to promote healthy fasting blood sugar and insulin sensitivity.

In the United States there are 86 million adults with prediabetes.4 A substantial number of those with poor glucose control convert to full-blown type II diabetes. Before diabetes is diagnosed, chronically elevated glucose damages tissues throughout the body.

The Power of Prevention

Insulin resistance means the body’s cells cannot respond normally to insulin. That causes blood sugar levels to creep up gradually – entirely without symptoms in most people.

In those with prediabetes or insulin resistance, risk of progression to type II diabetes can be reduced by about 58% with lifestyle interventions, including diet, that lower blood-sugar levels.2 In addition, studies have identified multitargeted nutrients capable of reducing blood glucose via a variety of mechanisms.

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Will IV drips become a beauty and wellness trend?

Will IV drips become a beauty and wellness trend? | Health & Life Extension |

The use of intravenous drips or IV drips as a wellness therapy and in aesthetic treatments has been gaining ground here and abroad in recent years. It positions itself as a “specialized therapy treatment that reaches the body’s circulation immediately, resulting in faster results in terms of skin improvement and healthier body function,” per dermatologist Dr. Jean Marquez (of GMA's Pinoy MD), an adherent of the method.

To IV or not to IV

Makati Medical Center dermatologist Dr. Sherwin Llego describes IV drips as "a method of introducing fluids, medicines, nutrients and supplements to the body via the intravenous route using a cannula in a specified time frame."

For a patient suffering severe dehydration due to diarrhea, for instance, "an IV drip is needed to correct the fluids and electrolyte loss," he says.

The use of IV to introduce a mixture of nutrients into the body was devised by a US physician, Dr. John Myers.

Llego says that according to his research, the most widely used mixture of nutrients and supplements is the Myers cocktail, named after the doctor himself. "It is composed of vitamins C and B and is supposed to treat fatigue, enhance immune system, improves asthma and allergies," he says.

However, IV drips for purposes of aesthetic treatments, detoxification and supplementation are not offered in hospitals.

"As a general rule in medicine and medical institution, supplementation is only warranted if there is deficiency. Other than that indication, it becomes off-label, meaning no proven therapeutic effects," says Llego.

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Our Critical Mission to Reverse Human Aging | Life Extension

Our Critical Mission to Reverse Human Aging | Life Extension | Health & Life Extension |

In 1980 we set out to gain total control over human aging.

Back in those days no one thought this was possible.

After all, from the beginning of recorded history, everyone had aged to death unless something else killed them first.

So for the past 37 years, the best Life Extension Foundation® could usually recommend were ways to protect against degenerative processes.

That changed about three years ago. A culmination of research findings made it clear that scientists were able to reverse aging in mammals. There were no apparent reasons why these same rejuvenation techniques would not translate into humans.

The prospect of enabling the elderly to grow biologically younger caused me to shift into overdrive mode. Personal vacations and even the idea of taking a day off became unthinkable.

Degenerative illnesses kill 5,000 Americans each day. That means just a one-month delay in achieving meaningful age reversal can result in 150,000 people needlessly dying. A year delay equates to millions of lost lives.

This special Research Update describes how close we may be to reversing pathologic aging in maturing humans. It includes slides from presentations I’ve been giving to groups from which I seek unified participation in this unprecedented humanitarian endeavor.


We’ve reached a point where readers of this magazine can personally and financially participate in what I believe will be a biomedical renaissance more momentous than the advent of antibiotics over 70 years ago!

In battling the dogmatic inertia of his era, Albert Einstein observed that “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

For most of Life Extension®’s history, we’ve been ridiculed, persecuted, and prosecuted by the mediocre minds of governmental regulatory bodies.

Despite our multi-decade track record of introducing effective lifesaving strategies, the mainstream largely ignored our interventions aimed at sparing aging humans from the impact of degenerative disease.

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Hospital Impact: Choosing the right social media channel is a lot like picking the right shoes

Hospital Impact: Choosing the right social media channel is a lot like picking the right shoes | Health & Life Extension |

Social media channels are a lot like shoes. They provide ways to communicate with others, but they serve different purposes. For example, you wouldn’t wear a pair of killer black heels to run a 13K or wear your favorite Chuck Taylors to a black-tie event. So too, hospitals should use different social media channels to reach different audiences.


If Snapchat were a pair of shoes, it might be lavender Lumpy Space Princess Dr. Marten boots. Super cool and comfy, but definitely not for anyone older than 20 or unfamiliar with the Adventure Time comic. But if you’re a children’s hospital or a pediatric practice, Snapchat might be the perfect communications tool to reach teens and college students.

Young people are addicted to making playful selfies and watching their friends’ Snapchat stories, which give their friends a look at what they’ve done in the past 24 hours.

In addition, Snapchat recently introduced World Lenses, which brings Snapchat filters to regular photographs and allows users to add 3D elements to any camera image, giving them a fun and whimsical look.

Snapchat provides hospitals with a great way to educate young people about issues that impact them, such as depression, nutrition or STDs. Or consider creating a Snapchat filter for your next hospital event (i.e., Christmas party, charity run, etc.). Your millennial employees will be surprised, and you’ll gain some “street cred.”


Instagram is more like a pair of Adidas Stan Smith sneakers. Versatile and comfy, Instagram appeals to a larger audience than Snapchat, even though it offers many of the same features.

Instagram’s primary goal is to share photos and videos. Instagram users tend to be younger than Facebook users, consisting of teens and millennials. However, it keeps adding new Snapchat-like features, such as “stories” and most recently, selfie filters.

It’s no surprise that some of the hospitals that make the best use of Instagram are children’s hospitals, since their patients are avid Instagram users and love to have their photos taken.

Community hospitals and children’s hospitals should use Instagram to promote health and wellness programs, educate people about service lines that are relevant to younger people (i.e., orthopedics and maternity services) and to promote upcoming events. Or post photos and videos of past and current patients and hospital employees to bring your stories to life (provided they’ve signed press release forms).


If Facebook were a pair of shoes, it would be a pair of nude flats or kitten heels, because it reaches the largest and most diverse audience. As Facebook has matured, it has become the social media channel for baby boomers, GenXers and millennials. Why? Because it’s user-friendly and provides a simple way for parents to share photos of their kids.

It should be no surprise that college students and teens have fled Facebook; they don’t want to use the same social media channel as their parents, and they’re probably embarrassed that everyone can see their family photos.

Hospitals are starting to embrace Facebook Live, which allows users to broadcast video from their mobile devices. Facebook videos have always been popular, but research shows that people spend three times more time watching livestreaming videos on Facebook than watching nonlive content.

For example, Erlanger Hospital recently used Facebook Live to share tips on how to protect your skin this summer. And hospitals in Canada posted livestream videos on Facebook of a colonoscopy and even a kidney transplant as educational tools. There are lots of ways hospitals can use live video. They just need to learn to be comfortable not working with a script and going live.


If LinkedIn were a pair of shoes, it would be a pair of black pumps that are perfect for work. LinkedIn has 470 million users and continues to be the best social media platform for organizations to communicate with future employees. As a result, it’s important for hospitals to update their LinkedIn page for the new user interface for desktop users, which was introduced in January 2017.

But more than that, hospitals need to use LinkedIn to promote the organization’s culture—whether it’s to post photos of their employees having fun and why people enjoy working there.

One important change with the new user interface is that LinkedIn is again supporting hashtags. One hospital that’s doing a good job using hashtags is Stanford Health Care in Stanford, California, which uses the hashtag #HealHumanityTogether on its posts, whether they’re about health and wellness or career opportunities.


Twitter is more like a pair of well-worn hiking boots. It serves a specific purpose and does it well, but it really isn’t for everyone.

While I was once a big fan of Twitter, it has changed over the years and has become less of a channel for two-way communication and more of an RSS feed to help people stay on top of the news that interests them.

While hospitals still need to own their Twitter handle and post content two or three times a day (ideally with photos), this is the social media channel that offers the least opportunity for engagement.

Like finding the right pair of shoes, it’s important to pick the right social media channel for each audience. Otherwise, your great content won’t be seen by the right people—and you’ll end up running a road race in a pair of killer black heels.

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Click here to support Merle Barger Hospice Transport organized by Sonia Anca

Click here to support Merle Barger Hospice Transport organized by Sonia Anca | Health & Life Extension |

Merle Barger suffered a massive heart attack. He was transported from Hospice to a hospital on 8/31/2017.
Hospital can is not able to provide any assistance so Merle needs to be moved back to Hospice to spend his final days. 

Merle's twin sister Kim is trying to move her bother back so he can be surrounded by love, family and  friends during his last few days.

PLEASE help Kim move her brother to hospice so the family can say goodbye without the added burden of how to accomplish this task. Saying goodbye to a loved one is a burden in itself.  

Everyone deserves to leave here in peace, surrounded by love.  We didn't come into this world alone, lets help Merle go home surrounded by his family.  

Thank you for our kindness.

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Is RAADfest a good idea for society? James Strole and Neal VanDeree discuss~ by @RAADfest via @Youtube

Is RAADfest a good idea for society? James Strole and Neal VanDeree discuss. Hear what he has to share, and meet him at RAADfest 2017, August 9-13, Sa
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Ben Stiller Wants Men to Test for Prostate Cancer - Life Extension

Ben Stiller Wants Men to Test for Prostate Cancer - Life Extension | Health & Life Extension |
Prostate cancer is curable when detected before it metastasizes. Yet millions of men are skipping annual PSA blood tests. Actor Ben Stiller is a beneficiary of early diagnosis and has become a passionate advocate for PSA screening.
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Vietnam tests locally-made medicine for drug detoxification - Tuoi Tre News

Vietnam tests locally-made medicine for drug detoxification - Tuoi Tre News | Health & Life Extension |

In a bid to improve the results of drug rehabilitation, Vietnam has been testing the use and production of Cedemex, a locally-made herbal detoxification medicine.

The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs is coordinating with local scientists to evaluate the efficiency of the new type of addiction medicine, a representative said during a conference in the central city of Da Nang on Monday.

Test results have shown that the rate of rehab success after six months of Cedemex is 38 percent and after one year is 27 percent.

Although the outcome sounds promising, the production of the medication has faced many challenges due to its high cost and limited support from the state, the representative continued.

Cedemex is produced from 17 different kinds of herbs, mainly used to cut out cravings.

It is different from methadone, a medicine used as a non-addictive substitute drug.

Statistics from the Ministry of Public Security revealed that there are about 210,750 drug addicts in Vietnam, of whom only 31,000 are being treated at rehab centers.

The number of drug users and related crimes has also been increasing rapidly.

Synthetic drugs, which can cause paranoia and lead to potential crimes, have become more favored by addicts over heroin.

Although methadone has been widely used to treat drug abuse across the country, the method has proved so far ineffective, creating the need for a new type of medicine.

Reports during the conference also disclosed that the country has around 15,000 sex workers.

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5 foods you must include in your diet if you have imbalanced hormones

5 foods you must include in your diet if you have imbalanced hormones | Health & Life Extension |

Your hormones are responsible for everything—from inner health to outer glow. When they’re balanced, you’re primarily in a good mood, have beautiful skin and are physically healthy too. On the contrary, when they’re out of whack you get mood swings, deep cystic acne, hair fall and a million health problems that range from thyroid to PCOD. Environmental toxins are a big reason why so many of us have imbalanced hormones; this includes air pollution and the pollution in our food. While you may not be able to control your environment, you can still keep your hormones in check with the right nutrition. 

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Inside South Florida's "Slow Sex" Orgasmic Meditation Groups

Inside South Florida's "Slow Sex" Orgasmic Meditation Groups | Health & Life Extension |

“The more we do it, the more awake we become.”

That's how Sandra Lopez describes the benefits of the slow-sex practice she advocates. Lopez, a sexuality and relationships coach who discovered the slow-sex practice in 2013, is now a leader in South Florida’s orgasmic meditation (OM) community. Despite the "orgasmic" term and the fact that OM sessions might sound like low-key orgies to newcomers, she makes one thing clear: “It’s sexual, but it’s not sex.”

Lopez runs a bimonthly program called TurnOn South Florida in Palm Beach County where she introduces the concept of OM to new students. “I teach orgasm and not climax,” she explains.

In the OM practice, a woman lies on a mat naked from the waist down, legs butterflied out. A fully clothed man strokes the upper left quadrant of her clitoris for 15 minutes under a strict code of conduct, with etiquette rules, safe words, and respect. The OM practice usually takes place in an OM circle, alongside other participants, although a couple can do it privately at home. Though the original OneTaste philosophy focuses on female orgasm, there are now stroking practices for all genders.

“He’s stroking the clitoris without a goal,” Lopez explains. “You’re going to allow yourself to feel and see what’s going on in your body.”

Lopez first learned about the OM practice while cohosting a weekly Social Chats South Florida podcast about health and wellness with Tonya Scholz. They’d been talking a lot about oxytocin, the feel-good, love hormone, and their guest was a gynecologist who discussed orgasmic meditation as a treatment option for patients suffering from sexual trauma. Lopez became intrigued. Her curiosity led her to an OM conference in San Francisco, follow-up classes in New York City, and a ten-month coaching program in California.

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#Reversed will show you five incredible stories of education, empowerment, and transformation! Discovery Life Channel

#Reversed will show you five incredible stories of education, empowerment, and transformation! Discovery Life Channel | Health & Life Extension |

#Reversed will show you five incredible stories of education, empowerment, and transformation! Get ready for the season premiere Tuesday, July 18th at 7/6c!

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Migraines? Powdered Ginger May Help

Migraines? Powdered Ginger May Help | Health & Life Extension |

Using ginger for physical symptoms, not just for its flavor, is as old as traditional Chinese medicine, which has thousands of years of success in its wake. East Indian Ayurvedic medicine has rendered medicinal use of ginger for centuries as well.

There are many plants and plant-based foods now respected by scientists after clinical trials showed an herb or vegetable doing exactly what traditional healers said it could do eons ago. The ways ginger, a rhizome or root, has been applied undoubtedly runs into the hundreds in terms of the many disorders and imbalances it can prevent, treat and alleviate. One of the most important is nausea.

One of the most dramatic, however, is ginger used for migraine headaches, which is where its effectiveness for nausea emerges. If they knew, this information would be a great relief to thousands, as studies reveal that something like 28 million people in the U.S. experience migraine headaches, which occur when excessive dilation of blood vessels occurs in your head.1 It can be a head-splitting, staggering pain. According to

"Some migraine studies estimate that 13 percent of adults have migraines and about 2 to 3 million suffer from chronic attacks. Also, almost 5 million people experience at least one migraine attack per month."2

It's hard to say who first passed the traditional plant-based pain relieving idea on to the halls of science, but it may have opened the conversation when, at a loss for a more effective treatment, a doctor remembered the rumor he'd heard that ginger can help in the migraine department.3 According to Dr. Michael Greger:

"Since it's just some safe common spice, (the doctor) advises one of their migraine patients to give it a try. At the first sign of a migraine coming on, the patient mixes a quarter teaspoon of powdered ginger in some water, drinks it down and poof, within a half-hour, the migraine goes away. And, it works every time, no side effects."4

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10 Amazing Examples of Technology That Is Disrupting Modern Medicine | Prague Post

10 Amazing Examples of Technology That Is Disrupting Modern Medicine | Prague Post | Health & Life Extension |

Medicine and technology tend to go hand in hand. New technology drives innovation, and the work that’s been done over the past couple of years in these fields has been extraordinary. We have started to integrate new technologies, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and big data, into the medical sphere, and these recent adoptions are already growth hacking the positive impacts on people’s lives.

The world of medicine is changing at a rapid pace, which is one of the reasons it’s such an incredible time to be alive. It would probably take an entire afternoon just to scratch the surface of some of the innovations, but I’m excited to share with you a few highlights from the groundbreaking work I’ve seen.

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Chocolate may improve cognitive function within hours, says review

Chocolate may improve cognitive function within hours, says review | Health & Life Extension |
Need an excuse to raid that chocolate stash? A new review may provide just that. Researchers have found that cocoa flavanols could boost cognitive function within just a few hours of consumption.

Additionally, researchers found that regular, long-term intake of cocoa flavanols may protect against cognitive decline.

Flavanols are naturally occurring compounds found in various types of plants, with some of the highest levels found in the beans of the cocoa tree.

Flavanols have antioxidant properties, meaning that they have the ability to reduce the effects of cell damage caused by oxidative stress.

What is more, studies have shown that flavanols can improve blood vessel function and lower blood pressure.

But the benefits of flavanols do not end there. A new review - recently published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition - suggests that cocoa flavanols could benefit cognitive functioning.

The research was conducted by Valentina Socci, of the University of L'Aquila in Italy, and colleagues.

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Functional Medicine Approaches To Narcolepsy Incorporate Lifestyle Changes Into Overall Treatment Plan - Sleep Review

Functional Medicine Approaches To Narcolepsy Incorporate Lifestyle Changes Into Overall Treatment Plan - Sleep Review | Health & Life Extension |

When a Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice study showed that a variety of stress- and fatigue-related issues have been improved through functional medicine, Jose Colon, MD, MPH, was far from surprised.

For years, he’s seen the benefits of utilizing functional medicine, a science-based healthcare approach with an emphasis on addressing the root causes of chronic diseases.

Through his clinical practice, Colon, the founder of Paradise Sleep, has found taking an integrative functional medicine approach to treating sleep disorders—including narcolepsy—to be very effective.

“When we look to treating sleep disorders, we often spend a lot of time worrying about the nighttime but it’s especially important to address what’s going on during the daytime as well,” says Colon, author of The Sleep Diet-A Novel Approach to Insomnia. “I think of disorders like narcolepsy, a 24-hour disorder.”

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