By Jesse Anson Dawn
Tips on Keeping Mind and Body Young
Jesse Anson Dawn, age 54, author of the national award-winning book, Never "Old", speaks out about a most stirring subject: how and why we age.
Presently answering the question: Dear "Youthman" Dawn: "Why is it that so-called 'anti-aging' drugs so often get reported about in the 'news', but rarely do anti-aging psychologies?"
I believe that theories which try to convince us that our bodies "naturally" fall apart originate mainly from an old scheme to make tons of money selling so-called "nature-defying" drugs. All of which buys into the whole "natural" senescence claim an idea widely promoted by such theories as "Hayflick's Limit" Dr. Leonard Hayflick's claim that the amount of times our cells can divide and renew is preset by nature.
Spinning the web of the "natural senescence" theory featured in his widely-selling book, "How and Why we Age," Dr. Hayflick makes many arguable claims about the "ineffectiveness" of exercise on the aging process, something which I re-clarify in a book which I'm now finishing writing (after several years of intense research) a book called "The Rejuvenator's Bible". Indeed, it seems that most of what I write is in defiance, not of nature, but of anti-nature theories like those of Dr. Hayflick and much of the so-called "scientific community".
An especially arguable (but some-what amusing) Hayflick theory is one listed under what he calls "Dental Changes" (a theory which could also be called Hayflick's Tooth Limit) where he says: "The number of cavities increases with age." .
Oh really? Then I guess I'm a defiant theory toppler because I haven't had a cavity since I munched on chewy caramel candy bars as a teenager. I mean, is Dr. Hayflick trying to say that all that tar-like goo candy sticky and unremovable enough to rot the teeth of a crocodile had nothing to do with all those teenage cavities? But when it comes to teeth, one thing surely worth considering is this: if teeth "naturally" decay with age, then why are ancient skeletons often unearthed with their teeth still undamaged, even after being left to decay in the ground for thou-sands of years? It is because teeth are actually durable enough to last for centuries? Probably, but don't try to convince a dentist of this, or a manufacturer of dental drills. Or a "natural senescence" believer who figures the only way the chemo-medical industry can continue to reap enormous profits is by people continuing to fall apart fast. But is it really nature's plan to kill us? At least that's how Leonard Hayflick explains it in his "How and Why we Age" book, where it says (the italics are mine): I
"Nature planned things so that we would die well before we became old." And he follows that claim with this alarming blow: "Efforts to extend life are really attempts to fool Mother Nature." Huh? Now wait just a minute here, are they trying to say that little ol' Jesse is attempting to DEFY the Almighty forces of nature by refusing togrow "old (or as they say in Oklahoma, "Do WHUT?") And yet here I am thinking just the opposite, thinking that efforts to extend life are interconnected with the perpetually re-creating ways of Mama Nature. Or as Jane Howard, author of some great books about human potential put it: "lf nature can't sustain life, nothing can." Because we ARE nature, which means it all boils down to this: "Forgive them Lord because they don't know themselves. " Ah, but instead it's a fear of nature and death that usually gets the air-play, as in this frightening thought from Dr. Hayflick's aforementioned book:
"After the age of thirty, the likelihood that an individual will die doubles every seven years!" Ouch and seven times ouch, for I've survived so many deadly seven-year doublings, maybe I should just curl up inside a safe, sterilized room and never go anywhere! And yet if these "fooling naturel die before old" notions are to be believed, then one thing we should rule out is the parts of the Bible where it says that people often lived hundreds of years, way back when people were not alienated from nature but close to it. So, was even Moses trying to afoot Mother nature" by living so long? And are the verses of Deuteronomy (34:7) trying to fool nature where it says: "And Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died; and his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated . . . " Indeed, hear-hear, long live natural forces that refuse to be abated. And speaking of unabated natural forces, let me wrap us this segment of the Never "Old" column by wishing you all a happy rebirthday, and as ever and ever, happy rejuvenating'
For the whole "anti-aging story, Jesse Dawn's 258-page book, Never "Old" (nominated for a Pulitzer Prig and winner of the National Association of Independent Publishers Award for Content) can be quickly received by charge card. Simply call World Changing Books at (800) RENEW-22 (J36-392Z)or send a check for $11.95 (includes book, first-class postage and handling) made out to World Changing Books and mail to P.O. Box 5491, Hilo, He 96720.
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