Longevity & Quality of Life
ask the question, “Why should I try to live longer
if I can’t enjoy the extra years?”
answer is that if you have a diet that includes
plenty of fruits and treat your body right by not
eating foods full of chemicals and indulging in
other harmful habits, it will still be in great
shape in those extra years. The real secret is to
provide the body with the nutrients that will keep
the body in good shape. Then when the other
people who didn’t care about how they treated
their body are having the aches and pains (and
death) associated with aging, you will still be
going strong and enjoying life.
aging really be reversed, stopped, or slowed?
according to biomedical gerontologist Dr. Aubrey
de Grey proposes that scientists currently know
more than enough to begin development of
anti-aging medicine. Dr. de Grey believes that
current medicine could formulate therapies to halt
or reverse cell degeneration that causes aging.
Essentially, we are able to stay alive as long as
we have plenty of living, healthy cells. Up until
now, human cells have not had the ability to last
According to Dr. de Gray there are proposed
processes for repairing cell damage caused by
seven contributors of senescence (cell death) and
for rejuvenating cells, reverting them back to
their original healthy state.
These processes would be performed at the
molecular and DNA levels.
Until such time that
science is able to master these processes, we must
use the current tools and knowledge on hand to
make our cells last as long as possible with good
health. This is called longevity. Each of us has
the ability to make our own cells healthier and
last longer. Three things that help to maintain
healthy cells are:
Most of the potent antioxidants are found in
certain fruits and vegetables.
Enzymes, vital to human health, are abundant in
raw, fresh fruits and vegetables. Cooking,
freezing, and most drying destroy enzymes.
Enzymes begin to die at 106 degrees Fahrenheit.
Yoshihide Hagiwara, M.D.,
our bodies use enzymes for everything ranging from
digestion to regulating hormone production. When
we obtain enzymes from raw, fresh vegetables and
fruits, our bodies function more efficiently,
causing improvement in health and longevity.
Antioxidants cannot be digested, absorbed, or
used by the body without enzymes. Attempting to
get the necessary antioxidants in supplements will
usually not give the body the enzymes that are
Prevent Buildup of Cellular Waste.
According to the Division of Experimental
Pathology II Faculty of Health Sciences and the
Department of Pharmacology at Linköping University
in Sweden, a plant-based diet can slow down the
degeneration of human cells. A heavy diet of
animal-based foods accelerates the buildup of
(cellular waste) that accumulates in and around
our cells, thus shortening life. In addition to
extending cell life, a balanced diet of
animal-based foods and plant-based foods would
to cease being the number one killer and
to cease being the number two killer of the
Western World as well as a host of other
conditions that shorten life span. Also, being
overweight contributes to the acceleration of this
toxic cellular buildup, since it is a byproduct of
Since longevity is only 30% genetics and 70%
everyone who does not have a life-altering illness
or injury has a chance to achieve longevity. 70%
of our longevity is in our hands. 70% of our
longevity depends upon how we
There are civilizations
that are known for their extreme longevity with
good health. We can extend our own life span and
life expectancy by mimicking the
of those civilizations that enjoy lengthy, healthy
three (3) leading causes of death in the United
errors and infections and side effects of drugs
positive side of these statistics is that we
currently have the knowledge and tools at our
fingertips to avoid death by the above-described
three (3) leading causes of death. This will
automatically result in our longevity, slowing
down the aging process. Self-discipline is
required to maintain a
that leads to longevity.
people attest that they prefer a short life to a
long life with good health. The reason being that
responsibility for health and longevity requires
discipline. A disciplined lifestyle involving
proper diet and exercise is not fun for those
living for instant gratification. Changing one's
focus from self-destruction toward enjoyment of
good health and good quality of life automatically
inspires longevity, as a one of life's many goals.
Can We Avoid Death by the Three Leading Causes?
We can avoid
disease death (the #1 killer of Westerners) by
adhering to a nonfat plant-based diet will reverse
arterial plaque that has built up from years of
high cholesterol (cholesterol over 150). This
arterial buildup narrows arteries, causing
attacks, senility, and life-threatening conditions
resulting from poor circulation.
We can reduce or eliminate our risk of
(the #2 killer of meat- and dairy-consuming
civilizations) by adhering to a
followed by civilizations known for their extreme
longevity and good health. In a nutshell, eat a
plant-based diet of fresh, raw fruits and
vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds (also
referred to as a "vegan" diet).
Death by Hospital-related Errors & infections and
side effects of drugs*.
Since the vast majority of individuals requiring
hospitals and drugs are those who are in the
process of being killed by the #1 and #2 killers
above, the #3 killer then becomes null and void
for those individuals avoiding the above-described
#1 and #2 deaths.
*According to Dr. Barbara Starfield of Johns
Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, the
#3 killer of Westerners is the combined total of
death by hospital-related errors & infections and
side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.