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Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Anti-Aging Issue Natural Medicine that Gets Results!
July/ August 2010

Greetings!

This issue will focus on anti-aging. While I will cover the usual supplements and dietary anti-aging stuff here I digress.... As many of us have read over the years mental outlook has so much to do with health and well-being as well as dietary and lifestyle habits.

While I am a bit tired of that old saying "follow your bliss" as some have interpreted it to mean "do whatever you feel like doing whenever you feel like doing it" which of course can lead a bit to indulgence, laziness , immorality, addiction and licentiousness. I prefer to think of it as "find what makes your heart sing and cultivate that in your life". In my own life a surprising old/new endeavor has been singing. I LOVED singing as a child . When I saw my first musical done at our local high school when I was 8 (Oklahoma! ) I LOVED it. I went around for the next several months singing all the songs which I had learned by heart. I would sing in my room, I would sing in the shower, I would sing in the car. I sang all through school in choirs... I took voice lessons. But by the end of high school it was pretty clear to me that I was not quite good enough to pursue the path of a professional musician so I dropped it completely. I found other things to do that I was also passionate about. All the math and science I needed to study took up all of my time. I went on to medical school. I started practicing medicine. I started a family... It took me 30 years to come back to singing. I had completely forgotten about it and singing was relegated to the car and the shower once again...

What happened to help me remember was my stepson getting involved in choirs. I would go to his concerts and think to myself "Wow they look like they are having so much FUN up there! I wish I could do that again...." And then my friend mentioned that she had to leave early to go to a Chorus practice... and I finally auditioned for said chorus.. and I am having SUCH a good time, but it is beyond that even. I truly love to sing. It brings me pure joy. I am planning to resume voice lessons again, not for any particular goal but just because it brings me great joy and no other reason. You will probably only see me sing in public with the chorus. I have no (and I mean zero) ambition to be the next Susan Boyle.

I have come to realize that living passionately and with joy, more so than any supplement, diet, exercise or lifestyle is the main thing that will reverse aging... doing something that you absolutely love. Something that may seem irrelevant. But for those who want to know about the diets and the supplements......

in this issue
Anti-Aging Tips for the Longevity Lifestyle Information about Coenzyme Q10 Acetyl-L-carnitine and alpha-lipoic acid supplementation of aged beagle dogs improves learning in two landmark discrimination tests. High Stress = High Cortisol Levels = Aging Blood Sugar, Carbohydrates and Aging Resveritrol

Information about Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance used in the treatment of a variety of disorders primarily related to suboptimal cellular energy metabolism and oxidative injury. Studies supporting the efficacy of coenzyme Q10 appear most promising for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease and certain encephalomyopathies for which coenzyme Q10 has gained orphan drug status. Results in other areas of research, including treatment of congestive heart failure and diabetes, appear to be contradictory or need further clarification before proceeding with recommendations. Coenzyme Q10 appears to be a safe supplement with minimal side effects and low drug interaction potential. from American Family Physician


Acetyl-L-carnitine and alpha-lipoic acid supplementation of aged beagle dogs improves learning in two landmark discrimination tests.

Beagle dogs between 7.6 and 8.8 years of age administered a twice daily supplement of alpha-lipoic acid (LA) and acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) over approximately 2 months made significantly fewer errors in reaching the learning criterion on two landmark discrimination tasks compared to controls administered a methylcellulose placebo. Testing started after a 5 day wash-in. The dogs were also tested on a variable delay version of a previously acquired spatial memory task; results were not significant. The improved performance on the landmark task of dogs supplemented with LA + ALC provides evidence of the effectiveness of this supplement in improving discrimination and allocentric spatial learning. We suggest that long-term maintenance on LA and ALC may be effective in attenuating age-associated cognitive decline by slowing the rate of mitochondrial decay and cellular aging. from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology


High Stress = High Cortisol Levels = Aging

Elevated glucocorticoid levels produce hippocampal dysfunction and correlate with individual deficits in spatial learning in aged rats. Previously we related persistent cortisol increases to memory impairments in elderly humans studied over five years. Here we demonstrate that aged humans with significant prolonged cortisol elevations showed reduced hippocampal volume and deficits in hippocampus-dependent memory tasks compared to normal-cortisol controls. Moreover, the degree of hippocampal atrophy correlated strongly with both the degree of cortisol elevation over time and current basal cortisol levels. Therefore, basal cortisol elevation may cause hippocampal damage and impair hippocampus-dependent learning and memory in humans. from Nature America


Blood Sugar, Carbohydrates and Aging

Maintaining blood sugar levels, even in the absence of disease, may be an important strategy for preserving cognitive health, suggests a study published by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). from Science Daily


Resveritrol

Resveratrol (3,5,4'-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene) is a phytoalexin produced naturally by several plants when under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. Resveratrol is currently a topic of numerous animal and human studies into its effects. The effects of resveratrol on the lifespan of many model organisms remain controversial, with uncertain effects in fruit flies, nematode worms,[1] and short-lived fish. In mouse and rat experiments, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, blood-sugar-lowering and other beneficial cardiovascular effects of resveratrol have been reported. Most of these results have yet to be replicated in humans. from Wikipedia


Anti-Aging Tips for the Longevity Lifestyle

Here are a few of my favorite anti-aging tips:

1. Manage your stress well. High cortisol levels contribute to cellular oxidative stress and weight gain as well as sleep disturbances. Sleep disturbances will interfere with cellular rest and repair. So high levels of stress and unhappiness contributes more to aging than almost any other factor.

2. Limit your intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars. High carb intake can contribute to insulin resistance and weight gain as one ages which can predispose one to Type 2 Diabetes which contributes to many other health problems as well.

3. Avoid exposure to toxins internal as well as external. Avoid tobacco smoke, alcohol, preservatives, plastic water bottles, paints and solvents and pollutants as much as possible. Always try to eat organic foods as much as possible.

4. Eat high density nutritious foods such as wild salmon, dark green leafy vegetables, dark blue and red berries, beets. A more colorful plate will give you a good sampling of many beneficial antioxidants.

5. Eat mostly plants (fruits and veggies) with good lean clean protein such as wild salmon, organic eggs, organic chicken, goat cheese.

6. Exercise. The late Dr. Bill Mitchell once said to our class while we were in school that "if your body is not exercising every day, then you are dying". Of course overexercising can also have its dangers, but a good active lifestyle will keep your muscle mass strong, help to improve and maintain bone density, improve circulation and digestion, improve and stabilize your brain chemistry and function, relief stress, improve your libido, as well as helping to manage stress. Keep moving!

7. Rest and repose. Good deep relaxation is also key to longevity. Massage, yoga, and meditation are keys to reaching this deep state.

8. Drink lots of good pure water per day to help with hydration and keeping those detoxification pathways open.

9. This almost is a repeat of some of the above items, but maintain a healthy optimal weight. Being overweight taxes and burdens your heart, your joints as well as every other major organ system. Overweight is also a contributing factor to Type 2 Diabetes (see above). I offer a great weight loss program in my practice for those who may need to address this health issue. Live long and prosper!

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