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2 Simple Ways to Slow Aging

Here in the greater Toronto area, I am noticing more traffic on the roads.  It appears that most countries are well on their way to systemically opening up non-essential services.

Chances are high that COVID-19 will linger and even spike again in the months ahead. Wearing a face mask when we go out and cleaning our hands with sanitizer or soap and water whenever we return home are prudent habits to maintain over the next year or three, and for the elderly and immuno-compromised, these habits should be maintained as a way of life during colder months, as they markedly reduce risk of experiencing a respiratory infection.

Anyone who doubts the efficacy of utilizing face masks to lower rate of spread should take a close look at the R0 value of SARS-CoV-2 in New York City vs. Seoul, Korea, two cities with similar population size and density. In South Korea, few people think twice about wearing a mask while out in public during cold and flu season, so the masses have been diligent about wearing masks as COVID-19 has spread globally. As of May 6th, 2020, Seoul had 2 reported deaths from COVID-19 while New York City reported over 19 thousand deaths attributed to COVID-19.

One reader asked for additional measures that we can take to stay healthy over the long term.

Beyond prioritizing getting restful sleep, taking time to breathe slowly from our diaphragm, and spend a few minutes daily opening up our spine, shoulders, and hips by hanging from a stable overhead bar, two other measures that clearly support longevity are: Read more

 

Lower Intake Of Refined Carbohydrates To Reduce Inflammation

A tip for those experiencing some degree of chronic inflammation:  install an app on your phone, tablet, or computer that tracks your macros - that is, the total number of grams of carbohydrates, fat, and protein you ingest daily.  I personally use:

MyFitnessPal

In tracking your macros, aim to keep the total number of carbohydrates you ingest to less than 150 grams per day.  If you have significant issues with blood sugar regulation, inflammation, or obesity, aim for no more than 100 grams of carbohydrates per day. Read more

 

Coronavirus Update

In striving to keep up with coronavirus developments, I believe it's fair to assume that this virus will continue to spread rapidly in densely populated countries that lie above the equator.  The heat of summer appears to be warding off contagion in the southern hemisphere.

With that said, for a variety of reasons, I also believe that reported numbers of those being infected are far lower than reality.  

My contacts in Wuhan tell me that there are countless people who have symptoms but have quarantined themselves and have no plans to get tested.   Read more

 

Full Body Cleanse: The Basics

Originally published in January of 2010

Here are some of the most common questions that I receive on a weekly basis from people seeking guidance on how to cleanse and detoxify their bodies: Read more

 

How To Properly Wash Your Hands

The step that is often missed is washing the tips of the fingers, which is partly intended to clean the underside of the ends of our fingernails where pathogens tend to thrive.

All things being equal, it's best to keep fingernails trimmed, as longer nails pick up and hold more potential pathogens. Read more

 

Thoughts on the Coronavirus

Over the weekend, I received a number of messages from people who are gravely concerned about the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

The most effective preventive measure is to wash and sanitize our hands frequently.  Washing and sanitizing is more effective than wearing a protective mask, as the primary mode of transmission is through direct contact with fomites, defined as objects or materials that have the capacity to carry infection.   Read more

 

What To Do If You Have A Tendency To Throw Out Your Back

This is a simple routine of spinal mobility exercises that I have long found useful to those who have a tendency to "throw out" their back or experience chronic and intermittent back pain from various sprains and strains, including those involving intervertebral discs. Read more

 

More on Extracting Nutrients Out of What You Eat

As mentioned earlier in this series, cooking vegetables and other plant foods can soften naturally occurring fiber, which makes it easier for your digestive system to extract the many micronutrients that are abundant in plant foods. Read more

 

How to Treat and Prevent Ganglion Cysts

A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled bump that forms under the skin near a joint, most commonly in the wrist area, and sometimes in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, or foot regions.

The conventional medical view of ganglion cysts is that they are idiopathic, meaning that definitive causes are not known. Ganglion cysts are usually left alone, aspirated, or excised. Read more

 

How to Have Healthy Bowel Movements

Originally published in March of 2008. Please note that portions of this article have been plagiarized online. All of the thoughts in this article are my own. - Ben Kim

To have healthy bowel movements, it's essential that you support colon and rectal health with all of your daily choices. Keeping these areas clean and healthy provides the following benefits:

  1. A lowered risk of developing colorectal cancer, one of the most common types of cancer in industrialized countries.

 

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