Healthy for Life-Special 16-page feature on Healthy Ageing (IV4.1)

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This special 16-page section consists of articles by Roger French, Natural Health Society of Australia on nutrition and lifestyle for healthy ageing and John Dommisse, MD, FRCP on Alzheimer's and Dementia and how these conditions can be helped and avoided. In addition, there are sections on community support, supplementation and other issues vital to long, healthy living.

The Myth of Old at 70 - by Roger French

In Australia by the time we reach about 50 years of age, it is widely believed that we are ‘over the hill’ and it is then downhill into degenerative disease and unpleasant effects of aging, so that by about 70 we are ‘old’. But is this necessary? Does the human body have a design flaw that gives us only 50-odd good years, or might it be something else? Might it be our Western lifestyle? To find the answer, we only need look at ‘primitive’ populations that had little or no disease and also at the Okinawans in Japan who currently suffer very little illness.

Alzheimer's and Dementia - not an inevitable part of aging - by Dr John Dommisse

Nutritional, metabolic and psychiatric medicine is based on the rather obvious idea (to everyone except, it seems, some MDs!) that nutrition is the basis of medicine, and that metabolism can be harnessed or naturally enhanced in the service of better health for many people. In diagnosing nutritional deficiencies or excesses, and in determining the metabolic status of any particular individual patient, their actual blood levels of certain essential vitamins, minerals, hormones or amino acids can be obtained from a clinical laboratory. These blood tests are not usually requested in the standard medical practice (although they are applied from standard mainstream journal articles), but can be accurately and reliably done, in several reference labs, and reported electronically in one’s office, immediately after a result or report is obtained. The blood levels that the author does cost about $300 – 450 but that is a lot less than many investigatory tests which physicians regularly do to reveal less specific information.

This article was published in Informed Voice Volume 4#1.