Over 80 and Going Strong

This summer we wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter to our younger selves. You might think of this New York Times piece as the reverse: a note to our older selves.

The article is called “Old Masters,” and shares interviews with people past the age of 80 who still continue to work, create and engage. Well worth a look.

What’s even more inspiring that these 80 and 90-somethings continuing to thrive were the tiny gems of wisdom hidden in their interviews.

“…my friends are either dead or still working.”
– Frederick Wiseman, filmmaker, age 84

“I was with a doctor the other day, and he said the reason that I’m so alert and all is probably that I do work….I’m going to retire in a box being carried out of my office.”
– T Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital Management, age 86

“I’m going to do this until destiny takes me away.”
– Ginette Bedard, marathoner, age 81

“It’s very sad that most people in the world are not happy with their lot or with their jobs and they can’t wait to retire. And when they retire, it’s like death.”
– Christopher Plummer, actor, age 84

There are others—some you’ll recognize, like Tony Bennett who, this year at age 88, released an album with Lady Gaga. Some you likely won’t, like the 99 year old painter Carmen Herrera, or the 89 year-old drummer Roy Haynes. But in each, you’ll recognize a similar quality: a love of what they do, and no plans to stop anytime soon.

Find it here: Old Masters: After 80, some people don’t retire. They reign.



Artificial Sweeteners and Obesity

This fall, a study published in the journal Nature suggests that the artificial sweeteners people use to prevent metabolic syndrome and diabetes are actually making things worse.

“Our findings suggest that non-caloric artificial sweeteners may have directly contributed to enhancing the exact epidemic that they themselves were intended to fight.” <1>

Researchers fed mice either water, water with sugar, or water with artificial sweetener. The mice with the artificial sweetener developed glucose intolerance (the step before diabetes) when the other two groups didn’t.

The really interesting part is that when the researchers eliminated the gut flora in our fury friends and then fed them the artificial sweeteners, the effect went away. The researchers suspect that artificial sweeteners alter our gut bacteria–for the worse.

What it Means for You

In light of this research, what should you do?

The solution is the same as it is for many things:. Eat foods that nature makes. Sucralose, aspartame, mannitol and the like were not made in nature. They were made in labs. Avoid them.

If you feel like something sweet, eat the real thing – organic raw cane sugar, honey, maple syrup, stevia, agave. Or better yet – eat fruit. It’s nature’s candy, no processing necessary.

Join the team from StoneTree Clinic at the Gayety Theatre on Wednesday, Oct 22nd at 7PM, where we are sponsoring the presentation of “Fed Up”. The film is a fantastic documentary about the damage the processed food and sugar industries are doing to our health and the health of our kids. Tickets at the doors $8, or seasons tickets available at the clinic. (Six GREAT documentaries for $40.)

The Difference Between Not Easy and Hard

It’s not easy to make lifestyle changes. Eating better and being active is challenging. Working less and sleeping more takes commitment. That’s not easy.

But not easy pales in comparison to hard. Getting divorced? Getting a serious illness? Losing touch with your most important relationships? That’s hard.

We all struggle to do the not-easy things. It’s normal. But the next time you think it’s just too hard to make time for relationships and your health, it might help to think about just how hard life can get if you don’t.

Why Fall Detoxification Matters

Spring and fall are nature’s time to cleanse and clean house.

In the winter we’re cooped up. We tend to be more sedentary, get less fresh air, and eat food that is both calorie-rich yet nutrition-poor. Spring cleansing is about moving the blood and lymph, and cleaning out the stored garbage in our livers from those months of staying inside and hibernating.

In the summer, we generally get more time outside, more fresh air and more fresh food. Our natural detoxification processes work better. So why, after a summer of better health, do we need to detox in the fall?

Fall cleansing is about strengthening your system to deal with the coming change in diet and lifestyle that winter brings. Pre-winter clean up helps to prevent the build up of toxins and promote a healthy gut and digestive tract. That in turn means a healthy immune system, making those colds and flus go away faster, or not come at all.

What is the best why to cleanse in the fall? You can start by eating some great fall food!

  • Cruciferious vegetables like brocolli, kale, brusselsprouts and cauliflower. Onions and garlic, and beets are all super foods that build the livers detoxification pathways. Spices like ginger, tumeric, cardamon, etc – all stimulate digestion and feed into the liver pathways, making these detox pathways efficient and effective.
  • Probitoics in the form of supplements or fermented foods – kefir, yogurt, kimchee, saurkraut, kombocha to name a few. Don’t like fermented food – probiotic supplements daily.

You can also engage in active detox treatments like colon hydrotherapy, which support the movement of bile, clean the liver, and promote healthy flora in the intestines.

Questions about fall detox? Wondering how to make yourself  stronger for the coming cold an flu season? Why not attend our free “Bulletproof” info night at the clinic on October 21? All the details are here–just call the clinic at 705-444-5331, or feelbetter@stonetreeclinic.com.