This morning’s report is about DIY anti-aging. But, it begins in the shop and in yard work… Then we’ll get to the “secrets” part.
As you know, I’m 72 – halfway to 73, already. Not in perfect health. But pretty damn good, considering people generally drop like flies in here.
There are plenty of reasons for the still-unlimited energy, both physical and mental. A few of these relate to the shop. Let me walk through some of them.
- As I’ve aged, extreme emphasis on “having the right tools” has come up. Not just as a weak justification for being a ‘tool slut’ but because the “right tool” is generally the safer, less-effort, smart tool for any job.
- Closely related is managing the workspace. There are many subtexts here, but a few will get you started:
- You will need better lighting as you age. A couple of years back we “invested” in a ton of 4-foot LED shop lights. In addition to these, there is voice-control (Alexa) and task lighting. Note to the kids: Shop lights means general, overhead area lighting while task lighting is generally within 3-4 feet of the work and adjustable in some manner. Architects specify lighting in watts (now lumens due to CFL and LED tech) per square foot (or meter).
- Thoughtful use of “reachers” can reduce bending and crawling around on the floor.
- Having four ladders close at hand is good, too. I have a two-step, four-step, 6-foot wood and 10-foot fiberglass nearby at all times. Never go up a ladder without first thinking: Avoid top steps unless it happens to be a good platform, as it is on the two and four step ladders. Also, move ladders because many accidents happen when people reach to the side too far and…..oops!
- Comfort matters, too. Full-on HVAC in the shop isn’t necessary. I have muddled through Texas summers with first a swamp cooler and now a 12,000 BTU window-mount a/c unit. I’ve found as I’ve aged my sweat, eyes, and balance are not what they once were. Adjusting for the changes is no crime. NOT adjusting, though, is plain stupid.
- My environmental concerns continue to grow. Although there are still plenty of paper towel dispensers and 3-fold hand wipes, increasingly I’ve moved to a combination of bar mops (delightfully free of lint when doing finishing work) and microfiber towels.
- And above all, there’s scheduling. I have a dozen pending project boxes in the shop waiting for a slot in my schedule to open up, a part or tool to arrive, or the right weather conditions. Project-stacking keeps me fully busy, gets the most done, and ensures jobs are done right. For example, there’s a “project box” with insect killer granules to be applied. Here, the weather is the delimiter. So aging includes paying closer attention to weather forecasts. If put on just before 10-days of rain, you’re wasting money on materials with bug granules.
But, those are really warm-up topics to this morning’s main rap: DIY Anti-Aging approaches.
I’m sure you’ve seen Chris Tyreman’s latest in the Step-by-Step Millionaire series, I’ve Been Experimenting With Age Reversing Drugs! – YouTube, where he gets into anti-aging using Resveratrol and Melatonin.
Our Approach to Anti-Aging
None of this is medical advice. Don’t gamble with Ure health. Talk to your PCP or healthcare provider before doing anything radical. With that said, here’s why (we think) we’re aging way better than most.
Three Legged Milk Stool
The three elements of my approach are:
- The physicals: Remaining active as you can, and getting 7-9 hours of sleep. Also controlling stress – a communicable disease (lol) passed on by others. This includes a variable of I.F. – intermittent fasting. I try to eat ONLY during an 8-hour window daily. Late breakfast, skip lunch, early dinner.
- The Day supplement regimen. This is loosely comprised of elements similar to the story making the rounds this weekend over here: Aging reversed: Study shows how you can become 3 years ‘younger’ in just 8 weeks! – Study Finds. But to really get at the core of this, you can’t just read Study Finds. You’ll need to be a “data detective” and go to the much more detailed free article on PubMed. Which we will do for you in a sec.
- The Night supplement regimen. This is loosely based on the 20129 report in Nature. We’ll recap that in a sec.
The Day Regimen
The first step, once you get to the full article behind the Study Finds report (it’s here: Potential reversal of epigenetic age using a diet and lifestyle intervention: a pilot randomized clinical trial (nih.gov)) is to skim through the article and figure out what the supplements were that seemed to “run the clock backwards.”
Depending on your read, and regimens, you might come up with supplement ideas like: Optimized Folate, AKG (*related: L-Arginine), Vitamin A, Betaine, and EGCG. Again, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider.
If you care about your health, it’s assumed you take a good broad spectrum daily vitamin that exceeds levels of zinc. And you might even down 8-ounces of an electrolyte drink daily *(along the lines of Pedialyte or PowerAde).
A Nighttime Regimen
Our “going to bed stack” is loosely based on the article in Nature: First hint that body’s ‘biological age’ can be reversed (nature.com)
In the (very small n) study, the reported major elements are metformin, DHEA, and HGH – human growth hormone. We can cobble up “something-like” metformin by taking Berberines.
If you don’t understand metformin, better jump over and read Metformin Update: Still the Most Effective Anti-Aging, Life Extension Drug, with a Broad Range of Benefits: Anti-Cancer, Cardioprotective, and Anti-Obesity | Aging Matters Magazine (aging-matters.com). Just keep in mind, this was a 2016 report.
I have a request in to my PCP to get on metformin, but there’s a hint that berberines may be a natural “workalike” in the article BERBERINE: Overview, Uses, Side Effects, Precautions, Interactions, Dosing and Reviews (webmd.com).
By the way, since metformin deals with sugar levels, as do berberines, the one “hidden killer” out there may be sugar. May not matter whether the source is cane or corn. Just bloodstream sugar level management seems critical to anti-aging success in my (non-medical, ask your doctor!) way of thinking.
HGH (human growth hormone) is NOT something we can afford. Last time we looked at it, the price was astronomical. However, there were a couple of potential routes to bump up your nighttime HGH levels. One way was its formation as a breakdown of one of the common local anesthetics. I forget whether it was Lidocaine or Novocain.
The other way to “pump” HGH levels in your blood seems to be the use of melatonin along with precursors like 5-HTP. Amplifying your natural cycling.
Final player in the ‘night stack’ is DHEA which is widely available on Amazon and elsewhere.
Resveratrol is the day & night “janitor” to scavenge free-radicals. Gram or two of C, as well.
Our current anti-aging protocol: (Not recommending, this is NOT medical advice, ask your doctor or PCP)
- Watch the major environmentals: Sleep, Stress, and Sugar.
- Our Day stack includes a good multi-vite (Centrum Silver with zinc), AKG, L-Arginine, Betaine, Vitamin A, and Resveratrol.
- The Night stack includes Resveratrol, 5-HTP, DHEA, and Berberines an hour before bed, Plus melatonin (sub-lingual) under the tongue as dozing off.
Now, whether or not ANY positive effects will be noticed is a crapshoot. It’s also possible that our “stacking” may counteract one-another. In which case, not worth doing. We’ll update you in a decade or two.
Financial Implications of Anti-Aging
There’s a “dark side” to serious anti-aging medicine. Two things happen.
First is that global population increases if the normal die-off rates get too low. That is, when the birth rate is higher than the death rate, population necessarily increases. Buyed’em’s “opener borders” is wrong on oh, so many levels! “Extensible thinking” is purged from woke/leftist mob-think.
Second is that IF (more likely: when) population increases, then economic stressors increase. We can obviously see how if the number of seniors were to double, then benefits (like Medicare) would consequentially be halved.
Which then gets into the nightmare world (is Stephen or Tabitha King reading?) where government could seize on the slowing (or reversal) of aging as something to be made illegal. Imagine a scene like:
“Agent Smithers knocked on the door several times. Inside, scuffling sounds were heard.
“Are you in there, Mr. Ure?” Smithers wondered; hand resting gently on his Barretta’s holster.”
“Do you have a warrant?” It was a woman’s voice. A Ms. Petersen was also listed on the Aging Bureau warrant.”
“Yes, our paperwork is in order. You have been charged under U.S. Code with living too long. I’m here to take you in and enter you into the Life Withdrawal Program. We won’t hurt you….”
“F**k you! You’re going to load us up with drugs and kill us. Then toss us into that Soylent Green shit you feed animals….”
“No, the Government doesn’t do that, anymore, Mr. Ure. We simply can’t have people living longer than their Life License permits. Laws must be enforced…”
Unseen by agent Smithers, two people, appearing in their mid 30s, ran out the back of the mobile home into the woods. Little did they know a killer drone was hovering at 350 feet overhead. Smither’s colleagues would end the runners, soon enough….”
Whew! Better get back to the shop work. Batching up a bunch of plasma cutting for projects today. After some (sugar-free) chow and a ride on the new lawn tractor….
Don’t see any drones around, do you? Life License current?
Write when you beat aging,