Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Why Aging?

How old are you?
"I am 42 going to be 43 soon on this coming 9 August," says Singapore.

The wealth of a nation depends on the health of her population.
And the wealth of a citizen depends on the health of one's cells.
No health, then no wealth;
No wealth, then no nation,
No nation, no aging.


Is any process more natural and, at the same time, more fearfully loathed than aging?

Witness the booming anti-aging industry, a cornucopia of cosmetics, supplements, and treatments designed more to calm our fears or fuel our fantasies than heal the damage from destructive factors such as unmitigated distress, undue stress, sedentary lifestyles, and consuming an excess of trans-fatty foods.

What are the biological factors related to aging?
How much influence do we have in achieving a long graceful life and good quality of life?

Each differentiated or specific cell population has a rate of cell death and renewal that is genetically determined. Some cells of our human body live a month(30 days), some with us our entire life span. Our human cells have the capability of renewal and repopulation when damage occurs.

Certain aquatic animals are made up of a limited number of cells, which form inside the egg case and completely cease dividing once the egg hatches. These simple creatures die when their limited number of cells wears out; their life is brief and predictable. They inhabit pond water and furiously swim about, whirring two rotors of cilia on their heads. Indeed, they are called rotifers, because of their unique way of locomotion. The biological principle illustrated here is that cells are programmed to live only a certain amount of time.

Causes emanating from the codes of limited life, not predators or toxins from outside, bring the specter of death to the the cells.
Apoptosis is the biological term that refers to programmed cell death. The end.

Will you know your apoptosis?

In human, however, the situation is more complicated. We live much longer than rotifers, and we have many cellular systems with differing life spans.

Rotifers are clear as crystal: we can see their cells through our microscopes. Our human opaque skin makes it hard to see what is going on inside our body as we age. We know that our cells have a limited life span too. Our red blood cells live for about 120 days (perfect number of 30 days times 4 seasons) and are continually replaced at the rate of three million(3,000,000) a second. Molecules from cells that have worn out and disintegrated are garnered from the blood stream by our spleen to be recycled. We can learn about the 3Rs (click to read): reuse, recycle, reduce from our interior body and apply the same principle to our exterior environment. Truly, we are an ultimate recycling project, using not only atoms and molecules from within but also from the beginning of time to create new cells. Amazing and marvellous fact, indeed!

If aging is such natural process, then why include it in a discussion on healing?

Two reasons emerge.
1. The first is the uncertainty about how long humans can live under optimal conditions. Records indicate how some members of tribes living in the highland Himalayas live reasonably well at 120 or more years. If you research the Bible, the longest ever lived human was recorded to live 969 years, his name, Methuselah.

2.The second reason includes recent research on cellular damage that causes us to age earlier and faster than our genetic programming.

Given the journey we share with all life forms, a journey that eventually leads to the end, death, the goal is to create optimal longevity and health on this journey.

The way to health is the road of knowledge, ignoring nature's knowledge is sickness.

Use Water-cure. Rather be thankful for the timely warning, and do something about it.

Drink at least 10% of your own daily water-quota (31.42 ml multiply by your present body weight(kg), every 90 minutes. Use 1/4 teaspoon of sea-salt in your daily diet, for every 1250 ml water drank.

Pain is a sign/signal produced by dehydration in the human body. Pain may be common but it is not normal.

To simplify complications is the FIRST essential of success.

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