Do we hate the idea of aging?
No, we don’t really hate aging, after all, we want to live a very long time, but we hate the definitions and associations we link with “getting old.”
Whether you choose to read Peter Pan or the literary classic, a Portrait of Dorian Gray, you’ll find yourself connecting with the theme of “staying young.” The theme runs through literature and music alike. Bob Dylan wrote Forever Young copied by everyone from Rod Stewart to Norah Jones.
This idea of resisting aging is one that runs deep in the hearts and minds of mankind . . . and it has over the course of scores of generations. Ponce De Leon sought the Fountain of Youth. Greek Mythology tells of Eos asking Zeus to grant her mortal lover, Tithonus immortality (by the way, Tithonus got screwed . . . Zeus was tricky. Eos asked for eternal life but failed to ask for eternal youth and so . . . he grew old and frail and wished to die). Even then, it wasn’t the idea of death that humans hated . . . it was the idea of degenerating, losing function, wearing down and withering.
Can we stay young . . . let’s not say forever . . . but let’s say . . . into our 80’s and 90’s? We’d have to begin to answer that by recognizing that “young” is a relative term. Let’s get a bit more specific.
Cosmetic lines promise wrinkle creams will preserve youthful skin. Supplement sellers promise extracts and oils will resist cellular aging. Cosmetic surgeons simply promise to “undo” those little clues of human entropy.
Here’s what I do know. If we can come to really understand the four key components of aging (which I’ll outline below), and we can appreciate and call upon what true science has legitimately revealed, we can maintain the functionality we associate with youth, we can resist, push off, or even eliminate risks of degenerative disease, and we can prevent the onset of fat and loss of muscle and bone that far too many expect with the coming years. I’ll take it even a step further. I know that even if we’ve moved prematurely along the disease continuum, ventured into the land of type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalance, and abdominal adiposity (big fat gut), we can head back toward youthfulness, back toward the Perfect Health we were granted when we came into this world.
My A.L.I.V.E. webinar on September 19th and my A.L.I.V.E. Across America program beginning September 23rd will share the technology, the science, and the simple shifts that can move anyone back toward the youthful condition most American adults dream of. I can’t promise it’ll get rid of wrinkles, but I have seen such dramatic changes in the people who’ve gone through the program, I can promise you the secrets to building a better, stronger . . . younger . . . you. Really.
OK, let’s take a moment and answer the question . . .
. . . WHAT IS AGING?
I told you I’d lay it out in four pieces, outline the four key components that turn a youthful body into one we think of as having past its prime, and these four components can be viewed as both elements of the deterioration we “see” and the deterioration we “feel.”
Just as metal rusts, so too does the human cell. No, we don’t typically see our aging population fighting brownish orange growth from emerging on fingers, toes, and noses, but cellular aging is, at its core, the same process as the rusting of metal. If you fail to care for and protect a metal sculpture, and leave it subject to whatever environmental elements befall it, rust is inevitable. Consider that rust is the process of oxidation, and just as oxidation breaks down something as solid and sturdy as a metal sculpture, oxidation breaks down the structure and integrity of the cells of your body. You’ve likely heard of “free radicals,” singlet oxygen molecules that bounce around within you like hockey pucks doing damage to cellular walls and structures. Consider that attack of molecular oxygen as oxidization, or . . . cellular rusting. A rusty cell is an aging cell, and once the process begins, it isn’t likely to stop on its own.
2. Mitochondrial Decay
The mitochondrial structure is the power center of the cell where energy is produced, and in Perfect Health those mitochondrial powerhouses give you all the energy you want for. With neglect, with poor nutrition, without exercise, and with excessive stress without recovery, the walls of the mitochondria become more permeable. The power centers become less efficient, and just as you understand the word decay as it relates to teeth, if you’re going to maintain that necessary order that resists aging as we know it, you must prevent those vital cellular power centers from experiencing any loss, any decay, and compromise. As the mitochondria weaken, movement along the Disease Continuum accelerates. Imagine if the power sources that drive electricity into your home begin to break down and nobody comes along to repair them. Electricity becomes a commodity you desperately want for. Consider the impact the loss of the power centers that generate human energy have upon your quality of life. When decay begins, much like rusting, unless there’s an intentional intervention, it simply continues.
3. Inflammatory Breakdown in Communication
In any of my seminars addressing 21st century disease, you’ll hear me make the bold statement, “Inflammation is the root cause of all chronic disease.” Inflammation is driven by the immune system, and when it’s used to protect you from a true invader, it serves you well, but when it’s based on flawed communication between the brain, the organs, the endocrine system, and immune cells, it becomes an internal plague, inflaming entire systems within your body and rapidly moving you away from the state of order that I refer to as Perfect Health, a state where every organ, every hormone, every cell functions as nature intended. Inflammation creates blockages, compromises blood flow, limits detoxification, and robs the body of metabolic energy. Today, inflammation itself is epidemically chronic, suggesting we, as a population, are living lives that drive the body to break down and “age” with controllable prematurity.
4. Loss of Ci3
The “Body” is a complex physical manifestation that houses the brain, the gut, and the immune system, but when we see or feel a body aging, we’re actually experiencing the onset of imperfections in cellular form and behavior. In Perfect Health we maintain a magnificent ability to create and preserve perfect cells. I’ve already described how cells can rust, decay, and inflame, but as a fourth component let’s recognize the cell’s want to be perfect. To represent the cell in perfection, I’ve coined the abbreviation Ci3. The “C” stands for Cellular, and since the three elements that the cell wants to balance begin with the letter “i,” Ci3is the optimal representation of Cellular Integrity (structure), Cellular Intelligence (cells being locked into their intended function and “knowing” how and when to behave), and Cellular Interactivity (the interplay between the cells, systems, and messengers that we rely upon). When we lose any or all of these, we progress away from Perfect Health and begin to experience the manifestations of disease. Limited physical activity, poor nutrition, ingestion of toxins, and uncontrolled stress load all drive the loss of the cellular perfection we seek to restore in our want to turn back time.
OK, so now the big question, how do you fix these components? I honestly wish it were simple enough to present in a single article. In short I can tell you the following pieces are necessary:
1. You have to challenge the body strategically accessing both aerobic and anaerobic energy systems as you move the body through space
2. You have to implement progression in challenge without creating excessive time or energy demands
3. You have to eat foods that are made of the materials your body will use to build new “perfect” cellular structures
4. You have to eat foods in the proper balance that provide you with “protein-sparing energy substrates” not only to meet daily demands but to optimally drive metabolism
5. You have to find strategies that allow you to reduce adrenal stress (we live in a world of excessive stress) and develop the usually-depleted “recovery system”
6. You have to avoid or effectively mitigate toxins that have infiltrated agriculture, the air (indoor and outdoor), and water
7. You have to pump oxygen into and through the bloodstream and optimize the oxidative properties of the muscle tissue you now possess
8. You have to stimulate the lymphatic system, anchor the parasympathetic nervous system, and restore two-way communication between the endocrine system and the control centers of the brain
9. You have to restore gut health and reduce gut permeability as you remain cognizant of the power of the “gut mind” and the digestive system’s necessary bacterial protectors.
I know, it sounds like a lot of “have to.” It is. Our world has gotten screwed up. A 1980 approach to health won’t ‘work” in 2014. We’re living in an environment where we’re stressed by everything from our kid’s misadventures to the troubling emails and texts we unexpectedly receive. Our fight or flight systems are overloaded. 1500 new chemical compounds are released into the environment annually without any true controls. Our food supply is so severely compromised foods once viewed as healthy can actually speed the loss of Ci3.
So now the good news. I’ll continue to reveal the specifics of the 9 “have to’s” above in the weeks and months to come . . . but more importantly . . . it’s ALL built into ALIVE Across America, the 10-week turnaround that amounts to nothing short of miraculous change.
How do you know this is for real? Everyone’s claiming everything and there are more health and fitness programs than there are stars in the sky.
Here’s what you do. Visit http://yourhealthbeginsnow.com. Read some of the articles. Go to http://philkaplan.com. Download my Seven Letters. Google me. Explore carefully. Check out every claim I make. If and when you’re ready to at least “put me to the test,” register for the A.L.I.V.E. webinar. It’s 90 minutes (105 minutes if you stay for the Q&A) that will reveal the strategy and the inner secrets that make the A.L.I.V.E. program so powerful in restoring health and challenging the degenerative process we’ve come to accept as “aging.” The next webinar is September 19 at 7 PM Eastern Time. You’ll learn enough to make radical changes in the way you look and feel.
If you opt to go the next step (not a must but an option), you can join me remote from wherever you are for A.L.I.V.E. Across America, a 10-week process that will walk you, step-by-step, week-by-week, through the complete A.L.I.V.E. protocol, the protocol I introduced in major hospitals and relied upon to restore 600 plus people to a thrilling state of health, fitness, and well-being.
If you find the claims are overly bold, if you find I fail to live up to any of my claims or promises, just let me know after completing the program and I’ll give you a full refund.
OK . . . do your due diligence . . . or . . . if you’re ready, register for the webinar now!
Be Better, Always Better,
P.S. – I know many of you have heard of the $2425 price tag associated with the A.L.I.V.E. program when it kicked off. The A.L.I.V.E. Across America webinar based program has allowed me to offer it for an absurdly affordable price . . . it’s only $25 per week over the course of the program. Honestly. I just wanted to alleviate any apprehension in case you thought cost might be prohibitive.