Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What wants to live forever?

I want to feel this good
I've had my health and wellbeing in my crosshairs recently (its probably because I haven't had a job and had too much time on my hands). I've realised that I talk a lot about keeping healthy so I can live a long and fruitful life, but there hasn't been a lot of action done in the past.

But if I don't focus on it daily, I'll just keep doing the same unhealthy habits over and over again.

Tonight I attended a talk by Dr Michael Elstein at my local chiropractor's. He's a wholistic medical practitioner who doesn't talk a whole lot of mumbo-jumbo, but uses scientific facts about the human body and its fascinating way that it works to grow and heal itself. I particularly took notice of why we need to sleep when it gets dark and wake when the sun gets up (she says typing this at 11pm - again).

On an aside, he also talked about a prediction by Ray Kurzweil that we would all be living forever by the year 2045 or to quote Wikipedia:
He believes that with radical life extension will come radical life enhancement. He is confident that within 10 years we will have the option to spend some of our time in 3D virtual environments that appear just as real as real reality, but these will not yet be made possible via direct interaction with our nervous system. He believes that 20 to 25 years from now, we will have millions of blood-cell sized devices, known as nanobots, inside our bodies fighting against diseases, improving our memory, and cognitive abilities. Kurzweil believes that a machine will pass the Turing test by 2029, and that around 2045, "the pace of change will be so astonishingly quick that we won't be able to keep up, unless we enhance our own intelligence by merging with the intelligent machines we are creating".
Which means we will live on in our iPhones. Crikey, I better get my software updated now.

However, Dr Elstein made a lot of sense and as I couldn't take notes (I forgot my pen!), as soon as I got home, I ordered his e-book (only $5.99!), which will hopefully explain (at my pace) how I can get my system balanced through balancing my hormones.

I also attended a talk last week by Jean Kittson about her new book, You're Still Hot To Me: The Joys of Menopause. I'm not quite there yet (I only had two hot flushes a few months ago), but I thought I better get prepared.  She was surprisingly informative (I was expecting just a whole lot of laughs, not facts!) and highlighted the fact that there is next to no scientific research into menopause. This is pathetic.  I'm sure if men suffered from it (and I don't mean suffer the effects from their partners' menopause), it would be thoroughly investigated and treated.

I took the first step to cleaning up my system last week by buying a NutriBullet (well, I had requested it for Mothers' Day but ordered it by phone the next day). And I've been juicing everything in sight since, not just for me but for my family as well.  I don't always tell them that I might have put kale or spinach or celery in their juice, but they've been drinking it down anyway!  And my banana and mango smoothie is soooooo goooood!

Its only been four days where I've been having a vegetable/fruit juice in the morning and a banana/mango/yoghurt smoothie in the afternoon, so I'll let you know how I'm feeling after a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I'll be ramping up my 'getting-off-my-arse' exercise regime (I actually ran a whole kilometre at the end of my bay walk on Sunday!). That's after I get a job. Oh, and after my weekend at the Broadbeach Blues Festival with the girls (well, a girl's got to enjoy herself!).  THEN I'll get healthy.


Who Wants to Live Forever?


4 comments:

  1. That whole loving through our iPhone thing just sounds kind of creepy to me! I don't know that I want to live forever anyway.
    I need to get better at fruit and vegetables. I think I mostly eat healthy, but I could get better by eating more fruit.
    And less peanut butter....

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  2. Someone told me that my kids will live to 100 years old? But I wonder with what sort of quality of life? Go you for getting your 'health' on - I SO need to do this :)

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  3. ok that whole living forever and 3D experience thing freaks me the heck out! I'd like to freeze time and live forever, is that possible? Live forever as a 35 year old? I don't want to get to be 500 years old! Just all so unfathomable! -Aroha (for #teamIBOT)

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  4. My eating is ok but could be improved but my exercise is totally non existent. I really do not have an excuse, I think I just need to slow down. I wouldn't want to live forever but I'd like to live a good life.

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