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Do You Find Yourself Fearing Aging and Death Far Less Now?

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Created January 07, 2011 at 5:56 AM

I used to have an insuperable fear of growing old, becoming weak, having my arteries harden, losing teeth, becoming impotent, dying etc. but now I see that all of it (save maybe dying) is essentially optional. That sudden epiphany has really changed my life. I do however feel worse for those who are afflicted with some number of the above because I see now how preventable it is. Oh well.

Now we just need to figure out which dietary deficiency is at the root (so to speak) of baldness.

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on April 07, 2012
at 09:33 AM

This comment is mirrors how I feel about life right now. Hang in there.

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on May 01, 2011
at 04:09 AM

What an awesome question/epiphany/thingy! Yes, I've definitely gotten downright cocky about my senior citizenhood (although I'm superstitious enough to not cackle too much -- don't want to tempt the gods into smiting me for hubris). Ironic, too, considering how the culture-at-large is convinced we're all going to drop dead from a hearthealthywholegrain deficiency.

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on January 10, 2011
at 08:34 PM

yes. That is the type of work I would like to do.

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on January 10, 2011
at 03:33 AM

Thanks for the link; I'll read up on it. Avoiding accidents is a tricky one, though. Let's just say that I am very cautious crossing the street and I always chide people who think that stop signs and red lights are capable of producing force fields. I need to cut back greatly on the amount of driving I do as well in addition to buying the safest car I can afford.

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on January 10, 2011
at 03:26 AM

I am full of energy and healthy. It's the actual getting through the day with all my obstacles and such and then just waking up the next day and doing it AGAIN, day after day. Its *mentally* draining. I keep thinking I need to change careers to something I would enjoy doing. I know it makes things so much better.

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on January 10, 2011
at 03:05 AM

My family is long-lived, as long as we avoid diabetes and cancer. Since i think paleo will let me avoid that, I need to take a long view on how life may go if I am long-lived. What in your life makes you feel tired now?

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on January 10, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Damn. I must still be doing something way wrong, the idea of a bonus hundred years just sounds so *tiring*.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on January 10, 2011
at 02:46 AM

Mari: have you been following http://www.fightaging.org/ ?

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on January 10, 2011
at 01:15 AM

I actually want to do research in antiaging, and hopefully it won't be inevitable in 50 years or so.

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on January 09, 2011
at 07:47 PM

i'm also just as terrified as ever--but not of the possibility; rather, the inevitability.

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on January 09, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Ha ha me too! Good one :)

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on January 08, 2011
at 04:24 AM

Love this (got the joke) and I totally plan to be there as well!

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on January 07, 2011
at 11:05 PM

Awesome. I have thought about that...

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on January 07, 2011
at 06:38 PM

I concur. My biggest problem with being veggie was how carb-heavy it was, and I simply wasn't thriving. I was weak and sick all the time, despite eating "healthy" and "doing everything right". I now know that my body LOVES fat and really enjoys protein, too (even as veggie, I couldn't eat dairy/soy/gluten so I was getting ZILCH protein). It still loves its veggies and fruits, of course, but I can feel the difference in my body now that I'm eating according to my body's needs. =)

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on January 07, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I'm not sure that those sort of physical maladies aren't preventable as well. Our risk of fracture is dramatically decreased with a healthy intake of K2, D3 and Ca and I imagine that our overall tissue and cartilage health should be greater, in addition to a reduction in inflammation and better healing in general. We shall see.

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on January 07, 2011
at 06:30 PM

I had a vegan diet for 8 years in response to my father's heart troubles. Probably marginally more healthy than the average diet, but still obviously misguided.

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on January 07, 2011
at 06:24 AM

I had the same experience. It's like some burden has lifted.

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on January 07, 2011
at 11:01 PM

I plan on being around for paleo challenge 20011, so obviously I'm not concerned.

Bonus points if you got this pseudo inside joke :)

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on January 08, 2011
at 04:24 AM

Love this (got the joke) and I totally plan to be there as well!

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on January 09, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Ha ha me too! Good one :)

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on January 07, 2011
at 10:59 PM

I'm a little concerned that if I'm in hospital or a nursing home, they won't feed me right.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on January 07, 2011
at 11:05 PM

Awesome. I have thought about that...

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on January 08, 2011
at 06:48 AM

I definitely have less anxiety in my life in general, and I suspect that anxiety often comes out of a generally stressed-out body, and it tends to find some kind of object to attach itself to in the mind (to engage in some armchair pop-pschology). Basically, people are stressed out because they're unhealthy, and they find something to be stressed out about after the fact.

This was something I've always suspected to be true, but my experience with paleo really has strengthened this notion to me. If you have s**t on your mind, get yourself healthy and it will probably bother you a lot less.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on January 07, 2011
at 01:14 PM

I'm still working on a lot of other parts of being happy with my life, so my fear isn't of aging, but never was.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 07, 2012
at 09:33 AM

This comment is mirrors how I feel about life right now. Hang in there.

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on January 10, 2011
at 02:46 AM

I think that if i can avoid accidents, that I am going to lead a long healthy life. I also think that if i can hold out long enough for medicine to improve, i can get a bonus hundred years or so...

You might want to check out http://www.fightaging.org/

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:05 AM

My family is long-lived, as long as we avoid diabetes and cancer. Since i think paleo will let me avoid that, I need to take a long view on how life may go if I am long-lived. What in your life makes you feel tired now?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Damn. I must still be doing something way wrong, the idea of a bonus hundred years just sounds so *tiring*.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:26 AM

I am full of energy and healthy. It's the actual getting through the day with all my obstacles and such and then just waking up the next day and doing it AGAIN, day after day. Its *mentally* draining. I keep thinking I need to change careers to something I would enjoy doing. I know it makes things so much better.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:33 AM

Thanks for the link; I'll read up on it. Avoiding accidents is a tricky one, though. Let's just say that I am very cautious crossing the street and I always chide people who think that stop signs and red lights are capable of producing force fields. I need to cut back greatly on the amount of driving I do as well in addition to buying the safest car I can afford.

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on January 08, 2011
at 02:03 AM

No, while I fear cancer/heart disease/etc. less now, I fear death just as strongly as I did before. I am terrified of the very possibility that I will cease to exist.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on January 10, 2011
at 02:46 AM

Mari: have you been following http://www.fightaging.org/ ?

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on January 09, 2011
at 07:47 PM

i'm also just as terrified as ever--but not of the possibility; rather, the inevitability.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on January 10, 2011
at 08:34 PM

yes. That is the type of work I would like to do.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on January 10, 2011
at 01:15 AM

I actually want to do research in antiaging, and hopefully it won't be inevitable in 50 years or so.

1
531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on January 07, 2011
at 06:10 PM

The short answer is: YES

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 07, 2011
at 08:27 AM

I suppose, in my arrogance of vegetarianism, I felt smug in my "healthiness" and only now that I'm eating right and nourishing myself do I realize how unhealthy and in peril I was as a veggie.

It's definitely eye-opening, and I'm excited about being healthy and fit well into my older years. :D

Medium avatar

(39821)

on January 07, 2011
at 06:30 PM

I had a vegan diet for 8 years in response to my father's heart troubles. Probably marginally more healthy than the average diet, but still obviously misguided.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 07, 2011
at 06:38 PM

I concur. My biggest problem with being veggie was how carb-heavy it was, and I simply wasn't thriving. I was weak and sick all the time, despite eating "healthy" and "doing everything right". I now know that my body LOVES fat and really enjoys protein, too (even as veggie, I couldn't eat dairy/soy/gluten so I was getting ZILCH protein). It still loves its veggies and fruits, of course, but I can feel the difference in my body now that I'm eating according to my body's needs. =)

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on January 07, 2011
at 11:40 AM

My dad is 70 and his mind is as good as it ever was, but his hips, knees, and ankles are shot, plus my mom had both her knees replaced. That's what I worry about, along with being finically able to live long.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on January 07, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I'm not sure that those sort of physical maladies aren't preventable as well. Our risk of fracture is dramatically decreased with a healthy intake of K2, D3 and Ca and I imagine that our overall tissue and cartilage health should be greater, in addition to a reduction in inflammation and better healing in general. We shall see.

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