I first want to thank a reader, Sarah from Madison, for pointing out something that I missed in yesterdays blog about doctor visits, and it is important-take someone with you to serve as an advocate. They are less emotionally involved, can keep the visit on the right track, and are of vital importance should you ever need to be hospitalized. Thank you Sarah.

As I have gotten older, my interest in anti-aging practices has increased. I pulled up a site today, loaded with scientific studies about the subject. Check out antiaging.com

One of the things that caught my attention was that periodic fasting and caloric restriction can add 50-60 years to your life. Sounds great but I’m not sure how practical it is, and I can’t figure out how to get all of the recommended nutrients into your body if you do follow the regimen. It also says that proper diet can add 10-15 years, exercise can add 10-20 years, and lifestyle changes (reduced stress, poverty, alcohol, nicotine, etc) can add years to your life. There is also the field of bio-identical hormone therapy that is increasing in popularity, but I think that the jury is still out on that.

I read an article about using static electricity as an effective remedy to relieve pain associated with headaches, arthritis, and other common sources of pain. I’ve had pain in my L elbow from doing pull-ups, and I keep aggravating it every time I do them. I tried not doing them for several days but it didn’t help, so I keep doing pull-ups because it is one of my favorite and most functional exercises. So I put the static electricity to the test. Do you know what, the pain went away! I just did it yesterday, so I’m not sure how long it lasts, but I’ll redo it if/when it does. Here’s what you’ll need: a one-foot section of PVC pipe, 1.5″ in diameter, and a typical painters mitt, available at any hardware store. Rub the pipe in the mitt vigorously for one minute, then slowly sweep the pipe over the area, moving from a head- to-toe direction, 1/4 to 1/2″ from the skin. I had my doubts prior to doing it so I checked it out. Turns out that since the human body is pulsing with minute electrical currents, and using static electricity “Normalizes” this disrupted flow (in the injured area) and promotes healing. Sweeping the area with a charged object attracts a flow of healing electric current to the area and also speeds the circulation of fluid away from the area to reduce swelling. The recommendation is for two 15 minute sessions each day for as long as pain persists.

Stay well, John R. Blilie, M.S.