A recent study published in the British medical journal found that men who started exercising late in life can enjoy the same benefits of exercise, namely a longer life expectancy, enjoyed by those men who had been exercising since their younger years.

Men who did three hours or more per week of active sports or heavy gardening prior to and at the start of the study were the healthiest. Sedentary men who in their 50’s shifted to a high level of activity for 10 years, had death rates comparable to men who’d been highly active all along. The motto of the story; it’s never too late to begin exercising.

I dislike and distrust the use of the word ‘miracle’ for just about anything. However, I’ve personally witnessed what I’ll call a ‘transformation’ in a patient I see. He has been battling a neurodegenerative disease along the lines of dementia for several years. I last saw him this past May, since he and his wife summer elsewhere. I spoke with his wife a few weeks ago after reading (and blogging) about coconut oil, and it’s remarkable results with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, et al. She decided to try it with him. She saw nothing the first day, but on the second day, reported that his voice seemed to be coming back. Astounded, she could only attribute the change to the coconut oil. I saw him for the first time in months yesterday, and I was flabbergasted! He seemed like a different person, in a positive way. He was much more alert, engaging, and energetic. I think it’s unbelievable. I am so happy for the two of them. If you know someone who is suffering from the effects of dementia, etc., please suggest coconut oil-there are no side effects. Coconut oil also is great for the gut.

Remember to live life to the fullest every day. I know it’s hard to remember that-it’s so easy to take life for granted. I’ve begun seeing a 60 year-old man, who, the past June, was seemingly healthy and living a good life. Doctors discovered a brain aneurysm, and he underwent surgery to remove it. Two hours post-op, he had a major stroke, and is now undergoing extensive therapy to correct speech and motor functions.

Life comes at you like a boxer, you never know when it’s going to clobber you next. Stay healthy and strong, it’s your best defense and best hope for full recovery.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.