Live To Be 180 (1961)
Title: “Live To Be 180″
Author: JUSTINE C. GLASS
Publisher: TAPLINGER PUBLISHING CO., INC. NEW YORK
Year of Publication: 1961
LOC Catalog Entry: http://lccn.loc.gov/61009331
Copyright Status: Public Domain in the United States and countries following the rule of the shorter term
CHAPTER ONE EXCERPT:
“WHAT would you say is the normal span of human life? Seventy or eighty years?
According to the computations of biologists, the life span of any species is from seven to fourteen times the period an individual of the species takes to reach maturity. We mature between 20 and 25 years of age; our expectation of life could be 280, on that reckoning.
Some gerontologists (“old age” specialists) put it much higher. Dr. Christopherson of London Hospital says: ”A man might live 300, 400, or even 1000 years, if the life-sustaining elements were present.”
So a life span of 180 years is a very reasonable target.
First of all, let us establish that there is nothing freakish in the idea of this length of life. It is only because it is new to us that we are likely to think so. Scientists tell us that there is nothing in the nature of protoplasm which demands a wearing out. And humans, of course, are proto-plasm.
Take a look at some of our relatives, who have been going—it’s a fair assumption—almost since the beginning of time. There is the protoplasm called Paramecium Aurelia, or “immortal protoplasm.” In 1911, L. L. Woodruff and R. Erdman began experiments with it. By 1928, 8000 generations had been registered, but it was still as good as new. It showed no sign of decay, senile or otherwise.
In the plant world, there is apparent ‘ ‘immortality*’ also. One of the cacti goes on living, it seems, forever. So do the giant sequoia trees of California. There are orange trees in the orangerie of the palace of Versailles said to have been planted by Eleanor of Castile. In Mexico there is a cypress which was a contemporary of Cortez. Baobabs, found chiefly in Africa, can live for 6000 years.
Some fish are Methuselahs. Carp and pike can live 300 years, if not indefinitely. A few hundred years is nothing to a crocodile—in Africa, crocodiles have been found which are believed to be about 1700 years old. Wild boars can live to about the 300-year mark; donkeys, swans and parrots are often centenarians. Tortoises sometimes survive for several centuries.
And even we, the human race, can put in a few records. Methuselah nearly reached Dr. Christopherson’s suggested limit of 1000 years; according to the Old Testament, he was 969 when he died. Joseph lived to be 110, Sarah to 197, Abraham to 275. Moses, who began all this three-score-years-and-ten life-span business, lived to be 127 himself. And at that age, so the Bible says, “his eye was not dim nor his natural force abated.”
The ancient Greek race, the Pelasgians, would have considered that to die at 70 was to die in the cradle, almost. Plato, Xenophon, and Pythagorus are among the writers who tell us that Pelasgian life expectancy was at least 200 years. Like Moses, to the last their “natural force was not abated.’’ And their hair did not turn gray.
Galen, the great physician, lived 140 years. Socrates died at 106 (and, but for that cup of hemlock, might have made his second century), Sophocles at 130. Pliny tells us of a musician who, at the age of 150, looked no more than 50.
Then there was the midwife who attended Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I; she lived to be 103. In 1500 a man called Jenkins was born in Yorkshire. He died at the age of 170. Thomas Parr’s birthplace was London, the date 1588. He died 207 years later, also in London. There is a record of a marriage which just missed a triple diamond celebration. It lasted 147 years. The husband died at 173, the wife at 184. At 150 years of age, these people are said to have looked as if they were about 50.
Roger Bacon, who studied longevity, believed that a man’s span should be, normally, 1000 years.
In this century there are runners-up for this goal already. There are quite a few candidates in Russia, all well on the far side of the first hundred years. In the Persian village of Kelusah lives Sayed Ali, who is 195 years old. He was married, he says, in 1790. His eldest son died young—at 120—but Ali still has four children living. Two sons are 105 and 90 respectively. He has a daughter of 110. The baby of the family, Gulbeenz, is 80. Sayed Ali is fully active. He does not wear, and does not need to wear, spectacles.
Lyubov Pujak, a Russian, claims to be 150 years old and to have watched Napoleon’s attack on Moscow. He has two younger brothers, aged 121 and 118, and a sister of only 112. In the Talysh mountains of Central Asia, Mahmoud Eivazov lives and works on a collective farm. Two years ago he was given the Red Banner of Labor on reaching his 148th birthday. He has 118 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
A shooting contest, organized last year by the young people of the Caucasian village of Tsugari, was won by Mi to Khubulov, who is 141 years of age.
Several American Civil War veterans survived both the fighting and the century mark, and some former slaves were alive and sprightly at between 115 and 120.
Not yet in the same class, but coming up well, is a Mrs. de Vere of Canterbury, Britain, who on her 103rd birthday last year cooked lunch for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren—and got up extra early to make sure that everything ran according to plan. Among the people following the longevity plan outlined in this book is a woman of 75. She teaches a strenuous form of dancing; she is as supple as a girl in her twenties—and looks as if she were in her forties. Her flesh is firm; she has no wrinkles. Her hair is dark; her teeth are beautiful—and her own.
Slim, trim, and active is a woman I know of, whose hair is light brown and whose complexion is attractive at 85. Last year she had three proposals of marriage. But she is still single; she said she would “wait a bit before taking the plunge.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
I. YOU CAN LIVE TO BE 180 1
Proof in the World of Nature
Proof Among Humans
II. CONQUEST OF DECAY 11
What the Scientists Say
Old Age Is a Curable Disease
III. A SURVEY OF THE PROGRAM 22
The Food Factor Movements and Muscles Breath The Mind
IV. FOOD —THE BASIC FACTOR 34
What Every Meal Should Include Sample Meals
Foods to Avoid
V. FUEL FOR GLANDS 46
Gonads (sex glands)
VI. FATS CAN BE FATAL 62
The Role of Essential Fatty Acids
The “Wrong” Fats Commercial Fats
Vegetable Oils Beware the Frying Pan
VII. MINERALS AND LONG YOUTH 7l
The Sixteen “Must” Minerals
What They Do and Where to Find Them
VIII. THE MAGIC OF VITAMINS 92
Their Properties How to Use Them
IX. RECIPE FOR REJUVENATION 108
Mastering Our Muscles Six Steps Toward the Goal
X. CONTRIBUTION OF YOGA 123
Simple Asanas Anyone Can Perform Try This Mudra
XI. BREATH OF LIFE 134
The Technique of Complete Breath Alternate Nostril Breathing
XII. RELAX AND LIVE LONG 140
Practical Hints for Body Relaxation
How to Relax YourMind for Better Thinking
XIII. FOOD FOR THE BRAIN 150
The “Dictator” Organ and Its Needs Specific Foods to Feed Your Brain
XIV. DOMINANT FACTOR —THE MIND 161
How the Mind Works on the Body How the Body Works on the Mind
XV. SECOND SPRING 177
Growing Young Again Reaching a Worthwhile Goal
APPENDIX A: Major Food Sources of Vitamins 191
APPENDIX B: Major Food Sources of Important Minerals 197
APPENDIX C: Food Sources of Miscellaneous Important Elements 203
APPENDIX D: Foods that Contain Elements Necessary for Feeding the Brain 207
APPENDIX E: Foods that Contain Elements Glands Need 211
APPENDIX F: Planning Your Menus 215
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