“Humans have long been obsessed with the concept of eternal life, or at least the extension of life.

Considering how short our time is on the planet, a long life definitely a legitimate pursuit.

I have to say however, that the methods we go about this can be bizarre.  In China, the Empress Dowager apparently was purported to have drunk a formula of mother’s milk with new born baby’s urine with a black pearl for longevity.  I don’t think it worked very well if you ask me.

In modern times there is practice called Calorie-Restriction which is essentially eating about 10-25% less than what would otherwise be normal for your size.  Lab tests on rats showed that this practice increased their lifespan by up to 40%.  I’m not so certain that these results would translate to humans, although this route might seem like a reasonable option until you see the support groups needed to cope with the constant suffering resulting from eternal hunger.  Life is for living fully, and calorie restriction sounds like a strange and unusual form of penance.  Besides, we are unlikely to see full human potential on a lack of energy resources.

Without going into the more usual forms of increasing health, and thus longevity, (ie. diet & exercise), I would like to mention the practice of reducing personal toxicity.

Toxicity is a broad term that simply measures the the potential damage that one thing causes to a living organism.  Considering how many things can be damaging to humans, there is plenty of toxicity to reduce.


water health

Water is essential to life and indoor plumbing has revolutionized human lifestyle.  In order to keep pathogenic organisms in our water supply to a minimum, however, toxic additives are used.  It just so happens that chlorine (a potent oxidant) is more damaging to single celled organisms than to us.  This is probably the single largest source of toxicity that enters the human body.  We breathe it in when we shower, we drink it, we eat it when it gets absorbed into the food through cooking, we swim in it, we wash our clothes with it, we clean our homes with it.

Chlorine and chloramines can be eliminated with the use of shower filters, drinking water filters, and replacing chlorinated home cleaning products with non-toxic sources.  I use a vitamin C based shower filter to avoid to the problems with KDF and activated carbon filters.  I also use a Berkey drinking water filter.  Bottled water, is not as safe and pure as you might think.  I won’t bore you with the details, either take my word for it or take a look for yourself.  Here is an interesting article on bottled water from the Environmental Working Group .

If you buy a filter, make sure the container is not made from lexan, as it leeches BPA.  In fact, the only plastics that appear safe around food are #5 PP “polypropylene, #2HDPE High-density polyethylene, and #4 LDPE Low-density polyethylene.  If you aren’t sure what it’s made of, best to avoid it.  Also keep in mind that some metal containers actually have a polymer lining.  I use a filter with a stainless steel reservoir and glass bottles.

As for household cleaning products, there is nothing that vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda can’t handle.  A combination of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide may actually be more effective than the standard 0.5% chlorine solutions.

Reducing toxic contaminants is rather simple, but it does take awareness.  More tips coming soon!

In Health,


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