MUSCLE LOSS: At about age 35, without an appropriate exercise stimulus, you will start to lose about 1 pound of muscle per year.

Health - Exercise McGuff Bending the Aging Curve - Longetivity PDF

The Super-slow High-Intensity exercise program is a basic program that can work for any goal that you’re looking for. It works for everyone from athletes to seniors.


The final chapter of the book, Body By Science, discusses this form of exercise for seniors because of any group of people that can benefit most from this type of exercise its seniors. Seniors have been badly victimized by our traditional notions of exercise. We treat them as if they are fragile, as if the adaptive response for exercising them is somehow compromised and it’s notIt is intact all the way to age 100 and beyond and we were fearful of having them exert themselves forcefully. Yet we will turn around and have them do a form of exercise that is significantly less intense. But when you investigate the type of exercise they’re doing, whether it’s aerobics or being on a stepper or going walking what we find is the intensity is low but the cumulative forces are large and the acute forces are also large and it puts them at risk for injury.

What they need is a low force form of exercise that’s ferociously hard that will cause them to reclaim their muscle massbecause if you look at what can go wrong as you age starting atabout age 35 without an appropriate exercise stimulus you will start to lose about 1 pound of muscle per year of life. Well the elderly have simply more time to accumulate this muscle loss.

Once you have muscle loss, a whole other series of things starts to cascade:

  • Your cardiovascular system no longer has as much tissue to have to provide support for, so it starts to decline.
  • Your bone mass is very much predicated on your muscle mass so osteoporosis sets in.
  • Your gastrointestinal transit time is directly proportionate muscle mass as that starts to decline.
  • You start have problems with constipation.
  • You develop diverticulitis.
  • You’re at risk for colon cancer.

Every single negative health aspect that can be associated with aging can be backtracked to a loss of muscle mass. That’s the bad news.

The good news is, is the adaptive response to intense exercise is still present and it can be delivered to the elderly in a very safe manner that doesn’t cause them to occur incur excess force. We have an eighty three-year-old gentleman in our facility, who suffers from a genetic type of arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis.  Most people his age that have that disorder are wheelchair-bound.  Mr. Davis is stronger than the average 20 year old we bring in off the street for an introductory workout. He’s chest pressing close to 300 pounds. He does our compound row machine with 320.  He’s into the 700s on the leg press at age 83.

So the process is still intact for reclaiming strength and muscle mass and elderly people and they are the ones that have the most to benefit from it and that’s kind of how we tie the book up is with them as an emphasis because despite the title of the book which makes it seem directed towards the bodybuilding audience the book is really dedicated towards a broad audience and our emphasis is particularly on the people that have the most to gain from it which elderly but it really truly is for everyoneand it really can bring exercise back to a rational scientific basis of producing results for yourself.

Refer to the last few weeks blogs for demonstrations of the Super-Slow High-Intensity exercise program.


I highly recommend Dr. Doug McGuff’s book…/…/0071597174

Disclaimer: The content of this email is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.

May you Live Long Healthy.

Yours truly,

Lydia Polstra



Fluoride, Chloride and Bromide displace Iodine causing iodine deficiency.

My name is Lydia. My goal is share my journey to maximize my physical performance and mental clarity, body composition, and most importantly my overall health with a wholesome diet and exercise.

Fluoride, Chloride and Bromide displace Iodine and cause iodine deficiency.
Also see the Symptoms below.


  1. Drinking and bathing in chlorinated tap water contribute to iodine deficiency as fluoride, chloride and bromide chemically displace iodine and cause iodine deficiency.
  2. Medications such as antidepressants, including Paxil and Prozac.
  3. Sucralose: Chlorine is even present in the sugar substitute Sucralose.
  4. Commercially-produced bread and baked goods contribute to iodine deficiency. The bromine compounds used by the baking industry, as dough conditioners, displace iodine in our tissues.
  5. Bromine is also used as an agricultural fumigant, and treated crops have elevated bromine levels. Bromine is also found in medications such as nasal sprays and inhalers.
  6. Some carbonated drinks, and even some Gatorade products, contain brominated vegetable oils.




The references to medical articles from which the data was taken are in this link: Select Symptoms of Fluoride Poisoning/IDD(1998)

Do you have any of these symptoms?

  • Abnormal Sweating
  • Acne
  • ADHD/Learning Disorders
  • Allergies
  • Alopecia (Hair-loss)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anaphylactic Shock
  • Anemia
  • Apnea (Cessation of breath)
  • Aorta Calcification
  • Asthenia (Weakness)
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Arthralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Autism
  • Back Pain
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Birth Defects
  • Blind Spots
  • Body temperature disturbances
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cachexia (wasting away)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cataracts
  • Change in blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Cholelithiasis (Gallstones)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Collagen breakdown
  • Cold Shivers
  • Coma
  • Concentration Inability
  • Constipation
  • Convulsions
  • Crying easily for no apparent reason
  • Death
  • Decrease in Testosterone
  • Dementia
  • Demyelinizing Diseases (damage of myelin sheath of neurons of the nervous system)
  • Dental Abnormalities
  • Dental Arch smaller
  • Dental Crowding
  • Dental enamel more porous
  • Dentral Fluorosis (Mottling of teeth)
  • Delayed Eruption of Teeth
  • Depression
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dry Mouth
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dystrophy
  • Early/Delayed Onset of Puberty
  • Eczema
  • Edema
  • Epilepsy
  • Eosinophilia
  • Excessive Sleepiness
  • Eye, ear and nose disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Fearfulness
  • Fever
  • Fibromyalgla
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Fibrosis
  • Fingernails: Lines/Grooves
  • Fingernails: Brittle
  • Forgetfulness
  • Gastro-disturbances
  • Gastric Ulcers
  • Giant Cell Formation
  • Gingivitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Goitre
  • Growth Disturbances
  • Headache
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart Disorders
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hepatitis
  • Hemorrhage
  • Hives
  • Hoarseness
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoplasia
  • Immunosuppression
  • Impotence
  • Incoherence
  • Infertility
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inner Ear Disorders
  • Irritability
  • Joint Pains
  • Kidney Failure
  • Lack of Energy
  • Lack of Co-ordination
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Loss of IQ
  • Loss of Spermatogenesis
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Lung cancer
  • Lupus
  • Magnesium Deficiency
  • Memory Loss
  • Mental Confusion
  • Migraine
  • Monisiliasis (Candidasis)
  • Mouth Sores
  • Myalgia (Muscle Pain)
  • Myotrophy (Muscle wasting
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Muscoskeletal Disease
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Otosclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pins & Needles
  • Polydipsia
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyurea
  • Pyelocystitis
  • Premature Delivery
  • Pruritis (itchy Skin)
  • Pulminary Edema
  • Recurring Colds
  • Respiratory Complications
  • Restlessness
  • Retinitis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Scleroderma
  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Secondary teeth erupt later
  • Sensitive to light
  • Seizures
  • Shortness of Breath
  • SIDS
  • Sinus Infections
  • Skeletal Changes
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Slipped Epiphysis
  • Sluggishness
  • Skin Irritations
  • Spondylitis, ankylosing
  • Stillbirths
  • Swallowing Difficulties (Dysphagia)
  • Swelling in Face (Angioedema)
  • Telangiectasia
  • Testicular Growth/Alteration
  • Thirst
  • Thrombosis
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tinnitus
  • Tingling Sensations
  • Visual disturbances
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Urticaria
  • Uterine Bleeding
  • Uterine cancer
  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Vas Deferens Alterations
  • Vertigo
  • Vitiligo (white spots/skin)
  • Weak Pulse
  • Weight Disturbances
  • Zinc Deficiency

 Disclaimer: The content of this email is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.

As always, I am interested in your thoughts on these topics. Is there any topic that I can research for you? Please let me know. Thank you.

 May you Live Long Healthy.

Yours truly,

Lydia Polstra


Cancer Is Related To Iodine Deficiency. What Is The Solution?

Cancer Is Related To Iodine Deficiency. What Is The Solution?

Dr. Brownstein is an expert on iodine.

He wrote the book: Iodine: Why You Need it and Why You Can’t live without it. The book is in its 5thedition.

Here is the link:

The Thyroid Summit posted an interview with Dr. David Brownstein on Youtube.

Here is the link:

The Transcript is available. Here are the main points.

Dr. Brownstein: Iodine is deficient in over 95 per cent of people. Conventional medicine doesn’t recognize that and the consequences of this deficiency are problems with all the glandular tissue ,which is the thyroid, the breasts the ovaries, uterus and the prostate.

One in 7 women will develop breast cancer, one in 3 men will develop prostate cancer.  I say it’s all directly related to the deficiency epidemic that we’re seeing.

Interviewer: What’s the best way to combat iodine deficiency?

Dr. Brownstein: I suggest getting your levels checked before starting treatment and work with a knowledgeable health care provider.

See where you are and then you can take natural forms of iodine and once the body is applied with the right forms of iodine those glandular tissues start to work a lot better.

One of the natural forms of iodine would be seaweed. Seaweed would be a natural form of iodine and it was used for centuries as a good source of iodine.

The problem now is that if the seaweed is harvested from the ocean where is pollution it can take up bromide or fluoride or chlorine and not half as much iodine in it and the other problem with seaweed now is the radiation problem from Fukushima where a lot of the seaweed came from Japan and you know who knows the quality of that stuff right now.

Interviewer: So what’s another source other than fortified salt table salt, which isn’t the best source?

Dr. Brownstein: Only 10 % of iodine in table salt is absorbable.  I don’t think that’s the best way to get it in and my research shows that supplementing with iodine and the old form of iodine Lugol’s iodine (capsules for adults, liquid for children, per Dr. Jerry Tennant), which has been around since the 1800s is an adequate source of iodine.

Note: “Jean Lugol, a Paris physician, in 1829 discovered that iodine is more soluble in water that contains potassium iodide.”

Logol’s Iodine is available through Senergy Group, a subsidiary of the Tennant Institute.

Here is the link to Logol’s Iodine Capsules:

Interviewer:What is the most dramatic thing you’ve seen when someone has changed their level of iodine?

Dr. Brownstein: Iodine is responsible for maintaining normal architecture of a glandular tissue includes the breasts, the ovaries, uterus, thyroid gland, and the prostate.

In iodine deficiency you start to get problems in the architecture of those tissues they start to form cysts and nodules and eventually cancer can happen.

So the most dramatic thing I see is people with fibrocystic breasts or cysts on their prostate or tumors on these glandular tissues that just go away when they’re given iodine. Not all the time but in many cases that’s what happens.

Interviewer:  What do you recommend in terms of daily intake of iodine?

Everybody should have their levels checked and work with an iodine knowledgeable health care practitioner.

The Japanese we estimate takes in about an average about 13 milligrams a day so I think safely 13 milligrams a day for most people can be a starting dose. People with problems with gland tissue may need more. Get your iodine levels checked before starting treatment.

Iodine has been used over antiquities for many issues particularly thyroid issues and for hypothyroidism.  Iodine can help the thyroid regenerate itself where people are longer than that hormone. Iodine has a long storied history of uses for skin disorders and glandular problems.

Note: How is you level of iodine tested? Click on this link to answer that question.

Healthy Gut, Healthy Human. Good Health Is Our Birth Right!

Our bodies have complete power to keep themselves healthy, to repair any damage and heal themselves.

Unfortunately, many of us pollute our bodies with processed foods and chemicals and we use and abuse our bodies with our modern self-indulgent life styles.

When the body becomes ill from this abuse, it starts calling for help. We get pain, stiffness, inflammation and other symptoms.

But, instead of listening, we get drugs to stop the pain, to stop the symptoms.

Today we suffer from epidemics of man-made degenerative diseases: Heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer and other maladies. We created these epidemics ourselves by adulterating our food and polluting our bodies with man-made poisons.

Good health is our birth right! Let us keep that right firmly in our own hands by keeping well-informed and making correct choices!

To learn more, please watch this 14-minute video presented to the 21st International “New Scientific Outlook” World Congress by Dr. Natasha McBride, the author of:

The Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS)


Healthy Gut, Healthy Human

Wheat Makes You Fat In Three Ways

Wheat Makes You Fat In Three Ways
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I know we love our bread, but did you know….
There are three major hidden reasons that wheat products, not just gluten is a major contributor to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, depression and so many other modern ills.
Today’s wheat products is made from a scientifically engineered food product developed in the last 50 years. It is different in three important ways that all drive obesity and more.

  1. It contains a Super Starch — amylopectin A that is super fattening. (It fluffs up Bread and Cinnabons).
  2. It contains a form of Super Gluten that is super-inflammatory. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt and oats.
  3. It contains forms of a Super Drug that is super-addictive and makes you crave and eat more.
    • Bottom line: wheat is an addictive appetite stimulant.
A major study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that hidden gluten sensitivity (elevated antibodies without full-blown celiac disease) was shown to increase risk of death by 35 to 75 percent, mostly by causing heart disease and cancer. 
How Eating gluten causes inflammation, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer.
  • Most of the increased risk occurs when gluten triggers inflammation that damages the gut lining.
  • Then all the bugs and partially-digested food particles inside your intestine get across the gut barrier and are exposed your immune system.
  • Your immune system starts attacking these foreign proteins, leading to systemic inflammation that then causes heart disease, dementia, cancer, diabetes and more.
As always, I am interested in your thoughts on the topics I blog.  Please send me your comments. Is there any topic that I can research for you? Please let me know. 
May you Live Long Healthy,
Yours Truly,
Lydia Polstra

What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The KetoDiet approach is simple: It’s a low-carb diet where the focus is on eating real food.

Diet - Ketogenic Diet Benefits


The Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet. It’s a diet that causes ketones to be produced by the liver, shifting the body’s metabolism away from glucose and towards fat utilization. The ketogenic diet is an effective weight loss tool and has been shown to improve several health conditions such Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and even cancer. Healthy cells can use ketones for energy, but cancer cells cannot and they literally starve to death.


Based on a comparison of several scientific trials, low-carb diets outperform calorie-restricted diets in terms of long-term weight loss and health effects.

Recent studies show that in fact, carbs before or after exercise are not needed once you get keto-adapted and your body will happily run on ketones. This has been well explained in Dr Volek’s and Phinney’s book, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance. (A must read for muscle building.)

When you follow the ketogenic diet, it is critical that you get the macronutrient ratio right. Ideally, you should be eating:

  • 5-10% of calories from carbs (net carbs). Typically, 20-30 grams of net carbs is recommended to start with.
  • 15-30% of calories from protein ** and
  • 60-75% of calories from fat. If your goal is to lose weight, your fat intake might even go below 60%. Fat is used as a “filler” and should make up the remaining calories.

** Dr. Rosendale warns against too much protein in his writings found here

Dr. Rosendale recommends 1 gram per kilogram of lean body mass. For example, at 20% body fat and a total weight of 54.5 kilograms, my daily protein should not exceed 54.5 x .80 = 44 grams. Replace the protein with fat calories up to your daily intake up to your Total Daily Calorie in take.

The KetoDiet App displays both percentages and grams.



Healthy fat protect our bodies. The science is loud and clear: the correct balance of fatty acids is essential if you want to be the healthiest you can be.

Scientific studies have uncovered a number of important health benefits from omega-3 fats… Science suggests that omega-3s offer the following benefits to your health:

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