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Think About Aging Vibrantly

By: Caroline Sutherland
Think About Aging Vibrantly
By Caroline Sutherland
 
      When you look around at folks who are over the age of 70, I’ll bet you notice that they don’t look very good. If you have elderly parents, your daily thought may even be, Dear God, just don’t let me end up like this.
      I’m with you. I’m very interested to see people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s who are vivacious, energetic, and fully engaged in life . . . sadly, they’re few and far between. Yet with almost $50 billion spent annually on supplements and alternative treatments, people are finally waking up to the fact that good health is priceless.
      Catching the wellness wave was shown to me spiritually when I took a trip to England in 1986. At that time, I’d been working in environmental medicine for a number of years and was ready to take some advanced courses.
      It was Easter week when I arrived, and I had the chance to attend some of the services at Salisbury Cathedral near Southampton. I walked in, sat down, and perused the church bulletin. There I spotted the well-known story of Noah and the ark, and when I got to the end of it, a still, small voice inside my head said, Read it again.
      I looked at the story: “. . . and God said to Noah . . . the people laughed at Noah . . . the animals two by two . . . and the floods came . . ,” and so on. When I finished, my inner voice gently told me to read it again. So I did, this time taking careful note of each of the elements. I especially focused on the part about people questioning Noah about his idea of building an ark in the middle of the desert with no body of water in sight.
      When I was done, I stayed quiet, listening for the next piece of guidance to come. You too will be building an ark, my inner voice told me. People will question you, even judge or mock you, but you must keep your focus. One day your ark will float, and many people will want to come aboard. Do not give up. Show the way to others about the importance of becoming healthy. Stay steadfast and strong.
      Just like me, you’re also building an ark—that of your own life and spiritual purpose. So stay focused, listen to your inner guidance, and come aboard with your health goals.
      Personally, at age 50 I didn’t see any real signs of aging—I even wore a backless dress for my 50th birthday. There was nary a wrinkle or a line to be seen upon me, and life was grand. Then, two years later, my daughter and I went to the south of France to visit my brother, who was there on sabbatical leave from his university job, and his family. It was a marvelous experience, and the food was marvelous, too!
      I returned several pounds heavier, with a little dimpled pouchy stomach that I didn’t have before. And almost overnight, my skin was not as tight and elastic as it used to be. These were the first signs that I was aging.
      I purchased some new skin cream from my aesthetician, was able to lose the weight I’d gained, and life went on. The next development came several years later when my waistline began to expand, with no apparent letup in sight. This time I couldn’t seem to get it back, no matter what I ate or how much I exercised. That’s when the universe brought me my next step: I discovered the low-carbohydrate diet and retrieved my waistline. Saved again!
      Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the next little fun wrinkle (no pun intended) to appear came in the form of hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, and overreacting meltdowns that had me concerned. Enter a wonderful holistic medical doctor in Arizona who prepared individually tailored homeopathic hormone drops that nipped all of those symptoms in the bud for a number of years. Yet the portcullis came down once more.
      What now? Just as I’ve always believed it would, the universe delivered again. When I happened to see a television program about natural hormone balancing, I knew it was the next step. As I’d just turned 60, my medical doctor had been encouraging me to try natural or bioidentical hormone balancing for my menopausal issues, and this TV program seemed to be a sign from the universe to proceed. I was ready to get on board, and I’m so glad I did. Now ten years later, thanks to my regimen of natural, plant-based hormones, I feel as if the hands of time are moving much more slowly.
 
      In taking a look at your own body, you may want to know more about what happens to it as the years progress. But where do you start? There are many books on the subject; and supplements, bioidentical hormones, cosmetic procedures, retirement communities, and life-extension programs abound. You may be baffled and overwhelmed with the array of material being presented, and I certainly understand how you feel. In my work, I like to give you a fresh perspective, digging a little deeper beyond simply telling you to take a handful of vitamins.
      I know from my work as a medical intuitive and health coach that there are certain components that can turn around chronic, degenerative disease and flood energy back into the body. So in order to be proactive about vibrant aging, understand that there are three main reasons for body breakdown: (1) addictions, (2) toxins, and (3) allergens.
      As a medical intuitive, these three “agers” are very easy to see and are a big part of why people experience cancer, dementia, memory loss, arthritis, hearing loss, bladder problems, mobility concerns, skin elasticity, anxiety, depression, osteoporosis, balance issues, weakness, and vision problems—not to mention ending up in nursing homes. Addictions, toxins, and allergens all point to one problem: the slow, cell-by-cell demise of the human body which I call the death process. Let’s arrest the death process, turn back the hands of time and focus on regeneration and repair through diet, correct supplementation, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Life is good – let’s make the most of it!
 
     
 
 
 

    


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