From Ponce de Leon's to modern day science people have sought out the fountain of youth for hundreds if not thousands of years. What you are about to read is not about my intentions to scientifically or metaphysically create a fountain of youth, but is a story of my intuitive mind, body and spirit journey through science of the west and holistic wisdom of the east that Changed the physiology of my body through my perceptions resulting in a healthy and youthful life that I call my Epi fountain of youth.
EPI FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Changing the physiology of my body through my perceptions
In the mist of ending a twenty-five year marriage I weighed in at 222lbs. 37 pounds overweight, stressed and emotionally breaking down to the point of contemplating suicide the years of self-abuse were catching up to me putting excessive perisher on my lower back and legs to the point that I found myself unable to walk any further than 20 minutes, without being short of breath and my right leg going numb with excruciating back and leg pain.
In my desperation to redefine myself I sought guidance through psychology, metaphysics, religion, spiritualism, new age concepts and just about anything else I could get my hands on that would help ease the emotional, mental and physical pain. Then one day while standing in line at a health food store, I glanced over at a book for sale titled Biology of Belief written by a cellar biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton (see references). Intrigued by its cover and its description I soon found myself buying the book. This book would not only introduce me to a new science called epigenetics, but most of all a premise that would help change my life forever, changing the physiology of your body through your perceptions.
MY BIOLOGICAL AGE
Having a discussion with a doctor friend that was very familiar with biological ageing he offer to do a test on my biological age or what he referred to as bio stats. After a barrage of drawing blood for hormones, muscle, fat, and bone density, among other things the results came in. My biologic age was estimated to be 5 to 10 years old then my calendar age of 53 and increasing as I continued my unhealthy life style of stress and obesity.
IMAGINING CAN MAKE YOU HEATHY, YOUNGER AND STRONGER
I furthered my curiosity on this concept of changing the physiology of your body through your perceptions to kinesthetic imagery training, sports visualization, visualization-guided brain activation (VGBA), and a host of other similar concepts by major universities such as Harvard University, Bishop University and U.C.L.A including an online publication in the Journal of Neurophysiology conducted by Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (see references) that also found that simply imagining exercise can reduce weight, tone muscle, delay atrophy, and even make your muscles stronger.
YOU ARE NOT YOUR CALENDAR AGE
At the same time I made the surprising discovery that humans are not their chronological age, they are their psychological and biological age as Dr. Ellen Langer and Dr. Deepak Chopra explains in the adjacent videos. “Psychological age”, I thought that would be ones “perception” of them self. I also discovered that recent studies estimate that in today’s fast moving society of unhealthy life styles, stress and obesity that many people including children are estimated to be five to upwards of fifteen years older than their chronological age. In other words, we are not our calendar age we are our body age psychologically influenced by conscious and most of all subconscious or even unconscious programing otherwise known as societal engineering that “change the physiology of our body through our perceptions” in healthy or unhealthy ways that can cause illness and even death.
CBS video Dr. Ellen Langer Harvard University 2:43 sec
Dr. Deepak Chopra video 2:55 sec
“It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits.” ― Dr. Ellen J. Langer
"As an index of aging, chronological age is deeply flawed." - Dr. Susan K Whitbourne
“Our beliefs control our bodies, our minds, and thus our lives...We can control our lives by controlling our perceptions.” ― Dr. Bruce H. Lipton
I suddenly realized that, like millions of people I not only was I aging my body but by doing so reducing my life expectancy. While I may have contemplated suicide by definition at one point during my divorce, if there was such a thing as slowly committing unconscious or subconscious suicide, I was committing it through my unhealthy life style and because it was unconscious or subconscious did not know it. That said, within this awakening I also came to the conclusions that if humans can increase their biological age reducing their life expectancy by “changing the physiology of their body through adverse perceptions” they can also reverse it.
A Ture Story
"Epigenetics has recently emerged as another possible determinant of aging." - Department of Molecular Biology, Brown University,
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"Strategies aimed to reverse age-linked epigenetic alterations may lead to the development of new therapeutic interventions to delay or alleviate some of the most debilitating age-associated diseases." - National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine