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Eat well, exercise well and sleep well

Updated on January 4, 2012

105 year old man came to my farm to eat

It was 4 or 5 years ago when he (at 105 years old) came to my farm to eat dinner. He is still alive today, still traveling, still eating, still sleeping. He is a bishop who travels the country (the United States of America) with two associates, teaching and helping people. In other words, he is still working. When he traveled to my farm, Mamushi Nature Farm, 4 to 5 years ago, he had first reported to a meeting of the "Empty Hands Fellowship," in Franklin, Tennessee, where he had an hour speaking engagement. He had made an inquiry into where he could obtain a quality, organic meal, after the meeting, and he was directed to my farmhouse for dinner. That particular night we had pastured organic steaks, organic vegetables, whole wheat bread and organic butter, and Southern style organic iced tea (with lemons). The steaks were extremely tender and our 105 year old guest was able to, very easily, eat his meal. He said that this meal was one of the best meals that he had eaten in a long time (all due to the masterful, Southern cooking and hospitality of my wife, one of Tennessee's finest ladies). We, here at Mamushi Nature Farm, were highly honored by his presence. He only had two teeth missing from his mouth, teeth that had been pulled out, inadvertently, he said, by bubble gum that he had chewed a couple of year earlier.

Noteworthy, this man was 105 years old when he enjoyed his meal at our table 4 or 5 years ago. Equally important, he is still alive today, I know this, because I just received an email from him last week (I am on their mailing list).

This case history, an abbreviated, incomplete report, yet a reliable report, is an example of the good health and longevity that one can enjoy by practicing, or observing a few simple rules of living. Length or duration of life occurs when one approaches life in a simple way, eating as best as one can, sleeping well, and exercising well, and enough. Controlling one's interactions with forces that exist within a stressful environment is also important. We all must make adjustments to stress, in a stressful world. Genetics play a critical role within this formula or notion of longevity, but a discussion on genetics will take us far beyond the scope of this hub. I have a scientific or medical knowledge of genetics, from my medical education, obtained from Michigan State University (The College of Human Medicine) and George Washington University (The College of Medicine and the Health Sciences), but it would take 20 pages to do justice to a short discourse on genetics. So, we will forego a discussion on genetics at this time.

However, trust me, if you will seriously consider adapting a diet plan for an abundant life, and take a good look at how you sleep, and improve upon your thinking about sleeping, while at the same time thinking about how to get "exercise in a manner that is best for you," you can increase your quality of life.

Consider how my 105 year old guest, reporting to my farm house, had to negotiate a rather hostile environment to get to my dinner table. The vehicle that he came to the farm in, was parked adjacent to my family farm house, a plantation house of mansion proportions. He had to climb a grade of limestone steps to reach the stairs in the front of the house where marble steps, reached sky-wards, to doors that open into a vestibule, "leading into a place where love grows."

Our 105 year old guess would have died from heart failure if he had not have been in a good measure of physical condition. The climb from his motor vehicle to the foyer of our house would have surely killed him. An aid locked arms with him, just to provide stability as he climbed the grade to enter the house. Exercise is important for all of us because we live in a world where physical reserve, or condition, is sometimes necessary, and has to be called upon, for us to get through "Life."

Consider the breakfast that is shown in one of the pictures that accompany this Hub. There is eggs, bacon and ham, whole wheat toast, and strawberry jelly was served also. Note that this is a rather small meal, at least, for one who does farm work for a living. Don't eat too much. You can live, for a time, even if you do not eat "ideal" meals, if you eat in moderation.

Get enough sleep, which may vary, depending on your personal needs for sleep.

It may take a little time to get this right. No one can get it perfect. We don't even know what "perfect" is.

"As you go, Peace." Dr. Haddox


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      Jerry W Hulse 6 years ago from Kingsport, Tennessee

      Wow, Praise God

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      Dr. Haddox 6 years ago

      This comment is for tammyfrost,

      Thank you for your supportive comment, Tammy. You will live to be 105. My prayers are with you. You are off to a good start with your positive, and bright approach to life. Take care. "As you go, Peace." Dr. Haddox

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      Dr. Haddox 6 years ago

      Thank you, jbreid,

      Your comment to me is wonderful and re-assuring.

      Of course you can live to be at least 106. I forgot to mention in my Hub, that one of the critical moments in your (or my life)is when we discover that we can live to a very old age, and then, make up our minds, that we want to live to be very old. "It is critically important that we want to live to a ripe old age and begin to take the steps to reach that goal." Regards, Dr. Haddox

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      Joanne Reid 6 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

      Thank you!!! I have recently learned the value of sleep! Great post and I find it reassuring as I finally realized that it is possible for me to live to be at least 106.

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      Tammy Frost 6 years ago from Oregon

      Great Hub. I want to surely live to be 105 with many others. Good tips to help.