Longer life for you, your children and your grandchildren
Advice for living a long, productive life
Actually, it is true, that "hardship can make you old before your time."
1. If at all possible avoid violence. Avoid violent people if you can. "Hanging out with, 'loud, aggressive people will make you old before your time.
2. My research, and the research of other cell scientists, indicates that excessive stress causes premature aging of one's cells. If your cells age prematurely, your tissues age prematurely. If your tissues age prematurely, so does your organs. Organ systems that make up an organism, fail to function satisfactorily after sustaining years upon years of "toxic stress." Toxic stress is a bad thing.
3. Young children and older ones are adversely affected by toxic stress. We can help children endure a measure of stress by providing them with adequate (even the best foods that we can afford to purchase), helping them to get adequate exercise, and working to help the reduce stress as best that we can.
4. The damage that is being done to our bodies, as a result of toxic stress, occurs at the cellular level. The DNA, that is chromosomes, are being damaged by the stress. Diseases of aging, that is, heart attacks and memory loss, and other chronic diseases are associated with toxic stress.
This hub is not a medical or highly scientific article, at least it was not meant to be. I have tried to write this discourse in a simple, easy to understand manner, because the information that it contains is critical to our survival, over time, and in helping us to live a quality, productive life.
Please not that the problem with toxic stress begins when the individual if born. We don't want to wait until a child is having problem in school to start worrying about toxic stress management.
There are many ways that people chose to pursue relaxation and a fun filled life. Hiking, boating, playing basketball, soft ball or tennis are great for fun and for exercise. Have fun, don't be so competitive that you lose sight of having fun. You have heard it said that "it is more important to play the game well, than to worry about winning." I am not going to lie to you, "Winning is fun!" (smile). Seriously, however, relax and enjoy the game. Life is a game really. I know that, sometimes, in the world of work, we are "playing for keeps," but even in the world of work, we can, sometimes, enjoy what we are doing. We must try to live life to the fullest, while at the same time, being on the look-out for "toxic stress" situations.
I must admit, sometime I feel that I am not the best example, to be teaching these principles. My lifestyle, my work, and my mission and vision, in this life is highly stressful. I struggle to do my work, well, while at the same time taking proper care of myself, eating well, getting enough rest (sleep) and enjoying Nature. I find Joy, Peace, and Hope in my interaction with Nature. My Japanese friends taught me how to do this when I lived with them for 4 years at the foot of Mount Fuji, in Japan.
You must find your own Way. If your Way is a good one, that is, if the Path upon which you walk is a Peaceful Way, your exposure to "toxic stress" will be markedly decreased.
This has been a short reading. I hope that it has been worth your time.
Regards. Dr. Haddox