Has our culture been so brain washed by pharmaceutical companies’ TV commercials that we now believe that everything is a disease, including aging? Have we given our health and wellness over to doctors who dole out the RX samples like free candy?
New research about aging and health is actually exciting and encouraging. There are ways to facilitate more creativity, health, and build a better brain — no matter how old you are. Genetics of the brain and body are being unlocked revealing that we cannot just live longer, but live a high quality of life as we do.
Aging is part of the continuum of life. The continuum is from optimal wellness to death. Aging is part of life — just as toddlerhood, adolescence, and adulthood are part of the continuum. Here is a metaphor I use to explain the continuum and how many factors affect growth, health, vitality and quality of life.
If you plant two fruit trees, one in the shade, in a shallow hole, no room for the roots to grow, and it receives no nutrients, not much sun and there are other bushes around it that crowd it; it’s growth and health are stunted and it produces little if any fruit. The other tree is planted in fertile soil with plenty of room for the roots. It receives sunlight during the daytime and is watered as needed. It has plenty of space to grow and it grows strong and full and produces a lot of fruit.
Our bodies, like the trees, have genetic material encoded, but there are many other factors that affect growth, development, and health. Recent studies in mind body psychology indicate that enriching life experiences that evoke newness, and stimulation of new brain patterns occur during creative moments of art, music, dance, drama, humor, literature, spirituality, awe, joy, and cultural rituals — and that these can positively affect healing and the aging process.
Studies show that a mother’s touch creates stimulation of the immune system, growth hormones, and neural growth in her baby’s brain. Yes, we may be living longer but quality of life begins every day with making a choice to promote health, creativity, neurogenesis or new brain neural pathways, and a strong immune system.
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