Not the Fountain of Youth, but……..

Based on new understanding about the molecular mechanisms of aging it is now clear that the quest for longer life is already a scientific reality. No, not immortality, not even 150 years and certainly not perpetual youth. But the number of active and vital people living well beyond their 100th year will become routine. The […]

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A Bush Story & Some Readers’ Writes

Last month I wrote about brain aging and how to prevent it and arising from that a reader told me a cute story I think worth sharing. Dubya’s dad, George Bush Sr., while President was visiting an old folks home. The Great Man with full press retinue in tow, speaking ever so s-l-o-w-l-y engaged various […]

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A Little Child Shall Lead Them, To The Recycling Bin

It’s hard to ignore the pollution that’s become such an integral part of the Balinese landscape. Throwing garbage into drains and ravines and burning plastic and rice straw are habits that are hard to alter. Changing entrenched behaviour anywhere is a painfully slow process. The most promising route to cleaning up Bali is through it’s […]

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A Remedy you Can’t Refuse………….

I never cease to be amazed at the scams and weasel ways that manufacturers and purveyors of dietary supplements use to bilk and hoodwink their customers. I suppose I shouldn’t be and am being my usual naive self. After all this is an industry worth over US$20 billion worldwide. A lot more than the olive […]

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Bali’s Hedge Against Erosion

It’s hard to make erosion sexy.   But next time the Bypass is flooded and you’re stuck in muddy water halfway up your tires, think of the E word. The glorious coral reef you snorkelled 25 years ago is a bleached skeleton. The once-pristine river near your house is now the colour of bad coffee. […]

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Brainpower Forever! Or, Tweaking the Grey Matter

My beloved great aunt, bohemian, aviatrix & poet, lived to the advanced age of 98 and though bedridden and suffering cruel osteoporosis in her last few years, her mind remained as sharp as a whip. Right to the end she could hold a philosophic or literary conversation that was both funny & erudite and maintained […]

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