On Tuesday, I was honored with an interview by Dr. Veronica Anderson on Wellness for the REAL World, a blog radio program with over 26 million listeners worldwide. The next day Growing Ageless was named a finalist for both the Midwest Book Awards and the Next Generation Independent Book Awards (TBA). By Saturday, I was back in LA for the UCLA Institute of Society and Genetics 10th Annual Symposium entitled "The Art of Aging"…and an international language lesson.
With age comes great wisdom; fire hurts, never trust a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and Russian Mystery Drinks are three words never to be uttered in the same sentence. Earlier that day I learned at the symposium of an updated theory on free radicals and aging. Current thinking says that as we age, the build up of reactive oxygen species (ROS) a.k.a. free radicals, functions as a marker for cellular destruction. Think of the free radicals as an arborist marking diseased trees in your neighborhood with orange paint for destruction and removal. Rather than viewing thousands of arborists or free radicals as the cause of the disease, see them as part of a municipal work force cashing a paycheck, and hopefully doing some civic good…unlike the Russian Mystery Drinks, also known as markers for cellular destruction.