* Fabulous resource book
* How’s your world view?
* Secrets of maximum longevity

Fabulous resource book

One of the dozens of resources I found during the expansion
of my knowledge the past six months is called “Third Opinion.”
It is by John M. Fink and is available through amazon.com.
No cancer patient or caregiver who is seriously seeking know-
ledge on alternative therapies can live without this book (no
pun intended).

Originally published in 1988 and updated for the third time
in 1997, this is an anthology of all the available cancer
therapies. He includes names, addresses, phone numbers,
web sites, methods of treatment, costs, glossary of terms,
regional listings and more.

The only problem with this book is the same as with any dic-
tionary or encyclopedia. If you know exactly what you are
looking for, it is great. As a companion to my book, it is
superb. You MUST know the basic causes and treatment
regimens for cancer before you use this directory. The 376
pages cover hundreds of alternative therapy centers and
regimens. But the information on each is very sketchy.

How’s your world view?

We all have a distorted view of the world. We see it through
our own prism. One way to put some perspective on your world
is to imagine that there were only 100 people in the world.

If we could shrink the world’s population to a village of only
100 people, keeping all existing ratios the same, that village
would look like this:

There would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western
Hemisphere–north and south–and 8 Africans; 52 would be
female; 70 would be non-white and 30 white; 70 would be non-
Christian and 30 would be Christian.

Six of the 100 people would own 59 percent of all the wealth
in the world, and all 6 would be from the United States.
Eighty of the 100 people would live in substandard housing.
Seventy would be unable to read or write. Fifty would suffer
from malnutrition. One would have a college education.

[From a commencement address at Washington University, St.
Louis given by Julian Bond, Chairman, N.A.A.C.P.]

Secrets of Maximum Longevity

Just a generation ago, extreme old age was rare. Today,
there are 75,000 Americans age 100 or older. Anti-aging
reserchers now predict that humans may soon be living to
age 120…or even 150.

I just heard on the radio yesterday of two immunologists
who had made a wager. One bet there would be at least
one American living to 150 by 2050. The other bet there
would not. Each of them put $150 into a bank trust account.
The accumulated amount with interest, which they estimated
would be about 50 million dollars ($50,000,000) would go to
the heirs of the one who was right.

What determines life span? Luck plays a role. So does
heredity. But emerging research demonstrates the critical
importance of three other factors — each of which lies
completely within our control…

+ Healthful lifestyle. Given a good diet and regular
exercise, someone with average “longevity genes” can expect
to live to roughly age 75.

+ Nutritional supplements. People who consume optimal
levels of key vitamins and minerals (see Chapter 1 of my book)
can expect to live an extra 10 to 15 years.

+ Hormone therapy. For decades, postmenopausal women
have been taking estrogen to cut their risk for heart disease,
osteoporosis…and now dementia.

Other forms of hormone therapy look promising, too.
In some studies, animals given certain hormones and other
drugs lived 20% to 30% longer than animals not given these
drugs. In human terms, that’s 120 years.

Wanna bet? Get your 150 bucks out and call me. I like the
odds of someone getting to 150 by 2050. I’ll only be a
spring chicken of 118 at the time.


Bill Henderson

As for the legal stuff — Disclaimer: The author of this
newsletter is a researcher and writer, not a doctor. Any
treatment for an illness should be shared with your doctor
before you attempt it.