Nobody Ever Dies of Old Age…

By Anne Laing –

Dr Tom Mulholland

I have just spent the day in conference with Dr Tom Mulholland. He is a well known New Zealand extreme sports person, TV & Radio doctor, and an emergency room practitioner.

His message was Live Fast – Die Old, because nobody ever dies of old age, they die of disease.

Many of us are eating and drinking ourselves to a preventable early death because we ignore basic maintenance rules and symptoms our body is telling us.

Dying isn’t pretty!  Along with the painful and distressing symptoms of being rushed to hospital on a gurney, he sees grown men suffering from acute heart attacks crying for their mothers, suddenly praying, and not wanting to die.  Women wanting to see their children or desperately mourning for the things they hadn’t achieved.

Yet most of what he sees in the emergency room is preventable and here he gave us some examples of the many fallacies he comes across.

Patients who believe when their time is up, it’s up! People who think they die when their health ‘runs out’. People who won’t change their health profile because they don’t want to change their food or drink choices. People who lie to themselves and others that they eat healthy- but live with expanded waistline telling a different story. Or, as is often the case with men, sheer pig-headed bravado: the notion that preventable healthcare is for sissies.

The human body has fantastic built-in alarm systems like fatigue, poor sleep, lack of concentration, depression, aches and pains, shortness of breath, overweight.  These are often put down to aging. They are not!

He urged us to know our numbers, like a car you can drive hundreds of miles more if it is regularly serviced.

Know your basic numbers:

What is your latest blood pressure?

What is your Cholesterol/ Homocysteine?

What is your blood glucose?

What is your waist circumference?

What is your resting heart rate?

Have you had your moles checked?

Think about it.  Define an age you want to live to and plan for it, just as you would your bank balance, your family or your career.  It is now possible to action a little “course correction” – at any age!

You don’t pour oil all OVER your car, do you…?

By Tim Bean:

When faced with the possibility of dehydration, it’s a common practice to slather on moisturiser, conditioners and crèmes to revive your skin and prevent it from drying out.

But just as you wouldn’t pour oil OVER your car to keep it running smoothly (you’d put in IN, right?), applying layers of product ON your skin may not address the problem on the inside.

Drinking loads of water might seem like the obvious choice, and you definitely need a certain amount to keep your systems running smoothly – if nothing else it’s vital as a holding tank in the muscle for your main anaerobic energy molecule, glycogen.

How much will vary from person to person and, of course, your environment and activity levels as well.  Generally about 6 glassfuls of pure, clean water per day is a good baseline to work from.

But I believe it should be a two-pronged strategy, starting with minimising the loss of liquid, moisture and vapour in the first place.

It is known that certain elements in our food choices accelerate rapid dehydration: caffeine, alcohol, salt and MSG are the usual suspects.  The situation is further complicated when you sweat during exercise, travel long-haul and become fatigued through lack of sleep.

In these situations you’re also losing valuable minerals, electrolytes and salts – especially calcium, magnesium and potassium – that will need replacing.

Traditionally we’ve looked to certain natural foods for these, such as banana’s, and Kiwifruit, but there are other great sources we often overlook.  Sweet potatoes, whole oranges (remember having orange wedges at half time in school sports – there’s a good reason for that) and beetroot leaves (terrific in salads and smoothies!) head the list, as well as dates, figs, tomatoes and to a lesser extent, raisins.

Also really high on the list comes pure natural coconut water (not milk), with 20 times the potassium found in most so-called “sports” drinks (usually nothing more than glorified sodas), none of the calories, and as a liquid is also very refreshing!

This is a great drink to use to re-hydrate when stepping off the plane, during and after workouts or sports, and as a base in your breakfast smoothies.

You can find it in most supermarkets in the UK and, whilst some would say that it’s not very cheap, you can get a litre container for about the same price as your usual vente mocha latte – and guess which will do you the power of good, and which will burn out your adrenals & suck the life out of you..?