Aging Doesn’t Have to Mean Bad Health

According to popular opinion, aging always means declining health. And that seems true enough, at least as far as we can tell, but let’s talk about why this doesn’t have to be.

Our immune system determines how long and how well we live. The rest of the endocrine gang has a lot to say about it, of course, but the immune system calls the final shots.

Kinda of makes you wonder why nobody tells you how to make your immune system dance and sing, doesn’t it? If this is the place where our last chapter gets written, why should we passively accept defeat instead of fighting back. What’s that about?

How did we get here?

Medicine says the master of the immune system, our thymus, starts life all robust, ready to mix it up with the baddest guys on the block. And win most of the time.

But as time goes by, according to the poobahs, the thymus fades away, becoming a mere shadow of its former self. Having no choice, the immune system follows. Then, when disease shows up, we’re too weak to fight back.

We lose one battle after another, and each loss sends an invitation to other bad actors to take a whack at us. This, docs explain, is why older people have to take wide variety of prescription drugs to handle their wide variety of health problems.

Finally, our thymus is down to just a few, weak cells, and we die.

But is that really the way it has to be? As a matter of fact, no. We have the power to keep the thymus going strong, but we have to learn some stuff.

First, let’s change that idea that the thymus gets overwhelmed with bacteria, viruses, and whatever else that tries to take us down. That “overwhelmed” business only happens when we let it happen, and we let it happen because we don’t know we have a choice.

But, in fact, we do have a choice. It’s not about being good little boys and girls and doing whatever the doctor says. Doctors can only offer prescription drug upon prescription drug to deal with symptoms. Quieting symptoms is different from healing.

Here’s the sequence: When sickness comes our way, the thymus goes to war. A full out, no holds barred, give-it-everything-you-have war. War means war; that’s the only way the thymus knows how to fight.

The win-at-any-cost approach leaves the thymus depleted, bruised and weakened. Which is exactly where we get a chance to make a difference that counts: Getting our thymus back into fighting shape. Few people know about this opportunity to restore the thymus after a battle, but research is all over it.

  • The first thing to learn is what nutrition puts the thymus back into fighting strength. Since each of is unique, and our nutrition has to fit our uniqueness, this takes some figuring out.

    But amongst all the individual differences, there are two quite common deficiencies to check for: Zinc and vitamin A. Blood tests will tell you if you have a deficiency in either or both, then it’s a matter of finding and taking a quality supplement.

    If you want help in your search, get my book, Pep for the Pooped, which covers vitamins and minerals, or my program, Moving to Health, which covers everything I know about.

  • As every self-help book ever written says, “Avoid emotional stress.” Well, we would if we could, but how? Well, when I was born, somebody forgot to include the silver spoon, so I have some expertise in this area.

    Use your sense of humor (it’s in there somewhere) to deflect stress. A college friend said the worse things got, the funnier I was. At the least, don’t feel sorry for yourself–even if you have every right to pull a “woe is me.”

    As much as possible, don’t get involved in other people’s dramas.

    Do what it takes to get you laughing. Watch funny movies, videos, etc. You may have to go back to Marx Brothers comedies for real belly laughs, but find something that makes you laugh ugly–and forget your struggles, at least for a while.

  • Get an adrenal saliva test to determine if your stress comes from whacked adrenal glands. It looks like emotional stress, but physiological stress is very different. Yes, you need good nutrition, and, yes, you need to laugh, but you also need to get your adrenals to a better place.

    If you had a concussion, or any other brain injury, this could explain where you are. Life can be a lot better, but since medicine doesn’t think there’s a problem, I explain a do-it-yourself approach. Having a doctor’s help is always a plus, of course, but don’t give up if you don’t.

You have more power than you realize.

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

About the author: Bette is all about determination. A month before her first birthday, a drunk driver smashed into her parents’ car, and she ended up with a concussion. The concussion put her endocrine system (the thyroid and the rest of the gang) pretty much out of business. Well, that system controls all of health, life was a mess, but doctors didn’t help. So, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. Now she writes about how your body works and what you can do to make it work better. Good, eh? Subscribe to her free health e-mails at

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