Biological Youth

Biological Youth is the first book in an anticipated series examining the causes of loss of Biological Youth and how to recover. An e-book by Todd Ewing, PhD.

The author has been involved in pharmaceutical research for 20 years and has become increasingly appalled with the effect that today’s lifestyle is having on an individual’s existence. He believes that it is the cause of a rapid expansion in what he terms LTD’s or Lifestyle Transmitted Diseases and especially the NCD’s or Non-Communicable Diseases such as diabetes, lung and heart problems. He believes that the specific, easily available, choices of when and if to exercise, improper diet, acceptance of health aides and/or therapeutic pharmacological offerings are the culprits and that belief in and acceptance of the multitudinous recommendations with which the individual constantly is bombarded readily enforce deleterious choices. He advances a concept of Total Recovery (TR) where a person can take control of his/her own health and bodily function and he provides specific suggestions: “Toward your Mindfulness and Recovery of your Diet, Lifestyle, Health and Youthfulness.” He provides five basic fitness needs – metabolic, circadian, microbiological, immune and mental –“each representing the resilience of our echo system to particular stress on the body”. There is explanation and discussion of activity on the cellular level and considerable detail is set forth about the Duke Study of Biological Age (versus Chronological) and that by UCLA of Alzheimer’s Disease Reversal. Each chapter is provided with a review and much of the presentation is heavily footnoted with provision of most helpful instructions for easy accession of the relevant footnotes while reading the text.

Discussion: The author applies much attention to the Duke Study that sets Biological best age at chronological age 20 and descends to worst at 80 with variation of the latter ranging perhaps from 50 to 100+ chronologically. The author also provides some examination of the Hayflick phenomenon as being responsible for ultimate cellular senescence and death. Hayflick demonstrated that cell propagation is limited because the telomeres at the ends of the cell’s DNA shorten with each new division so that the number of divisions before eventual cell death is limited, thus limiting length of human life. (Recent reports have raised one’s ultimate chronological age from around 90 to 112 years.) The author here believes that removing all of the ‘Zombie’ influences cited will greatly limit and/or remove the stressful factors causing cellular senescence. He cites stem cell research and the doctrine that germ cells are immortal, thus retaining the ability to divide forever because they have greater resistance to stress and better mechanisms of repair. Work here still is refuted although it is granted that Silicone Valley is working seriously and diligently on the idea of living forever so as to revive man’s dreams most often encountered by recurring notes of Ponce de Leon’s searches. Parenthetically from a strictly psychological aspect, as one becomes sufficiently advanced in age and increasing numbers of family, friends and acquaintances no longer are around, persons often rethink this dream.

Conclusion: The author has provided interesting thoughts on regaining one’s proper Biological age. It is a book that is NOT for everyone – especially for the individual looking for a ‘how-to’ book, one that will provide suggestions/instructions/lists for reinventing his/her health routines. Instead, the author has provided a quasi-scientific presentation to educate the lay person who wants to take the time to think about the effect modern western social/political/marketing procedures have upon anyone living in this complex culture. An individual must read the text, examine the pertinent references, take time to consider the total of what has been provided and decide upon ONE’s OWN course of action. It is not a simple task but can lead to great rewards IF the individual is able AND WILLING to make the commitment.

3* 5* for the ‘thinking person’; 3* definite caveat for ‘how-to’ searcher.

SERENITY

SERENITY, A Shelby Alexander Thriller, Sweatshoppe Publications, an e-book by Craig A. Hart.

Plot/Characters: Shelby, a sixty-year-old former highly ranked professional boxer is living alone in the small northern Michigan town of Serenity. Long divorced and the father of Leslie who, now grown, finally no longer hates him, but rather is attempting, through frequent calls, to get him back together with her mother. His presence in the small town is from a desire to get away from the life he had devised after losing his last championship fight. He was ‘a fixer’, best defined perhaps as a sort of PI who did not always stay on the side of the law in his ministrations. One evening he looks out of his kitchen window and sees a figure in the snow. He investigates and discovers Jenny Ellis, a mentally challenged but friendly woman known by everyone. She is comatose, he brings her into the house and calls emergency but she dies before an ambulance arrives. Upon inquiry from Deputy Stevens, he learns that she had been struck on the head while in the woods but managed to regain sufficiently to make it as far as his house before collapsing. She is part of a family infamous for years as drug dealers, killers and more. Harper, the leader of the Elis clan offers Shel $10,000 to find the person responsible and from this seemingly simple beginning the reader is immersed in a tale of drugs, murder and some suspenseful activity involving a number of unusual characters; Ellis family members – Shepherd, the oldest, Gannon, the hulking, mentally slow and viciously mean youngest, and Ma, also mentally challenged; Norman Evans, an unusual, very nervous individual with surprising activities; Sheriff Wilkes, new, obnoxious and of questionable ability and agenda; Carly, beautiful and raunchy bar owner/attendant who is closely involved with Shel; Jerry McIntyre (Mack), retired Detroit police officer now PI and longtime Shelby friend. The story’s end was somewhat unexpected by this reader although hints had been there to observe.

Discussion: After a somewhat slow and uncertain (fortunately short) beginning, the author has set forth a thriller that moves well and includes activity well-described as appropriate to the characters. There perhaps is a sense that the character may not as yet have reached his ultimate characterization and portions may not be quite as smooth as desired. However, this is understandable as the first of a proposed series and no doubt will be rectified as it continues.

4* First of a purported thriller series.