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Retirement an Issue, Ok just live longer!! May 26, 2009

Posted by viper42 in Business/Health.
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Here is a story that is very telling of todays economic mentality and just how fragile the financial picture is for most.  According to a Forbes article in the March 09 special issue, it was suggested that living longer could allow us to PUSH back the retirement age!  WHAT??!!  For some in these tough times, that has become a reality because most dont have a source of residual income or their nest egg was wiped out.  Here is where it gets interesting.  

There is actually science present that is being worked on to do it!!  No this is not Star Trek and you are not in the Twilight Zone.  It is known, and states in the article, that living past 100 is largely genetics.  The gene responsible for this is known as well…SIRT-1.  It apparently “removes intracellular junk” in your body.  (Hmmm, more on that soon).  The goal is to try and artificially create an SIRT-1 activator to use in humans to extend our lives!!  WOW. Now the reason for this again, is to delay retirement and hence not put such a strain on the system.  So is this really happening?  You bet it is!  The pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline is now working on this after purchasing the company working on it for 720 million dollars.  

So lets look at this.  People increasingly dont have the money to survive retirement.  Social Security is clearly dead.  Does the answer TRULY lie in manipulating our genes to achieve financial security??  That is SCARY.  Well, for now, people are grasping onto the right concepts.  That is better education about food, vitamins, antioxidants, weight loss etc.  Hey I said I would get back to that “intracellular junk.”  Well, vitamins and foods rich in antioxidants can reduce that also.  The way I see it, gene or no genes, the one thing that must happen in the 70, 80 or 90 years you live is finding options for yourself that provide residual income.  The reality is, we may be able to live longer, but if we don’t make the choices, its just a longer time to look back at lost time or opportunity. Start taking better care of ourselves and finances, and make the MOST of the time NATURALLY given to us.

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Who Am I May 26, 2009

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Hello to all!!  I am happy to be here.  As you can see this is my first post.  Just want to introduce myself.  My name is David Medina.  I am a full time, licensed, Pharmacist here in NY.  I have been practicing for 11 years now.  I have done the whole store thing.  I have done home IV therapy, nursing homes and now specialize in Hospice care.  In my 11 years, I have seen enough to know the medical system is tough here in the United States.  I see many who are ill.  Unfortunately, many stay ill for 1 or both of the following reasons: 1) They don’t have the money or coverage 2) They don’t posses the knowledge.  It is very hard as a person who wants to help others see people remain ill because their medications cost so much.  However, if we here in the United States could start increasing our knowledge of the body, perhaps we can lead happier and fuller lives.  That movement is well on its way already. 

Therein lies my purpose in being here.  I plan to devote this blog to matters of health and wellness, and money/business topics.  This medium is great for this.  As a pharmacist my biggest frustration, felt by many in fact, is that our system wants us to provide a high quality of care through information.  Yet the system has made it so difficult to stay in business, it has become more about volume than quality.  Now there may be exceptions, but this is largely the truth.  Therefore, I will now use the knowledge I have and am obtaining through my own efforts to help others on my own terms.  You will get to know me…if you choose of course.  It is my mission to bring value to the people that read this.  I hope to encourage dialogue and perhaps to start the wheels of change for some.  I am at YOUR servce.