Style and Grace or Applesauce on your Face?

We are all born determined to live an active, healthy quality of life for 80, 90 or 100 years and beyond.  Why do some reach 100 with style and grace, while others die at 70 with applesauce on their face?  Is it bad genes or bad luck? Or is there more at play?

Depending on the study you read, somewhere between 5% and 30% of your life-expectancy is based on genetics.  Please note, this is the expected number of years you will spend breathing on this planet, not the quality of those years.  The remaining 70-95% of your life-expectancy and 100% of your quality of life is based on


So if I exercise and eat well, I will enjoy a great quality of life and maximize my innate potential, right?  Regular exercise, both endurance and strength training, as well as a healthy, balanced diet are vitally important to good health and longevity.  Where this plan unravels, however, is in the health of the system that controls and coordinates every cell, tissue, organ and function of your body


Lifestyle stress in its three forms (physical, biochemical and psychological) impacts the nervous system in profound ways and begins to interfere with communication between the brain and the body.  This interference creates distortions and compensations in various parts of the body leading to deterioration, dysfunction, disease and, eventually, symptoms.  Just like the credit crisis we are in with our nation’s economy, compensations force your body to pay for energy on credit.  Using your body’s energy and resources that were intended for tomorrow today leads to debt and the “bubble” will eventually burst.  The problem is, just like living on economic credit, spinal dysfunction and nervous system interference can lie dormant for decades, letting the problem grow considerably larger before the body gives you the signal that things are not as they should be.

Nutrition, endurance, strength and structure are vital components to the years in your life and the life in your years.  For more information about longevity and lifestyle, contact a 100 Year Lifestyle® affiliate doctor by visiting

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Dr. Erik and Dr. Patricia


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