I had a moment of knowing a few weeks ago that I was going to live a long, healthy life into my hundreds, perhaps even another 40 years.
Wow, I thought. Do I really want to live that long? Given that I'm currently 74, that would mean living until I'm 114!
What I was decided was: yes, I do! As long as I can continue to live healthy and then just die peacefully of old age.
Contemplating my longevity is amazing to me because I was a sickly child. Until I was 12 years old, I was constantly sick with allergies and asthma. At 15 I got mono and it didn't seem to completely go away. By the time I was 22, I was tired of always feeling tired and having low energy, and I decided to investigate how I could gain excellent health.
I read two books that changed my life: Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, and The Poisons in Your Food, by William Longgood. These books scared me so much that I threw out all the food in my kitchen and started to grocery shop at the only little health food store in West Los Angeles, The Coop Market. This market is now a very upscale health food store in Santa Monica, but back in 1962, it was a hole in the wall. It kept moving and I kept following it, determined to eat only clean, unprocessed organic food. I've been faithfully doing that now for 52 years.
Gradually, I started to have energy – lots of energy! Now, at 74, I am thrilled that I still have abundant vitality. In fact, recently I was shoveling snow without feeling any fatigue at all, and I felt deeply grateful that I learned early in my life how to have excellent health and vitality.
Yet, last October, my asthma came back, in spite of all I've done to maintain my health. After all these years of taking good care of myself and not having asthma, I was understandably dismayed when it began to come back.
I traced it back to the fact that we had moved to a new home in July. In October, as the weather cooled, we put on the heat – forced air, which I hadn't had in a long time. My discomfort seemed to be related to the dryness in Colorado, but I didn't know what to do about it. We put in whole-house humidifiers and that helped a bit, but my problem was still there.
Then one morning I woke up with a clear intuitive voice in my head: Dehydration! The asthma is due to dehydration!
"What?" I said to the voice. "What does asthma have to do with dehydration?" I quickly looked it up on the Internet and sure enough, there it was,
"Asthma and Dehydration."
My research brought me to a book called Your Body's Many Cries for Water, By, F. Barmanghelidj, M.D. Like the books I read in my early 20s, this book has changed my life. Within three weeks of drinking ½ ounce of pure water per pound of my body weight daily, the asthma was gone, just like the author said it would be! Not only that, but the hint of arthritis that I was starting to notice in my thumb is gone, too!
This was a missing piece in my striving for excellent health and I know I will never go back to not drinking enough good clean water.
So there I was, shoveling snow, grinning from ear to ear, with no asthma or fatigue at all! And I see no reason why I can't live another 40 years doing all the wonderful things I'm currently doing!