The secret to a long life: Strip naked and have a coffee!!!

  • Dr David Argus is one of the world’s top cancer specialists
  • He says ditching your heels and having children are key to a healthy life

Want to live a long and healthy life? Ditch those high heels, switch from fresh fruit to frozen — and take off all your clothes. 

According to a new book by one of the world’s top cancer specialists, these small changes could dramatically increase your longevity. Here we reveal some of Dr David Argus’s surprising tips . . .

Familiarise yourself with your body so that you will recognise if any thing appears out of the ordinary, such as a mole or rash

Familiarise yourself with your body so that you will recognise if any thing appears out of the ordinary, such as a mole or rash

Strip off and go naked

Take a good look at yourself naked in front of a mirror — front and back. This will help you  spot trouble on the horizon in the form of body oddities you didn’t have before and signs of skin cancer. 

And once in a while, take a visual inventory of every square inch of yourself, including your hair, nails and the inside of your mouth.

No airport scanners

Do we know what these machines do to us? Where’s the long-term data to show us they are harmless? Until science can prove their safety, I’ll request a pat-down massage at airports. So should you.

Bin your high heels

Inflammation has been linked to some of our most troubling degenerative diseases, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, auto-immune diseases, diabetes and accelerated ageing.

Uncomfortable shoes cause unnecessary inflammation in your feet that can have an impact on your whole system. There’s no  easier way to reduce your overall inflammation than to simply wear comfortable shoes daily.

Drinking coffee in moderation not only wakes you up but could help you live longer

Drinking coffee in moderation not only wakes you up but could help you live longer

Wake up with a coffee

Drinking coffee or tea in moderation has long been shown to confer positive benefits on our health. 

Though researchers have tried to link caffeine consumption with illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension, osteoporosis and cancer, study after study has proven otherwise.

Eat at the same time

One of the best ways of reducing stress on your body is to maintain a regular routine 365 days a year. 

If your body were deprived of its expected lunch at noon, apart from feeling hunger, it would experience a surge in the stress  hormone cortisol, which tells it to hold onto fat and conserve energy. 

So, if you don’t eat when your body anticipates food, it will sabotage your efforts to lose or maintain an ideal weight.

Getting the flu can also put you at risk of other illnesses



Getting the flu can also put you at risk of other illnesses


Have a flu shot

Immunising yourself against flu isn’t just about beating the disease. 

Just one to two weeks of an inflammatory storm, which is  what will take place if  you contract flu, can increase your lifetime risk for obesity, heart attack, stroke and cancer.

People still falsely think the vaccine has side effects, that it doesn’t work, can cause the flu or  even contains toxins or poisons. All this is rubbish!

Stand up

There is a profound link between more time sitting and   a greater incidence of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and early death. 

Way back in the Fifties, a comparison of London’s double-decker bus drivers and conductors in the Fifties found that the ticket takers, who climbed stairs all day, had a much lower incidence of heart attacks than the drivers.

However, if you think you’re doing your body good with an hour-long workout before or after a long day at your desk, think again. 

Even two hours of exercise a day will not compensate for spending 22 hours sitting on your derriere or lying in bed.

Stop slouching

Apart from neck and back problems, poor posture can also cause headaches, arthritis, poor circulation, muscle aches and pains, difficulty breathing, indigestion, constipation, joint stiffness, fatigue, neurological problems and poor physical function in general. 

All roads to perfect posture start with a sturdy core. Try exercises such as pilates designed for this.

Take aspirin daily

Many high-quality research studies have confirmed that the use of aspirin not only substantially reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, but it can even ward off a medley of ailments through its anti-inflammatory powers.

A daily low-dose aspirin (75 milligrams) has even been shown to reduce the risk of developing common malignant cancers in the lungs, colon and prostate by a 46 per cent. 

But make sure that you discuss it with your doctor first as there are side effects such as stomach bleeding.

Frozen fruit & veg

We may be able to access pretty much any type of food all year long, but it comes at a cost: nutrition. 

By the time most of it reaches your supermarket, it doesn’t contain nearly the same amount of nutrients as when the crop was picked.

Unless you can buy truly fresh local produce that’s in season, opt for frozen fruits and vegetables. 

They tend to be picked at their peak.

Avoid vitamins

Many studies on groups of more than a thousand people in the past few decades have shown that taking vitamin supplements is correlated with an increased risk of serious diseases such as cancer, and it produces little benefit to health.

The body likes to create free radicals to attack ‘bad’ cells, including cancerous ones. 

If you block this by taking copious amounts of vitamins, especially those touted as antioxidants, you block your body’s natural ability to  control itself. 

Running after your children keeps you active both physically and mentally



Running after your children keeps you active both physically and mentally


Have children 

If you have children you’ll be more likely to live longer than your childless counterparts. 

That’s because raising a child compels us to remain active and mentally challenged.

Sip a glass of wine

Moderate alcohol intake, especially red wine, can reduce the risk for heart disease. 

Aim for no more than one drink a day if you’re a woman and two if you’re a man.

Give us a smile

Smiling will boost your mood. It will trigger the release of pain-killing, brain-happy endorphins and seratonin, which reduce harmful stress levels.


PUBLISHED: 22:07 GMT, 16 March 2014 | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 17 March 201

A Short Guide To A Long Life by Dr David Agus (Simon & Schuster, £12.99).

10 signs you are addicted to coffee!

1. You help your dog chase its tail.
2. You short motion detectors.
3. You walk ten kilometres on the treadmill before you realise it’s not plugged in.
4. You can type 60 words a minute with your toes.
5. You don’t swet, you percolate.
6. You eyes stay open when you sneeze.
7. Instant coffee takes too long.
8. The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.
9. You channels-surf faster without a remote.
10. You can jump-start your car without cables.
So are you addicted?

Adversity – Carrots, Eggs and Coffee!

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen.
She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.She then asked her to take an egg and break it.

After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. “What’s the point,grandmother?”

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity–boiling water–but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter.

“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?
Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?

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