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longevity  how to live long       wisdom in the art of living well
Longevity Wisdom

Stephen Lau
Longevity Wisdom

by Stephen Lau

To live long requires an understanding of longevity wisdom. Your Creator has given you built-in body wisdom to keep you forever young and healthy. Essentially, it is an innate awareness of not only the basic needs of your body, but also all the signs and signals by which your body warns you of what is wrong with you. To attain longevity wisdom, you need a new level of consciousness to create a new world in which the biochemistry of your body becomes the substance of awareness of your beliefs, emotions, and thoughts. That awareness begins with intent, which is a desire to live long; intent enhances your attention to your the needs of your body. So, invoke and embrace that body wisdom in order to keep yourself disease-free.

Your body wisdom is no more than your everyday eating and living habits. Eating is a science, and living is an art -- the art of living well. They complement each other, just as the yin and the yang do. Together, they constitute longevity wisdom. Such wisdom has accumulated from counsel of the sage on calorie restriction, ancient longevity wisdom from the Orient, and recommendations of contemporary anti-aging health experts.

You constitution is not much different from that of your ancestors thousands of years ago. Therefore, the longevity wisdom in yesteryears is still relevant to the anti-aging living today. Nowadays, anti-aging living to 100 years is no longer a rare phenomenon. The number of centenarians is forever growing. Thanks to science and accumulation of the wisdom throughout the ages, anti-aging living to 100 years and beyond is easily within your grasp.

Be wise, and be one of the centenarians.


Luigi Cornaro, a Venetian nobleman, was one of the most celebrated centenarians, who lived from 1464 to 1566 AD. Luigi is famous for his longevity living in relation to calorie restriction. His wisdom, expressed in his discourse when he was in his eighties and nineties, has been an inspiration for more than five centuries. His longevity wisdom was simple and down-to-earth:

     Avoid overeating.

     Avoid environmental stress, such as extreme heat and cold, or environmental toxins in contemporary society.

     Avoid extreme fatigue, and interruption of sleep.

In his youth, Luigi had abused his health with a lifestyle of wantonness and excess, resulting in an extremely weak constitution. His recklessness and dissipation had plagued him with many physical ailments so severe that he often thought of the comfort of death.

At the age of thirty-five, he was given up by his physicians to die. After first trying various medical treatments to no avail, Luigi’s physicians prescribed a temperate lifestyle as the only way to end his suffering and preserve his fragile life. That temperate lifestyle was essentially the exercise of self-restraint or self-discipline in relation to diet and drink for calorie restriction. His physicians recommended that he eat only certain foods, and only in very small quantities -- a calorie restriction diet.

At first, Luigi did not follow that recommendation. In his own words, Luigi wrote:

" . . preferring to live as I pleased and being weary of such foods, I did not refrain from gratifying myself by eating freely of all those things which were to my taste, and being consumed, as it were, by fever, I did not hesitate to continue drinking, and in large quantities, the wines which pleased my palate. Of all this, of course, after the fashion of invalids, I never breathed a word to my physicians. . ."

Luigi’s persistent ill health finally made him succumb to his physicians’ advice. In desperation, he opted for calorie restriction on food, cutting down to twelve ounces a day of solid foods of bread, a vegetable soup with tomato, an egg yolk, and a little meat, divided into two meals, and fourteen ounces pure grape juice, also divided into two servings. When he decided to embark on that course of anti-aging temperate lifestyle with calorie restriction, he did so with great enthusiasm and determination:

". . . I entered upon my new course so heartily that I never afterward swerved from it, nor ever committed the slightest excess in any direction. . ."

Within days, not even weeks, Luigi began to see the significant difference resulting from his change in temperate lifestyle. The results were well worth the effort:

". . . and persevering in it, in less than a year-though the fact may seem incredible to some-I found myself entirely cured of all my complaints. . ."

Life had become a real joy for Luigi, and his later years of life were by far the best, enjoying complete freedom from pain, ailments and diseases because he simply ate only as much food as he needed to survive and no more -- a calorie restriction diet.

It was his anti-aging living that had saved his life. He lived on that minimal diet of calorie restriction from age thirty-five until eighty-five, when his relatives began to urge him to eat a little more since he was getting old and he required more physical strength. Complying with and succumbing to their well wishes and importunities, Luigi reluctantly agreed to increase his food intake from twelve to fourteen ounces.

Immediately, he became seriously ill with high fever. Eventually, Luigi had the longevity wisdom to revert to his former anti-aging living with a diet of calorie restriction. As a result, he lived in a state of unbroken health and happiness until the age of one hundred and two.

When he died, he died in an ideal natural way: he was in his rocking chair; he closed his eyes, took a nap, and did not wake up. There was no pain or suffering in his later years -- ever! His mind was as clear as a bell until the very end -- no senility, and no memory loss! Truly, Luigi was one of the most famous centenarians in history.

The key to Luigi’s ant-aging living and longevity wisdom was calorie restriction, or how much he ate:

". . . I accustomed myself to the habit of never fully satisfying my appetite, either with eating or drinking-always leaving the table well able to take more. In this, I acted according to the proverb: 'Not to satiate one’s self with food is the science of health'. . "

Essentially, moderation or temperate lifestyle is the science of anti-aging living. However, Luigi did not suggest you eat the same foods that he did, or the same calorie restriction, but only that you eat in moderation. Luigi's temperate life is easy to follow, and does not require much effort.

". . . he who leads the temperate life can never fall sick, or at least can do so only rarely; and his indisposition lasts but a very short while. For, by living temperately, he removes all the causes of illness; and, having removed these, he thereby removes the effects. So the man who lives the orderly life should have no fear of sickness; for surely he has no reason to fear an effect, the cause of which is under his own control. . ."

According to Luigi, "each person is his or her own best physician" and "the temperate lifestyle is the best medicine."

The moral lesson from the incredible story of Luigi is simple: the key to health and happiness is inextricably associated with the quantity of food you consume daily; and the science of health or anti-aging living is simply eating less or consuming fewer calories.

Longevity wisdom is simply calorie restriction on your diet.

You should restrict yourself to having portions of food that will meet the basic needs of your system -- as long as you know the maxim: whatever is more than what you need may be harmful.

Longevity living is calorie restriction, which may hold the key to a longer life. Experiments have shown that the health of laboratory animals can be dramatically improved and their lifespan expanded or even doubled, simply by reducing their food intake to the minimum required. However, that by no means implies your need to starve yourself for calorie restriction in order to become one of the centenarians.

Nevertheless, centenarians not only have calorie restriction (not exceeding 2,000 calories per day) throughout life but also consume far less meat. The main reason is that on a diet based on calorie restriction, your organs are not being continually and consistently over-stressed, thereby allowing your body to digest easily and detoxify materials without accumulating harmful surpluses in your system. Longevity wisdom and calorie restriction go hand in hand.

Given the amount of food necessary to sustain life, as well as to maintain excellent health and spirit, is so small, it is rather shocking to realize that nearly all of us, with very few exceptions, simply overeat and produce an endless array of miseries in our lives in both mental and physical afflictions that require medical help. We have no one to blame but ourselves. Please, do not overeat!

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With a history of over 5,000 years, the ancient longevity wisdom from the Orient derived from the concept of the yin and the yang fundamental in the Chinese culture and the way of life.

Briefly, the concept of the yin and the yang refers to the two opposing forces in nature that balance and complement each other, thereby resulting in perfect harmony, which is the essence of longevity wisdom. The balance of the yin and the yang, subtly manifested in the Five Elements, the five different patterns of nature, holds the key to longevity, a consequence of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual well-being of an individual. (For more information on natural healing based on the concept of the yin and the yang, go to my web page:
Chinese Healing.)

For centuries, the Chinese have observed the importance of harmony in the process of healing. Oriental physicians have always believed that the imbalance of the yin and the yang is the primary cause of disease, which is the Number One enemy of longevity. In Chinese culture, disease is the result of imbalance of qi (positive life energy) in the body, a reflection of internal disharmony.


Lao Tzu was a great Chinese philosopher, perhaps only second to Confucius, the great teacher of the Orient. Some of Lao Tzu’s longevity wisdom includes:

"There is nothing worse than not knowing when one has enough. There is no greater fault than the desire for things. The one who knows when enough is enough will always have enough."

Essentially, it means “eating less” and “temperate living” or "calorie restriction”

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."

Essentially, natural healing is gradual and takes time; do not rush into removing the symptoms of a disorder with pharmaceutical drugs before giving your body ample opportunity to recover by itself.

Lao Tzu has profound insight into how to live a life of simplicity, of harmony and peace, which is the essence of longevity wisdom and anti-aging living.


Dr. Linus Pauling, Nobel Laureate, a firm believer in anti-aging vitamin C, said you could have an extra 12 to 18 years if you took from 3,200 to 12,000 milligrams of vitamin C a day (an equivalent of 45 to 170 oranges). Dr. Pauling lived to a ripe old age of 93.

Dr. William Pryor, Director of the Biodynamics Institute, Louisiana State University, recommends the following for anti-aging living:

     Vitamin C (500 milligrams)

     Vitamin E (400 IU in natural form)

     Beta carotene (15 milligrams)

     Multivitamin-mineral with zinc and selenium

Dr. Donald J. Lisk, Cornell University, recommends a supplement of selenium (100 micrograms) and eats Brazil nuts (good source of selenium) for anti-aging living.

Dr. Ronald Klatz, expert in anti-aging, takes these nutritional supplements to prolong his own life:

     Vitamin C (2,000 to 12,000 milligrams)

     Vitamin E (800 IU)

     Beta carotene (15 milligrams)

     Selenium (200 micrograms)

     Coenzyme Q-10 (100 milligrams)

     Ginkgo biloba extract (80 milligrams)

     Garlic capsules (12)

     Multivitamin-mineral supplement without iron and copper

Dr. Andrew Weil, alternative medicine expert, suggests this super daily anti-aging formula of longevity living:

     Vitamin C (1,000 to 2,000 milligrams)

     Vitamin E (400 IU)

     Beta carotene (1 milligrams)

     Selenium (200 micrograms)

Dr. Deepak Chopak once said: “The blueprint for perfect health is inside you. It is you.” Yes, only you have the innate wisdom to know how to live long, and only you have the intent to do so.

Stephen Lau
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