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Omega-3 might save you from dementia
November 30, 2005

Midlife Wisdom For Men Issue #047, November 30, 2005

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· On Fish, Obesity and Dementia

· Avoiding Overcooked Meat May Eliminate Rectal Cancer Risk

· Book Review: Finding Meaning In The Second Half Of Life: How to Finally Really grow up ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Written by Noel McNaughton (c) copyright 2005


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Welcome to this issue of Midlife Wisdom for Men.

There always seems to be some new product to help us ward off the ravages of age. Sometimes they actually work. I think Omega-3 is one such product.

I have always loved myths and folktales, because to me their themes are universal, and tell the story of the human journey. That is why I hold C.J. Jung's work in high regard. James Hollis is a Jungian analyst whose recent book Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life has depth, but is not ponderous. There is a review below.

Hope you find this newsletter interesting and useful.

There are about 800 words in the articles in this newsletter, which may take about 3 1/2 minutes to read.



On Fish, Obesity and Dementia

I have read a fair bit of research over the past few years on the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids, and as a result eat a can of sardines about once a week. Elizabeth and I also take ultra-filtered (to get the bad stuff, such as PCBs and Dioxin out) Omega-3 capsules every day.

A six-year study of Chicago residents, reported by Reuters, found that Omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish boost brain functioning as well as cutting the risk of stroke, and eating fish regularly appears to protect the brain as people age.

"The rate of (mental) decline was reduced by 10 percent to 13 percent per year among persons who consumed one or more fish meals per week compared with those with less than weekly consumption," wrote Martha Clare Morris of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, "The rate reduction is the equivalent of being three to four years younger in age".

The protective effect from eating fish was evident even after researchers adjusted for consumption of fruits and vegetables.

In another study published in the same issue of Archives of Neurology (October, 2005), Swedish researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels at midlife each doubled the risk of dementia in later years.

Nearly 1,500 subjects who have been part of a study that began in 1972 were reexamined. The 16 percent who were obese at midlife were at double the risk of dementia compared to the one-quarter of those with normal weight at midlife and the half who had been slightly overweight.

So... eat your sardines! Or salmon, or take fish oil, or... get some fish into you somehow.


Spotted in a toilet in a London office block: Toilet out of order. Please use floor below.


Avoiding Overcooked Meat May Eliminate Rectal Cancer Risk

WASHINGTON: A US Department of Agriculture study published in the April 2004 issue of the Journal of Nutrition found no link between eating red or white meat and rectal cancer. However, it did find a link when males ate red or white meat that was well done...
The scientists concluded that the cancer risk comes from substances formed when meat is cooked at higher temperatures.

Two heat-related compounds, HCAs (carcinogenic heterocyclic amines) and PAHs (polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons) are the main cuprits.

Interestingly, no such link was found in females when the meat eaten was well done. And women who consumed redmeat juice drippings actually had a lower risk of rectal cancer.

The Journal concluded that eating whole muscle meats medium rare may allow you to avoid the health risk altogether. From The Stockman GrassFarmer June, 2004


Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is no money in the account?


Interesting Book: Finding Meaning In The Second Half Of Life: How to Finally Really grow up

by James Hollis

I took this book from the library the other day, and it is a bit deeper (without being ponderous or hard to read) than some of the other midlife books I've read.

This blurb from sums it up pretty well:

What does it really mean to be a grown up in today’s world? We generally recognize only three developmental periods of life—childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We assume that once we "get it together" with the right job, marry the right person, have children, and buy a home, all is settled and well. But adulthood itself presents varying levels of growth, and is rarely the respite of stability we expected. Turbulent emotional shifts can take place anywhere between the age of thirty-five and seventy when we question the choices we’ve made, realize our limitations, and feel stuck—commonly known as the "midlife crisis." In Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, Jungian analyst James Hollis explores the ways we can grow and evolve to fully become ourselves when the traditional roles of adulthood aren’t quite working for us.

Revealing a new way of uncovering and embracing our authentic selves, Hollis offers wisdom to anyone facing a career that no longer seems fulfilling, a long-term relationship that has shifted, or family transitions that raise issues of aging and mortality. Through case studies and provocative observations, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life provides a reassuring message and a crucial bridge across this critical passage of adult development.


How good are you at listening? I wasn't always very good at it. I could hear, but not really listen. Listening is about attention; hearing is about ears. From Simple Is Powerful by Michael J. Roads, HJ Kramer Inc. 1992


Got your copy of Picking Up The Burning Feather yet? It will help you on your spiritual journey.

Just go to Picking Up The Burning Feather: A Spiritual Guide For Midlife Men.


Just For You: A Free Do-It-Yourself Retirement Planning Report

If you are a new subscriber to this newsletter, you will recall I promised you a link to a secret page on the Midlife Men's site where you can download a free 27-page report on 'DIY Retirement planning' by George Slater.

Welcome to the newsletter, and for your free report, go to: DIY Retirement E-Report , and follow the instructions.



Learn to be a Teleclass Facilitator

If you are a facilitator/speaker/professional who gives lectures or workshops, you can do it from home and make money. Teleclasses (also known as teleseminars) using telephone bridge lines, are becoming increasingly popular, and and a very inexpensive way to deliver high-quality training. I took training in teleclass leadership from Teleclass International which I highly recommend.



A Destroyer of Compasses by Wade Bell, published by Guernica Editions, (Toronto, Buffalo and Lancaster UK) $15.00 Cdn

One Man's Mid-Life Crisis Led to Spain. Planning to spend six weeks, he stayed five years.

A book of stories the Toronto Globe & Mail called "an assured and sensual portrait of a culture" with "precise and ironic examples of human idiosyncracy." The review went on to call stories "gems."

Available from Amazon, E-Bay and local bookstores.

I Need Your Questions and Feedback!

Got comments? Questions? I'd love to hear from you.

Just email your suggestions and/or questions to . I look forward to hearing from you. And thanks.


Well friend, that's it for now. Again, if you enjoyed this and/or found it useful, and know of anyone else who might like it, please pass it forward. And if you have questions or recommendations, I would love to hear from you.

All the best, Noel

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