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Another Milestone Passed In My Life
March 17, 2007

Midlife Wisdom For Men Issue #078, March 17, 2007

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Make Sure You Get Enough Fibre

Another Milestone Passed In My Life


Written by Noel McNaughton (c) copyright 2007


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Welcome to this issue of Midlife Wisdom for Men.

Chances are that by now someone close to you has died. No matter whether it is an aged grandparent, a spouse, a parent, friend or mentor, when someone close to us dies, it changes us. I believe that along with the sadness and grief, we are deepened in our own sense of self and humanity. My mother died a couple of days ago, and I feel I have been spiritually in some way, as I was present with the mystery of death.

If you don't want to die any sooner than necessary, it is important to watch your diet! Getting enough fibre can make a big difference.

There are about 700 words in the articles in this newsletter, which should take you about two minutes to read.




Make Sure You Get Enough Fibre

Excerpted from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 82, No. 6, 1185-1194, December 2005

Increasing dietary fiber intake to at least 25 grams per day from varied sources gives significant protection against cardiovascular disease. Researchers presumed that fiber intakes of 30- 35 grams per day would likely provide an even greater protective effect.

The results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition add to a growing body of evidence linking higher dietary fiber intake with a lower risk of heart disease. Nearly 6,000 men and women were selected from participants in an eight-year trial designed to evaluate the effect of antioxidants on cancer and heart disease.

The highest insoluble dietary fiber intakes were associated with reduced risks of obesity and elevated waist-to-hip ratio, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and homocysteine.

Fiber from cereals was associated with a lower body mass index, blood pressure, and homocysteine concentration; fiber from vegetables with a lower blood pressure and homocysteine concentration; and fiber from fruit with a lower waist-to-hip ratio and blood pressure. Fiber from dried fruit or nuts and seeds was associated with a lower body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and glucose concentrations.

The results indicate that 25 grams dietary fiber per day is the minimum required to protect against cardiovascular disease, and that total dietary fiber intakes of 30-35 grams per day will likely provide an even greater protective effect.


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A little St. Patrick's Day Humour

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, "Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!"

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, "Never mind, I found one."


Another Milestone Passed In My Life

My brother, one of our sisters, two nieces, my dad and I spent last Monday to Thursday on a 24-hour death watch as my mother slowly slipped away. She died Thursday afternoon at about 3:15. That is the reason this newsletter is two days late!

It was a sad, but also rich and fulfilling time as we sat, sometimes alone, sometimes with four or five of us around the hospital bed, with mom in a coma. We reminisced about times passed, remembering good times and bad, and just talked about everyday things.

Every ten minutes or so, one of us would swab mom's mouth out with a wet sponge stick provided by the hospital, as she lay there breathing steadily, but more weakly as each day passed.

I have met a number of people who have been with parents as they died, and all have said it was a gift to be there. I now understand why they say that. It was truly a gift to me to be with my family as our mother passed away.

I had dreamt for years about singing a couple of special songs for her, always assuming it would be at her funeral, but I got the chance to 'sing her home' instead. On the last day, I brought my guitar with me, and as she was taking her final breaths (a certain kind of breathing known as "Cheyne-Stokes breathing", I sang "Angel Band", "I'll Fly Away" and "Wayfaring Stranger". Shortly after I finished the last song, she died.

Being in midlife, we are getting to the stage where we are soon to be "the next in the box". Losing a parent is a milestone we can expect to pass sometime during midlife, and one that changes us. Maybe we are left feeling like a 'midlife orphan', or maybe feeling like we are now the head of the family, or both. Maybe we have been putting some things off, that now feel more urgent.

If you have been putting some important things off till 'later', or if your parents are still alive, and there is something you want to tell them, such as how much you love and appreciate them, now might be a good time! One day it will be too late.




A Zen master's disciples asked him "master, what happens when we die?"

"I don't know" said the master.

"But you are a Zen master!"

"Yes, but not a dead one."


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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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