Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have been in the news lately. That’s not unusual, but this time it wasn’t about Zuckerberg being
In fact, I’m a Facebook champion. In the past few years, I’ve met some terribly bright and interesting people, and I learn something new and valuable from at least one of them almost every day. (I put up with some nonsense, too, but I know where the delete button is.) For example, I have long been interested in longevity, and the older I get, the more interested I become. So, when a Facebook friend (the spouse of a physician) posted this headline: Study Finds That Fasting for Seventy-Two Hours Can Regenerate the Entire Immune System, I was curious enough to click. My interest was enhanced by the fact that Sweetie and one of our daughters are each afflicted with
The article referenced the work of Valter Longo, PhD., and his research team at USC. From there, I bought and read Dr. Longo’s book, The Longevity Diet1. The diet itself is not that different from others you may know something about, The Mediterranean Diet, The Paleo Diet, etc., but that’s not the point of the
Apparently, periodic fasting for seventy-two hours (monthly, for example) clears out dead and dying cells and, using
As with everything in the evolving world of health research, Dr. Longo cautions that neither the longevity diet nor the fasting regimen
To return to my original point: New friends – Facebook or Main Street - are miracles in waiting. Don’t let the admitted hazards of social media - and they do abound - prevent you from meeting interesting people and learning new things. And, it’s not just the people you’ll get to know. It’s also the people who will know you, and by living in the minds of many others, you achieve a unique kind of fame and a virtual immortality. Think about that for a while. But, just as you would at the mall, use common sense in all your social media activities.
P.S. 100% of Dr. Longo’s book royalties are going to charities like the Create Cures Foundationwww.createcures.org and others, working to support people with
- The Longevity Diet, Avery an imprint of Penguin Random House, New York, 2018. (Previously published in Italy, 2016.)
- Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson, Simon and Schuster, New York, 2011.
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