An Anti-Aging Pill– For Real

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No matter how many anti-aging lotions and potions I rub into my skin, it’s unlikely that I’m going to wake up one day soon, glance in the mirror, and see my 30-old-face staring back at me. But the burgeoning nutritional supplement market, estimated at a whopping $20+ billion, consistently promises it can help me live healthier–and feel younger. Although I’d be willing to keep my crow’s feet and laugh lines, in exchange for feeling as tip-top as I did decades ago, so many supplement claims seem downright absurd!

It got my attention, however, when I heard that a Stanford-educated PhD, with his advanced degree in cancer biology, had discovered a vitamin that actually could reduce the effects of aging and rejuvenate energy production in the cellWas this for real?  

I wanted to learn more, so I arranged for an interview with Dr. Charles Brenner, the scientist behind this discovery, and asked him to explain his discovery in non-scientific terms. If a highly educated scientist hoped to teach me anything, he had to make it simple. Biology was my worst subject in high school!


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Lady Patch To The Rescue

FabOverFifty has partnered with Lady Patch to bring you a very important message about your bladder health!

My mother used to call me a “camel” because I could hold in my urine for hours on end. Then, one fine day a few years ago, I was alarmed to feel some leaking while I performed yoga poses in class! I forgot about it, until it happened again a few weeks later, when I sneezed during a walk with Rigby. I was reluctant to tell anyone, including my doctor, but I worried about what was going on.

When I broke down and saw the doctor, I learned I have a condition called “light bladder leakage,” or “urinary incontinence,” and that I was far from alone. LBL is extremely common, affecting as many as 30 percent of American women.

LBL Triggers

Besides stressors such as coughing, sneezing or exercise, many other factors can trigger bladder leakage, including (but not limited to) smoking, alcohol and caffeine, previous pregnancy and childbirth, hysterectomy, obesity and medical conditions including hypertension, vascular disease, urinary tract infections and diabetes. (more…)

The Most Significant Health Advice All Women 45+ MUST Hear!

If you are a woman in perimenopause (you’d be around your mid 40s), to 10 years post menopause (i.e. it’s been a maximum of 10 years since your last period), I implore you to read this article. It’s a long article, but it should take you only a short time to read. And, I promise it can help you maintain your health: Your HEART health, your BRAIN health, your BONE health, your SEXUAL health, and much, much more.

National Women’s Health Week begins Sunday, all the more reason to read it!


The Conversation You Should Have With Your Gynecologist

Bet you and your gynecologist have NEVER had a conversation like this! Take a few minutes out of your day to hear what Dr. Alyssa Dweck and Geri are discussing.

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The Mistakes Most Doctors Are Making When It Comes To Chronic Illnesses

If Dr. Don Colbert practiced medicine in the New York area, instead of in Orlando, FL, I’d make him my primary physician. Unlike doctors who often dash off prescriptions for drugs to “treat” chronic diseases, Dr. Colbert maintains that simple changes in our daily diet, combined with the proper dietary supplements, can help dramatically improve these long-term conditions. 

To be clear, 59-year-old Dr. Colbert isn’t against all medication. He prescribes antibiotics for patients with pneumonia, or medication to decrease the inflammation for someone with “crippling rheumatoid arthritis.” But given that 133 million Americans (45% of the population) are being treated for at least one chronic disease, Dr. Colbert asserts that “we simply cannot continue to slap a bandage on our rising health epidemic, and we must address wounds from the inside out in order to truly fix America’s underlying chronic health issues.”

The New York Times best-selling author of books including What You Don’t Know May Be Killing You and The Seven Pillars of Health, Dr. Colbert’s new book, Let Food Be Your Medicine, Dietary Changes Proven To Prevent Or Reverse Disease, examines our most common health issues and offers us “a better understanding of what to eat and what not to eat,” so we will know how our choices affect issues such as cardiovascular disease, weight loss, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

“Chronic diseases continue to be responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. every year,” according to the press release that was tucked into my gift copy of Dr. Colbert’s new book. Medications clearly are not addressing the root of the problem. The good doctor believes he has the solution to “increase our chances for longevity by changing the foods that we eat.”

I accepted an invitation to interview Dr. Colbert because I have become alarmed by how quick my and my friends’ doctors prescribe medications when they see spikes in blood pressure, LDL (bad cholesterol), glucose, and more.

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How Do YOU Want To Look?


So read the headline of an ad for “older” women, in a beauty magazine I was perusing at the beauty salon. A photo of a nice-looking woman accompanied the quote. She appeared to be in her late 40s, maybe early 50s.

How does feeling “young” feel? Do you want to skip rope or play hopscotch? Wear your hair in pigtails or a ponytail? Make out with a cute guy at work? Drink yourself silly? (more…)

Battle Your Bladder Issues Naturally

I made the mistake of taking Rigby out for a walk recently without first peeing, so by the time I arrived back home, I couldn’t even make it to the bathroom on time.

At least I wasn’t in the middle of Fifth Avenue! While I may be in the minority of women who admit to having bladder issues, I recently learned that half of all women in the U.S. will experience some type of bladder frustration in their lifetimes, according to the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality. And this can affect a woman’s physical, psychological and social well-being.


In my case, weight gain, menopause, aging, and the hysterectomy I had at 44, all contributed to creating my urinary urgency. “Many women speak of being constantly confronted with their bladder issues, from getting up every hour during the night to use the bathroom, to having anxiety when leaving home because they constantly worry about finding a restroom in time,” says Nicole Bourdeau, Brand Manager at i-Health. (more…)

[Flab Over Fifty] My Belly: 1988 V. 2015


This photo was taken in the summer of 1988, when I was 41 years old, and weighed about 129 pounds.

My 69-year-old father had died a few months before, and I had lost 50 pounds on a liquid-protein diet which I began around the first of the year.  I remember feeling pretty darn good about my body, although it was a confusing time in my life.

Enough psychology. My 40-year-old belly was a far cry from my belly of today. Although I will never weigh 129 pounds again, and my belly will never be as flat, I have a ways to go before I’ll  be satisfied with the shape it’s in. Back then, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other potential maladies weren’t on my radar screen. Today, I know that excess weight can be an enemy, and I am determined to get rid of it.   (more…)

[Flab Over Fifty] My Journey, Inch By Inch By Inch

My belly, at its widest, currently measures 43”, which is 2.5” smaller than it was five weeks ago, when I started my battle against the belly. If I can lose 2.5” every five weeks, I should reach my goal of 36” in about four months. It’s definitely not a speedy process, but there’s no other way to achieve my mission, except to continue exercising and eating well.BEFORE

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[Flab Over Fifty] My Belly Fat Is Driving Me Crazy. Is Yours?

For those of you just joining us, this is the second installment of an ongoing “journal” I’m keeping on my program to eat right, stay in shape, and reduce my belly! It will please me if I can inspire even one other women to be a belly buster. Catch up by reading last week’s entry.


I’m three weeks into my belly-busting regimen, and more (or less) over my continual craving for carbs. I say more or less because it’s pretty hard for me to go totally carb-less. So although I haven’t had a bite of bread, a cookie crumb, or a strand of spaghetti (from David’s plate) in 21 days, I’ve had a few teaspoons of jam, straight from the jar (George Costanza would definitely accuse me of “double dipping), and a couple of clementines.

I’m eating roast chicken; fish like salmon and tuna tartare; salads with balsamic vinegar and olive oil; homemade vegetable soups like broccoli and squash (made in a Vitamix without butter, milk or cream), and coffee with heavy cream (won’t ever deny myself heavy cream in my coffee).