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Young Living Receives Several Accolades for Innovating the Future of Work – WFMZ Allentown

LEHI, Utah, Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Young Living, the global leader in essential oils, today announced recent award honors that highlight the company's efforts in championing the employee experience. The company is recognized for its dedication in addressing its employees' ever-changing needs, especially as work dramatically shifts due to the coronavirus.

Details of the awards include:

At the beginning of the pandemic, Young Living was one of the first Utah-based companies to implement a work-from-home policy that transitioned 95% of the company's employees to work remotely until the end of the year. Overall, the company saw positive results evidenced by the 25% increase in productivity within the IT department and the 13% increase within sales.

The remote transition plan included a multipronged approach that addressed the physical and mental health of all employees during the global crisis. Initiatives included the following:

"Shifting a company of this size to remote work was a massive undertaking that was masterfully met by our human resources department," said Shante Schroeder, vice president of brand marketing. "These awards are indicative of the incredible team and leadership we have at Young Living that worked tirelessly to make sure that the employees' diverse needs were being addressed during such a critical time."

About Young Living Essential OilsYoung Living Essential Oils, LC, based in Lehi, Utah, is the world leader in essential oils, offering the highest quality oil-infused products available. Young Living takes its industry leadership seriously, setting the standard with its proprietary Seed to Seal quality commitment, which involves three critical pillars: Sourcing, Science, and Standards. These guiding principles help Young Living protect the planet and provide pure, authentic products that its members can feel confident about using and sharing with friends and family. Young Living's productswhich all come from corporate-owned farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliersnot only support a healthy lifestyle but also provide opportunities for over 6 million global members to find a sense of purpose and whole-life wellness by aligning their work with their values and passions. For more information, visit, follow @youngliving on Instagram, or like us on Facebook.

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The Anti-Aging Medicine market to project Exorbitant Growth between 2018 and 2026 – The Daily Chronicle

Longer life-expectancy is a cumulative effect of a healthy lifestyle and favorable environmental conditions. A trend of continuously increasing life expectancy has been a witness since a decade, primarily because of advances in medical sciences and treatment of chronic life-threatening diseases, availability of clean water and environment and other factors. This trend is projected to further show even more exponential growth graph owing to the anti-aging medicines, stem cell therapeutics, genetic screening and interventions, and high-tech biomedicines. American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine claimed that anti-aging medicines can add up to 10-20 years to the life expectancy of a human. Today, a combination of calorie-restricted diet, regular exercise, and anti-aging medicines are claimed to slow the process of senescence and aging. Various medicines used against the treatment of acute or chronic diseases can be considered as anti-aging medicines, however, to define anti-aging medicine market we have considered only the drugs that are directly prescribed and used for delaying the effects of aging.

The constantly growing demand to look young in old individuals and to remain young and youthful in young people drive the anti-aging market. The influence of aesthetics from the fashion and television industry propel the demand to retain the features and energy of younger age in old people. Additionally, the increasing number of anti-aging medicine manufacturers in the decade contribute to higher availability of the anti-aging medicine resulting in expansion of the global anti-aging medicine market. However, skeptical approach to anti-aging medicine as being an external stimulator of cell-cycles is a restraint to the expansion of anti-aging medicine market.

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The rising demand for beauty consciousness amongst people and the desire to stay young is the primary factor fueling the growth of anti-aging medicines in the market. The acclaimed benefits of the products and affordability along with regional presence compel the demand for anti-aging medicine in the global market. Hormonal replacement therapy segment in product type is expected to account maximum market share in the terms of revenue in the global anti-aging medicine market. However, antioxidant therapy segment in product type is expected to grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast years owing to the rising awareness about the plethora of benefits of antioxidants in anti-aging among the public. On the basis of the route of administration, the global anti-aging medicine market is segmented as oral, injectable and topical, out of which oral segment is expected to generate maximum revenue share over the forecast period. As per the distribution channel, the global anti-aging medicine market is segmented as hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, e-commerce, and drug stores. The e-commerce segment in the distribution channel is estimated to grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast time.

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Regionally, the global anti-aging medicine market is segmented into five key regions viz. North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. North America anti-aging medicine market is projected to account for the largest market share in the terms of revenue in the global anti-aging medicine market owing to the higher healthcare expenditure and presence of numerous manufacturers. Europe is expected to hold the second largest share in the global anti-aging medicine market during the forecast period because of the growing geriatric population and higher spending on healthcare products and supplements. MEA anti-aging medicine market is expected to witness sluggish growth over the forecast time owing to the limited presence of manufacturers and lower healthcare expenditure. Asia Pacific is projected to grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast years in the global anti-aging medicine market due to higher demand from end users and regional penetration of the key players in the region.

Some of the players operating in the global anti-aging medicine market are Pfizer, Evolution GmbH, Himalaya Global Holdings Ltd., Cipla Limited, Mylan Laboratories, Novartis, Merck Group, Vitabiotics, William Ransom & Son Holdings Plc, Uni-Vite Healthcare and Health Made Easy Limited amongst others.

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Can You Really Get the Anti-Aging, Glowing Skin Benefits of Retinol Without Irritation? – Fashionista

Naturopathica's Retinol Collection.

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The benefits of retinol the umbrella name for vitamin A-derived ingredients common in skin care have been well documented. Experts like estheticians and dermatologists have been recommending it (and using it themselves) for years, touting its firming, wrinkle-smoothing, skin-restoring, results-focused properties. When it comes to skin-care ingredients that really, truly work, retinol is right up there at the top of the list.

But there are also some pretty well-known downsides to using retinol: It's been known to create issues for those with dry, sensitive or redness-prone skin, making their complexions even more dry, sensitive or red. And the real key to getting retinol to work its magic is to actually use it, and use it regularly. So is it possible to find a retinol that will deliver all of the upsides without the downsides? Are there formulas so effective, yet so gentle, you'll actually want to use them as part of your regular skin-care routine? That's precisely what Naturopathica set out to create with its new Retinol Collection.

"Many people haven't had access to retinol because it wasn't in clean formulas and wasn't suitable for sensitive skin," explains Naturopathica Founder Barbara Close. "We developed these formulas so that retinol can do its job, without causing irritation." The Retinol Collection is innovative not just because of its breakthroughs in non-irritating retinol, but also because it incorporates luxurious, clean formulas like a night oil spiked with holy basil, a passion fruit-infused eye serum and a lightweight gel-cream that's deeply hydrating, but not heavy. To find out more about what sets these products apart from other retinols, Fashionista chatted with Close, who also let us in on what went into creating the Ageless line, which ingredients she's most excited about and why it's absolutely possible to deliver retinol formulas that are suitable for sensitive skin. Read on for the highlights.

What kind of gap was there in the skin-care market (and specifically, anti-aging market) that Naturopathica wanted to fill with the retinol collection?

Retinol is the strongest over-the-counter ingredient for skin renewal, but clean brands often choose not to use it because it causes irritation. That is where a gap in the market exists. The botanicals that we've chosen soothe and calm the skin, even as the retinol is working. That's why the collection is revolutionary: We're able to target and repair even the most delicate parts of the skin, like the eye area.

Can you share a bit about each product?

The Holy Basil & Retinol Ageless Night Oilis the perfect antidote to tired, aging skin. It features a 1% retinoid blend, with holy basil andbakuchiol. Holy basilis a powerful, adaptogenic herb that helps to increase the skin's resilience to stress. It's part of a bundle of ingredients that helps to halt sensitivity at the source.

Our weightlessPassion Fruit & Retinol Ageless Eye Serumincorporates passion fruit, which is rich in antioxidants that reinforce the skin against free-radical damage, allowing for retinolrenewal without stress on the delicate eye area.

For added hydration, theArgan & Retinol Advanced Wrinkle Remedy Night Gel Creamis fortified with argan cells to help renew and firm the skin, giving retinol a complementary boost.

What are some of the key ingredients operating in these products that you're most excited about?

Definitely our new, proprietary retinol, which is clean of petrochemicals and contaminants for results without irritation. It's delivered with desensitizing and performance-boosting botanicals for astonishingly gentle and highly effective results.

I'm also a big fan of holy basil, also known as tulsi, which is an adaptogenic herb that helps to reduce signs of skin stress for a smoother, more even-toned complexion. It allows retinol to work more efficiently, without sensitivity.

Bakuchiol, derived from babchi, is an antioxidant-rich, skin-nourishing agent and retinol-boosting companion that helps to promote an even complexion for brighter, more radiant skin.

Then there are peptides, which are specifically designed for the eye area, so they're targeted to improve the appearance of the eye contour by minimizing puffiness and dark circles.

What exactly makes Naturopathica's retinol products less irritating?

We start with a proprietary, clean retinol, sourced free of petrochemicals and contaminants to minimize irritation at the source. Then, we layer in rare and highly effective herbs to boost skin health, with nourishing base materials to soothe and repair. The combination is clinically proven to deliver firmer, smoother skin without irritation, based on an independent clinical study of 30 women over eight weeks which included self, expert and machine-based skin assessments.

What went into the product development and formulation process to create these products?

Our inspiration has always been rooted in the practices of traditional herbalism, which sparked my passion for skin care. In order to use retinol without harming the skin, we searched herbal medicine archives for the most effective botanicals that would perfectly complement the actives, without compromise. Holy basil, a sacred Indian herb, is recognized in Ayurvedic medicine for its soothing properties. Passion fruit, on the other hand, is a unique extract that's rarely used in skin care, but by taking a deeper look at its chemical makeup, we were able to see its unique potential for skin health.

What would you say to someone who might be nervous to try retinol because they have sensitive skin or may have had a bad reaction with past retinols?

One of the principles of Naturopathic medicine is do no harm, and we stand by this commitment every time we formulate. When developing the Retinol Collection, our mandate was to deliver dramatic skin renewal, without irritation. For those who are skeptical or unsure, we did clinical testing. Eighty-six percent of users cited 'non-irritating' among the primary product benefits. Of course, we always recommend wearing sunscreen in the daytime when using retinol overnight.

It's really unique to have retinol included in an oil formulation. What sets that product apart and why is an oil an ideal way to use retinol?

As women age, their estrogen levels decline, which impacts the production of oil in the skin. Over time, the lipid barrier is compromised and the skin feels dryer, making fine lines and wrinkles more pronounced. Our heritage is in professional aesthetics, the science of the skin. Leaning on that expertise, we designed a Facial Oil that specifically replenishes the oils we start to miss as our skin ages including base oils like anti-inflammatory oat kernel extract and jojoba oil, which mimics the skin's natural sebum. Facial oils also provide barrier protection, to lock in hydration while you sleep.

What type of results can someone expect from Naturopathica's retinol line?

The Holy Basil & Retinol Ageless Night Oil is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for more youthful-looking skin. Based on our clinicals, 94% of users reported smoother skin after four weeks of use, and 91% reported firmer skin.

The Passion Fruit & Retinol Ageless Eye Serum is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness for revitalized eyes. We found that 90% of users saw a decrease in dark circles, 86% without irritation.

Should all of the products be used together? What is the layering/application process you'd suggest for best results?

Absolutely, these products are gentle enough to layer, to boost your wrinkle-relief. But rather than overhauling your routine, allow your skin to adjust to each formula by introducing one new product at a time. Apply nightly for three to five days, then add to your regimen.

What types of testing and clinical studies did Naturopathica use to develop these products?

We validated performance with an independent clinical study conducted over eight weeks. The clinical observation included machine-based skin assessments, expert and self-assessment.

What inspired the creation of this line?

As an herbalist and product formulator, I am always seeking the best ingredients from the natural world to bring to our community. My first inspiration for a Retinol Collection came through the ingredient bakuchiol, now popular for its wrinkle-fighting results. After diving into the research on bakuchiol years ago, I knew that there could be a pathway to clean retinol. The complementary relationship between synthetic retinol and plant-based bakuchiol is astonishing. By combining them, we were able to protect and repair the skin with unprecedented efficacy and without harm. This partnership laid the foundation of our new, clean cosmeceuticals.

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Donkey Milk: Benefits, Uses, and Downsides – Healthline

Donkey milk may sound like a trendy newcomer to the milk market, but in reality, it has been around for thousands of years.

It has become popular again recently, especially in parts of Europe, appealing both to adventurous foodies who want to try new foods and beverages, as well as those who aim to eat natural foods with health benefits.

This article looks into the benefits, uses, and downsides of donkey milk.

Donkeys belong to the Equidae family, which also includes horses and zebras. Various breeds of domesticated donkeys live all over the world, and like many other mammals, female donkeys, known as jennies, have been raised for thousands of years for their milk (1).

Donkey milk has a long history of medicinal and cosmetic uses. Hippocrates reportedly used it as a treatment for arthritis, coughs, and wounds. Cleopatra is said to have maintained her soft, smooth skin with donkey milk baths (2).

It has antimicrobial properties and is used as a folk medicine treatment for infections, including whooping cough, as well as viruses in parts of Africa and India (2).

Compared with milk from other dairy animals like cows, goats, sheep, buffalo, and camels, donkey milk most closely resembles human breast milk. In fact, it was first used in the 19th century to feed orphaned infants (3).

Donkey farming is becoming more popular. However, most farms are small with 530 milking jennies. Each produces only about 4 cups (1 liter) of milk per day. Thus, the milk is somewhat hard to find and considered a specialty item (1, 4, 5).

Raw donkey milk is usually sold at farms where donkeys are raised. In the United States, federal law prohibits the transportation of raw milk across state lines. Some larger farms may sell pasteurized donkey milk (5, 6).

Its more widely available as freeze-dried powdered milk and an ingredient in some European-imported chocolate bars. In Italy, where its especially popular, donkey milk is used in some infant formulas and as a medical food (4, 7).

Although it might seem like a new trend, people have been drinking donkey milk for thousands of years. Its somewhat hard to find unless you live near a donkey farm, but you can purchase powdered donkey milk from some manufacturers.

Nutritionally, donkey milk is very similar to human breast and cows milk. It provides vitamins and minerals along with protein (2, 8).

Its lower in fat, and thus calories, and has more vitamin D than other milks. Most of the calories in donkey milk come from carbs, which are in the form of lactose (2, 8).

This chart lists the nutrition information for 3 ounces (100 mL) of donkey, human breast, and whole, vitamin-D-fortified cows milk (8, 9, 10, 11):

Most of the protein in dairy milk comes from casein and whey. Casein is the protein most people with an allergy to cows milk react to. Donkey milk is similar to human breast milk in that its low in casein and higher in whey (12).

The whey protein in donkey milk is notable for its antimicrobial properties. It contains compounds that can prevent the growth of viruses and bacteria (1, 3, 12).

In lab studies, it prevents the spread of bacteria, including Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus (1, 3, 12).

Donkey milk is low in fat and rich in carbs. The protein in donkey milk is largely whey, which has compounds that can help prevent the growth of some bacteria and viruses.

Fans of donkey milk often drink it for its health benefits, which go beyond its nutritional content. In particular, it has gained a lot of attention as an allergen-friendly and immune-boosting food.

Compared with the protein in cows milk, which has about five times more casein than whey, the protein in donkey milk has roughly equal parts casein and whey (12).

Given its significantly lower casein content, many people with a cows milk protein allergy can tolerate donkey milk, as they find that donkey milk doesnt cause an allergic response (12).

That can be a plus for anyone whos allergic to cows milk but may benefit from the protein and other nutrients that dairy milk provides.

An Italian study in 81 children with an allergy to cows milk found that all were able to drink donkey milk with no negative reaction. Swapping donkey milk allowed for regular weight and height gains (13).

Still, if you have a known allergy, check with your healthcare provider before trying donkey milk. While donkey milk contains less casein than cows milk, even a trace amount of casein can cause anaphylaxis in some people.

Another important component of donkey milk is lactose. It helps your body absorb calcium, which is important for strong bones (12, 14).

Other compounds in the milk may support a healthier immune system. A lab study showed that donkey milk has the ability to promote the release of cytokines, which are proteins that stimulate the immune system (14).

That same study found that donkey milk also causes cells to produce nitric oxide, a compound that helps dilate blood vessels. Nitric oxide can improve blood flow to your blood vessels, which in turn reduces your blood pressure (14).

Donkey milk may be a suitable dairy substitute for people with a cows milk protein allergy, although it still contains casein and lactose. In addition, it might offer other benefits, including supporting a healthier immune system and reducing blood pressure.

The biggest downside of donkey milk is its price and availability. Because both the number and size of donkey dairy farms are limited, its expensive to produce and sell and thus hard to come by.

Europe has some larger manufacturers who sell the milk in powdered form, but it can be expensive to ship overseas.

The price of donkey milk, along with its low casein content, also make it very expensive and difficult to use for cheesemaking.

Another potential downside is that most small farms only sell raw donkey milk, and drinking unpasteurized milk carries a risk of foodborne illness.

Although donkey milk has antimicrobial properties, and tests usually find it to be free of harmful pathogens, theres always a risk that raw milk contains bacteria or other harmful toxins (7).

That can be dangerous if fed to infants, older adults, or anyone with a compromised immune system.

If you want to try donkey milk in liquid or powder form, look for one that has been pasteurized. Alternatively, heat the raw milk to at least 161F (72C) for 15 seconds before drinking it to kill any pathogens (15).

Finally, if you have lactose intolerance and experience symptoms like gas, bloating, and diarrhea after drinking milk, donkey milk will likely cause these same symptoms due to its lactose content.

Thus, people with lactose intolerance should avoid or limit donkey milk. Alternatively, you can use a lactase enzyme to break down the lactose before drinking it.

Donkey milk is in limited supply and can be expensive. You should also be aware that if you drink raw donkey milk, theres a risk of foodborne illness, which is especially a concern for infants or anyone with a compromised immune system.

Donkey milk is more than a food item. Its just as well known for its use as an ingredient in cosmetics. In fact, youll probably have much better luck finding donkey milk skin moisturizers and soaps than donkey milk beverages.

The proteins in donkey milk have the ability to attract and hold water, which makes it an excellent moisturizer (4).

Some of the proteins in donkey milk also function as antioxidants. They help protect cells from oxidative damage, including that caused by sun exposure, thus providing anti-aging benefits (4).

Cosmetic products that may have donkey milk as a major ingredient include skin creams, face masks, soaps, and shampoos.

One of the most common uses for donkey milk is as an ingredient in anti-aging cosmetics. It has moisturizing and antioxidant properties to protect your skin, face, and hair.

Donkey milk may sound like a new fad, but it has been used since ancient Greek and Roman times as a health-promoting beverage and skin-moisturizing cosmetic treatment.

Its especially appealing to those with a cows milk protein allergy who can tolerate its low casein content.

However, note that it still contains a fair amount of lactose and may be unsuitable for people with lactose intolerance.

The milk also contains compounds that may strengthen your immune system and inhibit the growth of bacteria, viruses, and other infections.

Donkey milk is expensive and may be hard to find as a beverage, but you can still take advantage of its cosmetic benefits. Its easy to find moisturizing creams, soaps, and shampoos made with donkey milk.

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Longevity app calculates your life expectancy but will it make us healthier? – The Conversation UK

Would knowing the date of your death influence your actions? It did for Tiberius Caesar. Convinced by the court astrologer Thrasyllus that he had many years of life ahead of him, the paranoid old emperor chose to postpone the murder of his heir Caligula.

But by believing Thrasylluss prediction and letting his guard down, Tiberius inadvertently gave Caligula enough time to poison him first. The rest, as they say, is history which Thrasyllus had altered by deliberately overestimating his employers life expectancy.

While many of us are unlikely to find ourselves in Caesars position, knowing how many years we have left may influence many aspects of our life including when to retire, whether to take a long-awaited vacation, and even whether to opt for certain medical treatments.

My Longevity, a newly developed app from researchers at the University of East Anglia, now allows each of us to be our own life expectancy astrologer. But how much trust should we place in these predictions?

Simply put, life expectancy is how long, on average, members of any given population can expect to life. This is different from lifespan, which is the maximum length of time any member of the species can survive.

Although lifespan has changed very little if at all global life expectancy has soared by more than 40 years since the beginning of the 20th century. This was achieved through a combination of scientific discoveries and public health measures that drove down infant mortality. In the UK, life expectancy at birth is now over 80 years.

Life expectancy depends a lot on where you grow up or live. So the more a disparate population can be broken down into sub-populations who have traits in common but which are still large enough to be statistically significant the more accurate predictions become. Doing this might involve subdividing the population by sex (on average females live longer than males) or smoking status (for obvious reasons) or both.

The team of researchers used a sophisticated version of this approach when developing their app, informed by its previous research. This allows its app to factor in the life expectancy effects of controlled and uncontrolled high blood pressure, the presence of related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease or rheumatoid arthritis, ongoing treatment with statins, and serious risk factors, such as high cholesterol.

Developing the app has involved dealing with some problems along the way in estimating potential health benefits for the overall population based on those seen in clinical trials. This is because discrepancies exist between trial subjects and populations for a number of reasons but usually they are cases of what is known as tight segmentation working against you.

For example, a clinical trial of the effects of orange juice in sailors with scurvy will show profound benefits because they are a tight segment with vitamin C deficiency. But anyone expecting to see the same beneficial effects on health from prescribing orange juice to everyone taking a boat trip today is going to be deeply disappointed.

How seriously you should treat the predictions from an app of this type is basically a function of how accurately it reflects the sub-population into which you best fit. I compared my life expectancy prediction from My Longevity with calculators provided by the UK Office for National Statistics and those of two insurance companies. The predictions varied from 84-90 years. As Im 54, this may not have been a completely fair test of My Longevity because the data the team has used makes the app most accurate for the over 60s.

The major reason life expectancy calculators spit out such different figures is because there are a wide range of factors influencing the results. Being married increases your life expectancy compared to being single, as does being happy. In addition to smoking, levels of fruit and vegetable intake influence life expectancy. Perhaps unsurprisingly, levels of alcohol consumption and exercise make a profound difference to life expectancy. These are concrete lifestyle changes people can make which can add years to their lives.

The East Anglia research team hopes that access to its calculator will encourage users to adopt healthier lifestyles. Although there is some evidence that framing behaviours in terms of their effects on life expectancy is an effective way of encouraging people to embrace healthier lifestyles, superficial discussions of health and longevity often assume that everyone will seek to maximise life expectancy if only they are fed enough of the facts about it.

However, human motivation is emotional and intuitive at its core and is shaped by what a person most values in life. Propositions that accord with a persons values are typically supported. Those that dont are either ignored or rejected.

Another common mistake made by those promoting behaviour change is to assume their own dominant values are shared by the people they want to adopt the behaviour in question. This approach will only convince people who already think and feel like them. But the more developers of such apps recognise that users will only adopt certain behaviours according to their values and beliefs, the more useful these apps will be.

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USMS’s 50th Anniversary: Expanding the Age Range | US Masters Swimming – U.S. Masters Swimming

Over the years, certain contentious issues have vexed the leadership and tested the ability of U.S. Masters Swimming to grow and develop. One of the most debated of these issues to hit the House of Delegates floor was the simple question of how old swimmers needed to be to participate in Masters Swimming.

For the first two decades or so of USMSs existence, swimmers had to be at least 25 to become members. Adult swimming, it seemed, was something you couldnt do until years after you were legally allowed to have a drink or cast a vote in an election. And a lot of that goes back to how swimmings international governing body, FINA, was set up.

FINAs official rules for Masters swimming do not extend to cover swimmers under the age of 25. USMS was in step with this until the mid-1980s when some folks began advocating for adding a younger age group. This faction wanted to see that change made so that the organization could be more inclusive and reach a segment of the swimming population that didnt have other options for swimming.

But simply adding an age group turned out to be a lot more difficult than we might expect looking back now.

We had huge arguments over this, says Tom Boak, a longtime member of the Woodland Masters Swim Club in Texas who also served as USMSs president from 1981 through 1985. One segment of the USMS leadership believed that because FINA didnt recognize swimmers younger than 25, USMS simply couldnt have swimmers younger than 25 involved either.

There was another faction that said, Thats crazy. We have all these people out here, we need to service this group, Boak recalls. The huge gap between collegiate swimmers leaving college and when they can start swimming with Masters made no sense.

To help address this issue, Boak recalls that proposals were floated starting in the mid-1980s, but it was an uphill battle to get it passed.

Nancy Ridout, longtime Masters swimmer and volunteer who served as president of the organization from 1997 to 2001, remembers the anti-younger age group faction really used scare tactics to try to sway more people to their side.

There was a rule that prohibited amateur swimmers from being tainted by professionals, Ridout says. The rule stated that an amateur swimmer couldnt swim in a pool or a meet or competition with a professional. Because Masters were considered professional, they figured that if college kids came home for the summer and wanted to work out, and the best place to do that was with a Masters group, they would forfeit their opportunity to swim in college or in the Olympics. They were afraid that leadership within FINA would not look kindly on this and it would jeopardize our American swimmers on the world and collegiate stages.

After much lobbying on both sides, a final vote was held at USMSs annual meeting in 1990. It was such a contentious issue and such a close vote that we counted the votes like five different times and every time it came out different, Boak says.

To break the stalemate and arrive at an accurate count, we had to actually physically divide the House of Delegates at the annual meeting, Boak recalls. Everybody in the House of Delegates had to stand up from their chairs and move to one side or the other of the room so that we could count the votes.

On that final vote, the proposal to add a 19- to 24-year-old age group passed by two votes, which is unbelievable, he says.

Looking back now, Boak says the opposition to adding the younger swimmers was totally illogical. But it was a hot-button issue that required a lot of time and effort to work through. In the end, however, that decision was monumental in terms of what Masters Swimming became.

The addition of the younger age group meant there would be no gap at all for someone who wanted to continue swimming after they got out of high school or college, and it helped increase USMSs membership numbers. With the more recent addition of College Club Swimming as a USMS program, the ranks of younger USMS members continue to grow.

In 2002, the age at which a swimmer could register with USMS was again loweredto 18but these 18-year-olds would have to wait until age 19 to compete. That rule was changed in 2005 when 18-year-olds were granted permission to register and compete just like any other adult.

At the other end of the age spectrum, it appears human longevity may be the only limiting factor in how many age groups get added. In 1989, the 9094 age group was added. Although FINA still doesnt recognize Masters swimmers younger than 25, it defines Masters age groups in five-year increments starting at age 25 and going as high as necessary. The organization spells out age groups through 9094 in its rule book.

USMSs rule book lists out all age groups running from 1824 right up though 100104 and includes a provision for additional five-year age groups to be added as high as is necessary. As humans continue to find ways of living longer and healthier, look for additional defined age groups to be added in the future.

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Award-winning Austrian supplement containing "spermidine" is now available to consumers in the US – PRNewswire

Until recently, fasting has been considered the most efficient method to trigger the critical cellular renewal process, called "autophagy;" however, European aging scientists have discovered that autophagy is also triggered through a substance found in the human body, called spermidine. As the body ages, spermidine levels decrease, along with the self-renewing power of its cells. In search of a way to offset the effects of decreasing spermidine levels, Longevity Labs developed a method to isolate spermidine from plants (wheat germ) and to make it available to humans as a dietary supplement - spermidineLIFE.

TLL The Longevity Labs GmbH ("TLL") launched its first flagship product, spermidineLIFE in the EU 2019, bringing the first commercially available, safety-tested, lab-verified, spermidine-rich supplement to the global market. Quickly becoming a phenomenon in Austria and Germany, in September 2020, TLL has begun distribution of spermidineLIFE in the United States, through its subsidiary, Longevity Labs Inc., via its US website at

"We began with a common vision to support healthy aging. Spermidine was completely unknown in Austria but the scientific research, quality of our product and its effectiveness convinced the public.spermidineLIFE was voted one of the top 3 OTC product innovations in Austria in 2019 and interest has only continued to grow worldwide," says Vedran Bijelac, CEO of Longevity Labs Inc and Director of Sales and Marketing of TLL.

"We are proud to be the first scientifically tested and naturally-extracted spermidine supplement," says Daniel Dietz, COO of Longevity Labs Inc. "Not only do we want to present the health benefits of spermidine to the American population, we also want to find additional research partners. We are already working with more than 10 research institutions in Europe but the opportunity to work with top US scientists is very exciting."

spermidineLIFE is naturally extracted from European non-GMO wheat germ using TLL's proprietary extraction process in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria. spermidineLIFE is lab-tested to ensure consistently rich spermidine content and has been tested for safety and tolerability in humans.

spermidineLIFE is available to consumers via its website via a monthly subscription model starting at $99. The supplement will also be available for one or more monthly package orders starting at $109. Wholesale pricing is available for practitioners.

For additional information or questions, please contact [emailprotected].

For more information about spermidineLIFE or to place an order, please visit

About TLL The Longevity Labs, GmbHTLL The Longevity Labs, GmbH is based in Graz, Austria. With the goal of translating scientific findings into natural solutions for a longer and healthier life, TLL worked with european university research partners to develop its novel product spermidineLIFE, with EU sales launching in 2019 and expanding worldwide. TLL continues to perform best-in-class research on life-extending products and services to bring to the global marketplace. For more information, visit or States).

No governmental agency has reviewed, approved or disapproved the content of this news release.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Patience to Pay Off in Japan for a Loyal Aide – Bloomberg

Yoshihide Suga is patient. The longest-serving chief cabinet secretary in Japanese history, hes been a loyal aide in Prime Minister Shinzo Abes government, managing his public messaging and smoothing over internal quarrels.

Eight years on, hes widely expectedto take over from Abe, who is stepping down for health reasons, with the ruling party picking a new leader on Monday.

Abes time in office provided a period of stability after years of leadership turnover, including his own previous, and brief, premiership in 2006-2007.

The son of farmers, Suga worked his way up through the party machinery, honing his negotiating tactics. Hes played an instrumental role in Abenomics, the premiers marquee economic policy.

As such, Suga is unlikely to substantially change direction. Hes being touted as a continuity candidate who will hew to Abes policies.

On some issues he may push less hard. Abe comes from a family of politicians, including his paternal grandfather and father. His maternal grandfather was prime minister. His hopes of rewriting Japans pacifist constitution were deeply personal. For Suga less so.

But he would still have to manage relationships with the U.S., China, Russia and South Korea. On foreign policy hes largely untested. There are tensions with Beijing and Seoul, especially over Japans wartime past. Suga would need to engage with whoever wins the U.S. election, including on trade.

And its unclear if, at 71, hes seen as a bridging premier, or someone with longevity. With the economy struggling under the pandemic, and structural problems with an aging society and dwindling labor force, Japan can ill-afford a return to leadership uncertainty.

Abegestures atSuga during a news conference in Tokyo on May 4.

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High stakes | India and China pledged to de-escalate tensions along their disputed Himalayan border after their foreign ministers met yesterdayfor the first time since May, when the stand-off began. The nations have been increasing troop strength along the 3,488-kilometer Line of Actual Control for months and this week the first shots were fired since 1975 an indication multiple rounds of talks have done little to lower the temperature.

Election strategy | With opposition leader Alexey Navalny hit by a near-fatal poisoning, President Vladimir Putin faces a key test of support in Russian regional elections starting today. The three-day ballot, a prelude to 2021 parliamentary elections, is also a showcase for a smart voting campaign promoted by Navalny before he fell ill. It encourages voters in individual areas to back the politician most likely to defeat the ruling United Russia partys candidate.

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And finally ... The newest Covid-19 vaccine candidate to start human testing is the first where volunteers wont get a painful injection. Instead, theyll receive a spray through the nose. The Chinese-made vaccine joins about 35 other candidates currently in human testing, as the global race to be first with an effective weapon against the deadly pathogen intensifies. Some scientists hope a vaccine that gets sprayed through the nose may have a better chance of stopping the spread of the virus through respiratory tracts.

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The Three Main Benefits of Ecotourism and How to Promote It – TravelPulse

Although traveling to new places and experiencing new adventures is a great way to see the world, it is no secret that there are negative environmental effects of mass tourism. As you begin to think about your next vacation, perhaps look into a lower-impact alternative to mass tourism, which is ecotourism.

Ecotourism is a carefully curated way to see fragile, undisturbed natural areas of nature. By partaking in ecotourism and helping to conserve parts of nature and wildlife, you have the opportunity to witness magnificent, once in a lifetime nature scenes up close and personal.

In efforts to push a safer, more eco-friendly mode of tourism, here are some of the benefits of seeing unique, and oftentimes threatened, natural environments through ecotourism.


One of the great perks of taking an ecotourism-focused adventure is that you are exposed to new, less popular aspects of nature. Although traveling to incredibly popular sight-seeing destinations and visiting highly-visible attractions or monuments is exciting, there is so much else to see and explore.

Through ecotourism, you have the chance to see some of the most unique environments and view nature closer than ever. These types of excursions are much more exciting than viewing animals at your local zoo.

You may be able to see wildlife up close and within their wild, natural habitat, which isnt something you are able to experience every day. Ecotourism takes you along vast seascapes, wildlife habitats, and more, to view nature through an environmentally low-impact medium. With that being said, not only do you get to see nature from a new lens, but you also help to conserve many of the animals and habitats that are threatened or unprotected.

One example of ecotourism that aims to expose travelers to an abundance of magic is by experiencing bioluminescence. During the warmer months on the east coast of the U.S., there are many opportunities to see majestic sea life. On the shores of Florida, bioluminescent sea life lights up the dark water, exposing you to a once in a lifetime view of a glowing ocean.

Bioluminescence is a chemical process that permits living sea life to create light within their bodies. When the water is obstructed through wave creation or splashing from humans, the seawater begins to glow bright neon blue. This type of interactive experience exposes you to a side of nature that you may not otherwise get to witness.

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As you partake in ecotourism excursions, you can also receive an abundance of information educating you on topics pertaining to that areas wildlife and natural environments. For instance, you will see nature as it currently stands, as well as learn vital information on how to properly interact with wildlife and preserve these ecosystems.

Observing animals within a zoo environment does not always provide accurate insight into an animals daily life. Much of the animal culture within zoos are artificial. For instance, arctic penguin exhibits are usually not in climate-controlled areas where you can see them play on glaciers. Although zoos do a heap of good by protecting endangered animals, many animals endure stress from not being in the wild or having ample social interactions with other members of their species.

This takes away from witnessing authentic animal behavior within nature. By partaking in ecotourism, you can view animals that havent been displaced and also gather greater insight on how various species have become endangered, as well as how you can help.

As you travel, there is nothing like witnessing animals within their own wild environments where they are fully immersed in their own culture. Through these eco-tourism excursions, you are invited to submerge yourself within an animals environment and experience a small part of their daily lives.


By interacting with a natural environment through an ecotourism lens, you have the opportunity to leave it better than you found it. As a viewer and wildlife lover, ecotourism provides you with an outlet to minimize the negative impacts of tourism on these natural environments and protect what is left.

For example, you can transition from merely observing to positively interacting with these environments through participatory cleanup.

Alongside the provided education about how to conserve these environments, participatory cleanup is a great way to interact with nature on a personal level, all while ensuring that this environment and its wildlife can thrive. This can be demonstrated by cleaning up trash off the beaches and out of the ocean in efforts to prevent wildlife from dying as a result of human impact.

This acts as a way to protect species who oftentimes cannot differentiate between what is food and what is a plastic straw. By witnessing the impacts of humans on the environment while being in a proper wildlife setting, you can gather a comprehensive perspective and push to protect these habitats with proper knowledge and understanding.

Through exposure and education, we can work to protect wildlife spaces and ensure a better future for wildlife and their respective environments.

Human impact plays a large role in the longevity of the lifespans of wild animals and with your help, you can decrease the negative impacts and allow for a higher quality of life for these animals. As you begin to plan your next excursion, perhaps consider these benefits to ecotourism and push to protect the wildlife of that area. Take this opportunity to educate yourself, and your loved ones, on the many ways that animal harm can be prevented and how we can best conserve these natural areas.

Josh Myers is the owner of Florida Adventurer, a bioluminescence kayaking company. Josh is extremely passionate about ecotourism and the wildlife he interacts with on a daily basis. In order to further educate tourists around ecotourism, Josh ensures that each individual on his tours understands why and how to protect the indigenous animals that they encounter and how to conserve the natural area where he operates.

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Nutrition and the Wisdom of Ethnic Cuisine: A Japanese Doctor’s Perspective –

When it comes to healthy eating, one size does not fit all. Japanese cooking, with its emphasis on rice, fish, and vegetables, may not be the best diet for everyone, but it is marvelously suited to the physiology of the Japanese, writes physician and writer Okuda Masako.

The popularity of Japanese cuisine has soared in recent decades, and one reason is undoubtedly its healthful image. The average lifespan of the Japanese people climbed rapidly after World War II. By around 1980, Japan had the highest life expectancy of any country in the world, and it still ranks near the top. (The worlds oldest living person is also a Japanese woman.) Amid a slew of investigations into the secrets of Japanese longevity, attention quickly centered on the benefits of washoku, traditional Japanese cooking.

My research and experience have taught me that the optimal diet depends on a variety of hereditary and environmental factors. But there is no denying that washoku has contributed to the health and longevity of the Japanese people. Let us begin by examining how.

In terms of health and long life, the biggest physiological factor the Japanese have going for them is a low risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis occurs when fats and other substances build up along the walls of arteries, restricting or even blocking blood flow. In the brain, such a blockage is known as a cerebral infarction (stroke); in the heart, it is called a myocardial infarction (heart attack). The incidence of myocardial infarction in Japan is among the lowest in the world.

Scientists believe that both genetics and diet play a role in protecting Japanese arteries. One factor is a high level of good cholesterol, or HDL (high-density lipoproteins), in the blood. In a 2008 study, Japanese HDL levels were found to be roughly 10% higher than those of white Americans on average. Another reason is that fish is a big part of the traditional Japanese diet, and fish contains EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), two polyunsaturated fatty acids that help prevent hardening of the arteries. Since ancient times, the Japanese have been eating oily fish like mackerel, sardines, yellowtail tuna, and eel, which are abundant off the coast of Japan and are rich in EPA and DHA. In a 2015 study, the average concentration of DHA in Japanese maternal milk was determined to be up to six times that found in Western countries and about twice that found in China.

A second major contributor to Japanese health is the gut microbiota, the many and varied microorganisms living in the intestinal tract. A 2016 analysis of the intestinal microbiota of subjects from 12 countries found that the Japanese had the highest counts of beneficial bifidobacteria. (Interestingly, the gut microbiome of the Chinese subjects was closer to that of the Western subjects studied.) This can probably be attributed to the high fiber content of the traditional Japanese diet, with its emphasis on grains and vegetables. Dietary fiber provides a good nutritional environment for beneficial microbes and helps cleanse the gut of the harmful substances that unhealthy bacteria produce. Since it takes a generation or more to permanently alter the gut microbiota, todays Japanese probably owe their intestinal health to the dietary habits of their parents and grandparents.

All of this might lead one to the conclusion that eating washoku will automatically make one healthier. Unfortunately, it is not quite so simple. In general, the traditional diets that developed in various parts of the world were optimally adapted to the local environment and the needs of the native population. The physiology of the native population, in return, adapted to the diet.

There are obvious physical differences between Japanese people and Westerners. But the differences go beyond hair texture and eye color. There are also disparities in musculature, body fat, and body temperature, as well as various factors that affect digestion and metabolism of alcohol: hormone and enzyme secretion, the shape of the stomach, the composition of the gut flora, and so forth. Race is not just skin-deep.

The Japanese stomach is adapted to consumption of grain.

Figure 1 illustrates the stomach shapes typically found in Japanese people on the one hand and people of Westerners extraction on the other. The differences are the result of disparities in the traditional diet.

The Japanese have long relied on rice and other grains as their dietary staple. Grains are a good source of energy, but whole grains in particular take time to digest because of their high fiber content. The Japanese stomach is vertically elongated so as to store, mix, and break down such food before it continues on into the intestines. The intestines, in turn, are rich in the kinds of bacteria that help digest and extract nutrition from starchy foods.

By contrast, the traditional European diet, with its emphasis on meat and dairy products, is considerably higher in protein and fat. Since protein and fat are digested primarily in the intestines, the food needs to move more rapidly from the stomach to the gut. The digestive system evolved to deal with these demands. For example, a large quantity of stomach acid is produced so that the stomach can process the food quickly; comparatively thicker stomach muscles then push it smoothly into the intestines.Plenty of enzymes and other fluids are secreted to aid the digestion of fat and protein inside the intestines.

It has long been known that the ability of adults to digest milk varies by ethnicity and region. The bodys capacity to digest the lactose in milk hinges on continued production of the enzyme lactase. The map in figure 2 shows the global distribution of lactose-intolerant adults in various parts of the world, with higher concentrations indicated by darker shades. While most people in the British Isles and Scandinavia digest milk easily, close to 90% of adults in Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Japan) have trouble with it.

Darker shades indicate regions with higher rates of adult lactose intolerance.

Such differences in physiology can translate into serious health problems when people adopt different diets and lifestyles. One example involves vitamin D, which is essential to bone health, among other things. Vitamin D is produced inside the body when the skin is exposed to the suns ultraviolet rays, but it can also be obtained from dietary sources like oily fish. It has been suggested that Africans, who evolved in a part of the world where year-round UV exposure is high, may be less well equipped to absorb vitamin D from dietary sources, and this may be why African Americans tend to have relatively low vitamin-D levels. Some experts have warned that African Americans need to adjust their diets to avoid health problems resulting from vitamin D insufficiency. The optimum diet for any person depends on genetic makeup, as well as lifestyle and environment.

Genetics also influences the way our bodies accumulate fat. One characteristic of the Japanese constitution is the tendency to accumulate visceral adipose tissue, or fat inside the abdominal cavity, as opposed to the subcutaneous fat that collects under the skin. Unfortunately, visceral fat is the more worrisome kind.

Cross-sections showing the distribution of abdominal fat in representative Japanese (left) and Westerners (right) subjects.

This is a fairly recent phenomenon, mind you. In earlier times, obesity was relatively rare in Japan, and the incidence of chronic diseases associated with visceral fatincluding type 2 diabetes, along with other diseases like breast cancer and colon cancerwas correspondingly low. That began to change in the 1960s to 1980s, as the Japanese diet became increasingly westernized, leading to higher fat consumption and lower intake of fiber. And with more people doing deskwork and leading sedentary lifestyles, lack of exercise contributed to the rise of obesity and the accumulation of visceral fat. The result has been a significant increase in disease, raising concerns for the future.

Extensive studies have revealed that a traditional Japanese dietlow in meat and dairy products, high in soybeans and fish, and high in fiber from grains, vegetables, and seaweedis tied to very low accumulation of visceral fat. In other words, washoku is ideally suited to the physiological traits of the Japanese people, protecting them from their innate tendency to accumulate visceral fat. Without knowing the science, our forebears managed to develop, preserve, and pass down a dietary culture perfectly adapted to our own metabolism.

Washoku has other health benefits as well. Soybeans, green and yellow vegetables, and small fish eaten whole all help to build strong bones. Lifelong consumption of soy foods also contributes to the relativelylow incidence in Japan of diabetes, breast cancer, and colon cancer, all ailments linked closely to visceral fat levels, as compared with the West

One notable weakness of the Japanese diet as it has developed in the past two or three centuries is the overwhelming preference for polished rice. For the health-conscious, I would recommend brown rice, which has seven times the dietary fiber of white rice and contains substances that help the body burn visceral fat.

In recent years, science has made considerable progress in identifying genetic differences among ethnic groups. In 2016, a Japanese team of researchers released the first Japanese reference genome panel (JRG v1), a whole-genome assembly representing the genes of a typical healthy Japanese. Comparison with the human reference genome has revealed millions of single-nucleotide differences, many of which doubtless reflect significant differences in nutrition physiology. We need to abandon the one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and consider what diet works best for each ethnic group.

Nowadays, the Japanese people are able to enjoy delicious cooking from every part of the world. That is a splendid thing, as long as we keep in mind that washoku is the bedrock of our much-admired health and longevity.

(Originally written in Japanese. Banner photo: Dairy and meat products figure heavily in the Western diet, while the traditional Japanese diet has much to offer in the area of human health. Pixta.)

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