Last week, I celebrated my 70th. I started the party at 6:30 in the morning, as I set out on my bike from Genoa, Nevada. Then, over the next two days, I rode over the Sierras to Jackson, California. The trip was 95 miles and involved 4,500 feet of climbing. When I finally got to Jackson, I had a couple of beers and a big steak with a baked potato (and, yes, all the trimmings). Oh yes, and a couple of Advil! Why did I do it? For three reasons.
First, I did it because I can. How great is it to be 70 years old and still as fully functional as a much younger man! All those years of exercising hard, eating right, taking the right supplements and hormones, avoiding drugs, and getting to bed early are paying me back as I get older.
The second reason is because I love riding my bike. It makes me feel like a kid. You get to go to all kinds of places and you don't need any gas. All the energy you need you get from that beautiful body God gave you that can miraculously extract the energy from oxygen, harness it, and convert it to power. Wow, not even our best scientists can do that.
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The third reason was to be an example. My wife Judy said, "You're crazy." But I don't think it's enough for doctors to just talk the talk. I think we need to walk it as well (or ride it, as in my case). My patients and my readers need to know that without a doubt, this anti-aging thing really works. And it's pretty simple. Just read my book Bursting With Energy. I wrote that book almost 10 years ago, but the information is timeless and is still relevant. There's no magic to it and everyone can do it. There is absolutely nothing special about me. And one more thing.
If you have any great stories about how you celebrate, how well you are doing even as you grow older, please let me know. I'd like to pass them on in a future edition of Second Opinion. Life is a blessing. Live it to its fullest.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD