Only a few people manage to live longer than 100 years, and Bernard LaPallo, lived a happy, fulfilling, and healthy life well into his second century. This man was born in 1901 in Victoria, Brazil, and as a little boy, he migrated to the United States.
He managed to have four careers during the 110 years of his life.
In the 1920s, he started out as a 5-star chef, then ran a successful massage practice for 20 years after obtaining his license at the age of 71, and later in life, he became an author and lecturer.
At the age of 73, he graduated from New York University for reflexology and podiatry and delved into the study of herbology with Dr. Richard Schulze of the American Botanical Pharmacy.
When he was recognized as the oldest living Yankee, he became popular and used his fame to inspire thousands of other people. During his entire life, he was dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and healthy everyday routines.
He ate the same food every day, and was best known for his catchphrase, “Keep your liver and colon clean”. His diet included 5 key foods, and he believed that were responsible for his longevity: cinnamon, garlic, chocolate, olive oil, and honey.
Garlic is loaded with nutrients, lowers the risk of heart disease and blood pressure, while the healthy oils of olive oil improve heart and brain health. Moreover, cinnamon, honey, and chocolate have potent antioxidant properties that improve overall health.
Moreover, he ate soups, salads, whole grains, and organic fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, he avoided French fries, red meats, and hot dogs, claiming they are linked to cancer and serious health risks.
He regularly exercised both his mind and body by walking, reading, and doing crossword puzzles. In his book, Beyond 100: How to Live Well Into Your Second Century, he claims that we are nothing without our health.
Power Living listed some of his secrets for longevity, health, and wellbeing he reveals there:
“1. Strive for obedience and moderation. Do what you know is right (e.g. what and how to eat, how long to exercise). Don’t just say you’re going to do it…take action consistently. Also, don’t do anything in excess. Moderation in everything is key.
2. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Bernando is primarily a vegetarian who loves all kinds of berries and melons–preferably organic–and he believes mushrooms heal and prevent diseases like cancer and diabetes. Other favorites include applesauce, avocado, carrots, cabbage, sweet potato, and spinach.
3. Keep your colon clean. Juicing can help cleanse the body. Drink two glasses of fresh vegetable juice a day and cut down on added sugar.
4. Drink plenty of water. All the water Bernando drinks–a half a gallon a day-is boiled and then put in the icebox to eliminate toxins. He believes that no germs can live under conditions of extreme heat or cold.
5. Get at least six hours of sleep a night. He is generally in bed by 9:30 pm and up at 3:30 or 4 in the morning.
6. Exercise your body and mind. Bernando likes to exercise his arms as he walks and he does crossword puzzles to give the brain a boost. He follows the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a thousand pounds of cure.”
7. Relax! Bernando learned from his father that stress is a killer. He says, “We live for a comparatively brief moment in time. We will be dead for a long time. Enjoy every moment while you are alive.”
Without a doubt, he reaped the numerous benefits of such a healthy lifestyle!
Poverty and homelessness are some of the major issues in the 21st century and there is still a lot to be done to reduce the percentage of people who live on the streets and are poor.
And, in order to change something, we do not need to start big. Sometimes, small, but valuable steps can do wonders. One such step is being made by a church in San Francisco called St. Boniface.
Thanks to the Gubbio Project, which began 15 years ago, a large amount of people have been given shelter in the church on a daily basis. And, there are no formalities. The only thing the homeless and poor need to do is to show up.
Continue reading the article to learn more about this amazing project and why we need more such endeavors throughout the world.
The Gubbio Project: A Sparkle of Hope in the Lives of the Poor & Homeless
From the beginning of the project, homeless and poor people came seeking shelter in the church without any formalities. The church provides bedding and no one is ever asked to go and whoever comes will find a place for them.
Around 70 percent of the church’s area is reserved for the project and the rest is available for visitors who are not necessarily homeless or poor. This project’s aim is to show that in God’s home, everyone is welcome and that kindness is one of the ways to put an end to homelessness.
What about the Safety?
A lot of homeless people in homeless shelter feel as if they are in prison and often encounter a lot of violence. But, this is not the case with this project and participants have dedicated a lot of attention on the security and safety so that everyone who visits the church can feel safe and taken care of.
Treating the “Symptoms” rather than the “Disease”?
Homelessness in our society remains a big problem and authorities have spent more time on eliminating the homeless rather than the homelessness. Unfortunately, a lot of US states still practice violent methods to achieve this. For example, Seattle invested in razor wire fences to ensure the homeless cannot set up camp on the roads.
However, they did no efforts whatsoever to find them a home. Moreover, in San Francisco, there were robots introduced who went along the streets and removed homeless people and reported them to the law. The issue does not stop here- there have been cases of people being imprisoned due to feeding homeless people!
Do not forget to check out the video shown below to learn more about this kind and unique project:
During her pregnancy, the 23-year old Krysta Davis received some terrible news during the 18th day.
The baby was diagnosed with anencephaly, a fatal neurological defect that occurs when some parts of the brain and skull are missing. In most cases, babies diagnosed with it live between a few minutes and a few days.
Previously, in 2017, she has lost her first baby with her 26-year-old boyfriend, Derek Lovett, to a miscarriage. Therefore, this diagnosis was devastating for both of them.
“They called me about my quad screen. They said it came back abnormal, they suspected a neural tube defect like spina bifida. I went to see a high-risk doctor and noticed that the nurse was acting strangely while checking me. She spent a lot of time looking at Rylei’s head. That’s when they told me it wasn’t spina bifida – it was anencephaly.”
She admitted being nervous about her pregnancy, and the couple was heartbroken when they received this news. They were given two options by the doctors, she could deliver the baby Riley at 18 weeks through induced labor, or they could let her be a saving grace to other babies.
“We followed up with another doctor, and we were told that if I carried to term, I could donate Rylei’s organs, and possibly arrange to meet with the kids who get them. At that moment, Derek and I looked at each other and knew what we were going to do. I may have not been able to take my baby home, but I could maybe use her life to give other mothers the chance to.”
This gave a purpose to the life of her daughter, and the pain of her parents could be eased if Rylei could save the lives of other children.
Therefore, Rylei was delivered on the 24th of December, 2018, weighing all of 6lbs and only 19 inches long. Forty-five minutes later, the baby was placed on a heart monitor 45 minutes, and it showed amazing strength for a baby born with such a diagnosis.
Her mother said that the doctors were amazed by the baby:
“They are just as shocked as we are. Right after birth, she was having trouble breathing so I thought we wouldn’t have much longer, but then things straightened out.
After 45 minutes, they put a heart monitor on her, and after hours, they were all still in shock. So I asked about feeding. She had some sugar water, and she’s been drinking breast milk and formula.”
Her mother was as fascinated as doctors:
“She has a great temperament. She doesn’t cry, she makes little stink faces … nobody expected her to make it this long. We are still in shock … I am still wary, but it never ceases to amaze me. She’s just been so great.”
She was quick-tempered, even though she couldn’t cry out, as her brain stem was exposed. Her parents used every single minute of her life to show their love.
Her mother remembers:
“After they cut her umbilical cord, I laid her on my chest, skin to skin, I was rubbing her and crying because I was so in love. She was so perfect and beautiful to me. Her brain stem was exposed. But I didn’t even care or notice, I was just so in love.”
A week after being born, the baby passed away on New Year’s Eve.
She breathed on her own for the first 9 hours, and it was considered a medical miracle that she survived that long. She nursed on breast milk and received sugar water and formula at other times.
During her life, she brought huge joy to her parents, who agreed to donate the two halves of her angelic heart to two other babies, and her lungs to a research institute for studies on anencephaly.
The tragedy of this family brought hope in other people’s homes. Even though her life was short, Rylei was a real gift for her parents and two other families.
The mother dedicated a post on Facebook:
“For nine months, I carried this beautiful soul while her father, our friends, family and myself filled her with love as she grew. I never would have imagined after she was diagnosed with anencephaly that she would bless us with a week of her presence. A week of smiles and sounds of protest and snuggles. I wouldn’t trade this week for anything in the whole wide world.”
If you remember the movie Rio and Blu, the Blue Macaw that thought he was the last of his species, you should know that his nightmare has unfortunately come to life.
In the animated movie, this Brazilian bird, also known as the Spix’s Macaw, flies all the way from Minnesota to Rio de Janeiro as the last living male of his species, where he meets Jewel, the last living female, lives. The parrots ultimately fall in love, have a baby, and manage to save their species.
However, in the real world, this didn’t happen. Seven years ago, this parrot species was declared endangered, and is now officially extinct in the wild.
A study conducted by the BirdLife International found that it can no longer be seen in the wild, and it only exists in captivity but again, in extremely few numbers. Its extinction came as a result of the rise in deforestation and constant loss of habitat, and they are not so adaptive and lived near dominant species and predators.
There is no official proof that they still exist in some breeding programs neither.
In the 1980s, Tony Juniper penned a book called “Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird”, with the aim to raise awareness of the situation with these parrots. Yet, people didn’t care enough to stop then.
Moreover, this week, the statistical analysis by BirdLife International declared seven other bird species extinct too, five of which belong to South America and were victims of deforestation and excessive human interference. Three species, the cryptic tree-hunter and the Alagoas foliage gleaner from Brazil and Poo-Uli from Hawaii, are now gone forever.
According to Stuart Butchart, BirdLife’s chief scientist and the paper’s lead author:
“Ninety percent of bird extinctions in recent centuries have been of species on islands. However, our results confirm that there is a growing wave of extinctions sweeping across the continents, driven mainly by habitat loss and degradation from unsustainable agriculture and logging.”
It is a fact that all of these extinctions were a result of human interference.
When will it be enough? What should happen for people to finally understand that they need to respect the life, habitat, and privacy of other animals?
Last January, 29 sperm whales were discovered stranded on shores around the North Sea, which is a zone unreasonably shallow for the marine untamed life. However, the subtleties of their necropsy were discharged as of late, and the discoveries exasperates researchers.
An official statement from Wadden Sea National Park in Schleswig-Holstein detailed that the stomachs of huge numbers of the whales were brimming with plastic flotsam and jetsam, including bits of plastic litter, a 13-meter-long angling net, and a 70 cm bit of plastic from a vehicle.
While some trust that the whales expended them supposing they were nourishment, similar to squid, others keep up this is for the most part brought about by the humankind’s stunning negligence for marine life, which has prompted high measures of plastic in the seas.
Robert Habeck, condition serve for the province of Schleswig-Holstein, stated:
“These discoveries demonstrate to us the aftereffects of our plastic-situated society. Creatures coincidentally devour plastic and plastic waste, which makes them endure, and best case scenario, makes them starve with full stomachs.”
Nicola Hodgkins of Whale and Dolphin Conservation included:
“Despite the fact that the vast pieces will cause clear issues and square the gut, we shouldn’t reject the littler bits that could cause a progressively incessant issue for all types of cetacean – not simply the individuals who suction feed.”
However, this case is shockingly not the first, as in 2011, a youthful whale was discovered gliding dead off the Greek island of Mykonos. When they saw his stretched stomach, scientists thought it gulped a goliath squid, however what they found were 100 plastic sacks and different bits of flotsam and jetsam.
However, as per National Geographic, the sperm whales passed on of heart disappointment, while they were erroneously swimming into the North Sea, hunting down squid, and were not able help their body load in the shallow water, so they interior organs fallen.
“Male sperm whales ordinarily move from their tropical or subtropical rearing grounds to colder waters at higher scopes. The species is one of the most profound plunging creatures in the cetacean family, referred to dive similar to 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) looking for squid, its most loved nourishment. The stranded whales were all youthful guys between the ages of 10 and 15, and the necropsies uncovered that they passed on of heart disappointment. “
As indicated by Danny Groves, a representative for the not-for-profit Whale and Dolphin Conservation -- WDC:
“It is imagined that the sperm whales may have lost and entered the North Sea (perhaps pursuing squid), where the ocean bottom isn’t sufficiently profound, making the whales move toward becoming disorientated and pass on.”
Be that as it may, the revelation of contamination in their stomach is ghastly and disheartening. Individuals keep tossing plastic ashore, and 80% of it winds up in the seas and is regularly devoured by twirls and untamed life.
In spite of sea contamination, despite the fact that the finish of far reaching business whaling helped the worldwide increment of their populace, the whales confront dangers from ship crashes, and angling nets also.
This Man Lived Alone For Nearly 30 Years In The Mountains of Alaska In a Log Cabin Which He Built With His Own Hands
Have you ever wondered what it is like to live alone in the wild, and become one with Nature?
It must be highly challenging, but very relaxing at the same time, especially if we compare it to the fast-pace, stress-rich, sedentary, modern lifestyles we tend to lead these days.
The story of Richard Proenneke, an amateur naturalist, who lived alone in the mountains of Alaska for three decades has inspired numerous people. This man lived in a log cabin which he built with his own hands near the shore of Twin Lakes, and hunted, fished, raised and gathered his own food.
He was born in 1916 in Iowa and entered the Navy during World War II. After contracting rheumatic fever, he spent half a year recuperating and started dreaming of a simple life that he eventually managed to get. His chance came in 1950 when he moved to Alaska and started working as a cattle rancher, then a diesel mechanic, and even a salmon fisherman.
He retired in 1967 and started seeking the ideal location to create his new life. He went to Iowa to prepare, and after a year, returned to Alaska, and began working to make his dream come true.
He wrote journals to document his daily activities and recorded valuable meteorological and natural data.
In the documentary “Alone in the Wilderness” Richard says:
“It was good to be back in the wilderness again, where everything seems at peace. I was alone – just me and the animals. … I suppose I was here because this was something I had to do — not just dream about it but do it. I suppose too I was here to test myself — not that I had never done it before but this time it was to be a more thorough and lasting examination.
What was I capable of that I didn’t know yet? Could I truly enjoy my own company for an entire year? And was I equal to everything this wild land could throw at me?
I had seen its moods in late spring, summer, and early fall but what about the winter? Would I love the isolation then, with its bone-stabbing cold, its ghostly silence? At age 51, I intended to find out.”
According to Mother Nature Network:
“One of the most striking aspects of Proenneke’s life at Twin Lakes is his own transformation. Originally a sport hunter and then a subsistence hunter, he evolved to become a non-hunter and conservationist.
He stopped hunting in 1980 (although he would occasionally kill and eat any porcupines that he found chomping on the logs of his cabin). Proenneke lived on his own until 1999, when, at the age of 82, he retired once again, this time to live with his brother in California until he died four years later.
He bequeathed his cabin to the Natural Park Service, which maintains it as a popular tourist destination. Visitors can not only see his workmanship but also the desk where he wrote the journals that would become “One Man’s Wilderness.” The Park Service displays his homemade furniture as examples of his “woodworking genius.”
Many people used his journals, as well as his film, as sources for their books and documentaries about the time he spent in the wilderness:
-- His close friend, Sam Keith, wrote: One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey – Paperback
-- In 1997, Richard was visited by Bob Swerer and Bob Swerer Sr, who explored the Twin Lakes area, and in 1998, Bob Swerer produced the video “Alaska Silence & Solitude”.
-- In 2003, Bob Swerer produced the video “Alone in the Wilderness”, by editing more of Richard’s previously unseen footage.
-- Bob Swerer produced the video “The Frozen North”, and edited the 3000 feet of 8mm movie film Richard Proenneke shot over in 2006.
-- In 2011, Bob Swerer produced the video “ALONE IN THE WILDERNESS PART II” after Richard’s brother Raymond discovered more unseen old footage of building and carving, canoeing and magnificent wildlife footage.