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About leejohnson22

Author Biography Lee Johnson(1954-) was born in Leavenworth, WA, but relocated when two years old to San Francisco, Ca. He was raised and influenced during the cultural movement of the 1960s and 70s. His interest in psychology developed out of a curiosity to understand the colorful street people of that era. This resulted in receiving a Bachelor Degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. He graduated from Fresno State University with a Masters of Social Work with a psychiatric focus in 1978. He published A Pilot Study of Personality Type Change that was a result of thesis research in 1980. This began his counseling career that led to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1981. This licensure allowed him to conduct psychiatric therapy and marriage counseling in a private practice setting. He graduated from the Biofeedback Institute of Los Angeles and began treating psychophysiological disorders on both an out and in-patient basis. A transition to medical social work on cardiac and medical-surgical units required conducted bereavement family counseling. This led to death and dying counseling for a home health care hospice. He credits the hospice experience for enlightening him to the end of life issues. After that, he established a workers compensation private practice treating and advocating for injured employees. He became an instructor/counselor for a diet clinic advising on mental heath issues and eating. He established a stress reduction and anxiety management program for the diet center. After relocating to Arizona, he continued his practice of psychotherapy for hospitalized patients.   Due to broad interests, Lee began to study business investments and became a registered representative or stockbroker. Combining this with an insurance license allowed him to offer annuities for 401k and 403b tax deferred retirement plans. He then applied stock market knowledge to the real estate markets in four different states as an investor. But, missing the depth of human contact, he returned to counseling. He has been retired from the formal aspect of this work since 2008 after 30 years of practice. He continues to do volunteer counseling and enjoys continual research and study in gerontology and retirement areas. The cumulation of all this diverse experience is evidenced in his current work for women. He was motivated to write Creative Retirement for Women as a solution oriented guide for successful retirement.

Sands

Sands

Tepid fine powder envelops

Pouring feet and tickling toes

Whispering shells and sand dollars

Body’s revision flows

Texture of a different reality

Colorful grains of healing rhymes

Mosaic under your skin

Reflecting shades of time

Hypnotize existing shape

Summons enduring traits

Let abuses of time escape

You are what sand creates

COMPUTER DATING(poem)

Computer Dating

Ready to undress your soul

Inverted risk of emotions

In a digital melting role

Journey of the heart

Machine driven courtship

Marquee of personal smarts

Traits ranked like a wine

Pairs you based on score

No matter its malign

Curve your image to perfection

House of inventive intensions

Breathless for a mirror reflection

Meet with expectations galore

Arrival of incognito

As I fall and bounce on amour

©Lee Johnson

Healthy Magnesium

Healthy Magnesium

The mineral magnesium reduces many conditions like heart and kidney disease, strokes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, type II diabetes, asthma, some cancers, and is correlated with longevity(1). Americans are historically 70% deficient in this mineral that worstens with age.

Life Extension’s recent publication of these findings is embarrassing the medical community who wear blinders. Dr. Faloon draws similarities with the emerging of vitamin D. Both are low cost essential supplements that provide health benefits and have been overlooked by doctors for years.

Magnesium used to be in the water we drink, but bottled and municipal water have stopped that. It is not in the food we eat unless the soil was rich with it. Even then,  studies found that food levels are just too low and unreliable.   The risk of death from any cause is greatly increased with low magnesium levels and creates faster cell aging.

If you’re concerned with cardiovascular disease, results show you are 37% less likely to die of heart attacks when taking magnesium. Calcification or clogging of the arteries was 58% less likely to occur. In another study, men with high levels have less cholesterol and lower blood pressure. They were 41% less likely to have a stroke.

Our kidneys work full time filtering out waste from our blood. If they fail, you will need dialysis the rest of your life. A large study with 13,000 people confirmed that low levels of magnesium correlate with live disease. Results indicated a 58% greater risk of kidney disease with low levels.

Osteoporosis, a concern of aging,  is directly effected since about half of our magnesium is stored in our bones. Calcium and magnesium must be balanced to offset the inflammation to prevent our bones from breaking down. Taking supplements proved to increase bone density including your teeth.

In conclusion, magnesium counters chronic inflammation which contributes to many age related diseases effecting longevity. Since most of us are deficient in this mineral and its low cost, it makes sense to supplement. The government recommended daily amount of magnesium is 420mg for males and 320mg for females. Always consult your doctor as well.

(1) Life Extension Mag 2016 Dec. “The National Magnesium Crisis” No. 12, p.44-51.

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Menopause Cure

For ages women have been told that menopause is normal and to just accept it. If you are asking me to “just accept” hot flashes, insomnia, getting fat, depression, and loss of my sex drive, that sounds crazy and I’ll never be passive about it. That advice sounds so archaic and dark ages now.

The Menopause Cure(1) takes individualized and restorative medicine to a new level.  There is nothing new about replacement therapies for age related deficiencies. The key question is it effectiveness and toxicity. They distinguish between bioidentical verses synthetic hormones.

Since 1942,  women have been given Premarin which is horse estrogen taken from their urine. The problem with this and other synthetic hormones is they leave toxic byproducts in your body. Bioidentical means that natural hormones are identified and matched with your individual hormone profile. A one size fits all model doesn’t work since all blood profiles are unique.

In an interview(2), the author discusses how skin related changes occur in menopause. Loss of estrogen makes the skin more wrinkled and thiner with easier bruising and slower healing.

Weight gain is another unwanted side effect of menopause. If your insulin is high with low estrogens and poor thyroid performance, you won’t be able to lose weight.  The body will not metabolize food correctly so that fat is burned as energy.

When your libido or sex drive falls, it can effect  your relationship or your motivation to find one.  Many retired folks live in isolation and depression as a result. The social and psychological effects can be long lasting and detrimental . For this to be re-balanced, supplements would include progesterone, testosterone as well as  estrogens.

In conclusion, the final point the author makes is that most chronic and age related illnesses are correlated with hormonal imbalances. It is thought that the aging process can be slowed when optimal levels of hormones, vitamins and minerals are restored. The process involves blood analysis to determine what your individual needs are.  So, rather than suffer symptoms, lets go get restored!

By Lee Johnson of creativeretirementforwomen.com

(1)Davey, J., Dugan, S. “The Menopause Cure” Leicester, UK, Troubadour Publishing Ltd, 2015                                                                                                                                    (2) Mathena, L. “The Menopause Cure, Hormonal Health” Life Extension Mag, Vol 22, No. 7, July 2016

Ancestry (poem)

 ANCESTRY 

Adventurer’s journey of doubt

Searching for truth and being

Curiosity and nostalgia to tout

Great time of lingering last

Faces of dreams are lost and dashed

Unearth the legends of the past

Decrepit photos of profound detection

To examine, to infer, to opine

Clandestine clues of ancient times

Peer deep into their face and eyes

Depth of wrinkles your answer lies

Of tragic lows and romantic highs

Span the bridge of floating clan

Boats only embrace or evade

Glean your sagas quick you can

Chronicle to ponder past life’s intent

Sequels parade while memories frayed

 Legacy you are to life yet made

©Lee Johnson

Superfood: TOMATOES

Would you be willing to eat more tomatoes to: 1. Reduce ovarian cancer 2. digestive tract cancer(colon mouth, throat),  3. cardiovascular disease, 4. asthma and lung disease, 5. prostate cancer, and 6. increase fat burning? This puts the tomato in the catagory of superfoods.

Anti-cancer: Tomatoes have a nutrient called carotenoids like beta-carotene. Its an antioxidant that protects from ultraviolet and infrared light from the sun. Then it gets turned into vitamin A in the body. Another carotenoid is the red pigment lycopene with proven anti-cancer benefits. In the U.S. diet, over 80% of lycopene comes from consumption of tomatoes.

Anti-ovarian cancer: Since both tomatoes and carrots are stocked with cancer fighting antioxidants lycopene and carotene, it will reduce you risk up to 50%(1). The study involved eating one cup of tomato sauce and five raw carrots a week. A modest addition to your diet to get dramatic health benefits. For those with cancer in the family, this makes a big difference.

Anti-prostate cancer: It is reported that men who eat four servings of tomatoes per week have a 40 less chance of prostate cancer(2). In another study, after eating 3 daily servings, men diagnosed with cancer saw it regress is only three weeks. The curative effectiveness of tomatoes can work surprisingly rapid. If you’re a male reading this, you certainly want to take note.

Cardiovascular benefit: Many studies have already confirmed reduced cardio risk with consuming foods high in antioxidants. Tomatoes offer this and reduction of low-density lipoprotein(LDL) cholesterol. It reduces homocysteine, an amino acid associated with inflammation and coronary artery disease. It reduces platelet aggregation which is the clumping together of  platelets in the blood. This helps blood clot. But when the platelet count is increased, it becomes correlated with diseases. Studies also show that blood pressure can be  reduced(2).

Weight loss: We already know that tomatoes are high in potassium, folic acid, and vitamins A, C, and E.  It starts with the bioflavonoids mainly in the skin that reduces inflammation and allergic reactions(3). Lower inflammation allows leptin to help you to lose weight. The hormone leptin controls your appetite, metabolism and weight loss.

Raw vs. cooked: Normally, it’s the fresh organic fruit or vegetables that are often the best. However, since cooking breaks down the cells, it increases the absorption of carotenoids and flavonoids. To increase the absorption of lycopene just add olive oil when cooking.

It makes sense to use less fresh tomatoes in salads or sandwiches and increase red sauces cooked in Italian type dinners. An easy dish is pasta primavera. It’s whole grain pasta with steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and baby carrots. Covered with tomato sauce(store bought is fine) with a little added olive oil. Topped with feta cheese and fresh basil. Add a little garlic bread and red wine and your have reached the mountain top with flavors and health. Bon appetit!

Lee Johnson of www.creativeretirementforwomen.com

(1)www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/ovarian-cancer-good-news                                     (2)Retrieved from:  www.huffingtonpost.com/leo-galland-md/tomatoes-health-benefits_b_886214.html                                                                                             (3)Retrieved from: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1258798   

Uncork the Traits (poem)

Uncork the Traits

Absolute vow of head and heart

Crossroads of empathy and science

Bound by the hippocratic oath

Minds of children moulded so early

Care-takers pour a foundation unwitting

With a lingering persistence of unknown fitting

Understand and alter the past

Such an arduous and wishful task

Challenges the wounded’s reality mask

Lose yourself in your client you must

Being lost together is the bond of trust

Pull thee forward and return as one

Travelled have I deep within thee

Returning thou unburdened and emotionally free

Shame and sorrow shall wait till tomorrow

Anticipation and hope we hold dearly

For a positive lasting outcome

Yet subtle and fugitive change is found merely

Making a difference is the reward I reap

Revived many have I, thus my soul can sleep

Uncork the traits and dance the streets

© lee johnson

 

JIMMY CARTER CANCER CURE

Jimmy Carter’s cancer cure has been a breakthrough and godsend for many people expected to negotiate this terrible disease. The big difference is his treatment was successful without the use of traditional and nauseating chemotherapy.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death behind heart disease. That’s more than 1600 Americans every day. If you ever watched a friend or family go through chemotherapy, you know how awful and sickening that can be. Worse yet, some doctors use chemotherapy for certain cancers which never have responded to that treatment.

Trying to find research that shows if chemotherapy works or not is difficult. We know that 97% of all patients who receive this treatment are deceased in less than five years.  But, simple studies comparing those treated versus those who are not to evaluate if life is extended cannot be found. Yet, most oncologists want to inject this into you and tell you its the only way.

Earlier this year, 91 year old Jimmy Carter announced his cancer cure after using new immune boosting medications. He was suffering from metastatic(spreading) melanoma to his brain and liver. Jimmy Carter was given a combination of Keytruda, surgery, and radiation therapy to send his cancer into remission.

“These drugs work by tearing down defenses tumors erect against immune cell eradication.(1)” This Life Extension article mentions three approved immune drugs also called check point inhibitors: Yervoy, Opdivo and Keytruda. In the past, cancers with multiple gene mutations were more difficult to treat. With these new drugs, it is multiple mutations that respond most favorably.  The article points out another study that injected the immune drug interleukin-2 directly into cancer tumors. All 11 patients in the study responded with a complete absence of malignant cells in a compete srinkage of the tumor.

In terms of treating breast cancer, a similar protocol called photodynamic immunotherapy was used. It begins with sending a photosensitizing agent to the tumor. This enables the immune system to mount a response. Survival rates of these 15 women was similar or exceeded conventional methods. Except in this case, there was no mastectomy, no radiation, no chemotherapy and no serious side effects. For more information about this therapy, call the  Strategic Cancer Alliance at 1-610-628-3419.

In conclusion, not everyone responds as well as Jimmy Carter. But, the architecture for treating cancer is clearly changing. Rather than kill the cells, the medications augment your immune response. In this case, we have some studies that actually show results. Now you have a choice and can ask your oncologist about this new immunotherapy. Finally, a new day has arrived for cancer treatment and survival rates.

(1) Life Extension Mag 2016 June “Immune-Modulating Cancer Drugs” Vol.22, No.6 p84-92.      Photo: Getty Images

Our Eternal Soul (poem)

Our Eternal Soul

Who will know of your eternal soul

the few left behind

with only brevity of time

O soul of life and meaning

an existing collection of our being

is forever on its voyage of seeking

Soul does wander endlessly

cannot adhere to a place or time

a thwarting muse of yours and mine

Soul may not ever return

cannot shout or cry or learn

despite profound intensity of our yearn

O dear soul, you enrage me to no end

wishing to control your chaotic wend

rethinking your elusive immortality

O dear and precious soul without a vision

Cannot embrace thee with philosophy or wisdom

Faith is your only keeper and thus your seeker

Lee Johnson of creativeretirementforwomen.com               photo: Daniela Cojocarita

GREEN TEA EXTENDS LIFE

New studies on green tea show amazing improvement in a number of key health areas including your life span. A report released by Life Extension(1) put together many studies that shows how green tea(Camellia sinensis) effects DNA, osteoporosis, stroke risk, heart health, blood pressure, insulin resistance, and even how it prolongs life. Here are the groundbreaking results.

HEART HEALTH Studies show that as little as 4.5 grams(.16 oz) a day of ground green tea lowers LDL cholesterol by 40%. A large scale study found that heart attacks are lower by 32% and strokes by 36%. Those who consume the most have a 64% lower risk of narrowing of blood vessels that lead to heart attacks.

BRAIN HEALTH Loss of brain function is a result of aging and toxins. Green tea protects against Alzheimer’s by reducing abnormal proteins and inflammation. Learning and memory are shown to improve. Parkinson’s symptoms have also been reduced and even reversed in some cases. Tea protects against stroke by increasing oxidative enzymes and lowering artery inflammation.

BONE HEALTH Bone loss is caused by age and menopause that’s due to oxidative stress. Green tea catechins(antioxidants) stimulate new bone cells resulting in greater bone density. This is especially important for menopausal women to prevent osteoporosis.

METABOLIC SYNDROME This is defined as having three of these symptoms: excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure, abnormal lipid profiles or high glucose levels. 35% of all American adults and 50% of those over 60 years old have this problem. This is serious because it increases you chance of cancer, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Green tea consumption results in lower blood pressure, greater insulin resistance and improved lipid profile.

LIFE EXTENSION All life depends on their genetic blueprint in their DNA that maintains healthy and renewable molecules. Green tea works on the mechanism of life by reducing oxidative stress(tissue damage) and DNA damage. Green tea was shown to reduced DNA damage in white blood cells by 30% after a single dose. Other studies show that tea prevents and even repairs damage caused by oxidative stress. In animals studies, they lived 14% longer with green tea. If you plan to live to 80, 14% is 11 extra years of life.

IN CONCLUSION Many of these studies were done with tea extract or powder. Matcha green tea is made from ground tea leaves and comes in powder form. I use 1/2 teaspoon of matcha that I dissolve in hot water every morning for over five years now. Thats equivalent to about 50 cups of brewed tea. Since it has caffeine, I don’t need to drink coffee anymore. Its easier on my stomach, I’m alert all day, and my blood pressure is lower.

L. Johnson of creativeretirementforwomen.com

For more references to the above studies, please see the Life Extension article listed here:

(1)Jenkins, H. “Green Tea: Protection from DNA Damage” Life Extension, 2016, May p38-46.

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