Everyone who is older wants to look younger. The number of products available is astronomical.  It is a wonder that they all stay in business.  There are lotions and potions, supplements, exercises and various products that only a licensed physician can provide. Those include Botox, face lifts, light therapy and more. The number of ads for this is staggering.  If it wasn’t for the older generation, many of these companies would be out of business.  People who abuse themselves their entire lives with drinking, smoking, lack of exercise, eating fast food, high caloric intakes on a daily basis, are the ones who once they discover they are going to die if they don’t change their ways, are their best customers.  Too little too late is usually the case.  However, while they are trying to hold onto life, they will spend any amount of money, do anything and try anything to make themselves well again and look younger.  The hair loss industry loves this as well.  Everyday I see adverts for thinning hair, going bald, losing hair, etc.  The amount of money spent to save a person’s hair is enough to feed a family of three for a week.  Sure we all want to look younger as we age but if you abused yourself your entire life, unless you have large sums of money for plastic surgery and are willing to give up your old ways, it is never going to happen.  Not that this has anything to do with the Good Gus series, it’s just that once again today older women are showing off  on internet their bikinis just to prove they do look younger.  The series can be found online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” does have characters, particularly females,  who wish to look younger, but the younger men come along to steal all their money and for a brief period they do believe the are younger and beautiful. The book is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Botox has become very popular over the past few years. It has also become more accessible to the non-medical personnel.  As many people believe it is the shortcut to looking younger, it’s popularity has grown over the years.  However, it is no longer a product that is sold or utilized by the medical field.  In some countries, beauticians are allowed to administer the toxic shots.  It was brought to market in 1980.  Originally it was only offered through medical doctors.  However, over time it was modified and changed to allow trained people not in the medical industry to administer the shots.  On the net today, there was a picture of a woman in the UK who attended such an event.  The beautician who administered the shot hit an artery.  The end results are not attractive.  Both of her lips are swollen.  I am wondering how difficult it is to even try to eat.  Botox may be a quick fix, but over time maintaining good health will make anyone even more beautiful.  The whole point is to look younger.  However, no one can stop aging so it is better to try to handle it gracefully rather than find methods that may impair your health temporarily or permanently.  Everyone loves the short cut but sometimes it turns into a painful and regrettable choice.  Happily in the Good Gus series, no one even knew about Botox or thought they needed it.  As Christmas is rapidly approaching, I hope you will consider the the series for the young children on your list.  Remember, book lovers in San Diego, the books will be available tomorrow at Balboa Park.  For the adults on your list, make your life easy and choose “Misplaced Trust” as part of their winter reading selection.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

The adverts for anti-aging are overwhelming.  A number of the advertisers use headline grabbers to entice people to open up their ads only to see another new product for anti-aging.  The creams, lotions, powders, nutritional supplements, are just the openers.  There is also Botox, equipment to remove wrinkles without surgery, plus various pieces of equipment that guarantee to smooth out anyone’s face and possibly neck.  Do they all work? Obviously, plastic surgery is successful but at a high price.  You can see the before and after results, which is fairly clear when you see any Hollywood celebrity who has had the procedures.  Some go so far as to have full body lifts.  It has to be quite painful.  However, for the average individual, lotions and potions appear their best possible solutions.  Many people consider nutritional supplements and buy just about everything that is advertised or that they think will help with anti-aging.  HGH is very popular but only the real product which is a prescription is most effective.  There is a product entitled ‘Telomeres’ which is quite costly.  If you look at the ingredients of the products sold as anti-aging Telomeres, you will find vitamins, enzymes and some herbs.  A class action lawsuit was brought against Telomerase Activation Sciences (TA Sciences) in New York in 2012.  The claim was that their anti-aging products didn’t work.  The man filing the initial lawsuit developed cancer and claims that the anti-aging products caused it.  It is doubtful.  The best ways to fight aging are the exact same things our parents, doctors, schools, and just about every article in a book, magazine, or on the internet tells us.  Reduce your caloric intake is a starter particularly if you are overweight.  Eat right and the pounds will drop off.  How often were you told to eat your veggies?  My son knows that you have to eat varies colors of vegetables as well.  He even told a doctor when he was a boy how important it was.  Exercise on a daily basis and work your heart.  If you haven’t exercised in years, try swimming.  It’s low resistance, low impact exercise which is a good way to begin a fitness program.  Walking is good but not at a snail’s pace.  Start off just walking and then gradually increase your speed.  Anyone who lives in a country that walks everywhere, as I have, you learn to speed up your pace as you have somewhere to be or a bus to catch. Stimulate your mind.  Reading is good along with lively conversation.  Even practicing puzzles or mind challenging games can refresh your brain.  The obvious sleep is very important.  Last but not least, consider supplements but not in high doses.  Read about anything before you make a purchase.  The individuals working in shops can advise you but remember they are not professionals nor do they have a degree in nutrition.  A visit to a nutritionist may make a difference with his or her recommendations and advice.  In the Good Gus Series, eating right and exercise were never an anti-aging issue.  The books are available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you are hoping to stimulate your mind fighting anti-aging, “Misplaced Trust” is a great way to start.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.  Two days until the big day at the Cotuit Library.  Hope to see you there!

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