Gail Cape, R.N.

Because “Good is Not Good Enough”

“What was the secret to your longevity?” we asked my grandfather at his 100th birthday party. Dropping his voice, so we all had to gather around to hear him, he replied, “Well, as soon as I was born, I took in a good breath, and then I let it out. And I just kept repeating this . . . again and again.”

– Jacob Light, September 21, 1986
Dr. Grossman’s Maternal Grandfather

Health And Wellness In My Experience

If you want to live a long time in excellent health, it doesn’t hurt to have good genes. I feel quite fortunate in that at least one of my grandparents, my mother’s father, quoted above, enjoyed remarkably good health until, at almost 105, he died of a stroke suddenly during lunch. He was hospitalized only briefly twice in his life, for pneumonia at age 96 and appendicitis at 97. Most of his brothers and sisters lived well into their 90s. Knowing that I have at least some of his genes is a comfort to me, because I know that I also have a number of potentially harmful genes as well. For instance, his wife, my maternal grandmother, died of colon cancer at 57 years old, and I have plenty of her genes too.

I have performed a full panel of genomics tests on myself, and this information has played an important role in the fine-tuning of my health-maintenance program. After I recovered from the initial depression of finding out about my “bad genes” (perhaps feeling a bit like Neo after taking the red pill in the initial Matrix film and having my eyes opened to “the real world”), I became even more motivated to follow the principles outlined in my recent book, Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever.

Statistically, I might expect to live another 15 to 25 years. The figure of 15 years is based on actuarial tables from the Social Security Administration, the 25 year figure is based on questionnaires (“How Long Will You Live?”) that ask specific questions about my lifestyle. But this projected life span doesn’t take into account the accelerating progression of scientific discoveries. Today’s actuarial tables are based on the past.

In my actuarially projected life span of 15 years, many therapies should be enormously beneficial to me. Sophisticated scanning devices and new therapies should soon be able to both detect and destroy any cancer cells in my body before they have a chance to get out of control. If my heart begins to fail me, as it almost undoubtedly will eventually if I live long enough, I expect to be able to receive new heart tissue cloned from my own stem cells. I had a sample of my stem cells collected and placed in cryonic (frozen) storage recently, so that I will have the most youthful cells available for this type of contingency. Other options include a heart transplant from a transgenic animal (an animal that has had human genes inserted) or even a shiny new bionic heart.

Now, I’d like to share with you some specifics on what I am doing to increase my chances of living long healthy life. Please click on the below sections to expand the specifics:

Dr. Terry Grossman
Integrative Medicine - Physician & Author
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