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36. Water, the Elixir of Life

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65. Sin of the Skin #2: Age Spots

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Blotches in which small patches of skin appear to have a different color than the main skin area become common as we age. It is important for you and your dermatologist to watch your skin discolorations carefully. For warts and liver spots (also known as age spots), which are harmless, try cosmetics and skincare products containing one or more of these ingredients:

• Hydroquinone, an antioxidant that has been found to be helpful in breaking down and preventing the accumulation of browned pigment cells that form age spots (lipofuscin).

• Kojic acid, which is derived from mushrooms and soy, and has been used by the Japanese to fight age spots.

•  Glycyrrhiza glabra, an herb that breaks up clumps of brown skin cells so that they can be shed by the body’s natural cycle of exfoliation, and by fighting free radicals, which contribute to the production of lipofuscin.

IMPORTANT: Some skin discolorations can be harmful. A small flat brown spot can become cancerous, especially if its shape changes or if it starts to itch, which may be early signs of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. See your doctor if you experience these symptoms. The U.S. National Cancer Institute addresses melanoma at its “What You Need to Know About Melanoma” webpage, www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/wyntk/melanoma, where you can learn about the signs and symptoms.

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24. Careful Fun in the Sun

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Chapter 2. Theories on Aging

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We are forever in search of the cure for old age. Dozens of theories have been proposed, yet science has not produced a universal theory of aging. Generally, scientists believe that aging is a mechanism installed in the human body to insure the continued survival of the species. From the species point of view, the most important time of our lives is our period of fertility, the years during which were able to create new life. While its socially functional for some people to live longer than that, to pass on the accumulated wisdom that might help the young survive, from natures point of view, we are not that useful after around age forty. As a result, many bodily functions begin to decline, with ever-accelerated losses of function continuing in each succeeding decade.

Why do we age? Current theories of aging at the cellular and molecular level generally revolve around two themes: aging is programmed and aging is accidental. Programmed aging theories are based on the idea that from conception to death, human development is governed by a biological clock. This clock sets the appropriate times for various changes to take place. The changes in vision, loss of calcium in the bones, decreasing hearing acuity, and lowered vital capacity of the lungs all are examples of programmed aging. Accidental theories of aging rely on chancethe notion that organisms get older by a series of random events. An example is DNA damage from free radicals or just the wear and tear of daily life.

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83. S-exercise

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