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Old 05-08-2012, 08:55 AM   #41
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...Has anybody else have health benefits that have been documented by medical tests?
Here's my list...none documented

- Doctor saw me (by chance) several months after FIRE and asked me if I had "w*rk done" (plastic surgery) to my face without telling him. I had not yet told him that I voluntarily resigned . His opinion was that I looked 10 years younger.
- Upper body RSI issues very managable instead of chronic pain, no need for deep tissue massage, chiropractor, and periodic PT
- No longer need Prilosec unless eating spicy food, used to take it daily
- Weight has been relatively stable, but I am now in better physical shape than when trapped behind a computer all day
- Mental outlook so much better, i.e no more dreading the next day
- Eating habits somewhat improved but not perfect and never will be
- Skin tone all over is much improved

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Old 05-08-2012, 12:17 PM   #42
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Although retirement is still in the future, I'm on a 5 month sabbatical from my academic job--kind of like a "practice run." The key element for me is time. I've dropped 10 lbs due to having the leisure to exercise daily, plan meals, shop, and prepare meals. The downside (I guess) is realizing how much time all these things really do take to do them well.

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Old 05-08-2012, 02:55 PM   #43
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The downside (I guess) is realizing how much time all these things really do take to do them well.
For that you'd have to read Paul Terhorst's "Body Work", one of the first of the genre of "Whaddya do all day?!?" essays...

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Old 05-08-2012, 04:25 PM   #44
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For that you'd have to read Paul Terhorst's "Body Work", one of the first of the genre of "Whaddya do all day?!?" essays...

That was so funny... and so true! He didn't even get into conflicting medical advice (my cardiologist wants me to jog 4 times a week, but I live in hilly country and my back doctor does not want me jogging downhill...)
Thank you for sharing!!!!!
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:03 AM   #45
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Yes, we had the same experience. I had high blood pressure, gastric reflux, benign prostate hypertrophy, and high cholesterol. I also have chronic arthritis and had cataracts but these were surgically corrected here along with a detached retina. The cataracts were caused by my being put on extremely high doses of Liptor which never fixed my cholesterol problem. Actually I had normal total cholesterol but my HDL was nearl y zer so all of it was LDL. I also had a horribly high stress job wotrking with biological warfare agents at high levels as aerosols in a containment laboratory wearing a space suit with power respirators. That rig weighs something like 30 pounds and the fan unti sits just on your lower back. It was also a high noise area and you can't sit in the suit for long and have no back support as it blocks the fan unit. Then lifting 50-75 pound anesthetized monkeys to do surgery. On top of that was managing a large research group of civilian PhD scientists in a hostile command climate. Then having a retarded colonel martinet try and tell me and my group our jobs when he has no experience. Anyway, I retired away from that to a relatively peaceful environment here in Hungary. Subsequently all of my health issues disappeared except for the BPH and arthritis. The BPH is a lot less though so I believe I can avoid surgery indefinitely. However, I can fully say that it was the job that was killing me as I still fly back to the US to work for a week or so and by the end of the week my blood pressure is back up. Here I exercise daily and we eat wholesome foods. Nothing here has preservatives or additives and nearly all foods in Hungary are organically grown. Plus we drink only mineral water (bottled or free from our local mineral water springs, it is even carbonated), and wine which is locally grown and excellent. We have moved away from eating meat and only have pork or sausages once a week. Otherwise it is chicken or turkey. The chicken here has almost no fat but very tasty. There is also a breed of pig here without cholesterol although it is expensive. Then there is a lot of wild boar which is also not very fatty but tastes well. We do eat fish about 4 times a week for dinner and have cold smoked salmon for breakfast which we prepare ourselves. The Norwegian salmon is excellent and about $6 a pound so we buy whole fish and cut up steaks, make fish soup from the remainders and cold smoke about 3 pounds at a time for snacks. Then all the fruits here are locally grown thus are seasonal unlike the US. But, we do get things like oranges and bananas which are imported either from Cypress, Greece, or Israel. BUt, I swim daily (we have a swimming pool or we can swim in Lake Balaton 5 minutes away walking), I go mountain biking or hiking every day in our huge national park bordering our village, snowboard in the Winter (the Alps are 2 hours away), or I cross country ski in the same nearby forest. I am buying a catamaran for sailing on the lake next week which is another energetic sport. So, at least for our health retiring to Hungary was the best thing we could do. I also spend about 2-4 hours a day gardening and we grow a lot of our own vegetables. Neighbors also grow wine and fruit so we get a good supply of healthy stuff from friends. I also get salami but while that is tasty it isn't all that healthy. Mostly we avoid Hungarian cooking which is awfully fatty (a large amount of deep fried stuff). The Hungarian diet is pretty awful for one's health and may explain why men only live to 56. But, they drink a lot of Palinka (most home brewed) as well which is really nasty stuff. I avoid it like the plague. Also, we have no window screens nor air conditioning which is typical in Europe. We have very clean air and a constant breeze from the North. Really, if you avoid Hungarian cooking and Palinka, it is perhaps the healthiest place on Earth.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:59 AM   #46
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Wow! Thanks for sharing this! Just reading it I think lowered my BP a bit! It sounds like you figured out the changes that were needed and went after them in a big way. VERY inspiring!

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