Preventing Old Age
I was much interested in the article in your July issue entitled The
Riddle of Aging.
Many years ago a man named Sanford Bennett wrote a book called Old
Age, Its Cause and Prevention. Bennett at the age of 50 had become
an old man in poor health, suffering from a number of chronic
complaints and many wrinkles. Despairing of relief from doctors and
drugs he finally devised a series of some 35 different exercises to
be done in bed before arising in the morning.
After following them faithfully for years he had become, in all
respects, a young man at 70. This was attested by medical
examinations. His face had become smooth without a single wrinkle.
His theory was that the body gets old through the accumulation of
mineral deposits in the tissues, which finally become stiff and
The object of his exercises was to contract and then relax all the
muscles and tissues to squeeze the mineral deposits out to be
carried off in the blood stream.
If Bennett had not been killed by an accident when he was in his
80s he might have lived many more years.
When I was in my early 20s I had no health – suffered from poor
circulation, indigestion, etc. The doctors told my people that I
had a weak heart muscle and should take no exercise; that I probably
would not live beyond the age of 30. They gave me prescriptions so
strong with strychnine that the druggist finally refused to put them
When I was a few years short of 30 I started taking a few exercises
on my own. I bought Bennett’s book and have followed his exercises
pretty regularly ever since. I was a member of the New York
Athletic Club for 25 years. I became a good light-weight boxer,
wrestler, swam, rowed and practiced jiu-jitsu.
I am now 88 years old, enjoy good health and swim every morning in
the salt water pool in the hotel here. I follow the swim with a
steam bath and a light workout in the gymnasium. I have no wrinkles
on my face and am often taken for a man in the 60s. Doctors say I
have the arteries and heart of a young man.
I don’t know how much Bennett’s exercises have to do with my
condition. I do think no exercises should be taken mechanically.
The mind should be on them and you should hold the thought of
gaining benefit thereby.
I lent Bennett’s book to a doctor who has never returned it. The
doctor’s theory was that these exercises discharged hormones into
the circulation. – David B. Helm, Brooklyn, N.Y.
A most interesting premise corresponding with one of our
proposed approaches to aging and the concept of the body as a
“filter element” which accumulates residues as life progresses.
In regard to mechanical methods, we note that Tesla highly
recommended “electro-therapeutic” currents passed through the
body to assist in throwing off toxins. This apparently also
helps to kill microbes through rapid polarization and
It is known that chemical interchanges occur on ionic levels in
living tissues. The term is IONTOPHORESIS or ELECTROPHORESIS.
Except that these usually indicate the use of DC currents.
In undertaking experiments in this area, one must keep in mind
that DC polarizing currents must never be applied to tissues
for any extended period. Positive currents cause the
dissolution of tissue (acid response) while negative currents
cause the concentration (hardening) of tissue (alkali
Bi-Phasic currents can be so adjusted as to give the majority
of the effect (duty cycle) to either positive or negative
influences. The purpose here is to cause a gradual “milking”
effect for the transport of foreign substances to the cathode
Vibration at various frequencies might also assist in the
transport of such blockages. A further hybridization of both
electrical methods in conjunction with vibration might lead to
some interesting effects.
Another item is that of TONE. This is the electrical tension
which our bodies present while in a conscious state. It
“biases” the muscles at a point sufficiently high to allow a
rapid response when thus commanded by mental impulses.
When a thought is “sustained” for a period, it causes a
polarization of matter into the pattern of the thought. The
longer the time and/or the greater the intensity of that
thought, the sooner the effect manifests. This is a basic
universal law which governs manifestation of all force and
We would greatly appreciate a copy of Bennett’s book if you
happen on a copy. Perhaps someone near the Library of Congress
might be willing to look it up and photocopy it. We will glad
pay for the duplication and mailing costs.