Preventing Old Age

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

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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.


Vangard notes…

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



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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.