Baby boomers trying to stay young; are looking beyond mainstream healthcare

Not willing to give up their late-night Peter, Paul and Mary sing-alongs, baby boomers continue to jet from Europe to Asia and back again while popping their B vitamins and sipping their Breathe Easy herbal tea. Still climbing corporate ladders while taking care of their new grandchildren, boomers are as busy as ever struggling for balance in their lives.

Baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are also becoming actively involved in lengthening and promoting their own quality of life.

Boomers refuse to accept physical limitations, low energy and lapses in memory as the norm for growing older.
Boomers are the driving force behind breakthrough research
that dramatically slows aging, improves memory loss, restores vital energy possibly could turn back the hands of time.

The latest hot topics in anti-aging research include:

  • Controlling free radicals via antioxidants before they destroy brain cells
  • Taking magnesium for tired brains
  • Glucosamine for joint pain
  • Gingko biloba for improved short-term memory
  • Green tea for cancer prevention.


Boomers are spending billions of dollars trying to stay young. But it may be that boomers, who have seen enough of our current healthcare system, are wise in looking for a better way as they approach their senior years.

The onslaught of invasive therapies such as surgery, along with the overuse and abuse of prescription drugs that produce life-threatening illnesses, may be part of the motivation for boomers to seek alternatives.

What boomers want, is demonstrated by where their dollars are going! They seem to want to be a safer, gentler approach to better health and more effective wellness programs with an emphasis on preventive, complementary and holistic healthcare.

The surge in use of vitamins, homeopathics, herbs, and non-invasive therapies is

not by chance: Boomers want to take control of their own lives and not be stuck in overcrowded nursing homes. By searching for the secrets for a longer, healthier life or by looking for the fountain of youth, boomers are creating the next generation of healthcare options.

The good news is the boomers are discovering hundreds of ways to avoid diseases, reverse illnesses and enhance the quality of their health.

  1. They are doing research in controlling blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, unclogging arteries, reversing arthritis and diabetes-all without drugs.
  2. They have also rediscovered the lost art of organic farming, herbal tinctures and energy medicine.

Getting a second opinion has a different meaning to boomers: how about third opinions and a “team” of healthcare providers, including the doctor, the psychologist, the polarity practitioner and maybe even the psychic?

Boomers have certainly become the epitome of the smart consumer. Accessing health care information via the Internet.

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine recently held an anti-aging conference that included topics such as:

  • The success of alternative treatment therapies for cancer
  • Detoxification of environmental poisons and heavy metals
  • Stress, fatigue and premature aging
  • Hyper-baric oxygen therapy and its role in anti-aging medicine
  • The immune system and Its effect on anti-aging

So it seems that medicine is meeting the boomers’ needs by looking at the causes of aging, discovering anti-aging factors and accepting that non- invasive therapies should be the favored first choice of treatment whenever possible.

Julian Whitaker, editor of Health and Healing, defines future health as not the mere absence of disease, but a vitality, zest and energy coursing through your veins that makes you thrilled to be alive.”

Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD. RPP Holistic Health Consultant

Healthy Tidbits

More Vitamin C; Less Chance of Stroke!
High Blood levels of vitamin C may reduce the risk of a stroke by 42%! Another side benefit is that vitamin C may also cut your chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 62%

This is significant information!

The researchers concluded that the high levels of antioxidents could be the reason for its protective effects.

*Now is a good time to add more vitamin C to your diet. A good supplement to use when you are busy and on the run is Emergen-C. Steaming broccoli, spinach, and eating fresh grapefruit will also help.

Reference: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2008 Jan; 87(1): 64-69

What Does Holistic in Holistic Health really mean?
I want to introduce you to the American Holistic Health association. Susan Walter the co-founder of AHHA has a great brief overview of what Holistic really means.

  1. Holistic as a whole made up of interdependent parts. You are most likely to hear these parts referred to as:
    1. the mind/body connection
    2. mind/body/spirit
    3. physical/ mental/ emotional/ spiritual aspects.

2. When this meaning is applied to illness, it is called holistic medicine and includes a number of factors such as: 1)dealing with the root cause of and illness, 2) increasing patient involvement, and 3) considering both conventional (allopathic) and complementary (alternative) therapies.

3. The expanded perspective of holistic as considering the whole person and the whole situation allows us to apply holistic as an adjective to anything. For example, we can develop a new project at work or re-organize our life holistically. When illness is involved, the broad definition of holistic allows us to integrate both conventional and complementary therapies. Consider adopting this holistic approach to your life.

Reference:, Suzan Walter, M.B.A. is co-founder and current president of the American Holistic Health Association.

In Essence Holistic Health means that there is a partnership between Healthcare Practitioners and the person. It is Individualized medicine (remember medicine really means medicinal/ Herbal.) This means that you actively participate in your health decision and healing process. You are the Healer within.

Did you know?

1. Niacin (Vitamin B3) is known to reduce cholesterol – this was discovered as early as the mid 1960’s. Reference: N. Shealy M.D.

2. Incredible Health Benefit by standing on your own two feet and just bounce. Yes just bounce your body up and down. Your need no Equipment, no special clothes just stand and bounce! Reference: the video)

3. Need a job? Careers in Holistic Healthcare are Booming. Become a reflexologist, a reiki master, a massage practitioner, a holistic nurse or a holistic health educator. 65% of all Americans are now using holistic healthcare.

• The healthcare industry according to the department of labor is the fastest growing industry in this country. There will be a need for 12 million new healthcare jobs in the next ten yrs and we will continue to need 12 million new jobs every 10 yrs for the next 50 yrs.

• Of this growth in healthcare it is expected that 40% will be in complementary medicine, complementary healthcare and complementary therapies such as polarity Therapy, Elemental Reflexology, Reiki, Herbal Education, Aromatherapy and Stress Management.

You are at the Right Place at the Right Time.
For more info on careers in Holistic Health email or

4. Think twice about those energy bars. They can pack on the calories! Reference: American Council on Exercise, 2008

5. Chewing an apple a day not only keeps the doctor away but it cleans the surface of your teeth! Reference: University of Michigan health system, 2005.

Home Remedies from Anna Marie Clement PhD., N.M.D.
Sore Throat : Eucalyptus; Lemon; Agrimony; Chamomile; Echinacea; Myrrh;

Pau d’arco; Sage; Thyme; Vitamins A, C,; Tea Tree Oil.

Sunburn: Vitamin E; Aloe Vera, Flax/Hemp/Olive-oil. Sinusitis: Catmint; Elderflower Salt-flushes; Rose Water
Influenza: Boneset; Echinacea; Garlic; Melatonin; Lapacho; Vitamins A, C; Slippery Elm; Flaxseed Water

Inflammation: Nettle-leaf; Vitamins C, E, K; Echinacea; Clover; Goldenseal; Pau d’arco