Meet the 130 Year Old

by | May 6, 2002 | Archives

Here’s some longevity secrets.

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  • Olympic Runner Meets 130 Year Old
  • It’s in the Water
  • Tip on How to Look Better and Live Longer
  • Salamanders Crown Jewel
  • A Natural History Brief

Dear International Friend,


The January 1973 issue of National Geographic contains an article entitled, “Every Day Over 100 is a Gift” written by Dr. Alexander Leaf. This article was written about the three valleys-one in Georgia (Balkans), one in Pakistan (Hunza) and the valley of Vilcabamba (Ecuador), where 1,080 people per 100,000 lived on average to be 100.

The article compared this longevity to three per 100,000 in the United States. More important those who reached a ripe age (even over 100) remained vital, sexually active, continuing to work and participate regularly in the community.

These valleys offer ideal living conditions, but there is something else that is special. Learn what one of our health delegates discovered when he visited one of these valleys.

After our latest “Health Secrets of the World” course, (see one of the delegates, Dave Wharton, (a former Olympic athlete) visited Vilcabamba, the valley of longevity in Ecuador. Here are two pictures. the first of Artimidoro Gaona, a woodcutter, still working at the age of 110.

vilcabamba 130 year old

The oldest person Dave visited was Ramon Armijos who is 130, pictured here with his 94 year old wife.

vilcabamba 130 year old


Why do they live so long? The valley offers ideal living conditions, but there are two special factors, the first being special waters acclaimed to assist long life. These waters are very alkaline.So I was not surprised when I recently discovered that the waters here at our Merrily Farms are alkaline as well. Our son Jake works for the National Wildlife Federation and as a master researcher recently did a comprehensive study on the farm.

Part of that study covered the water alkalinity in this area and it turns out that our water is among the most alkaline in the world. You can see this on the water map here. Our farm is in the county at the most northwest position of the map. Note that this area is the deepest blue (most alkaline), at the very top of the scale (see this map)

No wonder the headstones on the family cemetery here show that the five old people buried were 86, 91, 95, 100 and 115. I suspect this is also the reason why readers who visit us here feel so wonderful after soaking in the healing 104 degree hot spring waters of the Indian’s Trough at the Little Woods Spa.

So here is a simple health tip. Drink and soak in alkaline waters. Last week we looked at the concept of as above, so below. We live in a fast moving, acid society, so it should not be surprising that excessive acidity in our system is a problem.

One Shaman we studied and lived with in a valley of mists explained that even the mists were alkaline and that the free hydrogen in alkaline waters acts like a mop to absorb free radicals. The mists in their belief clean from the outside in. He continually pinched our skin to show us how over the days we spent in the valley made our skin became tighter as it was being cleansed in this way.


Another reason Dr. Alexander Leaf believed that the residents of Vilcabamba live to such ripe ages is the nutrition that comes from the rich volcanic soils. The minerals and elements help sustain extraordinary longevity and health. These nutrients permeate everything in these valleys, the water, plants, every aspect of the food chain.

This is why Merri and I continually drink the spring waters here.So here is another health tip. Eat more alkaline foods! This is an important longevity secret and it will help you look younger too. Vegetables!!!

Acidity is a problem in our society. Neutralize acidity and you will not only feel better, but you will have more energy and potential for longevity as well.

Until next message, I wish you glowing health!


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