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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:39 PM

The Island Where People Forget to Die



In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. Hed survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, N.Y., an enclave of countrymen from his native island, Ikaria. He quickly landed a job doing manual labor. Later, he moved to Boynton Beach, Fla. Along the way, Moraitis married a Greek-American woman, had three children and bought a three-bedroom house and a 1951 Chevrolet.

One day in 1976, Moraitis felt short of breath. Climbing stairs was a chore; he had to quit working midday. After X-rays, his doctor concluded that Moraitis had lung cancer. As he recalls, nine other doctors confirmed the diagnosis. They gave him nine months to live. He was in his mid-60s.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/magazine/the-island-where-people-forget-to-die.html?pagewanted=all

Mineral Man's delightful post a moment ago, reminds me of a wonderful piece I had read awhile ago.
Hope everyone enjoys this as much as I have

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sasha031 Dec 2012 OP
Elad Dec 2012 #1
randome Dec 2012 #2
roguevalley Dec 2012 #11
byeya Dec 2012 #3
roguevalley Dec 2012 #12
jollyreaper2112 Dec 2012 #4
malaise Dec 2012 #5
sasha031 Dec 2012 #7
Speck Tater Dec 2012 #6
sasha031 Dec 2012 #8
ReRe Dec 2012 #9
AllyCat Dec 2012 #10
ErikJ Dec 2012 #13

Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:12 PM

1. Excellent...

Thanks for sharing.

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:19 PM

2. I think we would all live longer if we forgot how old we are.

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Response to randome (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 09:31 PM

11. ditto. :D

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:21 PM

3. Yes. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?

 

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Response to byeya (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 09:31 PM

12. 9 months older than most of us remember to say. :D

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:24 PM

4. good article

The key takeaway is that all of the healthy lifestyle components need to be taken together. Together, they are reinforcing. Apart, they don't work as well. And the American lifestyle is geared towards early death.

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:44 PM

5. Well worth the read

Thanks

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:56 PM

7. I thought so too

what's so lovely is the young still go to the mainland for higher ed, then return & have families.
it's the island of the circle of life

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:54 PM

6. And they have 40% unemployment and don't care.

 

Nobody watches the clock. Nobody cares what time it is. They wake up when they wake up, even if that's not till 10:00 AM or later. Nobody cares if they have a lot of money or not. They have escaped from the rat race. They are the polar opposite of our society.

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:59 PM

8. think there's very few clocks there

they do their own farming, share everything with the rest of the island, very self sufficient.

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:12 PM

9. Age is only a state of mind.

You're as young as you want to be, and not a day older! Mind over matter.! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful article. What a story!!!!

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:27 PM

10. Wow he looks happy!

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 09:50 PM

13. Hill walking

"Its hard to get through the day in Ikaria without walking up 20 hills. "
I read his great book "Blue Zones" and the same goes for Italy's Sardinia island. THey have the largest concentration of centenarian men in the world because they walk so many hills there.
So I have taken up walking up a 70 foot set of stairs every day for the past year. And never felt better.

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