Why do the Wealthy live so long?

In the United States during the mid 1800’s the average life expectancy for a white male was approximately 38 years old. But John D. Rockefeller was born in 1839 and lived to be 97 years old. Just think about that for a moment. That’s 2.5 times the average life expectancy of that time. That would be the equivalent of someone today living to be around 200 years old! Isn’t that substantial? Currently Queen Elizabeth II is 93 years old and her husband Prince Philip will turn 98 years old next month. So why is it that the super wealthy enjoy such long lifespans? Is it luck? Is it good genes? Is it because rivers of cash flow from their diamond encrusted buttholes? Maybe it’s all three, but to be more precise (and money aside) what is the primary cause for such amazing longevity compared to the rest of us, where we all breathe the same air on the same plane of existence? The reason is, they don’t eat what we eat.

An excerpt from the New York Times on the web dated May 24, 1937 under the heading: Clocklife Habits Prolonged His Life; explains how particular Mr. Rockefeller was when it came to his food. He didn’t eat things from stores, (and back then, how poisonous could the food have been compared to today’s high fructose corn syrup and Frankenfried mystery nuggets?) The article states: The major concern of John D. Rockefeller’s late years was to live as long as possible… The physicians would not make available the details of Mr. Rockefeller’s diet. It was known however, to have consisted during the last few years of at least 75% vegetables. He received green vegetables from all over the world and many were grown in his own gardens at Lakewood, Ormond Beach, and Tarrytown… The lamb that was made into broths and soups for him was grown on his own places. He also produced on his estates the fresh milk he drank in order to be assured of its purity and quality. He drank also a great deal of a special cultured milk. (bold emphasis mine)

A few years ago I found some pictures on the web of the Rockefeller family having a little get together on their property with what appeared to be a couple of young boyfriends of girls in the family, and I thought the images were very interesting. It was only the two boys in the photos that were consuming name brand goods from the grocery store. One was holding a bottle of Heineken, and the other an Aquafina. For the Rockefeller’s however, everything was in home containers and glasses. The entire spread on the very long table did not show one single name brand item of any kind. Everything appeared to have been made in- house and was contained in their personal dish ware. I guess they have a “little” guest fridge where name brand items are stored in case someone stops by. But these wealthy families don’t touch it because they know what the hell is in it.

I have heard doctors discuss why they only eat and drink things they prepare themselves, why they prefer to slow cook their meats and almost never use a microwave. If it’s good enough for them, then it’s good enough for me. Did you know that microwaves make many meats carcinogenic, and because they alter the molecular structure of food, they produce massive amounts of free radicals as well? Think about that the next time you go to nuke your Hot Pocket. The lifespans don’t lie. The proof is in the pudding.

I will close with a few healthy suggestions. It may seem like a pain to use thermal heat all of the time for cooking and reheating leftovers but it’s actually not that bad at all. You just need to plan ahead. I oftentimes use a pressure cooker for things like chicken breasts and sausages and they are ready in minutes. Put a roast in the slow cooker and when you get home from work it will be ready to eat and probably provide plenty of great leftovers. This is one of the many reasons I love beef stews, chili, and soups; plenty of nutritious easy to warm leftovers for days. A general rule of thumb when cooking on the stove is to be patient and keep the heat under 300F for your butter and meats, because high heat produces the bad trans fats that can clog your arteries. Cook with real butter, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil that has the certification seal on the bottle by the International Olive Council. If it doesn’t have the seal it is probably not the real thing, because most low priced olive oils advertised as extra virgin are fake. Go GMO and fresh if you can and avoid anything with high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring (a carcinogen), and trans fat. Avoid plastic containers because of the BPA, and never heat one in a microwave. As a matter of fact, just retire your microwave. Your DNA is going to thank you for it. And last but not least ditch the carbs! We may not be able to own a plantation like the Rockefellers do that produces the purest food in the world, but we do have a lot of control over our food choices and the way we prepare them, and that’s enough.

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