Strong and Vital No 2

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No. 2 APRIL/MAY 2024 - online only Strong & Vital THE LONGEVITY MAGAZINE FOR ACTIVE PEOPLE 60 PLUS 5.00 US$, EURO, CHF

BENITA CANTIENI Master in Body Evolution

Giacomo Agostini (82) still drives at 250kmh

Dr. med. Jürg Kuoni The Vaccination Controversy

MILAN Longevity Summit 2024

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Index of contents



Benita Cantieni - Master in Body Evolution


Benita Cantieni - page 6

The Longevity Summit in Milan and Lugano, March 2024 10

The Company of Elders, London


Dr. med. Jürg Kuoni - The Vaccination Controversy


Milan Longevity Summit - page 10

Yvonne Keller - Give Your Organs the Space They Need 18

Muscles - The Strongest Connection to Life


Urin Leaks among Sportswomen


Giacomo Agostini - Famous Motorbike World Champion 24

Jürgen Woldt - page 20

Health Tribune LONGEVITY Congress 6.11.24 Locarno


ZüriFit - First LONGEVITY Gym near Zurich, Switzerland 28

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Giacomo Agostini - page 24

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A Frightening Scenario: a Fixed-Term Life

I would not be surprised if the introduction of a possible EXPIRATION DATE in relation to human life is considered in the public debate over the next few years. In view of today's longevity, which means that some of us live beyond the age of 80 - and thus place a longer burden on the social security system - would it be conceivable to consider a limited life expectancy from birth - as in use for food expiration dates? For example, by setting an official lifespan of 80 years from the day of birth in strict mathematical terms? After which only those are allowed to live who have their own assets, pay for medical treatment out of their own pocket, no longer receive the retirement pension and cease therefore to be a burden on the community? Does that seem like a bold prediction to you? I keep saying: REALITY EXCEEDS OUR IMAGINATION ! It looks like science fiction, but it is a plausible scenario (terrifying, like in the film SOYLENT GREEN, 1973). We must be prepared for any development. Because: cynicism is rampant, altruism is rare and greed is deeply rooted. Attacks on the Elderly What should be done when baby boomers are attacked not only verbally but also physically in the context of intergenerational conflict because they are blamed for high social spending? The over 60s must be able to defend themselves. That's why I personally promote dedicated self-defence courses. A few well thought-out and prac tised techniques can be all it takes to deter or even incapacitate an unprepared attacker - such a reaction is not expected from an older person. No superhuman strength is required, contrary to popular belief. If a person, even an older one, does strength training, the basics are in place. Longevity, a Booming Market Have you noticed? LONGEVITY is the latest term that is gradually replacing the belligerent expres sion "anti-ageing". It sounds promising and does not involve the effort of fighting (anti=against) a dark and terrifying enemy - age, which "brings with it catastrophic developments" for which you may even have to feel ashamed and ask for "justification and forgiveness". After all, it's not your fault. From the late Latin longaevitas , "long life", the term is used in biology to describe the physiolo gical ability of an organism to survive beyond what is considered the average limit for the species in question. It is therefore a thoroughly positive concept, practically a reward (for good behaviour) that one can strive for. Today, the term "longevity" is suddenly associated with a variety of products, and not just in the medical sector. Marketing has discovered the existence of this term, used in the English version also in foreign languages, and is capitalising on it. The labelling of food and nutritional supplements as well as physical activities has now actually replaced the (already) outdated formula "anti-ageing". Longevity offers are springing up like mushrooms. Discreetly, a new, fast-growing market has emerged in this area for a selected few: Longevity cli nics, which employ specialists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and beauticians, among others. These facilities are of course in the most exclusive locations and are not accessible to ordinary mortals.


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Longevity (still) seems to be a promise for a very wealthy elite. In this case, it comes at a high price. However, medicine and the pharmaceutical industry are preparing to conquer the longevity market also through public healthcare subsidies. It's time for longevity conferences and trade fairs, every supplier wants to be the first on the scene to anticipate competitors. This is where the gurus emerge to sell all sorts of products, therapies and programmes. A complex and intertwined system based on tests, supplements, medicines and beauty treatments that need to be calibrated and supplemented following precise instructions. Behind the scenes, there is often a doctor (or a pool of doctors) who inspires confidence in the most stubborn who are still sceptical despite persistent marketing treatment. MUSCLE TRAINING in the context of longevity requires a different approach, as potential active people will carry out the tailor-made programme themselves, of course with the professional support of a trainer. The path to fitness and health may be strenuous, but the benefits are many. Muscle training offers health at a low price and makes it possible to reduce or even do without me dication, shapes the body (yes, even at a certain age), gives an incomparable feeling of satisfaction (endorphins), awakens vitality, i.e. the will to act. At the other end of the spectrum are the doctors, who instead rely on drug therapies or suggest (often unnecessary) interventions to eliminate any disorder. Then you wonder why health insurance costs are skyrocketing. I would like to end my editorial by urging you to keep up your vital MUSCLE TRAINING to maintain your muscles and skeleton, counteracting the onset of sarcopenia and osteoporosis. Your whole body will become STRONG and VITAL . Last but not least: Switch to a vegan diet if possible. We want to be LONGEVITY pioneers, many of us already are.

The LONGEVITY Congress on 6 November 2024 in Locarno (Switzerland) will be an opportunity to meet many of you in person. Registration at: Yours, Jean-Pierre L. Schupp Longevity pioneer

Jean-Pierre Leonhard Schupp Born 1954, Biological age "54", Health expert, book author, 5th Dan Black Belt Karate/kick-boxing, Curriculum vitae, see: Contact:

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Embodied Empowerment Benita Cantieni’s Path to Self-Mastery Through CANTIENICA ® body in evolution

The Genesis of CANTIENICA ® body in evolution Cantieni’s journey through a «pain career,» battling scoliosis, arthrosis, and the specter of surgeries that promised more limitations than solutions, led her to develop the CANTIENICA ® method. It was born out of necessity—a quest for a therapy that actually heals, transforms, and rejuvenates. None of the traditional therapies offered the holistic improvement she yearned for, driving her to explore beyond the conventional, to the very core of our being—our bones.

In our quest for lasting wellness and physical empowerment, the remarkable journey of Benita Cantieni stands as a testament to the transformative power of mindful movement and anatomical awareness. Through the creation of the CANTIENICA ® body in evolution method, Cantieni not only transcended her own physical challenges but also forged a path for countless others toward enhanced vitality, strength, and body integrity. This narrative delves into the confluence of personal triumph, innovative exercise philosophy, and practical techniques that define the CANTIENICA ® method. Embark on a journey that moves beyond conventional fitness paradigms, offering insights into a life redefined by resilience, anatomical enlightenment, and the pursuit of a body in harmonious balance with itself. Embracing the wisdom that has shaped CANTIENICA ® body in evolution, we delve into the essence of what Benita Cantieni believes are the pillars of graceful aging: movement, sleep, and nutrition. The synergy of these elements forms the bedrock of a life lived with vitality and resilience. It’s not merely about longevity but about the quality of life, ensuring that each year is In a world where the sedentary lifestyle has become the norm, Cantieni emphasizes the crucial role of movement and exercise. «Only a body tuned for motion and in motion possesses the equilibrium needed to not fall,» she states. This equilibrium is not just physical balance but also the internal harmony of a body in its prime, regardless of age. Flexibility, strength, and resilience are the trifecta for a body that thrives through the decades. These qualities ensure that our bodies are not just enduring time but are sculpted for it, prepared to face life’s unpredictabilities with grace. as enriching as the one before. Why Movement is Key

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The Core of CANTIENICA ® body in evolution At the heart of the CANTIENICA ® method is a profound respect for the body’s architecture. «Working from the bones, with the bones,» Cantieni describes the method as a dance with our skeletal structure, ensuring «in a truly erected body, all essential structures are activated, used, fortified.» This encompasses bones, fasciae, ligaments, tendons, and muscles — 100% of them, all at once, in every exercise, in every move. It’s a holistic activation that doesn’t just target muscles in isolation but engages the entire body in a symphony of movement. Conclusion Benita Cantieni’s CANTIENICA ® body in evolution is more than a method; it’s a manifesto for aging with grace, dignity, and vitality. Through targeted movement, an understanding of our body’s core structures, and a commitment to holistic well-being, we unlock the secrets to not just surviving but thriving in the dance of life.


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Benita Cantieni (born 1950): A Symphony of Strength and Grace

Exercises Give it a try

In the landscape of physical wellness and transformative bodywork, Benita Cantieni stands as a beacon of innova tion and hope. Her journey from the constraints of scoliosis and severe joint issues to the creation of CANTIENICA ® body in evolution is not just her story but a testament to the

resilience and adaptability of the human body. The Genesis of a Movement Revolution

Faced with the prospect of living a life marred by pain and limited mobility, Cantieni embarked on a quest for healing that transcended conventional therapies. From the depths of her struggles emerged the CANTIENICA ® method — a revolutionary approach to body wellness that harmoni zes movement, exercise, sleep, and nutrition. Cantieni’s method is a celebration of the body’s potential to not just heal but thrive through mindful engagement with its core structures. Her philosophy centers on the power of informed move ment. «A body tuned for motion and in motion has the equilibrium it takes to not fall,» Cantieni asserts, encapsu lating her belief in the necessity of flexibility, strength, and resilience for graceful aging. The method she developed is a response to a career of pain — a journey through the inadequacies of existing therapies to a holistic understan ding of the body’s innate wisdom. Crafting the CANTIENICA ® Method CANTIENICA ® body in evolution is more than a fitness pro gram; it’s a reeducation of the body’s way of moving and being. At its core is the anatomical precision — the align ment of bones, the activation of the pelvic floor, and the integration of fasciae, ligaments, tendons, and muscles in every movement. Cantieni’s method is an invitation to a life of balance, where each exercise is an opportunity to engage the body wholly, ensuring a foundation of strength that defies the conventional expectations of aging. Legacy and Influence Today, Benita Cantieni is not only revered for her perso nal transformation but also for the impact of her work on the global stage. Her teachings have inspired therapists, orthopedists, chiropractors, and fitness enthusiasts alike, bringing the CANTIENICA ® method to individuals seeking not just relief from pain but a profound connection with their bodies. With over 2,200 trained practitioners sprea ding her method across continents, Cantieni’s vision of a world where everyone has access to the tools for physical education and wellness is steadily becoming a reality. Her books, videos, and training programs serve as a beacon for those navigating the challenges of physical ailments, offering a path to recovery that is grounded in understanding, respect, and love for the body’s capabi lities. At 74, Cantieni embodies the vitality, strength, and flexibility she champions, proving that age, indeed, is but a number when one is armed with the knowledge and prac tice of CANTIENICA ® body in evolution. A Living Testament Benita Cantieni’s life and work are a living testament to the transformative power of movement and a holistic approach to wellness. Through the CANTIENICA ® body in evolution, she offers more than a method — it’s a movement, a phi losophy, and a journey towards a life of unbridled strength, grace, and vitality.

Standing The tips of your sitting bones are your reference points in align ing the pelvis and activating the levator ani. If the sitting bones point downwards to an imaginary point a little behind your heels, your pelvis is upright. Try drawing the tips of your sitting bones together, very softly. That activates the levator ani. The pelvic floor is now connected with the back musculature via the sacrum. This muscle activity allows you to stetch your spine, making it longer. The easiest way to do that is by inviting the sacrum deeper into yout body and stretching it to the tip of your head, the crown. Now pull the crown of your head up as far as possible, like an extension of your spine. By doing so, you create space bet ween your vertebrae – space for the nerves that run through your spinal cord and from there through your body. You’ll also activate more than 200 small muscles that support and pro tect your spine and make it mobile and flexible. These are the true or autochthonous back muscles, and they keep you from shrinking as you grow older. If you have already shrunk, this training will restore you to your full length. Sitting Sit on the edge of a chair or stool. Ideally your sitbones are above the knees. Align on the sitting bones. Feet and knees are hip-narrow apart; your feet are placed in a very slight V posi tion on the floor. Imagine your chest lifting upwards away from your pelvis, activating your trunk musculature. Let the crown

of your head point straight up. Relax your shoulders. Your hands are resting on your upper thighs, palms up. Pull the sacrum into the torso and up to the crown, with all other vertebrae. Now nudge the joints at the base of the big toes and the center of the heels softly against the floor. You should feel the sitting bones drawing together and the levator ani being activated.

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The outer vertebrae maintain their natural curvature, the core of the spine, the spinal canal, is straight. The ideal sitting position involves neither a flat back nor a saddle back. It consists of the weightless stretch and alignment that arises from sitting erect over the exact center of your sitting bones. Lying down Lie down on your mat. Lie on your back and place your feet on the ground, hip-wide and forming a slight V. Place your hands palms down on your lower ribcage, relaxed. Now align sitting bones towards the floor and then stretch them, together with your tailbone and pubic bone, towards the heels while letting the crown of your head pull in the opposite direction. Do this

changes. Discover and awaken the power of your pelvic floor – for more elasticity, suppleness, vitality and sexual enjoyment! Say goodbye to a weak bladder, incontinence, orgasm prob lems, back complaints etc. Tigerfeeling gives men and women natural power and grace to last a lifetime. Amazon: R e v i ew : B00EA7TQEU#customerReviews “I have known about Benita Cantieni for 15 years. She has developed her method all by herself. Against many objections, obstacles, and criticism she has perse vered and succeeded. At last somebody who under stands the human body from using it and being aware of it.” “Actually 5 Stars are not enough to rate this book. The exercises are truly life changing! I’m recommending it to everyone I know.” “Very well written book! Interesting to read. All exer cises are well described and I am starting to include them in my fitness routine.” Resources in English Recognizing the universal need for such a transformative approach to body wellness, Benita Cantieni has made strides toward introducing her method to the English-speaking world. Although resources are currently limited, they provide a valu able starting point for those eager to embark on this journey: Website : Newsletter : Online Courses: There are two online courses designed to introduce the fundamentals of the CANTIENICA ® method to English-speaking participants. These courses are structured to provide a deep understanding of Cantieni’s techniques, allo wing individuals to practice at their own pace. Weekly Class with Benita Cantieni : For those seeking direct guidance from the creator herself, Benita Cantieni offers a weekly class. This is a unique opportunity to experience the method firsthand and receive personalized feedback. Your Livestream Wednesday Pass. CANTIENICA®-Livestream: Live wherever you are. Become a regular and train every week. This is the best way to get the most out of the method. Every lesson is different. 600 exercises are waiting for you. Often Benita Cantieni leads the session. If it’s not Benita, other seasoned instructors as Conny Wassermann will guide you through the lesson. To make it more accessible, we lowered the price permanently: The Pass costs 90 EUR/CHF per month. cid=54bba560bc&mc_eid=03061e533f#wednesday Not quite sure? The Trial Lesson. Trying something new can be pretty scary. So why not start with a test lesson? You par ticipate in the program and feel what the method can do for you. A test lesson costs 35 CHF/EUR. https://cantienica. com/en/livestream-studio/?mc_cid=54bba560bc&mc_ eid=03061e533f#testlesson Certified Trainers : A growing network of certified trainers offers lessons and workshops in English. These trainers are skilled in Benita Cantieni’s method, ready to guide students through their transformative journey.

until all the muscles on both sides of your spine touch the floor. Now stretch the belly button simultaneously towards the pubic bone and the breastbone – and you’re fully stretched. If it feels like your spine is hovering above the ground rather than lying flat on the mat, that’s perfect. Your spine should never push into the mat below your belly button as this would hurt the spine and weaken the levator ani. Imagine the kneecaps extending towards the ceiling. Rotate the upper thigh muscles outward from the groin, it’s a micromovement, invisible from the outside. Imagine your elbows to lengthen and rotate your upper arm muscles outward from your armpits. Now start your favorite exercises in supine position. The CANTIENICA ® eBook: The cornerstone of Cantieni’s method is available in English, offering comprehensive insights into the principles and practices of «Body in evolution.» This eBook serves as an essential guide for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Benita Cantieni Tigerfeeling: The perfect pelvic floor training for men and women (English Edition) Available as e-book. Published: Aug 07, 2013 Publisher: Südwest Verlag Seller: Random House DE Print Length: 176 Pages Language: English

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Milan Longevity Summit 14-27 March 2024

Science and Myths of the Longevity Rush

The Aging Revolution, Postponing Ageing Below are some of the topics that were at the centre of the debate: • The golden rules for ageing well: every step counts, nutrition, sleep, brain plasticity, socialisation and satisfaction • Over 100 years: the Blue Zones of Sardinian Centenarians • Longevity and disease; ageing of the immune system and inflammation • Biomedicine for a long and healthy life • Epigenetic clock • Elimination of senescent «zombie» cells • Telomeres, markers of ageing • Why women live longer but age worse • Mechanisms and lessons from long-living mammals • The human brain: structural changes with age

The 14-day Milan Longevity Summit offered an exten sive and varied programme that was not only open to specialists, but also to the public. One of the aims of the international event was to produce a Ten-Point Document that would serve as a strategy for longe vity, helping legislators, health stakeholders and the general public to improve the lifestyle of the popu lation and contribute to healthy, active and efficient ageing. The debates centred on two burning current issues: Healthy Ageing and Longevity Is it sensible and even possible to chase eternal youth at all costs and thus extend life expectancy? Top scientific research is convinced that yes, this is a real revolution in the way we deal with ageing. Sixty of the most renowned scientists in this field have presented the latest frontiers of research into slowing down the biological ageing process. However, the demographic change that is taking place also requires a holistic approach in the areas of social policy, the economy, the world of work and the organisation of cities. In this background, demographers, investors, start-up entrepreneurs and some mayors also took part in the meeting.

• How technology is impacting our lifestyle • Hacking the brain in the age of big data; a mathematical approach to ageing

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The Project MILAN LONGEVITY SUMMIT Demographics show that the world is ageing, birth rates are falling while life expectancy is rising. In 2050, more than two billion people will be over 60 years old. Of these, more than two thirds will live in large urban areas. Public actors must be far-sighted, promote health preventively and not react exclusively to health emergencies. According to the world ’ s latest scientific findings, it is possible to extend life expectancy. By organising this unique two-week international scientific summit, Milan has shown how to lead the way. We are indeed facing a revolution in the future of humanity and social organisation, affecting all aspects of life. The baby boomers are a population group that already has the greatest economic power. Public and private investors, billionaires in search of the source of eternal life, private limited companies, start-ups, companies from all sectors, from Big Pharma to manufacturers of food supplements, cosmetics, adverti sing, real estate, medical and paramedical fields and the leisure industry: They are all competing for the interest of baby boomers, who have entered the third and fourth age en masse, blessed with longer life expectancy and fairly solid economic opportunities thanks to the economic boom they have enjoyed, and among other things, they may not have children and/or parents to care for.

Behind the MILAN LONGEVITY SUMMIT project is Viviana Kasam , journalist, specialised in sci ence, founder of both non-profit organisations: and

With the MILAN LONGEVITY SUMMIT, Viviana Kasam organised a FREE event that gave visi tors the opportunity to learn about the ageing process and the associated dynamics.

She deserves great thanks and respect for this.

Picture: Viviana Kasam on 25 March at the USI in Lugano with Jean-Pierre Schupp, publisher of magazine.

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The Gold Rush • Economic opportunities in the longevity era • From longevity visionaires to precision economy • Supporting the new industrial transition • The challenges of the silver economy • Why are crypto people getting into longevity? Fitness in Old Age • Physical activity to stay healthy for a long time • Growth hormone in old age: friend or foe? • Rapamycin derivatives for the treatment of age-related diseases Nutrition • Minimalist diet (calorie restriction) • Fasting Social Issues • Measures for active ageing • Adapt social services • Coordinate solidarity networks in the area of health and care services • Are we happier after 65? • The «City of Longevity» project Ethical Questions • Is it ethically justifiable to extend life expectancy? • How does an ageing population affect younger generations? • What impact will it have on the labour market if employees live longer and healthier lives? • How can society be brought back into balance? • Visionaries or guinea pigs? The Longevity Summit moved to Lugano University (Switzerland) for a special session on 25 March.

The presentations at the Milan Longevity Summit were streamed live in English and/or Italian, in some cases with simultaneous translation. Admission was free with pre-registration . Technogym, leading Italian manufacturer of sports, leisure, fitness and health equipment, was one of the sponsors of the event.


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Is the Earth a Disc? Does the Sun Revolve around the Earth?

Who would have thought that one day I would have found myself in a situation similar to that of Plato or Galilei? Yes, the student has surpassed the so-called masters, whereas the LONGEVITY scientists are in no way aware of this fact. According to my information, in the first quarter of 2024 alone, there were a long series of congresses and seminars on the subject of LONGEVITY in Switzerland and two neighbouring countries, Germany and Italy: • Pro Senectute, Biel, 18.1.24, Admission fee from 200.-,; • Forever Young? Trendtage-Gesundheit, KKL Lucerne, 6-7.3.24, Admission free 400.- per day,; • Expo Senio, Baden, 16.3.24,; • Turn Around Aging and Healthy Longevity, Künstlerhaus München, 8.3.24, ; • Future Health Basle, 27.03.24, Admission fee 890.- per day, • Milan LONGEVITY Summit, 14-25 März, FREE Admission,, and also at the • Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, 25.3.24, Admission FREE, ; • 70 years ZLS «Zurich Longitudinal Studies» Zurich University Children ’ s Hospital 2.3 and 13.3.24, A mega-hype has broken out on the subject of LONGEVITY. In Switzerland, the same scientists move from one conference to the next as speakers. Of course, when the level of knowledge about LONGEVITY corresponds to one of the above events (CHOOSE ONE), then that ’ s the state of knowledge. The word MYOKINE does not seem to be mentioned by any of the speakers, nor is intensive muscle training . I was in Lugano myself on 25 March, a stopover at the MILAN LONGEVITY SUMMIT. Most scientists explain the biological chan ges that go hand in hand with ageing. In addition to maintaining an ideal body weight through an appropriate diet, prevention seems to be limited to taking medication and dietary supplements. An expert from New York told regional television: «LONGEVITY pills will be expensive at the beginning, but over time their price will also fall». As a longevity pioneer and health expert, I can only marvel at how ignorant many so-called LONGEVITY specialists still are. Or how «smart», because if older people exercised, many medications would be superfluous - see Japan, for over 30 years we see how old and very old people can stay HEALTHY thanks to muscle training and thus also over 100+ year olds can live indepen dently and happily at home. If over 100 ’ 000 centenarians in Japan reach this age, at 70, at 80, at 90 they represent practically no burden on the healthcare system, perhaps after 100, one to two years before they die. Who in Switzerland, or in Western countries, really wants people to live so long in HEALTH? Nobody from today ’ s «perverse» healthcare system. Nowadays, the protagonists want people to be SICK for as long as possible. With only 9 million inhabitants, «health» in Switzerland costs a staggering CHF 100 billion a year. Any more questions? Whether I actually want to organise a «LONGEVITY» congress here in Muralto-Locarno on 6.11.2024 is questionable. How long can a Don Quixote keep tilting at windmills? Or to put it another way: How long can the fitness centre market in Switzer land - i.e. those «in the know» about the «health benefits of the MYOKINE messenger substances that are only released through intensive muscle training - with a turnover of 1.5 billion fight against the 100 billion turnover of the «perverse» healthcare system...? If universities and «DOCTORS» do not finally understand that the earth is not a disc (MUSCLE TRAINING) and that it revolves around the sun (MYOKINES, discovered in 2001 by Prof. Dr. Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Denmark), in other words, support my congress and finally the real health industry of the fitness centres, it is not worth it for me to continue tilting at windmills. As soon as I have completed some clarification discussions with decision-makers from universities, I will decide what exactly will happen on 6 November 2024. Jean-Pierre Schupp


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The Company of Elders The Desire to Dance Knows no Age From London to theatres all over Europe with the Company of Elders, a group of dancers over 60 founded in 1989. Staying active and socialising is important for everyone, inclu ding seniors. A comprehensive report on this topic concludes that dancing can benefit older people’s physical health as well as promote their mental wellbeing and social inclusion. Dance improves psychophysical wellness «Dancing is for me a need, a natural condition,» says one dancer, « I’m 78, but I feel twenty years younger. Dance is fantastic because it makes you stay in shape and move every part of your body, but in a delicate way. Dancing strengthens your body and improves balance, preventing old people from falling. The extraordinary thing is that when some of us had to temporarily leave the company for various problems or for undergoing operations, dance made them rapidly recover. This project increases our determination and lets us keeps going». Social relations The members of the ensemble are not exclusively retired dancers, but also people who simply want to dance and per form and have discovered this passion late in life. The special thing about this ensemble is that the performers are members of the dance troupe of the renowned Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Given the importance of the project, the dancers are often invited to travel to other cities to raise awareness and spread the message. They have travelled several times to the Nether lands, Portugal, Sweden and the Venice Biennale. Age is not a limit for them. Their identity has nothing to do with age. As life expectancy increases, it is important to find new ways to ensure the wellbeing of all generations. The main event organised by Sadler’s Wells dedicated to older people is the Elixir Festival, which takes place every two years. At the last event, 20 companies and 220 dancers took part. The event is a source of gratification that allows to create connections, to raise awareness, to be active, to give something of oneself to the audience. Info: of-elders-zoonation-youth-company-the-exchange/ Next performance: Saturday, 13 April 2024 London every dollar invested in women’s health would result in about $3 in economic growth. Investing in women’s health, which should encompass more than just reproductive health, is the refore not only a question of health equity, but also an oppor tunity to help women participate more in the labour force. Women’s health is under-funded «Ultimately, much less funding goes to women’s health, which is odd considering that women make up half the population,» said Lucy Perez, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company. The results of the study show that less than 2 per cent of healthcare research and inno vation spending is invested in women-spe cific diseases beyond cancer. Women’s health has long been a neglected area of global health that has received too little investment. Based on the report’s findings, the WEF announced the launch of a global alliance for women’s health, as investment in women’s health must be prioritised in every country. “We do not understand female biology as well as we do that of men ... Endometriosis affects 10 percent of women of reproductive age, but doesn’t see the level of investment or interest in finding a cure. At the heart of it is a socie tal problem because we are not prioritizing the lives of women in the same way that we do those of men. And this then leads to not investing in it. When a woman enters the healthcare system, she is more likely to have her concerns dismissed, ignored or potentially missed altogether. We know what has to be done. We need to work on policy and advocacy. We need to redesign infrastructure for women centric care. We need to make sure that capital is flowing into this. We need to rethink research and development, both in what we research, but also in how we research it. We need to close the data gap and then, finally, we need to reimagine medical education because we’re still using ‘reference man’ as the basis for our medical schools. How about ‘reference woman’?” said Paula Bellostas Muguerza, Senior Partner and Europe Co-Lead, Health at Kearney.

Women’s health The Gender Gap

During the last World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos (Switzerland) women leaders discussed health - and speci fically women’s health. The life expectancy of men and women has obviously inc reased. While it is a success story for humanity, it is not the whole picture. Despite living longer than men, women spend 25 per cent more of their lives in poor health, which in turn has implications for society as a whole. To address these issues, the WEF and the McKinsey Health Institute have pub lished a new insight report as part of the Forum’s Women’s Health Initiative , which was presented in Davos. The report looks at the causes of the women’s health gap, focussing on science, data, care and investment. It identi fies a number of ways to close this gap, from promoting new financing models to investing in women-specific research and implementing more inclusive health policies. Eliminating the women’s health gap could boost the global economy by at least $1 trillion annually by 2040, as there would be fewer premature deaths and health problems, allo wing women to make a greater contribution to the economy and society, according to the report, which estimates that


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A Myth That Endures Despite Everything The Vaccination Controversy

Or do all the epidemics we vaccinate ourselves against take us out of life young? There have always been old people. But do we live almost twice as long as we did a hundred years ago? Statistically, that is undoubtedly true. But only a modest part of the credit for extending our lives goes to medicine; as we have already reported, we owe most of our current longevity to the art of engineering, which has created sanitary facilities, sewage systems, waste disposal and comprehensive hygiene. Then we also forget that life expectancy has statistically in creased without us getting any older, because infant mortality has fallen as a result of better hygiene. The Americans show us the following: The infant mortality rate there is at the level of a developing country, far higher than in Cuba, for example, and life expectancy is decreasing instead of increasing. However, I have strayed slightly off topic. The WHO has eradicated smallpox and has set itself the goal of eradicating polio (poliomyelitis) with its vaccination sponsors Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi and GPEI (Global Polio Eradication Initiative). With elabo rate campaigns, it has not played the slightest part in the practical disappearance of the two diseases. And the immunisation campaigns are certainly not helping us to live to a healthy old age. Do we even need all these vaccinations to grow old in good health? Edward Jenner, one of the pillars of medicine, intro duced smallpox vaccination with a cowpox serum in 1796. It was not only useless, as his detractors criti cised, but actually dangerous. Just like today, poli ticians became active back then and believed that they were responsible for the health of their fellow citi zens. As a result, vaccination was made compulsory everywhere while was fiercely protested against, but governments across Europe cracked down. Oppo sition to compulsory vaccination was punished with merciless severity. Expropriations, forced vaccinations and prison sentences were on the order of the day. The biggest uprising against compulsory vaccination was organised by the inhabitants of the city of Leices ter in Great Britain. The government had to resign and the new government cancelled the compulsory vaccination. The local medical association foreshado wed terrifying scenarios, but the opposite happened. Smallpox cases declined and Leicester was soon free of smallpox. Smallpox vaccination:

It is said that immunisations have saved millions of lives. Apparently, we only reach a healthy age if we have the number of doses of vaccine recommended by health authorities injected into our upper arm or put into a sugar pill to swallow («Vaccination is sweet, polio is terrible») by the time we reach school age. Upon reaching adulthood, it’s a few more, plus the annual flu jab and, thanks to Covid, another two Covid vaccinations and at least one booster. At the Davos Economic Forum (WEF), we can already see «Disease X» on the horizon, against which CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) will have another vaccination ready in 100 days as promised. And so it should go on... The Covid crisis was a huge debacle, an economic and humanitarian disaster. The cause of this catastro phe of the century was by no means the virus, but the so-called measures in the «fight» against the virus, all imported from China by Tedros (World Health Organi sation boss). And fight they did, our politicians. Among other things, with their penetrating propaganda, financed with our tax money, for the «vaccination», which is not a vaccination, was of no use and is of no use, including the booster. As a consolation, every vaccinated person was given a licence to start hunting down the unvaccinated without any inhibitions, unless they were no longer able to do so as a result of the vaccination. This licence was used extensively. But the Covid pandemic did have one good thing. The resounding failure of the «vaccination», which only our health bureaucrats have not yet realised, or rather, do not want to realise, has given new impetus to an old question: Do we actually need all these vaccinations to grow old in good health? Do we actually have an immune system?

Dr. med. Jürg Kuoni

Born 1945

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The «Leicester model» caught on, compulsory small pox vaccinations soon became a practice of the past and smallpox disappeared. Until 1950, however, small pox was still routinely vaccinated against in many countries, as I can prove with my two vaccination scars on my upper arm. The smallpox vaccination did not add one bit to our longer life expectancy.

Vaccination has not saved us from either of these two diseases, neither extends our healthy life expectancy. There is no clean, randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled trial for any other vaccine, so I won’t even start listing them. The vaccination that could theoretically prolong life is the HPV vaccination, i.e. against the human papillo mavirus, which can cause cervical cancer. Again, it is a vaccination against a rare disease and its benefits have been proven by dubious studies. It is a disease for which there is effective prevention. Why the vacci nation? Vaccination has not contributed to a longer and healthier life. One exception must be admitted: the measles vaccination , although strictly speaking it causes a «desirable undesirable» side effect, it is safe and effective. This is possible because there is only one measles virus strain. Small outbreaks of measles occur from time to time, occasionally among strict opponents of the vaccination, mostly letting panic arise instead of communicating how many of those infected were actually unvaccinated. Probably for good reason. The Danish researcher Peter Aaby came up with the desirable side effect of the measles vaccination. Children vaccinated against measles also had a sur vival advantage in other infectious diseases, even in the absence of measles. The measles vaccination appears to train the immune system . Peter Aaby made this discovery in a developing coun try, but the phenomenon has now also been proven for industrialised countries. Do vaccinations extend our healthy lifespan? Not a trace. The measles vaccination seems to train our immune system, the rubella vaccination protects against deformed babies, but our healthy lifespan? We do not extend it with medical inter ventions, but with regular training of our cardiovascular system, our brain and above all our muscles, which carry us healthily through life.

And polio?

Polio viruses are so-called enteroviruses, they thrive and multiply in the intestines and are transmitted through poor hygiene, especially via contamina ted water. Polio occurs in localised outbreaks, most children in epidemic areas experience a polio infec tion without symptoms, which can be easily detected by an antibody test. One per cent of those infected are usually permanently paralysed. President Roose velt, who himself contracted polio at the age of 39, became the patron saint of immunisation in the USA. After preliminary studies, the largest medical experi ment in the history of medicine began in the USA: 1.8 million children took part in the study with the Salk polio vaccine. During the trial, the press reported con tinuously on the results, and at the end the press con ference announced: «The vaccine is effective, safe and potent». Cheers erupted throughout the coun try, church bells rang, Jonas Salk, the developer of the vaccine, became a public hero and the study was celebrated as a great success. However, it was not a success, vaccine protection was in the per mille range, and serious side effects, mostly paralysis, occurred in the course of the immediate mass vaccination pro gramme in the USA. The vaccination did not contribute to a longer and healthier life. In a second mass immunisation campaign, this time with the new Sabin oral vaccine, millions of children in India were vaccinated. The WHO and sponsors cele brated the campaign as a historic event. It was not a success either: although cases of polio decreased, cases of «acute flaccid paralysis» increased at the same time. «A change of label», said an investigative Indian journalist.

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Pelvic Floor

Give Your Organs the Space They Need

Imagine your abdominal organs. Your intestines, liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, pancreas, kid neys, bladder, uterus or prostate and how they lie in your abdo minal cavity and are structured, wrapped and held in place by fascia. The so-called peritoneum lines the abdominal cavity and the abdominal and back mus cles form the side walls, the dia phragm the upper end and the pelvic floor the lower end. Thanks to this elastic envelope, we can move freely.

But be careful: the breathing move ment into the abdominal cavity and thus the organ movement only takes place when the body is in a longi tudinally tensed position. Try the self-test now. Put yourself in a slou ched position, as we often find our selves doing at the computer, and observe your breathing movement. In a slouched position, this is almost imperceptible in the abdomen, as we can only breathe into the chest. This means that your organs are not being rocked. Your organs are also pushed for wards and downwards in a slouched position. You can clearly see and feel how the abdomen bulges outwards in a slouched position.

Movement also takes place in the abdominal cavity. Not only the movement of the intestines and the pulsation of our heart and arteries, but also the movement of our breath, which moves all our organs. Every time we inhale, the diaphragm lowers towards the abdomen so that fresh air flows into the lungs. This lowering of the diaphragm leads to a downward shift of the abdominal organs towards the pelvic floor and to all sides of the torso, be it the abdomen, waist or back. As you exhale, the diaphragm swings back up into the chest cavity, allowing the breath to flow out. This also causes the abdominal organs to move inwards and upwards again. This organ movement, triggered by breathing, is important for the functioning and health of the organs. Feel this and place your hands on your stomach and observe how your stomach rises and falls, including your abdominal organs. Organs are rocked back and forth day and night. If we add up the distances of the organ movements, this can be up to 300 metres a day!

As the organs consist mainly of water, they cannot be compressed if there is a lack of space. Your organs always remain the same size. This is why they are forced to shift forwards and downwards in a slouched posi tion due to the reduction in space between the ribcage and pelvis. This puts pressure on the pelvic floor and also on the bladder. Place one hand on your pubic bone and the other hand on your breastbone and note the distance between your hands in a stretched position and then in a bent position and how your stomach changes. You can also measure this distance between your ster num and pubic bone with a tape measure. Just as the distance is in the stretched position, it should also be the same in all prolonged positions, such as when dri ving, working in the office, walking or standing. Even on the sofa, make sure that the distance between your sternum and pubic bone remains long. To make this easier for you, a cushion or two in the small of your back can help. In the case of problems with the pelvic floor, bladder and especially organ prolapse, it is extremely important to give the organs space and thus avoid pressure. This is why a longitudinally tensed posture and a focus on the distance between the pubic bone and sternum are of the utmost relevance and enable beneficial organ movement.

Yvonne Keller

Born 1965

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