World's longest living woman

Listening to the 'Today' programme on radio four this morning, I was struck by an item about the world's longest living woman having just died.

If I remember correctly, she attributed this to her diet, which consisted mainly of three eggs (raw) a day, meat and milk.

So much for all the dietary advice on raw eggs and cholesterol over the last few years - lots of good B12 there!

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  • Hi, very interesting but I can't imagine eating raw eggs, not for me. On a similar vein, did you see BBC's programmes 'How to Stay Young'? 2 episodes. Although you may think this would be for oldies, like me, has lots of information for younger people wanting to live al longer, healthier life. In the 1st, a community in the LA conurbation, Loma Linda, was featured, where people live 10 years longer than people in any other Californian community. Loma Linda is mainly Christadelphian and therefore people are mainly vegetarian or vegan. It is also a very wealthy area, so people probably can more likely afford organic food. The 2nd program features a population on a small Japanese island where people live to an old age but rarely suffer with Alzheimer's, thought to be due to the staple food being a root vegetable with purple flesh, now being studied for it's properties. All sorts of other things to do with diet and exercise, were also explored in these programmes, still on catch up if you're interested.

  • 1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

    2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

    3. The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans

    4. The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

    5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

    CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

  • And if it's American English WOW! No chance :D fbirder

  • 🍷🍺 😷

  • In regard to the raw eggs as a teenager I loved to whip them up in milk I don,t know what it did for me.

  • My Mum's universal panacea for us kids was a glass of full-fat milk with sugar and a raw egg mixed in. I'm sure my brother used to fake illness to get his dose.

  • Love it ! Xx

  • Fantastic! Made me chuckle

  • Forest1000, that's interesting and thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    I'm a fourth generation Christadelphian and I've never heard that we "are mainly vegetarian or vegan. It is also a very wealthy area, so people probably can more likely afford organic food."

    It may be a a local anomaly or just a coincidence that there are Christadelphians living in Loma Linda, but as Bible (in its entirety as the inspired Word of God) believers there is absolutely no preclusion or prohibition within it's pages on Christadelphians or anyone else from eating meat.

    Being vegan or vegetarian surely is up to one's own, individual, personal preference or circumstance.

    Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ ate lamb at the "Last Supper" - need I say more?

  • I'm very sorry, I got it completely wrong. Loma Linda, as stated in the programme, is occupied mainly by Seventh Day Adventists and not Christadelphians. Seventh Day Adventists have a completely different set of beliefs to those held by Christadelphians, and they are often vegetarian or vegan. I wasn't implying anything about the moral case for vegetarianism, just stating the fact mentioned in the programme, and my memory caught me out. The other group mentioned living in Japan are not vegetarian. I happen to be vegetarian, but I don't expect everyone else to be. I'm more likely to say with regards to food, eat as varied a diet as possible and eat everything in moderation. Thanks for sorting me out on that point, I shouldn't have made that error.

  • No worries Forest1000 I can fully empathise with your memory "playing tricks" on you and it's not often we Christadelphians get a free mention in any media so it's all good, and I'm still "clivealive" coming up to 75.

    God bless.

  • Hi I saw both of these very interesting programmes. Incidentally I walked past a health food shop this morning and there in the window a huge advertisement saying " ANGELA RIPPON " INULIN for sale. That was the stuff that they said reduces fat around the abdominal area and the organs ( I reckon I ve got plenty of that).

  • Thanks Forest - the programme sound interesting. I will look out for it on Iplayer.

    Just remembering a bad period when I found it hard to swallow anything and existed for a time on raw eggs whisked with orange juice - not unpleasant at all and no ill effects from salmonella.....

  • There are 20µg of B12 in 100 grams of caviare - now that's raw eggs for you Polaris :D

  • Gone fishing

  • Where do you get all your info from, you make me laugh Clivealive x

  • Part of my eggistence Gb57

  • couple of jokes

    a) abstinence doesn't make you live longer - it just feels like you are living longer

    b) journalist goes to a remote mountain community looking for the oldest man in the world. He finds the man - aged in his hundreds and asks him, in a long interview, what he thinks is the reason for his longevity - his reply 'I refrain from women, and all intoxicating substances, including alcohol and tobacco.' Throughout the interview there has been a lot of loud noise and banging from the room above so as the interview finishes the journalist asks the man what all the noise was.

    The man rolls his eyes and sighs. That's dad - he's probably smoking and drinking with his fancy woman again.

  • I must be ignorant I have never heard of Christadelphians.Is there another name?

  • Retren The word Christadelphian simply means "brethren (& sisters) in Christ" and we have been in existence as probably what would be called a "on conformist" denomination since 1848 and have Ecclesias (churches) worldwide..

    We base our beliefs solely on the Bible, and differ from mainstream Christianity in a number of doctrinal areas.

    We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who died on the cross 2000 years ago, was raised to life again by God and as promised in the Bible, he is soon to return to the earth to establish a kingdom of righteousness, replacing the current world's corrupt governments.

  • There’s a good lecture on youtube, in which, an academic vegan compares mortality rates between vegans and omnivores.

    Turns out, in respect to our top twenty killers, Cancers, heart disease, strokes and so on, it would appear “misfortune tramples with equal brutality on the virtuous and the corrupt”

    The only real difference he found was that vegans were more likely to die of neurological disease than their counterparts.

  • Sorry this is going to be controversial but, having lived quite a long while now, I've known many vegan/vegetarians - even breatharians - and, whilst I respect their beliefs, what has, sadly, become apparent to me is the damage that begins, usually after many years of misdiagnosed CFS/ME, eventually culminating in serious neurological problems.....

  • Clove alive. .Thank you for your information.I can,t understand why I have never heard at all about this.I have heard so many faiths in my nursing career and listened to so many.Am sorry the iPad seems to have skipped again and can,t go back to correct your name.I myself am Church of England and my spouse was Jewish so have a rather liberal attitude as regards religion not to say everything else as well.

  • No worries Retren - my (2nd) wife is also C of E and we agree to differ on various aspects of our beliefs. One thing we do do however is read our Bibles every day - 2 portions from the Old Testament and one from the New, thereby reading the whole of the O.T. once and the N.T. twice every year.

    (My first wife died 24 years ago after 27 years and I'm now coming up to 75)

    You might call it our daily balanced diet - B12 and B9 :D

  • Clove alive you must be a very reliable husband,worth your weight in gold,I was married for fifty years and used to say it was blood sweat and tears.

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