I have just spent a good few hours watching you tube clips about Ikaria – the island where people forget to die. I was led to watch these by reading heavily about this place – and was led to reading heavily about this place following an article in a medical journal. This article featured the strange case of an american guy who was diagnosed with lung cancer and given 9 months to live – confirmed by several doctors. He lived in new York at that time although had been born in Ikaria, and traveled to the USA as an immigrant when a young man. He decided that, rather than simply hang around to die in New York, and leave his wife to pay massive expenses, he would go back to his birthplace, the place of his youth. This he did, and he quickly settled in to the Ikarian way of life, reconnecting with old friends and family members. That was 27 years ago – and this guy’s cancer simply faded away. The story goes that he went back at one point to seek out his doctors in the US and they were all dead.
This now famous story has spawned a myriad of investigations – medical and non-medical – to attempt to uncover Ikaria’s secrets, the latest being the “Blue Zone” investigations. Even if one allows for a degree of poetic licence and romantic implanting, this story is remarkable, and the truth about life on Ikaria – which is now well documented, is clear – people are happier and live healthier, longer and more fulfilled lives than the rest of us.
This is why a move to Ikaria remains my number one alternative treatment for my blood cancer. This week is decision week – the docs are going to plan out my chemo and my transplant timetable and I have to either go long with it or say “to hell with this I am going to die with dignity in someplace really nice.”
eat a non processed mainly vegetarian diet, with lots of garlic and olive oil,
never visit a supermarket
do not own the latest I phone
get off facebook
don’t wear a watch
don’t confuse christmas presents with love
drink a little red wine daily,
and ………….. don’t rely on others for your happiness.