AGING LIES

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by Christine Scioli

Have you noticed that we premise much of our conversations these days on letting folks know whether we are telling the truth or lying? We say, “truth be told” or “I’m not going to lie to you” or “honestly” before we state what we are about to say – by way of caveat, I guess.

Does that seem odd to you?

Then again, with all the false news and alternative facts and endless clickbait internet scams to peruse, and Christie Brinkley and Dr. Oz schlepping their anti-aging lotions and potions, it might be a necessary 2017 adjunct to vet what we say before we say it. That meaning: “What I am about to say is pure baloney.” Or, “What I am about to say is actually true.”

As the Producer of the documentary film, Who Wants to Live Forever, the Wisdom of Aging, my task was to interview scores of scientists, doctors and other professionals earnestly involved in the field of aging. Dr. Steve Cummings and Dr. Greg Tranah at the Research Institute at CA Pacific Medical Center/Sutter Health and a cadre of noted scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging had not a scintilla of fear in stating the truth about anti-aging claims that are false.

I can’t help but wonder why high impact organizations like AARP embrace Oprah-Winfrey-approved celebrity doctors like Oz and Dr. Phil rather than walk the false rhetoric off the stage. Is it the money, so much money (according to their website, there are 38 million members with an annual base fee of $16.00) that is more important than the truth? For example, as part of AARP’s myriad of deals and offerings you can get some free methodology tips regarding aging from Dr. Phil – and truth be told, if you pay $19.95 per month, you’ll get some one-on-one time with him according to the hype.

Here’s the link to our documentary that is free to watch on Amazon Prime and airs on PBS networks, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JJAR5U4. I can honestly say this film is filled with real information and tips on healthy aging.