Most educated people try to take care of themselves in terms of their health and life style.
As a doctor, I would frequently ask patients, with an eye to motivating them into changing their habits: “Would you like to live longer, to a ripe old age, or die younger…in just a few years?” Of course, they all, without exception, chose the former.
They would be give me all sorts of excuses for living “to a ripe old age”: “I’d like to see my kids, (or grand kids) grow up.” “Who wants to die young?” “I’m not ready to kick the bucket.” “I have to take care of my wife, or my husband, or my dog or my cat, etc., etc.”
They all had a non-selfish excuse, but, in reality, I and the patient were aware that death carries with it fear.
As Shakespeare put it so beautifully in his soliloquy:
“To be or not to be? That is the question…
To die, to sleep-
To sleep – perchance to dream. Ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveler returns, puzzles the will”
This quotation and this soliloquy is the most quoted and the famous in the entire world. There must be a reason.
When I was asking my patients the question about their desire to live, Shakespeare’s question was in the back of my mind. I knew in advance what there answer would be, assuming they were not lying, and then I would explain what they should do to ensure a longer life expectancy.
I knew also that Monaco would be the place to live to achieve their goals of long life. After all, the life expectancy in Monaco is almost 90 years for all people. And women, as per usual, live to be almost 95 years old!
Monaco used to be a colony of Italy for hundreds of years. It is now controlled by France, but, politically, it is a monarchy.
There are only a little over 35 thousand permanent residents, and since there are absolutely no income taxes, the residents do not care who is in control as long as there is law and order and the streets are clean.
Women who would like to live to be 95 years old should take a trip to Monaco and see what life is like on this pretty enclave on the Mediterranean sea.
There is a beautiful port which can be seen from most points along the mountain side. In the port, there are no commercial ships, only yachts, owned by the richest people in the world. This gives you a clue as to the longevity characteristics of the citizens of Monaco.
If you can own a yacht you must have a fairly good yearly income. The yearly income, on the average, was over US $215,000 in 2010. Living long, obviously, requires lots of money. But, there is also another major factor.
Monaco is not alone in longevity. Here is the list from the CIA taken from Wikipedia:
|Rank by UN member state||Rank by entity||Entity||Overall life expectancy at birth||Male life expectancy at birth||Female life expectancy at birth|
As the reader can see, apart from Japan, all the countries with high life expectancy are extremely small! The governments in these small countries are non-intrusive, life is pleasant and the environment is conducive to relaxation.
Monaco, on the edge of Europe, has a citizenry of almost self-selected people. Wealthy people in Europe who don’t want to be bothered by politicians and mainstream vocal groups, opt to be a citizens of Monaco.
Of course, it takes millions of dollars and quite a bit of fame to become a citizen of Monaco. However, if one has an unusually high income, one can live there as a permanent tourist and still enjoy the tranquility and, hopefully, the life expectancy.
FOOD IN MONACO
The food in Monaco is the typical Mediterranean diet.
Eating out, however, is much more expensive than eating in an Italian or French restaurant in one of these countries. Since the residents, and even the tourists, are very wealthy, the restaurants are costly.
The people who live in Monaco typically have their own chef and other servants. This may be one reason why their health is so good. Food is prepared by an expert and totally without the hassle and anxiety suffered by the home cook.
We know that anxiety is a cause of hypertension and contributes to all sorts of disease, from gastritis of the stomach due to too much acid production and to cardio-vascular disease from the hypertension.
The city of Monaco is small and maintained like a fine garden. All the flowers are manicured daily by a well paid staff of gardeners. The streets are cleaned by sweepers who still use old fashioned brooms and not noisy large machines that only pick up part of the dirt.
The neighborhoods are quiet and peaceful. There is an excellent staff of security personnel who silently waft away intruders who might disrupt the peace.
Living to the ripe old age of 95 for women and to 86 for men is quite simple.
One should move to Monaco and follow the life style of that enclave. Of course, this means you must be clever enough to amass millions of dollars so that your annual income is over $250,000 per year.
Such intelligence is almost always associated with longevity. If you are intelligent enough to become rich, you are also intelligent enough to avoid the dangers of chronic illnesses and imprudent behavior.
You will also understand that “Big is Bad” and “Small is Sweet.”
You will eschew mass countries like the U.S. or the E.U., which are simply killing fields for the international profit cartels.
Like Jim Rogers, a perfect example of a rich self made man, who lives in Singapore, and pick a small country where the population is also educated and self disciplined, and where fine living and fine dining and long life all go together.