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Living Better
February 2018 Update

Prior to reading this article, if you haven't read If You Could Live Forever, please do so to understand this content.

If you don't want to weed through all the testimonials, please read Steve's. It will encourage you.

Vitamin MePA Update

Frank: late 50s; start date last week of DEC 2017.
22 February, 2018; 2 drops daily.
Runs his family ranch/farm. No significant health issues.
Feels more energetic; does not get fatigued.
It is much easier to focus on the task at hand.
Last year's crop failed, which is normally a major stressor, but states, "the weight of the worry is lifted" even though the problem is still there.
He feels more relaxed. Able to do more work.
Sleeps well and does not need as much sleep. Wakes up every morning at 5 AM and is "not groggy." Ran out of vitamin about 14 February and started again 18 February without any decrease or loss of benefits of vitamin MePA, though his wife states he was, "crabby."

Sophie: 49 years old. Start date last week of DEC 2017.
22 February, 2018; initially 2 drops twice daily, decreased to 2 drops in morning only.
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 2010. Probably had the disease longer, but never diagnosed.
Sleep on 2 drops twice daily was "deep," but could not get back to sleep once she had to get up to go to bathroom, so decreased to 2 drops in morning only. Still sleeping well, but able to get back to sleep.
Her biggest improvements while on vitamin MePA:
Nerve pain gone.
Pain level is maintained and tolerable.
Leg tremors are gone.
Cognitive "fog" is gone. She has a "better and sharper mind" and does not have to rely on her husband to help her finish her thoughts.
Her legs "do not give out." Able to walk on their farm/ranch without worrying about her legs being able to support her.
Areas not improved:
No feeling in bowels continues.
Ruptured hemorrhoids.
Recent HbA1c is 6.4%. Normal is 4.0–5.9% and poor diabetic control range is above 7%. (HbA1c determines average blood sugar over the prior 3 months, so would not expect any changes this soon.)
Two days after running out of vitamin on 14 February 2018, leg tremors returned and her legs started "giving out" again. Being off the vitamin has made a "significant difference." She will start again tomorrow, 23 February 2018.

Steve 58 years old. Start date December 2017. Initially 2-3 drops daily, now 4 drops in morning, 4 drops in evening. Don’t know when he started this dose.
February 2018
26 months ago his gastroenterologist gave his 18 months to live.
He and his wife attribute all his improvement to vitamin MePA.

History of liver disease causing ascites (fluid in abdomen, (cirrhosis), diabetes. This is the text he sent FEB 02, 2018:
“Had a CT scan yesterday. Liver is fatty (meaning no liver disease), left kidney duct has a node (growth). All other organs have reduced to their normal size. The pancreas and spleen were swollen twice their normal size last CT scan. I am encouraged. Thank you for the vitamin.”

Phone conversation 19 FEB 2018 he states he is feeling great, much energy. He has decreased insulin from 80 units to 60 units daily. (He has not kept track of glucose levels past week or two, but glucose is decreasing.)
He has no desire for fast foods anymore.

Steve’s friend in his 60’s was given the vitamin early JAN 2018, no update.

Helen 81 years old; start date 21 OCT 2017
29 October 2017
Has had “kidney pain” for 2-3 years and has been gone for about 1 week. (Her doctor told her it was not kidney pain, but it is back pain)
No change in right jaw pain; started several weeks ago.
No other significant changes.
26 November 2017: 2 drops daily
Continues to sleep more soundly. Family continues to notice how well she sleeps. Back pain has not recurred. No change in jaw pain.
She asked me, “How do I get more of this vitamin?”
February 2018
Back pain has not recurred. Continues to sleep soundly, feeling more rested.
Had cough and cold and probably bronchitis for about three weeks in December and January by her description and treatments given of steroid injection and nebulizer treatments. She made full recovery with no sequlae.

Albee 61 years old; start date 15 OCT 2017
29, October 2017
Feeling more energetic past 1 week. He said the feeling came on suddenly.
Previously able to do 6-7 push-ups. Did 16-17 push-ups without difficulty. Now doing 20 push-ups regularly without problem.
Had hip replacement almost 2 years ago, he is not sure if he is more energetic because hip is improving recently or if due to vitamin MePA, though he thinks it is the vitamin.
He feels he has the energy and motivation to start working out again at the gym.
He coaches college girls’ softball and the other coach pointed out to the players how Albee’s energy has picked up. (The other coach does not know about the vitamin.)
February 2018
Still feeling energetic and sleeping well. Hip replacement 2016 is doing well. He is back competing in fast pitch softball at the national and world level, not to the standard he places on himself, but well enough to compete.
His hip feels tight if he “over works it.” The orthopedic surgeon told him that feeling is normal. He does yoga regularly to help keep his hip stretched, which also helps. He believes it is the vitamin that is doing the most good for him.
29 October 2017

Joshua 13 years old; start date 16 OCT 2017. 1 drop daily
No noticeable changes.
He broke his right wrist in 2 places 1 week ago. When the doctor set the bones in the office he said he does not give pain medications to children to set the bone because they do not need it; the nurse afterwards said the same thing, but the children usually wince. She was surprised he showed no sign of pain. Joshua said he could feel what he doctor did, but it did not hurt. Not sure if it is his pain tolerance or the vitamin. He did have pain from the break and for 2 days afterwards, controlled with over the counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
He goes in next week for another x-ray to confirm the bones did not shift; I am interested to see if there is any healing. Doctor said he would be in a cast for 6 weeks.
26 November 2017
At his 2 week follow up for fractured wrist the orthopedist told Sonya he was surprised how much “bone was laid down.” Sonya asked if the cast could come off, he hesitated and said, “If something went wrong, somebody would be in trouble.” She did not push too hard, but basically he was telling her the bones were healed, but was afraid of a lawsuit since the standard for a fracture is 6 weeks.
February 2018
Discontinued vitamin once cast was removed.
Final appointment with orthopedic doctor to have cast removed said Joshua laid down much more bone than normal.

Sonya 54 years old; start date 16 OCT 2017. 2 drops daily
29 October 2017
Sleeping more soundly for about 1 week. She noted she does not wake up when I leave for work. This is very unusual, she always was up to see me off. She has never been a sound sleeper.
Her appetite decreased; she does not enjoy Pepsi anymore. She normally has a Pepsi every morning.
Her last menstruation was JAN 2017, but started feeling “odd” several days ago, then started a very minimal menstruation 2 days ago. The “odd” feeling was the same feeling she would get a few days prior to menstruation.
She had menopausal hot flashes for the past month or more. They spontaneously resolved 3-4 days ago. (She is happy the hot flashes resolved, but is hoping her menstruation does not recur.)
Significant daily hand/finger joint pain for many years resolved 1 week ago.
Cramping in hands past 3-4 months, worse when playing piano or writing for long periods, resolved 1 week ago.
No change in long time (years) low back pain.
26 November 2017
Continues to sleep soundly. Feels less tired during the day. Able to be awake and alert past 8pm without problem. Previously could not stay up past 8pm without being extremely tired during the evening and the next day. Now she wakes up rested even staying up past 10pm.
Her appetite decreased, but gained 10 pounds.
Correction on last menstruation of JAN 2017 from previous update; she states she did have an irregular menstruation JUL 2017.
She saw our family doctor, who I told about vitamin MePA, to make sure uterine cancer was not causing the vaginal bleeding. “Spotting.”
Pelvic and vaginal ultrasound showed no masses, but endometrium was a little thick at 13mm, normal is 10mm or less. Doctor is not concerned, but will retest in JAN 2018; if no change will do an endometrial biopsy to rule out cancer.
No return of hot flashes, though mild pre-menstrual symptoms recurred this month without any bleeding/spotting. Doctor thinks she may still be peri-menopausal.
Significant daily hand/finger joint pain for many years has not recurred.
Long time (years) low back pain is better; rarely needs to take pain medication.
She takes over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
February 2018
Continues to sleep well and feel energetic. She had the kitchen remodeled, contractor did the skilled work; Sonya and the boys did the rest. She said prior to the vitamin she would not have had the energy to do the work, especially painting the ceilings.
She is willing and motivated to do more. Prior to the vitamin she felt “like I was shutting down.”

Joey 53 years old; start date 16 OCT 2017. 2 drops daily
29 October 2017
Has always slept well without problem; usually gets 5-7 hours sleep. Now wakes up after about 5 hours of sleep, around 3:00-3:30am ready for the day for past 5 days. Unable to get back to sleep. Feels rested and not unusually tired or sleepy throughout the day.
After doing a heavier than normal leg work out 9 nine days ago, his legs started to feel a little sore the next morning, this resolved after few hours and did not recur; his legs normally feel sore 1-2 days after that type of workout.
He has been intentionally working out harder all muscle groups with heavier weights past week, but gets very little soreness, if any.
Appetite still very good. Basically, no change, but has gained 4 pounds.
26 November 2017
 First 2 weeks 2 drops daily; 3 drops daily since.
Sleeping 4-5 hours, feeling refreshed and energetic. I plan my early morning and late evening hours differently since I have the energy and motivation to work, study, read more.
Biggest change I’ve noticed is my ability to push myself during weight workouts. Difficult to describe, but when I tell myself to push a little harder, my body responds easily and I am able to perform the exercise with more weights and repetitions. I have been trying to remember if this is what it felt like in my teens and 20’s.
I have rarely run the past 1.5 years, almost nothing. My 2 mile time for the Army Physical Fitness Test was 15:40. (Still in the Army 90th percentile for my age.) My Army 2 mile May 2017 was 15:23. I ran a 5K on Thanksgiving Day, my average 1 mile pace was 7:51, the winner in my age category 50-54 pace was 6:21, age 54. Same as the weights though, my body and mind responded well to push myself.
February 2018
Continues to feel rested and energetic on 5-7 hours sleep. Most significant change is not just increased energy, but is motivated to do the task at hand. Often wake up at 3:30am-4:00am and get to work, either bible study/sermon preparation, business planning, working out. Not tired or sleepy throughout the day.
Had worst cough and cold in past 25 years or more December 2017, lasted 3 weeks. Treated with over the counter cough/cold medication; did not miss work.
Been driving to Army drill for about 19 years. Typical Army weekend involves leaving home Friday about midnight after 1-2 hours sleep, drives 4 hours, arrives at mother’s house, eats, changes arrives at unit 6:30 am Saturday. Gets to sleep about 9:00pm same evening, averaging 1-2 hours of sleep in a 36-41 hour span. Drives 4.5 hours to get home Sunday evening between 9:00-12:00 very tired. Works next day.
Comes home from work, eats dinner, goes directly to sleep. Usually takes 2-3 days to recover.
Since starting vitamin MePA fatigue, feeling tired is all but gone during an Army weekend. Gets to unit refreshed, drives home wide-awake with much energy. Upon arrival at home Sunday night is usually wide-awake. No recovery needed. No caffeine is involved, except ice tea at times.

Pres 63 years old; start date 16 OCT 2017. 2 drops daily
26 November 2017
Sleeping more soundly. Feels more “energetic.”
February 2018, 3-4 drops daily, often places drops under tongue.
Still sleeping well, feels energetic.
Got flu DEC 2017, lasted 3-4 days, resolved much faster than friend’s flu.
Back and neck pain from several injuries from teen and college age sports. Pain has worsened past several months, being treated by chiropractor and pain is improving.

Evelyn 63 years old; start date 16 OCT 2017. 2 drops daily
26 November 2017
Most of her life slept about 5 hours and was a very light sleeper. Still gets 5 hours of sleep, but is very sound. Wakes up refreshed. Her husband also states she sleeps more soundly.
Eats well, but is satiated with less food.
February 2018 3-4 drops daily
Developed macular degeneration in her 20’s. She is slowly beginning to see things very close up, about 6-8 inches away, in her “blind” eye (left eye). She told this to her eye doctor and he said he was not interested in her near vision improving because it is not related to her macular degeneration. She said she is excited though for any improvement. Improvement started more than one month ago and continues to get better.

Teresa 57 years old; start date 21 OCT 2017.  Number of drops unknown
26 November 2017
U.S. Postal letter carrier for 31 years. States she had significant lower leg pain while working for many years. States she often took over the counter Alleve prior to starting her route; leg pain resolved after 1 week of taking vitamin. Had foot pain for many months, she attributes to her shoes being old, improved significantly. No longer needs pain medication for leg or foot pain.
States never had problems sleeping, but does feel more rested.
February 2018 2 drops daily
States she lost her vitamin bottle while on vacation. Her leg and foot pain recurred about one week later when she started work again. Last dose about JAN 15, 2018.
She will start again.

Araceli 34 years old Start date approximately December 2017. 2 drops daily.
February 2018
States she sleeps much better. No longer needs to hit the snooze button.
More energy throughout the day. States she started feeling sluggish again, then realized she had forgotten to take the vitamin for 3 days. Energy returned quickly once she started the vitamin again.

Galen 84 years old. Start date first week February 2018. Number of drops unknown.
February 2018
Active all of his life as rancher, avid hiker, former missionary to Navajo Indians, president of a bible college. Started feeling run down, tired 2016 and getting worse; he attributed to old age. Unable to hike, withdrew from leadership in church because of lack of energy and “getting old.”
Diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatic approximately 12 February 2018 after 6 weeks of muscle pain and weakness. Symptoms significantly subsided immediately with prednisone 20mg daily. His energy is improving and is looking to participate in some leadership role in church again. He attributes new energy to prednisone.

Michael 61 years old Start date January 2018. Number of drops unknown.
February 2018
Takes the vitamin sporadically; not much at all. No changes.
I am encouraging him to take it for his psoriasis, an autoimmune inflammatory skin disease, can also cause arthritis.

Former missionary couple in their 90’s.
February 2018
Start date DEC 27, 2017. Number of drops unknown.
After 3 days he was able to walk to the mailbox (something he had not been able to do for a long time) and told his daughter his energy is increased. He has not taken the vitamin for unknown time. His daughter states his caregiver does not give it to him and he does not remember. They live in Washington and daughter in California, so it is difficult for her to get her parents to take it.
Her mother decided not to take it, though her daughter is encouraging her to.

Initial Update on Vitamin MePA
This is a detailed report of our observations since taking the supplement.
It takes only a drop a day in water.
I started taking the supplement, not to live LONGER, but to live BETTER today.
After 42 days of taking the supplement, here’s what we’ve noticed.

The first several weeks, we noticed “dry mouth” and a craving for more water, but that has subsided.
It gives a feeling of fullness faster while eating. Because I ate like I normally did, I’ve gained weight.
Because of this, we’ve stopped one of our teenagers from taking it. (After only a week of taking it.) Wasn’t sure if it would affect their growth.

One son broke his wrist. He’s been taking it regularly. We asked the doctor after two weeks in a cast, how he would compare the healing. He said he was ahead of schedule. But because “people wouldn’t be happy if something went wrong,” he wouldn’t allow his cast to be removed early.

My gums and teeth hurt consistently for two or three months prior to taking it. After starting, they no longer hurt.

Before I would have leg cramps in bed or even while sitting. I had started taking magnesium prior to the supplement, with no help (but maybe not long enough), with the magnesium and the supplement, the leg cramps have resolved.

My hand cramps have stopped. I would get them as I typed. (They would be debilitating and unable to massage the cramp out of my hand.) I can also play the piano longer without pain. I use to take pain medicine two or three times a week for my hands, I no longer need to. (Although I do still have some pain, it’s manageable without medicine.)

I do still have headaches, requiring medicine.

My husband strained his back muscles. Usually that required a two to three-day recuperation time. After one dose of pain medication and a heat pad, it resolved.

I sleep heavier. When I napped prior to the supplement, it would be “rest” where I knew what was happening around me. Now, I fall asleep sound enough to burn my meat.

At night, before I would shut down at 7 PM and yawn excessively. I’d be in bed by 8 PM. Now, my husband and I can be talking to 10 PM without either of us realizing it’s late.

I sleep heavier. I may still get up at 2 AM to write, but when I go back to sleep for just a “rest,” I fall asleep and don’t hear the boys leave for work and school.

But I do wake up rested and feeling like I haven’t just wasted my time in bed.

Prior to taking the supplement, I had hot flashes. I’d have them throughout the day.
They are gone.

Other issues are being monitored.

Prior to the supplement, I was shutting down. I didn’t make bread, bake, or even peal potatoes, if I could help it. Not only my hand pain would hinder the actual function of kneading the dough, forming the cookies or pealing the potatoes, but also the energy it required for me “to do those things.” The motivation was gone. Now, (and maybe because of the Christmas season with it’s added responsibilities, but I don’t think so), I am baking more, looking at old recipes that I haven’t touched for years, and considering new things, rather than shutting down.

Projects that I’ve “put on hold” because they were too frustrating to think about, I am now considering and wanting to complete.

My husband has noticed he can work-out with heavier weights without the soreness that usually came the day after. He’s also noticed the “mental push” is stronger to run faster and harder while he is running.

I do not like all the issues the supplement has brought. I don’t want to be “as big as a cow,” because I do like to eat. It is different not needing to eat, but wanting to. It’s a different way of thinking. And a habit to eat a breakfast, lunch and dinner that I must stop.

Nor do I like the sound sleeping. As I mom, I want to know what’s going on around me, even when I sleep.

But I do like the renewed desire to do things. And the ability to do those things without pain. Those things are worth it to me.

We’ve allowed our boys to choose. Especially since they have their future families to consider…they may outlive their wives…But they’ve had issues that the supplement may address and we have counseled them on those.

We do not know how the supplement works nor how much it will re-vert someone back to “young,” but the daily changes have encouraged us to continue.

Again, it’s not that I want to live forever here. That’s not my desire.

But I would like to live today better. That is happening.

And so, I continue to take it. Allowing God to direct my path, one drop at a time.

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It seems to me that taking MePA and gaining weight are unconnected. Your family recipes give me a clue to where the problem actually lays. Sixteen years ago I gave up eating all animal products, oils, salt, sugar refined grains and processed foods. I now eat only whole grains, legumes, whole fruits and fresh or frozen vegetables, along with a limited amount of flax seeds and raw nuts. My weight normalized; my energy shot up; the pain in my joints all but disappeared; my bouts of depression evaporated; my mind and memory became sharper than they've ever been before and for no particular reason, I find myself in a cheerful mood nearly all the time. Even my hair is fuller and my skin and nails healthier. I want to live forever because I now love life, it is so good and I enjoy it so much. I'm taking MePa with that hope- although after reading Dr. Aardsma's book on it, I feel that only clinical trials will tell if it's truly effective. Because I'm, at age 66, in near-perfect health, I've noticed no change in the 2 or 3 months I've taken it. But the prospect of living several hundred years is motivating enough to take the stuff, even with the tenuous evidence that Dr. Aardsma presents. Blessings to you and your family.

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