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I never thought of myself as an addict, but I did end up addicted to anti-anxiety medication after developing Generalized Anxiety Disorder. At some point, the medicine stopped being a way to deal with the nervousness and panic attacks, and became something my body craved. I knew that I needed help fast. Fortunately, a local drug rehab program includes support for people like me. They helped me wean off the medication, use methods like massage therapy to help my nerves heal, and even provided ongoing counseling for our family. I don't know how I would have made it without their help. If you suspect that your medication has crossed the line from being helpful to hurtful, take heart. Let me tell you about my journey out of addiction and back to wholeness.

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The Secret behind Your Friend's Age-Defying Skin

by Valerie Stevens

Chances are that you know someone who seems to defy the laws of nature. Someone who, despite the best efforts of time, never seems to develop smile-induced or frown-inspired wrinkles. If you have been wondering about what gives them an edge over the rest of humanity, so have a group of researchers. Now, they are confident that they have found an answer to your question.

The study

The journey to unearth the secrets of aging-resistant skin started in 2012. It involved the use of advanced technologies such as hormone mapping and 3D imaging technologies. It took the researchers almost three years of combing through and analysing genetic information for them to finally unearth the secret: a unique set of Methuselah genes.

The magic of Methuselah genes

It turns out that nature has armed some people with Methuselah genes. This usually gives them an edge because of the work that these genes do.

Methuselah genes tend to be active in the human body. They play a part in determining the rate at which cells produce energy, they help to accelerate the rate at which a person's DNA is repaired and also play a significant role in accelerating the rate at which the body produces toxin-fighting agents. Against the arsenal created by these genes, most biological and environmental factors that cause aging don't really have chance.

Sadly, not everyone has these genes. Years are therefore rough on most people mainly because without these genes, they usually miss out on the protection capabilities that these genes usually come with. This is in addition to missing out on the accelerated skin repair benefits that these genes have.

Nature's way of giving the rest of humanity a fighting chance

However, this does not mean that all hope is lost. People who don't have the genes can still enjoy most of the advantages that come with having Methuselah genes. For example, while not having the Methuselah genes may mean that your body doesn't turbo-produce anti-oxidants, you can always boost the amount of antioxidants in your body by eating healthily. 

Taking green tea will provide your body with catechins – powerful antioxidants that can help to accelerate the rate at which your skin regenerates. And since damaged DNA is part of the reason why wrinkles develop, you can slow the aging process by taking lycopene-containing vegetables and fruits. This, in a way, will help you to level the field. For more information, talk to a dermatologist like Advanced Dermatology Care.

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