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In 1982 Steven Callahan was crossing the Atlantic alone in his sailboat when it struck something and sank. He was out of the shipping lanes and floating in a life raft, alone. His supplies were few. His chances were small. Yet when three fishermen found him seventy-six days later (the longest anyone has survived a shipwreck on a life raft alone), he was alive — much skinnier than he was when he started, but alive.

His account of how he survived is fascinating. His ingenuity — how he managed to catch fish, how he fixed his solar still (evaporates sea water to make fresh) — is very interesting.

But the thing that caught my eye was how he managed to keep himself going when all hope seemed lost, when there seemed no point in continuing the struggle, when he was suffering greatly, when his life raft was punctured and after more than a week struggling with his weak body to fix it, it was still leaking air and wearing him out to keep pumping it up. He was starved. He was desperately dehydrated. He was thoroughly exhausted. Giving up would have seemed the only sane option.

When people survive these kinds of circumstances, they do something with their minds that gives them the courage to keep going. Many people in similarly desperate circumstances give in or go mad. Something the survivors do with their thoughts helps them find the guts to carry on in spite of overwhelming odds. "I tell myself I can handle it," wrote Callahan in his narrative. "Compared to what others have been through, I'm fortunate. I tell myself these things over and over, building up fortitude...." I wrote that down after I read it. It struck me as something important. And I've told myself the same thing when my own goals seemed far off or when my problems seemed too overwhelming. And every time I've said it, I have always come back to my senses.

The truth is, our circumstances are only bad compared to something better. But others have been through much worse. I've read enough history to know you and I are lucky to be where we are, when we are, no matter how bad it seems to us compared to our fantasies. It's a sane thought and worth thinking. So here, coming to us from the extreme edge of survival, are words that can give us strength. Whatever you're going through, tell yourself you can handle it. Compared to what others have been through, you're fortunate. Tell this to yourself over and over, and it will help you get through the rough spots with a little more fortitude.

THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE: Two sailors ran into each other in a pub. Over a few beers, one of the men told the other about his last voyage: "After a month at sea," he said, "we discovered our masts had been eaten through by termites! Almost nothing left of them." "That's terrible," said the second sailor. "That's what I thought at first too," the first sailor said, "but it turned out to be good luck. As soon as we took the sails down to fix the masts, we were hit by a squall so suddenly and so hard, it would surely have blown us over if our sails were up at the time."

"How lucky!" exclaimed the second sailor. "That's exactly what I thought at the time, too. But because our sails were down, we couldn't steer ourselves, and because of the wind, we were blown onto a reef. The hole in the hull was too big to fix. We were stranded." "That is bad luck indeed," lamented the second sailor. "That's what I thought, too, when it first happened. But we all made it to the beach alive and had plenty to eat. But now here's the real kicker: While we were on the island whining about our terrible fate, we discovered a buried treasure!"

As this story illustrates, you don't know if an event is "good" or "bad" except maybe in retrospect, and even then you don't really know because life keeps going. The story's not over yet. Just because something hasn't turned out to be an advantage yet doesn't mean it is not ever going to. Therefore, you can simply assume whatever happens is "good." I know that sounds awfully airy-fairy, but it's very practical. If you think an event is good, it's easy to maintain a positive attitude. And your attitude affects your health, it affects the way people treat you and how you treat others, and it affects your energy level. And those can help pave the way for things to turn out well. A good attitude is a good thing. And a bad attitude does you no good at all.

So get in the habit of saying "That's good!" Since you don't know for sure whether something will eventually work to your advantage or not, you might as well assume it will. It is counterproductive to assume otherwise. Think about it. If someone ahead of you in line at a store is slowing everything down, say to yourself, "That's good!" They may have saved you from getting into an accident when you get back in your car. Or maybe, because you slowed down, you might meet a friend you would have missed. You never know.

The truth is ... life is uncertain. And even that can work to your advantage.

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"One of the best adventure books of all time" (National Geographic Explorer): Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan's dramatic tale of survival at sea was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-six weeks. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out. "Utterly absorbing" (Newsweek), Adrift is a must-have for any adventure library.

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Prevention Magazine asked dozens of scientists who are studying aging, exercise, nutrition, and related fields which changes deliver the biggest payoff. Here are their picks on how to look younger—

1. Take the dynamic duo of supplements: They're what Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley, swears by: his daily 800 mg. of alpha-lipoic acid and 2,000 mg. of acetyl-L-carnitine. In these amounts, he says, the chemicals boost the energy output of mitochondria, which power our cells. In his studies, elderly rats plied with the supplements had more energy and ran mazes better. "If you're an old rat, you can be enthusiastic," Ames says. "As people, we can't be sure until clinical trials are done." (They're underway. But the compounds look very safe—the worst side effect documented in humans is a rash.)

2. Skip a meal: This one move could have truly dramatic results for how to look younger. Rats fed 30% less than normal live 30% longer than usual—and in a recent study at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the hearts of the leaner human calorie-cutters appeared 10 to 15 years younger than those of regular eaters. In other research, calorie restrictors improved their blood insulin levels and had fewer signs of damage to their DNA. Eating less food, scientists believe, may reduce tissue wear and tear from excess blood sugar, inflammation, or rogue molecules known as free radicals. Try it. Skip a meal a day and you don't need to try to cut calories; you'll naturally consume less that day. Just drink plenty of water.

3. Get a pet: Open up your home and heart to Rover or Boots. Owning a pet reduces the number of visits to the doctor, prolongs survival after a heart attack, and wards off depression. Pet ownership also protects against a major problem of aging: high blood pressure. In one standout study at State University of New York, Buffalo, stockbrokers with high blood pressure adopted a pet. When they were faced with mental stress, their BP increased less than half as much as in their counterparts without animal pals.

4. Get help for what hurts: Studies suggest that continuous pain may dampen the immune system—and evidence is clear that it can cause deep depression and push levels of the noxious stress hormone cortisol higher. So enough with the stoicism: Take chronic pain to your doctor and keep complaining until you have a treatment plan that works, says Nathaniel Katz, M.D., a neurologist and pain-management specialist at Tufts University School of Medicine. Your mood will improve—and your immune system may perk up, too.

5. Take a hike: To make the walls of your arteries twice as flexible as those of a couch potato, just walk briskly for 30 minutes, 5 days a week. With age, blood-vessel walls tend to stiffen up like old tires—the main reason two-thirds of people older than age 60 have high blood pressure. Exercise keeps vessels pliable. Mild exercise also reduces the risk of diabetes, certain cancers, depression, aging of the skin, maybe even dementia.

6. Fight fair: Nasty arguments between couples increase the risk of clogged arteries. In a recent University of Utah study, women's hearts suffered when they made or heard hostile comments; men's hearts reacted badly to domineering, controlling words. "It's normal to have a fight with your spouse—it's a matter of how you fight," says Ronald Glaser, Ph.D., an immunologist at Ohio State University. What he and his wife put off-limits: "Getting nasty, sarcastic, or personal, or using body language like rolling your eyes. It's better to simply agree to disagree."

7. Stop and plant the roses: Gardening or being around plants bears fruit. In one study, blood pressure jumped in workers given a stressful task—but rose only a quarter as much if there were plants in the room. And patients who had a view of trees as they recovered from surgery left the hospital almost a day sooner than those with a view of a brick wall.

8. Look out for your eyes: Getting plenty of omega-3s in food or supplements may help ward off age-related macular degeneration. Plant antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin (found in leafy green vegetables like kale and collards) are helpful, too. People who have drusen — tiny deposits within the retina that can be early signs of macular degeneration — can reduce their risk of blindness in both eyes by 25% if they take supplements: 500 mg. of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E, 80 mg. of zinc, 15 mg of beta-carotene, and 2 mg. of copper.

9. Do a good deed: Pick up trash in the park or shop for a neighbor who needs help, says William Brown, Ph.D., a lecturer of psychology at Brunel University, West London. He studied people in Brooklyn and found that those who had a denser social network and gave more to their friends and family than they received—whether the gift was in the form of money, food, advice, or time—reported feeling healthier than others, even when he factored in activity levels. Another study looked at 423 elderly married couples; after 5 years, the pairs who were more altruistic were only half as likely to have died.

10. Sup from the sea: Don't just slap anything with fins onto your plate: You want fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines, and lake trout. They contain the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, which many studies show help prevent sudden death from heart attack. Omega-3s may also help ward off depression, Alzheimer's disease, and age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness—and maybe some cancers, although evidence is mixed. To get more of the benefits of good fats, snack on an ounce (a handful) of walnuts a day. Use less corn oil, and more canola and olive oils.

11. Belt out a tune: Exposing yourself to music might help boost your immune system: In a study done by Robert Beck, Ph.D., a professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine, levels of an infection-fighting antibody called IgA increased 240% in the saliva of choral members performing Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis."

12. Drink a cuppa: Intrigued by studies (of mice, cells in lab dishes, and people) that say tea may fight prostate and breast cancer and heart disease, researcher Anna Wu, Ph.D., a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California, downs at least 3 cups daily. Green is best, although black tea confers some benefits, too..

13. Double up on D: If there's one vitamin supplement you should take, this is it, experts say. Vitamin D is made in the skin when sun hits it—but as people get older, the D factory doesn't work as well. About half of Americans fall short. Research suggests that a lack of D raises the risk of osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and various cancers. "No other nutrient is so widely deficient in the United States," says Meir Stampfer, MD, chair of the department of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. "Unless you eat a lot of fish, you have to supplement." Stampfer takes 1,800 IU daily in the winter and 800 to 1,200 IU a day the rest of the year. Make sure your supplement contains vitamin D3, the form the skin makes.

14. Dine on curry: Turmeric, the spice that makes curry yellow, is loaded with curcumin, a chemical with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In India, it's smeared on bandages to help heal wounds. East Asians also eat it, of course — which might explain why they have lower rates than we do of various cancers and Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Don't like the taste but still want to feel and look younger? Try a daily curcumin supplement of 500 to 1,000 mg.

15. Donate blood: The life you save may be your own. Many researchers think that we take in too much iron, mostly from eating red meat. Excess iron is thought to create free radicals in the body, speeding aging and raising risk of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's. Until menopause, women are naturally protected from iron overload, but after that the danger of overdose climbs. Preliminary studies suggest you can lower your risk of heart disease by regularly giving blood. If you're scared of needles, at least go easy on red meat: no more than a daily serving the size of a pack of cards.

16. Take fern extract for your skin: Studies suggest that the antioxidant-rich extract of the South American fern Polypodium leucotomos may help keep your skin youthful by protecting against free radicals and reducing inflammation. Until clinical trials find proof, "it's like chicken soup—it can't hurt and it might help a bit," says dermatologist Mary Lupo, MD,a clinical professor of dermatology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. What you must also do: Avoid excessive sun exposure and don't smoke.

17. Take a deep breath: Stress increases the concentration of the hormones cortisol and norepinephrine in our bloodstream, kicking up blood pressure and suppressing the immune system. Chronic stress delays wound healing, promotes atherosclerosis, and possibly shrinks parts of the brain involved in learning, memory, and mood. "The key is lowering the concentration of those stress hormones," says Bruce Rabin, MD, Ph.D., medical director of the Healthy Lifestyle program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He's devised a research-based program that mutes the hormone flow: It includes meditation, deep breathing, writing, chanting, and guided imagery. He makes time for it at least twice a day. "I do it in the morning, when I'm falling asleep in the evening, and any time I feel upset," he says. Technique: Exhale strongly through the mouth, making a whoosh sound; breathe in quietly through the nose for a count of 4; hold your breath for a count of 7; then exhale with the whoosh sound for a count of 8. Repeat the cycle 3 more times.

18. Whittle your waist: To determine if your body is staying young, the tape measure is better than the bathroom scale: Your weight can remain the same while you lose muscle and pack on fat, including visceral fat, the culprit behind a thick waist. It's linked to a heightened risk of age-related ills such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. If your waist measures more than 35 inches (for a woman) or 40 inches (for a man), you probably have too much belly fat. The best way for how to look younger and shed that inner load is exercise. In a 6-month study of 69 men and women, there was a 20% reduction in visceral fat, though participants lost only 5 pounds; the program was brisk but not too arduous: 45 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobics 3 times a week and 20 minutes of moderate-intensity weight training, also 3 times weekly.

19. Get more shut-eye: Some sleep problems raise the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes—maybe even obesity. Everyone's sleep needs are different; to find out what yours are, sleep experts recommend you turn off the alarm clock when you're well rested, and see how long you naturally sleep. (Most people need seven to eight hours.) While you're at it, ask your spouse if you snore. Snorting and honking through the night are signs that you may have sleep apnea, which causes you to stop breathing at least five times an hour; it raises your risk of stroke. An estimated 18 million Americans have the disorder, but many don't know it—and women may not want to mention their unladylike habit. Ladylike, schmadylike. Tell your doctor.

20. Put on your rose-colored glasses: Becca Levy, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology and psychology at Yale, found more than a 7-year survival advantage for older men and women with a positive attitude toward aging, compared with people who have a negative one. If you're a cranky sort, you might also want to tweak your attitude about other things. "People who have a goal in life—a passion, a purpose, a positive outlook, and humor — live longer."

Embrace life, and the coming of old age—it happens to all of us. If we're lucky.

~By Andreas von Bubnoff & Joanna Lloyd,
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Located in southwestern Turkey's Denizli Province, Pamukkale is one of the most unique historic sites in the world. In Turkish "Pamukkale" means "cotton castle" — these dazzling white calcareous castles are formed by limestone-laden thermal springs, creating the unbelievable formation of stalactites, potholes and cataracts. This lovely, rapidly-developing district in the Menderes valley, which enjoys a temperate climate over the greater part of the year, has all the conditions required for an ideal tourist resort. The tectonic movements that took place in the fault depression of the Menderes river basin gave rise to the emergence of a number of very hot springs, and it is the water from one of these springs, with its large mineral content, chalk in particular, that has created the natural wonder now known as Pamukkale, Cotton Fortress or Baumwollenschloss, a very appropriate name for such a phenomenon. The healing water here flows down to the "Sacred Pool" (now located inside Pamukkale Hotel) where you can swim amidst the historical remains of Hierapolis, ancient city built on top of the white "castle" that can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 km away. Ancient Hierapolis, founded by King Eumenes II of Pergamon, became subject to Rome in 133 BC. Since 1957, excavation and restoration work has been going on under the direction of an Italian group of archaeologists from the University of Lecce. The well-preserved theater of Hierapolis commands magnificent view of the plain below. Since the theater has been restored, it is now possible to see the friezes of mythological scenes depicting Apollo and Artemis in their original positions. Passing through the city walls above the theater you can see the Martyrion of St Philip. This is an octagonal building erected on a square measuring 20 by 20 meters. It was built in the early 5th century. Even in its present state of ruin it is an impressive structure. Hierapolis-Pamukkale was designated a World Heritage Site in 1988.

You may approach Pamukkale by the main roads marked on your map, but there are also other ways, according to the direction from which you are coming. For example, if you approach from the West you can branch off to the left at the sign shortly after Sarayköyü. This will give you the opportunity of seeing and getting to know quite a few very interesting Western Anatolian villages. Whether you choose the route through these villages or arrive by the Denizli road you will be confronted by one of the most remarkable landscapes to be seen anywhere in Turkey. The first thing you will see is a rock platform over 100 m in height rising up from the plain. The slopes of this hill, which look from a distance like a great white speck, are covered with large numbers of pools and terraces. As you come nearer, you will begin to see this natural phenomenon, which resembles a frozen waterfall, in greater detail. From the edge of every terrace and every step in this fascinating natural phenomenon that has gradually formed throughout the ages hang brilliantly white stalactites, and you can hear the joyful splashing of the waters of the hot springs as they cascade down over slopes where their flow is impeded only by clumps of oleanders.

The temperature of the water forming the travertines, which issues from the hot springs on the hills above, falls to around 33 C° lower down. On emerging to the surface, the solution of calcium-carbonate in the spring water decomposes into carbon dioxide, calcium carbonate and water. The carbon dioxide is released into the air while the calcium carbonate separates off from the water to form a grayish-white limestone sediment. The beds of the water-courses are filled up with these limestone deposits and the water, confronted with these obstacles, splits up into several branches. The water flows over the slopes into pools, the small basins surrounding them and finally into the fields below. It is in this way that these terraces over 100 m in height composed of layers of the accumulated limestone sediment have been gradually formed in the course of the ages. As the limestone sediment reaches a certain level the water accumulates in pools and, as these pools fill up, overflows into smaller pools in the vicinity and from these flows into the small hollows and depressions around them. The limestone layers in the pools rise up in steps, one above the other, and the continual flow of water keeps this process in operation.

The stalactites form one of the most important features in the landscape. With the formation of the layers and the emergence of steps and terraces one above the other, the water leaves the limestone deposit behind it and drips down in the form of stalactites, as in the Damlataþ caverns. The calcium oxide in the water adds to the thickness of the white layers and widens the terraces, producing pools in fantastic shapes reminiscent of oyster shells or flower petals, while the small amount of sulfur and iron oxide produces stripes of yellow, red and green over the white of the limestone. Any object left in the water at Pamukkale will take on a coating of limestone within a very few days. Now, as in the olden days, the water flows through open channels, and in cold weather you can see columns of mist dancing over the surface. Although the water flowing from the hot springs on the southern slopes of Çaldað rapidly loses heat during its flow through these open channels it is still hot enough to make it possible for one to bathe throughout six months of the year in the open-air swimming pools in the motels and on the terraces. (Destination suggested by Jim who lives in Galena, Illinois)

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WATERLOO, IOWA — Last summer Madison Shock hosted her first sunglasses party. To attend, everyone brought the 5-year-old girl a pair of sunglasses. It may not seem like much to most little girls, but the brightly colored glasses are important to Madison. This was the first summer she could actually wear them. Madison was born with microtia, a congenital malformation of the external and middle ear. Her right ear is fine, though her hearing is limited, but on the left side Madison was born with what her parents call a "little ear." The middle ear, which controls hearing, is underdeveloped, which means she is deaf on the left side. Madison was also born with first and second branchial arch syndrome, which causes the cheek and jaw bones on one side of the face to be smaller. "We had no idea about any of this when she was born," said Shock's mother, Candace. Doctors said the only way Madison could have an ear was a painful series of surgeries that required doctors to remove a piece of her rib bone to shape a new one. Then, she would be burned on her legs and that skin would be used on the new ear. Candace and Brian Shock were not taken with that idea at all. A little research cemented their resolution against the surgeries. "We figured if she wanted to do it when she was older then it would be her decision," Candace said. Madison was only a toddler when Candace first saw a segment on the Oprah Winfrey show about a former CIA disguise specialist who now designs custom prosthetics. Candace put the thought out of her mind until a few months later when she saw another program about the same specialist on The Learning Channel. At last there was a small glimmer of hope. At the time, Madison was too young to work with Robert Barron, who retired from the CIA in 1993. And even though Madison was "proud of her little ear," Candace and Brian both understood that there would likely come a time when other kids weren't so kind about the difference. Candace went on a personal mission to find Barron, who now owns Custom Prosthetic Designs in Ashburn, Va. "I did a Yahoo! search and came up with 15 Robert Barrons in that area. I called every one until I finally found him," Candace recalls. Barron wouldn't see Madison until she was 5 years old, so they waited. In March, 2007 they began the process of getting Madison fitted for her new ear. They went back again in June so Barron could fit the silicone prosthetic and hand paint it to match Madison's skin. The ear is not permanently affixed to Madison's head, but can be attached with secure adhesive that will withstand swimming or even rough play. And when she isn't wearing it, the ear is kept secure in a small plastic container. In a few years the Shocks will have to return to Barron's office so Madison can get a new prosthetic. Estimating for regular wear and tear, Candace said the ear would only last three to five years. The process is expensive. The Shocks estimate they spent about $10,000 on just the medical side of the process and another $5,000 for each additional replacement. Barron accepts cash only, not insurance. People can submit the cost to their insurance carriers for reimbursement. The Shocks say it is worth every penny. "I think it will help her tremendously with self-esteem and feeling good about herself," said Charlotte Shock, Madison's grandmother. "And he was so kind and caring and patient. After he was done and placed the ear on her head, he was as excited as the rest of us." ~Reprinted from WCF,

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