The Island Where People Forget to Die is a nice article about the healthy centenarians of the Ikaria island. It makes me wish I could live there.
These folks have a healthy lifestyle with strong social community, active, and traditional diet: Mediterranean, high levels of olive oil, fish twice a week and meat (goat,pig) five times a month, Kalamata olives, goat’s milk, two to four glasses of wine a day, sage tea, coffee, honey, bread, beans (lentils, garbanzos, black-eyed peas), potatoes, yogurt, greens (fennel, dandelion or a spinachlike green called horta) and whatever seasonal vegetables their garden produced. At Christmas and Easter, they would slaughter the family pig and enjoy small portions of larded pork for the next several months.
This was really interesting as something seems different about Ikarians:
We do know from reliable data that people on Ikaria are outliving those on surrounding islands (a control group, of sorts). Samos, for instance, is just eight miles away. People there with the same genetic background eat yogurt, drink wine, breathe the same air, fish from the same sea as their neighbors on Ikaria. But people on Samos tend to live no longer than average Greeks. This is what makes the Ikarian formula so tantalizing.
When I flipped through the photos I was noticing a few were missing teeth and I was curious about the bone loss. Not sure at what ages it's occurring (50s ... 90s). Maybe it's simply normal aging to lose bone, but I'm also wondering if it could be something else like some missing nutrients, inflammation, infection ... obviously nothing affecting longevity, but possibly quality of life.
Also considering Weston Price's findings that indigenous groups retain healthy gums without cleaning:
Many primitive peoples not only retain all of their teeth, many of them to an old age, but also have a healthy flesh supporting these teeth. This has occurred in spite of the fact that the primitives have not had dentists to remove the deposits and no means for doing so for themselves."