Vitamin MePA Testimonials
by Gerald Aardsma; October 10, 2017
I shared my concern for my elderly mother in Aging: Cause and Cure (pages 17--18; see the link to the book in the banner bar above).
Mom has lived by herself in an apartment in New Hampshire since fairly shortly after Dad died. My younger sister lives nearby and has been doing a truly remarkable job of watching over Mom.
Far more than just curiosity has motivated my efforts to unlock the mystery of human longevity these past four decades. The question of why human life spans were once more than ten times what they are today is one of enormous practical significance. Indeed, there is no medical or scientific question of greater practical significance than this one. It was clear from the start that a correct understanding of why human life spans were so much greater in antiquity might open the door to an understanding of how to extend human life spans today. I was not much concerned about extending my own life span. In our twenties, old age mistakenly seems remote. It was my parents I thought of most often, and ever more urgently as the decades passed.
Dad died in 2000, just a few weeks short of his 77th birthday. He was a good man who had devoted his life to ministry rather than money, with malice in his heart toward no one. The world would be a better place were he still with us.
Mom, now in her late eighties, still retains her natural poise, combined with a New England Yankee reserve and fortitude. I continue to scramble, in hopes that I am not too late to see my youthful dream fulfilled in her.
Mom has been slowly declining in overall health, as is normal with the aging disease. She now uses a walker to get around.
Mom initially declined my offer of the vitamin. I accepted her refusal and made no attempt to push it on her---such things take time to adjust to---even though I knew she was making a very poor choice for her health. Fortunately, my brother and two sisters were able, over the ensuing weeks, gently to help Mom work through her qualms about the vitamin. She started taking Dr. Aardsma's Vitamin MePA Dietary Supplement on August 29, 2017.
I emailed her that day:
Expect it to take about a month for the vitamin to build up in your body before you begin to notice any changes to anything.
Much to my surprise, Mom wrote back later the same day:
It has started working already, I think, because the left arm I broke has a lot more strength in it and doesn't feel shrunken like it did before, but I know this would be very sudden. I am very sensitive, however. Time will tell.
Mom had broken her arm in a fall in her apartment three years earlier. Fortunately, a great-granddaughter was spending the night. Though she was only five or six years old, she was able to call 911 for help. My sister remembers the break as follows:
Her left arm had broken just below her shoulder. She was put in a sling and we set up temporary quarters for her in our dining room. She stayed with us for, I think, two weeks at the most. Then she felt well enough and stable enough to go back to her own place. She had visiting nurses here and at her place and had therapy for it.
It healed well, according to the doctors and x-rays, but she always complained that it gave her a little pain, and she couldn't fully extend it above her head. I figured it was bone pain she'd have to live with, like arthritis, because of the break.
I don't remember details of the break, but my brain flags it as "a nasty break".
I wrote back to Mom the same day:
It seems early, but we have lots to learn about this vitamin yet.
A big question is how fast we should expect results of any kind in the elderly. Noah's healing was slow, but he was physiologically only 50 at the start of the Flood. It seems possible that the more advanced the disease is, the more rapid initial healing may be.
I heard from Mom again a week later:
Coming in on a wing and a prayer. Just want you to know I am feeling much better and have become creative again. Hoping to set up a little spot in the bedroom for crafting this winter. I am adding more steps outside every day and expect soon to visit the Adirondacks.
This email about knocked me over. As a boy growing up at home I observed a woman, my mother, who was creative by temperment, talented musically, with a natural aptitude for fashion, and a joie de vivre. But much of this had dropped away over the last few decades. Suddenly, in this short email, the person I had known was back.
"Coming in on a wing and a prayer" is from a popular WWII song, in reference to a badly crippled bomber struggling to return to base in England. Mom, in this succinct and artful manner, playfully summarized the start of her own journey back toward health and youthfulness with vitamin MePA.
The visit to the Adirondacks would mean a visit to my brother Allen's place, hours away in northern New York. I couldn't remember a time in recent years when Mom had ventured such a trip. Only a few weeks previously I would have judged it to be outside the realm of possibility.
I wrote back promptly:
Goodness, Mom, you sound about forty years younger! Wow!
With our trust in the Lord,
I didn't hear anything for a few weeks. Mom had indeed gone to visit my brother and was spending a few weeks with him.
On September 20, 2017, I wrote my sister, as follows, for her observations so I could add them to my science journal.
For my records, what is your (candid) impression at this point regarding the effect of the vitamin on Mom so far?
She promptly replied:
It seems to have given her a new lease on life.
She says her broken arm that she hadn't been able to extend fully she can now move with ease.
She hasn't had any consistent help with her sleeping. Two nights before she went to Allen's she said something like she barely slept at all, and chalked it up to being too wound up. But she slept very well the night before going.
By the "new lease on life" statement I mean this: she seems happier and more at peace.
I wrote my brother with the same question the same day. He evidently misunderstood my purpose (to collect objective observations from others) and wrote back the following:
Mom and I just took a ride through the country, over the mountain range behind us. Quite an adventure. She enjoyed it.
I'm taking dictation from Mom, regarding your question about how MePa is affecting her:
After two hours, my left arm --- that had felt broken --- felt normal, and I could use it as I did before!
Digestion: I could not eat hardly at all without choking and sneezing [I have a hiatal hernia]. I can now swallow. Makes me feel more relaxed.
I could hardly stand up and walk; now, at least, I can get around better.
Using the walker, I was able to go to Burlington, yesterday, and walk around quite a lot. I ate in a restaurant without choking.
I think I sleep sounder.
I definitely feel happier.
I have a desire to paint, once again. [Bird houses, etc.] I had lost any desire to do anything.
I had a good report on my eyes: they are holding their own. The Dr. says, "No change." My left eye is pretty bad.
I don't know what else to say.
Thank you for it!
Another week later, my brother provided these observations:
Mom sings the praises of MePa. She believes it snatched her back from the brink of death. [My words, not hers.] In her words, she said, yesterday, that, a few weeks ago, she thought she was dying; could hardly stand up; couldn't lift her left arm. Now, she truly does seem to be doing much better. And as you've pointed out, her mind seems to have rejuvenated.
Mom wrote October 02, 2017. She had decided to move in with my brother and his family.
The ride back to NH yesterday was just beautiful. Acres of corn waiting to be harvested and lots of apples to be picked along the Champlain Valley.
I am so glad to be thinking of moving back to where we served the Lord years ago. I always loved the Adirondack mountains, and am a camper at heart.
Today I need to walk outside and put more steps on the Fitbit. I do feel stronger in the spine area and can walk without the cane or walker for awhile, but it is wiser to use something when I am alone.
We hope to make the move in about 30 days.
Blessings on all of you.
My youthful dream appears to be coming true.