David Niven Miller
For the first forty five years of my life, I was a pretty conventional sort of guy (health-wise). I was born in Africa, in what was then Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. My father was an engineer, building the mighty Kariba hydro-electric dam, at the time the world's biggest. We lived miles from nowhere, in the hills above the hot Zambesi river valley. My mother tried to grow a few vegetables and some paw paw (papaya) trees, but the baboons stole nearly everything. Most groceries were trucked in from the capital, 250 miles away. We had access to fresh fish from the lake and game (a variety of antelopes, warthog / bush pig) as well as beef, which at the time was the best in the world. Almost every meal we had some kind of meat. My favourite food was a large bowl of cornflakes, fresh creamy milk (which was raw, not pasteurised in those days), dollops of cream and chopped avocado or banana. I was a strong healthy lad with plenty of energy.
I moved to Australia over 30 years ago, and now live in Perth, on the west coast. It is the lucky country, and I feel privileged to be here. We have a national health system with subsidised doctors and pharmaceuticals, and free care if you need to go to a public hospital. The standard of medical care is in line with other Western countries.
Over the years I assumed that doctors, dentists, medical associations and the government regulators were the best source of health information and support. Who could give better advice on how to stay young and healthy? Who else would give accurate, unbiased advice on diet, medicine, environmental dangers and the optimal lifestyle and mental attitude?
By the time I reached my mid-forties, I realised that their advice was not working. I looked at my friends and co-workers, and then looked at myself. I looked and felt ten years older than my real age. I was not seriously ill, but my body was well short of the real health and energy that I knew I should have. Several ailments had bugged me for years, and they were getting worse, not better. My digestion was poor, I was balding, my skin was terrible, and there were a few niggling aches and pains that were gradually increasing. Different doctors had little to say that helped. What they had to offer was simply this - drugs. I realised that if I wanted anything else - sufficient time to investigate the root causes of my ailments, unbiased good practical advice, and remedies that really work - then I had to put a lot of time and effort into investigating new sources.
So began my journey investigating different remedies, diets and lifestyles. I have spent the last twelve years researching what really works in health and longevity. I found many people who looked more than a decade younger than they actually were. As I got to know them, I realised they weren't even trying to stay young and healthy! They were playful and had fun. They exercised, but less than me. They ate foods that were delicious and enjoyable. I was shocked to discover that many of the foods they regularly used were the same ones I had avoided for so many years.
I went to India and lived in an ashram for a couple of months. I volunteered to work as one of the lunchtime chefs, and prepared hundreds of meals every morning. I have always been handy in the kitchen, but this was the first time I had worked at such a scale - hot, sweaty, hard work. It confirmed my love of food, especially food produced with love and integrity. It was also an opportunity to meditate for hours each day, and meet with people who were playful, happy and healthy.
I travelled to and studied areas of the world where people are traditionally long-lived, and also places where the health of the population is deteriorating rapidly. I tried many different diets and health approaches over the years, including vegetarian, vegan, ayurvedic, Taoist, raw food, macrobiotic, acid-alkaline, blood-type, paleolithic, mediterranean, traditional, and the diets in numerous popular books. I interviewed hundreds of people to get their personal experience and assess how they are ageing. I learned everything I could about nutrition, biochemistry, healing with food, psychology, energy work, the mind-body links, consciousness research and different types of meditation. I researched (and used myself) Tai Chi, yoga, Pilates, breath work, Taoist exercises, many different meditations, various modes of bodywork, and heat and cold treatments.
A lot of the health information I read is simply not true. It is carefully crafted to serve the industries/associations that sponsor these articles. I was dismayed to discover that so much of the information on the web, in popular books, and even in published scientific research is just lies and twisting of the facts. The food, pharmaceutical, health products industries and associations of health professionals primarily serve their own financial interests.
I was delighted and excited to discover that many traditional household remedies, ingredients and old-fashioned, unprocessed foods are highly effective cures - much more effective than drugs and medications. Several complaints I had had for years were healed within weeks of starting one of the healthy remedies detailed on this website.
My life's focus is discovering healthy remedies that really work. Most of these remedies are cheap, natural, widely available, and cannot be patented. Many have even been deliberately discredited.
The rewards from my work are obvious. Biologically, I am now years younger than the man who started this quest, and many people remark that I have an amazing vitality and a clear energy. In Grow Youthful I share my discoveries with you, and I am confident that this information can literally transform your health and your life.
My goal is making healthy, youthful longevity available to everyone
- I am self-employed, and not under any kind of pressure from sponsors, clients, employers, and especially food or pharmaceutical industries or any kind of health or medical association. I am unbiased, open-minded, not beholden to any particular approach to health
- I've spent twelve years researching the root causes of ageing and ill health. I've read every book and article I could find on health and longevity - popular books, scientific research, holistic and natural health, ancient texts and traditional wisdom
- I have tried everything I write about. I write from personal experience. I am also in contact with people who have tried these remedies themselves. Sick people, naturopaths, doctors, herbalists, people who look 15 years younger than their age, people who are ageing fast, people who are as passionate about youthing and health as I am
- I have a gift in being able to sift through the mass of conflicting and misleading messages, jargon and confusion. What I say is just common sense. I find what really works, clearly and simply
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David Niven Miller MA
David has Honours and Masters degrees in economics (distinction, UCT). He has been a systems manager with the Shell Oil Company, a business analyst, the creator of a successful software business, a best-selling author of computer books, a technical analyst and a public speaker. So how can he help you?