Just like the investors in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, people eager for a shortcut to a younger RealAge plunk down millions of dollars for useless and dangerous elixirs.
The latest is a product banned in the U.S. since 1982: Gerovital H3. Buyer, beware! So-called longevity clinics in the U.S. and Internet marketers are again offering the product. Its active ingredient is procaine hydrochloride - aka novocaine!
Not only is novocaine numbingly ineffective as an anti-aging treatment, if it's administered by someone without anesthesia-related training, this medication probably is as dangerous as propofol, which allegedly did in Michael Jackson.
But there are safe, effective ways to roll back your RealAge and enjoy a real fountain of youth.
1. Get moving. The benefits to mind, body and spirit are enormous. We say walk 10,000 steps a day and practice strength training two to three days a week. You'll switch on good genes that lower your blood pressure, change how you store fat, cut your risk for weight gain and type 2 diabetes, and add years to your life. You'll also uplift your mood and de-stress your brain - and that reduces inflammation.
2. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet that protects against cardio problems, cancer, depression, dementia and a lousy sex life! Avoid the Five Food Felons (saturated and trans fats, added sugars and sugar syrups, any grain that's not 100 percent whole), and choose colorful foods (green, red, purple, blue, orange and yellow) to fill your plate.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Distributed by King Features Syndicate Inc.