Interviewer: When it comes to anti-aging, you mentioned physical activity and how that's most often most neglected. Why is that the case?
Dr. Hans Kugler, PhD: Well, it's not why. It's a fact. At Roosevelt University in Chicago . . . and it's written up in detail in my book, "Lifelong Health: Learn How to Control Your Genes to Stay Young With Age". You can go to our website antiagingforme.org. With a non-profit organization, together we made this book available for $7 instead of $22, etc. It's an e-book. But anyway, when we did the longevity studies, number one on cancer prone animals. We used a group of animals and we put them under all the right conditions. A quality diet, a nice and large environment, toys, carbon-filtered drinking water, vitamin/mineral supplementation, and so on. They are made to do exercise.
And then used another group, the opposite group. I mean, we had a control group. We had one group where we subjected the animals to the wrong conditions: tap water, a diet high in fat and sugar, cigarette smoke blown through the cages, no exercise. And guess what? The difference is close to 100% in average life spans. Then everybody says,"Oh. Well, yeah. This and this on animals. It can't be on humans." It totally overlaps on humans. If you take the average lifespan for humans, 74; Now you extrapulate back what the average lifespan was for people who are extremely overweight, smoking cigarettes, don't do anything exercise, you'll come out with 56. What is the maximum? 110-120 so you have 100%. Right? Anyway.
The key point here, we're getting back to the exercise. If you compare the controls to the animals that are doing everything correct, you get a certain lifespan. If you do it without the exercises, it drops to half. Everything together, everything else . . . I mean, it's not even out-balanced by that. And that's why the American College for Sports Medicine, very old establishment, hundreds and thousands of members. All the sports, those are the guys that are creating our Olympic athletes, (inaudible[02:22]), right?
Dr. Hans Kugler, PhD: With Mayo Clinic, very recently, they all came out they want lack of exercise classified as a medical condition. Oh, yes. It's absolutely magnificent. If you want to take this a step further, you can show how ridiculous our health care system is with the simplest situation: depression, like every day depression. Not the serious depression that starts out in childhood and lasts forever. Simple depression. It's measured with SCL90 depression score. At Wisconsin University, John Grist (ph), the lead psyhciatrist, he introduced the concept of very simply making these people do some exercise. Guess what? The most basic exercise recommendations. Three times a week, at least 25 minutes, and heart rate elevated. And when you do that, the SCL90 depression scores of depression people drops down into the normal range and it stays that way. No?
Now, let's look at the cross associated with that, depression alone. We are spending $18 billion on anti-depressants. We see this, what I classify as very phony television advertising, "Well, you know people who are taking anti-depressants are depressed. They have unresolved problems and maybe you should take another anti-depressant at the same time."
Dr. Hans Kugler, PhD: I mean, how brainless can you be? Bottom line is $18 billion of anti-depressants, about another $4-6 billion on medical tests, doctor visits, etc. Guess where the biggest factor comes in? Associated with depression, the cost to the society to work, loss work and so on is established to $42 billion. The total is around $70 billion. $70 billion we could save even more by simply educating the people how good a little bit of exercise is.
We take this a step further. Literally every disease is connected to physical activity. We know that one of the most preventive factor for heart disease is exercise, diabetes is exercise, depression--we already talked about that. Most recently there are even some other factors. In a more modern approach to exercise where we only have to do exercise twice a week. It's called the circuit training developed by a friend of mine Dr. Polwart (ph), Olympic trainer, very famous man. In every football, every basketball, everybody is using that same approach. They are combining what they call circuit aerobic muscle aerobic muscle. And when you focus on the muscle exercises, resistance exercises brain food. When you do muscle exercises, it tremendously prevents cognitive losses.
Brown did a study on it, showing that muscle exercises tremendously helps gene control in our body. Exercise is one of the key factors in detoxing. You read it right there. If you apply that $3 trillion is our health care. It would be relatively simple to save half of it. No we have to flow it in the fangs of the drug companies. We see this all the time. Very simple alternative, preventive, nutritional measures could solve an entire problem. They are too cheap to pay for that. They pay for zillions of dollars to keep that drug drug drug thing going.