The fountain of youth turns out to be good eating. The following short article by Gary Kline provides food for thought.
The Story of Khfaf Lasuria of Russian Georgia
By: Gary Kline
There are thousands of incredible stories to know about and reflect upon. I should say astonishing because incredible means, literally, not to be believed, whereas I’m talking about believable stories or occurrences which verge on the mind-boggling. Such is one story about 130 year old Khfaf Lasuria of Russian Georgia back about 1973. The story was featured in National Geographic (or Nat Geo for the mono-syllabled internet stupefied) and is reported on by Dr. Ronald F. Schmid in the book Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine (1987). Oh yeah, books are those things made of paper with printed ink on them.
Schmid is a Naturopathic doctor who once practiced in Washington and in Oregon. He is, in one attribute, a disciple of the great nutritionist, Dr. Weston A. Price, and also author of The Untold Story of Milk (2003). The National Geographic story was authored by Dr. Alexander Leaf, physician and professor at Harvard who visited the locales of reputed centenarians (people who have lived past 100 years of age). One of those locales is in Georgia, then a province of Russia that sits astride the Caucasus Mountains dividing Europe from Asia from which Caucasian whites and India Indians are thought to have originated.
Stories about the legitimacy of centenarian claims to be far older than 100 years of age (and usually concentrated in mountainous regions where streams are mineral-rich), have long been challenged and supposedly debunked. Schmid does a masterful job of demolishing such debunking attempts, largely by evidence in baptismal records and other means. In other words, the centenarians are authentic and generally are the age they say they are. Khfaf was over 130 at the time of being interviewed and is credited with the statement “every day is a gift when you are over 100”.