Basic health practices of a 113-year-old

BernandoLaPalloBernardo La Pallo, a Brazilian born 113-year-old Mesa, Arizona resident, attributes most of his longevity to a few practices he’s followed faithfully throughout his life.

However, he readily admits that he had a few advantages. They included family longevity genes, a father who was a physician/herbalist, and growing up on a diet of natural and nutritious whole foods.

Bernardo still writes and speaks about the benefits of natural health practices. He goes to bed at about 9:30 PM and rises at 4 AM to walk and take a shower. After his shower he rubs olive oil all over his body.

Olive oil is also one of his daily foods, which include garlic, honey, cinnamon and–chocolate! Not junk chocolate, but the good, pure dark stuff.

He reads voraciously, works crosswords, plays checkers and eats mostly organic fruits and vegetables and drinks lots of water, which he believes many people neglect.

He still has his own hair and teeth and lives a spiritual life that he says is encompassed by The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you….”

Bernardo’s working life began on ocean liners, then he was a chef. He later studied podiatry and was a graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage, eventually opening his own practice.

He looks so young some have questioned his real age, which was recorded in an old family Bible in Brazil. Social Security records some cite, say he was born in 1910, not 1901 as was recorded in the family Bible. Anyway he lived in Brazil then.

But even if Bernardo was born in 1910, he’s still a pretty darned lively old centenarian+!

And, by the way, Bernardo’s motto is “You are what you eat.” Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said the same thing, as well as his famous medical oath, “First do no harm….”

Sounds like good advice for all of us.

Sources: and National Geographic.





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