Ever wonder why people seem to age at different rates. The speed of aging is determined by your immune system.
Take our 20-question quiz, to find out if you are aging too fast. Answer them honestly, tally up your score, and find out how fast you are aging.
1) Do you need to lose ten pounds?
a. Add 10 points if your weight is appropriate for your height
b. Add 5 points if you need to lose only ten pounds
c. Add no points if you need to lose more than ten pounds
2) Do you smoke?
a. Add 10 points if you rarely even smell smoke
b. Add 5 points if you’re exposed to some second-hand smoke every day, but you don’t smoke
c. Add 2 points if you live with a smoker, but don’t smoke yourself
d. Add no points if you smoke
3) Do you live in one of the following cities:
Birmingham (AL); Los Angeles, Fresno, Bakersfield, Hanford-Corcoran, Merced, Modesto, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Visalia (CA); Bridgeport (CT);Canton-Massillon, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Weirton (OH); Eugene-Springfield, Medford (OR); Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia (PA); Provo, Salt Lake City (UT); Charleston (WV); Huntington-Ashland (WV-KY-OH); Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Louisville, Knoxville, New York City, Newark, St. Louis, Seattle-Tacoma, or Washington DC.
a. Add 5 points if you live in the country
b. Add 2 points if you travel to the areas listed frequently (i.e.: weekly or more)
c. Add no points if you live in one of these areas
4) Have you broken a sweat exercising in the past twenty-four hours?
a. Add 10 points if you break a sweat exercising at least four days a week
b. Add 5 if you break a sweat at least twice a week
c. Add no points if you seldom exercise to a sweat
5) What was your birth weight?
a. Add 4 points if you weighed more than eight and a half pounds but less than ten pounds at birth
b. Add 2 points if you weighed between seven and eight and a half pounds
c. Add zero points if you weighed less than seven pounds or more than ten pounds at birth.
6) Have you taken an antibiotic medication in the past year?
a. Add 4 points if you can’t remember the last time you took an antibiotic
b. Add 2 points if you’ve taken a course of antibiotics no more than ten times in your life
c. Add no points if you generally take a course of antibiotics every year, or more often
7) Do you have older siblings?
a. Add 4 points if you have older brothers or sisters
b. Add no points if you’re an only or oldest child
8) Is your belly bigger than your hips?
a. Add 10 points if your hips are bigger (yeah!)
b. Add 2 points if your belly and hip measurements are the same
c. Add no points if your belly is bigger than your hips
9) Did you floss your teeth today?
a. Add 2 points if you flossed today
c. Add no points if you seldom or never floss
10) Have you made love in the past week?
a. Add 5 points if you have a good love life
b. Add 3 points if you have a fair love life
c. Add 1 point if you’re frustrated with your love life (at least you know what a love life is!)
11) Did you tell a funny joke to your friends today that made them laugh?
a. Add 2 points if you made someone laugh
b. Add 1 point if someone made you laugh
c. Add no points if you can’t remember laughing
12) Did you grow up with a dog?
a. Add 2 points if you grew up with a dog
b. Add 1 points if you grew up with any pet
c. Add no points if you never had animals
13) Have you had a massage in the last month?
a. Add 2 points if you were massaged
b. Add 1 point if you massaged someone else
c. Add no points if you haven’t done either
14) Do you eat three meals a day? (If more than one answer applies, pick the one that applies best)
a. Add 5 points if you’re a “grazer” and almost never over-eat
b. Add 3 points if you skip a meal almost every day
c. Add 2 points if you skip a meal now and then
15) Do you take vitamins?
a. Add 4 points if you take a multivitamin an hour before your biggest meal of the day
b. Add 2 points if you take a multivitamin every day, but not before your biggest meal
c. Add no points if you don’t take a multivitamin
16) Have you raised your voice in anger over the past twenty-four hours?
a. Add 5 points if you can honestly say that you rarely get angry at anything
b. Add 1 point if you felt angry, but didn’t yell
c. Add no points if you’ve raised your voice today
17) Do you feel anxious during the day?
a. Add 2 points if you’re just occasionally anxious
b. Add no points if you’re anxious nearly all the time
c. If you’re never anxious, add zero points because lying isn’t good for your immune system, either.
18) Ever feel down in the dumps? Blue? Sad? Outright despairing?
a. Add 5 points if you’re generally positive and optimistic
b. Add 2 points if you’ve felt depressed more than once in the past month
c. Add no points if you often feel depressed
19) Did you sleep well last night?
a. Add 5 points if you almost always sleep like a baby
b. Add 3 points if you usually sleep like a baby
c. Add 1 point if you often don’t get enough sleep
d. Add no points if you’re always tired and you still don’t seem to get enough sleep
20) Do you sing? Hum? Tap your foot much of the day? Often have a song running through your head?
a. Add 2 points if you play an instrument or sing every day
b. Add 1 point if you often listen to your home music system or portable music player
c. Add no points if you couldn’t care less about music… it won’t help you, but it probably won’t age you either
KEY: If your score is between:
80-100: You are aging like a Bristlecone pine tree, living in harmony with your immune system, which is calm and secure. There’s no need for it to be overactive, and peace reigns in your bloodstream. But there’s always room for improvement. Read on and learn how to slow the aging process even further.
60-79: You are aging like a Giant Tortoise. Your immune system is your friend and has little interest in attacking you–at the moment. It’s possible to improve upon your success and make your immune system work even better. There are several steps you can take to slow down the aging process and live a longer, healthier life. Learn on!
40-69: You are aging like the average human, which isn’t bad, but you could be aging so much more slowly while at the same time reducing your risk of getting sick. Knowledge is power, so here’s your chance to learn how to slow the aging process and prevent disease. There are many things you can do right now to improve your immune function, starting with the right mindset: believe that you have the power to change your health and your aging speed.
20-39: You are aging like a speeding bullet, heading for a dreaded disease–if you don’t already have one. This score calls for immediate action to stop this process. You probably should skip ahead to the UltraLongevity program in Section II; you can always come back and read Section I once you’ve taken the first steps to gain control of your immune system.
1-19: You are aging like a dinosaur (nearly extinct already). To score this low, you must be purposefully trying to hasten your own demise. But the mere fact that you’re reading this book means there’s still hope. Pause. Take a breath. Affirm to yourself that you are worth taking care of. And read on. This is the start of a whole new you and you are in the driver’s seat. Even people who score this low can, and have, changed their lives for good.