Un­der the mi­cro­scope

John Gray, au­thor of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, 65, an­swers our health quiz

Irish Daily Mail - - Good Health - In­ter­view by EVA GIZOWSKA

CAN YOU RUN UP STAIRS?

YES, I run up stairs from my of­fice to my home. I also do yoga, Chi­nese chi kung and walk in the moun­tains where I live.

GET YOUR FIVE A DAY?

I EAT plenty of fruit and veg. We have an or­ganic gar­den and my wife grows most of what we eat. I fast at least one day a week with juice, soup or a su­per­food shake.

EVER DIETED?

AT 65, if I overeat, I can gain five to ten pounds. I’m al­ways care­ful to main­tain my ideal weight.

ANY VICES?

NO, BUT I like the oc­ca­sional vanilla ice-cream for dessert.

ANY FAM­ILY AIL­MENTS?

NO, MY fam­ily were al­ways health con­scious. My par­ents fed us vi­ta­mins and pro­tein pills and taught us yoga. I’ve done it since I was three.

WORST ILL­NESS?

FIF­TEEN years ago, my wife no­ticed my head shak­ing. My doc­tor di­ag­nosed early-stage Parkin­son’s and of­fered me lev­odopa, which boosts dopamine in the brain, but I was wor­ried about side-ef­fects. I’m a sup­porter of nat­u­ral, holis­tic ther­a­pies and my re­search led me to a clinic of­fer­ing in­tra­venous in­fu­sions of nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments, amino acids and en­zymes. Af­ter nine days my symp­toms dis­ap­peared.

POP ANY PILLS?

PROBIOTICS, and vi­ta­mins B, C and D. I also take a tea­spoon of a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring sul­phur — it’s very detox­i­fy­ing — and a tiny daily dose of lithium oro­tate, a mind-calm­ing min­eral.

COPE WELL WITH PAIN?

I DON’T like pain so I do ev­ery­thing to stay healthy.

IS SEX IM­POR­TANT?

I HAVE reg­u­lar great sex with my wife. In my new book, I talk about how to keep the spark alive.

EVER BEEN DE­PRESSED?

AF­TER liv­ing in In­dia, where I was as­sis­tant to the Ma­har­ishi Ma­hesh Yogi and for nine years a celi­bate Hindu monk, I re­turned to Cal­i­for­nia aged 28 and was home­less. It took six months to turn my life around. And my brother, who had bipo­lar dis­or­der, com­mit­ted sui­cide in the Nineties, which was a dif­fi­cult time.

HANG­OVER CURE?

MED­I­TATE or lis­ten to mu­sic in the shower. Drink wa­ter, eat less and take a multi-vi­ta­min, grape seed ex­tract and the coen­zyme NADH, which can boost en­ergy and men­tal clar­ity.

ANY PHOBIAS?

I USED to fear pub­lic speak­ing. Aged 19, over­come with nerves, I passed out giv­ing a lec­ture. BE­YOND Mars And Venus by John Gray (BenBella), €19.99.

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