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An island where people forget to die
In Greece, there is an island where people live to the age of a hundred years and continue to enjoy life and vigorously work.
And this is not the only miracle happening on the island of Ikaria.
The Greek Stamatis Moretis came to America shortly after the war, and he stayed there. He married an American of Greek descent and bought a small house where his three children were born.
And in 1976 he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Then the diagnosis was confirmed by nine more different doctors. By the time he was over sixty and live, according to the most optimistic forecasts, it remained about nine months.
Moretis decided not to waste time on useless treatment, to spend the last months of his life at home - the Greek island of Ikaria, and to be buried in the land of the ancestors. In addition, the funeral in America cost a fortune, and he did not want to burden relatives.
Arriving on the island, Moretis and his wife Elpiki settled in a small house with an adjacent vineyard. The first days he spent in bed.Then he began to gradually get up and go to the service in the local church. Then there were old friends who visited him almost every evening. They drank local wine and remembered. Moretis thought that at least he would die happy.
Several months passed, and the patient felt that his strength was only arriving. One day he felt so strong that he took to cultivate the garden in the backyard. He did not hope that he would have time to try the fruits of his labor, he just enjoyed his work.
It took another six months. Moretis reaped the harvest and took up the family vineyard. He woke up when he wanted to, he worked for half a day, cooked dinner and went to bed for a nap after eating. In the evenings I went to a local tavern and played dominoes with friends until midnight. He added two more rooms to the house so that the children would have a place to stay when they come to visit their parents.
Now from the moment when Moretis learned about his terrible diagnosis, three and a half decades have passed. He was 97 years old - according to official documents. Moretis himself is confident that he is 102 - and no cancer.He did not take chemotherapy courses, did not take pills and was not treated at all. All he did was move to the island of Ikaria.
Stamatis Moretis in his garden:
In 2008, a group of scientists began to study the phenomenon of longevity of the population of Ikaria. They began to look for people who were born between 1900 and 1920 and are still alive.
It turned out that two and a half times more residents of Ikaria die to 90 years than, for example, Americans. And in old age they feel much better. They rarely develop depression and dementia; as a rule, they keep a sharp mind to the very end. For comparison, almost half of Americans over 85 show signs of Alzheimer's disease.
One of the local doctors of Ikaria, Ilias Leriadis, shared his thoughts: “People stay up late here, but they wake up too late and they definitely go for a nap during the day. No one wears a watch. Yes, no one clock here and do not go exactly. When you invite someone to dinner, guests can appear at ten in the morning and at six in the evening. No one cares about time here. Yes, and money too.
Ikaria people live community. The island is so located that it was always away from the busy sea routes.Therefore, the islanders could only rely on their own strength, lived apart from the outside world and held on to each other.
In addition, Leriadis spoke about the miraculous properties of local mountain herbs, of which the islanders brew tea: oregano, sage, peppermint, rosemary ... A drink made from dandelion with lemon is also popular. And honey - they treat everything from cuts and ending with a hangover. Older people start the day by eating a spoonful of honey.
One way or another, the old people are full of energy - one 95-year-old man, for example, still plays the violin, and the 98-year-old woman runs a small hotel and plays poker in the evenings. Ten years ago, Moretis traveled to America. He wanted to find doctors who diagnosed him so that they could explain what had happened to him.