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Sea diet and siesta point to Greek island longevity: study. Siestas, a health food diet – and genetics – could explain why people on the tiny Aegean island of Ikaria live so long, said a study by Greek cardiologists released on Wednesday.”While in the rest of Europe only 0.1% of the population is over 90 years old, in Ikaria the figure is tenfold, 1.1%,” said Christina Chrysohoou, a cardiologist at the Athens university school of medicine. Ikaria Becomes Official “Blue Zone”; Acclaimed New York Times Best Seller author of “Blue Zones” , Dan Buettner, has also discovered the secrets of longevity on Ikaria and declared it as one of only 5 other Blue Zones worldwide. From April 20th – May 4th 2009 Quest Ikaria, featuring Dan Buettner together with his team of researchers, took us on an exciting, informative

and interactive adventure around Ikaria to discover its secrets of longevity. For 1000s of years the climate, therapeutic thermal springs and topography of Ikaria have made it an ideal place for people from around the world to convalesce, be healed and relax their mind, body and spirit. These same factors in combination with the traditional ways of living in Ikaria have also resulted in long life and well above average age expecatancy for the islands’ residents. Simply put, you feel better living in Ikaria and live longer.Now, acclaimed New York Times Best Seller author of “Blue Zones” , Dan Buettner, has also discovered the secrets of longevity on Ikaria. From April 20th – May 4th Quest Ikaria, featuring Dan Buettner together with his team of researchers, takes you on an exciting, informative and interactive adventure around Ikaria to discover its secrets of longevity. “Blue Zone”; Employing a vast amount of data, our teams of researchers and scientists have identified places around the world where people experience exceptional longevity and higher levels of happiness than the rest of us. In pursuit of the quest to determine what these people do that’s unique and how we can adapt their secrets to fit our lives, the National Geographic Society sent Dan Buettner on assignment to these unique places. – We found on the Greek island of Ikaria that people are three times more likely to reach age 90 than in the U.S. They will also have about 20% less cancer, half the rate of cardiovascular disease, and almost no dementia.Ikarians eat a variation of the Mediterranean diet (lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish), which adds about six years of life

expectancy. They also eat a lot of wild greens. We found 70 or so types of greens, many with 10 times the level of antioxidants in green tea or red wine. We also discovered five or six regularly consumed herbal teas, many of which are mild diuretics. If you’re diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor’s first line of defense is to prescribe diuretics. It turns out that just by drinking tea morning and night, these people are lowering their blood pressure over time.We found that the Ikarians take naps regularly. People who nap at least five times a week for half an hour have 35% less chance of cardiovascular disease. We know that blood chemistry changes when you take a nap–your heart rate drops and stress hormones diminish. It’s good for your brain to get some rest.The Ikarians don’t run marathons or climb mountains, but physical activity is hard-wired into their lives. The island itself is very hilly. Every time people take off for work or church, they are getting exercise. They burn calories without thinking about it. Daedalus was a highly respected and talented Athenian artisan descendent from the royal family of Cecrops, the mythical first king of Athens. He was known for his skill as an architect, sculpture, and inventor, and he produced many famous works. Despite his self-confidence, Daedalus once committed a crime of envy against Talus, his nephew and apprentice. Talus, who seemed destined to become as great an artisan as his

uncle Daedalus, was inspired one day to invent the saw after having seen the way a snake used its jaws. Daedalus, momentarily stricken with jealousy, threw Talus off of the Acropolis. For this crime, Daedalus was exiled to Crete and placed in the service of King Minos, where he eventually had a son, Icarus, with the beautiful Naucrate, a mistress-slave of the King.Minos called on Daedalus to build the famous Labyrinth in order to imprison the dreaded Minotaur. The Minotaur was a monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man. He was the son of Pasiphae, the wife of Minos, and a bull that Poseidon had sent to Minos as a gift. Minos was shamed by the birth of this horrible creature and resolved to imprison the Minotaur in the Labyrinth where it fed on humans, which were taken as “tribute” by Minos and sacrificed to the Minotaur in memory of his fallen son Androgenos.Theseus, the heroic King of Athens, volunteered himself to be sent to the Minotaur in the hopes of killing the beast and ending the “human tribute” that his city was forced to pay Minos. When Theseus arrived to Crete, Ariadne, Minos’s daughter, fell in love with him and wished to help him survive the Minotaur. Daedalus revealed the mystery of the Labyrinth to Ariadne who in turn advised Theseus, thus enabling him to slay the Minotaur and escape from the Labyrinth. When Minos found out what Daedalus had done he was so enraged that he imprisoned

Daedalus & Icarus in the Labyrinth themselves.Daedalus conceived to escape from the Labyrinth with Icarus from Crete by constructing wings and then flying to safety. He built the wings from feathers and wax, and before the two set off he warned Icarus not to fly too low lest his wings touch the waves and get wet, and not too high lest the sun melt the wax. But the young Icarus, overwhelmed by the thrill of flying, did not heed his father’s warning, and flew too close to the sun whereupon the wax in his wings melted and he fell into the sea. Daedalus escaped to Sicily and Icarus’ body was carried ashore by the current to an island then without a name. Heracles came across the body and recognized it, giving it burial where today there still stands a small rock promontory jutting out into the Aegean Sea, and naming the island and the sea around it after the fallen Icarus. News from: Island Ikaria Greece, the complete online guide to Ikaria    ~  Ikaria has been inhabited since at least 7000 BC, when it was populated by the Neolithic pre-Hellenic people that Greeks called Pelasgians.Around 750 BC, Greeks from Miletus colonized Ikaria, establishing a settlement in the area of present day Campos, which they called Oenoe for its wine.Ikaria in the 6th century BC became part of Polycrates’ sea empire and in the 5th century BC the Ikarian cities of Oenoe and Thermae were members of the Athenian dominated Delian League. In the 2nd century the island

was colonized by Samos. At this time the Tauropolion,the temple of Artemis was built at Oenoe. Coins of the city represented Artemis and a bull.There was another, smaller temenos sacred to Artemis Tauropolos,at Nas, on the northwest coast of the island.Nas had been a sacred spot to the pre-Greek inhabitants of the Aegean, and an important port of the island in antiquity, the last stop before testing the dangerous seas around Ikaria. It was an appropriate place for sailors to make sacrifices to Artemis Tauropolos, who, among other functions, was here a patron of seafarers; the goddess here was represented in an archaic wooden xoanon.The first name of Icaria was Dolichi but through Greek mythology it became connected to Ikarus, the first man who succeeded to fly and commemorates his fall. According to myth Daedalus, a famous craftsman, was a prisoner of Minos, the King of Crete. In an attempt to escape, he made two sets of wings, one for himself and one for his son, Ikarus, and attached them with wax. Together they secretly flew away, heading towards Athens. Out over the sea, near Ikaria, Ikarus, became excited by the view, flew too close to the sun with the result that the wax melted and he plunged into the sea and drowned. Thereafter, the sea named after him, Ikario Pelagos and the island was named Ikaria. Kalogeros Steel


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