Friday, June 1, 2007

Living Past One Hundred on Dominica

Portrait of Ma Pampo by Powys Dewhurst


"It’s no secret.
You take fresh foods, clean water, pure air and lots of exercise. You add low stress, a loving family and strong belief in God. For Dominica’s centenarians, it all adds up to a longer and healthier Life." Or so says the Pan American Health Organization in their article about long lived Dominicans.

I am not sure what accounts for the longevity observed on Dominica, but this island is known for long years and good health into old age. Ma Pampo was 128 when she died!

Could it be because Dominica herself is alive? Beneath her fertile soil burns the largest concentration of volcanoes anywhere on earth. She is home to a lake which boils and hot spring mineral baths. Gases from a volcano bubbling at the ocean's edge creates the "Champagne", which attracts both tropical fish and snorkelers.

The living fertility of this island provides foods rich in nourishment, unlike tired factory farmed produce fertilized with three chemicals. Locals on Dominica eat food fresh from the garden, not picked green and shipped for days to consumers. Picking oranges or grapefruit in the garden warm from the sun, and squeezing fresh juice, I can taste the rich, living island in each mouthful.

Dominica's air is also amazing. A rainforested island, her winds are scrubbed clean by the Atlantic, then oxygenated by the dense foliage. I imagine being healed of the years of living in St. Louis during Ozone Warnings when, "People with respiratory problems should stay indoors".
I mean, don't we ALL have a respiratory problem if the air outdoors warrants warnings?

(I must admit Roseau can give me a headache, probably from concentrated pollution. But I avoid Roseau whenever possible.)

Do I expect to live as long as Ma Pampo? No, I don't. I do know I feel better here than anywhere else on earth. I feel truly alive here on this enchanting island.

Here is a directory of the Centenarians on Dominica.

livingdominica: I do so love that picture of Ma Pampo...

7 comments:

Hill said...

Wow! Ma Pampo is beautiful! You are so tempting me to at least visit Dominica. Ahhhhhhhh.

Jen said...

Come visit, Hill! We have a good dentist here....

duarte said...

hi,nice blog,i loved your country...greetings from switzerland

Island Chica said...

Jen, I haven't checked your blog in some time but looked today and saw the new entries. I used to read regularly. Puzzled - are you back on Dominica?

Anonymous said...

Jen I so miss your writings!! I am bringing steve (my husband)back to Dominica in AUG for his 50th bday are you back there at least for a respite from stateside living, you really gave me a perspective of what we might be getting into, but we still have the dream of a little spot on our 1 acre. we want to keep our place in Arlington VA and then spend as much time as we can down there! I hope things are going well for you &mr wiz. Hope to hear from you!

ps still no deed on our Macoucherie property and Steve refuses to be concerned

Minerva said...

Glad to see Living Dominica is alive again ... and i almost lost hope ;-)

Saratica said...

So are you back? I'm confused. Which is nothing new...