6 Years

6 years!  The 5 year mark is where Mr. Dare no longer needs to see xrays, so I’m a little on the fence of whether or not to get any done this year – if even just for me to see in there.

Everything is still going well here in New York.  The kids are growing up and I get to play sports with them and do normal dad stuff… it’s been pretty awesome.  I’m grateful every day for the back Nick gave me.

Sadly, we lost our dear cocker spaniel in May, 2017.  He wouldn’t leave my side as I recovered from my surgery in 2011 and our walks were an important part of my physiotherapy.  I miss him a lot. 🙁

Yoga and hockey are still a go and I’m walking more than ever while living here in the Big Apple.  Probably about 7-8km per day.

Interestingly, over the past 7 days, I’ve played 7 hockey games and my back has kept up with me.  I don’t think I’ve ever played this much in my life and I’m astonished that I was able to pull it off.  2 Championships clinched!  If we win this Friday, it will be 3 Championships and 8 games over 9 days.  I’m 6 months from 40 and can’t believe I was able to play at this level, especially with an ADR.

This brings me to my next topic.

I started supplementing with Elysium Basis in November 2016.  I was very skeptical at first, but was intrigued by the scientific papers on Niagen and NAD+ supplementation with regard to aging.  It’s almost imperceptible at first, but after 7 months, I believe I’ve experienced more efficient sleep and a dramatic decrease in recovery time after intense physical activity.  Specifically, I would get an achy back after going too hard… for a day or so, but this has absolutely decreased since I started Basis.  Some of the literature surrounding NAD+ supplementation includes the potential for a decrease in neuropathy pain for chemotherapy patients… so maybe it somehow dulls nerve pain in general or perhaps speeds up healing?  I can tell you without a doubt, that before I took Basis, I could have never played 7 hockey games in 7 days without having one hell of a sore back.  Even if it is just placebo, I’ll take it.  It might be worth looking into for any of the older readers of my blog.   I don’t think NAD+ supplementation will affect younger people as much, if at all.  As always, do your own research… but I’ll be keeping my subscription to Basis going for a while longer.

My current supplement regimen is Basis, Vitamin D and a regular Multivitamin.  I’ll add that I do take Animal Flex occasionally when my ankles or knees are injured while doing sports.

-Brett