Alexander Imich, the oldest man alive, is obsessed with the occult and paranormal phenomenon; follows a diet inspired by “Eastern mystics”
Alexander Imich, who just made global headlines by being declared the oldest man alive, at the age of 111, turns out to be fascinated by the occult, mysticism and paranormal phenomena. Maybe he knows something that most people don’t—for instance, about the power of the mind and the unconscious to control the body.
According to Yahoo News, Imich—who survived the Soviet gulags—is obsessed with the occult, séances and paranormal activity, and even edited a book on the subject—Incredible Tales of the Paranormal: Documented Accounts of Poltergeist, Levitations, Phantoms, and Other Phenomena. He also follows a diet inspired by “Eastern mystics.” (By “Eastern,” however, he may mean “East Brooklyn”—he apparently subsists on matzo balls, gefilte fish and chicken noodle soup.)
Via Yahoo News:
In his late 20s, the Times reports, he “grew fascinated with a Polish medium who was known as Matylda S., a doctor’s widow gaining renown for séances that reportedly called up the dead.” He became a scholar of the occult, eventually editing an anthology — “Incredible Tales of the Paranormal: Documented Accounts of Poltergeist, Levitations, Phantoms, and Other Phenomena” — that was published in 1995, when Imich was 92.
So what’s the supercentenarian’s secret? Here’s what he told the Times:
• Not having children.
• Not drinking alcohol.
• Quitting smoking.
• Playing multiple sports. “I was a gymnast,” he said. “Good runner, a good springer. Good javelin, and I was a good swimmer.”
• A diet “inspired by Eastern mystics who disdain food,” the Times said. (According to Imich’s caregivers, he eats matzo balls, gefilte fish, chicken noodle soup, Ritz crackers, scrambled eggs, chocolate and ice cream.)
• “Good genes,” Imich said.
There’s hope yet. There’s hope yet.
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