Remembering Bernando LaPallo, Supercentenarian Who Passed at Age 114
Bernando LaPallo was a well-known supercentenarian who turned 114 last Fall. He lived by the creed, you are what you eat. He was a passionate testament of his healthy lifestyle and outlived his doctors and critics.
He eschewed french fries and red meat for five daily, life-giving foods – some of which included cinnamon, garlic and chocolate. He drew sustenance from high amounts of veggies, fruits and fish for most of his life and then wrote books and spoke to audiences about longevity. When reading about him, I can’t shake his warnings to never eat french fries.
His granddaughter now carries his message of health to the world:
Arizona resident, author and lecturer on the health and longevity Bernando LaPallo died in his home on December 19, 2015 in the city of Tempe in the presence of his oldest granddaughter, Erika Chamberlin. “He died quickly and without any chronic illness. His heart simply stopped beating. He followed the same daily routine the day he died as he did every single day of his life. It was simply his time to go. He was at peace with himself and his life.” says Chamberlin. LaPallo was born in Victoria, Brazil in 1901 migrating to the United States as a little boy with his father residing in Philadelphia and later New York City.
Bernando LaPallo was best known for his catch phrase, “Keep your liver and colon clean” which he considered crucial for a healthy life. A regular on local TV and newspapers, LaPallo enjoyed four different careers over his century lifespan, his latest successes being the publication of a full color print edition of his e Book “Beyond 100 – How to Live Well Into Your Second Century” in two languages just before his 114 birthday.
He trained in Paris in the 1920s in the culinary arts and was a chef until he became disenchanted with the restaurant industry. In his early 70s he obtained creditations in massage therapy, reflexology, herbology and podiatry. After 20 years of massage therapy, he got back into culinary arts and finally resided in Arizona where he became an author and lecturer.
Only about 1 out of 1,000 centenarians make it past age 110, according to the textbook Supercentenarians. There are only approximately several hundred in the entire world, with only several dozen officially verified – a difficult process for people born long before official registration.
Unfortunately, for the Brazilian-born LaPallo, his age proclamations were met with many challenges, as many supercentenarians do because they were born in an age where family Bibles served as records. Brazil Day Arizona recognized him as “The Oldest Living Brazilian in the State of Arizona” and noted that he was older than the state itself.
This video was taken when he was a mere 110-year-old chap – his message is still going viral:
This is his smoothie recipe he consumed daily for 40 years:
- 1 Tbs of Dr. Schulze’s Superfood (for greens and herbs)
- 1 cup of orange juice
- About a cup of fruit salad – pineapple, blueberries, strawberries
- Place in blender, blend and enjoy
Photo credit: Facebook
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