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Vilcabamba / Longevity #227400

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 28, 1973
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(Studio) James Hilton's book "Lost Horizon" focuses on mythical land of Shangri La. Now in Ecuador land found where people live very long time.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Vilcabamba, Ecuador) Miguel Carpio is 132 years old. Micajaila Quesada is 104. Gabriel Sanchez is 120. Retrona Pineda is 110. Village has population 819; 9 over 100 years old. For unknown reasons, Vilcabamba free of diseases like cancer. Almost completely isolated from rest of world. [CARPIO - says smokes and drinks. Has never seen doctor] [PINEDA - says has never seen doctor Has had 14 children.] Experts say low calorie diet of villagers major factor in its good health. With discovery Vilcabamba, is feared tourism and publicity will ruin health of villagers.
REPORTER: George Natanson

Cronkite, Walter;
Natanson, George

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