Bananas, pain killers do trick for world's oldest man

July 27, 2013

A US drug company said Friday it was considering a banana-flavored version of its pain reliever after the world's oldest man attributed his longevity to the fruit and the drug.

Spanish-born Salustiano "Shorty" Sanchez-Blazquez, a 112-year-old former coal miner who lives close to Niagara Falls in upstate New York, was named by Guinness World Records as the oldest certified man on the planet Thursday.

He succeeded Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who died on June 12 at the age of 116. According to Guinness, Sanchez-Blazquez is currently the only male born in 1901 with proof of birth.

From his birthplace in Spain, he moved at 17 to Cuba, where he worked on sugar plantations, before arriving in the United States via the iconic immigration center on Ellis Island in 1920.

After working as a miner in Kentucky, he eventually settled in the Niagara area, close to the border with Canada.

In a statement, he said he believed he had lived to such an old age thanks to a daily dose of a banana and six tablets of Anacin, a branded that includes and caffeine.

That naturally delighted Anacin's manufacturer Insight Pharmaceuticals.

"Historically, apples are the fruit most associated with staying healthy and avoiding doctors," said marketing vice-president Jennifer Moyer.

"Our scientists had never looked into the banana before. But now that the certified oldest man in the world credits and Anacin as his life-extending combo, we're certainly going to explore whether a new 'Bananacin' product makes sense."

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Skepticus
3 / 5 (4) Jul 27, 2013
This blatant marketing cashing-on gives me a chuckle. How many wretched souls around the world had died young despite bananas and Anacin? Certainly more than 1 centenarian! Which reminds me of some odd smokers who still refuse to feed the grass in their 90s....!!
packrat
3.4 / 5 (5) Jul 27, 2013
It's all due to genetics. Smoking doesn't cause cancer but it does increase the odds of it significantly. Some people just don't get cancer though no matter what they do. I know a couple of people in their 80's. Both still smoke and are still healthier than most people 30 years younger than them. What is funny is they neither one of them are health food types or do any exercise other than their normal life activities like going to the store, working in their yard, etc....
ChristineKMickelson
3 / 5 (2) Jul 27, 2013
This article just proves what a joke Pharma Companies really are.
TheKnowItAll
3 / 5 (4) Jul 27, 2013
Bananacin lmao toooo funny
tekram
5 / 5 (2) Jul 27, 2013
You are all missing the point that there are no longer any human males from the 19th century. The first time in about 213 years.

This article also neglected to point out that Sanchez-Blazquez made the statement about Anacin and bananas in jest. Six tablets of Anacin daily is about 2400 mg of aspirin and could cause considerable hemorrhaging if taken for prolonged periods.

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