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The Island Where People Forget to Die – Man with Incurable Lung Cancer Outlived All His Doctors

Stamatis Moraitis has died few weeks ago at the age 98 or 102 (he wasn’t exactly sure when was he born). In case you didn’t know, this man was quite popular in the international media because he was living with a diagnosed cancer for 36 years.


When the cancer was first discovered he visited nine different doctors and they all predicted that he has 9-12 months to live. According to Mr. Moraitis the reason for his vitality and longevity was the daily consumption of wine he made on his own and consumption of Ikarian products.

Instead of continuing with the expensive chemo treatment in the USA, he decided to go back to Ikaria and live the remaining months of his life there. He didn’t want to use any medications and he refused chemotherapy.

Even more shocking is the fact that after few years he returned to the US in order to visit the doctors who confirmed the diagnosis, but they were all dead.

According to Moraitis he was living in fear because he expected to die every day. He lived every day as the last day on this world.

Moraitis is not an exception on Ikaria. People living on Ikaria (a small island in Greece) live around 10 years longer compared to the people in Western Europe. There are many reasons and guesses for this. Some say it is because of the fresh air while others believe it’s because of the goat’s milk and fresh vegetables which are consumed here on a daily basis.

The Island Where People Forget to Die - Ikaria

According to Stamatis Moraitis there is one particular reason why he and his fellow islanders are living longer – wine. They make this wine on their own and they don’t add any kind of chemicals in it. It’s completely natural. Mr. Moraitis produces about 700 liters of wine every year. Of course, he doesn’t drink all of that wine personally.

This man is not the only one with an interesting story on Ikaria and that’s why the doctors have been visiting this island frequently in the past few years. Icarus the mythical flyer was the inspiration for the name of this island. According to the legend, he fell not far away from this island. This island was a popular destination for decades for people using hot springs.

This island was featured on National Geographic by Dan Buettner an author who is searching for what he calls – blue zones – places where people for some reason live significantly longer than the rest of the population. Besides Ikaria there are only few other places on our planet where people enjoy great longevity – Sardinia in Italy, Okinawa in Japan and Loma Linda in California.

Now back to Mr. Stamatis. Despite the bad predictions, his health improved as the years passed. It took him 30 years to feel completely safe again and to realize that lung cancer will not be the reason of his death. When he turned 97, he decided to take a medical exam in order to confirm that the cancer is gone. He also wanted to know what was going on. Why is he still alive?

After few examinations, the doctors confirmed that he has an excellent health condition and that there are no traces of cancer in his body. He had to use other doctors for these medical examinations because the doctors who discovered the cancer and predicted that he will die soon were all dead. Stamatis died at the age of 102 and the cause wasn’t cancer.

The specific lifestyle of the people living on Ikaria is probably the main reason why they live so long. For example, their eating habits are different from the rest of the people living in the Mediterranean – they don’t eat much meat, but they eat a lot of vegetables and fish.


60% of the people who have reached 90 are still physically active. The food they prepare is usually prepared with olive oil. They also use a lot of herbs and wild greens as part of their meals and as alternative medicine remedies.

The Island Where People Forget to Die - Stamatis Moraitis

They also consume tea made from dried herbs found in nature like mint, sage and thyme. People occasionally eat wild honey. These herbs are used in many other places in the world as part of traditional medicine. They are known as good diuretics and powerful antioxidants.

Ikarians say that they, (the same as Amish community), have never visited a nightclub and that they enjoy pleasant evenings outside of their homes with a glass or two of wine and according to them this is the best recipe for a long life.

Sources: The New York Times, Organic Health.



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