So many factors come into play when discussing the issue of eliminating aging and prolonging life. Roadblocks to research include scientific limitations, acceptance by the general public and financing. Our guest, Dr. Aubrey de Grey discusses the possible benefits to intervening in the natural aging process and how we might someday control life-threatening diseases at the cellular level.
[1:18] Medically controlling the process of aging
[4:18] The human body is a machine
[5:30] The plan to classify the types of damage which occur
[6:37] 7 majors types of damage
[10:07] The limiting factor is financing
[12:43] Accepting the idea of longevity may be an uphill battle
[16:08] Opposition groups include the environmentalists
[20:48] Age intervention would only prolong physical attributes, not emotional
[22:33] How exactly will the treatments be administered?
[23:50] Many existing therapies don’t get to the root cause of aging
[25:45] Raw data on the components of aging are more telling
[26:32] Contact SENS and Doctor de Grey
Do you have stick-to-it-iveness? This 70-year study finds persistence and consistency to be major factors in how long people will live. It also dispels the popular belief that optimism increases your chances of smiling yourself into old age. Jason speaks with the authors of The Longevity Project about common and uncommon factors which may add years to human’s lives.
[1:24] A study which started in 1921
[2:30] What categories were taken into account?
[4:14] Being optimistic doesn’t translate to longevity
[7:08] Good health and long life require persistence
[8:41] The importance of social ties
[10:50] Buy the book and take the survey for yourself
[14:40] Physical activities need to be consistent in order to be effective
[18:20] The differences in the sexes
[22:22] Get the book
Insurance coverage is changing and it may no longer be the health vehicle it was originally designed to be. Taking your health into your own hands and determining the core underlying issues causing your health problems will be your first step to finding your cure. Boone Zavik from Immunolabs describes how a simple blood test, called bloodprint can alert us to food sensitivities we may not know we have. He recommends not eating 5 particular foods and advises us to eat foods which benefit our gastronomical flora.
[1:26] What is the difference between a food allergy, a food intolerance and a food sensitivity?
[3:10] IGG is an antibody in our immune systems
[5:24] Make a food diary and note how you feel after eating certain foods
[7:12] 5 foods to remove from your diet within the week
[11:17] The best defense is to avoid the food altogether
[14:11] Pricing for testing but not the blood draw
[15:56] A simple blood test at any doctor’s office or we can send a mobile unit to your home/work
[18:24] Food sensitivities are common in almost all of us
[20:39] Take your health into your own hands
If marketers had their way we would all be sitting in front of a screen with a cold can of beer in our hands. This lifestyle most of us accept as the norm can be devastating to our health. The blue light emitted from computer screens and cell phones interrupt our natural sleep patterns. Proper sleep is one of the big three imperatives for better health. Consuming alcohol causes depression, dehydration and reduces our motor functions. So why do we continue to abuse our bodies?
Our guest, James Swanwick, challenges us to consider how our lives can be better without alcohol and shows us how to get better sleep with his blue light reducing, Swannies. He practices what he preaches. He created the video based, 30-Day No Alcohol Challenge to help people reduce the amount of alcohol they consume by keeping them accountable through an online support network. He is also the creator of Swannies, the stylish glasses which if worn 90-min before sleeping, support your natural sleep patterns.
[1:53] James interviewed celebrities in the past and now gets great podcast interviews
[3:51] The dangerous blue light which keeps us awake
[8:28] Just how do Swannies work? What light do they block?
[11:26] The 30-Day No Alcohol Challenge - Alcohol is a poison
[12:29] A hangover led James to abstain from alcohol
[16:13] Be the life of the party without alcohol
[17:56] Don’t apologize for not drinking and don’t preach
[20:00] Strategies you can use to maintain the No Alcohol program
[22:19] Marketers tell us we need alcohol
[24:30] James’ program gives people accountability
[26:04] Contact James & pick up some Swannies
Most of us don’t view aging as a disease, which is why many possible treatments and methods go underfunded and never make it past the theory stage. If Laura Deming has her way all of this will change in the near future. She has been obsessed with finding a cure for aging since she was a teenager. She became a venture capitalist after leaving MIT because she was frustrated with the current system in which academia chases funding. She says even if you don’t have money to invest you can still help the cause by disseminating the information within your social and familial networks.
[1:22] Laura quit MIT to promote therapies which were stuck in the lab
[2:00] Funding issues are at the core of medical research
[4:01] Drugs can help people a longer, happier life
[4:58] Growth hormone is akin to snake oil
[6:39] T65 doesn’t have the data behind it to make it credible
[7:12] Private investors are looking for preclinical investments
[8:20] There are drugs on the market which increase health span
[9:31] 1994 was the tipping point in medicine with the discovery of gene mutations
[10:38] Is aging a disease? Yes, and no one wants to talk about it
[13:03] Research diabetic remedies for those looking to increase good health
[14:30] The Longevity Fund is interested in increasing health span
[15:22] Contact Laura and her group
[15:50] Help the cause by talking with others about this campaign
The Age of Aging - National Geographic