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Hello and welcome to my website. I am a British-born, naturalized American, living in California. Based in Los Angeles, I work as a correspondent for BBC television, radio and digital outlets, covering everything from US politics and world affairs to technology, natural disasters and Hollywood. I also host the Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast. My special interest is the science of human longevity - food, fasting, exercise and long-term health. All views expressed reflect my personal experiences. I advise anyone considering adopting a new diet or fitness regime to first consult with their doctor. Links on this site are to my personal portfolio of audio, video and text. Copyright of broadcast works remain with the BBC and LLAMA podcast content with Healthspan Media LLC. Thanks for the visit!

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Saturday, December 31, 2022

Alka Patel | A one-million-hour life

As we prepare to welcome 2023, what better time to kick start a new healthy longevity lifestyle.  We're excited at LLAMA to continue our never ending journey of learning, with this inspiring conversation about living for a million hours.  Have a wonderful New Year!  

Dr. Alka Patel is a London-based General Practitioner who believes that it is possible to live for well over a century, with targeted self-care and "compassionate lifestyle changes." In this interview Dr. Patel shares her wisdom and enthusiasm for healthy aging interventions - some of which are based on her own struggles with stress and burnout.  

Shownotes available at the LLAMA podcast website and YouTube, where you can subscribe to all of LLAMA's interviews. 

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Steve Hendricks: Fasting for longevity

Of all the lifestyle interventions that could help us live longer and better, fasting has been hailed by some as the holy grail of health. 

It comes in many – and somewhat confusing – forms.  
From time restricted eating to intermittent fasting and longer term food deprivation, fasting has a long and fascinating history.  

Steve Hendricks is a freelance journalist and the author of The Oldest Cure in the World, Adventures in the Art and Science of FastingThe book attempts to put into perspective what we know about fasting, how realistic a “cure” it is for some conditions and whether it is a practical option to fight disease and live longer.

Shownotes available at the LLAMA podcast website and YouTube, where you can subscribe to all of LLAMA's interviews. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Dr. Nick Bitz: Can we live to 120?

My latest podcast episode explores the hallmarks of aging, which are at the heart Dr. Nick Bitz's mission to achieve a long healthy life.  

The hallmarks are the functional mechanisms - such as mitochondrial health - that drive the aging process.  

The challenge is to identify how lifestyle interventions can be implemented to mitigate the decline in biological resilience of the human body.  

Dr. Bitz is a Los Angeles-based naturopathic doctor specializing in integrative medicine. He works alongside other medical practitioners, biohackers and scientists - collectively called the Neurohacker Collective -  with the common goal of optimizing our quality of life.

Shownotes available at the LLAMA podcast website and YouTube, where you can subscribe to all of LLAMA's interviews. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Judith Sachs: Empowering people through movement

We are built to move. The human body thrives on it and relies on it to live life to the full. 

As we age, ailments and diseases can hinder our ability to get around, but it is never too late to nurture the body's fundamental urge to move. 

It can be extreme, repetitive and invigorating in nature, but even gentle movement also has the power to heal. Judith Sachs is the founder of Anyone Can Move, a program that promotes movement in all its forms - dancing, walking, swimming, as a tool to stay healthy for longer. 

A certified Dance for PD® (Dance for People with Parkinson’s Disease) teacher in the US city of Philadelphia - Judith is a long time enthusiast for the empowerment of people through movement and music, in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.

Shownotes available at the LLAMA podcast website and YouTube, where you can subscribe to all of LLAMA's interviews. 

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