Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Felice Gersh: Nurturing the body clock for optimum longevity

Episode 61: Live Long and Master Aging

What makes us tick? Our in-built clock – the circadian rhythm – plays a huge role in human longevity. 

Getting an appropriate amount of sleep while the sun is down has tremendous positive effects on our bodies, according to Dr. Felice Gersh, gynecologist and founder of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine in Southern California. Sleeping in the dark keeps our body’s 24-hour internal clock on track and helps regulate our hormones and metabolism. Still, many people wind up staying up later than they planned, while others work night shift hours, which disrupts our internal clock. 

In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes, Dr. Gersh describes what we can do to regulate our master clock when it is thrown off by lack of sleep or unconventional routines; why it matters for healthy aging and how our meal times could be the solution to night shift fatigue.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Larry Senn - 82-year old triathlete and culture-shaping guru living a purposeful life

Episode 60 - Live Long and Master Aging:  

Dr. Larry Senn, an 82-year old businessman, often completes a sprint triathlon on Saturday, as part of his training regime. He took up the sport at the age of 70.

The founder of the global culture-shaping firm, Senn Delaney, he believes that to be a good leader, you first have to take care of yourself. He practices what he preaches, although Larry shares his wisdom with a twinkle in his eye and is far from preachy in his approach.  Sometimes referred to as the Father of Corporate Culture, Larry works with Fortune 500 companies and business leaders around the world, improving mindsets and creating high-performance teams. 

In this LLAMA podcast interview, with Peter Bowes, Larry discusses his new book, The Mood Elevator, describes a lifestyle that embraces a full working week, regular daily exercise, long-distance travel and an active family life. He even finds time to go skydiving with his 18-year old son.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Eileen Crimmins - Study shows people aging more slowly than two decades ago

Episode 59: Live Long and Master Aging

We may not have completely mastered aging just yet, but we might be in the process of truly delaying it, according to Dr. Eileen Crimmins. 

The AARP Professor of Gerentology at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology studies health and mortality rates and global aging. 

After analyzing national health data in the US, Dr. Crimmins and her colleagues concluded something quite inspiring - Americans are biologically younger now than they were 20 years ago. “The biological age has dropped remarkably,” she says.

Heart-disease deaths have significantly decreased and cancer rates are beginning to fall. However, there is much to be done if you'd like not just a longer life, but a healthier one.

In this LLAMA podcast interview, with Peter Bowes, Dr. Crimmins outlines what lifestyle changes are most likely to have a real, positive impact on the quality and length of your life, and what behaviors likely improve nothing at all.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Jason Prall - discovering longevity secrets around the world

Episode 58 - Live Long and Master Aging

The world’s oldest people are an endlessly fascinating source of stories, advice and wisdom. To try to gain a better understanding of their longevity, health researcher Jason Prall set out on a global adventure.  His goal was to unravel the secrets of the longest-lived and healthiest populations. 

The result is a 9-part documentary film series featuring some remarkable characters as well as leading scientists scrutinizing the aging process. The Human Longevity Project visited over 50 locations in 9 countries to study the lifestyles of people that live the longest lives. 

In this in-depth interview Jason reveals the common traits that appear to promote extended health spans; why he believes simplified living is a key pillar of human longevity and how he applies the lessons of others to live a “longer, happier and more fulfilled life.”

In this episode, discover:
  • What is the best single piece of advice about living a long healthy life that Jason learned from the elders interviewed in the film?
“Overwhelmingly the answer was; hold no grudges with those around you maintain good relationships. That was the big thing that they all share.”
  • Why Jason and Peter agree that aging is to be embraced – not feared.
“I love your title of ‘Master Aging’ because a lot of the problems I think that we have is that we demonize aging. We have this tendency now to ‘anti-age’ … I think you hit it on the head with mastering aging.”  Thanks Jason!
  • The reasons elders give for their great age.
  • How did Jason become interested in human longevity?
  • Could the world’s longest-lived communities disappear, as they become ‘westernized?’
  • Why Jason says this powerful observation by a villager in a remote community had a huge impact on him.
“He said: ‘When I was growing up the mind was still and the body was busy. Now I see that the body is still and the mind is busy.’ I thought, wow, this guy gets it.”

  • The paradox posed by melding the simple ways of healthy communities with modern day technology.
  • Jason explains his motivation for making a multi-part documentary about longevity.
  • Diets, genetics and geography.  Do they really impact longevity?
  • The significance of mothers, mitochondria, the micro biome and meditation.
  • How and why Jason has developed a “minimalist lifestyle.”
  • Why Jason believes that choosing your friends carefully can improve your health.
“You can let go of the people that are…energetic vampires and really causing you disruption in your life.”