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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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Thursday, June 4, 2015

The 24-hour shutdown experiment

What if we could stop everything, for just 24 hours, to rest, reboot and refocus? Take a day away from the gadgets, gizmos, to-do lists and anything remotely connected to work. Could that be the elusive secret to a long and healthy life?

I first became interested in this possibility when I made a BBC documentary, Living Longer in Lovely Hill, in which I met the Seventh Day Adventists of Loma Linda, a quiet university town about 100km east of Los Angeles.

They are one of the longest-lived groups of people in the world and scientific studies have linked their lifestyle to increased longevity.

I was also surprised by how good I felt about my 24-hour shutdown. I had stepped out of my comfort zone, yet nothing calamitous had happened. I felt tranquil yet invigorated. Of course this will have all been in vain if I merely return to my old ways and I have committed to the reboot lifestyle for a year.

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