Original episode description: We all know a healthy diet is essential for all aspects of health, but what if we can further hack our lifespans by controlling our feeding windows? You can...it's called intermittent fasting! If the direction current science is heading is any indication, taking charge of when to eat means taking charge of many levers in your biology that can lead to a long, healthy life. Episode 44 features Peter Bowes, a BBC reporter and host of the LLAMA Podcast. One of the earliest supporters of HVMN's foray into intermittent fasting, Peter shares our core value of creating an open forum for the community to support and become educated. Peter has always had a foundational interest in longevity, spurring him to experiment with various practices and connect with thought-leaders around the world. The experimentation will never end, but it's safe to say that Peter, like many biohackers, found intermittent fasting to be a biohack he will implement for the rest of his life.
Geoffrey Woo and Peter discuss the biological mechanisms of fasting (such as lowering IGF-1 levels, a hormone that has been linked to cancer when it reaches higher levels), the difference between working towards a long health-span vs. a long life-span, ponder how to keep that "spark" in you alive as you age, and answer questions from the community.
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This interview is from the HVMN Enhancement Podcast. The podcast explores the present and future of human enhancement, health, entrepreneurship & tech. It features industry thought-leaders, world-famous scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs. Also check out HVMN, the human enhancement company and follow @hvmn
02:51 Peter visits California ‘Blue Zone’ city, Loma Linda for the BBC World Service.
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03:59 Peter and Geoff’s WeFast breakfast
04:15 Peter’s first experiences with fasting as a human guinea pig
04:55 What If?
BBC TV documentary: What if …we could stay young forever?
18:41 Could people who suffer from Laron syndrome, which causes dwarfism, hold the secret to living a longer life? Peter visited the largest group, in Southern Ecuador, for Mosaic Science.
Check out this long read: An experimental diet mimics a rare genetic mutation that claims to slow down aging and guard against disease
35:04 Which lifestyle elements could Peter do better on, to promote health and longevity?
“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?
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35:30 Listen to Peter's interview with Evernote founder and fasting aficionado Phil Libin. Phil tells Peter "you have to be a little crazy to do any of this.”
36.00 Listen to Peter’s interview with 102-year old Ethel Travis.
“That element of having something just to look forward to, from a spiritual, mindful perspective, however you want to describe it... is a big part of what keeps her going.”
39:05 Listen to Peter’s interview with Disney legend Floyd Norman - still working as a cartoonist and active in his 80s.