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.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Jennifer Collins: The Life She Deserves: Medical Marijuana in the U.S.

A new short documentary, The Life She Deserves: Medical Marijuana in the U.S. has premiered in Hollywood. Made by the Brookings Institution it tells the story of Jennifer Collins and the journey that she’s been on to find a treatment to control her chronic epilepsy. 
It is a very intimate portrait of Jennifer and her family’s struggle with her condition - how they discovered the beneficial properties of medical marijuana - but also how they now live with the stigma and legal uncertainty that surrounds the use of medical cannabis. 
On BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night, with Rhod Sharp, I spoke to Jennifer, her mother Beth and the film's director, George Burroughs.
April 17, 2018 | LISTEN

Friday, April 13, 2018

Josh Goldberg - combating anxiety and depression to live a purposeful life

Episode 57 - Live Long and Master Aging

Goldberg was enjoying a successful career as a communications executive when his world imploded. He was overwhelmed by thoughts of suicide, severe anxiety and depression.

The road to recovery took an unexpected turn when he started working with veterans.

He was helping them, but they ended up saving his life. Josh discovered a new-found appreciation of friendship and mutual support that served to rebuild his life.

The co-author of Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma, Josh is now the executive director of Boulder Crest, first privately-funded wellness center in the U.S. for veterans with mental health issues.

In this in-depth interview, he reveals how he went from utter despair to living in the present and devoting his life to the care of others.