Thursday, September 30, 2021

LLAMA LIVE! Lifestyle hacks for longevity

It’s often the little things that help us most. Enhancing our wellbeing and living better usually starts with baby steps. Small changes – you could call them lifestyle hacks – can make a big difference to both our physical and mental health. In our latest LLAMA LIVE! conversation, via Twitter Spaces, we discussed the ways we can kickstart a healthier life by implementing small, progressive changes to the way we live our lives. We cover everything from early morning walking, sunlight and balance as we age, to hot organic cocoa, continuous glucose monitoring and dancing while doing the dishes.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Jonathon Sullivan: Training for the extreme sport of aging

Dr. Jonathon Sullivan has spent much of his professional life treating patients on the brink of death. Working at a Level I trauma center he became familiar with medical conditions that claim lives far too early. But emergency medicine also helped the former US marine develop a deeper understanding of the human body and the reasons people get sick as they grow older. 

Now, as the owner, head coach and clinical director of Greysteel Strength and Conditioning, Dr. Sullivan focusses on extending heathy life. Based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Sully, as he is known, practices a unique form of medicine. He calls it the Barbell Prescription - weight lifting, for longevity. 

In this LLAMA podcast interview he explains why dumbbells, not drugs, are the best tools to fend off disease and frailty. 

Recorded: Sept 7, 2021 | Read a transcript and show notes at the LLAMA podcast website.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

LLAMA LIVE! What the heck is healthspan?

What does 'healthspan' mean and why is it important as we age?

This is our second LLAMA LIVE! - a Twitter Spaces conversation about human longevity.  

Host Peter Bowes chats with:

 Dr. Jonathan Sullivan, owner and Clinical Director, Greysteel Strength and Conditioning

Stefan Zavalin, a doctor of physical therapy and owner of Love to Move, a consulting company which offers advice for environment design and physical wellness in the workplace.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

LLAMA LIVE! Longevity lessons from Covid

This was my first LLAMA LIVE! episode – a Twitter Spaces conversation about human longevity, healthspan and lessons learned from Covid-19. Dr. Felice Gersh, an integrative medicine specialist, based in Irvine, California, joined me for a live discussion, earlier today. 

The conversation, published here as a podcast, covers children and Covid, immunity, obesity, inflammation, resilience through exercise and the way ahead, as we emerge from the pandemic. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Barton Scott: Expanding life's timeline

Mineral deficiencies can have a crippling impact on our everyday health and vitality, as well long term implications for healthspan.  The food we eat and the environments we live in, play a critical role in maintaining a delicate balance of chemicals that sustain life.  But even the most ideal-sounding diet can fall short of providing an essential mix of minerals.  

Barton Scott discovered the hard way, through ill health, that he suffered from chronic deficiencies that were severely impacting his quality of life.  Myriad dietary interventions failed to resolve his issues and prompted Barton to apply his knowledge, as a chemical engineer and nutritionist, to resolving the problem. The solution, he discovered, revolved around the body's ability to absorb mineral particles.  It led to him creating Upgraded Formulas, a company that applies nanotechnology to minerals and assesses which components we need through a hair test.   

In this LLAMA podcast interview Barton explains the background to his company and why he believes that regular testing for heavy metal toxicity and mineral deficiencies is essential to support a healthier, happier, more productive life. 

Recorded: Sept 6, 2021 | Read a transcript and show notes at the LLAMA podcast website.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Jim LaValle: Research your health like it's your next car

Developing a health strategy to navigate the decades ahead can be a daunting task.  In fact, many people focus on their wellbeing only when ill health strikes and an intervention is needed to tackle sickness. Jim LaValle, a California-based clinical pharmacist, health educator and the author of Cracking the Metabolic Code: 9 Keys to Optimal Health, is on a mission to demystify the process.  

The founder of Metabolic Code, a health evaluation program that creates a plan of action for people to live and feel better, Jim is a proponent of precision medicine.  In this LLAMA podcast conversation with Peter Bowes, he explains the process of scrunching health data, making sense of lab tests and interpreting biometric information.  

He discusses the threat posed by inflammation, the importance of gut health and why an understanding of so-called metabolic roadblocks is crucial.  Jim and Peter also share their thoughts on what it really means to "age with grace.'

Recorded: July 21, 2021 | Read a transcript and show notes at the LLAMA podcast website.