How to Live a Long Time

The combination of healthy living and modern medicine offers the promise of extending our healthy years to those of us with a bit of knowledge, self-discipline, and financial means.

This isn’t about hanging on longer once we’re old and frail; on the contrary, the program I suggest here holds the promise of making our lives healthier and more active in the present, while delaying the onset of disabilities and diseases of old age.

New Book 2016 Summer

Cracking the Aging Code

by Josh Mitteldorf and Dorion Sagan

The new science of growing old
and what it means for
staying young

Aging is an epigenetic program. Genes turn on that trigger self-destruction as we get older.  This is actually quite optimistic for anti-aging medicine—
We alreay know how to turn genes off!

Benjamin Franklin
To lengthen thy life
lessen thy meals.

—Ben Franklin

In case you don’t have time for the full content of this page, here’s my advice in a nutshell:

  • Exercise & weight mgmt
  • Anti-inflammatories.
  • Vitamin D.
  • Melatonin.
  • Telomerase activators.

Quick summary…

  Broccoli sprouts
  Green tea
  Cruciferous vegetables
  Tree fungus

Continued, with details…

scaleThe best diet is the one that works for you, and that you can live with. More…

Psycho-social factors

 Strong family ties.
 Engaged, self-actuated living.
 Lifelong learning.
 Medium level of stress—
challenging but not hectic.
    (avoid chronic stress.)
 Challenge yourself with large

Perhaps you worry that the world will have too many old people and not enough young people to support them.  On the contrary, it is the healthy, productive years that will be extended.  People will retire later, and the ratio of work force to retirees should improve. Read more…

You may hear that “Many interventions increase average life expectancy only. Only if maximum life span increases can we really say we have slowed the rate of aging.”

I don’t think it matters so much.

It works in practice,
but not so well in theory…

Aubrey de Grey Bruce Ames
Elizabeth Blackburn
Aubrey de Grey
Leonard Guarente

Cynthia Kenyon
David Sinclair
Vladimir Skulachev
Roy Walford
Richard Weindruch


  Vit D

Extensive guide to pills & supplements

Cutting calories is hard, and worthwhile. Beyond calories, there are tricks we can play to keep our bodies thinner that are also worthwhile.

fruitMany people try to live healthy lives by avoiding man-made products and chemicals. Organic foods are a favorite. I'm all for it! But this is not a longevity program.

Here's why…

1. Oxidationmitochondria
2. Insulin
3. Glycation
4. Inflammation
5. Apoptosis
6. Telomeres
7. De-methylation

Details …

The world’s ecosystems are in free-fall collapse. Population growth, driven by life extension, is not the primary culprit, but is making the situation worse. If we want to have a long-term future, we must think collectively as well as individually.

Why we need to act…

When we regard death as a personal tragedy, we live under a pall of fear.  Rather view death as a mysterious transition into a great unknown. Meditate for peace. Transcend fear with insight.

More on dissolving fear…

For fifty years now, the medical establishment has recommended a low-fat diet.  Many researchers now realize this was all wrong. I’m with the low-carb school. Here’s why…

Do all your eating in the morning. Or fast one day a week. Surprisingly, it seems that fasting has deep health benefits, even if you compensate by eating more afterward.

Some studies suggest there is an ideal weight, perhaps even a relatively high BMI of 25-30. There are good reasons not to believe this.  I say maintain a weight as low as you can tolerate.             Here’s why…

Skin care

 Avoid the sun
  Use skin creams containing
    Alpha Hydroxy acid
  Prescription Retin-A

Eye care

 Avoid the sun
 Wear sunglasses
 Regular exams for glaucoma and macular degeneration
 Dietary supplements: lutein and zeaxanthin for macular degeneration

Aerobic exercise not only increases life expectancy but decreases risk of heart disease and cancer.
Read more…



Studies have shown that people who sleep 6–7 hours per night live longer than those who sleep more or less than this.

Note that melatonin is both a life extension hormone and an aid for regular sleep.

It is a common misconception that our bodies “wear out” with age. Read more…

Getting the theory wrong has consequences! Many people waste effort trying to avoid tiny quantities of toxins that might actually be good for us.
Read about hormesis

The mind has a powerful effect on every aspect of health. Yoga trains you to be sensitive to what's going on in your body, and to gain control over it. Meditation helps focus the mind and sharpen the intent. Both disciplines can be engaged in the service of life extension. Read more…

If you like salty foods, go ahead. Salt increases blood pressure, but not in a way that increases risk of arterial disease, heart attack or stroke.

Queen bees live much longer than genetically identical workers. Alpha wolves live longer than the rest of the pack. Read more…

Raising children helps you live a long time. For women, bearing a child late in life can offer a powerful benefit for longevity. Continued…

1. Quality of life and length of life can go hand-in-hand.
2. Science is magnifying your results.
3. Don’t worry overmuch about toxins.
Read more…



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