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In the beginning…

I am in my 60s and have been using aging research to slow my aging. This blog is about the science behind what I and others are doing to live a healthier lifestyle and hopefully live until science defeats aging.

I am already doing a number of things to (hopefully) slow my aging. I am in my 60’s and over the last decade I have had a few age-related health problems. I have successfully fought off these problems, such as my rheumatoid arthritis; a herniated disk in my neck, cured without surgery; my occasional brain fog is gone; a tremor in my hand is mostly gone; vision problems where I mostly reversed growing farsightedness from my eye lenses getting stiffer and failing to focus on things I read. As I get older, I expect that conquering these issues will become increasingly difficult and the biohacking techniques I have been using will start to fail me. So far my health remains excellent, and with the many treatments coming for slowing the onset of aging diseases I am hoping to extend my health into late old age–and perhaps until aging can be reversed.

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Aging discussion group meeting August 9, 2022: An overview the American Aging Association’s 50th annual meeting Part 3.

The meeting notice:

Hi all,

Wow, it is already time for another meeting.  I hope you are having as good a summer as I am.    Among other things I succeeded in selling one of my 6 plexes.  Since my goal is to sell one building per year, I am happy–and I even have someone interested in a second apartment building.

We will have our meeting at 11:30 on Tuesday the 9th.  Hope to finish by the time zoom cuts us off!  I have been thinking of alternatives like google meet or paying zoom the money for unlimited; anyone have any other suggestions?  Would any of you like to have the meetings in person, or perhaps a hybrid meeting (half in person, half over zoom)?

At this meeting I will attempt to finish the “brief” review of the American Aging Association’s 50th annual meeting.  If you find some topic that particularly interests you please let me know and I will expand on it in our October meeting.  Note that we hope to have a guest speaker at our September meeting.  As usual I will send the meeting link the morning of the meeting.

Summer is flying away…school starts soon and I am glad I am only taking one class (in addition to teaching another OLLI class…page 17, if you are interested).  I am hoping to have more time to invest in my blog as I finish off my summer projects…unfortunately I have a long way to go on them and may still be working on them in October!

Our July meeting is now on my DefeatingAging.com website.

I did not manage to read any interesting science articles this last month, but here are a few general articles I came across:

Of course our goal is to push toward increased health span.  Doing it is often a matter of changing our bad habits, which is very difficult.  For example my daughter made chocolate cake, which I ate in spite of the sugar spike I am sure I had from it!
I am closing in on hiring a Sri Lankan doctor.  It looks like I will not end up with a full doctor, but one who is an intern and will become a doctor soon(ie just out of med school).  If anyone is interested in reviewing some of the resumes/etc let me know.
It seems I messed up on last month’s emails.  I accidentally used an old list.  So I spent several hours this afternoon re-doing my email list completely to assure that it will not happen again.  To those of you that didn’t get the last meeting notice, my deepest apologies.  I hope you get a chance to watch the video on DefeatingAging.
One of my applicants to be our remote doctor wanted to write an article for us about a kind of medicine called Ayurveda which is practiced in Asia (India and neighboring countries).  It gives a completely different slant on many of the diseases of aging; whether the Ayurveda approach will be useful or not I am not sure.  Anyhow the article is done, hope to have it online by next month.  Anyone interested in helping edit let me know!
I am changing the blog posts that have our meeting videos.  From now on they will include these emails.  Any other improvements, please let me know.
I got a number of interesting emails from our members this last month.  I have been thinking of how to share them, but am not sure what format I should use.  Would you rather I put them on the blog or send them as an email (or both)?
Well this is plenty long.  As always, let me know if you don’t want to receive these any more.

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Link to the slides.

Aging discussion group meeting July 12, 2022: An overview the American Aging Association’s 50th annual meeting Part 2.

The meeting notice:

Hi,

Wow, the last month sure vanished on me.   So it is already time for the next meeting, which I will start tomorrow at 11:30.  I will send you the zoom link tomorrow morning.

A very brief update on what I have been working on:

1.  Aging experiment in Sri Lanka.  Not much progress to report.

2.  Hiring a Sri Lanka doctor.  I have had about 10 people apply.  One had a very interesting treatment for arthritis and joint issues; I have asked for a paper about it.  I will post that on the blog when it is finished (maybe in a couple months).

3.  Local aging experiment is moving along slowly.

4.  Last month I “attended” a very interesting zoom lecture by Emily Byl.  She owns Well-Haven, which is an occupational therapist company in Anchorage that focuses on older Alaskans.  She had a lot of really interesting things to say about aging and recovery from issues for the old.  I am hoping that she can be a guest lecturer in September.

5.  My favorite paper this month: Human Aging Reversal: Fact or Fiction, by Adiv Johnson et al.  It talks about experiments to reverse aging in humans (as measured by various techniques).  My favorites:

a.  25% calorie restriction [after 2 years, age was 0.6 years younger]

b.  Vitamin D [after 16 weeks, age was 1.9 years younger]

c.  Antiretroviral therapy [after 96 weeks age was 3.6 years younger]

d.  Plant-centered diet, supplements, exercise, sleep and stress management [after 8 weeks, was 3.23 years younger]

6.  (Unrelated to aging): I sold my 6 plex.  A fair amount of the sales price is going to be put into aging research :).  6 more buildings to go.

Tomorrow’s lecture will be a continuation of the last: more information about the May meeting of the American Aging Association.

And here are the slides from our last meeting.

As usual, tomorrow I will do a short talk and then have an open discussion.  We can talk about any topic you want to discuss.

I hope you can attend,

Ray