Update spring 2020

Due to business constraints  that resulted from taking last summer (2019) off and taking a cruise around the world I have not had time to work on this much.  When we got home our rental vacancy rate was 30% and as a result I spent all winter working 60 hours a week.  Things were finally starting to get back to normal when COVID-19 hit.

I would have managed to do a lot of work on this during lockdown–except at the end of March I had a perforated appendix/appendicitis and then as soon as that had started to heal my incision got infected.  So the last month I have done little besides engage in one of my favorite hobbies: reading.  I kind of went overboard and read 46 books in the last month!

Now (end of April) I am finally starting to feel up to doing a little work.  So I started by ‘attending’ a virtual conference on aging: Longevity 2020 (https://www.longevity.technology/).  The conference started Monday and goes through May 1.  It was very well put together and I am really getting a lot of information from the 2.5 to 3 hours of presentation.  I have been getting about 18 pages of notes every day; the information presented is (as in most conferences) very dense.

Also this year I began a local Aging Discussion Group.  We held 2 meetings before COVID-19 prevented further meetings.  I hope to resume meetings as soon as it is safe for us to do so.  Most of the people who joined are older and so it is very important that getting together to learn about aging doesn’t shorten our lifespan by catching COVID-19!

I have complete notes from the first 2 meetings, which was really the same meeting with 2 different groups of people.  I really enjoyed these and hope I managed to present information the group will help them plan for a healthy life.  If you are local and interested in joining the group please get in touch.

 

The Nutrition Investigator

Nutrition plays a big role in longevity. Roc Ordman, PhD, is a professor emeritus at Beloit College and has a great blog on nutrition. I particularly liked his August post, so I included it in my own blog. In it he talks about brown adipose tissue conferring longevity; calcium supplements being bad for you; calorie restriction and many other interesting topics.

Roc Ordman, PhD, writes a regular blog called Nutrition Investigator which is well worth reading.  I have long believed that nutrition plays a big role in rate of aging–one of the reasons I log all the food I eat.  I receive Dr. Ordman’s posts by email and found a lot of interesting information in his August post.  So I wrote him and asked permission to post it:

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Rapamycin Doctor

While the cruise ship was in New York, I took the time to visit Dr. Green and get a prescription for rapamycin. While there I discussed with him other aging ‘cures’, which I outline in this blog.

As the cruise ship sailed from Iceland to Canada I started working on a blog about rapamycin. When I came across Dr. Alan Green’s website I got badly sidetracked, for Dr. Green has recently specialized in being a doctor of rapamycin. Partly because of the benefits he got from taking it himself. He is located in New York city and when I realized that I contacted him about an appointment for the day we docked there. With the short notice (5 days), and especially the fact it was a Sunday, I had my doubts it would work. My pessimism was misplaced, for he was kind enough to agree to meet with me at 2 pm.

Mostly I wanted to visit Dr. Green to see what he thought about rapamycin and to see what was required to get a prescription for it. Continue reading “Rapamycin Doctor”

Defeating Dementia

Defeating dementia is now possible utilizing a network approach. Dr. Dale Bredesen has a protocol that has helped many patients and this blog outlines the protocol he discusses in his book “The End of Alzheimer’s”.

Dementia is the worse aging disease you can get because there is no cure. Until recently. Dr. Dale Bredesen has used a network approach to studying dementia and has found a network solution that works to prevent and even reverse cognitive decline–including Alzheimer’s! While his techniques are not yet proven in clinical trials his protocol has helped hundreds (perhaps thousands) of patients so far. I first found his protocol online in late 2017 and was quite intrigued because it sounded so promising. Unfortunately, the online information was skimpy so I did not follow up. Continue reading “Defeating Dementia”

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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