“We can eliminate the symptoms of aging all together.” – David Sinclair, geneticist
“…why we age and why we don’t have to….!”
Just last week, I was in a collision and my car was a total write off..taken to the junkyard. But, I walked away…unscathed. That was the eighth time I have almost died, that I know of so far, in my 73 years on planet earth.
Jacques Cousteau, the famous underwater explorer, was reported to have said that we only appreciate life because we know we will die…eventually. So, like many others, I’m very conscious of the passing of, and the value of…my time. Perhaps it is just part of the aging process.
So, when I came across Dr. David Sinclair’s book entitled, Lifespan: why we age and why we don’t have to….!, I was skeptical… but also intrigued. In it David shares the emerging technologies and simple lifestyle changes – including fasting periodically – exposing oneself to cold temperatures – and exercising with intensity – that have been shown to help lead to longer lives.
Interestingly, today Canada has over 8,000 citizens over 100 years old…centenarians. The United States has over 80,000 and Japan over 48,000. The United Nations estimates there were 343,000 centenarians worldwide in 2012, a figure projected to grow to 3.2 million by 2050. Centenarians are one of the fastest growing age groups globally.
Noticing these startling figures and having read David’s book, cover to cover, I now have only two meals a day. And, living in Canada I experience cold temperatures regularly…in fact just yesterday it was -20 degrees centigrade. And, I did my daily 60 minute work-out this morning which includes periodic heavy breathing and perspiration.
By why would I do that? Well, I have been doing some of it for a while…years actually. But also, David Sinclair is an acclaimed Harvard professor and one of Time‘s most influential people. His ‘paradigm-shifting’ research and book shows how almost everything we think we know about aging is outdated.
David offers a front-row seat to the amazing global effort to slow, stop, and reverse aging. And, he is calling on us to consider a future where aging can be treated.
For decades, experts have believed, and told us, we are at the mercy of our genes and that natural damage to our genes – the kind that inevitably happens as we get older – makes us become sick and grow old.
The research of David, and many others, strongly suggests everything you and I know about aging is wrong? What if aging is a disease – and that this disease of aging is treatable?
David, as one of the world’s foremost experts on aging and genetics, reveals a groundbreaking new theory that will forever change the way you think about why you age and what you can do about it. That caught my attention.
So, aging isn’t immutable; you can have far more control over it than you realize. This eye-opening and provocative book takes you to the front lines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs that demonstrate how you can slow down, or even reverse, your genetic clock.
The research indicates the key is activating newly discovered vitality genes – the decedents of an ancient survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it.
This book provides a road map for taking charge of your own health destiny and offers a bold new vision for the future when humankind is able to live to be 100 years young.
But, be skeptical, it’s healthy and I find accelerates my learning. But, check it out. It won’t make your life easy, but perhaps easier because you are evolving your mind and your body, simultaneously.
And, remember, nature will ensure that you will be charged for a longer life with new challenges that will test your self esteem, self confidence and especially your commitment.
And finally, as we all live longer, it will be important to notice it is not living longer to be happy, but rather, living longer to be grateful for the privilege of your life with its inherent dualities at every second of its’ journey.
Let me know your thoughts and comments.
“We need to be ready to meet our great, great grandchildren.”
– David Sinclair, geneticist