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Saturdays, April 6, 13 and 20th, 12:30 pm-3 pm
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus (Seattle)

"Why does our health go downhill, as we get older? And what can we do about it?

"In this workshop, we'll talk about a range of possible approaches to extending the healthy human lifespan and adding healthy years to our lives, including diets and nutritional supplements, stem cells, telomeres, caloric restriction, and more."

  • This class is intended solely for educational and informational purposes. 
  • The instructor is not a medical professional.
  • The information presented in this class is not intended as, and should not be construed as being, either formal or informal medical advice. 
  • Any changes in your diet or lifestyle should be done in consultation with your doctor or health care professional.
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In this workshop, we’ll explore a number of questions related to aging and longevity, including:

  • HOW LONG CAN PEOPLE LIVE? Can we live to be 90? 100? 120? 150? Or more? Why are some researchers saying there may not be a limit at all?
  • CAN WE GET OLDER WITHOUT “AGING”? If we do find ways to increase our lifespan, can we also increase our “healthspan”? Can we live longer and add more healthy years to our lives, without experiencing problems such as weaker muscles, poorer eyesight, and failing memory as the years go by?
  • BIOHACKING OUR LIFESPANS.  Are there things we can do to improve the quality of our lives, and perhaps even lengthen them? If so, what are they?
  • PROTECTING OUR MINDS AND BRAINS. As we age, we tend to experience problems such as memory loss, senility and dementia. Can these be prevented? Are there supplements or lifestyle changes that might make a difference? Which ones? What’s the evidence for and against them?
  • PROTECTING OUR TELOMERES. What are telomeres, and how are they related to the aging process? Why do they get shorter as the years go by? Can we lengthen them? Should we? Are there foods and/or supplements that can increase telomere length? Are there potential dangers in taking them?
  • FASTING AND LONGEVITY. Can fasting (abstaining from food, or from certain foods) make a difference in how long we live? Is it helpful or harmful? What’s the difference between prolonged and intermittent fasting? What’s an FMD diet? And can it really add up to thirty healthy years to our lives?
  • MITOCHONDRIA AND LONGEVITY. As we age, our mitochondria grow older along with us. Can we repair the ones that are having problems, or replace them with newer, younger and healthier mitochondria? Can diet,exercise or other approaches make a difference?
  • SENESCENT CELLS AND LONGEVITY. As we age, cells in our bodies become senescent, and start leaking toxins into surrounding cells. Does this have to happen? Can it be reversed? Can we clear senescent cells from our bodies and replace them with new, un-aged, undamaged cells? And is it safe to do so?
  • STEM CELLS AND LONGEVITY. Can stem cell therapy reverse some elements of aging? Why do some researchers think it might? Are there ways to make our bodies make new stem cells, without expensive therapy or stem cells injections?
  • DIET AND LONGEVITY. Are low carb diets beneficial for longevity? Or are they a bad idea? Is there a benefit in eating more protein? Or less? Is it beneficial to go vegan or vegetarian? Or do folks who eat some meat, actually live longer?
  • SUPPLEMENTS AND LONGEVITY.  Can dietary supplements help stave off aging? We’ll look at the evidence for and against taking supplements such as B vitamins, NAD, NR, TA-65, Resveratrol, and several others.
  • EXERCISE AND LONGEVITY.  Can exercise prevent health problems, and help keep our minds and bodies young? If so, which type of exercise shows the most promise?
  • GENETICS AND LONGEVITY. We can’t change our genes, but we can change which ones are activated. We’ll talk about the FOXO3 gene, how it relates to longevity, and four ways to activate it.
  • FREE RADICALS AND AGING. We’ll look at the free radical theory of aging, and why many of today’s aging researchers no longer believe in it.
  • EXTREME APPROACHES. What would you do, for a chance to live longer, in better health? Inject your entire body with stem cells, head to toe? Get a “young blood” transfusion from a teenager? Get an IV drip to saturate your cells with the chemicals of youth? Do these approaches work, and are they safe? Who’s been doing them, and why? We’ll learn about the more down to earth approaches, but also take a look at the extremes that are available to people with money to burn.
  • WHO’S WHO IN ANTI-AGING?  Who are Doctors Valter Longo. Jason Fung, Rhonda Patrick, and David Sinclair? Why are anti-aging advocates so tuned in to them? What do they agree on, and what do they see differently? We’ll sum up their approaches, their differences, and their recommendations for things people may be able to do now to improve their health and postpone or reverse the aging process.

In this class, we’ll take a look at these questions and more. The instructor will sum up the results of some recent studies, and will also share his own experiences, positive and negative, in trying to use diet, exercise, fasting, nutritional supplements and other approaches to slow down and reverse the aging process.