Sunshine and Telomeres

A warm sunny day … what could feel better? Yet the warm sun on our skin that we all crave gets a lot of bad press from the medical establishment. Far from being a source of illness that will kill you before your time, the sun is your best hope to live longer and prevent illness. Did you know, for …

“Sleep” hormone reawakens your youth gene

You could be 80 years old and feel like a teenager. Or you could be in your 30s and feel like you have one foot in the grave. The secret to feeling young is how well your body “talks” to your telomeres. In doing research for my upcoming book on how to benefit from telomere biology, I’ve discovered an interesting …

“Youth” mineral gives you anti-aging advantage

I always had an idea that deep down, living longer isn’t what people want. As long as they’re mobile and independent, and still have a sharp mind, most people accept that nature has given us a pretty good lifespan. And that’s what my patients often tell me. They want a better quality of life, not more years. That’s why I …

Do Couch Potatoes Live Longer?

A new study confirms that doing “aerobics” and “cardio” shrink your telomeres. Even a couch potato who does no exercise at all may be better off than the folks who run marathons and spend hours on treadmills. Why is this important to you? Because many of today’s most widespread conditions and illnesses are associated with shorter telomeres. Telomeres are the …

How do NASA astronauts reverse extreme aging in space?

Did you know that your cardiovascular system ages ten times faster in space than it does on earth? We age faster in space because there’s more oxidative stress, more insulin resistance, and more inflammation. You even find significant damage to mitochondria, the energy producing centers of your cells. Astronauts also experience another form of extreme aging. The tiny biological clocks …

The DNA of Christmas

I hope Santa has been good to you, and you’re not too frazzled and stressed. It happens every year around this time… right after the holidays, I get quite a few patients who come to my Wellness Center who have gotten sick. Stress can make an illness that you might have fought off with very few symptoms much worse. I …

The Real Heart Of Africa

Are you all ready for Christmas tomorrow? Are you relaxing and doing things you enjoy with friends and family? I hope it’s as fun a time for you as it is for me. Christmas is a time for family and being grateful, and to reflect on what it is that we feel grateful for. While I am getting packed for …

This Muscle Could Save Your Life

You probably know someone who’s fallen and broken a hip. But what you may not know is that it’s not just elders who fall. The risk for breaking a hip doubles every five years after you turn fifty. And 30% of people who fall and break a hip develop complications and die within a year.1 The good news is you …

A Nutrition Pioneer

I got a great magazine in the mail last week. It’s a TIME special edition about all my heroes in science. Sir Isaac Newton, Einstein, Pasteur… I read a little further and I was happy to see Linus Pauling. I thought, “Great! They recognized what a pioneer he was…” I was excited because Pauling is someone who’s close to home …