Blue Zones: Why Diet & Exercise Don’t Work

Blue Zones: Why Diet & Exercise Don’t Work

Aug 18

If you look at how humans have evolved over time they didn’t sit down at a desk or on their couch for eight hours and then hope to make it up for a half hour or 45 minutes in the gym. Blue Zones is an extension of how people have lived forever. They live in environments that nudge them into moving every 20 minutes or so. It’s a natural inclination because humans have worked too hard for most of the history of our species that now we have technology mechanized — combustion engines do a lot of work for us. The sad byproduct is the work our bodies were engineered to do no longer gets done; our bodies don’t get the regular low-intensity movement they need to thrive…

Blue Zones: The Nine Common Characteristics Of The World’s Longest Living People (Updated)

Blue Zones: The Nine Common Characteristics Of The World’s Longest Living People (Updated)

Aug 21

Working with a team of scientists, we found the nine common characteristics of all the world’s long-lived people. The secret of how to live longer lies not in diets or excise programs but in creating the right surroundings. These nine characteristics we call Power 9™ can help you get up to 12 good years out of life and help you look and feel younger at every age…

Dan Buettner on Blue Zones, Happiness & Living To Be 100+

Dan Buettner on Blue Zones, Happiness & Living To Be 100+

Nov 29

Writer and explorer Dan Buettner has spent his life traveling the world in search of answers. His early life consisted of trekking throughout the world on a bicycle, covering thousands of miles in Africa, Asia, South America and beyond. His travels around the world (and on assignment for National Geographic) inspired him to discover and name the globe’s “blue zones,” the countries and societies with the longest life expectancy, the greatest happiness and other strengths. His first book to come out of this research was 2008’s The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, a prescription for life extension that became an international best-seller. Now, Buettner is back with a new book, Thrive, which focuses on happiness in the “blue zones,” and how everyone can attain a better quality of life by following the happiest countries’ examples…

Secrets Of The World’s Healthiest Women

Secrets Of The World’s Healthiest Women

Jan 13

The places we’re usually told to emulate are known as Blue Zones or Cold Spots. Blue Zones were pinpointed by explorer Dan Buettner and a team of longevity researchers and are described in his book “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.” They’re areas in Italy, Japan, Greece, California, and Costa Rica where the people have traditionally stayed healthy and active to age 100 or older. Similarly, Cold Spots, as identified by integrative medicine physician Daphne Miller, M.D., author of “The Jungle Effect,” are five areas in Mexico, Iceland, Japan, Greece, and Cameroon with low rates of “Western” ailments like heart disease, depression, and certain cancers. So I took a look at a few key regions to see which habits we Americans could make our own…

Today’s News

Today’s News

Jul 06

Headline news from the soul-stirring, mind-tweaking, brain-cell-building universe of NHNE…

James Cameron: Why I Eat A Vegan Diet

James Cameron: Why I Eat A Vegan Diet

Mar 12

The great thing about this as a solution for climate change — one of a number of solutions that we need — is that it’s a win-win. You’re going to be healthier, you’re going to live longer, you’re going to look better. You’re going to have fewer zits. You’re going to be slimmer. You’re going to radiate health. You’re going to have a better sex drive. That’s what shifting away from meat and dairy does…

Why Seventh-Day Adventists Live Longer, Happier, Healthier Lives

Why Seventh-Day Adventists Live Longer, Happier, Healthier Lives

Feb 04

In one idyllic community in southern California, Adventists live 4 to 7 years longer — and more healthily and happily — than the rest of the country. A look at their diet, lifestyle, and philosophy…

The Island Where People Forget to Die

The Island Where People Forget to Die

Oct 26

Doctors said that Stamatis Moraitis had lung cancer. They gave him nine months to live. He was in his mid-60s. Moraitis considered staying in America and seeking aggressive cancer treatment at a local hospital. But he decided instead to return to Ikaria, where he could be buried with his ancestors in a cemetery shaded by oak trees that overlooked the Aegean Sea. At first, he spent his days in bed, as his mother and wife tended to him. He reconnected with his faith. On Sunday mornings, he hobbled up the hill to a tiny Greek Orthodox chapel where his grandfather once served as a priest. When his childhood friends discovered that he had moved back, they started showing up every afternoon. They’d talk for hours, an activity that invariably involved a bottle or two of locally produced wine. I might as well die happy, he thought. In the ensuing months, something strange happened. He says he started to feel stronger. One day, feeling ambitious, he planted some vegetables in the garden. He didn’t expect to live to harvest them, but he enjoyed being in the sunshine, breathing the ocean air. Elpiniki could enjoy the fresh vegetables after he was gone. Six months came and went. Moraitis didn’t die. Instead, he reaped his garden and, feeling emboldened, cleaned up the family vineyard as well. Easing himself into the island routine, he woke up when he felt like it, worked in the vineyards until midafternoon, made himself lunch and then took a long nap. In the evenings, he often walked to the local tavern, where he played dominoes past midnight. The years passed. His health continued to improve. He added a couple of rooms to his parents’ home so his children could visit. He built up the vineyard until it produced 400 gallons of wine a year. Today, three and a half decades later, he’s 97 years old — and cancer-free. He never went through chemotherapy, took drugs or sought therapy of any sort. All he did was move home to Ikaria…

Put Some Gas In NHNE’s Gas Tank! (Updated)

Put Some Gas In NHNE’s Gas Tank! (Updated)

Dec 21

NHNE’s Winter Fundraiser is underway. Visit this page to make a donation and see a list of comprehensive reasons why NHNE deserves your support…

Most Popular Pages On Pulse (Updated)

Most Popular Pages On Pulse (Updated)

Dec 15

A short list of the most popular pages on Pulse…

Steven Pinker: Humankind Is Getting Nicer

Steven Pinker: Humankind Is Getting Nicer

May 01

What may be the most important thing that has ever happened in human history is that violence has gone down, by dramatic degrees, and in many dimensions all over the world and in many spheres of behavior: genocide, war, human sacrifice, torture, slavery, and the treatment of racial minorities, women, children, and animals…

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Aug 21

A collection of our favorite TED videos…

Favorite TED Videos

Favorite TED Videos

Nov 23

A collection of our all-time favorite TED videos.

World’s Oceans In ‘Shocking’ Decline

World’s Oceans In ‘Shocking’ Decline

Jun 20

The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to an expert panel of scientists. In a new report, they warn that ocean life is “at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history”.