Rebooting Our Relationship With Technology (Updated)

Rebooting Our Relationship With Technology (Updated)

Sep 25

The importance of rebooting our relationship with technology — and practical suggestions how to do it…

Standing As Anti-Aging Medicine

Standing As Anti-Aging Medicine

Sep 03

Scientists have discovered that people who stand up frequently have longer telomeres, which keep the genetic code safe from wear and tear…

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…

The Power of Intermittent Fasting (Updated)

The Power of Intermittent Fasting (Updated)

Apr 12

Scientists are uncovering evidence that short periods of fasting, if properly controlled, could achieve a number of health benefits, as well as potentially helping the overweight…

What People Really Look Like

What People Really Look Like

Nov 22

Massage therapist Dale Favier describes what human bodies REALLY look like…

The Power of Placebos (Updated)

The Power of Placebos (Updated)

Sep 20

NHNE’s resource page on placebos…

The Immortality Project Announces Research Grants

The Immortality Project Announces Research Grants

May 22

Phenomena related to near-death experiences, immortality in virtual reality, and genes that prevent a species of freshwater hydra from aging are among the first research proposals funded by The Immortality Project at the University of California, Riverside…

New Drugs Could Help People Live To 150 Years

New Drugs Could Help People Live To 150 Years

Mar 11

Drugs that could combat ageing and help people to live to 150-years-old may be available within five years, following landmark research. Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has been testing the resveratrol-based medications on patients suffering with medical conditions including cancer, diabetes and heart disease…

Lack of Sleep ‘Switches Off’ Genes

Lack of Sleep ‘Switches Off’ Genes

Feb 25

One week of bad sleep can “switch off” hundreds of genes and raise the risk of a host of illnesses including obesity and heart disease, scientists claim…

Documentary: ‘Eat, Fast & Live Longer’

Documentary: ‘Eat, Fast & Live Longer’

Feb 19

Michael Mosley is a medical doctor, journalist and television presenter. He has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the bargain. And he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. He discovers the powerful new science behind the ancient idea of fasting, and he thinks he’s found a way of doing it that still allows him to enjoy his food. Michael tests out the science of fasting on himself — with life-changing results…

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…

Twelve “Any Time, Any Place” Survival Tips (v3.2)

Twelve “Any Time, Any Place” Survival Tips (v3.2)

Sep 06

So, you live on Planet Earth and are wondering what you can do to insure a graceful passage through whatever changes may come your way. And you want advice that you can use any time, any place, even when faced with the kind of apocalyptic changes that are presently knocking on our global door. Here are a few practical suggestions…

Russian Billionaire Plans Immortality Research Center

Russian Billionaire Plans Immortality Research Center

Aug 30

Dmitry Itskov, a Russian billionaire and media mogul, is betting that money can buy eternal life. Itskov’s 2045 Initiative, which is trying to make immortality a reality, launched its own political party in Russia last week: Evolution 2045. Though Evolution 2045 is based in Russia, it aims to create “a new stage of human civilization” throughout the world…

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…

Stem Cells Reverse Aging In Mice

Stem Cells Reverse Aging In Mice

Jan 03

Scientists may one day slow down aging with a simple injection of youthful stem cells. They’ve just proven this can be done in mice, according to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications. The mice, which had been engineered to mimic a human disease called progeria, would normally have grown old when they were quite young. But that changed when researchers injected muscle stem cells from healthy young mice into the bellies of the quickly aging mice. Within days, the doddering and frail mice began to act like they were living the storyline of “The Strange Case of Benjamin Button” as they started looking and acting younger…

Deep Brain Stimulation ‘Reverses’ Alzheimer’s

Deep Brain Stimulation ‘Reverses’ Alzheimer’s

Dec 01

Scientists in Canada have raised a tantalising prospect — reversing Alzheimer’s disease. Brain shrinkage, declining function and memory loss had been thought to be irreversible. They used a technique known as deep brain stimulation — applying electricity directly to regions of the brain. In two patients, the brain’s memory hub reversed its expected decline and actually grew.

Decoding The Aging Process

Decoding The Aging Process

Nov 15

Scientists are beginning to decode the complex biology of aging and are optimistic that recent advances in research may lead to treatments that can slow or even reverse degeneration and disease…

Will Human Beings Achieve Immortality Before The End Of The Century?

Will Human Beings Achieve Immortality Before The End Of The Century?

Oct 31

A growing number of creditable scientists are convinced that humanity will achieve virtual immortality before the end of the century…

100-Year-Old Man Completes Marathon

100-Year-Old Man Completes Marathon

Oct 17

Fauja Singh completed the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in approximately eight hours, making him the oldest person ever to finish one of the 26.2-mile races. It was the eighth marathon for Singh, who was born India in 1911 and did not start running marathons until he was 89, after he moved to England following the death of his wife and son. He says not smoking or drinking alcohol throughout his life, combined with a vegetarian diet and up to 10 miles of walking or running per day are the secrets to his health…

Breakthrough Electromagnetic Device Reverses Alzheimers

Breakthrough Electromagnetic Device Reverses Alzheimers

Oct 08

A new electromagnetic stimulation system has been developed in Israel that appears to change the course of the degenerative Alzheimer’s disease and allow patients to regain faded cognitive skills. The non-invasive NeuroAD system, developed by Yokneam-based Neuronix, is the first medical device in the world to receive approval for treating mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, a terminal brain disease affecting about 30 million elderly people worldwide…

Dr. Aubrey De Grey: Status Of Current & Future Anti-Aging Research

Dr. Aubrey De Grey: Status Of Current & Future Anti-Aging Research

Jul 22

The first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born, according to a leading scientist. Even more incredibly, Aubrey De Grey believes that the first person to live for 1,000 years will be born in the next two decades…

Resveratrol & Its Effects On Human Health & Longevity

Resveratrol & Its Effects On Human Health & Longevity

Jul 22

Resveratrol is one of the most amazing nutrients known to modern science. Known as a longevity nutrient that gives red wine it’s amazing benefits on heart health, resveratrol continues to be widely studied for applications in treating cancer, diabetes, and even chronic inflammation. Several drug companies have already attempted to copy the resveratrol molecule and turn it into a “miracle drug” that would be patented and sold at huge profit margins. In cooperation with the Biotivia company, NaturalNews has published a FREE downloadable report that reveals today’s best scientific breakthroughs on resveratrol…

Lack Of Vitamin D Linked To Muscle Injuries & Alzheimer’s

Lack Of Vitamin D Linked To Muscle Injuries & Alzheimer’s

Jul 19

Over the past few years, researchers have come up with a mountain of evidence that vitamin D is extremely important to maintaining health and preventing and even treating a host of health problems. For example, studies have shown that too little vitamin D may trigger breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, brittle bones, heart attacks and more. And now there’s breaking news that scientists have discovered two more extraordinary benefits to getting enough vitamin D through sun exposure and supplements. It turns out a lack of the remarkable vitamin could result in sports-related muscle injuries. What’s more, vitamin D may, in a sense, help “vacuum” out plaques in the brain associated with the dreaded, mind-robbing dementia known as Alzheimer’s disease…

Artificially Grown Tooth Transplanted Into Mouse

Artificially Grown Tooth Transplanted Into Mouse

Jul 18

A tooth grown from embryonic cells has been successfully transplanted into the jaw of a mouse. The transplant is a step towards providing artificial replacements for donor organs that are in short supply…

Meditation May Change Brain’s Physical Structure, Strengthen Connections

Meditation May Change Brain’s Physical Structure, Strengthen Connections

Jul 17

People who meditate have stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy, according to the researchers. Stronger connections influence the ability to rapidly relay electrical signals in the brain. And significantly, these effects are evident throughout the entire brain, not just in specific areas…

Older Men Value Kissing & Cuddling, Older Women Value Sex

Older Men Value Kissing & Cuddling, Older Women Value Sex

Jul 07

A Kinsey Institute study indicates that kissing and hugging are more important to the happiness of men than of women. Men who reported frequent kissing or cuddling with their partners were on average three times as happy with their relationships as men who reported limited snuggling. For women, such shows of tenderness didn’t have much impact on relationship satisfaction. The study involved 1,009 heterosexual middle-aged and older couples in long-term (average 25 years) committed relationships in five countries…

Movie: How To Live Forever

Movie: How To Live Forever

Jul 06

Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. But whose advice should he take? Does 94-year-old exercise guru Jack LaLanne have all the answers, or does Buster, a 101-year-old chain-smoking, beer-drinking marathoner? What about futurist Ray Kurzweil, a laughter yoga expert, or an elder porn star? Wexler explores the viewpoints of delightfully unusual characters alongside those of health, fitness and life-extension experts in this engaging new documentary, which challenges our notions of youth and aging with comic poignancy…

Biologists Discover How Yeast Cells Reverse Aging

Biologists Discover How Yeast Cells Reverse Aging

Jun 28

Researchers at MIT have discovered a gene called NDT80 that can double yeast lifespan when turned on late in life. If the human cell lifespan is controlled in a similar way, it could offer a new approach to rejuvenating human cells or creating pluripotent stem cells…

How To Eat To Boost Brain Function & Cut Alzheimer’s Risk

How To Eat To Boost Brain Function & Cut Alzheimer’s Risk

Jun 20

A recent study published in Archives of Neurology found that a healthy diet may lower levels of brain chemicals linked to Alzheimer’s disease, while an unhealthy diet may raise them: Mail Online reports. Furthermore, a healthy diet may also reduce the risk of developing memory problems that can lead to this disease…

Assisted Suicide Advocate Jack Kevorkian Dies

Assisted Suicide Advocate Jack Kevorkian Dies

Jun 03

Jack Kevorkian, a former Oakland County pathologist who stirred public debate about physician-assisted suicide and admitted helping 130 people end their lives, has died. Kevorkian had been hospitalized with kidney and respiratory problems for several weeks at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was 83.

New Test Can Tell How Long You Will Live

New Test Can Tell How Long You Will Live

May 19

A blood test that can show how fast someone is ageing — and offers the tantalising possibility of estimating how long they have left to live — is to go on sale to the general public in Britain later this year…

Scientists Reverse Age-Related Degeneration In Aged Mice (Updated)

Scientists Reverse Age-Related Degeneration In Aged Mice (Updated)

May 19

Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute say they have for the first time partially reversed age-related degeneration in mice, resulting in new growth of the brain and testes, improved fertility, and the return of a lost cognitive function…

The Health Benefits Of Sex

The Health Benefits Of Sex

May 05

A flurry of small studies suggest that sex is as good for your health as vitamin D and broccoli. It not only relieves stress, improves sleep and burns calories, it can also reduce pain, ease depression, strengthen blood vessels, boost the immune system and lower the risk of prostate and breast cancer. But many of those studies rely on people to remember and report their sexual activity honestly and many can’t distinguish between cause and effect. That is, does sex make people healthier or do healthier people have more sex?

Playing Musical Instruments Fights Cognitive Decline

Playing Musical Instruments Fights Cognitive Decline

Apr 28

Playing a musical instrument throughout life may help fight cognitive decline as we age. Older musicians perform better on cognitive tests than individuals who did not play an instrument, according to a new study published in the April issue of Neuropsychology…

Pain Of Arthritis Eased By Mind Game

Pain Of Arthritis Eased By Mind Game

Apr 16

Arthritis pain can be significantly reduced — and in some cases even temporarily eliminated — by an illusion. By tricking the brain into believing an aching hand was being stretched or shrunk, researchers were able to reduce by half the pain felt in 85 percent of people tested. The research could lead to future technologies to help patients improve mobility by reducing the amount of pain they experience while undergoing physical therapy…

The Power Of Smiling

The Power Of Smiling

Apr 07

Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match. In a study conducted in the UK (using an electromagnetic brain scan machine and heart-rate monitor to create “mood-boosting values” for various stimuli), British researchers found that one smile can provide the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars; they also found that smiling can be as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 Pounds Sterling in cash. That’s 25 grand a smile… And unlike lots of chocolate, lots of smiling can actually make you healthier. Smiling has documented therapeutic effects, and has been associated with: reduced stress hormone levels (like cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine), increased health and mood enhancing hormone levels (like endorphins), and lowered blood pressure…

Happiness Peaks In Our Eighties

Happiness Peaks In Our Eighties

Apr 07

We become happier when we grow older, according to scientists who claim our best years do not arrive until our late seventies and eighties…

Molecular Cause Of Illness In Advanced Age Discovered

Molecular Cause Of Illness In Advanced Age Discovered

Feb 11

Scientists at the Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute say they have identified the root molecular cause of a variety of ills brought on by advanced age, including waning energy, failure of the heart and other organs, and metabolic disorders such as diabetes…

Interview: Counterclockwise – Ellen Langer

Interview: Counterclockwise – Ellen Langer

Dec 17

If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now, in Counterclockwise, she presents the answer: Opening our minds to what’s possible, instead of presuming impossibility, can lead to better health — at any age. Drawing on landmark work in the field and her own body of colorful and highly original experiments — including the first detailed discussion of her “counterclockwise” study, in which elderly men lived for a week as though it was 1959 and showed dramatic improvements in their hearing, memory, dexterity, appetite, and general well-being — Langer shows that the magic of rejuvenation and ongoing good health lies in being aware of the ways we mindlessly react to social and cultural cues. Examining the hidden decisions and vocabulary that shape the medical world (“chronic” versus “acute,” “cure” versus “remission”), the powerful physical effects of placebos, and the intricate but often defeatist ways we define our physical health, Langer challenges the idea that the limits we assume and impose on ourselves are real. With only subtle shifts in our thinking, in our language, and in our expectations, she tells us, we can begin to change the ingrained behaviors that sap health, optimism, and vitality from our lives. Improved vision, younger appearance, weight loss, and increased longevity are just four of the results that Langer has demonstrated.

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…

How To Age Gracefully

How To Age Gracefully

Nov 22

More and more, how we grow old is a personal choice. Older folks are going back to school in their 50s, starting businesses in their 60s, training for triathlons in their 70s and, yes, having sex in their 80s…

An Interview With Taoist Wizard Peter Ragnar (from 2005)

An Interview With Taoist Wizard Peter Ragnar (from 2005)

Nov 18

A fascinating interview from 2005: Andrew Cohen interviews Peter Ragnar, a modern-day shaman, Taoist wizard, natural life scientist, and self-master par excellence. He lives in the Tennessee mountains with his wife, and he claims to be a “senior citizen” but refuses to give away his age because he “doesn’t believe in it.” He does strenuous two-hour strength-training workouts seven days a week and performs record-breaking feats. He’s been a martial arts practitioner for over fifty years, and he has developed his own version of Taoist energy practice called “Magnetic Qi Gong,” which he claims is the key to immortality. He has healing powers and is renowned for his clairvoyant and telepathic abilities. He lives on a strict diet of raw foods and juices and has spent a lifetime studying the relationship between the body and the mind at all levels. And his most remarkable attainment is his profound awakening to the energetic dimension, or “bio-electric-magnetic” field, of life. While this dimension of reality and experience is one that many have heard of, it’s a world that Peter actually lives in. All this being said, Peter’s most compelling and inspiring message is his steadfast and passionate call to self-mastery based upon the relentless cultivation of intention…

Health: Stem Cells Keep Muscles Forever Young

Health: Stem Cells Keep Muscles Forever Young

Nov 11

When specific types of stem cells are transplanted into leg muscles of mice, normal loss of function that comes with aging is prevented. The findings have potential uses in treating humans with chronic, degenerative muscle diseases, according to a new study…

Health: The Secret To A Longer Life: A Widely Varied Diet

Health: The Secret To A Longer Life: A Widely Varied Diet

Oct 18

Variety on our meal tables holds the key to a long and healthy life. Food that contains anti-oxidants, wholegrains and vital fatty acids can cut the risk of killer illnesses including heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, a study shows…

Health: To Live Longer, Get Just Enough Sleep

Health: To Live Longer, Get Just Enough Sleep

Oct 06

A new study, derived from novel sleep research conducted by University of California, San Diego researchers 14 years earlier, suggests that the secret to a long life may come with just enough sleep. Less than five hours a night is probably not enough; eight hours is probably too much…

News: Has A Russian Scientist Found A Cure For Aging?

News: Has A Russian Scientist Found A Cure For Aging?

Sep 21

Imagine a pill that you could take every day that would extend your by years and keep you healthy for longer. You’d probably pay a lot for such a pill. Vladimir Skulachev looks like he is getting close to selling it to you. The global media has been a flutter with Skulachev’s recent announcement that he has developed a ‘cure for aging’. The Russian biochemist is the head of the Bioenergetics Department at Moscow State University and has been working on the problem of aging for 40 years. His cure is an anti-oxidant that he claims extends median lifespan and (if you’ll believe it) removed a cataract from his eye. We’ve seen some extraordinary claims in the last few years but a single substance that ‘cures aging’ seems almost impossible. Watch the video below to see Skulachev partially explain his work. It will be amazing if this development turns out to be even close to true…