Where in the World are Our Listeners?
This week we're giving a shout out to Johannesburg, South Africa. Johannesburg is one of the fifty largest cities in the world. The city was originally founded in 1886 after gold was discovered on a local farm. The subsequent gold rush brought a 100,000 people to the city within 10 years. The famous archaeological site known as the Cradle of Humankind is on the outskirts of the city, so it's not surprising that 40% of the planet’s human ancestor fossils have been discovered in the area.
Tip of the week - Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is a promising and easily accessible technique for reducing the risk of disease and slowing the effects of aging. While there are many variations on the approach the simplest to try is a 24 hour fast starting after dinner one evening and continuing until dinner time the following day. Try it once and see if it feels like it could become a monthly habit. Note: It's extra important while fasting to remain hydrated, make sure to drink water regularly throughout the day. Read about the encouraging research behind the science of going without.
Look clever at a cocktail party
The longest lived human was Jeanne Clement who died in 1997 at the ripe old age of 122. Jeanne met Vincent Van Gogh when she was 12. One of the longest lived animals is 'Ming' a 507 year old Quahog clam. So named because it was alive during the Chinese Ming Dynasty. One of the oldest living organisms is a single Quaking Aspen tree in Utah, USA called 'Pando'. It is estimated to be 80,000 years old. When Pando was a seedling humans were just learning how to fish and were inhabiting Asia for the first time.
What are Ian, Darren & March up to this week?
Listen to an upcoming show to hear how our experiments went and what we learned!
- Ian is drinking Gerolsteiner sparkling mineral water for its naturally occurring micro-doses of lithium, linked to longer lifespans and lower rates of mental illness.
- Darren started using an app named The Stoic. It provides daily quotes of wisdom taken from famous stoic writers like Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, etc.
- March is learning the art of screenwriting from Aaron Sorkin via MasterClass.
Interview of the week
Dr. Rhonda Patrick on Life Extension, Performance, and Much More
(via The Tim Ferriss Show)
"Dr. Patrick conducts clinical trials, performed aging research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and did graduate research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she focused on cancer, mitochondrial metabolism, and apoptosis. Whether you want to extend life, inexpensively buy a stem-cell “insurance policy” (hint: related to the Tooth Fairy), or guard against cancer, she will have a surprise insight for you."
Product of the week
Inspired Gifts - From Unicef
Send vital supplies to children, in the name of your closest friends and family.
About 29,000 children under the age of five – 21 each minute – die every day, mainly from preventable causes. Unicef aims to reduce this number through providing adequate nutrition, clean water, community healthcare and mosquito nets to children around the world. You can make a donation in honor of a loved one and help save a child's life for just a few dollars.
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All the best in getting better,
Ian, Darren & March