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The Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast is a weekly series of extended, one-to-one interviews, about human longevity. Hosted by Peter Bowes, leading scientists share their latest research into living a long and healthy life. We delve into the clinical trials and challenge new ideas. We also feature some remarkable people who have already mastered the art of aging. Hear about their insights into growing old, without feeling old, and the secrets of their longevity.

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The Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast is a weekly series of extended, one-to-one interviews, about human longevity. Hosted by Peter Bowes, leading scientists share their latest research into living a long and healthy life. We delve into the clinical trials and challenge new ideas. We also feature some remarkable people who have already mastered the art of aging. Hear about their insights into growing old, without feeling old, and the secrets of their longevity.

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Generally very good

By Gnm98 - Sep 02 2019
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More to the point and this would be easily 5 stars.

Great and Inspiring

By GretchenLeigh - Sep 02 2018
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Awesome podcast - great topics and great interviewer. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

iTunes Ratings

37 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
1
4
1
0

Generally very good

By Gnm98 - Sep 02 2019
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More to the point and this would be easily 5 stars.

Great and Inspiring

By GretchenLeigh - Sep 02 2018
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Awesome podcast - great topics and great interviewer. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Live Long and Master Aging

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The Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast is a weekly series of extended, one-to-one interviews, about human longevity. Hosted by Peter Bowes, leading scientists share their latest research into living a long and healthy life. We delve into the clinical trials and challenge new ideas. We also feature some remarkable people who have already mastered the art of aging. Hear about their insights into growing old, without feeling old, and the secrets of their longevity.

Dian Griesel: Silver, disobedient and rockin’

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There are some people who just ooze optimism.  Approaching life with a positive and inquisitive attitude is half the battle, when it comes to aging with vigor and purpose. It also helps to be a little defiant and rebellious - if not, downright disobedient. Writer, businesswoman and model, Dian Griesel, has embraced the power of living agelessly through her blog, Silver Disobedience.  The author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook: 365 Inspirations for Living and Loving Agelessly, she delivers a daily dose of wisdom and pithy observations about life and aging.  In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes, Dian shares the inspiration behind her gregarious attitude towards aging.  She also invites us to the party of a lifetime.

Check out our website at LLAMApodcast.com

In this interview we cover: 

  • Does disobedience come with age? 
  • Being enthusiastic rather than disillusioned with age.  
  • Seeking inspiration from Mick Jagger.   
  • Being honest about aging.
  • Social media and living life as if it were a reality show.   
  • The value of taking a deep breath and putting yourself first. 
  • Why young people are “terrified” of aging.
  • Embracing the treadmill desk.
  • Keeping it close to earth: Avocados, nuts, fruits and vegetables. 
  • The power of collective consciousness.
  • Listening to the conversations of others for inspiration.  
  • The power of community and rockin’ out together at 100.
  • Committing to do something every day, like a blog. 

Oct 09 2019

30mins

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Joel Einhorn: Extracting the nectar out of life

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Joel Einhorn lives life at a pace that sometimes defies gravity. The extreme sports enthusiast is an avid athlete - a cyclist, snowboarder and surfer.  His enthusiasm for the fast life almost ended in tragedy while training for an ironman triathlon, but the accident, in Prague, ended up opening Joel’s eyes to a new world of medicine. The founder and CEO of HANAH, a supplement company that embraces ancient wisdom and modern day science, is on a mission to preserve - and make more accessible - healing techniques from eastern medicine. In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes, Joel reveals the aha moments that inspired his journey from severely injured cyclist to wellness entrepreneur. 

Check out our website at LLAMApodcast.com

In this interview we cover:

  • Joel’s childhood and influences. 
  • Being the kid always looking out of the window.
  • Sports, acting and the quintessential American life. 
  • Being an early adopter of computer tech.
  • Going from casual athlete to ironman addict.
  • Organising life and systems with military precision to optimise time for living life to the full.
  • The accident in 2008 that turned out to be a major turning point in Joel’s life. 
  • Racing through life, taking a few risks and then… a near-death accident that led to a life-changing attitude towards living. 
  • Joel’s introduction to eastern medicine and the   healing power of herbal medicines. 
  • The healing ‘secrets' of elite athletes.   
  • Fasting - the fountain of youth?
  • What is Ayurvedic medicine and what happens during panchakarma treatments?  
  • Creating and building HANAH for high functioning humans.    
  • Tackling the decision fatigue that comes with trying to live a healthier life

Warning: Fasting can be extremely dangerous and result in death. It is not appropriate for everyone. Speak to your doctor before adopting a new diet or fasting regime.

Aug 31 2019

50mins

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Fred Bartlit: Get strong and live like crazy

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Fred Bartlit is on a mission to re-define aging. A distinguished U.S. Army commander and high profile trial lawyer - he represented two American presidents - Fred is now 87 and a passionate advocate for strength training as we grow old. The author of Choosing the Strong Path: Reversing the Downward Spiral of Aging, is, by his own admission, obsessed with pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Fred’s mantra is that if we “get strong” everything else will fall into place.  In this LLAMA podcast interview he explains his philosophy that strength drives everything - in life and business - and why men, especially “big shots” from the world of business, are less inclined than women to follow his advice.

Check out our home page at LLAMApodcast.com | Twitter: @llamapodcast

In this interview we cover:     

  • Fred’s aspirations to remain strong and active into his 90s. 
  • How medical science, he believes, fails to focus on optimum health over 75. 
  • Life expectancy versus health expectancy.
  • Fred was selected by two U.S. Presidents of different parties to represent them in high profile cases. 
  • He represented President George W. Bush in the 2001 U.S. Presidential election 'hanging chad' trial.
  • Fred was selected to be the president’s chief counsel for Barack Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.
  • How Fred’s future wife warned him that his exercise regime, at 50, would leave him a corpse at 60. 
  • How lifting heavy weights transformed Fred’s body. 
  • Why he was inspired to pursue research into sarcopenia, chronic diseases, fatigue, falls, and early death.
  • Why he came to the conclusion that there is direct correlation between strength and happiness. 
  • How Fred escaped being a “fat old fool” at the country club.
  • Fred’s diet of brightly coloured vegetables and fruit. 
  • What does "a pot belly can not lead men” mean? 
  • Getting up at 3.30 AM and working out every day. 
  • Still working as an active trial lawyer at 87 
  • Why men won’t acknowledge their age-related frailties. 
  • How you can avoid the downward spiral of aging.   


Aug 15 2019

36mins

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Zab Mosenifar: Running, red wine and orchids

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This is our 100th episode and we’re delighted to celebrate the milestone with a remarkable man. Zab Mosenifar, MD, recently completed his 100th marathon at the age of 70 and he personifies the art of living a long, healthy and fulfilling life. Dr. Mosenifar, professor and executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, is addicted to running. Next week he heads to California’s Death Valley, to run in grueling heat that would see most of us wilt in a second.  It is the kind of “insane” challenge that motivates the doctor, who still works full-time and says he relishes living a modest life, focussed on his job and running.  In this interview we discuss Dr. Mosenifar’s 50 miles-per-week regimen, his love of red wine, orchids and a busy life.  We also find out why he is a stickler for punctuality; prefers driving in the middle lane; and why he gets a “special pleasure from monotony.”

In this interview we cover:

  • Dr. Mosenifar’s 50 miles-per-week running regime.
  • Running the Santa Monica mountain trails early in the morning, seven days a week.
  • The runner’s high. 
  • Entering a zen-like state and enjoying the euphoria of running. 
  • Living a meat-free lifestyle. 
  • Getting a “special pleasure from monotony” and enjoying a frugal lifestyle. 
  • Are we really designed to run long distances? 
  • The “hidden factor” that allows some people to keep on running. 
  • Sharing a bottle of wonderful red wine.
  • Eating the same meals every day. 
  • Why associating with all generations helps promote longevity. 
  • Appreciating that life is precious and why there should be no bad days. 
  • Balancing a busy work schedule with an active life and family activities.  
  • Career longevity at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.
  • The “heart-wrenching” period treating patients with AIDS during the early days of the disease.
  • Studying the complexities of smoking.
  • Understanding aging through marathon running.
  • The plus side of an obsessive, compulsive personality.
  • Thinking about longevity, how to approach the next chapter and acknowledging the realistic decline that comes with aging. 

Aug 01 2019

54mins

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Steven Petrow: I will never get old

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We will all get old, if we are lucky. Aging is a privilege, but facing up to the inevitable lifestyle changes, could leave some of us in denial. Steven Petrow is an award-winning journalist and author, best known for his candid essays in the Washington Post and New York Times, focussing on what it’s like to grow old. In this LLAMA podcast interview, recorded at TEDMED, Steven reflects on the aging process through the eyes of his parents and his own aspirations. He also discusses the challenges posed by loneliness, declining mobility and old age for LGBTQ people.

Check out our home page at LLAMApodcast.com
Twitter: @llamapodcast

In this interview we cover:

  • Lessons and stories from the way parents live and age.
  • Family tensions and a father’s frustration at growing old. 
  • Defiance over getting old.
  • Like father, like son - shared traits as we age.
  • Stupid things we won’t do as we get old.
  • Illness denial and death denial.
  • Acting our age. 
  • Is death to be feared or is it just another stage of life. 
  • Slow down and retire or turn 60 and speed up. 
  • Multi-generational living, to stay young at heart.
  • Staying busy and living long. 
  • The scourge on loneliness. 
  • Why the LGBTQ Stonewall generation is being forced back into the closet as they seek care in assisted living facilities. 

Jul 02 2019

27mins

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Tara Gadomski: Exposing the futility of 'anti-aging'

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Anti-aging - who needs it?  Surely, striving to master or embrace the aging process is better than trying to defy it?  It is a philosophy we at Live Long and Master Aging share with Tara Gadomski, writer, filmmaker and director of a new short film, Signs of Aging. The story explores, through dark humor, the methods used to sell so-called anti-aging products to older women. A powerful message emerges about the appreciation of life over vanity. In this LLAMA podcast interview, with Peter Bowes, Tara explains her distaste for what she calls the shaming of older people, who’re beginning to show their age.  

In this interview we cover:

  • “Shaming” older people and why the term anti-aging should be outlawed. 
  • Why some people are made to feel like “lesser human beings ” because they don’t comply with a certain beauty standard.
  • Flaws, imperfections, fixes and corrections.  
  • Letting go as you get older.
  • Embracing and mastering aging rather than trying to defy the process. 
  • Telling stories with the benefit of ageing wisdom.
  • A story about a fictional saleswoman trying to sell ‘anti-aging’ beauty products to older women.
  • The myth of there being “biology to it" - suggesting women are more attractive in their child-bearing years.
  • Spoiler alert - we reveal the powerful plot line that exposes the hypocrisy of ‘forever young’ messages in cosmetics advertising. 
  • Wrinkles and spots - why we’re lucky to have them.      
  • Honoring people who died young. 

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Jun 13 2019

34mins

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James Brown - Staying vital through effortless meditation

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Living long and well involves focussing on multiple lifestyle practices, including our spiritual awareness. It is a pillar of human longevity that sits alongside a clean diet, vigorous exercise and optimal sleep habits. So let’s meditate. James Brown once thought that his life was “too crazy" to involve meditation, but after a 25-year career in advertising he is now a teacher of the practice and founder of San Francisco based Vedic Path Meditation. In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes, James explains his journey from stressed out executive to one of the world’s leading experts in what’s known as a “flow" approach to meditation. 

Check out our home page at LLAMApodcast.com | Twitter: @llamapodcast

In this interview we discuss

  • What does the ticking clock mean to you?
  • Being blessed genetically and putting in place practices that sustain vitality. 
  • Living a frenetic lifestyle and discovering spirituality.
  • How does an account executive in advertising and aspiring lawyer become a meditation guru? 
  • Becoming a father and responding to new pressures. 
  • Embracing the power of unforced smiling. 
  • Cleaning a bike chain and the LOL moment that changed James’s life course. 
  • What is the practice of flow meditation? 
  • Dispelling some of the myths about medication - why and how we do it. 
  • The impact of stress.
  • What is wide-angle present moment awareness?
  • Assessing our habits and putting multi-tasking in persecutive. 
  • Focussing and concentrating. What’s the difference? 
  • Trying too hard versus a flow experience.  The benefits of effortlessness.
  • The stresses of parenting and how to cope. 
  • A calling to be on a bigger stage? Ego or nature? 
  • Meditating and relationships.

May 30 2019

46mins

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Ron Alfa - Building tools to engineer the human body

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Innovation in human biology is evolving at breakneck speed. Artificial intelligence, data science and pharmaceutical discoveries - combined with a deeper understanding of how the body works at a cellular level - are creating exciting opportunities to extend health span.   Dr. Ron Alfa is Senior Vice President of Discovery & Product at Recursion, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, recently named by Fast Company as one the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019. In this LLAMA podcast interview, with Peter Bowes, Dr, Alfa explains Recursion’s mission to create a map of human cellular biology and find novel treatment for the diseases of aging.

Check out our home page at LLAMApodcast.com | Twitter: @llamapodcast

This interview was recorded at TEDMED

In this interview we cover:

  • How Recursion is using machine learning and computational biology to change the way drugs are getting to patients from the laboratory.
  • Building tools to better understand the safety and efficacy of new molecules for use in the clinic. 
  • How drug discovery works and why it is such a long scientific process. 
  • How producing a vast amount of data is possible through advances algorithms and machine learning - and why it matters for our health. 
  • Is data generated using robotics accurate? 
  • How does this data differ from public data sets used widely in research? 
  • How Recursion is focussing on reversing cellular aging, or senescence. 
  • Defining aging. 
  • How import will artificial intelligence be as we move forward with the goal of a longer health span?
  • Focussing on solutions that actually reach patients and allow physicians to make better decisions. 

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May 14 2019

25mins

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Sandra Feaster - Retire, pivot or die

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They say sixty is the new forty. Seventy, the new fifty. But what does that mean? We are living longer, but are we living better? Sandra Feaster, a registered nurse and health coach, approaches aging with the same ghusto that an accomplished mountain climber tackles the highest peaks.  She says growing older is an “incredible journey” that embraces the realities of aging while continuing to live life to the full. Along with her husband, William Feaster, MD, Sandra runs the blog T60+, a website dedicated to sharing science-based information about health and wellness, for people turning 60. In this LLAMA podcast interview, with Peter Bowes, Sandra explains her retire, pivot or die philosophy, her disdain for “fake” health news and why she believes we should all lead a more “mindful” life.

Check out our website: LLAMApodcast.com

In this interview we explore:

What it means to live a healthy and active life well beyond 60. 

  • Is 60 really the new 40? 
  • How the blog T60+ covers the business of health and wellness and separates the fads from facts. 
  • When did the realities of aging first resonate with Sandra?
  • Tackling and moving beyond cancer.
  • How cancer brings your mortality into focus.
  • Making the change - delaying the die or exercise regime.
  • Why we don’t think about mortality while we’re young. 
  • Waiting in line for the next funeral and why we should think about it. 
  • Living a more mindful life, at all ages.  
  • Moving from nursing to health coaching and blogging and becoming a healthy aging evangelist.
  • Making better lifestyle choices based on a lifetime of experience.
  • The ah-ha moments that come with healthy eating and exercise.
  • Expecting the unexpected to happen, as we age. 
  • Aspiring to achieve a long health span as opposed to lifespan. 
  • Seeking out reliable preventative health information in the modern world. Who to believe.
  • Does the longevity business have our best interests at heart? 
  • Why so much emphasis on anti-aging?
  • The good, bad and ugly use of social media as we age.
  • What gets you up in the morning?  

Apr 30 2019

46mins

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Dave Asprey: Biohacking is a "real thing" now

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The Annual Biohacking Conference, hosted by Upgrade Labs, is a mind-boggling, mind-enhancing gathering of people, from all walks of life, who want to live better and longer.  LLAMA’s Peter Bowes attended this year’s event, in Beverly Hills, California, to meet Dave Asprey, the movement’s poster boy for self-improvement, along with some of the conference’s key speakers and exhibitors. In this episode we explore everything from cryotherapy to enhancing neuroplasticity, flow meditation, mitochondrial health and infrared saunas. Dave explains how biohacking has come of age, why he believes he will live to be at least 180 and how he says everyone - not just the rich and famous - could benefit from being in better control of their bodies and biology.  

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Dave Asprey
Founder, Bulletproof

Dave, the original biohacker, explains how and why the practice has come of age and how we can all benefit from it.

"Biohacking is largely the art and science of changing the environment around you, so that you have more control of your biology.”

Also check out: LLAMA episode 65, with Peter’s tour of Upgrade Labs in Santa Monica. 

Martin Tobias: Biohacking to upgrade the human mind and body

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Dr. Barry Morguelan

Chinese energy grandmaster, double board certified gastroenterologist and internal medicine doctor trained at UCLA and currently practicing in Los Angeles. Dr. B, as he is affectionately known, is a force of nature with a mind-blowing story of personal discovery and experience. 

21:54

Dr. Charles Brenner

Head of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa & chief scientific adviser to the Chromadex, a California-based nutraceutical company behind the Nicotinamide riboside (NR) supplement, Tru Niagen. Dr. Brenner updates us on his work understanding NAD and cell metabolism.

Also check out our previous interview: LLAMA episode 53

Charles Brenner: Explaining the science behind “age better” vitamin B3 supplement

26:32

Lauren Hansen, Cryo Science

Learn about the Cryotherapy craze.  Lauren explains the science of exposing the body to subzero temperatures in order to stimulate physical and mental health benefits.

32:26

Dr. Patrick Porter, BrainTap

Dr. Porter hacks the power nap with "brainwave entrainment" technology. Through guided-audio programs and creative visualization processes, an app allows users to "relax, reboot, and revitalize while achieving peak brain performance.” 

41:14

Tom Griffin, Halo Neuroscience

Tom explains the science behind a headset fitted with electrodes that put your brain in a more “excited and malleable state” for an hour.  For athletes, Tom explains that the headset works by applying a small electric current to the part of the brain that controls movement, activating neurons so they fire more often during training.

44:15

Dr. Chris Shade, Quicksilver Scientific

Keto or Kale? If the former is your diet of choice, Dr. Shade explains how a ketogenic diet works and how he has developed a system to hack - i.e. speed up - the process. So what is Keto Before 6?

50:09

James Brown, Vedic Meditation

Step back and go with the flow. James explains Vedic Meditation and how it allows the mind the settle, without trying too hard. 

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Dr. Raleigh Duncan, Clearlight Infrared

Infrared suanas have attracted a huge amount buzz recently.  But how do help us hack our health and athletic recovery?  Peter steps inside a hot yoga cubicle to find out more. 

Apr 08 2019

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