We read about many advances in medicine and lifestyle medicine research which offer the promise of extending our longevity.  But our real goal should be extending our Healthspan, rather than just lifespan. We want to increase the years we are healthy, not just add more years to our lives when we have chronic diseases.

Who wants to live to 100 if you have painful chronic diseases for the last 20+ years and reduced quality of life? Instead, let’s focus on healthy aging by preventing, and delaying chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, cardiovascular disease.

If this subject is of interest to you, and you live in Northern California, I encourage you to sign up for a TEDxSalon talk in San Rafael, CA on May 10th, 7-9pm. Extending Human Healthspan: How Lifestyle, Stress, and Genetics affect Longevity. An encouraging look at the current state of research involving Aging, Dementia, and Extending our Healthspans.


The talk features the following people:

Dr. Dale Bredesen: 

Dr. Bredesen is a physician, neuroscience researcher, and an expert in neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). He was the founding president and CEO of the Buck Institute of Aging in Novato, CA and has held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA, UCSD.  Currently, he is the chief medical officer of MPI Cognition.

In 2014, Dr. Bredesen published a fascinating paper describing his protocol for cognitive decline (MCI) and AD and the results seen in the first 10 patients. They saw a reversal of cognitive decline and people being able to return to work. No drug has ever managed this, yet Bredesen’s program is largely lifestyle medicine.  The Bredesen Protocol, through MPI Cognition, characterizes AD into 5 different types and then looks at different imbalances in the body that can drive AD. These imbalances are addressed by adjusting lifestyle factors including micronutrients, hormone levels, stress, sleep quality and more.  

I took his first practitioner training program at the Buck Institue a couple of years ago and am a ReCODE practitioner. He recently published the book The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline which describes his program. 

Dr. Eric Verdin:

Dr. Verdin is the President and CEO of the Buck Institue for Research on Aging. He is a professor of Medicine at UCSF. His laboratory at the Buck Institute investigates new approaches to HIV eradication. He also researches the genetic regulators of aging and the role that metabolism and diet have on aging and chronic diseases.  I just heard a 2-hour talk by him on fasting and the ketogenic diet, and their effect on memory and longevity. Fascinating stuff. 

Dr. Elissa Epel:

Dr. Epel is a health psychologist with a focus on the impact of stress.  She is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Her research focuses on how psychological, social, and behavioral pathways impact cellular aging. She also studies the interconnections between stress, addiction, eating and metabolic health. Here is a 10-minute Youtube presentation The Science of Stress which talks about some of the studies she is involved with.

Buck Institute

The Buck Institute is sponsoring this presentation.  It’s worth exploring their website to see the work that they do. They also do tours open to the public if you live nearby.

This TEDxSalon talk is expected to sell-out. So if you fancy going, I would recommend getting tickets early. Here is a link to tickets on Eventbrite: Extending our Human Healthspan. I have no involvement with this, just think it will be worth attending. 

Let me know if you get tickets. Would be lovely to see you there. 

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