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Aging Admirably

The Science of Longevity with Janice Stanger: PYP 274

Janice Stanger, PhD, is author of The Perfect Formula Diet and a genius at getting other people to become nutritional geniuses. Her approach to any topic – diabetes, pregnancy, hormones, whatever – is to dig down into first principles and build from there. This way of thinking helps non-experts understand the issues without having to rely on… Read More

Valter Longo, PhD, on the Longevity Diet: PYP 269

Valter Longo, PhD, is my bet to be the first Nobel Prize winner on the Plant Yourself Podcast. He’s a longevity researcher at the University of Southern California whose broad vision and ability to focus on the details of scientific enquiry over a 30-year career may provide the data we need to extend the human… Read More

Darren Morton on Happiness, Meaning, Longevity, and Smiling Baseball Cards: PYP 259

Darren Morton, PhD, is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, which means that not only is he wicked-smart about how to live a long and healthy life, but also he shares his insights in a cool Australian accent. His latest book, Live More Happy, is a treasure trove of theory and practice of How to… Read More

Do I Hate Myself? Reflections on Hedonism

How can we enjoy life if we constantly deprive ourselves of the good things?

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Guest Post: PSA Screening Still a Bad Idea

One of the unsung heroes of modern medicine is Richard J. Ablin, professor in the Pathology Department of the University of Arizona. The discoverer of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), Dr. Ablin has spent decades warning doctors and the public that the PSA test is not only useless for population screening for prostate cancer, but is incredibly harmful. For every man whose life is saved via early detection of a deadly tumor, dozens are maimed by treatments for tumors that were never going to hurt them.

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Getting a Second Lease on Life – and Using It in a Big Way with Paul Chatlin: PYP 199

At age 55, Paul Chatlin was a few minutes away from surgery on a 100% blockage in his right coronary artery when his cardiologist asked him out of the blue, “Would you consider a nutritional change instead of bypass surgery?” Turns out the cardiologist’s mentor was a dude named Caldwell Esselstyn, which is the only… Read More

“I’m not speeding up; they’re all slowing down” with Ellen Jaffe Jones: PYP 194

I ran into Ellen Jaffe Jones at the Raleigh NC Vegfest, where she was inspiring young and old to get off their butts and embrace a healthy, active, vegan lifestyle. We had met on Skype for a podcast interview more than three years ago, but this was the first time we had met in person.… Read More

The Old Fart Booth Effect: A Weird Mind Hack that Makes Exercise Easier

Look in the mirror. Say your name.

You’ve just activated a section of your brain devoted to YOU.

Now think of some random celebrity. Say their name.

You’ve just activated a totally different section of your brain, this one dedicated to OTHERS.

Now – and here’s where this gets freaky – think of yourself in 20 years.

Which part of your brain just got turned on? The YOU circuit, or the OTHER circuit?

If you’re like most people – pretty much everyone, in fact – you think about your future self as if she or he is a total stranger.

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Hal Hershfield on Befriending Our Future Selves: PYP 191

Hal Herschfield is a UCLA psychology professor, and author of some really interesting studies on the connection between what we do now and how we think about the future. Specifically, he’s shown through brain scans that the more we think of our future selves as a person different from ourselves (and most of us do),… Read More

Dave Willits on Plant-Based Life After Death: PYP 175

On March 28, 2014, Dave Willits suffered a heart attack at work, and died at the hospital later that day. Several times, in fact. Luckily for him (and us), he was revived every time, and awoke from his surgery vowing never to take another day for granted. Dave had thought himself in good shape at… Read More