Tag Archives: Longevity

The myth of the superfood

superfoodsWhat’s this month’s superfood? Soy? Berries? Qinoa? Red wine? Green tea? There’s always a new one.

Of course these foods are good for you. That’s why they’re called superfoods. But the myth is that you can eat a basically unhealthy diet, add in a few superfoods and live forever. That’s not how it works. Continue reading

How to live to 100

100yearsoldIn my Live to 100 series I’ve examined various places around the world (the Greek island of Ikaria, the Japanese island of Okinawa, Andorra, Spain, Australia and Iceland) where the population enjoys exceptional longevity and good health into old age, and for each place I extracted a list of rules for healthy living. Now I’m pulling these together to find out what’s common to all or most of these locations. In short, I am about to reveal to you the secret of longevity.

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Stepping stones to Transhumanism

googleglassThe Consumer Electronics Show (CES2014) currently taking place in Las Vegas is packed full of smart glasses, like Google Glass.

Wearable tech is poised to transform the way we interact with technology. With a pair of smart glasses, you can begin to feel like superman, taking photos and recording videos of anything you see, and with the almost telepathic ability to interact directly with the internet and with your own automated personal assistant.

Don’t doubt that this will happen, just so long as the cost is affordable and the tech works in a convenient way. After all, just a few years ago, how many people would have imagined that we would be carrying smartphones everywhere and that email, Facebook and other social media would be just as important as face to face communication?

Smart glasses are just the latest in a long history of creeping augmentation of our abilities by technology. Observers of technology call this transition “Transhumanism” and predict an inevitable and exponential increase in how this impacts on our lives. Continue reading

Live to 100 the Icelandic Way

vikingIceland. It’s a cold country far, far away. It has the third highest life expectancy in Europe. And it’s an annoying anomaly in my study of countries with high life expectancy. The other countries where people live long, healthy lives tend to be hot and sunny.

So what’s special about Iceland? Why do people live such a long time? Do they hibernate in Winter? Continue reading

Live to 100 the Australian way

kangaroosG’day, sport. This month I’m looking at Australia to see if the Aussies can teach us anything, apart from how to drink beer and say “mate” in an irritating accent. Specifically, I want to find out why Australia has the fifth highest life expectancy in the world (after Japan, Andorra, Iceland and Switzerland). Continue reading

Are we nearly there yet?

earthThe Earth has a diameter of approximately 12,742 kilometres. Do you think that sounds big? It’s pretty big. In the 16th century, the crew of Magellan’s ship completed the first circumnavigation of the world. It took them more than 3 years, and Magellan himself died during the journey. But now the International Space Station does it every one and a half hours. Continue reading

Sex in the garden

dejeunersurlherbeYes, I thought that headline might grab your attention. This article is all about happiness. Continue reading

Live to 100 the Spanish way

spainhealthIf you’ve been following my series of articles looking at parts of the world where people live exceptionally long and healthy lives, you may have noticed that so far they have all been small countries or islands.

If you have any knowledge of probability theory and statistics, big red lights and alarm bells should be going off in your head, because there is a distinct possibility that these results are nothing more than statistical fluctuations and have no meaning at all. To make the study more robust, I need to look at larger countries. With a larger population, there’s much less chance of the longevity just being a statistical blip. Continue reading

Is the world getting better or worse?

glasshalffullAre you a glass half-full or a glass half-empty kind of person? An optimist or a pessimist?

At a personal level, we can choose whether to be optimistic or pessimistic about any situation that confronts us. Optimists tend to make the world a better place, because they believe they can. Pessimists tend not to, because they believe they can’t. But what about the bigger picture? Is the world in general getting better or worse? Continue reading

Live to 100 the Andorra way

andorraRecently I’ve been finding out why people live such long, healthy lives on the Greek Island of Ikaria and the Japanese island of Okinawa. This month I’m looking at the tiny country of Andorra, nestled between France and Spain. Continue reading