Archive Yearly Archives: 2017

Do Calorie Restriction, Fasting, and the Ketogenic Diet Have the Same Anti-Aging Effect?

Calorie restriction (CR) is the most robust and effective life-extension intervention known, and intermittent fasting shows great promise in life extension as well. (I’ve written extensively about

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Dietary Carbohydrates Promote Aging

Dietary carbohydrates are usually thought of as healthy or at worst benign, and current dietary guidelines suggest eating plenty of carbohydrates, especially grains. But are carbohydrates really healthy

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The Risks of Excess Medical Treatment

Medical treatment by a doctor is not risk-free. In an ideal world, medical diagnosis would be perfect and treatment would be appropriate for the patient’s condition, and without adverse side effects.

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Iron-Induced Cell Death: Ferroptosis

As I wrote about in my book Dumping Iron, excess body iron stores are implicated in many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as in aging itself. Among the other diseases that

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The Myth of 8 Hours Sleep

How much sleep do you need? Probably less than you think, or were given to believe. Let’s examine the myth of 8 hours sleep. Sleep and death rates Lack of sleep causes health problems, ranging from

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Guest Post: The Dangers of Estrogen Dominance in Men

The Dangers of Estrogen Dominance in Men by Sean Ward Males are biologically made to produce testosterone at a higher level than women. However, thanks to our modern society, and our tendency to adopt

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Chew Your Own Food

Could there be a connection between having to chew food and health? Is “chew your own food” a dictum that will improve your health and life expectancy? Let’s take a look. The concept

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Vegetable Oils Cause Insulin Resistance

In some recent articles, we’ve seen that vegetable oils cause obesity, heart disease, promote male infertility and aging, and are just generally bad news. In this article we’ll look at the

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Guest Post: How Lifting Weights Transformed My Life

A reader in Sweden asked me, unsolicited, if I would like to publish his story about what lifting weights has done for him. I’m glad I said yes, it’s a great article that shows how getting

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Drop Sets in Resistance Training

High-intensity weight training differs from traditional resistance training in that it involves performing a set to momentary muscular failure, that is, the point at which the weight or resistance can’t

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Magnesium Decreases Death Rates

Magnesium is a mineral (a metal) that the body requires for over 300 different biological reactions, and in fact virtually every living organism requires it. While we ingest magnesium in food, the evolutionarily

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Vegetable Oils Cause Obesity

Researchers debate the fundamental causes of the obesity epidemic, and dietary changes are the most likely reasons. But which changes? Experts have pointed their fingers at sugar, refined carbs, excess

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Exercise Prevents Cancer

Exercise prevents cancer, an idea which is one of the main themes of my book Muscle Up. How much does it lower the risk? A recent meta-analysis found up to 42% less risk for 10 different cancers, including

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Health Screening Is Ineffective and May Cause Harm

Health screening is the practice of checking someone for health conditions he or she may not know about. In other words, health screening means medically examining an apparently healthy person, instead

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Knowledge and Action Are Needed to Change

Both knowledge and action are needed for change. What does that mean exactly? If you want to change, you must know the right steps to take, but you must also be willing to put that knowledge into action.

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Are Antidepressants Placebos?

Antidepressant drugs are now taken by around 11% of Americans over the age of 12, though that could be an underestimate. Women are more likely to take them, and almost one quarter of American women in

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The Current Prospects of Extending Lifespan

I’ve written extensively on anti-aging and life extension, and I’ve put into practice many of the methods I’ve written about. Yet, what are the current prospects of extending lifespan?

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Vegetarians Don’t Live Longer

A vegetarian diet is widely thought to be healthy. Bias in favor of it is pervasive, given that for several decades the health establishment has denigrated meat and saturated fat as causing heart disease

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