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LLAMA, an acronym for Live Long and Master Aging, is a podcast that explores the science and stories behind human longevity. Peter Bowes hosts a series of one-to-one interviews with world-renowned scientists, future thinkers and biohackers, all of whom have a common goal of figuring out how we can live longer and healthier. We also talk to inspiring individuals who have already mastered the art of aging. The LLAMA philosophy is that there is much can do to extend our natural healthspan or the length of time when we enjoy optimal health. We talk a lot about food, fasting, fitness and family.

LLAMA, an acronym for Live Long and Master Aging, is a podcast that explores the science and stories behind human longevity. Peter Bowes hosts a series of one-to-one interviews with world-renowned scientists, future thinkers and biohackers, all of whom have a common goal of figuring out how we can live longer and healthier. We also talk to inspiring individuals who have already mastered the art of aging. The LLAMA philosophy is that there is much can do to extend our natural healthspan or the length of time when we enjoy optimal health. We talk a lot about food, fasting, fitness and family.
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LLAMA, an acronym for Live Long and Master Aging, is a podcast that explores the science and stories behind human longevity. Peter Bowes hosts a series of one-to-one interviews with world-renowned scientists, future thinkers and biohackers, all of whom have a common goal of figuring out how we can live longer and healthier. We also talk to inspiring individuals who have already mastered the art of aging. The LLAMA philosophy is that there is much can do to extend our natural healthspan or the length of time when we enjoy optimal health. We talk a lot about food, fasting, fitness and family.

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Episodes

Lydia Bourouiba - How did I get this cold?

2/4/2019
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The sudden onset of a common cold or the flu can stop us in our tracks. Seasonal outbreaks of infectious diseases can be both debilitating and irritating, especially for those people who strive to live a healthy lifestyle. But are they inevitable? Lydia Bourouiba is the director of the Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her work involves trying to better understand the role that sneezes play in the spread of infections. She...

Duration:00:24:07

Timothy Lu - Synthetic biology to reprogram life

1/22/2019
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What if we could screen the body for early signs of disease by swallowing a tiny capsule, packed with futuristic diagnostic tools? Prof. Timothy Lu, a synthetic biologist at MIT, draws on his combined expertise in computer programming, electrical engineering, and microbiology, to envision as an entirely new way of practicing preventative medicine. The idea is that capsules packed with tiny electronics and genetically engineered living cells will eventually be used to spot health problems...

Duration:00:24:25

Bruce Chernof - Aging tactics for Gen-Xers and Millennials

1/14/2019
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The Beatles song, When I’m Sixty-Four, pays homage to the aging process and is a tribute to the value of enduring friendships. The light-hearted ditty encapsulates some of the values and aspirations of The SCAN Foundation, which focusses on improving the quality of health and life for older people. SCAN’s mission is to advance a coordinated and easily navigated system of high-quality services for older adults, preserving their dignity and independence. Bruce Chernof MD currently serves as...

Duration:00:35:04

Mathias Basner - improving sleep hygiene for better health

12/19/2018
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The cumulative effects of chronic sleep deprivation could be shortening our lives. There is evidence that killer diseases are more likely to occur if we get too little sleep over a prolonged period. One reason why we may not be getting enough shut-eye is excessive noise. Mathias Basner is Associate Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and President of the International Commission of Biological Effects of Noise. For...

Duration:00:37:39

Felice Gersh - avoiding stress and overwhelm to live longer

12/11/2018
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’Tis the season to be stressed, overwhelmed and chronically fatigued. There’s a festive thought. But that feeling of being swamped by to-do lists, meetings, appointments, shopping lists and good old daily chores, is not exclusive to the holiday season. We live connected lives - sharing, posting and liking - often at the expense of more wholesome activities such as spending quality time with loved ones or taking a quiet walk to nurture the soul. Stress is snapping at the heels of our daily...

Duration:00:24:37

Royce Smith - 76-year gym rat’s recipe for longevity

12/5/2018
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Royce Smith lifts weights with his gym buddies every morning at 5am. Then he goes to work - at one of two companies he runs - and puts in a full day in the office. He competes in obstacle course events like the Spartan Race, has a busy family life and at the age of 76, enjoys the best of health. What is his secret? In many ways Royce epitomizes a lifestyle that promotes a long health span. In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes the California businessman explains how he maintains...

Duration:00:24:03

Mark Figearo - Workout or die: Optimum fitness at 67

11/26/2018
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A decade ago Mark Figearo’s health was in such a perilous state that his doctors feared the worst. With a family history of heart problems the California businessman knew he had to take drastic action to reverse the inevitable decline in his health. Now aged 68, Mark works out five days a week and is a keen obstacle course racer. This is the second in our series of interviews at Results Fitness, in Newhall, California, featuring older athletes enjoying the best health of their lives. In this...

Duration:00:26:40

Rachel Cosgrove - obstacle race solution to mid-life fitness crisis

11/19/2018
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Rachel Cosgrove was always the coach and mentor that everyone in the gym looked up to. Lean, strong and successful she was the model, middle-aged athlete - a go-getter fitness coach who inspired her clients. But as Rachel turned forty she realized that she no longer had the body of an elite athlete. The co-owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, was putting on weight and becoming a mid-life "statistic”. What happened next is nothing short of remarkable. In this interview with...

Duration:00:39:44

Derek Herrera - living beyond the battlefield and building medical devices

11/12/2018
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When Captain Derek Herrera was shot by a sniper in Afghanistan his life was forever changed. Paralysed from the chest down, he left the military to embark on a new career in medical technology. He devoured the scientific literature to try to find solutions to the chronic disabilities he faced. One problem, neurogenic bladder dysfunction - an inability to control the bladder - mirrored the difficulties faced by millions of people with spinal injuries and other conditions such as Alzheimer’s...

Duration:00:31:54

Paul Irving - Aging in extraordinary times

11/5/2018
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Advancements in science and technology make it easier and more fulfilling to grow old. But Paul Irving, chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, says if we are to realize the “longevity dividend,” society must play a bigger role in promoting healthy and purposeful aging. Paul is also the chairman of Encore.org and distinguished scholar in residence at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. He says while medical breakthroughs make it possible to extend lifespans, older...

Duration:00:23:33

Paolo Narciso - growing old without money worries and poverty

10/29/2018
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Money worries in old age are an everyday concern for a huge number of senior citizens around the world. In the United States, one in seven live in poverty. It is an unacceptable number and Dr. Paulo Narciso, Vice President of Impact Areas for the AARP Foundation, is determined to reduce it. He and his colleagues are using financial technology to help vulnerable older adults save for unexpected expenses, and Voice Enabled AI to detect social isolation and improve social connectedness. Dr....

Duration:00:28:31

Maureen Feldman - making new friends as we get older

10/22/2018
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Maureen Feldman runs the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s (MPTF) Social Isolation Impact Project. The program brings together volunteers and entertainment veterans who are in need of some company. It may come as a surprise, but even in Hollywood, loneliness is at chronic levels amongst older adults. The project is working to unite isolated senior citizens with younger, like-minded professionals through its Daily Call Sheet. The service helps older film industry members make new friends. In...

Duration:00:21:12

Scott Kaiser - aging with dignity and purpose

10/15/2018
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Dr. Scott Kaiser is a practicing geriatrician at the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), a charitable organization that provides services, support, and assistance to the Hollywood community. As the MPTF’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Kaiser is committed to creating communities that support peoples' ability to live and age well, with dignity and purpose. A passionate advocate for the growing population of older adults, Dr. Kaiser bemoans what he calls “rampant agism within the medical...

Duration:00:27:30

Sean Vassilaros - providing answers for every biological question

10/11/2018
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Sean Vassilaros is the Chief Operating Officer with THREAD, a virtual research platform that helps researchers gather data for clinical research. The company has developed the concept of a virtual visit. It enables researchers to connect with patients and volunteers via a video chat instead of requiring them to attend on-site clinic visits. The idea is that it saves time and money over conventional ways to carry out research, but still produces reliable and secure data. In this LLAMA podcast...

Duration:00:23:58

Amy Morin - mental strength to master aging

10/3/2018
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Amy Morin is a psychotherapist and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. She has a unique perspective on the struggles and life-stopping events that can derail even those of us who are committed to living the best life possible. Her mother passed away from a brain aneurysm when Amy was 23. Three years on her 26-year-old husband died of a heart attack and a few years later, her father-in-law lost his battle with cancer. It was a personal journey that saw Amy write a letter...

Duration:00:29:03

Satchin Panda - embracing the circadian rhythm for better health

9/24/2018
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Satchin Panda is a professor at the Salk Institute and a founding executive member of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Panda is also the author of a new book, The Circadian Code, in which he explains his theory that our overall health and longevity is affected more by when we eat than what we eat. Timing, he says, is everything. Limiting the number of hours during which we consume our meals is pivotal to nurturing the body clock and could help...

Duration:01:13:56

Molly Maloof - continuous glucose monitoring to optimize health span

9/18/2018
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Molly Maloof is a medical doctor based in San Francisco, where she serves as the Head of Medical Science for Sano Intelligence, a company developing a real-time continuous glucose monitoring patch. Dr. Maloof is a strong proponent of using biomarkers, particularly glucose levels, which she describes as the “ultimate lifestyle biomarker,” as a tool to improve a person's health and nurture their longevity. By analyzing specific biomarkers, which also include vitamin D levels, sex hormone...

Duration:01:02:46

Carol Rosenstein - mending minds through the power of music

9/3/2018
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Carol Rosenstein is the cofounder of Music Mends Minds. Launched in Los Angeles, with her husband Irwin, the nonprofit organization creates musical groups for people with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and similar disorders.. Music is a universal language that bridges cultures, defies barriers and brings joy to our lives. However, for those with neurological conditions, music can do much more than elevate a person's mood. Some group members have demonstrated a level of coordination and...

Duration:00:33:39

Kerry Burnight - embracing mobile technology to combat loneliness among older adults

8/20/2018
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Dr. Kerry Burnight is the Chief Gerontologist at GrandPad, a company that designs simple and easy to use electronic tablets for people 75 and older. New technology presents a wealth of opportunities for connecting with others. Family members across the world can video chat from mobile phones at a moment's notice, and long-lost friends from elementary school can easily reconnect. But Dr. Burnight believes that for all mobile devices have added to the world, new technology is isolating...

Duration:00:50:34

Tracy McCubbin - living clutter-free for happier, healthier aging

8/13/2018
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Tracy McCubbin helps others declutter for a living. As we get older, many people find it hard to let go of stuff they've accumulated over the decades. But letting go is often a transformational experience. Tracy, through her Los Angeles-based company, dClutterfly, helps retirees prioritize essential items for the next phase in their lives, and advises the elderly on parting ways with items that simply no longer add value to their days. In her upcoming book, The Clutter Code, Tracy describes...

Duration:00:32:19