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The Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast is a weekly series of extended, one-to-one interviews, about human longevity. Hosted by Peter Bowes, leading scientists share their latest research into living a long and healthy life. We delve into the clinical trials and challenge new ideas. We also feature some remarkable people who have already mastered the art of aging. Hear about their insights into growing old, without feeling old, and the secrets of their longevity.


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The Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast is a weekly series of extended, one-to-one interviews, about human longevity. Hosted by Peter Bowes, leading scientists share their latest research into living a long and healthy life. We delve into the clinical trials and challenge new ideas. We also feature some remarkable people who have already mastered the art of aging. Hear about their insights into growing old, without feeling old, and the secrets of their longevity.




Bill Rawls | Looking after our cells to age well

Aging, according to Bill Rawls, MD, is the loss of functional cells as we go through life. An author and physician, Dr. Rawls is on a mission to elevate the importance of caring for the basic building blocks of our body. Our cells, he says, are the key to healthy longevity. The fourth generation physician, from Raleigh in North Carolina, confronted a mid-life health crisis of his own that transformed his view of personal wellness. He now focusses his energies on holistic health interventions...


Barrie Tan: Vitamin E for longevity

Choosing the most appropriate supplementation for optimum health and longevity can be a perplexing process. This episode is the first of a series, over the coming months, in which we will focus on a single nutrient and its importance for our every day health. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. It is important to maintain the immune system and cellular health. It is found in many foods but do our diets provide enough for our needs? Dr. Barrie Tan is a leading expert on vitamin E. A...


Nicklas Brendborg: Could we age backwards like jellyfish?

The search for the Fountain of Youth has intrigued and challenged scientists for centuries. Now, longevity is a buzzword - a multi-billion dollar industry with myriad interventions that could help us live longer and better. But are we any closer to fully understanding what it takes to extend healthy lifespan or healthspan? Nicklas Brendborg is a biotechnology researcher and the author of Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature's Secrets to Longevity. The Copenhagen-based PhD student explores, with a...


James R. Hagerty: Telling the stories of our lives

Telling the stories of long, healthy and productive lives is what we do here. We share insights into how people conduct themselves - the habits, hacks, lessons and learning curves that evolve over time. We hear about relationships, athletic adventures and career achievements - the highs and the lows of a life well-lived. One day, hopefully in the distant future, it will be obituary-time. A few paragraphs politely mentioning some of our milestones along with funeral arrangements and options...


Nathan Estrada: Balancing skills for longevity

Our balancing skills start to decline as early as our late 20s and our ability to balance is high on the list of things that determine our lifespan. Toppling over and requiring hospital treatment could signal the beginning of the end, in fact the leading cause of injury-related death for people 65 and over is falling. How often have you heard that an older person 'had a fall' and was never the same again? In this episode, Nathan Estrada, a physical therapist with Denver-based Nymbl Science,...


Alka Patel: A one-million-hour life

As we prepare to welcome 2023, what better time to kick start a new healthy longevity lifestyle. We're excited at LLAMA to continue our never ending journey of learning, with this inspiring conversation about living for a million hours. Have a wonderful New Year! Dr. Alka Patel is a London-based General Practitioner who believes that it is possible to live for well over a century, with targeted self-care and "compassionate lifestyle changes." In this interview Dr. Patel shares her wisdom...


Steve Hendricks: Fasting for optimum health and longevity

Of all the lifestyle interventions that could help us live longer and better, fasting has been hailed by some as the holy grail of health. It comes in many - and somewhat confusing - forms. From time restricted eating to intermittent fasting and longer term food deprivation, fasting has a long and fascinating history. Steve Hendricks is a freelance journalist and the author of The Oldest Cure in the World, Adventures in the Art and Science of Fasting. The book attempts to put into...


Nick Bitz: Can we live to 120?

An understanding of the hallmarks of aging is at the heart Dr. Nick Bitz's mission to achieve a long healthy life. The hallmarks are the functional mechanisms - such as mitochondrial health - that drive the aging process. The challenge is to identify how lifestyle interventions can be implemented to mitigate the decline in biological resilience of the human body. Dr. Bitz is a Los Angeles-based naturopathic doctor specializing in integrative medicine. He works alongside other medical...


Judith Sachs: Empowering people through movement

We are built to move. The human body thrives on it and relies on it to live life to the full. As we age, ailments and diseases can hinder our ability to get around, but it is never too late to nurture the body's fundamental urge to move. It can be extreme, repetitive and invigorating in nature, but even gentle movement also has the power to heal. Judith Sachs is the founder of Anyone Can Move, a program that promotes movement in all its forms - dancing, walking, swimming, as a tool to stay...


Anette Breindl: Is life extension a pipe dream?

Extending lifespan is the goal of many in the field of human longevity, with myriad companies developing pharmaceuticals to target the key biological markers of aging. But which interventions actually work? A team of researchers at BioWorld recently delved into the latest science to try to make sense of the many clinal trials focused on the biology of aging. Anette Breindl is a co-author of the magazine's special report on aging, which also explores whether the large sums of money going into...


Priscilla Long: Challenging toxic ageism

How often have you heard an older person refer to themselves as being so many "years young?" What about those who blame a "senior moment" for the occasional memory lapse? These are examples of what the writer Priscilla Long describes as "toxic ageism." Oftentimes, she argues, ageist attitudes are perpetuated by the very people who're thriving in old age, but for some reason, view being old as a state of mind or body to be disavowed. Priscilla is a prolific and award-winning author of...


Nick Engerer: Biohacking to optimize healthspan

Aspiring to live a long, healthy life is a universal goal of mankind. We are wired for survival and the latest longevity science is making it ever more realistic to reach a great age. Nick Engerer, founder of the Longevity Blog, is the ultimate healthy aging enthusiast. A triathlete and serial self-experimenter with the latest, science-based, lifestyle interventions, Nick and LLAMA's Peter Bowes recently teamed up to produce this podcast's first video episode. On a mission to defy jet lag,...


Getting a full night's sleep

Do you have a problem sleeping? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says insufficient sleep is a public health problem linked to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart problems, obesity, and depression. The implications for human longevity are obvious. So what can be done to get a better night's sleep - even if you think you've tried everything? The Silicon Valley startup, Koko Labs, has developed Full Sleep, a six-week program guided by artificial intelligence...


A Life Well Lived

As the world mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the Live Long and Master Aging podcast extends its deepest sympathies to members of the Royal Family and everyone who loved and respected the UK's longest-serving monarch. We want to pay our respects to the Queen in this, the 200th episode of LLAMA. She devoted her life to public service and, as King Charles noted, it was "a life well lived" - a phrase that resonates with the values and goals of our podcast. It accurately reflects the...


Nate Wilkins: Living an ageless lifestyle

Nate Wilkins is enjoying a remarkable journey through life. The 68-year-old functional aging specialist is the co-founder of Ageless Workout, a Miami-based health, healing and wellness company that seeks to bridge the gap between fitness and medicine. The goal is to help people of all ages achieve their maximum potential. It is based on a lifestyle that Nate and his partner, Shebah Carfagna, have adopted to create a "tribe mentality" to health and fitness. They are also co-authors of Ageless...


Bjørn Ekeberg: Targeted red light therapy to support recovery

Red light therapy is a popular treatment for skin health, muscle strength and even sleep quality. It involves exposing the body to low levels of red or near-infrared light. Considered safe, it is a form of therapy that is usually offered in a health practitioners' office or wellness center. The technology is also available for use at home. The Norwegian company, Recharge Health, has developed a device called FlexBeam, a non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive tool that uses targeted red light...


Kara Collier: My Day | My Life

Kara Collier is the director of nutrition at the metabolic health company, NutriSense. She is, by her own admission, obsessed with all things to do with personalized nutrition, metabolism, glucose, preventative health and longevity. My Day | My Life is a bite-sized supplement to the Live Long and Master Aging podcast. We explore the lives of people who have, in one way or another, mastered the art of aging. Whether it be through diet, exercise, mindfulness, spirituality, nutraceutical...


Alan Carpenter: How a brush with death inspired a new lifestyle

It could all end in a heartbeat. Sometimes life itself, with its unpredictable path, can be the biggest motivator to change us for the better. Take Alan Carpenter. He was a fit 66-year-old, enjoying a hike on the US Pacific Crest, when his life suddenly imploded. A dramatic fall led to a stay in hospital and a long period of recuperation. It also prompted him to reassess his state of health - not only physical, but his mental and emotional wellbeing. It led to years of research, analyzing...


Katie Waldegrave: Grow, learn and reinvent

More and more people are re-training rather than retiring as they age. Reinvention is the preferred option for some of today's boomers, who are enjoying good health and vitality. Not only are older people sharing the wisdom of their years with younger generations, many are discovering that they have the energy and enthusiasm to take on an entirely new career. Katie Waldegrave MBE is the co-founder of Now Teach, a UK-based charity which promotes the employment of older people as teachers....


Jatin Chaudhary: Hacking mitochondria to scale new heights

When Jatin Chaudhary set his sights on climbing the world's highest mountain, he knew he had to optimize his body's ability to operate in extreme conditions. The 43-year-old software development manager from India was aware that his chances of scaling Mt. Everest were diminishing every year and that he would benefit from the physical endurance abilities of a younger man. He dived into the data and investigated why Sherpas can perform at superhuman levels at altitude. He concluded that it was...