A closer look at those who forget to die

Want to discover the secrets to longevity?Ā GracefulĀ ageing is not simply about medical advancements and diet. While “food is thy medicine” and is crucial, evidence shows that sex, naps,Ā exercise, community, and a sense of purpose (also known as IkigaiĀ ) are also vital components to a long life.

Tune in toĀ the Journey To 100 livestream, aĀ world-exclusive conference that explores ideas for a new and sustainable approach to lifelong health, featuring leading experts in the field of health, nutrition, and wellness. Listen as theyĀ share their stories and expertise and help us to understand how we can live healthier, happier lives, from zero to 100 years old and beyond.

The one day event, which unfolded on June 30th, was co-curated by the Dandelion Foundation and James Maskell, founder of Evolution of Medicine, and hosted by beloved media medic Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, the BBCā€™s Doctor in the House.

Topics also covered includedĀ functional medicine, gene therapy, and Blue Zones, an anthropological concept that describesĀ the characteristic lifestyles and the environments of the world’s longest-lived people. The concept grew out of demographic work done by Michel Poulain, who is considered the Father of BlueZones. He was also on hand to give a talk. (I will be speaking more about Blue Zones in upcoming articles).

The day also launched aĀ 10-year project that aims to make Guernsey the first community in the world to break through the 100-year life expectancy barrier. Currently the self-governing countryĀ has the 10th highest life expectancy in the world (82.7 years). To put things in perspective, America ranks at 42 and is in decline.

Guernsey has the potential to show the world how preventative health care and a proactive approach to well-being could make it the first country to have an average life expectancy of 100.

“The event went brilliantly,” says Marc Winn, Co-Founder of The Dandelion Foundation.

So many people were inspired, challenged and motivated to get involved in the mission to have Guernsey become the Blue Zone of Blue Zones. By the end of the day what was a crazy idea to many seemed quite plausible and achievable.

Longevity Across The Pond

When I was initially invited to cover the longevityĀ conference organizers, the digital nomad in meĀ fell in love with the notion of traveling to the English Channels. Yet IĀ Ā could not justify going across the pond for just one day, even though the conference definitely resonated with me.

I shared my thoughts with Maskell, who put me in touch with Jason Prall, longevity & optimal health practitioner, who is producing an eight-partĀ series on Blue Zones and human longevity.

“There is so much talk about disease, I wanted to explore and focus on health and hopefully empower people,” says Prall.

As it turns out, Prall wasĀ experiencing some challenges with finding people in Ikaria, Greece, a remote island about 30 miles off the coast of Turkey that is also considered the No. 1 Blue Zone in the world.

Given my familiarity with Greece, I offered to help.Ā As it turns out, I now will be documenting their findings for HoneyColony and other publications, and have also helped set up some interviews for them in Italy and Greece.

These explorations into longevity complement my studies in functional medicine. For instance, a few months ago, I earned my certificate inĀ metabolomicsĀ after doing aĀ metabolomic panel in Athens in the summer of 2016 under the supervision ofĀ Dr. Dimitris Tsoukalas. (I will be taking follow up tests to see how my condition has improved.)

Zoinks! The Qualms Of Travel

Traveling this much ā€“Ā despite my many years of experience living out of suitcases Ā ā€“Ā Ā has madeĀ me nervous! For one, Iā€™ve finally got a good grip on my health, having reversed my ANAĀ levels, and I donā€™t want to put that at risk. Secondly, given myĀ multiple chemical sensitivities, IĀ have become a canaryĀ environmental indicator like the bees.Ā I suspect I am still dealing with infections and a compromised liver.

However, I refuse to be paralyzed by fear. I am being proactive! I am trusting in epigeneticsĀ and theĀ power of my beliefs. For instance, I am bringing myĀ molecular hydrogen, my must-have on-the-go essentials travel kit, and a charcoal mask to combatĀ aerotoxic syndromeĀ on the many planes I will be flying in. I am even bringing along the newĀ porta squattyĀ and aĀ travel enema bagĀ withĀ organic coffee. Plus, I figure Iā€™ll be fine once I reach the island of Icaria, Greece, where people seem to forget to die!

I used to think and believe that my body was attacking itself. Today, I believe that our conviction and bodies are capable of amazing things. You would never guess by looking at me that I am a 44-year-old, who has been literally run over by a Ford Explorer and dragged 49 feet. And then, years later, exposed to pesticides on three different occasions before being diagnosed with the autoimmune condition LupusĀ and Fibromyalgia.

I plan to live a long healthy life.Ā I stand (and fortunately walk) for inspiration and for what is possible. Ā Join me on the journey!

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