Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression

While mental health experts warn about depression as a global epidemic, other researchers are discovering ways we trigger our natural production of happy chemicals that keep depression at bay, with surprising results. All you need to do is get your fingers dirty and harvest your own food.
In recent years I’ve come across two completely independent bits of research that identified key environmental triggers for two important chemicals that boost our immune system and keep us happy – serotonin and dopamine. What fascinated me as a permaculturist and gardener were that the environmental triggers happen in the garden when you handle the soil and harvest your crops.
Getting down and dirty is the best ‘upper’ – Serotonin
Getting your hands dirty in the garden can increase your serotonin levels – contact with soil and a specific soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of serotonin in our brain according to research. Serotonin is a happy chemical, a natural anti-depressant and strengthens the immune system. Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression.
Ironically, in the face of our hyper-hygienic, germicidal, protective clothing, obsessive health-and-safety society, there’s been a lot of interesting research emerging in recent years regarding how good dirt is for us, and dirt-deficiency in childhood is implicated in contributing to quite a spectrum of illnesses including allergies, asthma and mental disorders.
At least now I have a new insight into why I compulsively garden without gloves and have always loved the feeling of getting my bare hands into the dirt and compost heap.
Harvest ‘High’ – Dopamine
Another interesting bit of research relates to the release of dopamine in the brain when we harvest products from the garden. The researchers hypothesise that this response evolved over nearly 200,000 years of hunter gathering, that when food was found (gathered or hunted) a flush of dopamine released in the reward centre of brain triggered a state of bliss or mild euphoria. The dopamine release can be triggered by sight (seeing a fruit or berry) and smell as well as by the action of actually plucking the fruit.
The contemporary transference of this brain function and dopamine high has now been recognised as the biological process at play in consumers addiction or compulsive shopping disorder. Of course the big retail corporations are using the findings to increase sales by provoking dopamine triggers in their environments and advertising.
I have often remarked on the great joy I feel when I forage in the garden, especially when I discover and harvest the ‘first of the season’, the first luscious strawberry to ripen or emergence of the first tender asparagus shoot. (and yes, the photo is my hand plucking a deliciously sweet strawberry in my garden) I have also often wondered why I had a degree of inherent immunity to the retail-therapy urges that afflict some of my friends and acquaintances. Maybe as a long-term gardener I’ve been getting a constant base-load dopamine high which has reduced the need to seek other ways to appease this primal instinct. Though, I must admit with the benefit of hindsight, I now have another perspective on my occasional ‘shopping sprees’ at local markets buying plants for the garden.
Of course dopamine responses are triggered by many other things and is linked with addictive and impulsive behaviour. I suppose the trick is to rewire our brains to crave the dopamine hit from the garden and other more sustainable pursuits and activities. As a comment on PlanetDrum stated, “all addiction pathways are the same no matter what the chemical. As long as you feel rewarded you reinforce the behavior to get the reward.”
So in other words it all comes down to the fact that we can’t change our craving nature but we CAN change the nature of what we crave.
Strengthening the Case for Organic
Glyphosate residues deplete your Serotonin and Dopamine levels
Of course, for all of the above to work effectively and maintain those happy levels of serotonin and dopamine, there’s another prerequisite according to another interesting bit of research I found.  It appears it will all work much better with organic soil and crops that haven’t been contaminated with Roundup or Glyphosate-based herbicides. This proviso also extends to what you eat, so ideally you’ll avoid consuming non-organic foods that have been grown in farmland using glyphosates.
A recent study in 2008 discovered that glyphosate, the active ingredient of Roundup, depletes serotonin and dopamine levels in mammals.  Contrary to Monsanto claims, glyphosate and other Roundup ingredients do perpetuate in the environment, in soil, water, plants and in the cells and organs of animals.  One study found glyphosate residues in cotton fabric made from Roundup-ready GM cotton can absorb into the skin and into our nervous and circulatory systems.
No wonder there’s so much depression around, and stress, and all the addictions and compulsive disorders in the pursuit of feeling good. I think back on when I moved to Sydney in 1984 for a few years and was contacting community centres in the inner west to see if there was interest in permaculture or gardening classes. A very terse social worker snapped at me “listen dear, we don’t need gardening classes, we need stress therapy classes”, and promptly hung up on me with a resounding “Huh!” when I replied that gardening was the best stress therapy I knew.

So enjoy the garden, fresh organic food and make sure you have fun playing in the dirt on a regular basis.

Written by Robyn Francis.

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Anti-Aging Medicine

What is Anti-Aging Medicine?

Anti-aging medicine has emerged in recent times promising increased longevity with improved quality of life. Anti-aging physicians believe that most illnesses associated with aging can be prevented, or at least slowed, through optimal cellular health. Their techniques are nutrition, physical fitness and a range of complementary therapies. They frequently prescribe nutritional supplements , including vitamins, minerals, botanical medicines and natural hormones.

Inhibition of aging is a vast area and a thorough treatment of the subject is beyond the scope of this site. However these pages can aid in the development of a personal anti-aging program and provide a springboard to further longevity research.

 

Why do we age?

Longevity research does provide many theories of aging and we can divide these into two general categories; random events (damage theories) and program theories. Here is some of the scientific thinking on the subject:

Random Events

  • Cross-linkage theory posits that cross-links between protein molecules (caused by free radicals) hamper flexibility of tissues and choke off nutrient supply and waste removal.
  • Errors and repairs theory states that accumulated damage to DNA results in coding errors that cause biosynthesis of flawed proteins.
  • Mitochondrial theory of aging holds that cumulative free-radical damage to mitochondrial DNA impairs cellular energy production, leading to organ failure and accelerated aging.

Program Theories

  • Hayflick limit theory based on the classic observation that human fibroblasts in tissue culture always divide about 50 times and then suddenly stop proposes that cellular aging depends on an internal clock.
  • Waste accumulation theory postulates that cellular garbage including lipofuscin age pigments and other toxic debris builds up in the cell, gradually interfering with normal functioning and eventually killing it.
  • Autoimmune theory postulates that an aging immune system gradually loses its ability to distinguish between self and other and then generates auto-antibodies that attack host tissues.
  • Calorie restriction theory holds that lifespan can be extended by restricting caloric intake while maintaining proper nutrition.
  • Neuroendocrine theory holds that declining levels of key anti-aging hormones lead to decline and death.

In addition, here are over 600 papers on “theories of aging” from Pub Med®, a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLMTM).

 

How can we prevent aging?

Longevity research has revealed one proven anti-aging method to slow aging and extend lifespan in mammals: caloric restriction of a nutrient-rich diet. obat perangsang wanita Longevity research has demonstrated this to work in rats and mice, and it is now being studied in monkeys. While no anti-aging therapies have been shown to retard aging, there is a body of scientific evidence suggesting that they have this ability.

For an objective overview of biomedical longevity research and the anti-aging industry, read the written testimony of Robert N. Butler, M.D. (PDF), President and CEO, International Longevity Center – USA and Professor of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; given before the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

 

What can we do about the aging problem?

The accelerating pace of scientific and technological development in our time gives birth to a brilliantly intelligent, forward looking and dare I say visionary thinking called Strategies For Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS).

SENS is an ambitious blueprint for the ASAP conquest of aging created by Dr. Aubrey D. N. J. de Grey of Cambridge University. If you are new to the anti-aging area or have not read of Aubrey de Grey and his work, it is imperative that you do so.

 

What people are saying about Dr. Aubrey D. N. J. de Grey

“de Grey has emerged as one of the boldest thinkers and organizers in the science of aging, whose ideas have begun to influence a whole generation of biologists, even as they make rapid strides toward understanding that universal curse.” – Fortune

“In the world of biologists who study aging, de Grey makes his mark by thinking and acting like the software engineer he originally trained to be.” – Science of Aging Knowledge Environment

“Aubrey is a cross between Svengali and a Methodist firebrand preacher, and yes, he can drive you up the wall. But in science, people like him are far too rare.” – Popular Science

“de Grey has achieved international renown and more than a little notoriety in the field of aging, not only for the boldness of his theories, but also because of the forcefulness of his proselytizing on their behalf. His stature has become such that he is a factor to be dealt with in any serious discussion of the topic.” – MIT’s Technology Review

You will be seeing more of Dr. de Grey as the anti-aging movement takes off. Here is some background information on Dr. de Grey and his plan: Talking SENS – The Beginning Of The End Of Aging? (PDF file).

Here is another article about Dr. de Grey in Popular Science magazine.

Anti-Aging Medicine & Science Blog reports on SENS news and information. Furthermore, it will be reporting “live” from Fitzpatrick Lecture Hall at Queens’ College, Cambridge for the duration of the Second SENS Conference: September 7-11, 2005.

 

The M Prize

The Methuselah Mouse Prize is the premiere effort of The Methuselah Foundation; a scientific competition designed to draw attention to the ability of new technologies to slow and even reverse the damage of the aging process, preserving health and wisdom in a world that sorely needs it. A financial prize will be awarded to the research team that breaks the record for the world’s oldest mouse. Once healthy life-extension is demonstrated in mice, the attitude that “aging is inevitable” will no longer be possible and will give way to an all-out “war on aging”. The funding necessary to develop human interventions will then be made available. The Prize employs the ancient incentives of competition, money and fame to harness the power of human ingenuity to fight an ancient problem. Will it work? With your help, it cannot fail.

Anti-Aging Events

The Science of Aging Learning Environment (SAGE KE) has dozens of aging related meetings and events on their calendar.


Whether you are looking to expand your practice capabilities, or just want to stay current with the latest news, treatments and protocols in anti-aging, age maintenance and aesthetic medicine, this site should be your first stop. Its your guide to our upcoming the Integrative Medicine for Anti-Aging conferences in Las Vegas – May 12-15, and Palm Beach – October 21-23, as well as a resource for up-to-date articles and other information so you can stay abreast of the latest scientific findings in integrative and alternative medicine, hormone therapy compound pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements.

Conference Update

The Integrative Medicine for Anti-Aging Conferences are designed to provide evidence-based clinical instruction to serve the needs of your patients and offer growth opportunities to build your practice. The overall theme of the spring Las Vegas program is Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Age-Related Diseases: the fall Palm Beach symposium will take that theme a step further, examining Mens and Womens Health -Gender-specific Conditions. In addition to focused seminars covering the latest techniques and protocols in these areas, the schedule features three in-depth tracks to help enhance your practice:

Aesthetic Medicine Hormone Replacement Therapy and Modulation Integrative Medicine: Protocols & Best Practice Guidelines

All topics and speakers are scrutinized by our blue-ribbon peer review planning committee to ensure valid scientific content and speaker qualifications..


Does anti-aging medicine exist yet? Certainly not in the sense in which the word “medicine” is normally used, i.e. therapies that cure people of the condition from which they are suffering. The therapies that we have today to combat some of the effects of aging are valuable, but a genuine anti-aging medical treatment will be incomparably more valuable, as it will restore elderly people to the physical and mental vitality of their youth — and keep them youthful thereafter. It is therefore essential to be aware that these more powerful therapies are not nearly so far in the future as one might think. In this talk I will discuss the details of some of the components of a foreseeable panel of true rejuvenation therapies and explain why it is likely that, with the proper commitment and funding, this panel can be implemented in mice in just ten years from now and in humans in only 15-20 years thereafter.

Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), Second Conference – You are cordially invited to participate in the second Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) conference, which will be held from 7-11 September 2005 at Queens’ College, Cambridge.

The purpose of the SENS conference series, like all the SENS initiatives (such as the journal Rejuvenation Research and the Methuselah Mouse Prize), is to expedite the development of a true cure for human aging by tackling it as an engineering problem: enumerating the accumulating molecular and cellular changes that eventually kill us, and identifying ways to repair — reverse — those changes, rather than merely to slow down their further accumulation.

Over 35 illustrious speakers are already confirmed. The provisional schedule for the conference is here.

SENS 2 will therefore continue and extend the superlative quality of the inaugural SENS conference held in 2003. The calibre of that meeting can be seen from the list of abstracts, the online audio recordings of the talks, and most of all from the proceedings volume, which was published as volume 1019 of the prestigious Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. We anticipate that the proceedings of SENS 2 will also be published there. The meeting will comprise invited talks, short oral presentations of submitted abstracts, and poster sessions. There will be no concurrent sessions. Talks will take place in the Fitzpatrick Lecture Hall. Poster sessions will take place in the conservatory adjacent to the bar, with the customary free alcohol. The conference will also feature the traditional punting on the Cam: an hour on the Backs for the faint-hearted and an afternoon or evening trip to Grantchester for the rest of us. All questions should be directed to the main organiser, Aubrey de Grey.


Cambridge Healthtech Institute organizes over 50 biomedical conferences each year.


100s of conferences, seminars and meetings at Agriculture Network Information Center.


Would your organization like to list your conference or seminar on our site? Credible events related to anti-aging medicine and longevity research will be listed here free of charge. Email details to frank@anti-ageing.us


Past Events

The Foreseeability of Real Anti-Aging Medicine: A survey of relevant biotechnology and likely timeframes with Aubrey de Grey, PhD. Cambridge University – Developer of Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence(SENS) Tuesday, Feb 15 12:30 – 1:30 pm University of Alberta, Location: MS-227 (Medical Sciences Building 114 St – 87 Ave)
Introduction by: Kevin Perrott, Outreach Coordinator

Living to 100 and beyond – Society of Actuaries International Symposium, 12-14 January 2005, Hilton Hotel – Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando, Florida – Actuaries, demographers, gerontologists, MDs, and scientists from three continents will be among the presenters addressing advanced age survival and its implications at the second international Living to 100 and beyond: survival at advanced ages symposium

The Second International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibtion Centre on March 18, 19 & 20 2005 – The International Research Centre for Healthy Ageing and Longevity (IRCHAL) would like to invite you to participate in the 2nd International Conference on Healthy Ageing & Longevity, which embraces the notion that Healthy Ageing can be Achieved. The Conference will cover the three areas of Research, Policy and Clinical Practice.

The 4th International Anti Aging Conference will take place in London at the prestigious 5 star Hilton Hotel on Park Lane from the 2nd to 4th September 2004. Once again it will attract hundreds of physicians and individuals from around the world, all of whom are seriously interested and committed to healthy aging and life extension.

We are pleased to announce that the 1st Anti-Ageing Conference London will be held at the historic Royal College of Organists from September 10th-11th 2004. The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity to update delegates with academic, scientific and clinical knowledge as well as facilitating networking with other members of the medical and scientific community worldwide.

Integrative Medical Therapeutics for Anti-Aging Conference & Exposition Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Florida, September 12-13, 2004.

The Cleveland Clinic NanoMedicine Summit 2004 will take place Oct. 25-26 at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center Cleveland. The event will kickoff Cleveland NANO Week and is being presented in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, Cornell University and the Maple Fund. The summit will offer insight from top nanotechnology experts and draw biomedical researchers and leading practitioners in the fields of cardiology, neurology, oncology and orthopedics.

Integrative Medical Therapeutics for Anti-Aging Conference and Exposition – 12th International Conference on Anti-Aging and Biomedical Technologies Miami Beach Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada USA, October 28 – 31, 2004. At the Integrative Medical Therapeutics for Anti-Aging, you can learn about the impending breakthroughs that will take mankind to new dimensions in longevity, and more important, extend quality of life.

The Third CR Society Conference will be held at The Howard Johnson Riverfront Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina USA. The Conference will run from Thursday November 4 through Sunday November 7, 2004. There will be a welcoming reception/registration on Wednesday Nov. 3 afternoon/evening – exact time and place to be announced. At the Third Annual Conference of the CR Society, you can discuss the CR nutrition program with pioneering practitioners and discuss CR science with such distinguished CR researchers as Dr. Luigi “Calorie restriction and aging in humans” program; famed exercise physiologist Dr. John O. Holloszy, whose research on the interface of CR and exercise has been seminal; emeritus director of the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Aging Research and Education Center (AREC) Dr. Edward J. Masoro; and Dr. Mark P. Mattson, Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging and investigator of the benefits of alternate-day fasting. Be there, as they reveal the latest advances in the science and practice of the best-backed anti-aging technology!

57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America – November 19th-23rd, 2004 (Exhibit Dates: November 19-22, 2004) Washington, DC USA Marriott Wardman Park and the Omni Shoreham Hotels

2004 Phoenix Conference on Longevity Health Sciences: This collaborative conference brings together some of the best minds in the field of longevity science and medicine. The intent is to cover the complete spectrum and explore the links between the latest basic gerontological research and the practice of longevity medicine. December 8-11, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

12th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine 2004 – December 2-5, 2004 – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Heavy Metal Detoxification, Anti-Aging Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery, Medi Spas / Aesthetic Medicine, Laboratory Biomarkers Diagnosis, Regenerative / Rejuvenative Medicine, Obesity Drugs & Surgical Interventions, MRI / PET / CT Radiology Update, HBOT & Neurorejuvenation, Adult Sports & Athletic Rehab, Heavy Metal Detoxification, Thyroid / Adrenal / Insulin / Testosterone.

On the 14th-16th December 2004, Dubai will host the first congress focused on anti-aging medicine to be held in the Middle East. The programme of this annual event is based on one key premise – to make an impact on healthcare in the world by focusing on the degenerative diseases of aging. Diseases including heart disease, cancer, adult-onset diabetes, stroke, high-blood pressure, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disease, glaucoma and Alzheimer’s.

12th Annual Congress of Anti-Aging Medicine 2004 – August 20-22, 2004 Hyatt Regency, Chicago USA

Plant Senescence and Programmed Cell Death – Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA USA, June 27 – July 2, 2004

Third Asia Pacific Conference and Exhibition – June 24-27, 2004 Singapore.

First International Stem Cell Action Conference – This conference inaugurates an international grassroots movement of patients, their families and friends, scientists, and others who support stem cell research to find cures. This conference will be held at the University of California in Berkeley California, just across the bay from San Francisco. The conference will take place in the beautiful Pauley Ballroom on campus, on the first weekend in June: June 5-6, 2004. (There is no fee to attend this conference.)

Second International Conference Active Aging: An Integral Approach – Havana, Cuba, May 17 to 21, 2004. The NGO, Caribbean Medical Association (CMA) invites its members and all individuals and organizations interested in the theme of longevity and the improvement of the quality of life, to attend the second international event devoted to the health and longevity of humankind in the 21st century.

The Middle East’s first annual Anti-Aging Conference and Exhibition will to take place in Dubai April 19-21, 2004. Organized by Streamline Marketing Communications in association with the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine, this exciting new event will attract the world’s most progressive specialists and medical professionals from every medical discipline to be educated in the latest approaches and treatments in human aging. To complement the 3-day conference, a comprehensive exhibition will showcase a wide variety of products, services and treatments related to the anti-aging field.

2003 Phoenix Conference on Longevity Health Sciences: This collaborative conference brings together some of the best minds in the field of longevity science and medicine. The intent is to cover the complete spectrum and explore the links between the latest basic gerontological research and the practice of longevity medicine. December 11-14 at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Webcast: Is Aging a Disease? What holds the key to aging well? Is it an understanding of the diseases and conditions that afflict us as we get older or understanding aging itself? Join us as Rick Moody and Art Caplan debate what aging is and the impact its definition has on the research and discoveries that can unlock the secrets to a healthier old age. January 22, 2004, 11am EST.

International Conference on Longevity – March 5-7, 2004 Sydney, Australia.

Anti-Aging World Conference 2004: AntiAging Medicine, Aesthetic Dermatology and Surgery – March 19-21, 2004 in Paris, France.

Health-IT World Conference + Expo takes place March 30 – April 1, 2004 at Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA 02115, USA, 617-954-2000.

Nutrition and Healthy Ageing – BSRA Annual Scientific Meeting: London 30th July 2003 Venue: Wellington Hotel, 71-72 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA. In conjunction with the Ageing Gut workshop

Latest Advances In Cosmetic Procedures Workshop: The goal of this workshop is to provide a basic understanding of the science of Intense Pulsed LightTM and lasers, and to render a clear understanding of the potential business opportunities offered by the use of these technologies. August 23, 2003, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Phoenix, Arizona. Consult their search engine in the web page Conferences and Workshops area for many other venues worldwide.

10th Congress International Association of Biomedical Gerontology – Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence: Sept 19-23, 2003 Queens College, Cambridge UK

National Osteoporosis Foundation Annual Meeting: October 11-13, 2003 Washington, DC

The 1st International Conference on The Integrative Medical Approach to the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease: October 10-12, 2003 Wyndham Buttes Resort, Tempe (Phoenix), Arizona

The 4th Annual Age Boom Academy November 9-14, 2003 is an intensive week-long seminar designed to deepen journalists’ understanding of the unprecedented increase in average life expectancy known as the longevity revolution. Sessions are based at the ILC-USA’s headquarters in New York City. Participants also travel to related sites in the metropolitan area.

10th Annual Meeting of The Oxygen Society: November 20-24, 2003 in Seattle, Washington, USA. Contact Information: The Oxygen Society (925) 472-5904, E-mail: info@oxygensociety.org

2nd Asia Pacific Anti-Ageing Conference and Exhibition 2003 June 26-29, 2003: Singapore’s vision is to be the global hub for bio-medical sciences in Asia.

The 4th annual Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC 2003) is organized by the not-for-profit Open Bioinformatics Foundation. The meeting will take place June 27-28, 2003 in Brisbane, Australia and is one of several special Interest Group (SIG) meetings occuring in conjunction with the 11th International Confernce on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology.

Beyond Genome – Conference: June 15-19, 2003 | Exhibit Dates: June 17-19, 2003

Diet and Optimum Health Conference May 21-24 2003 Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Contact Information: The Linus Pauling Institute (541) 737-5075, Fax: (541) 737-5077, E-mail: lpi@orst.edu

ClickZ Weblog Business Strategies 2003 Conference & Expo June 9-10, 2003 in Boston MA USA is the first business-oriented forum to address the recent emergence of Weblogs into the business world and their rising importance as a medium of communication. This conference will bring together Webloggers who are pioneers, experts, and technologists. Together, they will present the latest developments, strategies, and success stories behind what is now becoming known as the Business Blog, or B-Blog for short.

9th Annual Meeting of The Oxygen Society November 20-24, 2002 Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas USA.

Information professionals, life scientists, and bioinformaticians are challenged by the unprecedented amount of data being generated by the sequencing of the human genome and the genomes of other organisms. CAS is hosting a free, live e-Seminar on September 26, 2002 focused on sequence searching in Registry on STN. Also see the e-seminar archive.

Anti-Aging Drug Discovery & Development Summit to Feature Latest Applications to Slow Biological Aging, Prevent Aging Disease and Improve Longevity October 15-16, 2002 San Francisco, California USA.

Anti-Aging Conference & Exposition: December 5-8, 2002 at The Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada USA.

The 3rd Annual Monte Carlo Anti-Aging Conference and Exposition at Monte Carlo Grand Hotel, Principality of Monaco, September 6-7, 2002

GPC VII CONFERENCE – Genes, Proteins and Computers VII is an international conference bringing together all those with an interest in using computers to solve problems relating to genomics and proteomics. September 11-13, 2002 Southampton University, Southampton, UK.

The Buck Symposium September 24-27, 2002 Buck Institute, Novato, California is designed to reflect timely and current advances in the field of aging, and aims to bring together researchers from a wide variety of disciplines to discuss and challenge major issues in aging research. The Symposium will focus on the relationship between neuro-endocrine signaling, metabolism, stress response and aging; the conservation of aging processes between invertebrates and mammals; and the molecular and biochemical mechanisms of aging. Through bringing together investigators from diverse backgrounds, the Buck Symposium on Aging aims at stimulating critical testing of current models of aging.

Fundamentals of Ageing – Science Symposium at the British Pharmaceutical Conference, in association with the British Society for Research on Ageing. 23rd September 2002.

The 2002 Longevity Bootcamp: Anti-Aging Super Conference – A 2-Day Anti-Aging and Life Extension Workshop.

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Anti-Aging Organizations

As a national, tax-exempt health organization, the American Aging Association was formed in 1970 and is comprised of both laymen and scientists who share a common interest in the aging process and its consequences. AGE was organized and established at a seminal time in the development of modern biological research. It provided a venue for scientists to exchange data about the biology of aging and provided a forum for students and new colleagues brought into the field to exchange new ideas about the basic mechanism of the aging process. The American Aging Association has served a formative role in helping to give birth to this discipline.

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine is an organization with a membership of 12,000 physicians and scientists from 60 countries, dedicated to the advancement of therapeutics related to the science of longevity medicine.

The Academy of Anti-Aging Research  provides a global Internet community that supports education and longevity research for health care professionals dedicated to the field of anti-aging medicine.

Established in 1987, The Oxygen Society is a professional organization comprised of over 1,200 scientists, researchers and clinicians with an interest in the field of free radical biology, chemistry and medicine. The association is the North and South American affiliate chapter of the International Society for Free Radical Research.

German Society of Anti-Aging Medicine (German language only)

Calorie Restriction (CR) Society is a group of people dedicated to the pursuit of the CR diet. What is the CR diet you ask? First off, it is not a weight loss program – the goal is not to shed a few pounds. Instead, the goal is to eat fewer calories, while maintaining proper nutrition, and by doing so achieve a longer and healthier life.

The European Academy for Quality of Life and Longevity Medicine (EAQUALL) is located in Brussels, Belgium. Created and directed by Thierry Hertoghe MD, EAQUALL informs health professionals about Hormone Replacement Therapy. They present seminars in several countries and in three languages.

Life Extension and Control of Ageing Program: Presenting a systematic program for long-range health – one which is based on the life-extension sciences. This includes practical applications and a research strategy. Subjects – health, life-extension, ageing (aging), disease prevention, the life-extension approach to medicine, and related topics.

The Institute for the Study of Aging, Inc. (ISOA) is a private biomedical venture philanthropy dedicated to catalyzing and funding drug discovery and drug development research in cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease. ISOA funds drug discovery research in both academia and in biotechnology companies, in the United States and internationally. ISOA is led by an internal scientific team that proactively seeks and assists investigators to develop research projects focused on drug discovery for cognitive aging and Alzheimers disease.

The National Ageing Research Institute Incorporated was opened in June 1994. Previously known as the National Research Institute of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, the Institute is located in Melbourne Australia.

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations is a coalition of national nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America’s older population and committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena

Since 1981, the American Federation for Aging Research has helped scientists begin and further careers in aging research and geriatric medicine. Our mission is to promote healthier aging through biomedical research. In 2002, AFAR awarded $7.6 million to some 200 junior faculty, fellows and students. They also support an educational

The Longevity Meme is a California-based non-profit organization, founded in mid-2001. Our goal is to encourage achievable technologies, lifestyles and other means that will help people live comfortably, healthily and capably for as long as they desire, well beyond the current limits of mortality.

Founded by authoritative research and public organizations of Russia, the Science of Longevity Foundation, which incorporates many talented Russian scientists, focuses on the following top priority activities:

  • assistance to scientifically substantiated projects aimed at the progress of scientific sophistication in the sphere of extension of human life span;
  • cooperation with biotechnological institutions;
  • assistance to medical institutions, research laboratories and groups;
  • initiation of research challenging hereditary and incurable diseases;
  • support of projects aimed at the development of medical preparations and food supplements that can extend fully functional human life;
  • participation in charity and humanitarian projects

In 1974, Congress granted authority to form the National Institute on Aging to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary federal agency on Alzheimer&#8217s disease research.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration On Aging has a central source for links to web sites on areas of interest in aging.

The private, not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research is the nation’s leading citizen advocacy organization for improving the health and independence of Americans as they age. The Alliance was founded in 1986 to promote medical and behavioral research into the aging process. Since then, and as the explosion of the Senior Boom approaches, the Alliance has become the voice for Baby Boomer health by developing, implementing and advocating programs in research, professional and consumer health education and public policy.

The Ellison Medical Foundation supports research on Aging and Global Infectious Disease. The foundation wishes to stimulate new creative research that might not be funded by traditional sources or that is often under-funded in the U.S.

The mission of the International Society for Healthy Aging Research and Education (ISHARE) is to create an extensive community of practitioners, researchers and laypersons interested in supporting research and improving practice in longevity medicine.

Kronos Longevity Research Institute (KLRI): Our mission is to perform and foster clinical translational research aimed at healthier human longevity and communicate results to the professional and lay communities.

The International Society for the Study of the Aging Male (ISSAM) was formed and incorporated in the United Kingdom in 1997 with the objective of promoting research, study and education on all matters relating to men’s health after the age of 30. The Society aims to encourage physicians and other health-care professionals to understand male illness in the context of the aging process as a whole and to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to caring for male patients. More specifically, the Society sets out to promote the concept of healthy aging. Society’s official journal, The Aging Male

The NanoAging Institute provides information on Genomics, Proteomics, Nanomedicine, Cloning, Cryonics, Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering, Bioinformatics, AI, Space, Transhumanism, Mind Uploading and Pharmacology. They are also a portal to people working in these areas.

Ageria group research on age-related gene expression changes is the only valid longitudinal study yet undertaken. They have developed and tested at the University of Arizona Immunology Department a method for preservation of youthful immune system components, as well as a palliative treatment for AIDS with T-cell renewal. They’ve been in business since 1989, and are registered with the FDA as brokers for the “Immunobank” System.

Freedom Friday | How to live a life where every day is payday.

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It’s Friday. And that typically means payday for most.  I’ve been engaged in a lot of finance related conversations lately so I figured it was time to once again revisit the topic of financial freedom.

My parents are immigrants who come from very humble backgrounds.  Just having an education was somewhat of a luxury.  They came to the U.S. when I was 6 years old and worked very hard to make ends meet.  My beliefs around money were typical of any child raised by parents who lived in a poor country.  Going to school, getting a great job and working my way to the top was the blueprint to success.

Everything was going to according plan until I was introduced to this radical concept of financial freedom.  Financial freedom contradicted everything I thought I knew about money.  This concept of having more than enough assets to support your lifestyle without any additional income blew my mind.  I had no idea that people out there were living life abundantly without having to depend on a bi-weekly paycheck.
I desired financial freedom more than anything. It represented a key that could open up the door to infinite possibilities.  But my dilemma is that I had absolutely no idea how to get there. I didn’t know anyone who enjoyed this type of lifestyle.  I did meet a few people at work who had tons of money in their retirement accounts from years of working, but I wasn’t sure how to enjoy that type of abundance while still young.

Although I didn’t know how to create financial abundance, I knew one thing, I had to ween myself off of my dependence on the all mighty paycheck.

Let me share a story with you….

My first real job was in payroll.  I’ll never forget the day my supervisor sat me down, looked me straight in the eye sockets and said “never mess with people’s paychecks.”  What she meant by that was that their bi-weekly earning were their livelihood.  People depended on that money to survive.  I’ll never forget the fear and panic that would take over someone if their paychecks were ever short. Some would get angry and threaten to contact upper management.  Others would beg us to fix it so they could pay their bills.  The level of desperation in their voice was real because that paycheck was a matter of life and death.

But then there were others, who weren’t phased by the lapse in pay and would simply request that we add the hours to the next check.  People would go on vacation for 2 weeks, not get paid because they forgot to submit the hours, and simply say “no worries, just add it next time.” Or they’d say, “I’ll just save those hours for another vacation later on.”  That’s when I decided to be part of the group who wasn’t 100% reliant on the money that comes on payday.  I wanted to have money all the time…not just on payday.

My first plan of action was to save up several paychecks in the bank.  I couldn’t do it all at once, but I could save a little each pay period until I had a month’s worth of pay sitting in an account.  Once I had that saved, I wondered if I could do 2 months, then 3.  Soon I put myself to the challenge of saving $ 10,000 in the bank.

My idea of financial freedom was how long I could sustain my lifestyle without receiving any additional income.  The longer I could sustain, the better.  Obviously, the more money you make, the “easier” it is to save.  But if you use your current wage as an excuse not to save money, then you’re playing yourself.    Don’t get caught in that way of thinking.   Instead, challenge yourself to have enough money to be perfectly ok if you received zero income for the next 3 months (or more).

Saving money is Phase I of the financial freedom plan.  Phase II is when you realize that your money can work for you even harder than you can work for your employer.  This is when the real fun begins. Instead of having to wait 2 weeks to receive income, you can enjoy earning income on a consistent basis.   No longer will you have to wait for “the man” to issue your earnings to you. You’ll create your own abundance.  Instead of going into a bunch of detail on this, I invite you to check out my favorite book on this topic, MJ Demarco’s Millionaire Fastlane.  Probably one of the few books that I actually finished reading. He will open your mind to the difference between the slow lane (working for a paycheck) and taking the fast lane towards financial freedom.  But the best advice I can give you on this topic is to study the path of those who have gone where you want to go.

When I say study, I mean study the finer details because they offer you the blue print that will ultimately create your freedom.  Learn the mindset that created their success and the actions that brought in the biggest return.  Learn. Do. Learn. Do.   Adapt your level of action to correlate to the level of success you desire.

*I can’t tell you the number of hours I’ve invested in watching video interviews, listening to podcasts, and attending training sessions so I can learn from the success of others.  Every single second of it was worthwhile.*

I leave you with these final words from my last post on financial freedom which pretty much sums up the dangers of relying on a paycheck.

“Obviously, receiving cash flow in the form of employment is a good thing. But think of reliance on a paycheck as breathing with the help of a ventilator.  The minute, the machine is removed, you can’t breathe.  Having the ability to breathe on your own is a powerful thing.” 

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[How To] Beyonce’s Makeup Artists teaches us her Signature Cat Eye Technique in this video

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Since it’s Sunday, I’m reminded of my commitment to implementing the new ritual of experimenting and perfecting my makeup.  Today we’re blessed have to a lesson from the makeup artist talented enough to have worked with Beyonce.  I’ve mentioned some tips from Sir John before. Like how he recommends that we use eye cream all over the face for an intense boost of moisture.   He also let us in on how Beyonce skin stays flawless with the help of monthly enzyme peels.  We’ve received lots of skin care secrets from him.  It only makes sense to learn some makeup application techniques from Sir John since that’s what he’s known for.
Luckily for us, Sir John shares a few video tutorials on his Youtube Channel.  In one video he demonstrates the step by step technique that creates a bold cat eye in a matter of minutes.  The model in the video is Kahlana Brown. You may remember her from a previous “Who to Follow” feature from a couple of months back.

What immediately caught my eye was the bold color payoff from the Silkissime eyeliner.  It’s a “liquid pencil” liner with long lasting wear.  According to L’Oreal, Silkissime can last up to 16 hours.  People who love this liner describe it as gliding on the skin like butter.  It sorta reminds me of Marc Jacob’s gel liner but at a fraction of the price.

Sir John reveals a neat little trick that I tried today and loved. He recommends lining the base of the eye with a brown pencil instead of black.  I love this tip because it softens the look and makes it much more wearable (see pic above).

He also shows us what tools to use to clean up to look so the end result is flawless. The entire process was less than 2 minutes and Sir John really breaks it down easy to follow steps.


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[Monday Motivation] How to Turn your Life into a Lifestyle

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anti-ageing.us – How’s life?  Hopefully, things are going pretty well.  You have friends and family that you love, you have a steady job, good health, and a roof over your head.  There’s a lot to be grateful for.  But if you, or someone close to you, were to describe your life what would they say?

As long as we have breath in our lungs, we all have a life. But if you had to choose between having a life and living a lifestyle, which would you choose?  You’re probably wondering if there’s a difference. Let’s take a look at the definition of lifestyle so we can create the distinction.

life·style
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noun
  1. the way in which a person lives.

At a glance, our lives may pretty much look the same.  We wake up, go to work, come home, eat, unwind, sleep and do it all again.  If we’re not careful, this routine will eventually define our lives.  People will ask us what’s new and, after reflecting for a few moments, we realize that nothing is really new.  Our life is basically a repeat of the exact same day over and over.

There’s nothing really wrong with that if this is the life you choose.  But if it’s a default life and you wish things were different. Then it’s time to start the process of creating your lifestyle.

I first heard the term “Lifestyle Design” from Tim Ferris’  The Four Hour Work Week.  The premise behind lifestyle design is to create a life where income and time are separate. Once the two are no longer directly connected, one could have the freedom to do what they want with their free time.

A person could travel the world, spend quality time with their kids, devote their lives to a worthy cause, meet with friends anytime they desired, etc.  The possibilities were endless. The only limit was your imagination.

It took me around 7 years to leave corporate America after reading Tim’s book. But I began to implement the concept of Lifestyle Design immediately upon learning about it.

 How did I do it?  By first identifying what type of life I wanted to live outside of work.  I fantasized about how I would live life if I had total control of my time.  Once that picture became clearer, I then began the process of infusion.   Infusion is simply incorporating elements of my desired life into the current reality.   Basically, I came up with a list of the moments in life that brought me the most joy.  Then inserted those moments into my everyday routine as consistently as possible (and I did this for years).  I wanted to blur the line as much as possible.

On the weekends and whenever I took time off, I would mindfully schedule events and experiences that aligned with the lifestyle I wished to live.  Actually, I was living my ideal life, just in small doses.

Something interesting happens when you place consistent focus and attention into bringing a vision into reality.  All that nurturing allows your intention to grow stronger. Soon, your old way of life starts to fade away as your creation now becomes the basis for reality.

Technically, you have already established your lifestyle. But is it the one you desire?  If the current version of your life looks nothing like your desired version, I invite you to start bridging the gap.  Don’t go crazy, just work each day to make the gap smaller and smaller.  You’ll be amazed at what can happen if you make this your ultimate mission.

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How being barefoot can transform your health and keep you youthful.

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anti-ageing.us – I’m an information nerd with a passion for finding quirky, non-traditional techniques for health, wellness, and beauty.  Today, I’m here to share my latest discovery.  But first, a little background.

As I study the topic of anti-aging, I look for ways to promote the characteristics of youth for as long as possible.  I’m learning about the pillars of youth, one of which is adequate blood circulation in the body.  This is a crucial element to optimal health because oxygen and nutrients flood our body when circulation is high.  Younger individuals have naturally high circulation to support their growth and development. Over time, that starts to decline. There are things we can do to promote adequate blood flow like exercising, etc.  But I’ve always got my eyes open for ways to  increase blood flow directly to the face.  It seems like I’ve stumbled upon a non-traditional method proven to give you a natural facial glow.

Apparently, a technique called grounding has the ability to “significantly improve facial blood flow.” Forty study participants were divided into two groups.  Twenty-seven of them were grounded, thirteen were not. After the grounding session, a laser camera revealed something extraordinary.  There was visual evidence of increased blood circulation directly to the face.

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So, what is grounding anyway?  Basically, it’s the process of getting connected to the electro frequency of the earth by allowing your bare feet to touch the ground.   In case you weren’t aware, everything vibrates at a certain frequency (including us).  And by performing the simple act of grounding, you align your vibration with that of the earth.  The earth has large quantities of electrons and when we come in direct contact, those electrons access our bodies, neutralizing free radicals.

Some say that this provides various health and wellness benefits. There a published studies that reveal how grounding can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce stress, combat inflammation, and keep you beautiful.  Making direct contact with the earth can reset body in amazing ways.

I can barely remember that last time I walked around barefoot. I’m always telling my husband to keep slippers on around the house.  But I do remember misplacing my slippers once and loving the feeling of cold tile beneath me.  If that felt nice, I could only imagine how great of an experience it would be to ground outside.   I’ll keep a pack of makeup removal wipes nearby to clean my heels post- grounding. Can’t wait to do this everyday.

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[Inspired By] The Outdoor Sanctuary

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After learning about the possible health and wellness benefits of grounding, I continued to do some research to learn more about the process.  As a matter of fact, I visited a local park yesterday, found a secluded area and walked barefoot on the grass.  The experience was highly therapeutic and invigorating.

As I watched videos on the topic, I learned that grounding doesn’t always have to take place on grass or sand. You can experience some of the benefits from walking barefoot on the concrete (not asphalt).  I just so happen to have a small concrete porch.  For the most part, I don’t spend much time there.

But then I wondered, what if I were to give my little porch a makeover.  How amazing would it be to soak in the sensations of the outdoors while in a sitting space I love. I would absolutely love to experience the possible benefits of grounding while lounging in my styled porch.

Off I went to find some inspiration. My main focus was to compile a collection of well designed backyards.  What most attracted me about these outdoor designs is the wonderful use of plants.  Birds of paradise are ideal for the look I want to create.  They’re beautiful, modern and minimalistic.

Next, I’ll be on the lookout for ways to create ambient lighting using natural stone inspired candle holders.  Since I plan on doing most of the “grounding” work during the day, the candles will serve more as a sensory experience rather than to offer lighting.  There’s just something about breathing in the scent of my favorite candle while working.  It’s definitely a part of my feel good routine.

Lastly, I’ll add one of my favorite elements of nature, river rocks.  They make wonderful accents and really update the look of your outdoor space.  Whenever I see these dark grey stones, a feeling of calm and zen floods over me.  And that’s exactly the experience I want to create. When it’s all said and done, I’d like the porch to be a little oasis that’s reminiscent of far away places.  A place where I can set aside a couple of hours each day to slow down and get reconnected.

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[Instagram Beauty Secret] The Facial that can create Facelift type benefits.

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anti-ageing.us – By now, I’m sure you’re all aware that I’m a lover of facials.  Not just your typical cleansing facials,  I’m talking about the ones that have the power to cause multiple benefits to the skin and underlying muscles.  Glowing skin is only part of the battle, we must also be concerned with preserving the integrity of the face as a whole.  Aging is more a matter of bone and muscle loss. If the skin doesn’t have a strong structural base, it will sag and fold causing wrinkles and other signs of aging.

With that said, I’ve identified a facial that could promote collagen production while stimulating the bones & muscles all at once.

The treatment I speak of is the micro current sculpting facial.  It’s done with tools that produce a low level electrical current which mirrors the electric current of the body.  This stimulates the facial muscles which helps promote firmer skin tone.  The technology was developed by a doctor for patience with bell’s palsy. This is a condition where the face sags due to severe atrophy in the muscles. Because of the positive results, the technology quickly made it’s way into the beauty industry.

Recently, I stumbled upon an Instagram account full of inspiration. I would definitely place this account on the “Who to Follow” list.  She’s a fitness and beauty enthusiast who strives to live a healthy lifestyle.  I loitered in her Instagram feed forever.  While there, I picked up on a few of her beauty secrets.  One of them, for certain, is her love of the micro current facial.

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I’m pretty sure that Hannah is probably still in her 20’s. If she isn’t, she sure looks like it.  At first I wondered, why would someone her age even want to include micro current as part of her regular routine?  But then two words immediately popped into my mind “muscle memory.”  Someone who’s fit for most of their lives are able to maintain desirable muscle tone for years to come.

If you indulge in these types of treatments, while young, you’ll delay the signs of aging as your muscles retain their firmness & structure.  Not to mention that our facial bones react positively to the stimulation.  We know this because NASA used vibrating machines to stimulate bone density in astronauts after returning from space missions.   In 2004, Terrell Owens sustained an injury that most thought would cause him to sit out as his team played in the Super bowl.  Terrell relied on the help of micro current treatments and oxygen therapy to heal his injury in record time. His quick recovery stunned the sports world.  It serves as a testament to how powerful this micro current technology can be.

Our girl Hannah also supplements her beauty routine by fueling her body from within.  For instance she seems to enjoy a cup of matcha tea on the regular. Matcha is high powered green tea and it’s bursting with antioxidants.  At night, Hannah prepares a nightly tonic that includes gelatin powder. We’ve discussed powdered gelatin and it’s wonderful benefits before.  Did you notice that she drinks her concoction at night so her body can reap the benefits as she sleeps?  According to Hannah, drinking her gelatin laced smoothies have produced a noticeable difference to her skin’s elasticity.

Hannah certainly embodies the active lifestyle.  Please check out her Instagram feed for endless inspiration. And if that isn’t enough, you can also visit her fit-lifestyle blog as well Anti-Aging Information, Longevity Research Tools and Aging Related Links