Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author and futurist, talks about the health regimen that will let him live forever.
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I’ve read series of two books with a co-author Doctor Terry Grossman who’s a complementary physician, complementary medicine physician in Denver. The first book was Fantastic Voyage, Live Long Enough to Live Forever and we just came out of a book today called Transcend, nine steps to living well forever. And we described 3 bridges to radical life extension to dramatic extensions in your longevity.Bridge one is what you can do right now. And most of the books described that process. And it’s a personalize approach so other people would necessarily want to do exactly what I do, but they want to follow the same methodology which is to find out what’s your health challenges are. So, I mean, I was diagnosed 25 years ago at the age of 35 with type 2 diabetes or I have a genetic tendency to type 2 diabetes. I over came it with this approach. I have a generate tendency to heart disease. My father died when he was 58 and of heart disease. I’ve overcome that with this approach, but other people may have different issues. And so it’s either one size fits all, but it does mean being aggressive in overcoming whatever your genetic tendencies are And you really can overcome just about any genetic tendency in particular, heart disease and diabetes are very amenable to lifestyle approaches supplements. I take a lot of supplements because we do need to reprogram our biochemistry. Our biochemistry just naturally was evolved to live until 23 and then start aging and die shortly thereafter. And that was really a good idea thousand years ago. So, we really need to change our biochemistry to stay young. I’ll give you just one example. This is actually a good idea for anyone that’s not well known. 90 percent of the cell membrane in a ten year old is a substance called Phosphatidyl Choline that depletes and by the time you’re 90, it’s down to 10 percent. So the cell membrane gets filled in with the new substances like cholesterol and hard fats. And that’s why the skin becomes brittle and the skin sags and then the approach on this is not supple and your organs don’t work as well. That’s an aging process. Aging is not one thing. It’s a dozen different processes and I’ve just described one of them. That one, you can reverse very easily by supplementing with that substance Phosphatidyl Choline. There are other aging processes that are more complex like the clogging of your arteries with plague its called Atherosclerosis. That’s more complicated you need to control your cholesterol, your triglycerides, your C- reactive protein, your homocysteine, but each of those things is doable depending on your own biochemistry. So you need to assess that. And then we described in the book how you can develop a personalize program and it gets more complicated. Shall we say, as you get older, if you’re in good health and you’re 23, you just need to eat a good diet and exercise and take a few basic supplements. As you get older, this aging processes speed up actually exponentially, but you really can overcome these processes. When I was 40, I came out at 38 on biological aging test. I’m now 61 and I come out close to 40. If I only aged two or three years than the last 20 years, so that really is feasible. Now, I take a lot of supplements. I eat a certain diet. I exercise. I take about 150 pills a day and you’ll say, “Ray, you really think taking all these pills is going to able you to live hundreds of years?” Now, the point of this whole program, bridge one, is just to get to bridge two. Bridge two is a full flowering of this biotechnology revolution where at least and we will have far more powerful method to really reprogram our genes, away from aging and away from disease and that’s about 15 to 20 years away. So the whole point of bridge one is to get to that point in good health. And it’s not a point that we’ll do this. I’ll do this for 15 years and nothing will happen and suddenly we’ll have the whole thing. I mean, every year in fact, it’s almost everyday. New dev