Laying Our Foundations: The Usual Suspects

by Claudius J West

Our goal: live an extraordinarily long time in excellent health and with outstanding vigor.

What do we know for sure about the most likely paths to lead us toward that goal?

The Do Notsdont do it two funny cats

  1. Don’t be fat, heavy, overweight, obese, buxom, chubby, pudgy, podgy, beefy, bulky, portly, plump, roly-poly, rotund, stout, corpulent, broad in the beam, and Lord no don’t be elephantine, not unless you are preparing for a famine or a really cold winter .
  2. Don’t smoke.
  3. Don’t drink excessively—that is, no more than two glasses of wine or their equivalent per day. (Tom Waits: “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.” I heard Tom say it first, so I’m giving him the credit.)
  4. In general, don’t put bad things into our bodies that are going to behave like slow acting poisons, or are, in fact, slow acting poisons.tom-waits
  5. Don’t be a sloth; exercise.
  6. Don’t get killed.
  7. Don’t get cancer or any other disease.
  8. Don’t have a heart attack or a stroke.
  9. Don’t get diabetes.
  10. Don’t break your hip.

The Do’s

  1. Eat organic. Eat the right food in the right amounts at the right time.
  2. Exercise.
  3. Sleep the proper amount.
  4. Avoid stress.
  5. Supplement with vitamins, minerals, omega-3s, probiotics, enzymes, etc.: the typical witch’s brew.

Whoa! Is That All There Is To It?

Heck no, there’s got to be more to it than that.
Plenty of people do all of that yet keep on piling up the wrinkles and laying down for the big dirt nap.

But it is probably the right start.
My crazy scheme here at Mister Immortal begins with the conviction that all of the pieces of the puzzle that add up to an extremely long and vigorous life already exist: in books, on the Internet, and in the minds and practices of people alive today.

The tricky part is sorting out the pieces that actually connect with  one another and belong to the same  puzzle.

Transcend book cover by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman
The next time we get together, I’ll be talking about Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman’s book Transcend: Nine Steps To Living Well Forever.

These are guys who have their eyes on the prize. What can we learn from them?

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