The Lazy Way to Dynamic Longevity

Do you plan on maximizing your chances for super longevity and dramatic youthfulness? If so, you’ll need to put in some effort… but not as much as you may think.

For instance, do you know staying fit is much easier than getting in shape? In other words, after some initial effort, you can slack off and still maintain your benefits.

How about your diet? Sure, slacking off will set you back. But once again, you don’t have to be a fanatic. Falling off the wagon a couple of times a week won’t kill you, but a steady diet of Twinkies will.

In that vein, your best plan is to put in some effort on basic health maintenance:

Your body needs to be taken care of in a variety of ways for peak performance over the long term. Exercise. Keep your weight off. Try to avoid stabbing yourself. It’s a big advantage that in our formative years, that sort of maintenance just happens as a natural consequence of being a child.

But the additional work that goes into maintaining health as an adult comes as an unexpected chore.

So: many of us get successful, then fat, and then suffer aging-related conditions more frequently. Also sooner. And then on average… die younger.

This isn’t rocket science. Most know what they are doing to themselves, even if they aren’t up to speed on the biochemistry details that come into play. But the siren song of life in a time of wealth and plenty lures you in. Medical science will probably save you from yourself someday… but don’t count on it for a while.

So maintain yourself. You stand on the entry to a golden age in biotechnology, one that offers open-ended healthy, youthful lifespans to those who claw their way over the threshold.

Slacking off on your health means you’re turning your back on that future. That makes it tougher for you to live long enough to benefit from rejuvenation biotechnologies that are clearly emerging today.

Then let’s now review the basics of the “Big Two,” Diet and Exercise. These are the two most important of my 7 Steps to Longevity.

1. Diet. I have a whole chapter devoted to Diet in my book, Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100?. Here are some basics:
a. Eat less. Did you know the average American adult devours over 3,000 calories a day? Our average should be around 2,000.
b. Replace soft drinks, sugars, processed foods and white flour with fresh or frozen organic vegetables and fruits.
c. Eliminate or at least limit grains and dairy.
d. If you eat meat, make sure it’s free-range.
e. Eat at least one third of your food raw, preferably more.
f. Fast intermittently. One day a week for example.

2. Exercise. #2 in importance… just behind Diet.
a. Ideally, get 20-30 minutes of high-intensity exercise, six days a week. If you train longer than 45 minutes at a time, lower your intensity.
b. Balance cardio training with resistance training.
c. Your best exercise is what you are able and willing to do consistently, not what you’d like to do – but don’t.
d. If you’re not interested in training seriously to stay in shape, then pick activities that you enjoy, and do them regularly. Those could include sports, brisk walking, cycling, active hobbies or even gardening. “Movement” is key. Why not substitute the word “activity” for “exercise” if that makes it easier for you?

You don’t have to be a fanatic. Have fun. Eat and exercise moderately today… and we’ll see you in the long tomorrow.

Inflammation Clinical Study Results

The single biggest deterrent to long health spans, and the single biggest cause of accelerated aging and premature death is, you guessed it… INFLAMMATION.

When the war on chronic inflammation is won, we will have largely eliminated suffering and death from heart disease, stroke, cancer and other devastating aging-related conditions.

If you’re part of any of the following groups, the chances are, you are inflamed:

• In Pain
• Overweight
• Over 45
• Have an allergy
• Have asthma
• Have diabetes
• Have arthritis (or any other “itis”)
• And of course if you have heart disease, cancer or Alzheimer’s

There’s good news however. We won a battle and may finally be turning the tide.

The nutritional supplement InflaGene was tested in an initial human clinical study. Results confirmed it was effective for the vast majority of inflamed subjects. Based on the positive clinical review, we are now entering a new expanded study.

You can see for yourself. For a synopsis of the study results, CLICK HERE.

Don’t forget – one reason chronic inflammation is so dangerous is that it largely goes unnoticed for years, until it’s too late to do anything about it. In other words, the first symptom may be sudden death from a cardiovascular event or diagnosis of an incurable disease.

That’s the reason the medical community often refers to inflammation as the “Silent Killer.”

That’s also the reason it’s the first condition a new and advanced artificial intelligence technology was directed to help defeat.

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Human Inflammation Study Results are In

The single biggest deterrent to long health spans, and the single biggest cause of accelerated aging and premature death is, you guessed it… INFLAMMATION.

When the war on chronic inflammation is won, we will have largely eliminated suffering and death from heart disease, stroke, cancer and other devastating aging-related conditions.

If you’re part of any of the following groups, the chances are, you are inflamed:

• Overweight
• Over 45
• Have an allergy
• Have asthma
• Have diabetes
• Have arthritis (or any other “itis”) or chronic pain
• And of course if you have heart disease, cancer or Alzheimer’s

There’s good news however. We won a battle and may finally be turning the tide.

InflaGene, the supplement I have mentioned to you several times, was tested in our initial human clinical study. Results confirmed it was effective for the vast majority of people in the study. Based on the positive clinical review, we are now entering a new expanded study.

You can see for yourself. For a synopsis of the study results, CLICK HERE.

Don’t forget – one reason chronic inflammation is so dangerous is that it largely goes unnoticed for years, until it’s too late to do anything about it. In other words, the first symptom may be sudden death from a cardiovascular event or diagnosis of an incurable disease.

That’s the reason the medical community often refers to it as the “Silent Killer.”

That’s also the reason it’s the first condition we turned our advanced artificial intelligence on to help defeat.

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One Simple Change = 17 More Quality Years

Calorie restriction (CR) still proves to be the ONLY way to extend maximum life span in mammals. Much more so in shorter lived smaller mammals (up to 30% or more).

If it could do the same for humans, the food industry landscape would change dramatically. But it doesn’t. We might be able to squeeze out a few extra years at best.

But again, that’s maximum life span. CR does sooo much more. It’s the most sure fire way to totally AVOID, and at least delay virtually every single aging-related disease on the planet.

So it won’t extend human’s maximum life spans from 120 to 150, but it will significantly extend average life spans. In fact, a reasonable estimate is 10-15 years.

And it gets even better. Not only will you probably live a lot longer, but you will live BETTER. Without CR, we may expect to live to around late 70’s on average. The bad part about that is, most can expect to suffer for over seven years, lingering, waiting for death to relieve the agony.

But those who practice CR can expect about 90 active independent years, and then die relatively quickly and comfortably. Adding it up, look for over 17 more QUALITY years.

You still die though… unless… we see likely breakthrough radical life-extending technologies during the extra years you bought.

Then the lid is off, and you may be on the path to full body rejuvenation.

CR is a tough lifestyle for almost everyone though, in spite of the life or death benefits.

So what do we do? Eat comfort foods? And a lot of them? We could, and most do, in spite of the long term consequences.

Fortunately. There’s a middle ground that could give you most, if not all the benefits of CR that is much easier to adopt. It does take committing to a consistent habit, but is there anything worth having that doesn’t? Don’t think about that. I’ll answer it for you.


Plan B is regular intermittent fasting (IF) such as alternate day fasting, doing one or two 24 hour fasts a week… or eating every day, but spacing your last meal of the day and your first meal of the next about 17 hours apart.

All three variations may work as well as CR, assuming your food is nutritious and you consume less calories overall. (This may also be the most effective weight loss strategy on the planet)

The latest research looks at the relationship between fasting and immune function, which turns out to interest the cancer research community, among others.

Ways to better recover from treatments like chemotherapy that greatly weaken the immune system are high on the priority list. There is already a fair amount of work underway on generating better outcomes for cancer patients by combining CR with chemotherapy. So it shouldn’t be surprising to find that there is funding for work on IF as well.

Prolonged fasting cycles (no food for two to four days at a time over the course of six months) kill older and damaged immune cells and generate new ones. The research also has implications for chemotherapy tolerance and for those with a wide range of immune system deficiencies, including autoimmunity disorders.

This may be effective because fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged aging immune systems.

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Why Overpopulation Will Never Be a Problem

When I initially propose the concept of extreme life extension, I’m often met with a knee-jerk reaction which goes something like this:

“What will we do with all the people?”

It’s a logical ages-old question actually. But like most “obvious” flawed arguments, it’s easily dis-proven once you dig deep. So let’s go deep and see what we find:

Amazingly enough, when you factor out immigration, industrialized countries are actually seeing population declines rather than increases. And according to world renowned economist Julian Simon, our current resources and technologies (without considering those that are undeveloped) could support 6 billion more people. Misallocation of those resources and technologies, usually due to bureaucratic bottlenecks and political greed and ineptitude, are the culprits.

Since the Industrial Revolution, alarmists screamed doom and gloom about overcrowding and limited resources (backed by their “statistics”). However, the opposite has happened. The population increased by 740% since then, and standards of living have soared. It’s not so much a question of resources as it is one of education, individual productivity and distribution—social problems, not life-extension problems. As long as people produce more than they consume, it’s impossible to run out of resources.

Common sense and intuition say there should be a demographic catastrophe, if people were actually immortal and continued to reproduce. But what would the science (mathematics) say? Recently, Drs. Leonid and Natalia Gavrilov answered that question with a study sponsored by the SENS/Methuselah Foundation.

They proved it is possible to have sustainable population dynamics in a future hypothetical non-aging society.

They proved that (even) immortality, the joy of parenting and a sustainable population size are not mutually exclusive.

This is because a population of immortal reproducing organisms will grow indefinitely in time, but not necessarily indefinitely in size.

Many developed countries (like the studied Sweden) face dramatic decline in native-born population in the future and also risk losing their cultural identity due to massive immigration. Therefore, extension of healthy lifespan in these countries may in fact prevent, rather than create a demographic catastrophe.

The Gavrilovs painted five scenarios:

1. Negligible senescence where all anti-aging interventions start at age 60 years with 30-year time lag. Even in the case of defeating aging (no aging after 60 years) the natural population growth is relatively small (about 20% increase over 70 years).

2. Negligible senescence for a part of population (10%). What if only a small fraction of the population accepts anti-aging interventions. The population declines.

3. Negligible senescence for a part of population (10%) with growing acceptance (1 percent added to negligible senescence group each year), and the last remaining five percent of population refuse to apply these technologies in any circumstances. The Population still declines, but only slightly

4. Rejuvenation. Mortality declines after age 60 years until the levels observed at age 10 are reached; mortality remains constant thereafter. In this case, population would increase about 20% over 70 years. How about when rejuvenation starts at age 40 instead of age 60? Now we see a manageable 40% increase over 70 years.

5. And finally a more modest scenario where aging slows down still results in population declines.

A general conclusion of this study is that population changes are surprisingly small and slow in their response to dramatic life extension. Even in the case of the most radical life extension scenario, population growth could be relatively slow and may not necessarily lead to overpopulation. Therefore, the real concerns should be placed not on the threat of overpopulation, but rather on such potential obstacles to a successful biomedical war on aging, such as scientific, organizational and financial limitations.

Thank you Leonid and Natalie.

If you’d like to see details of their study, go to

The longer we keep ourselves alive, the more brainpower we have to see real and imagined problems through. Just as technology extends lives, it makes life more livable for larger populations. Telling people they should die to make room for others is an idiotic solution to any problem.

How to Safely Get off Your Meds

There’s ONE overriding reason most of us are so sick and die prematurely…

Humans are typically reactive as opposed to proactive when it comes to their health.

Now that you know this key to healthy longevity, I’m going to discuss the SINGLE most important proactive thing you can do to stay healthy naturally. Follow this advice, and you should be able to flush most, if not ALL of your prescription drugs within 1-8 months.

It’s no secret. I talked about it several times. And I recently spoke to an authority in this field who inspired and contributed to this blog, Dr. Thaddeus Gale. And it doesn’t have to cost you a dime.

Your single biggest enemy when it comes to your health is… Inflammation.

The concept for successfully understanding subclinical low grade inflammation and how it drives pain, disease and weight gain is vital to your success. Yet it’s commonly overlooked by mainstream media, the layperson and medical professionals.

Typical medical treatment is directed at reducing symptoms… not causes. It may give you a temporary false sense of security or improvement. But the long term result? Worsening and propagation of disease.

More often than not, inflammation leads to bummers such as weight gain, pain, arthritis, headaches, low energy, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune issues and more.

Do you know why some feel “healthy” only to have a major health issue erupt seemingly out of nowhere? Because inflammation hides under the surface, chewing away at your insides until you suddenly drop dead from a heart attack… or get surprised with cancer.

This should scare the crap out of you!!!

Your current and future health is over 90% dependent upon that single controllable factor – subclinical low grade inflammation.

Get it under control and you will typically experience a high quality of life with little or no medical reliance.

Here’s your quickest way.

The sooner you understand this one idea for pursuing and maintaining your health, the sooner you’ll increase your chances of a long fulfilling and quality life with…

  • Increased energy
  • Improved mental clarity
  • Enhanced muscle tone
  • Better mobility
  • Weight loss (or maintaining proper weight)
  • Normal digestion and bowel function
  • Reduction or avoidance of acute and chronic pain
  • Faster recovery from travel/workouts/injury
  • Abdominal pain and G.E.R.D. (acid reflux) resolution
  • Reversal of O.S.A.S. (sleep apnea and snoring)
  • Reduction of chronic diseases including… Heart, Cancer, Diabetes, Stroke, Arthritis, I.B.S., Fibromyalgia, Back pain, RA/Lupus, Headaches, Acne, Etc.

Low inflammation = high quality of life with little to no medication reliance.

Moderate to high inflammation = substantial reduction in quality of life, increased medication reliance (with potential side effects).

Whenever you have ailments or pain re-experienced or maintained for more than two weeks, your are considered to have chronic, unnatural conditions, and typically mediated by low-grade subclinical inflammation.

And the absence of direct pain gives us a false sense of health security.

If you take ONE or more medications, including aspirin, or have any chronic health frustrations, you most likely have elevated inflammation. Ditto if you feel great but are aging.

The overwhelming majority of chronic issues normalize with elimination of chronic inflammation in 1-8 months of following an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.

There’s a seemingly endless list of inflammatory causes. While most of us have heard of gluten as related to wheat and grains including the associated health consequences, few have heard of other inflammatory components still present in gluten free products.

These inflammatory chemicals are equally powerful in causing headaches, arthritis, diabetes, chronic pain, low energy, cognitive decline, mental fog, I.B.S., bloating, diarrhea and chronic disease.

Dairy causes inflammation too. It has been linked to type I diabetes, MS, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. It also contains unnatural hormones… 70+ hormones have been identified in dairy products.

Stress, lack of exercise, processed foods… and of course simply aging, all contribute to inflammation. Sugar especially leads to serious inflammation and is linked to nearly every disease. Sugar not only contributes to fat, but also accelerates the aging and disease process.

Most oncologists will confirm: Sugar = Cancer.

If you haven’t seen this article yet, you should. It’s a simple guide to understanding and controlling your inflammation… and your overall wellness:


Of course, InflaGene is your easiest tool, but it’s no substitute for a healthy lifestyle.

I recommend BOTH. This issue is far too important to take lightly.

People destined for disease often find excuses why they can’t make healthy food and lifestyle choices a priority. But healthy people navigate the same world empowered.

So improve your chances for a win. Waiting until the last minute just about kills your chance for healthy anti-inflammatory decisions.

Is Health & Longevity Worth 9¢ a Day to You?

People will go to the ends of the earth to cure what ails them. They will draw on every resource, spend every dime and will get totally consumed by trying to reverse their condition or disease.

Too often, it’s too late. So they suffer and die from things that could have cost them pennies to prevent.

One top preventative measure is taking a baby aspirin with your biggest meal. This simple 3¢ a day habit could slash your heart attack and stroke risk by up to 50%. If you’re not doing this, why aren’t you? Higher doses can cut your risk of breast, prostate and colon cancer by about 50% and esophageal cancer by 90%!

Then there’s the current rage – vitamin D3. Do you realize you can take an optimal daily dose of about 4,000 IU (or 100 mcg) for less than 7¢ a day… or just soak up 30 minutes of free sunshine a few days a week to lower your overall cancer risk by up to 60%?

According to one landmark study, some 600,000 cases of breast and colorectal cancers could be prevented each year if vitamin D levels among populations worldwide were increased by much less than this 4,000 IU a day. And that’s just counting the death toll for two types of cancer.

Earlier studies have shown that optimizing your vitamin D levels could help you to prevent at least 16 different types of cancer. And now we’re seeing more evidence that the type of cancer may not be all that important, because vitamin D appears to play a key role in the development of ALL types of cancer!

In fact, the majority of cancer deaths in the U.S. are from the most vitamin-D-sensitive cancers.

In addition to reducing your cancer risk, vitamin D keeps your mind sharp as you age, lowers your risk of osteoporosis and joint pain, helps protect you from heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease… and can reduce your risk of dying prematurely from ANY cause.

The seemingly limitless benefits of vitamin D are easier to fathom when you understand that it is actually the building block of a powerful hormone that influences your entire body. Receptors that respond to vitamin D have been found in almost every type of human cell, from your bones to your brain.

Maybe that’s why researchers are constantly finding more benefits. Vitamin D can boost your immune system, speed up healing and help regulate your blood pressure.

So are you getting enough of this “sunshine vitamin”? If not, why not?

What else are you missing? Do you take fish oil every day? If not, you may be raising your overall mortality risk by an astounding 30%.

Would you insist on crossing streets on red lights? I’ll bet you wouldn’t even consider it, at least not normally. That’s because you learned a long time ago that crossing on green lights lowers your risk of getting pancaked by a truck.

Now you know more life-saving habits.

These simple steps will either turn out to be the best investments you ever made if you adopt them… or will turn out being your biggest regrets if you don’t.

And one last thing: Do you have the single biggest killer under control? You may not even know, since it’s usually sneaky, insidious and silent. Learn more HERE.

Keep Dreaming

When your memories outnumber your dreams, your end is near. Keep dreaming.

“According to the actuarial tables used by insurance companies, if you are in your 30s now you probably have 50 years more to live. If you are in your 50s, you have only about 30 years more and if you are in your 60s your life expectancy is only about 10 years.

“These tables are based on averages, of course – not everybody dies precisely at the median age of 72.5 years – but these insurance tables are the best mathematical guesses about how long you will be with us. Right? Wrong.

“Recent advances in gerontology (the science of aging, not to be confused with geriatrics, the treatment of the aged) have led many sober and cautious scientists to believe that human lifespan can be doubled, tripled or even extended indefinitely in this generation.

“If these researchers are right, nobody can predict your life expectancy. All the traditional assumptions on which the actuarial tables rest are obsolete. You might live a thousand years or even longer.”

The words above were written in 1978 by Robert Anton Wilson, one of a number of advocates for engineered longevity who have since aged to death.

They looked at the pace of research in their era and saw themselves at the dawn of an age of biotechnology and radical life extension. They were wrong, and they were too early – which should make all of us at least a little uncomfortable. How are we any different? What can we point to that shows us to be in a better situation, actually at the dawn of the era of engineered longevity, rather than once again a generation too early?

The Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) could have been proposed in the 1970s, in a very similar way to their present form, had some determined fellow existed with the keys to research vaults and a great deal of time to assemble all the necessary insights.

But in the 1970s, getting proto-SENS to work in mice would not have been a billion-dollar, ten year proposal as is presently the case. It would have required a far greater initiative, one to rival the space program or the formation of the NIH. In 2009 we live in an age of biotechnology and life science capabilities that is far, far removed from the rudiments of 1970.

Work that today can be achieved by a single postgrad in a few months for a few tens of thousands of dollars would have required entire dedicated laboratories, years of labor, and tens of millions of dollars in the 1970s.

“Today, we can point to such things as successful efforts in the laboratory to safely replace all damaged mitochondria in living animals, for example. We know that the present state of biotechnology is sufficient to make real progress in the repair of aging, and that this technology base is advancing much more rapidly than in the past.”

Thanks to Reason from for this information. Notice that the average lifespan in 1978 was only 72.5 years? Now it’s about 79. That’s an 8.9% increase, over two months a year, and we’re just getting started.

And that is based on life expectancy at birth. Once you dodge childhood and young adult risks, your expected life expectancy is much longer. The average 65 year old can expect to live to 65 or so.

Learn to tack on even more years here:

Does Star Trek Give You a True Perspective?

Several years ago, I saw Star Trek at an IMAX theatre. The Saturday before, I celebrated my 125th birthday at my “Come as You Will Be” party. There were some similarities and lots of contrasts.

First, the movie was totally enjoyable but far from my favorite. Typically, it was full of warfare and destruction, crisis and triumph and aging and dying to make sure they sold a bunch of tickets.

In my opinion, if we get past some societal and technological thresholds, warfare will be obsolete. So will aging and death from natural causes. But these are hard concepts for the general public to grasp this early in the game, so the producers need to deliver thrilling storylines that people can relate to.

For example, Captain Pike was aging, and even had graying hair in the 23rd century. That is utterly ridiculous… especially gray hair. But without it, the story falls apart, there’s no succession, and people can’t relate to a non-aging Captain of the Enterprise or to a non-aging Spock.

We’re not quite ready for parents and children looking the same age… for Bones McCoy having absolutely perfect teeth… and for ordinary crewmembers with Terminator-like abilities.

When we jump from concepts to conclusions without gradually drawing people along with one small familiar idea linking to a bigger idea, and so on, until we arrive at the grand conclusion, we’ll lose 99% of our audience. It’s like a tiny tugboat pulling a huge ocean liner along with seemingly little effort. If you weren’t familiar with how it happens, you might close your mind to the possibility.

But once you understood the process, then it’s an easy leap for you. First, someone throws a small rope from the liner to someone on the tugboat. Attached to that rope is a larger rope. And then a larger one still and so on until they eventually have a large heavy cable connecting the vessels. From there on, it’s a simple matter of leverage.

You can’t jump from a small idea to a huge idea without gradually ramping up if you want to keep your audience.

If you were to travel back in time one or two centuries and tell people about the marvels of technology we take for granted today, they would think you are nuts, because they wouldn’t have points of references to link to. But once they grasped the concept of electricity, the light bulb becomes easier to accept… and so on until they could eventually understand miracles like the Internet, wireless communication and more.

It’s the same with aging and the future ability to completely reverse it.

Sure, it’s been a dream for thousands of years, and the desire is not hard to sell. The believability is though… even today with all our scientific marvels. But those scientific marvels are a perfect starting point for gradually getting people to understand exactly why the dream could finally be achievable in your lifetime.

As more people understand the rationale of how reversing aging could evolve, we’ll have greater intellectual and financial support to pull it off and less resistance to making it happen. So the way we present the possibilities of extreme longevity could impact your life.

BTW, the party was upbeat and positive. No one was killed and no worlds were destroyed. The attendees of the future (2068) did not age and did not get sick. Unlike Bones, they had perfect teeth, and unlike Captain Pike and Spock, they stayed young. Let’s make that future happen for us.

New Shocking Proof of Aging Damage

“Inflammation Chews Up Your Blood Vessels”

Hardly a week goes by without seeing the perils of chronic inflammation in major news media. The world has known for decades that this silent killer is the single biggest contributor to age related diseases, agony and premature death.

Yet the message falls on deaf ears… both inside and outside the medical community.

I’m so frustrated that I could scream!!!

We spent a fortune on developing what we are confident is the most effective natural solution to manage chronic inflammation on the planet. It’s one of the biggest no-brainer ways to preserve your life.

Most people who use it get amazing results. I’ll go as far as saying… “It is flat SAVING LIVES.”

But most don’t even consider using it until they feel a symptom. However, inflammation is a silent killer… so by then, it’s often TOO LATE.

Virtually every overweight person and most of the aging population are chronically inflamed. When they ignore it, their death certificates list causes of death as heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc.

Yet the real cause is me, and people like me, because we’re just not doing a good enough job to convince you to take simple, inexpensive ACTION.

I said it before… “The most important disaster-avoiding information I can give you for the time-being is HERE.

Here’s a report just in from Reason at

A number of the most serious age-related conditions involve the progressive structural and functional decay of your blood vessels. A number of different forms of cellular and molecular damage conspire to clog, weaken, and stiffen blood vessels until one of these small but vital pieces of the body’s infrastructure fails catastrophically, and then a blockage or a bleed causes death or crippling injury in a matter of moments.

The older you are the more extensive the damage and the worse the odds, but poor lifestyle choices will generally put you in a poorer position than would otherwise be the case.

Chronic inflammation is a noteworthy contribution to many issues associated with aging, and it is one of the contributing causes that most of us have a fair level of control over throughout most of our lives. By taking basic good care of health matters, exercising, and eating a diet low enough in calories to stay slim… the average individual will have a lower level of inflammation as a result.

Inflammation is probably a primary mechanism in the link between excess fat tissue and raised risk of suffering from all of the common age-related disease. Visceral fat tissue is metabolically active in ways that promote inflammation, and the more of it you have the worse off you are.

You can’t escape chronic inflammation in aging entirely by staying thin and active, however, as significant raised inflammation levels also result from the characteristic age-related failure of the immune system.

As a result of the damage of aging, the immune system becomes both ineffective and constantly overactive at the same time.

Why exactly is chronic inflammation bad? What does it do under the hood? There are many distinct mechanisms, but here are some papers to illustrate a couple that involve your blood vessels.

(The first article covers how Chronic inflammation is associated with age-related diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and cardiovascular disease. The second discusses how chronic inflammation contributes to aortic aneurysms. An aortic aneurysm (AA) is a silent but life-threatening disease that involves rupture.)

In effect you might think of inflammatory processes as gnawing away at the structural integrity of these important tissues, at an insignificant pace in youth, but accelerating over the years.

There is always repair taking place as well, of course, but ultimately the inflammation wins – or at least that will be the case until the research community is given enough support and funding to produce the means to reverse these mechanisms.

Reason’s commentary is one of tens of thousands of warnings.

Old enough to remember the Nixon administration’s “Whip Inflation Now” (WIN) campaign? Maybe I should call ours “Whip Inflammation Now.” See more.