"To Age or Not to Age"

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Robert Kane Pappas, director of the documentary “To Age or Not to Age,” and Dr. Leonard Guarente, featured in the film, talk about how pioneers in the field of anti-aging research are finding ways to postpone and even mitigate diseases tied to aging. 

Robert Kane Pappas, director of “To Age or Not to Age,” and Dr. Leonard Guarente, featured in the film, and Dr. Nir Barzilai, Director of the Institute of Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, talk about the pioneers in the field of anti-aging research at Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, and other research centers, and discuss ways to postpone and possibly mitigate diseases tied to aging. “To Age or Not to Age” opens at Cinema Village East July 16.

“To Age or Not to Age” opens at Village East Cinemas July 16.


Dr. Leonard Guarente and Robert Kane Pappas

Comments [12]

Royce from New York City

The company that I am contracted with makes a high quality grape seed extract with resveratrol supplement that is great for cardiovascular health and also a powerful antioxidant. It costs less than $30!

I find it hilarious that Merck is going to develop a chemical or drug that competes with nature or God, claim its better with a "study" and sell it for $150-$200.

The scientist on the show no doubt have taken money from Merck.

Jul. 20 2010 11:15 AM
olivier M. from greenwood

I am jubilant. I cannot wait to re-listen to this segment with my wife. Eternal youth for us as we do not want offsprings.

It seems to me that my "unhealthy" habits are gonna keep me alive a long time. No food, no sleep, no stress, alcohol, nicotine?

I was born in '74 and I had regretfully accepted the conventional wisdom that I would not see the 22nd century but...

On another note I am fond of aphorisms and would love to credit myself for changing the idiom : "To kill two bird with one stone." Very destructive and replace it with
"To pop two balloons with one dart!"

Be well and remain mentally pliable

Jul. 15 2010 12:52 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Leonard, I'm sorry to hear your friend got cancer. But not all lung cancer is related to smoking; she may have a different type of lung cancer. Radon exposure is the 2nd most common cause of it, & it causes a different kind of lung cancer.

Jul. 15 2010 12:40 PM
s from nj

This planet is under enough stress. Excessively long lifespans don't do any favors to the already limited resources of our planet.

Jul. 15 2010 12:34 PM
Amy from Manhattan

On getting larger amounts of resveratrol, it might take too much red wine or grape juice to get enough of it, but what about grape juice concentrate?

And on restricting food intake, people may live longer that way, but doesn't their lower weight make them more vulnerable to osteoporosis & bone fractures?

Jul. 15 2010 12:34 PM
michelle maddden from NYC

how restricted does an adults calories need to be in order to get any advantage of calorie restriction for anti aging? is eating say 300 calories less a day going to do it?

Jul. 15 2010 12:26 PM
Alan Hicks from NYC

It sounds to me that, given the state of healthcare in this country, anti aging drugs and the priviledge of longevity will be mostly available to the rich. You will need money to acquire these drugs and we know how much drugs cost.

Jul. 15 2010 12:25 PM
Matt from NYC

What about the mind? Who wants a bunch of senile vegetables around? And how will these people be fed? How mobile will these geezers be? Finally isnt over population a big enough problem now.

Jul. 15 2010 12:24 PM
j from bklyn

re: disease free enviros & life span
doesn't the evidence of autoimmune diseases such as significantly higher rates of asthma in western medicine environments compared to 3rd world enviros present a bit of a conundrum here? that and other inflammation related syndromes/conditions? [i wouldn't even know where to begin w/ the bacteria vs virus stuff here either] just saying you have to live somewhere w/ everything else that has to live somewhere, too.

Jul. 15 2010 12:24 PM
suki from williamsburg

The "French Paradox" has nothing to do with the fact that they drink lots of wine - it has to do with the fact that their diet has varied very little throughout their history. The French have ALWAYS drank wine, ALWAYS eaten very rich foods.

Not so scientifically speaking - we become fat when we deviate from our genes.

Jul. 15 2010 12:16 PM

It's interesting that the invasive weed Japanese Knotweed, which is overrunning wetlands throughout the US, is a huge source of resveratrol. Maybe we can kill two birds with one stone.

Jul. 15 2010 12:14 PM
Stephen from Prospect Heights

For some reason or another aging is related to telomere length. There was a suggestion that cell division and telomere shrinkage can be controlled by sleeping and eating less. Is this understanding still valid?

Jul. 15 2010 12:06 PM

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