Discovering longevity secrets around the world
Jason Prall: Health researcher
The world’s oldest people are an endlessly fascinating source of stories, advice and wisdom. To try to gain a better understanding of their longevity, health researcher Jason Prall set out on a global adventure. His goal was to unravel the secrets of the longest-lived and healthiest populations. The result is a 9-part documentary film series featuring some remarkable characters as well as leading scientists scrutinizing the aging process. The Human Longevity Project visited over 50 locations in 9 countries to study the lifestyles of people that live the longest lives. In this in-depth interview Jason reveals the common traits that appear to promote extended health spans; why he believes simplified living is a key pillar of human longevity and how he applies the lessons of others to live a “longer, happier and more fulfilled life.”
Posted: 23 Apr 2018 @ 1214 PST
NOTES AND QUOTES
A portion of the proceeds from The Human Longevity Project will go to One Heart Worldwide, a San Francisco based organization working to help children and mothers in some of the world’s most desperate and impoverished places.
What is the best single piece of advice about living a long healthy life that Jason learned from the elders interviewed in the film?
“Overwhelmingly the answer was; hold no grudges with those around you maintain good relationships. That was the big thing that they all share.”
Why Jason and Peter agree that aging is to be embraced – not feared.
“I love your title of ‘Master Aging’ because a lot of the problems I think that we have is that we demonize aging. We have this tendency now to ‘anti-age’ … I think you hit it on the head with mastering aging.” Thanks Jason!
- The reasons elders give for their great age.
- How did Jason become interested in human longevity?
- Could the world’s longest-lived communities disappear, as they become ‘westernized?’
- Why Jason says this powerful observation by a villager in a remote community had a huge impact on him.
“He said: ‘When I was growing up the mind was still and the body was busy. Now I see that the body is still and the mind is busy.’ I thought, wow, this guy gets it.”
- The paradox posed by melding the simple ways of healthy communities with modern day technology.
- Jason explains his motivation for making a multi-part documentary about longevity.
- Diets, genetics and geography. Do they really impact longevity?
- The significance of mothers, mitochondria, the micro biome and meditation.
- How and why Jason has developed a “minimalist lifestyle.”
- Why Jason believes that choosing your friends carefully can improve your health.
“You can let go of the people that are…energetic vampires and really causing you disruption in your life.”
- Free exclusive access to the 9-part documentary here: The Human Longevity Project. The series launches on May 8th, 2018.