478: Evolutionary Biologist Michael Rose On The Paleo Connection To Achieving Biological Immortality


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Evolutionary biologist Michael Rose, author of Does Aging Stop?, is our guest today on The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore!

Listen in for a fascinating discussion about how aging works, what actually stops the aging process in most centenarians, and how to make that “end-of-aging” start happening much earlier in life. Immortality in the genetic and cellular sense is not like what the ancient Greeks believed in, but more like the life cycle of modern giant turtles who only die from accident or diseases. This is a CAN’T MISS episode on the benefits of eating just as our ancestors did–or, as we like to call it, the livin’ la vida low-carb way!

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Michael Rose bio
Does Aging Stop?
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9 Responses to 478: Evolutionary Biologist Michael Rose On The Paleo Connection To Achieving Biological Immortality
  1. Rob Paterson
    June 10, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Thank you Jimmie and Michael – you are so generous – MR has also changed my life not only is it a pleasure to work with him but I have also taken his advice to heart and I am a new man – you know what this is like Jimmie.

    It is special being at the edge of a real change for good in the world

    • Jimmy Moore
      June 12, 2011 | 4:28 pm

      Indeed it is, Rob! THANKS for sharing your passion.

  2. dr john
    June 11, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    dr rose said we have been “cooking” for up to 3-4 million years?
    fire was not controlled until about 700,000 yrs ago
    pls, anyone explain

    • Jimmy Moore
      June 12, 2011 | 4:29 pm

      It’s a question that would be perfect to ask Michael Rose himself. I’ll pass it along to him.

      • Michael Rose
        June 12, 2011 | 11:24 pm

        We have found fireplaces from 700,000 years ago, but bone isotope composition and other indirect evidence for the use of fire much earlier. Wrangham is one of the advocates for early use of fire, among others.

  3. Roger
    June 12, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    Really interesting. What fascinated me was his comment at the end about our modern hygiene and cleanliness being a life-extending advantage over paleolithic life…pretty much the exact opposite of what previous guest Dr. Art Ayers was saying, (because of the negative effect such practices have had on good gut flora.)

    Great website too.

    • Jimmy Moore
      June 12, 2011 | 4:29 pm

      I thought the same thing, Roger. I wonder if there’s SOME benefit to the cleanliness of modern society, but that maybe we’ve taken it too far worrying about every little germ.

      • Shannon
        June 13, 2011 | 7:10 pm

        I do think this is the major difference. For example, antibiotics were (and are, if used in the right way) life-saving tools. However, with the increased use, we see increased resistance of harmful strains. We use antibacterial everything (soap, sanitizers, kitchen cleaners, etc). And we have also seen a significant increase in allergies, asthma, etc. Our bodies are not made to be sterile. Most bacteria are helpful to us; killing them off makes us less likely to be able to fight the bad guys.

  4. Mike Ellwood
    June 16, 2011 | 3:44 pm


    A couple of slight worries. Potatoes and yams? Even Michael said that potatoes were comparatively modern (I think), so he then ruled them out, but was presumably saying that other roots would have been eating.

    Certainly my (English/Scottish/Irish) ancestors would not have been eating potatoes or yams or sweet potatoes. I think I’m safer sticking to meat and fat, even if it is from farm animals which are not the same as what the HG’s hunted and killed.

    I’m also not sure about dairy. We didn’t go straight from being HG’s to farmers. There were also pastoralists … people who kept sheep, goats, and cattle. I’m not sure when that started, but a long time before Agriculture. I think Stefansson goes into this. Sheep for example, do very well in many parts of the Britain and Ireland, and I’ll bet they have been here a very long time. They also survive in places where it is impossible to grow crops.

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