Introduction to guest:
Dr. Yurth started her career in orthopaedics, which is a branch of medicine that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. The system of muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons.
During that time, she gained Board Certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a Stanford Fellowship in Sports and Spine Medicine.
After practicing orthopaedics for many years, she became frustrated with the “band-aid approach” to treatment that just covered a problem rather than solved it.
She started looking for ways to actually stop the downhill decline of human health, researching functional and regenerative medicine to incorporate into her practice.
She also realised that the standard orthopaedic model of 10-to-15-minute appointments didn’t suit the levels of therapy that people actually needed and so opened the Boulder Longevity Institute.
The Boulder Longevity Institute provides comprehensive and individualized treatment programs, using the latest research-based medicine and leading-edge diagnostic testing, to slow or in some cases even reverse degenerative processes that come with aging.
In doing so, their goal is to help enhance physical health, well-being, and quality of life.
To give you a bit more on Dr. Yurth and why you should listen to her advice on health and anti-aging, she is:
- Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine,
- She has advanced Fellowship Training in Anti-Aging Medicine,
- She is a Member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine,
- She has completed over 400 hours of Continuing Medical Education training in the areas of Longevity, Nutrition, and Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
In this podcast we talk about simple, scientifically proven, methods that anyone can use to improve their health and live longer.
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Key quotes and takeaways from the show:
“We are at our best immunologically, around puberty.”
“Longevity is not something to start thinking about when you’re 50, it’s something to start thinking about in your 20’s.”
A complete blood count and a comprehensive metabolic panel only cost around $12 in the US and there is a slew of useful information that you can get from those tests.
Ways of measuring biological age:
- As we get older, our cells get bigger. Measure Mean Cell Volume (MCV). If MCV is low, cells are younger and healthier.
- As we get older, our albumin levels decrease. The lower your levels, the older your biological age.
- As we get older, we have more neutrophils and less lymphocytes. As the ratio gets further from 1:1, the older your biological age.
Start with getting your immune system healthier! Everything starts to fail after immune dysregulation. It’s imperative that we look after our immune systems! – muscle building, circadian rhythm, hormones, etc.
Muscle is an organ. It produces myokines that affect every organ in the body – brain, liver, gut, heart, etc. – “If you have no muscle and you’re not producing myokines, your organs will be adversely affected.” You want interleukin 6 (IL6) to be binding to muscle receptors and not floating around in your body. You must strength train!
Get sunlight during the day (especially in the morning) so your brain can regulate hormones that are natural to your circadian rhythm. If you can’t get natural light, use a light with over 4,000 LUX (a “happy lamp,” “happy light” or a natural light alarm clock). Reduce sunlight and blue light leading up to sleep for the same reasons (avoid screens, wear blue light blocking glasses, etc.).
The timing of your eating impacts your circadian rhythm. Time restricted eating aids circadian rhythm. This is different for everyone!
Napping for longer than 20 minutes is likely to disturb circadian rhythms and disrupt melatonin release at night.
L-Tryptophan and melatonin supplementation should help with circadian rhythm. Melatonin also has “huge immune modulating properties.”
If your hormones aren’t in order, it’s going to be very hard to get the big things right.
“Antidepressant drugs are one of the biggest killers of testosterone.”
As we age, mitochondria get damaged. When mitochondria know this, they kill themselves (mitophagy or autophagy) to make room for new mitochondria to form. If mitochondria get damaged and don’t kill themselves, they spew out proteins called Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) which do good and bad things. Too many damaged mitochondria and ROS is bad for the body. It’s important to stabilise your levels of ROS by going through autophagy phases (fasting, heat, cold, spermidine, etc.). Cycle growth phases and autophagy phases.
“The higher the level of polyamines in your body, the longer you live.”
“Don’t confuse lifespan with healthspan.”
Question of the day:
“If you had the opportunity to live forever, would you?”
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If you enjoyed this podcast and want to understand a little more about cell health, listen to our podcast with Dr. Don Wood, who explained the impact that trauma and anxiety has human cells.
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- 00:00 – Overall show introduction.
- 00:38 – Finding your purpose, happiness and success in life – mhvpath.com.
- 02:39 – Introduction to today’s show.
- 05:32 – Shaun’s hearing voices!
- 06:48 – Why it’s important for 25- to 45-year-olds to be tracking their biological health.
- 10:15 – What simple metrics can people use to track their health?
- 13:40 – Where to get cheap, easy blood tests.
- 15:40 – How to improve your health and biological age – tip #1.
- 21:07 – The danger of society’s definition of beauty and the “skinny-fat”.
- 22:43 – How to improve your health and biological age – tip #2.
- 28:05 – How children’s circadian rhythms differ to adults.
- 29:58 – Does Dr. Yurth recommend napping?
- 31:03 – Light emitting earbuds, L-Tryptophan and melatonin.
- 34:00 – How to improve your health and biological age – tip #3.
- 41:06 – How healthspan and biotracking methodologies change as we age.
- 42:18 – The importance of mitochondria for life and health.
- 48:30 – What is spermidine and where can you get it?
- 52:01 – Methods for triggering autophagy.
- 53:34 – Emphasising the importance of mitochondria for life and health.
- 55:18 – How Dr. Yurth trains and her recommendations for physical exercise.
- 58:53 – Principles and life lessons that Dr. Yurth lives by.
- 59:54 – How to find credible information.
- 01:02:43 – Would Dr. Yurth live forever?
- 01:03:54 – Resources that Dr. Yurth often gifts, recommends or refers back to.
- 01:05:17 – Fun fact about pop tarts.
- 01:06:05 – Dr. Yurth’s final message to viewers.
- 01:07:59 – Dr. Yurth’s future challenges.
- 01:08:15 – Lifespan Vs. Healthspan.
- 01:10:10 – Where to find more, next week’s guest and mhvpath.com.
People and resources mentioned:
In alphabetical order:
- Amelia Boone
- Johann Hari book mentioned by Gaz (Lost Connections)
- Laura Penhaul
- Light emitting earbuds (Gaz got from Own The Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus).
- Lisa Tamati
- Seinfeld comedy bit about pop tarts