Blue Zones Founder
By Dan Buettner March 24, 2021
Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai are arguably the best Alzheimer’s researchers in America. Instead of looking for a cure, which is a long way off and doesn’t really solve the problem of chronic disease in our country, they have developed a plan that will really work to help prevent up to 90 percent of all dementia cases. That’s right, up to 90 percent. In their new book The 30-Day Alzheimer’s Solution: The Definitive Food and Lifestyle Guide to Preventing Cognitive Decline, they articulate how eating a Blue Zones Diet, having a sense of purpose, shedding stress, and getting a good…
By Dan Buettner December 15, 2020
[Interview conducted on December 3, 2020. Published on December 14, 2020.] The COVID pandemic has probably lowered the U.S. life expectancy by over one year, wiping out over a decade of gains. The CDC estimates that we could see upwards of 360,000 deaths by New Year’s Eve. Worse, as renowned epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm tells me, we’re only in the 4th inning of a nine-inning game (you can do the math). I recently did a follow-up interview with Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, an internationally known infectious disease epidemiologist who has advised both Democratic and Republican Presidents. He is the Director…
By Dan Buettner November 16, 2020
A few years ago, I was keynoting a conference, trying to make the point that eating a healthy Blue Zones diet is actually very inexpensive (you can make a healthy meal under $1 with beans and grains). “It just goes to show that you don’t need to shop at Whole Foods to be healthy….” I quipped. Little did I know that Whole Foods CEO and founder John Mackey was in the audience. “I’ve spent my career trying to make it easier for America to eat healthy and then guys like you badmouth us…” he said to me after the show….
By Dan Buettner October 16, 2020
Twelve years ago, Blue Zones became an instant bestseller not because it discovered a miracle diet or pill to live a longer life, but revealed, from the world’s longest-lived people that purpose, good social connectedness, and daily rituals to help us unwind were much more powerful than we thought. Now, Marta Zaraska, in her powerful new book, Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100, unpacks these “soft drivers” of health, showing us why they are more important than the marketer’s panacea, diet-and-exercise. I interviewed Marta from her home in Paris (from Santa Barbara). …
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