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How to live to be 100+: Dan Buettner on TED.com

Posted by: Matthew Trost

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. At TEDxTC, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits such as healthy eating habits and daily use of the treadmill that keep them spry past age 100. (Recorded at TEDxTC, September 2009, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. Duration: 19:39)

Watch Dan Buettner’s talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 500+ TEDTalks.

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  • Ram Mead commented on Jan 23 2010

    sum of this info is in NaturalCures book in Library
    eat very little meat
    NO cooked or processed foods

  • javed ahmed commented on Jan 16 2010

    It is very informative blog.

  • Stephanie Bradley commented on Jan 14 2010

    Inspiring talk, Thank you Dan.

    I would be very interested in your opinion of the author Dr Joel Wallach and his work. He wrote Dead Doctors Don’t Lie, and while I haven’t listened to the audio version for a while now, I recall being entirely excited about the premise that 120 years is not unrealistic for our species. He made the comment that there were no less than 5 cultures that have experienced such longevity. I can’t help but be sceptical due to the obvious commercial undertone yet remain hopeful and have attempted clumbsy personal literature research to confirm this claim to no avail.

    Dr Wallach claims to have been a Nobel Prize nominee amongst other hugely plausable credentails and experiences. Is this guy for real? I’m pitching for 120, there’s not enough time on Earth for 100 short years.

    Thanks again
    Stephanie

  • Rajesh Duggal commented on Jan 11 2010

    “Correlation does not imply causation”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Correlation_does_not_imply_causation

    • Rick Moranis commented on Jan 12 2010

      Lazy-ass copy/pasting of cliches does not imply valid criticism.

      • Rajesh Duggal commented on Jan 15 2010

        You’re right, my ass was feeling especially lazy when I posted that link. Sorry.

        I would have preferred to hear more information about their follow up scientific research.. i.e. did they do controlled studies in other global regions with other groups of people (i.e. different genetics/environments) to determine if the each specific lifestyle habit practiced by these healthy long-livers also showed significant positive results for other groups of people. Or maybe within these groups of people, find those that didn’t practice the same habits as the rest of their community (e.g. eat lots of tofu, but all other habits the same) and see if they weren’t quite as healthy.

        Maybe they did… maybe they didn’t.

        Telling us that some people live a long healthy life and they happen to eat lots of tofu doesn’t mean much to me.

        I’m a great software developer and happen to eat plenty of tandoori chicken! So maybe others developers should think about eating more tandoori chicken. ;)

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