How Long Can We Live?

by | Oct 16, 2002 | Archives

We just finished our weeklong “Global Health Secrets” course. Delegates agreed that though it covered a wealth of deep information derived from healers in China, Tibet, the Amazon, Andes, India and the West, it was also very practical and usable. One question was how long should we live? Here are three clues and a tip on how to reach this ripe age.

Clue #1 is that in longevity valleys (Georgia in the Balkans, Hunza Valley in Pakistan and Vilcabamba in Ecuador) some residents live to be 110, 120, even 130 years. Is this remarkable or is this how long we can live?

One portion of the course focused on the seven energy charkas the body uses to process energy. Each is designed to be a main processor of information for seven years. There is a good reason for this. The first chakra bonds us to Mom and lasts till we are seven. We need her care and protection while we develop physically.

Then the second chakra becomes dominant at about age seven and pulls us away from Mom so we bond with pals. This is the time for us to learn who we are as a male or female. Once we know this, the third chakra kicks in at age 14 and begins to attract us to the opposite sex so we can get ready for the fourth chakra at age 21 which leads us to have kids. And so on.

Clue #2 came in the course when we looked at how the two invisible chakras become more important at about age 56 (the 8th seven year cycle). These chakras focus on the soul (the 8th) and the infinite being (9th). Ancient texts suggest this is a time when we can more easily attain enlightenment. Then they tell us that there are seven levels of enlightenment. If each runs for seven years this would bring us to about 112 years (close enough to the age residents in the longevity valleys actually live).

Clue #3 comes from a great longevity scientist, Dr. Roy Walford, who argues that longevity can be significantly increased by a diet that contains all the required nutrients but about a third fewer calories. In his completely revised edition of The 120 Year Diet he backs up his explanation with laboratory evidence – why he believes that the anti-aging diet can preserve one's vital, productive years and extend the human life span to well beyond its present maximum. Walford's other book, The Anti-Aging Plan, also includes 20 days of varied high-nutrition menus that contain fewer than 1,500 calories a day.

At the course we heard how numbers based on tests of many animals with differing rates of metabolism suggest that the human being wears out after processing somewhere in the region of 70 million calories. Burning these at a rate of 1,500 calories a day would have us living about 127 years. So 110 to 120 looks about right. So what is wrong? Why is the life expectancy in the U.S. (one of the richest countries in the world) only 75? The one tip here is that we simply eat too much. We just use up our calories too soon.

In other words eat less, live long! And be happy. That can help you live longer too.

Until next message may your life be long and this day a wonderful one for you.


PS: Merri and I will be taking a small group to the luxurious La Mirage Spa in Ecuador in January 2003 to study longevity. If you want more details send me a note at