Colin McEnroe Show: Thanksgiving, Without The Food
Exploring calorie restriction, caveman diets and religious fasting.
In 2006, readers of the New York Times were treated to photographs of Canto and Owen.
Canto had been following a version of the supposedly life extending calorie-restricting diet. He looked youthful and alert and healthy. Owen had been eating a reasonably healthy, traditional diet. He looked fat and run-down.
Canto and Owen were the same age. They were also monkeys.
Bbut extreme calorie-restriction has now been shown to confer health and life-extension to yeast cells, spiders, vinegar worms and mice too. For some people, calorie restriction is just a sure fire way to lose weight and feel better -- although there are some risks if you lose weight too fast. But for others, the idea is permanently linked to transhumanism -- the theory that technological advances sitting out there in the near future could make us all into 6 million dollar men and women who live many extra decades.
Now, if we can just live long enough to see those advances. So have a little barley. Very little.