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Youth, Aging & Longevity

Youth, Aging & Longevity

Staying Forever Young

Longevity October 24, 2023

Longevity and Aging Well

The Holy Grail
Yoga is my go-to for nearly everything, including aging and living a long life. But science has come a long way in this field, while yoga has remained the same the last few milennia. As a yoga hacker, I have my other ear on the cutting-edge of science. Longevity and aging well are fertile fields in the scientific biohacking scene. Science is now at the gates of the holy grail - immortality while staying young! Let's veer away from yoga and take a look at what's on the cutting-edge of science when it comes to longevity.

David SinclairDavid Sinclair on Longevity
Author: Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don't Have To
One of the most respected names in this field is David Sinclair, a 54 year old (2023) who looks like a 30-something guy. He is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and an author. He's my go-to science guy when it comes to aging and longevity.

His biggest discovery to anti-aging is that cells keep a copy of its younger version, and we can get access to it. When we do, we don't only slow down aging, but reverse it back to that restore point to the age of the back-up cell. He claims that he was successful in changing the biological age of all animal species in his tests. We humans cannot be an exception to that. He also claims that animals sharing many DNA traits with us live long lives - no reason why we shouldn't. The biggest influence to our aging is not so much our genetics but what we eat and how we eat, our environment, our lifestyle choice and our mental state of being.

With Levels patched on his upper arm (to measure his blood glucose), Inside Tracker strapped to his heart (to monitor bodyly functions 1000x/sec which automatically sends an alert signal to the main office for any aberration), his daily intake of Athletic Greens with 75 vitamins, minerals and wholefood sourced ingredients (for his nutritional needs), and popping about 100 pills/day, Sinclair is a quintessential biohacker.

3 Longevity Mechanisms:
Essentially, you want to trick your body into thinking there is adversity, famine or danger. This triggers many biological changes that promote longevity. There are hundreds of longevity genes but all fall into 3 mechanisms:

  1. mTOR - mTOR is a longevity gene that makes protein and senses amino acids. So if you eat steak, it senses the protein input and then it starts making muscles. You want a low level of mTOR - this means that it senses scarcity, it hunkers down and prepares for the worst. This state of emergency triggers a longer lifespan. A drug (Rapamycin) can induce a low level of mTOR.
  2. AMPK (Hormesis) - this time, you want to activate in, lotsa AMPK, by eating less. By eating less, AMPK senses a low energy level and sounds the alarm (we're going hungry...we're going to starve!). The body defences go into survival mode and this triggers longevity. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" - this is the language of Hormesis. You subject yourself to a point where the body and mind are out of their comfort zone and from complacency, they become vigilant, alert and awake. E.g. take a roller coaster ride, do something you haven't done before (e.g. free diving? climbing a mountain? camping? backpacking with not enough money?)

    Now I understand why mountain biking amongst other sports makes you young. It's not just the physical exercise but the intense concentration to keep you from falling off a ravine or colliding with a tree. It's the element of danger + physical output + intense concentration that triggers AMPK.

    Also, a drug (Metformin) can be taken to trigger AMPK.
  3. Sirtuin - Sirtuin is an enzyme with 7 genes (longevity genes with multiple copies) and present in yeast, worms and humans (it's universally present). They regulate the aging process. When DNA is broken (caused by xrays, CAT Scans, etc.), Sirtuins come to the rescue and repair them and go back to where they came from. If the damage is too often and too frequent, sometimes, they forget where they came from and go back somewhere else (e.g. a liver gene ending up in the brain). This is the aging process - and with aging comes age-related diseases like Alzheimers . Thus, when we retard the aging process (by normalizing Sirtuin activity), we stay young and Alzheimers does not stand a chance of even showing up.

    Solution to activate Sirtuin? Don't expose yourself to radiation and put the body under controlled stress (exercise, eat less, eat less frequently, hold your breath, take ice baths, etc.) so that the Sirtuin is activated. The Holy Grail is to revert the Sirtuin back to its original copy (since they have multiple copies) - back when you were much younger.

The above longevity genes are not isolated. They talk to each other and part of a vast network. Thus, a spike in AMPK will trigger a low activity in mTOR. They orchestrate themselves accordingly.

DO THIS to Live Long:

  1. eat less - don't get full when you eat, but just enough to ward off hunger
  2. wait for hunger - hunger is a body-stressor. Our body needs to feel this in short bursts to remain young and optimized. This simulates our flight-or-fight state. However, prolonged exposure to stressors (like being stressed for days over a problem or office deadline breaks our immune system and makes us sick)
  3. FAST (eat less often) - there are many ways to fast. Wim Hof suggests fasting for 24 hours in one week. David does the intermittent fasting where you have a 16-hour window of no food. This triggers our dormant gene from our primordial ancestors who lived on feast or famine. This stressor delays aging
  4. avoid sugar - sugar causes energy spikes and dampens the body's defense system. The body is misled to believing there is no reason to be vigilant. This hastens the aging process. There are more reasons why sugar should be avoided
  5. avoid meat - plant-based diet is best
  6. exercise - this is a form of stressor that triggers the body's response to be alert and vigilant, not unlike our primordial ancestors who had to run or hide from predators. This process triggers longevity

Longevity means being a child again...for a day

Daniel J. Levitin Dr. Daniel J. Levitin
Author: Successful Aging
Daniel Levitin is an American-Canadian cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, writer, musician, and record producer who authored many books. As a multi-faceted individual, he has a unique take on youthful aging - that aging, or staying young, is a mindset.

  1. be conscientious - being diligent, thorough, and finishing what you started, is a mental thing. But it has a lot to do with staying young and being well
  2. be curious - while being curious, you become a child again, full of awe and wonder to what else can be learned and discovered in this world

Morgan Levine Dr. Morgan Levine
Author: True Age: Cutting-Edge Research to Help Turn Back the Clock
Morgan Levine is Yale scientist trailblazing a research into biological and chronological age. Chronological age grows with time on the calendar and cannot be helped. Biological age is how our bodies function - this can be modulated. We can move this forward or backwards (reversing the aging process). She says that aging starts at the molecular level. The wrinkled skin and age-related diseases (cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, etc.) are mere manifestations of that molecular degredation. If the biological aging is stopped, then the age-related diseases will not have their chance. Until drugs are developed to reverse the aging process, she suggests developing a healthy lifestyle choice - healthy habits, exercise, good diet, ample sleep.

Nir Barzilai Dr. Nir Barzilai
Author: Age Later: Health Span, Life Span, and the New Science of Longevity
Barzilai is the founding director of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and states that age-related diseases come out as a result of aging. Thus, by retarding or reversing the aging process, these diseases never get their chance to surface. Futhermore, he binds lifespan with healthspan - meaning you live a high quality life even in your old age. And the 'suffering' duration before dying is usually shorter.

Ending Thoughts
Nearly all that has been mentioned above has already been said in yoga - but with a big difference. Yoga paints a broad brush-stroke while science gets it down to pin-point accuracy. They don't contradict each other. While yoga might stop at saying 'eat plant-based' food, science might now recommend a specific smart drug (nootropics) with the molecular clustering of a plant-based diet that contains all your nutritional needs.

They are unanimous in saying that mindset and lifestyle choices are essential in staying young. What also lingers with me is that when we stay young, no matter how chronologically old we get, age-related diseases will be held at bay - not to mention that being young at an old age means a higher quality of life.

David Sinclair pops about 100 nootropic pills/day. I'm not really a fan of that. First, it's expensive and not readily available. Second, the long-term effects of delayed aging through drugs is not known. I'm still with yoga - it's approach is free and uses what we already have in abundance: air and water. And again, I claim this with confidence since I'm a good embodiment of my practice - there is a great divide between my chronological age and biological age.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Lazi Local Info
  1. Resorts - Lazi has some beach/dive resorts on its west coast - Gabayan Riviera, Lazi Beach Club, Bahura Dive Resort. However, the popular area for tourist resorts are in San Juan
  2. Transport - Lazi is the junction where the jeeps begin their clockwise route (Lazi-San Juan-Siquijor Port) or the counter clockwise route (Lazi-Maria-Larena Port). Because the jeeps are rare with about 2 to 3 trips/day only in the morning, it's practical to just have a motorcycle here in Siquijor. With its affordability (a brand new Rusi motorbike is as low as P45k), people just buy motorcycles...especially those who live up in the mountains.
  3. The Boulevard - Lazi's main draw is its seaside cobblestone promenade. When the sun goes down, people gather here for eats, drinks, open-air, harbor view and the sunset
  4. Lazi Port - Lazi just recently opened up its port with Kho Shipping plying the Iligan, Tagbilaran and Cebu routes.
Lazi >> Iligan City by boat

Lazi to Iligan City route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early April 2023. Before, going to Iligan City meant going to Siquijor Port, 30 km away. This also meant that on the way back, you have to be in Siquijor before 2pm to catch the last jeep to Lazi. With this direct route, there is no 'last trip' to catch.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Iligan City, Tu-Th-Sat, 6 hours, Lazi departure 5 am, arrival in Iligan City Port 11 am, economy P800, tourist P1100, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Iligan City
Lazi >> Cagayan de Oro by boat

Lazi to Cagayan de Oro route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early September 2023. Before, going to Davao meant going to Iligan first, then bus to CDO and then bus to Davao City. Now, Iligan can be completely bypassed saving about 3 hours on the trip.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Cagayan de Oro, Tu-F-Sun, 6 hours, Lazi departure 6 am, arrival in Cagayan de Oro Port 12 noon, economy P1,100.00, tourist P1,400.00, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Cagayan de Oro
Lazi >> Dumaguete by boat

Lazi to Dumaguete route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early September 2023. Before, going to Dumaguete meant going to Siquijor Port, 30 km away. This also meant that on the way back, you have to be in Siquijor before 2pm to catch the last jeep to Lazi. With this direct route, there is no 'last trip' to catch.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Dumaguete, M-Th-Sat, 3 hours, Lazi departure 1 am, arrival in Dumaguete Port 4 am, economy P300, tourist P500, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Dumaguete
Lazi >> CDO >> Davao City by boat/bus

Lazi to Cagayan de Oro route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early September 2023. Before, going to Davao meant going to Iligan first, then bus to CDO and then bus to Davao City. Now, Iligan can be completely bypassed saving about 3 hours on the trip.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Cagayan de Oro, Tu-F-Sun, 6 hours, Lazi departure 6 am, arrival in Cagayan de Oro Port 12 noon, economy P1,100.00, tourist P1,400.00, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Cagayan de Oro

  3. Cagayan de Oro Port - arrival 12 noon. Take a jeep to East Terminal (Agora) to catch the Davao-bound bus
  4. CDO East Terminal (Agora) - take bus going to Davao City, 8 hours, PHP 875. This terminal is open 24 hours and there is always a bus going to Davao - no need to pre-purchase tickets
  5. Davao Bus Terminal - you'll arrive at the Davao Bus Terminal, close to SM City. From there you can take a cab ride to your hotel. There are many jeeps that will also take you to the Poblacion town center, 15 mins, PHP 12
Lazi >> Tagbilaran >> Cebu by boat

Lazi to Cebu entails a stopover at Tagbilaran - you only pay for one ticket (I've broken down the individual trips in case you're boarding from Tagbilaran). From the 5pm boat departure from Lazi, it would cost PHP 1000 (it's odd that it's cheaper to pay for the individual trips rather than paying for both...PHP 845 vs 1000) and take about 10 hours.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Tagbilaran, W-F-Sun, 4 hours, Lazi departure 1 am, arrival in Tagbilaran Port 5 am, economy P475, tourist P750, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Tagbilaran to Cebu

  3. Tagbilaran Port - arrival 5 am, layover 1 hour, departure for Cebu 6am (5 hours), economy P370, tourist P520
  4. Cebu Port - arrival 11 am

More on Siquijor Island:

Siquijor Island Local Info

Jeeps - there are only 2 routes for jeeps within Siquijor Island - and they are rare. Most people have their own motorcycle transport.

  1. Siquijor Port to Lazi - last trip leaves at 3pm from station near market
  2. Lazi to Siquijor Port - jeeps depart from the Lazi Port area. 5 jeeps, the last trip at 12:30 pm. Lazi to San Juan, P50.
  3. Larena Port to Lazi - jeeps are unpredictable. As of this writing, there is only 1 jeep plying the Larena-Lazi route. This jeep leaves Larena for Lazi at 9:50am. After that, no more jeep. You'll have to take a tricycle to Siquijor Pob for jeeps going to Lazi
  4. Lazi to Larena Port - 6am (daily) and 9 am (M-Th)

Food - these were suggested by a local to me

  1. Lechon manok & liempo - roasted pork belly and chicken at Joel's in Siquijor Poblacion. I've tried this myself...yummy, even if the chicken was no longer hot
  2. Bibingka - sweetened rice cake by Fidy's Bibingka (P30) in Sawang, Maria. I've come back for this and I buy for other people as well as 'pasalubong' - they love this
  3. Siopao - at the Rosita store near Thrifty (P25) in Siquijor Poblacion
  4. Peanut butter - by Rene. Just ask around in Siquijor Poblacion. It's popular
  5. Torta - sweet cakish bread at the Thrifty story in Siquijor Poblacion
Siquijor Island Map
Siquijor - Dumaguete Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
  1. Montenegro Lines - at Siquijor Port, P234.00/pax, P169/bicycle, 7:30am/10:00am/2:00pm/4:30pm

  2. Montenegro Lines, Siquijor to Dumaguete

  3. Aleson Shipping - at Siquijor Port, 6 am and 6 pm daily, 1:30 pm M-Sat, Regular P200.00/pax, Aircon P250.00/pax

  4. Aleson Shipping, Dumaguete to Siquijor

  5. Ocean Jet - 40 mins,at Siquijor Port, 0919.066.5964,,, 6:00am/6:00pm, P350/pax (tourist/open air), P580/pax (business class)

    Ocean Jet

Siquijor - Tagbilaran - Cebu City Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)

En route to Cebu City, the ferries usually make a stop-over to Tagbilaran (Bohol) to pick-up more passengers or unload.

  1. Ocean Jet - 2 hours, 8:20am, at Siquijor Port
    To Tagbilaran: P800/tourist & open air, P1200/business class
    To Cebu: ?
  2. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port,
    To Tagbilaran: T-Th-Sun, P475/standard, 7pm, 3 hours, PHP?
    To Cebu: T-Th-Sun, 7pm, 7 hours, PHP 650

Siquijor - Plaridel Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
  1. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port, T-Th-Sun, 2:00 am, 5 hours, PHP?

Siquijor - Cebu (Liloan) - Cebu City BUS Trip (as of Jan 2023)

There is only one bus plying this route - Sugbo Urban. Tourist class coach, a/c, comfortable, Sun-Fri (these dates keep changing). P420 for bus, P275 for ferry to Liloan. Larena Port around 5 am, makes a clockwise roundtrip around Siquijor Island - Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi (stops at Lazi market for breakfast and leaves 6:50 am), San Juan, Siquijor (arrives 8am, P50 from Lazi to Siquijor Poblacion) and catches the 1pm ferry at Larena Port (Sundays at 3 pm) for Liloan, Cebu and resumes its land route. Arrives Cebu City (South Bus Terminal) 10 pm.

Sugbo Urban is the cheapest and most convenient way because it goes around the island (clockwise) along the circumferential road, passing through - Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor...and back to Larena where it takes the ferry at 1 pm. This saves you the hassle and high transport cost of a tricycle. Besides, it's a long trip from the other side of the island to be taking by tricycle.

Sugbo Urban

Sugbo Urban

Suggested Destinations After Siquijor Island

These are the nearest popular destinations from Siquijor by boat

  1. Bohol - Bohol is an island northeast Siquijor. Tourist attractions are Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Monkey, Loboc River Cruise, Beaches of Panglao, whale sharks (recent offering), freediving (recent offering)
  2. Cebu - Cebu City is the usual gateway into the Visayas. But in Cebu Island itself, there are many offerings - Whale Sharks of Oslob, sardine run at Moalboal,Thresher Shark of Malapascua
  3. Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
  4. Dumaguete - Dumaguete is a small charming progressive coastal town in Negros Oriental. Cafe and restaurants line the famous Boulevard Boardwalk. Tourist attractions include Japanese Shrine, Casaroro Falls, snorkeling along the southern coastline (Dauin, Masaplod Norte, etc), Balinsasayao Twin Lakes
  5. Plaridel (Misamis Occidental, Mindanao) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.


Siquijor Blogs
Siquijor Island
  1. Canghaling Cave November 14, 2023
  2. Kings and Queens November 13, 2023
  3. Barangay Vote-Buying October 22, 2023
  4. Real Estate Mapping October 1, 2023
  5. Learning Cebuano: Oct October 1-31, 2023
  6. Oct Food Hack: Pizza, Kinilaw, Coconut Bread, Fish Okuy, Carrot Omelette,Lemon-Grass Tea October 2023
  7. Sep Snapshots: Fisherman, Granny, Pedicure, Big Fish, Garbage September 1-30, 2023
  8. Sep Food Hack: Fish Tinola, Ratatouille, Chayote Omelette, Flat Bread September 2023
  9. Together Forever Sep 11, 2023
  10. The Cigarette Talk Sep 1, 2023
  11. Siquijor Star Meditation Center Aug 31, 2023
  12. The Lost Dogs of Siquijor Aug 27, 2023
  13. Moving to a Bungalow! Aug 22, 2023
  14. Aug Chronicles: CDO produce August 31, 2023
  15. Aug Snapshots: Pan de Sal, Palpitate, Taho, Tuna, Pineapple August 1-31, 2023
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  17. July Chronicles July 31, 2023
  18. July Snapshots July 1-31, 2023
  19. Learning Cebuano: July July 1-31, 2023
  20. June Chronicles June 31, 2023
  21. June Snapshots June 1-31, 2023
  22. Learning Cebuano: June June 1-31, 2023
  23. May Chronicles May 31, 2023
  24. May Snapshots May 1-31, 2023
  25. Learning Cebuano May 1-31, 2023
  26. In Search of a Cool Climate May 25, 2023
  27. The 64 km Bike Ride May 16, 2023
  28. Lazi Fiesta May 15, 2023
  29. The Boulevard Opening May 5, 2023
  30. April Snapshots April 1-30, 2023
  31. Learning Cebuano...Again! April 1-30, 2023
  32. Kris Visits Siquijor Mar 17 - Apr 15, 2023
  33. Exploring Siquijor with Marky Mar 25 - Apr 11, 2023
  34. Siquijor Healing Festival April 5-8, 2023
  35. The Talk at United Church of Christ April 2, 2023
  36. Mar Snapshots Mar 1-31, 2023
  37. Vigil for the Ghost Ship of Siquijor March 31, 2023
  38. Judging an Essay on Gender Equality Mar 29, 2023
  39. The Thief, the Shaman, the Elves and the Police Mar 20, 2023
  40. Finally Acquiring the Motorbike Mar 18, 2023
  41. Bitcoin Blunder Mar 15, 2023
  42. Maria's Unsung Beaches Mar 11, 2023
  43. Lagaan Falls Mar 9, 2023
  44. Tibhong Spring Water Source Mar 8, 2023
  45. Bolo-Bolo Natural Spring Mar 2, 2023
  46. Reasons to Get a Wife March 1, 2023
  47. Feb Snapshots Feb 28, 2023
  48. Camagung-Ong Natural Spring Feb 28, 2023
  49. Heeeere's Johnnie! Feb 26, 2023
  50. Manifesting a Motorbike from Thin Air? Feb 18, 2023
  51. The 'Bad Guy' of Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
  52. Amazement from Drivers License Renewal in Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
  53. Locong Falls Feb 9, 2023
  54. Inguinal Hernia? Goodbye ABS! Feb 4, 2023
  55. Jan Snapshots January 31, 2023
  56. In Search of Tubod Cold Spring Jan 27, 2023
  57. 1:4:2:3 Nadi Shodana Jan 26, 2023
  58. Lazi's Boulevard Jan 22, 2023
  59. Lazi: A Monthly Stay Jan 21, 2023
  60. 7 Days in Maria, Siquijor Jan 14-21, 2023
  61. Capilay Spring Jan 17, 2023
  62. Siquijor: In Search of Resonance Jan 9-14, 2023
  63. Riding Around Siquijor's 86km Coastal Road Apr 3, 2012
  64. Exploring the Cantabon Cave of Siquijor Feb 23, 2012
  65. Jovee and Missy's Excellent Adventure Nov 6-7, 2010
  66. Freediving in Siquijor's Marine Sancturaries Apr 23-24, 2010
  67. Island Tour of Siquijor Apr 22, 2010
  68. Kram's Siquijor Wedding Apr 21, 2010

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