DEATH DEFIER

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In 2015, Cana­dian pro­fes­sor, re­searcher and writer Timothy Caulfield took a deep dive into the re­cesses of pop cul­ture, from celebrity health gos­sip to Goop, in his award-win­ning book Is Gwyneth Pal­trow Wrong About Ev­ery­thing? Now, as life­spans con­tin­u­ally in­crease, the 54-yearold shines a light on the fad di­ets, detoxes, ge­netic tests and other meth­ods hu­mans turn to in an ef­fort to stave off mor­tal­ity in A User’s Guide to Cheat­ing Death – a six-part se­ries set to air on Vi­sionTV (a ZoomerMe­dia prop­erty).

“Now that we are liv­ing longer, we want to live bet­ter, too. We call it cheat­ing death, but I think a lot of it re­ally is about liv­ing a healthy life,” Caulfield says from his Al­berta home. “Some­thing I think that has been em­pha­sized over the last cou­ple of decades is our ob­ses­sion with youth, and that’s not nec­es­sar­ily the health­i­est trend.”

In true fash­ion, Caulfield goes be­yond just talk, dip­ping his toe into var­i­ous foun­tains of youth meth­ods him­self – from detoxes to a frigid cryother­apy ses­sion – though he did draw a line in the sand. “The colonic,” he snick­ers. “I wasn’t go­ing to do that.”

So what does Caulfield, who sug­gests we keep an open mind when it comes to health reg­i­mens, be­lieve is the ba­sic blue­print for cheat­ing death as long as pos­si­ble?

“You don’t smoke, you get real ex­er­cise, you eat real food, you sleep, you try to main­tain a healthy weight and you love some­one,” he says. “That’s the magic. Ev­ery­thing else is kind of noise.” —MC

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