By Ronke Ojomo & Niran Ojomo, MD
“If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.”
– African Proverb
As we drove through the treacherous winter roads to the venue, I had to distract my mind from the exciting work of Dr. Richard Miller; he passionately talks about his work on the Interventions Testing Program (ITP) program. ITP is a program that assesses potential life-extending interventions in Mice. Richard Miller is a professor of pathology and Director of the Centre for Aging Research at the University of Michigan.
The fascinating conversation about pushing the boundaries of human Longevity among the two experts in the field of Aging humbled me about my ignorance and the need for continued professional development.
I was wondering why Longevity was missing syllabus during my residency in England. It’s now apparent that Europe urgently needs to address its aging population to stay competitive in a rapidly changing landscape!
THREE CONTANT THINGS IN LIFE: Death, Taxes, and CHANGE
As we took exit 36, I wished I was driving the autonomous vehicle; the jazz music in the background reverberated with me into another consciousness. It’s fascinating I was driving the car unconsciously, listening to music, and conversing with my wife, all at the same time.
The human body and brain are incredible machines smarter than any current AI!
My partner asked me if I was looking forward to meeting with other couples. I reminded her I had to say NO to about 1,000 requests, including my son’s weekend soccer match!
The Good Life came to mind,? Out my Left field, “I am open-minded but not letting my head fall off.
SUPPORT GROUP: Do you have one?
Back to our adventure, after traveling through time and space, we eventually arrived early before other couples, thanks to my better half keeping me on time. We met the host and their two amazing daughters. The art on the wall is stunning, adding beauty to their home.
My wife turned to me, mouth wide open. “their daughters have grown.” Interestingly, both play musical instruments; what a coincidence!
According to a recent survey, it’s never too late to enjoy the benefits of music. Among the community, music engagement amplifies individuals’ overall mental well-being effects.
What new skills are you going to take up next year?
A NIGHT OF CONFESSION: Freewill vs Determinism”
It was a fantastic evening, like any great social event I attended this year, but it was eventful with many surprises!
NOT, What you thinking of?
Let me share one of our secrets, “We met in Great-Ife and were introduced by a mutual friend who presently lives in Prairies.”
The brotherly conversation was not about politics. We didn’t get involved in matters too Big, matters of faith, State, and Business. However, we dived into profound philosophical discourse about “Freewill vs Determinism” and a mystery called Life. We are not scholars, but it is fascinating to know that great philosophers, theologians, and scientists have grappled with this debate for many years.
What are your thoughts about “Freewill vs Determinism”
Are we just cloned pawns on the battlefield of Life?
BEAUTIFUL INSIDE OUT: Are you looking for love?
The Black Christian ladies on the mission to lead Alberta were creative and ensured the brothers were fed with love, food, and mental stimulation!
I heard the only white brother, Jason (not his real name); maybe we should be doing this more often, he asked.
Understand he is getting married to one of the sisters! OMG, his marriage proposal has gone viral on social media. He is a lucky brother; finding a supportive spouse is difficult.
“One brother echoed, it’s more complicated than going to Mars.” Someone push back with a rebuttal, Elon Musk would disagree with this.
It’s not surprising the ladies won all the games. They have better brains than the gentlemen, despite the compelling evidence our modern society is still very patriarchal.
The event summarises one of my favorite books, “The Good Life,” by two Harvard scholars. Having a supportive spouse improves our health and life span.
Are you looking for your next great read? Check out the references below.
FOOD FEASTING OR FASTING?
As we all ate and talked about topics ranging from food, music, and community, the hallmarks of Aging came to mind, and most importantly, the Chapter on Community( Am I my Brother’s or Sister’s Keeper?) in our book ALIVE OR NOT ALIVE came to mind.
I told them about my new book and the importance of Well-being in our modern society. I challenged them to read a free chapter of the book on Amazon.
Get a copy for family, friends, and colleagues during this winter!
STAYING SHARP- What are the hallmarks of Aging?
I don’t have a photographic memory, but while writing this article, the page from a fantastic book, Forever Young by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, came to mind. Of course, the list is not exhaustive!
- DISRUPTED HORMONE AND NUTRIENT SIGNALLING – FOOD AND AGING
- DNA DAMAGE AND MUTATIONS- Problems with our genetic blueprint
- TELOMERE SHORTENING- Becoming Unravelled
- DAMAGED PROTEINS- Malformed, Misshapen, Dysfunctional Molecules
- EPIGENETIC DAMAGE- A dysfunctional Piano ( A Dysfunctional Piano Player
- SENESCENT CELLS- The Attack of the Zombie Cells
- DEPLETED ENERGY- The decline of our Mitochondria
- OF MICROBES AND MEN- The Link between gut health and Longevity
- STEM CELL EXHAUSTION- The drop in our body’s rejuvenation system
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“The summary of the Good Life is building positive relationships.”
– Robert Waldinger, MD and Marc Schulz, PhD
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1. The Good Life by Robert Waldinger, MD and Marc Schulz, PhD
2. Young Forever: The Secrets to Living Longest, Healthiest Life by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD
3. Interventions Testing Program ( ITP)