The 120 Year Challenge

Jeanne Calment 1895
Jeanne Calment in 1895 at age 20 (Public Domain –

Is there convincing evidence that our bodies are designed to last 120 years?

Dr. Randy Bivens, president of the Life & Health Network believes he has the evidence and is pointing the way with a wealth of free health resources available on two separate websites:

Life + Health Network

NEWSTART Lifestyle Club – Free Membership

What exactly is the evidence? Well, there is a “proof of concept” in that there is one person in history that reached the verifiable age of 120 years. In fact, Jeanne Calment lived to be 122 years old and died in 1997.

According to the Daily Gazette on August 4 1997, Jeanne Calment learned to fence at 85 and believed that “an occasional glass of port wine and a diet rich in olive oil” were the secrets of her longevity. There is no other historically verified person who lived to 120 years.  So then, why would Randy argue that a life span achieved by possibly a single person in history, should be our goal?

A 1996 study published in the Journal of Gerontology serves as ammunition:

“Maximum Life Span Predictions From the Gompertz Mortality Model”
Caleb E. Finch and Malcolm C. Pike

In this study the authors claim the following:

“If the degree of mortality rate slowing achieved in rats by diet restriction is applied to humans, then the median human life expectancy would approach the present tmax of 120 years.”

Thus the authors argued that by restricting calorie intake in combination with nutrient supplementation it may be possible for the average human age to be extended to 120 years based on experiments with mice.

Roy Walford , a pioneer in the calorie restriction research in mice, also touted the 120 year life span target and he himself adopted the calorie restriction diet. He passed away at the age of 79 in 2004 from respiratory failure as a complication of ALS.

Although the effects of calorie restriction on lifespan have not yet been proven in humans, results of studies on primates indicate that the effect is similar to that seen in rodents.

Based on the idea that the human body can  last 120 years, Dr. Bivens describes 8 laws of health that move us towards the 120 year lifespan target.   These laws can be applied by health detectives seeking to proactively take charge of their health with the advice of their physicians.  These laws are likely to be good starting points, although, calorie restriction has been the only non-transgenic method proven to result in the extension of maximum lifespan. The eight laws described in detail by Dr. Bivens are:

  1. Water intake
  2. Exercise
  3. Nutrition
  4. Rest
  5. Sunlight
  6. Fresh Air
  7. Temperance
  8. Trust in a divine power

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Following these laws will be a great start on the path to increased health as you proactively take charge of your health.

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