Long Life

A little web site with some ideas for having a long life. It tends to be South Africa -specific, and even more, Cape Town specific.


I have been studying diet, nutrition and health on and off since the early 1990s.

Diet books and systems I investigated include those mentioned below. I also note what I didn't like about them. Most are now fully "commercialised":

  • Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution (*before* if became fashionable)
    At the time I was not overweight, so never got into ketosis. The book failed to convince me to change my diet in any meaningful way.
  • Optimum Sports Nutrition (Dr. Michael Colgan)
    At the time thought it was very good. It heavily promotes artificial supplements. Also aimed at professional athletes (highly paid entertainers without time for real jobs).
  • Raw Energy (Leslie and Susannah Kenton)
    Thought it good at the time, it was one of the early "raw eating" books, though only non-meats were eaten raw, with a target of 75% raw.
  • Eat Right 4 Your Type (Peter D'Adamo)
    Tried this for a while (hated giving up bananas). Then discovered that his tests were done in test tubes, and how lectins react in the body may be entirely different. Also learned that grains are bad for humans (I'm Type A) so lost interest and went back to eating meat...
  • We Want to Live, and The Recipe for Living Without Disease (Ajonus Vanderplanitz)
    Very interesting. Ajonus however is constantly changing some of his recommendations, which makes it difficult to follow his diet unless you are in contact with him. As someone else said, he's not much of a gourmet, and his recipes are not always palatable. However the books are worthwhile reading. I found his approach somewhat mystical at times, and he seems to be a sugar junky (getting it via copious amounts of honey).
  • Neanderthin (Ray Audette)
    Very similar approach to Genefit. Genefit refines his philosophies further.
  • Primitive Man and his Food (Arnold DeVries)
    Interesting historical perspective on various cultures (and their amazing health) around the world. Seems to borrow heavily from Weston-Price.
  • Eating Awake (Mo Lohaus)
    In some ways similar to Aajonus, both had many medical problems as they grew up, which they overcame. Also somewhat mystical, and uses strange English at times. The book is a free download and worth reading.
  • People's Plants (Ben-Erik van Wyk, Nigel Gericke) (seems to need IE, not Mozilla)
    Discussion of useful plants from South Africa, for eating and drinking. Now, need to find them and get them to grow...
  • Genefit Nutrition (Roman Devivo and Antje Spoors)
    • Man evolved in Africa, and did not get to the New World (North and South America) until recently. So we did not evolve eating foods from these continents. In the same way, I as a European did not have ancestors eating Asian or Australian foods, so should probably avoid them.
    • The foods they include are modern cultivars, far divorced from the foods our ancestors evolved on.
    • Meat is downplayed (in the book at least), while I think it may have played a large role for our ancestors.
    • It is likely that our ancestors fed on eggs, insects, flowers, tree buds, and more tubers, berries and fruits than are commercially available. Ideally, these things should be part of our modern diet.
    • I don't think primates in the wild wait until lunch time to start eating, regardless of our circadian rhythm.

Health books and systems investigated include:

  • Fluoride: Drinking Ourselves to Death
  • Cleaning Ourselves to Death

So what have I learned from all of this?

That the human body is an incredible machine which is capable of looking after itself pretty well, as long as we don't put junk into the system.

This junk comes in via two routes:

  1. What we eat and drink
  2. The environment, particularly, what we put on our skin, and breathe in

Diet and Nutrition

Humans have been evolving for millions of years. Mostly in Africa, then later in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Over that time, our ancestors adapted to and thrived on the food supplies available to them. They ate it raw.

Since the cooking revolution (probably only 40k years ago) and the agricultural revolution (around 10k years ago) things have been going downhill for humans, in terms of health and peace.

So, the ideal would be if we went back to eating like our ancestors did, and ate the foods they ate.

At present, I am trying on the Genefit Nutrition approach, which makes the most sense to my philosophical background. Some of the feature of this system are:

  • Mono eating (eating one thing at a time)
  • Raw and unprocessed
  • Food selected by smell and taste
  • Stop eating a particular food when Stop Signal is reached
  • Attempts to align with the body's circadian rhythm.

Since I'm here in Cape Town at the bottom of Africa, I've begun trying to get indigenous plants to test as part of my diet. (Thanks to People's Plants)

Anyway, I'm on this learning curve, and will post results as I go along...

Cheers, Ian