We Live Too Short and Die Too LongWe Live Too Short and Die Too Long
How to Achieve and Enjoy Your Natural 100-Year-Plus Life Span

by Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University
and cousin to our own former H-SC President, Walter M. Bortz III

Do you want to live to 100?
If you could be active and do all you want, would you want to live to be 100?

Dr. Bortz predicts that the human body can live 120 years.  He provides 5 types of evidence:

  1. Observational data
    People ARE living this long! Statistics from the Guiness Book of Records list the oldest living people.

  2. Biostatistical maneuvers
    Researchers create projections using Census data with one or more of our major killers eliminated and life expectancy rises. If we cure heart disease, life expectancy goes up.

  3. Longevity and Skeletal Maturation
    There is a relationship between growth rate and life span. Research by Richard Cutlet, at the National Institute of Health,  calculated the "mean lifetime potential (MLP) of several in the animal species.  He found that longevity corelated with the rate of developmnent, length of reproductive period, maximum caloric consumption, and brain size. Cutler calculated mankind's MLP as 110 years."
  4. Decline of Vital Organ Function
    "Age changes are defined as 1/2 of 1 percent decline in vital organ function per year after age 30.  Considering age 30 as 100% functional, then it would take to 110 or 120 years of age before age changes are life limiting."
  5. The Longevity of Cells in Controlled Environment
    "Cells in the human body have a limited number of divisions before signs of aging are seen. Applying math to the data yields an MLP (maximum lifetime potential) of 115-120 years for man."

The Roadmap to 100

by Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

In The Roadmap to 100, Bortz states that the "centenarians are the fastest-growing demographic." The worldwide projection for centenarians by 2050 is 6 million.  In 2009, there were 100,000 in the United States.

This book has a summary chapter boiled down to 14 things you can do to live to 100 and love every minute of it. Going with the 'flow' often means doing whatever everyone else is doing and mindlessly riding along.

In this book, going with the flow is when all systems 'mesh together in perfect harmony.'  You accept that aging is inevitable, you find purpose in your life, you keep moving and being strong, and life feels easy to you.

Dare to Be 100

by Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

This book lists 99 steps to being 100 years old with step 19 being the most important: 'Believe in 100.'  For if you believe it is possible, then the rest is just following the steps to get there.  Dr. Bortz provides the DARE formula: Diet, Attitude, Renewal, and Exercise.  Items within each category provide the 99 steps; however, they can be followed in your own order.  The human body is flexible and adaptable, he says, you can get started at any age.