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Today's Takeaway with Florine Mark

Sep 18, 2023

with Dr. Joel Kahn, The Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity


Do you ever dream about finding the hidden Fountain of Youth? Just imagine if we could put an end to disease and aging and actually turn back the clock to a time when our physical body was at its peak for health, strength, and optimum performance. If it were only possible, how amazing that would be! Everybody wants to find that magic pill or potion that will grant us a longer, healthier life. Instead, as we age, the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s grows with every passing decade. Over time, our bodies may begin to decline and our immune system weakens. Although a relatively healthy individual might suddenly become ill without warning, in most instances, these diseases have been slowly developing in our bodies for years. We may have even gotten early warning signs we’ve chosen to overlook or ignore entirely, because the thought of what lies ahead is too frightening to contemplate. But as scary as that sounds, maybe it’s not too late. Perhaps there are things we can do right now to delay the onset of old age and keep our bodies functioning with strength and vitality. 


My guest today is Dr. Joel Kahn from The Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity. According to Joel, if we are willing, we can heal our bodies and live a life free of disease and illness. We’re going to talk with him about lifestyle changes we can begin immediately that can delay and perhaps even eliminate the unhealthy consequences of physical and mental aging.


What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • What are the reasons a seemingly healthy person will fall into decline?

  • What are the “Big Four” that we should be concerned about?

  • What are some of the new technologies that help us keep track of our health?

  • What kind of testing should we be getting on a yearly basis?

  • The type of heart disease testing that Dr. Kahn recommends.

  • Why is modern medicine so focused on treating the disease rather than preventative medicine?

  • The science behind movement helps us live a longer and healthier life.

  • Lifestyle measures like keeping a healthy weight and diet can also help us live a healthier life.

  • The importance of getting enough sleep.

  • What can we learn from studying the Blue Zone diet about longevity?

  • Why does Dr. Kahn eat vegan, and what does a typical day in his diet look like?

  • With all the different diets out there, how do we choose the right one?

  • What exercise should someone start with if they haven’t been doing it regularly?


Today’s Takeaway:

While we may not be able to drink from the Fountain of Youth, it may be possible to heal our bodies from within to recover from illness while regaining our lost strength and overall health. Most of us have been taught to expect that as we age, our health will decline and our physical and mental capacity will diminish. But what if it doesn’t have to be that way? What if by making lifestyle changes today, we not only live longer; we live better? We can actually enjoy living and improve the quality of our daily lives. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift we get from practicing preventative medicine today could very well mean the difference between a long, healthy, and active lifestyle and one that is characterized by chronic pain and illness. I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”



  • “We should work as early in life as possible to identify risks and lifestyle patterns and prevent, prevent, prevent.” — Dr. Joel [3:02]

  • “It’s all about early testing and aggressive detection, and there have been major advances that go beyond just eating a huge salad every day.” — Dr. Joel [4:42]

  • “There clearly is a shift to what we’re calling lifestyle medicine. Young doctors are interested in lifestyle medicine.” — Dr. Joel [12:12]

  • “If you want to live a long and healthy life, you want to try and maintain the healthiest weight you can.” — Dr. Joel [14:09]

  • “If you're getting seven to eight hours of good sleep without snoring, you are involved in one of the most powerful anti-aging programs you can be involved in.” — Dr. Joel [15:03]

  • “Genes load the gun, but your lifestyle pulls the trigger.” — Dr. Joel [19:46] 

  • “You're not going to find health in a fast food restaurant.” — Dr. Joel [25:37]


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Mentioned in This Episode:

Dr. Joel Kahn

The Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity

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