Rare Interview with Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi on Autophagy
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On a recent trip to Japan, I was fortunate enough to have met and interviewed some very interesting individuals, each of whom will be highlighted in upcoming videos. I spoke to an award-winning scientist on his studies on the incredible effects of hydrogen on the human body, as well as visiting a hydrogen spa and partaking in their hydrogen facial! I also met a beauty expert who imparted so much fascinating knowledge that us westerners simply aren’t aware of that contribute toward their amazing youthful appearance and glowing skin. And in my spare time I simply soaked in the amazing culture, which, as a wellness explorer, and being ever curious, allowed me a glimpse into Japan’s goldmine of fascinating information with regards to health, nutrition, and longevity. I had a camera in tow, so expect to see a lot of content coming soon!
However, of all the wonderful and insightful experiences I had during my trip, none were quite as overwhelming and memorable as my interview with the renowned, Nobel prize-winning (2016) scientist, Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, an expert on autophagy, for which his studies and findings won him many awards worldwide, as well as the coveted Nobel Prize, and shed light on new areas of fasting and autophagy.
Autophagy is a word which many of you have heard but for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, it literally translates as self-eating, coming from the Greek words: auto — self, and phagy — to eat. You may have heard me mention the word while talking about fasting, a subject that fascinates me endlessly, and of which I am a strong proponent. In fact, my first book, Glow15, was written on the subject. However, do not fear, self-eating doesn’t mean cannibalization! It is a miraculous a natural process in the body whereby our bodies will literally eat our toxic cells, resulting in cellular recycling, which can, among many other things, help prevent chronic illness. It is also a complete body detox and of course works against the aging process by “eating” or degrading damaged organelles, cell membranes and proteins. When autophagy slows or does not function properly, it is thought to be one of the main reasons for the accumulation of damaged cells and aging. It is a science that does not cease to amaze me. And, as Dr. Ohsumi says himself: in his 30 years of study on the subject and to date, we only understand about 30% of the science and miracle of autophagy.
Being a very private and introverted individual, I was deeply honored to have been granted access to Dr. Ohsumi’s laboratory at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and to sit and chat with him about his studies. This rare opportunity was truly an honor and one of his first filmed interviews since winning the Nobel prize in 2016. Dr. Ohsumi is a gentleman, and the epitome of Japanese politeness and humility, as well as being a very soft spoken, modest individual.
I hope the information in this video inspires you to learn more on the subject of fasting and autophagy. It is an area we will be devoting a lot of time to and exploring within this channel, so if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to receive notifications on upcoming videos. I would also encourage you to check out some of our other existing videos on fasting. To learn more about Dr. Ohsumi himself and his work, you can visit the following links.
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To your health and happiness 🙂