- 1 The Institute’s Research & Education Mission
- 2 Identifying the best Happiness and Holistic Protocols that will promote a Healthy, Purposeful & Joyful Lifespan of 120 Years plus
- 3 Happiness and Longevity Medicine as an Indivisible Whole
- 4 Holistic Modalities are more durable than monolithic approaches
- 5 Psycho-Neuro-Endocrinology
- 6 The Institute’s Main Activities
- 7 The Big Life-Enhancing Shift
- 8 Core Belief on Health-care Rights
- 9 Expected Social Outcome
- 10 Conclusion
- 11 Call for Fund-raising Actions
- 12 Exhibits A
- 13 Exhibit B
- 14 Reference and precision Notes
The Institute’s Research & Education Mission
Identifying the best Happiness and Holistic Protocols that will promote a Healthy, Purposeful & Joyful Lifespan of 120 Years plus
“The stability of the internal environment (the milieu intérieur) is the condition for the free and independent life”. Professeur Claude Bernard (Dr Claude Bernard is one of the recognized fathers of modern medicine)
The Happiness Medicine Institutes’ scientists are mandated to research and analyze both Happiness’ and Longevity’s mechanisms of action and to determine what are the conditions that will allow the majority of the People to live their fundamental birthright: a happy fulfilling Life up to the Hayflick limit (70 cell doublings/divisions or 120 years), thanks to which we would be able to build the largest “bleu zone” ever.
Once actionable protocols are established, the Institute’s certified coaches and instructors teach these protocols via consultation sessions, workshops seminars (both corporate and non profit workshops), public talks, publications and conferences.
One of the Happiness Medicine Institute’s public advocacy activities is to promote a doable (realistic) universaL basic income policy for those who are struggling with too much telomere shortening chronic stress and toxic processed foods. This way, the People can at least begin to feel better and achieve the preliminary requisites of health and their lifespan potential. (1) As i have explained in the link above, given the circumstances, this policy is a State erga omnes obligation.
As noted in one of my blog-articles, the most healthy and long lived “blue zone” is not what most bleu zoners and gerontologists claim, the healthiest bleu zone where its People live the longest is Mediterranean Monaco. And one of the reasons for this is that Monacans have the highest proportion of millionaires therein and benefit through France from the European Community’s normative configuration. (2) Thus, they can afford the best anti-aging doctors, the best foods, the best living conditions and the least chronic stress and toxicity.
Thus, there is no meaningful equal access to happiness medicine without some public policy innovations that allows the People to eat and live in a healthy way.
Another public policy novelty the Happiness Medicine Institute is promoting is the building of a rejuvenation retreat network, where people could get fit while getting certified and educated to stay fit and to teach holistic fitness in their communities. (3)
Happiness and Longevity Medicine as an Indivisible Whole
If the Institute has chosen to focus on both Happiness and Longevity, it is because these two fundamental variables of health are connected. (4) And they are connected in a causative way.
Simply stated, being in a happy, optimistic, holistic and purposeful mode of existence rejuvenates.
While being in chronically depressed, intensely and continuously angry (frustrated, overly critical, negative), “stuck” and stressed out situation accelerates aging, especially if there’s an inhibition of action, when there is the perception of “no exit” between fleeing or fighting a stressor (See Laborit’s contribution below).
Many people since the dawn of Humanity have been intuitively aware of this correlation. But it has been only recently that this causation has been lab-proven. In effect, we can now easily measure the length of telomeres, thus this causal relationship between the shortening of the telomeres and aging is all the more substantiated that Telomere shortening has been identified as the central biochemical mechanism by which we oxidize and age. There are over ten other distinct mechanisms of aging (See the Institute’s book), but Telomere shortening appears to be the central one, at least this is what the Science is suggesting today.
Among others, Nobel laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn of UCLA showed that the perception of threatening chronic stress significantly shortens human lifespans while a holistic lifestyle characterized by a positive mood, good food, exercise and meditation would increase lifespan via the telomere lengthening pathway. (See Exhibit A Below).
Without knowing about the existence of telomersase, one of France’s great thinkers not many American scientists know about, French professor Henri Laborit (a Lasker awardee & quasi Nobel laureat) had actually explained decades ago part of this aging and disease generating mechanism, in particular on how malignancies (cancer) and other diseases can result from this perception of intense chronic stress and “inaction” that leads the stressee in a situation of pathological despair because he or she is no longer able to take action, either via fight or flight.
“A major role of the brain is to organize behaviors, ie, action. There is inhibition of action when behaviors become impossible, and this is deleterious to health. This happens when an instinctive behavior (such as fight or flight) is impossible, when acting is useless, when a danger cannot be predicted, or when no previous response pattern exists to direct action. In these situations, a brain system, the système inhibiteur de l’action, or behavioral inhibition system (BIS), is activated and stimulates the neuroendocrine responses that were described by Walter Cannon in the 1920s and Hans Selye in the 1930s and 1940s….Responses to one’s environment, when dysfunctional, become toxic (…) inhibition of action induced pathogenic mechanisms. He observed that humans have ancestral instinctive behavioral responses that are not adapted to the modern societal milieu”. Source (5)
For example, when my own grandfather perceived an upcoming tsunami wave of horrendous news against his beloved family regarding which he saw no exit, his hair turned white and he visibly aged in an accelerated manner. Among others, holistic oncologist Dr. Hamer of Germany and Dr Claude Sabbah of Marseilles France have pursued Laborit’s line of research and applied some of his ideas in their clinical practice. They have also both developed variants thereto and theorized complementary heuristic avenues of research thereof, in particular on emotional unresolved conflicts that needed to be “deprogrammed” before health could be restored . (6)
A contrario to the perception of threatening stress and the inhibition of action and despair, we have resiliency and the Joie de Vivre frequency (lifestyle) that gifted children and certain adults are able to activate. Today, hundreds of published papers have shown that when the attitude and the mindset vibrate “high”, in terms of exuding a peaceful, loving and kind meditative holistic consciousness, when “mindfulness” prevails, the entire body’s physiological systems appear to conspire in order to activate key hormones and neuropeptides, which will in turn contribute to switch on and express, inter alia, the dormant telomerase gene TERT in somatic cells. (7) Once we learn how to turn on these telomerase enzymes in a safe and holistic way, (8) telomere maintenance, cell repair, autophagy and other longevity mechanisms are all able to work better. (Source)
Likewise with cancer patients, when these patients are happier via a support network, they live twice as long. (9)
Holistic Modalities are more durable than monolithic approaches
Thus, once this Optimal Longevity Code is put in place, humans will be able to fully live their evolutionary and God-giving lifespan to at least 120 years. At this point, we as a human society will be making some progress as we prepare better social organization and healing structures that are more consistent with Life and the exigencies of JDV (joie de vivre).
And this long lifespan will be necessarily associated with the dramatic reduction of most chronic disease epidemics the cost of which is both bankrupting the Nation and making babyboomers and millions others miserable.
This theme is thus one of the central research & teaching topics the Happiness Medicine Institute delves into, in hope of finding less a magic drug or esoteric potion than the right frequency, the right attitude, the “plan of action”, the right lifestyle, the right culture-nature combination, the right Code that will better express our telomerase enzymes (what gerontologists call “enzymes of immortality”) for the benefit of all of our healthy cells (and not just our germ cells). (10)
In this manner, most humans will be able to live up to or beyond the Hayflick limit of 70 cell divisions (ie 70 divisions or cell doublings translates to 120 years old). But a 120 years stripped of chronic diseases and debilitating conditions, in particular cancer (ie, malignancy cells have discovered this “secret” longevity Code way before us as they have known how to activate telomerase for millions of years).
In this above-mentioned light, the Institute is working on a publication project based on the science of happiness seen through the prism of “psycho-neuro-endocrinology”, (11) a field which is gaining in popularity with Deans of schools of medicine. (Source) as well as on the science of optimal longevity.
Within this context, the Institute’s current goal is to publish its findings and then teach the “Optimal Longevity Code” and its happiness and holistic techniques. which can be decisive in switching on the body’s key longevity enzyme.
In this perspective, supercentenarian (12) Jeanne Calment is a key example. When asked what was her secrete to her 120 plus years, she answered happiness via laughter, chocolate, red wine and unflappability. (13) (See Exhibit B below) It is to be noted that in both chocolate and red wine, there are key longevity molecules. Red wine for example contains resveratrol, anthocyanin, proanthocyanidin (more than in white wine) and a myriad of other flavonoids and polyphenols that have been shown to upregulate multiple health and longevity pathways. (See HMI’s blog-article on proanthocyanidins the Institute’s writings, it’s book on this topic as well as its wine medicine workshop). In addition to activating key longevity genes, wine, the substance that 20th century American Governments’ law-makers banned for decades, also acts as an aromatase inhibitor, which is a hormonal regulator that affects tissue growth and longevity (See Optimal Longevity Blog).
Similarly, evidence has been established that testosterone, a key rejuvenation and wellbeing hormone, was increased just by watching an exciting sport show. (Source) Likewise, appreciating or hugging a close friend activates the bonding “feel good” oxytocin hormone, which in term optimizes muscle regeneration. (Source)
The Institute’s Main Activities
The Happiness Medicine Institute’s mandate is thus to produce blogs, reports, documentaries, talks, workshops and coaching sessions to help convince viewers that happiness-based, holistic & longevity medicine should be the new medical “standard of care” governing not only gerontology, but also public health, family medicine as well as all of the other branches of medicine, the health sciences and even most social sciences.
As Professor Blackburn pointed out, thousands of published research papers are now showing that this accelerated shortening of the telomeres process can start quite young. (See her video below). Hence, it is vitally important that this Happiness JDV (joie de vivre) medicine permeates Society as a whole.
As the Institute’s study on the relative failure of conventional medicine and public policies, most Americans as a whole are aging faster, dieing quicker, losing both fertility and reproduction capacities and getting subjected to more and more chronic diseases. At these rates, most American will either be taken over by bacteria and viruses, possibility by healthier minorities or will self-destruct. There is a small minority which is health-conscious and lives a holistic lifestyle. But it’s uncertain whether they can turn the tide around.
To face these and similar challenges, the Happiness Medicine Institute team assists via coaching, workshops, publication and educational outreach how to reduce the prevalence and incidence of chronic diseases, from Alzheimer’s disease, to Parkinson, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmunity and more. Likewise with aging. Once there are sufficient funds, the Institute plans on financing research studies and providing educational outreach as well as advocacy work with the public sectors. Meanwhile, the Institute’s scientists research innovative and breakthrough modalities in the holistic, integrative, conventional and any other medical system that may have interesting ideas and facts, wherever they are. The Institute teachers, once certified, educate healthcare professionals, patients, and their families as well as the public on both prevention and treatment of most chronic diseases and aging via holistically based happiness medicine. Once better organized and financed, the Institute will also facilitates communication among different groups and Nations so as to identify the best health care standards characterized by safety, efficiency, environment protection and cost-friendliness.
The Institute’s team also reports on and analyzes modern anti-aging research, the most trending being pluripotent stem cell science, induced tissue regeneration, telomerase activators, hormonal interventions and, among others, regenerative medicine where old human cells are conditioned to rejuvenate back to embryonic time.
The Big Life-Enhancing Shift
Happiness Medicine Institute’s ultimate goal is to significantly contribute in gently guiding Society to shift from today’s culture of death (ie, characterized by epidemics of depression, chronic diseases, accelerated aging, pre-mature deaths, Life destruction, violence and all sorts of deleterious division processes) to a culture of Life (ie, characterized by diversity, a balanced milieu, social peace, an abundance of individuals living a purposeful and healthy lifespan to least 120 years, as well as all sorts of unifying processes that both complexify Life and give it meaning, beauty and JDV (joie de vivre).
This shift is nothing less that a respectful call for the State’s political and legal decision makers to align public policy with science and the historic, genetic and evolutionary necessities of JDV. (14) (Source)
Core Belief on Health-care Rights
It is the Happiness Medicine Institute team’s core belief that benefiting from a healthy long & purposeful lifespan, (i.e., living one’s full life potential), is one of the People’s most sacred fundamental rights, a birthright that is validated not only by Darwin’s evolutionary rationale, but also by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights authors, by a few of the country’s founding fathers, including George Washington’s close friend and mentor who was one of the most important founding fathers of the American Republic, Lafayette and by the Bible’s prophets. (15)
“And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3: King James Version)
So far, since 1997, “…no one has exceeded Jean Calment’s record of 122.5 years, despite an exponential increase of centenarians” (Source) Thus, until scientists crack the superlongevity code and-or until there’s some kind of unpredictable event, human lifespan is capable of reaching at least 120 years. And in relatively good shape as showed Jeanne Calment.
Another core belief that is held by the Institute’s Team is based on the fact that the People should have a constitutional right to promptly benefit from the equal access to the conditions that will favor healthy and long lifespans to 120 years. This subsidiary belief or principle can not be attained if the State does not help out. Thus, the Government should bestow to all no-low-modest income American residents a universal salary that will be strong enough to help keep the recipient citizen resilient. And thanks to this resilience, the State will benefit and its economy will be able to prosper even more. With a buoyant economy based in large part on the eradication of society’s chronic diseases epidemics, including the eradication of the accelerating aging epidemic, mostly everyone will be able to meet their basic needs, to enjoy the “Good Life” and holistic health and to self-replicate, while contributing in the edification of a new civilization based on spiritual and holistic values.
By establishing a critical mass of happy centenarian and supercentenarians, from 3 to 5 percent per village, collective self-responsibility, public health, social peace, environmental clean-up, resource enhancement and a prosperous economy would start to be better secured. In this perspective, empirically based evidence shows that when there are happy meditators that surpass the 5 percent, the social indicators of crime and violence significantly decrease, by over 20 percent. (16) (Source).
Another expected social outcome would be a lot of cash. Because chronic diseases in the US costs over one trillion dollars and because a Happiness Medicine model and a Holistic Lifestyle System would put in place key habits and conditions that would avoid over 95 percent of these chronic diseases to surface, the People would be able to save over one trillion dollars per year. With a small amount of these funds, it would not be difficult to reverse most ongoing chronic diseases and have lots left for organic farming, energy sustainability and eco-development. As a result, most communities could be sustainable, educated and prosperous, conditions which would nurture both health and happiness.
In addition, modest-income People for the first time ever in the History of Humanity would be in a situation where they could better secure their long lifespan birth-right to over 120 years as they could use part of these funds to finance a universal basic income policy for those who are struggling with too much telomere shortening stress as well as a rejuvenation retreat network. where people could get fit while getting certified and educated to stay fit and to teach holistic fitness in their communities. Without the satisfaction of basic needs and some semblance of holistic lifestyle training, it would be impossible to achieve the People’s full Life potential of 120 years and beyond.
Once happiness and longevity signaling pathways are better upregulated and impregnated with what the Chinese call “Chi” or Life force, (Source) including, but not limited to what a Longevity Harvard study called “loving-kindness meditation” (17) then the “soif de vivre” (i.e. thirst to live) mindset or vibe can transform into to the “Joie de Vivre” (i.e., bliss or high-vibe happiness) consciousness. As Dr Chopra and others teach, this type of deep consciousness rejuvenates and may be one of the keys to the understanding of the laws of physics and the mechanics of the universe.
However, as Henri Laborit asserted, modern society’s milieu is still not well adapted to the exigencies of Joie de Vivre, health and optimal longevity. To benefit from a healthy milieu, we need to change the biomedical model. Instead of focusing on a fee per symptom business model, we should first focus on a holistic approach that addresses the first three (out of a dozen) major determinants of longevity: the reduction of oxidative stress, the maintenance of “long telomere” and the promotion of DNA-repair mechanisms, thanks to which the body’s key homeostasis systems can be better secured.
Then People would live and age much better, as Claude Bernard wrote, People would thrive thanks to the “the stability of the milieu intérieur”. When indeed the milieu intérieur is balanced as well as diversified (Ie, there is no good balance without diversity), then a healthy, happy, purposeful, prosperous, free, long-lived and independent life is unattainable. At that point, the World Health Organization’s lofty definition of health (See immediately below) would be anchored in reality, the reality we will have willingly chosen to invest in.
By achieving this goal, each and every public institution will have to radically change in order to adapt to the People’s newly found “home”, the home of their endowed “120 years health lifespan” treasure embedded and hidden (until recently) within their genetic and stellar constitution.
L’Chaim-Tovin-Ulshalom (Hebrew for “To life and Peace”)
Christian Joubert (HMI director)
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”. (World Health Organization’s Constitution)
Call for Fund-raising Actions
To help finance the Institute’s research and documentaries, and the building of a a European-flavored Holistic Rejuvenation Retreat center in the US, we encourage holistically minded Americans to invite Christian Joubert, the Institute’s founder, and director of the Mediterranean Holistic Optimal Longevity Retreat Center in France to speak at conferences and offer holistic health workshops to purchase the Institute’s ebooks and to help him organize fundraising events.
Thanks to this projected American European Flavored Holistic Rejuvenation Retreat center, European holistic health experts will give their best to Americans and American Holistic health experts will give their best to Europeans, thanks to which we would be able to enhance the medical standards of care on the two continents, that which would benefit public health, prosperity and peace. Once this goal is reached, then the conditions for the emergence of a new spiritual and holistic era will be within reach. (18)
Top: “To Life” (“L’ Chaim” in Hebrew). Professor Christian Joubert, at the international integrative oncology convention in San Diego in 2016 toasting and “dégusting” (sipping) a small amount of red resveratrol-rich pinot wine with the conference President, Annie Brandt and her two assistants. “Wine is an appropriate article for mankind, both for the healthy body and for the ailing man.” Hippocrates (19)
Top: this is a special variety of grape that grows in South France that few people know about and which has been associated with great longevity and health compounds.
It is Christian’s belief that everyone has the fundamental right to benefit from a meaningful and equal access to safe and efficient holistic & happiness medicine as well as to the concomitant basic right to be properly informed about all the medically proven modalities that can reverse chronic diseases (ie, this is actually a legal obligation) and optimize longevity while reducing disease incidence and saving the State hundreds of billions of dollars that could nurture Life in the “hic & nunc” (the here and the now). To participate in this endeavor, please see our fundraising page.
“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” The Dalai Lama
Top. Professor Elizabeth Blackburn who won the Nobel in Physiology (2009) for her outstanding work on telomerase, chronic stress and longevity.
Top: Jeanne Calment from the Mediterranean city of Arles in South France. Here, at 120 years, Jeanne is relishing some dark chocolate. In addition to lots of humor, unflappability, love of music (she played piano), a passion for dance and exercises, joie de vivre, Jeanne thrived on a Mediterranean diet, red wine and dark chocolate. Jeanne is the only person to have been proven via a valid birth certificate to have lived beyond the Hayflick limit of 120 years. Today, thanks to research, we have much more knowledge on what to do and what not to do in order to promote longevity genes and a healthy lifespan beyond 120.