Dr. Roy Walford has been a distant hero of mine since I first read his book, The 120 Year Diet quite a few years ago. Walford pioneered research into Caloric Restriction with Optimum Nutrition (CR-ON) as a means of extending the life-span of any species, including humans. A respected researcher, he was also his own most prominent subject; his gaunt, yet springy appearance the emblem of his intention to live to age 110, or beyond.
Walford died in 1994 at the age of 79, of complications related to Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Whether he added many years to his life as the result of his life style is really unimportant to me— we are all individual statistical samples, and the factors controlling our individual life-spans are many. What is quite obvious is that his years were full of life.
A feature-length biographical documentary about Walford will be coming out this year. Below are a couple teasers.