the grow young project



Here’s me, Rod. In many ways I’m just the guy. The one who’s gently but ever so surely aging. As I move on towards my 60’s I have truly begun to understand that our time here is way too short and extraordinary an opportunity to waste and consequently I have  become increasingly fascinated and motivated to discover the ingredients for a happy, long and full life. I’ve  done a whole bunch of things in life – everything from ballet dancer to businessman – but these days I work as a writer, teacher, mentor and coach helping people to find and create a life that is both meaningful and rewarding in every way. I’m fascinated by science, psychology and human potential and I guess I bring that and the fact that  I am living the principles espoused here each and every day. I’m the guinea pig guys!

Now meet some of the experts, inteviewees and consultants


aboutmarkatkinsonDr Mark Atkinson MBBS is an internationally renowned health and human potential development expert, a pioneer in the field of integral medicine, an expert in cancer care and both professional colleague as well as a very good buddy. Over the last 15 years he has received acclaim from his peers and the media for his transformative work. Mark explains ‘many illnesses and most psychological suffering are avoidable. They are the inevitable consequences of living in our head, mishandling our emotions, neglecting our physical, emotional and spiritual needs and being asleep to the innate wisdom that is always available to us when we are in alignment with the reality of the present moment.’ His books include The Mind-Body Bible, Holistic Health Secrets for Women and True Happiness – Your Complete Guide to Emotional Health.


Aaron SeitzDr Aaron Seitz is a groundbreaking neuroscientist, a professor at University of California Riverside and a world renowned expert in the field of Perceptual Learning. Alongside running a busy research lab he is a cofounder of the UCR Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Wellbeing. Aaron & his team focus much of their efforts towards developing unique research-driven brain training programs with an aim in his own words ‘to create something that had real world impact’ . The current crop include the cutting-edge vision improvement program UltimEyes®, the memory enhancement app Recall and they are currently seeking funding to develop a new program to help restore hearing loss. What sets Aaron’s work apart in my opinion is his dedication to good clear science coupled with what he call ‘a multifaceted approach’ meaning more that one mechanism or pathway is engaged. You can hear more about all of this in Aaron’s interview on the articles page.


charles-nduka_df28ccc9_260-270-0.3245c801Dr Charles Nduka MB BS MA(Oxon) FRCS FRCS(Plas) is one of the UK’s top plastic, cosmetic  & reconstructive surgeons. As well as his NHS consultancy Charles also manages a very busy private practice yet still finds time to conduct cutting-edge research into ways of improving surgical techniques & outcomes. Charles is our go-to expert for all things related to cosmetic interventions and is clearly eminently  well qualified to comment on what works and what is likely a waste of your hard earned cash. Charles’ highly ethical & supremely well qualified approach to the often poorly regulated world of of cosmetic procedures makes his comments even more valuable to we lay folk.


John_WassProfessor John Wass is a world renowned medical expert & consultant physician whose resume contains amongst many other accolades too numerous for this short blurb: Academic Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor of Endocrinology and Oxford University,former President of the European Federation of Endocrine Societies, awarded the Distinguished Physician of the Year awarded by the American Endocrine Society and in 2014 presented the BBC documentary ‘The Fantastical World of Hormones’. So you could say John has a pretty accomplished view on the thorny area of hormones and health and for us in the Grow Young Project that means clarity with regard to that area and aging. You can hear John’s interview here.


michael myerscough relationship expertMichael Myerscough is founder of The Relationship Gym and a leading writer, speaker, therapist and coach working with couples and singles the world over, helping them to create lasting relational happiness, passion and success. Michael is our ‘go to’ guy for all things relating to couples and equally with how to find, build and grow a healthy relationship even if you’re currently single. In Michael’s own words what inspires him is ‘the changes I see people make at the deepest levels within themselves  … one day we uncover something really profound and their life changes forever.


AW4Cropped Arlene Weintraub is a US based journalist and author writing about science, health care, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Her first book Selling the Fountain of Youth was a revealing expose of the anti-aging business. Arlene’s freelance pieces have been published in the New York Times, US News & World Report, More, New Scientist, USA Today,, FierceMarkets and BusinessWeek. You can hear Arlene’s interview blog currently on the Articles page.